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Scheduling lectures or exams for universities is a large and complex task. There are many different departments and faculties, each with their own ideas about how and when their courses should be run. Furthermore, modularisation means that students can take courses from a combination of several departments, possibly even in different faculties. Numerous(More)
The foundation courses in Computer Science pose particular challenges for teacher and learner alike. This paper describes some of these challenges and how we have designed Problem-Based Learning (PBL) courses to address them. We discuss the particular problems we were keen to overcome: the pure technical focus of many courses; the problems of individual(More)
This paper presents a tiling algorithm for high school timetabling. The meetings are grouped into small, regular clusters called tiles, each of which is thereafter treated as a unit. Experiments with three actual instances show that tiling, coupled with an alternating path algorithm for assigning resources to meetings after times are fixed, produces good,(More)
This paper describes a computer program for high school timetabling which has completely solved an instance taken without simplification from a large and tightly constrained high school. A timetable specification language allows the program to handle the many idiosyncratic constraints of such instances in a uniform way. New algorithms are introduced which(More)