New planning system for teaching
A new, joint system will make it easier to plan the teaching as well as improve the utilisation of facilities at BSS. However, the transition to the new system will result in some delays in the planning of timetables for the autumn semester of 2012.
Due to the process of implementing a new planning system, which is set to replace the systems previously used at the former SAM and the former ASB, the people responsible for planning the timetables at Business and Social Sciences are busier than ever at the moment.
- The merger between the former SAM and the former ASB has resulted in a relocation of several study programmes and, on top of that, there has been a change in relation to which classrooms we have at our disposal. Therefore, it wouldn’t be possible to continue with the two old systems in the new organisation, says Peder Østergaard, Vice-Dean for Education at BSS.
Delay of timetables
The transition to the new system means that some students will receive their timetables later than usual.
- We are striving to provide all our students with their timetables as early as possible and preferably before the summer holidays. Our goal for the future is to make the timetables available at the beginning of June, says Peder Østergaard.
The way the system, which is entitled Syllabus, works is that you register your timetable preferences and, based on these preferences, the system searches for the best solution. The fact that it will be easier to comply with changes and specific needs also means that students and lecturers will be offered better service. It will, for instance, be easier to figure out where and when you can reschedule a class.
Peder Østergaard believes that Syllabus is a prerequisite for the so-called inner education market to work:
- The planning and utilisation of our facilities will be improved. The system makes sure that students and lecturers don’t have to spend too much time walking from one classroom to another. Students and lecturers will not have to worry about double bookings. Especially in connection with electives, the risk that several classes take place simultaneously will be eliminated.
Students can book rooms
In the long run, students will be able to search the system for available rooms and book them for activities such as group work. This is one of the most significant aspects of the new system, and one, which students at the former ASB are already familiar with.
In the longer term, the system will be used to help BSS utilise its square metres more efficiently, which will ultimately result in a decrease in rent. According to Peder Østergaard, the money saved can be spent on teaching.
Until now, Syllabus has been a great success at the former ASB as well as at the Engineering College of Aarhus.