Using the Timetable

The Student Timetable Guide

The UTAS online Student Timetable will help you plan and organise your study, but it can be confusing the first time you see it.

The first section (Part 1) of this guide will look at reading and understanding the Student Timetable. Once you have a good handle on it, you can move on to looking up units and your timetable (Part 2).

Part 1 - Reading the Timetable

The timetable shows classes in 1 hour blocks. Some classes are run over 2 hours, or more, so remember this when you see a 2 hour lecture split into two 1 hour blocks. Ten minutes is included at the end of each activity for travel between classes i.e. a 2 hour lecture concludes 10 minutes prior to the end of the second hour.

Each unit has a different colour and shows details including the Unit Code, Event Type, Unit Title, Venue, Study Period, and Scheduled Weeks.

Most units usually have two or more event types – e.g. a lecture and a tutorial (or workshops or practical/labs etc.)

A unit displayed in the student timetable
Unit Code

Every unit offered at the University has a unique unit code. You can find information on the units being offered, and their unit code, in the Course and Unit Handbook

Event type

An Event Type is a teaching activity. This could be a Lecture, Tutorial, Seminar, Workshop, Practical or even an internal examination.

It's generally assumed you will attend all lectures. Tutorials, workshops, seminars, and practicals may involve groups of repeat classes, on a roster. You will usually see all these activities on your timetable (including the repeats), but you may not need to attend them all. Check with your Faculty/School adviser if you're not sure.

Lectures and Video Conference Lectures

  • A presentation by academic teaching staff to a large group of students
  • You are usually expected to attend all lectures 

Tutorials, Seminars, and Workshops

  • A small group discussion, led by a tutor/academic, which covers the unit content in more detail
  • There may be multiple tutorial times offered each week – some are repeat classes.  If you search for 'All Classes' (in the Event Type' section) the timetable will display every possible class time. You may not need to attend them all. You can check the teaching pattern for units in the Course and Unit Handbook.
  • Schools manage the class registration process for these activities. For some units, you'll be allocated to a tutorial group, in others you can choose. Some Schools arrange tutorials in Orientation Week, some in week one of lectures. If you need to know specific times before Orientation Week (the week before classes start) contact your Faculty/School adviser.

Practicals and Labs

  • A small group led by a tutor/academic or lecturer, which covers the unit content in more detail. These activities are usually involve more technical, hands-on, work
  • The timetable may show the practical or lab groups by number e.g. 'P2' would indicate practical group 2
Unit Title

This is the name of the unit.


This code can show several pieces of information including a geographical location (or campus), building name, room number, and room type.

For example SB.UniCentre208.LT1

  • SB - The campus is Sandy Bay
  • UniCentre - The building is the University Centre
  • 208 - is the room number, and beginning with 2 this indicates the room is located on level 2
  • LT1 - this room is a Lecture Theatre

Another example is: SB.AX16.L02.201

  • SB - The campus is Sandy Bay
  • AX16 - This is a grid reference to help you find the building on a Campus Map
  • L02 - The level of the building (in this example - Level 2)
  • 201 - The room number

See if you can use the Sandy Bay Campus Map to find  the building's name. (Hint: the building number is 27) 

Clicking on the venue link on the Student Timetable activity will give you more detailed information on the venue.

All Campus Maps can be found on the UTAS website.

Study Periods

Study periods divide the year into groups for enrolment. It represents the time of year that unit/course if offered. 

It is important to note that activities (i.e. lectures/tutorials etc.) may not run for the whole study period. For example, a tutorial might be run fortnightly beginning in week 2. Or, a lecture might only run for the first half of the study period. For this reason, it's important to check the Calendar Weeks, shown on the activity (in the image above, you can see the weeks are '29-35, 37-42'.)

Also, on rare occasions (usually for Summer/Winter/Spring units), a unit will continue into the next Study Period. Use the Calendar Weeks, shown on the activity, and UTAS Calendar to see if this is the case. If you're not sure, contact your Faculty/School adviser.

For more information, the Key Academic Dates site lists important dates, including study periods, census dates, and withdrawal-without-penalty dates.

Calendar Weeks

The year is divided into calendar weeks (1-52). For example, the first week of the year is Calendar Week 1. 

The Student Timetable should be read in conjunction with the UTAS Calendar, to see which dates are in which weeks. The UTAS Calendar also summarises The University's teaching semesters, breaks and holiday dates. 

Part 2 - Using the Student Timetable

To use the Student Timetable, you'll need:

  • Your student number (if you have already enrolled), or
  • The unit code(s) you want to look up
Student Timetable Image 
Step 1 Select Study Period

Select the Study Period that you want to view. You can check the University Key Dates, or check the study period for your unit(s) in the Course and Unit Handbook, or click on the link at the top of the page.
Step 2 Select a Year

If relevant select the Year you want to view. Access to multiple years will depend on publication dates for the following year's timetable.
Step 3 Select Campus

Select the Campus at which you're enrolled or intend to study at.
Step 4

Select Type of Events

Select Lectures Only to view only the lecture timetable for the units you are enrolled in, or the unit codes you have entered. Selecting lectures only allows for an uncluttered view of the unit lecture schedule.

Select All Classes to view all activities scheduled for the units that you are enrolled in, or the unit codes you have entered. Note that you may not be required to attend all scheduled classes for your unit.  For example, your unit may offer multiple tutorials or practicals, of which you need to attend one occurrence only. Tutorial and practical allocation is managed by the School running your unit of study.

Step 5 Student ID or unit code(s)

Enter your student ID or the unit code(s) you intend to study. 

A planning tool - before you enrol

If you haven't enrolled in your units yet, you might want to know if they'll clash with other units, or if they'll fit in with your job, childcare, or other commitments.

Make sure to first refine your search by selecting the relevant type of event i.e. 'Lectures' or 'All classes'.

You can display the timetable for 

  1. A specific Unit Code i.e. 'KGA171'
  2. Multiple Unit Codes, separated by a comma i.e. 'KPA161, KZA161, KIT101, KGA171'

A guide - after enrolment

After you have enrolled in a unit(s) the update will take overnight. The following day you can see and print your timetable by entering your ID Number. 

Tip: Select 'Lectures only' when viewing you timetable the first time – this will give you a good sense of when your compulsory classes are, without the clutter of all the tutorials/practicals/workshops and their repeats.

Can't find a unit?

You may get the following message: 

'There is no timetable data matching your query, please check the details you entered'.

A small number of undergraduate and some postgraduate units will not show up on the Student Timetable. 

  • Some Australian Maritime College units (most usually begin with 'J') can be found on the AMC Timetable
  • For the Conservatorium of Music, visit the Con Timetable page 

If you can't find the information you need, please contact the Course Adviser or the School offering the unit.

Publication of the Timetable

Every  effort is made to release the finalised timetable prior to the commencement  of Study Periods. However, published timetables are indicative only. We recommend that you check the  Student Timetable regularly, and immediately before classes start, as it may have changed.

Where do I find date info?

Try the University Calendar or our Key Dates page.

I have questions

Please have a look at the Student Timetable FAQ's , visit the Ask Us page, or submit an Enquiry.