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. This process of choosing classes is known as ‘allocating’.

At ACU, allocations are 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 allocations open in ‘read-only’ mode, log in and:

  • Learn how the system works
  • See what classes are available
  • Draw up a plan. In case you cannot get into your preferred class, have a second and third choice in mind.

Log on as soon as allocations open for your campus. Allocation opening times are listed below.

Things to consider:

  • You must be enrolled in your units before you can allocate.
  • We open classes by Faculty so you may not be able to allocate to all of your classes in a single go. See the opening dates for each Faculty in the table below.
  • 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 allocation system.
  • You only need to allocate 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 be allocating your classes for your Arts units on the day the for Education and Arts opens, and the 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 allocations.

Allocation opening times

Allocations 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

NOTE: read-only access for other students will not be available during this period.
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

Allocation closing time

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

UNCC units

Allocate to your UNCC units 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 2019 can be viewed from the 2019 Timetable Online.

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

Professional Term 5-8 Timetable 2019

Summer Semester Timetable 2020

Professional Term 1-4 2020

Timetable publication dates

Date Timetable
8 April 2019 Winter 2019 Timetable released
13 June 2019 Professional Terms 5-8 2019 Timetable released at 4pm
13 June 2019 Semester 2 2019 Timetable released at 4pm
15 July 2019 Summer 2019 Timetable released 4pm (Nov 2019 - Feb 2020)
18 November 2019 Semester 1 2020 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.

There are many different class types (eg Lecture, Tutorial, Workshop, Practical). The class type appears towards the end of a specific class code. The letter T in the class code BIOL121_4C_Sem2/T/01 indicates that this is a BIOL121 Tutorial.

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


Have a question?


We're available 9am–5pm AEDT,
Monday to Friday

Live chat with us now

Chat to our team for real-time
answers to your questions.

Launch live chat
Visit our FAQs page

Find answers to some commonly
asked questions.

See our FAQs