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Study Timetables

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Timetables of lectures, tutorials, laboratories and other classes for most papers are arranged centrally in order to make the most effective use of the University’s buildings and facilities.

In most cases, your papers will have a timetable of classes into which you are streamed. Information on the timetable, streaming and rooms is displayed in your personal timetable on PIMS. This information will normally be displayed on the Friday afternoon prior to the first week of class for papers commencing in the first and second semester.

The University reserves the right to amend the timetable in response to the introduction of such changes (including addition, withdrawal or restructuring of papers and programmes) as it may judge to be necessary or desirable and/or in response to variations to the numbers of students enrolled in specific papers.

View the University timetable

The University Timetable may be viewed online through the Web Timetable Viewer. Any changes made to the timetable after it has been released to PIMS will be displayed in the Web Timetable Viewer. You can choose to view the timetable by paper(s) or room(s) within a selected time frame.

The timetable displays information on class times and locations of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratories and practicals
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • film screenings
  • terms tests

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Streaming and room allocation


Streaming is required for those classes where the number of students enrolled means that students need to be separated into different lectures, tutorials or laboratories. Streaming of classes is arranged before the start of each teaching period.

For streaming of your study timetable to occur, you need to complete Course Approval by the end of the main Course Approval period and/ or to have arranged payment of your fees.

If you have reasons that may affect which streams you are able to attend, it may be possible for staff to adjust your timetable to be assigned to a particular stream. To request assignment to a specific stream, email at least one week before Course Approval.

If you are streamed into a specific class, it is important that you always attend this stream. If you need to change your allocated stream or have not been streamed into a class, you should contact the relevant teaching department for advice.

Room allocation

Rooms are allocated after streaming is completed. Room information is included in your personal timetable in PIMS. Room allocations can change before or during the first weeks of a semester.

If an allocated room has to be changed after room information is displayed on PIMS you will be notified through Blackboard, email, departmental noticeboards or in class.

Teaching locations

You can find the location of teaching venues, computer rooms, exam locations and more using Otago Maps or you can view a printable version of the Dunedin Campus Map (641Kb in PDF format).

If you require further assistance in locating a room, you may contact the University Information Centre staff who can also assist you.

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Preliminary lectures

Preliminary lectures for first semester and full-year papers are held by many, but not all departments on the Friday prior to the first week of lectures. They provide information on where formal lectures will be held and other relevant information about the papers in which you are enrolled.

Once the times and venue for Preliminary Lectures have been confirmed, this information will be available from the Preliminary Lectures page

There are no preliminary lectures for second semester papers. Contact the relevant teaching department for information.

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Booking a room

Students may book a room for appropriate group activities where spaces are available. To request a booking, please email

Further information is available from the Casual Room Bookings page.

Timetable information for staff

View timetable information for University staff, including the late timetable change request process.