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Scheduling Classes within the University Matrix

Scheduling Classes in Main Campus Classrooms and Labs

Scheduling Classes Guidelines and Tips

Scheduling Master Calendar


Scheduling Classes within the University Matrix

To ensure the effective and efficient use of classrooms, to meet the needs of students and faculty to have adequate space within an efficient schedule to carry out the instructional functions of the University, a scheduling matrix has been developed for undergraduate classes on Main Campus and Ambler Campus.

Courses that are not scheduled within the approved time blocks must receive an exception to the matrix (see 'Requesting an Exception to the Matrix' for details).

The following represents the approved University matrix. Also included here are matrices for weekend sessions and summer sessions.


Sessions should be scheduled within one of the following blocks of time:


Monday, Wednesday, Friday

- Tuesday and Thursday   Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Tuesday and Thursday
8:00AM to 8:50AM   8:00AM to 9:20AM   8:00AM to 9:10AM   8:00AM to 9:40AM
9:00AM to 9:50AM   9:30AM to 10:50AM   9:20AM to 10:30AM   9:50 to 11:30AM
10:00AM to 10:50AM   11:00AM to 12:20PM   10:40 AM to 11:50AM   11:40AM to 1:20PM
11:00AM to 11:50AM   12:30PM to 1:50PM   12:00PM to 1:10PM   1:30PM to 3:10PM
12:00PM to 12:50PM   2:00PM to 3:20PM   1:20PM to 2:30PM   3:30PM to 5:10PM
1:00PM to 1:50PM   3:30PM to 4:50PM   2:40PM to 3:50PM    
2:00PM to 2:50PM       4:00PM to 5:10PM    
3:00PM to 3:50PM            
4:00PM to 4:50PM            

Monday and Wednesday - Tuesday and Thursday   Monday and Wednesday - Tuesday and Thursday
5:30PM to 6:50PM   5:30PM to 6:50PM   5:30PM to 7:10PM   5:30PM to 7:10PM
7:00PM to 8:20PM   7:00PM to 8:20PM   7:20PM to 9:00PM   7:20PM to 9:00PM
8:30PM to 9:50PM   8:30PM to 9:50PM        
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, OR Thursday   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, OR Thursday
5:30PM to 8:00PM   5:30PM to 8:50PM


Weekend Matrix- Weekend sessions should be scheduled within one of the following blocks of time:

Saturday and/or Sunday
9:00AM to 1:00PM
1:00PM to 4:00PM

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Summer Matrix- In order to maximize the use of space during the summer, the following summer matrix has been developed to enable the University to schedule more classes in smart rooms, and to maximize the ability of students to take courses in different schools and colleges.

Undergraduate and graduate classes not on the summer matrix will be scheduled last, and only when space is available. Assigning classes that are scheduled off the summer matrix to centrally scheduled computer labs or smart rooms may not be possible.

The first class of the day must end by 10:35AM. For example, a 3-credit class could run Monday through Thursday, 8:30AM - 10:00AM or 9:00AM - 10:30AM. A 4-credit class would be Monday through Friday from 8:30AM - 10:05AM or 9:00AM - 10:35AM.

The second class of the day must run from 10:45AM through 12:45PM. For example, the 3-credit class would be Monday through Thursday from 10:45AM to 12:15PM. A 4-credit class would be Monday through Friday from 10:45AM to 12:20PM. The end time has been revised to accommodate CIS classes.

The third class cannot start until 12:55. For example, a 3-credit class could be Monday through Thursday from 12:55PM to 2:25PM. A 4-credit class could be Monday through Friday 12:55PM to 2:30PM. The start time has been revised o accommodate CIS classes.

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Requesting an Exception to the Matrix- Any requests for exceptions must be made through the Matrix Exception Workflow via TU Portal.

All requests for exception to the matrix will require the review and approval of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies will review the justifications offered for each exception and will notify the requesting of the approval or disapproval of the matrix exception.

Courses with an approved matrix exception must be scheduled in space that is allocated to that school or college. Space for approved matrix exceptions should not be requested from the University Scheduling Office.

The University Scheduling Office strives to accommodate as many course requests as possible from all schools and colleges that are in need. Since off-matrix courses greatly impact the efficiency of room scheduling, the University Scheduling Office will not give them priority when scheduling rooms.

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Scheduling Classes in Main Campus Classrooms, Computer Labs, and Lecture Halls

To make arrangements to accommodate disabled students or instructors:

Please contact your College Dean's Office as far in advance as possible.

To request additional classrooms or computer labs:

Please send one list per school/college to Kristen Watkins at kristen.watkins@temple.edu or classrms@temple.edu. Included in the list should be the department, course number, section number, days/times, number of seats, and what type of room is needed. This will ensure that there is enough time to schedule your courses before the online schedule is posted. Please see the Scheduling Master Calendar for this date.

To find the buildings where Classroom Technology Support service is available and their hours of operation:

Please visit the CTS Area of Service page.

To request a computer lab or a specialized classroom for one or two days for your class:

Please send an email to classrms@temple.edu. Please include the Course Title, Course Number, Course Section, the Number of Students, the Type of Room you are requesting (i.e. smart classroom, computer lab, etc.), the Date(s) you are requesting, and the Start and End time.

To request special software to be installed in a your classroom:

Please contact the appropriate Classroom Technology Support Depot and bring the software along with a copy of the license. Please be aware that our policy states it will take five business days to complete requests.

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Scheduling Classes Guidelines and Tips

Make full use of the rooms that were assigned to you in terms of available time and seating capacity. Assign courses so that rooms are scheduled for at least 80% of the time between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Use "Smart" rooms efficiently, including:

  • Try not to assign courses that do not require technology to rooms that are equipped with "Smart" technology.
  • Assign evening courses that require technology to only those buildings that Computer Services will support.
  • Sections that are scheduled off of the matrix and require smart rooms should be scheduled last.

Offer more daytime courses at TUCC.

Please check your room assignments at least three weeks before the first day of class. Schedulers should review each room in person to ensure that courses are assigned properly, that enrollments have not exceeded room capacity, and that seating arrangements in the room are appropriate.

For sections that have scheduled meeting times and days but do not require a room, please use building and room designation ARRGND_00000 to schedule that section in R25.

For zeros or very low enrollment courses, cancel sections as early as possible so that the room can be released for other courses.

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