Introduction - How to Search - What is displayed - FAQ - Glossary - About

Introduction

This screen is designed to allow academic users to search for and display examination timetables for the forthcoming written examinations.

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How to Search

To retrieve timetable information, users can search using the following parameters:

If multiple conditions are entered, then only examinations matching all search terms are returned. For example, you may search for all Economics modules (EC%) in 2nd Arts (2BA1), or for all English modules (EN% containing the word 'Medieval' in the title (%MEDIEVAL%). Using multiple conditions will return a more specific set of results, and will return them more quickly.

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What Information is displayed

At the top of the results page, the search terms used are displayed. The list of examinations (sorted by date and start time) lists the following information per examination:

Note: The Date, Module and Instance (Class) results are all hyperlinks - clicking on one of these fields will load a new set of data based on whatever field you select.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Can the results of a module search be easily displayed or printed?
A: Yes. Use the 'new window' link on any results screen. Once opened in a new window, it should be easy to print the results, or save them to a file.

Q: Is it possible to save the results in a spreadsheet or other similar format?
A: No. Because of the multi-dimensional nature of the data, output to a spreadsheet is not really a viable or useful option.

Q: How up to date is the information that is displayed?
A: Realistically, you need to allow one working day before information that you have supplied is updated on these screens.

Q: Can you search for modules that meet just one of the search parameters, instead of all of them?
A: No. That capability is programmed into the system, but it is not being made available at present. One of the reasons is that such a search might return an unreasonably large set of results, and thus put a strain on the database that is serving up this information.

Q: What should you do if the contents of the search form (top window) are not fully visible?
A: Maximize your browser window to full screen, and remove any history or other sidebars. This screen was designed to operate on the full area of a standard Windows or Macintosh desktop. Some Web browsers also allow you to set an extra-large font size, and this may need to be set to a standard size.

Q: Are there any special technical requirements for being able to use this system properly?
A: No. Any browser that handles frames and standard Javascript should work properly. Any browser lacking either or both of these features is ridiculously out of date. In terms of compatiblity, it is obviously not feasible to test a range of browsers (or versions of browsers), each in combination with a range of operating systems (or again, versions of systems). Any technical problems should be reported to the e-mail address at the end of the screen.

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Glossary

Assessment - any type of formal examination, including not only written and other examinations, but any type of coursework, project, thesis or continuous assessment that is formally part of the examination structure of a module.

Course Instance - One year in a programme (aka Course). Course instance codes are always in the format 1AA1. The first digit is the year of the course, and the next two characters are the course code itself. The last character is the stream. This is usually '1', but can be some other number, and usually indicates some variation in the programme.

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About

Any queries regarding the timetable should be addressed to the Student Information Desk at 091495999 (direct telephone number) or via e-mail to:
sid@nuigalway.ie

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