You can enter classes in the same way as you enter rooms.
A unique (short) name must also be given to each class. You can change the short name by double clicking on it. All other data can be changed by clicking on the relevant field in the grid.
Generally speaking, you do not need any information besides the name of the class in order to create a timetable with Untis. However, in order to obtain a useful timetable quickly it is generally necessary to enter time requests for the class.
Time requests for classes
With Untis you can enter individual time requests for each element (i.e. teachers, classes, rooms, subjects), for each lesson, for each period of the day and for each day of the week. Request weighting ranges from -3 (do not schedule lessons here under any circumstances) to +3 (schedule a lesson here if at all possible). You can enter time requests for classes by clicking on the <Time requests> icon in the toolbar of the master data window.
If you want Untis to begin scheduling periods in the first period of the morning , enter a time request of +3 in the periods when lessons should take place at all costs. This was done for the first to the fourth periods in this example. This is called the core time. The optimisation algorithm treats violations of the core times as very serious infringements.
Differentiated time requests
You can use the time requests +2 to -2 for lessons which may in principle be scheduled at any time but for which you wish to set preferences The time request for class 1b can be explained as follows:
Lessons must take place between the first and fourth periods at all costs. Lessons should be held in the fifth and sixth periods but preferably not in seventh period. There should be no lesson in the eighth period and there must be no lessons scheduled in the ninth and tenth periods. You can adjust to what degree the time requests (+3 to -2) will be taken into account during automatic scheduling compared to other input (please refer to chapter Weighting).
A time request of -3 is equal to an absolute block and therefore does not require any further weighting.
Class room You can enter the (short) name of a room for those classes which have their own room If you start typing a name in a field the auto-complete function will display the first matching element. You can accept it with <Enter> or <TAB>. You can also use the selection list to choose a room from all specified rooms.