Simple lessons are those in which one teacher teaches one class in one subject. This may be, for example, 2 periods of physics per week in class 1A with teacher Newton in the physics lab.:
- Open the window "Lessons | Classes". You will see the lessons of the first class.
- Place the cursor in the last (i.e. empty) row in order to enter a new lesson.
- Enter '2' in the column "Per" (periods) and confirm your entry by pressing <TAB>.
- Enter the name "New" and again confirm with <TAB>. Note that the auto-complete function (as described above) also works in this window.
- Enter the subject "Ph". Alternatively, you can choose the names from a drop-down list.
The subjects are displayed according to the sort order defined.
- The name of class 1a appears automatically because we are currently working in the lessons window of class 1a.
- The home room for this lesson is taken automatically from the class' or teacher's master data. Since according to "Subjects | Master data" the subject physics should always be held in the physics lab, it has automatically been copied to the subject room column.
Now open the window "Teachers | Lessons" and go to the lessons of teacher Newton. You can see that the newly created lesson is also listed among Newton's lessons.
In Untis terminology, coupled lessons (or couplings) are those in which more than one teacher and/or more than one class participate in the lessons, and the lessons in the coupling are held at the same time.
Coupled lessons (several classes)
Teacher Rubens is to teach cookery in the home economics room to the combined students of classes 1a and 1b for 2 periods per week.
Proceed as in the example of the simple lesson, but enter both classes 1a and 1b in the field 'Class(es)' separated by a comma. In this case, the room will not be entered automatically because there is no room assigned to the subject cookery. For this reason, enter it in the subject room column .
Now switch to class 1b. You can see that the newly created lesson also appears in the list of lessons of class 1b.
Couplings with several classes and teachers
We will now plan 4 periods of English in different sets for the students of the second year. This means that students from classes 2a and 2b will be taught in three sets by three teachers (Cer, Ander and Callas) in three different rooms.
- Select class 2a in the lessons window.
- Enter "4" in the column "Per" and confirm your entry by pressing <TAB>.
- Enter the name "Cer" and confirm once more with <TAB>. The order in which you enter the teachers’ names is not important.
- Enter the subject EN.
- Enter classes 2a and 2b (separated by a comma) in the field class(es) column.
- The class 2a's home room, R2a, will be automatically copied into the relevant field.
- Move the mouse to the column 'Cl,Te' in the lesson you have just entered and click on '+'. Enter the name of the next teacher ,"Ander", and again classes 2a and 2b in the empty row shaded blue.
- Now change room R2a to R2b because Cervantes will be teaching his group in R2a.
- Repeat the entries for teacher Callas in the third coupling row, using a different room.
The '+' sign will now be permanently displayed in the 'Cl,Te' column. Clicking on this sign will display all the information on the lesson. You can decide whether you wish to view only the first row of the lesson or whether all coupling rows should be displayed.
Clicking on <+> in the column heading of 'Cl,Te' will expand or collapse all coupling rows in one go.
Several classes are entered together separated by commas but when there are several teachers each one must be entered in a separate coupling row.
Lessons will be scheduled in single periods unless specified otherwise. You have to allow or request double periods in the field "Double pers." of each lesson concerned. Use this field to specify the permitted range of double periods:
An entry of 1-1 indicates that the range is from 1 to 1, i.e. the lesson should be scheduled in exactly one double period.
An entry of 0-1 means that a 2-period lesson can be scheduled in a double period, but it is not an absolute requirement (minimum 0, maximum 1 double period).
An entry of 1-2 means that a 4-period lesson can also be scheduled in one double period or two double periods. The timetable algorithm should decide which variant is best suited from the overall timetable perspective.
If it is possible to allow variability in scheduling double periods (e.g. with the 0-1 or 1-2 options), please allow the algorithm to work with these freedoms since this can lead to a significantly better overall result.
More than 2 periods scheduled consecutively are called a block of periods.
If you wish, for example, to schedule 3 periods consecutively, enter '3' in the column 'Block'.
If you wish to schedule a 6-period lesson in two blocks of 3, simply enter '3.3'.