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If you make no additional settings Untis will create a timetable for one week. It is implicitly understood that this timetable is repeated on a weekly basis, with the exception of public and school holidays.


There are many reasons why this is increasingly seldom the case in daily school life. Educational and organisational factors mean that the timetable cannot be repeated exactly week for week and that it is subject to various time constraints.


Untis provides you with three basically different tools for dealing with these various cases:


A) Time limitations 'from-to'


Courses or individual lessons can be time-limited by entering a date, i.e. the lesson does not begin until some time after the start of the school year and/or finishes some time before the end of the official school year. Interruptions in the lessons/courses are not possible with this method.


A typical example of this would be final year examination classes where lessons normally finish some weeks prior to the official end of the school year.





B) Lesson groups


Lesson groups can be used to establish any desired regular or irregular time characteristics for individual lessons or for all lessons of a class. A typical example of a regular time characteristics is a fortnightly lesson.





Completely irregular time characteristics would be e.g. when classes start and finish lessons at completely different times as is the case at many vocational schools. In the example classes 1 and 2 are subject to the same time plan, but class 3 is subject to a completely different one.





C) Terms


If the timetable for the whole school changes at specific points in time then term planning offers the exact functions required.


An example of this would when the timetable changes in the second semester. The school year then consists of two terms with completely independent timetables.





In the case of the course system at Austrian vocational schools the complete school timetable changes every 10 weeks. The school year is therefore divided up into four terms.






D) Calendar-dependent periods


In all the above-mentioned examples scheduled lessons follow a certain pattern, i.e. a scheduled period takes place more than once in the course of the school year. It is, however, possible to schedule a period to take place once on a particular day in the year. The scheduled period could, for example, be scheduled to be held on Friday, 27 October as the third lesson of the day and then never again. This option is provided by the 'Calendar - Year Planning' module and is described in detail in the respective chapter.