Review of performance
Semester One – 2018
In semester one, you might have noticed that a new timetabling system was initiated. This was introduced in consultation with RMIT University Student Union (RUSU).
Student feedback was central to RUSU supporting this new approach. RUSU listened to the views and concerns of students and reflected them during discussions of improvement. With over 70,000 students, RUSU was determined to develop something that provided equal opportunity for all students to receive their preferred timetable, including international students and postgrads.
With semester 1 come and gone, RUSU has received all sorts of feedback about the switch. Almost 90% of Higher Education students received first, second or third preferences in Semester One, which was a really great outcome compared to the previous model. While many suggestions about the new system have already been addressed, we are still working on frustrations such as gaps between classes.
We will continue to discuss those concerns with the University. Keep in mind that this is a system that timetables for over 70,000 students across 939 venues over three campuses, studying 5,656 courses, and that accommodations need to be made to help limit travel times and optimise study periods.
So how did it perform?
We’ve received the following data and feedback from Semester 1. Here are some of the key statistics:
The new system brought a range features that made the system more convenient to use:
Nevertheless, work on the myTimetable system continues! A range of new features will be available for Semester One 2019. Those features are expected to include:
Ensuring a timetabling system that is fair, easy to use and transparent remains a high priority for both RUSU and RMIT. We will work hard to continue to improve this critical part of the student experience.
Now that the new system is entering its second semester, RUSU will run a survey to give you a chance to provide feedback for future semesters. This will be sent after timetabling has finished for Semester Two. If you have anything at all to say, please do! It will help us to reflect the student body more accurately and cohesively.
If you have any questions, qualms or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.