Understand your timetable

Getting your timetable right is vital. Making sure you have no clashes, that you are in the right units, working with the best study groups, or even your friends, is all part of building the right timetable for you. We understand that you will want to make sure that your university timetable fits in with the rest of your life, so it’s important that you know when and how you can access your timetable. 

Most of you will have a timetable made up of a mixture of large classes such as lectures, attended by everybody in the unit, and smaller classes like tutorials where you can choose from several different classes. You select these class online via Allocate+.

Class selection is on a ‘first in, first served’ basis. The most popular classes will fill up very quickly, so if you want the best chance of getting the classes you want, you’ll need to be prepared.

When Allocate+ open in ‘read-only’ mode, log in and:

  • Learn how the system works
  • See what classes are available
  • Draw up a plan. As classes fill up quickly, plan a second or third choice for each class.

Log on as soon as class selection open for your campus. Opening times are listed below.

Things to consider:

  • You must be enrolled in your units before you can select your classes.
  • There is a 10-minute gap between classes to give you time to move between rooms.
  • You will be automatically allocated to any classes where there is one option (e.g. lectures).
  • You don’t need to allocate to fully online units, so you won’t see these units on the Allocate+.
  • You only need to select classes for Semesters 1 and 2.  All other teaching periods will be allocated for you.  You can view the timetable for the other teaching periods under ‘Timetables and Study periods’ below.
  • If PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is offered in your unit, classes will open for allocations after the first lecture.

Useful links:

Read only mode for Semester 1, 2020

  • Read-only mode opens for all students at 12 pm ADST time on Thursday 02 January 2020
  • Read-only mode closes from 8:30 am, Tuesday 28 January 2020
  • Read-only mode reopens for all students 4:00 pm, Wednesday 29 January 2020

Which Faculty owns my unit?

This year, class allocations are staggered by faculty as well as campus. This may mean you need to allocate to some of your classes on different days.

  1. If you are doing a double degree, such as BA/LLB, you will select your classes for your Arts units on the day Education and Arts opens, and your Law units on the day for Law and Business.
  2. Some degrees have electives or units owned by other faculties which might open on a different day.

If you are unsure which faculty your units are in, you can check class allocation opening dates here. Make sure you know when your units will be open as part of your preparation for class selection.

Class selection opening times

Class selection for Semester 1 2020 open at 9:00 am local time as follows:

Campus Faculty Date
All campuses Early allocations only for Elite Athletes and Performers, eligible Education Inclusion Plan students, PASS Leaders and Student Veterans

9am Tuesday 28 January 2020 to 4pm Wednesday 29 January

Ballarat and Melbourne

Education and Arts
Theology and Philosophy

9am Thursday
30 January 2020

Health Sciences
Law & Business

9am Friday
31 January 2020
Canberra, North Sydney, and Strathfield Education and Arts
Theology and Philosophy
9am Monday
3 February 2020
Health Sciences
Law and Business
9am Tuesday
4 February 2020
Brisbane Education and Arts
Theology and Philosophy
9am Wednesday
5 February 2020
Health Sciences
Law & Business
9am Thursday
6 February 2020

Class selection closing time

Class selection close for Semester 1 all campuses 4:00 pm Friday 13 March 2020.

UNCC units

Select your UNCC classes at the same time as your other units. Spaces will be reserved so that all degrees have fair access.

ACU has 12 study periods each year:

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Summer Term
  • Winter Term
  • Professional Terms 1-8

The University's full timetable for Semester 1 2020 can be viewed from the 2020 Timetable Online.

Summer Semester Timetable 2020

Professional Term 1-4 2020

Timetable publication dates

Date Timetable
Date 6 April 2020 Timetable Winter 2020 Timetable released
Date 18 May 2020 Timetable Professional Term 5 2020 Timetable released at 4pm
Date 4 June 2020 Timetable Professional Terms 5-8 2020 Timetable released at 4pm
Date 4 June 2020 Timetable Semester 2 2020 Timetable released at 4pm
Date 13 July 2020 Timetable Summer 2020 Timetable released 4pm (Nov 2020 - Feb 2021)
Date 5 November 2020 Timetable Semester 1 2021 and Professional Terms 1-4 Timetable released at 4pm ADST

You will notice when looking at the timetable that your units have the following layout:


The number in red circle relates to the campus your unit is taught.

Number Campus
1 Ballarat
2 Brisbane
3 Canberra
4 Melbourne
5 North Sydney
6 Strathfield
8 Adelaide

The letter represents how your course is delivered. ‘C’ stands for on-campus and ‘M’ represents mixed mode, a combination of on-campus and online delivery. Units taught totally online do not show on the timetable.

So, for example, BIOL121_4C_Sem2 means that the unit BIOL121 is taught in Melbourne and studied on campus in Semester 2.

In Allocate+ each type of class has a code: e.g. L=Lecture; T=Tutorial, etc.

View the full list of Activity Types taught at ACU

Although we try to avoid clashes with mandatory units, timetable clashes can occur.

If you have a timetable clash, you need to rectify it as soon as possible.

  • Check the timetable to see if there is another class you could choose.
  • If there is a clash of mandatory units from the same course, contact your Course Coordinator. This person’s name can be found in your Course Enrolment Guide.
  • If one of the clashing units is an elective, you may need to choose a different unit. To do this, consult your Course Enrolment Guide. If you choose a different unit, after you un-enrol in the old unit you will need to enrol in this new unit before you can allocate to classes.
  • Contact your Course Coordinator for more help or if there does not seem to be a solution.

Need help?

You can access detailed user guides and demos from allocation system.

If you still need further assistance, contact AskACU


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