Explanation of the timetable

How to understand the timetable?

On this page we will try to help you to be in the know of your timetable. So here are the three most important key points to understand it:

Example of a timetable

Quick access:

Key point 1: Which timetable is important to me?

In the upper right corner of your timetable you can see the designator of the timetable in the format a/b/c/d. These variables are explained in the following table:

aYear of immatriculation (example: 2008)
bSemester of study (example: 1st)
cCourse of study (example: Verkehrsingenieurwesen)
dNumber of group (example: 1)
Explanation of abbreviations of key point 1

Variable Course of study
For the course of study (variable c) the following abbreviations are in place:

BA/VWIVerkehrswirtschaft, Bachelor
BAS/BANLVerkehrsingenieurwesen, Bahnsysteme, Schwerpunkt Bahnanlagen und Bahnbau
BAS/BS+TELVerkehrsingenieurwesen, Bahnsysteme, Schwerpunkt Bahnsicherung und -telematik
BAS/ÖPNVVerkehrsingenieurwesen, Bahnsysteme, Schwerpunkt Bahnbetrieb und Öffentlicher Personennahverkehr
BSIBahnsystemingenieurwesen, Master
BSI/BANLBahnsystemingenieurwesen, Vertiefung Bahnanlagen und Bahnbau
BSI/BBBahnsystemingenieurwesen, Vertiefung Bahnbetrieb
BSI/BS+TELBahnsystemingenieurwesen, Vertiefung Bahnsicherung und -telematik
BSI/ÖPNVBahnsystemingenieurwesen, Vertiefung Öffentlicher Personennahverkehr
MA/VWIVerkehrswirtschaft, Master
SYS/ÖPNVVerkehrsingenieurwesen, Verkehrssystemtechnik und Logistik, Schwerpunkt Bahn- und ÖPN-Verkehr
SYS/LUVerkehrsingenieurwesen, Verkehrssystemtechnik und Logistik, Schwerpunkt Luftverkehr
VIWVerkehrsingenieurwesen, 1.–4. Semester
VIW/EVSVerkehrsingenieurwesen, Planung und Betrieb elektrischer Verkehrssysteme
VIW/TELVerkehrsingenieurwesen, Verkehrstelematik
VIW/VPLVerkehrsingenieurwesen, Verkehrsplanung und Verkehrstechnik
Explanation of abbreviations of courses of study

Variable group number (only VIW)
The field group number (variable d) was formerly used as a division into different groups of exercises. Nowadays the groups of exercise are managed by the lecturers individually. So there is only one timetable for all students of a semester.
Advice: Different documents exist, where additional groups of exercises are displayed.

Key point 2: Which time, which date?

The standard class times are the usual times of classes at TU Dresden. However, there are a few exceptions which will be published by the lecturers individually (usually not for our courses of study).
The standard class times are divided into “Doppelstunden (DS)” (double hours). One double hour equals two “Semesterwochenstunden (SWS)” (number of hours held per week). A class with 4 SWS (see Documents) will therefore be held two times a week. A class with 1 SWS will only be held once every two weeks.
One DS is similar to 90 minutes of lecture. So the following time pattern is effective:

1. DS7:30am – 9:00am
2. DS9:20am – 10:50am
3. DS11:10am – 12:40pm
4. DS13:00pm – 14:30pm
5. DS14:50pm – 16:20pm
6. DS16:40pm – 18:10pm
7. DS18.30pm – 20:00pm
Overview of standard class times at TU Dresden

Classes may be held weekly, every two weeks or at singular dates (“Blockveranstaltungen”). For the first two cases the rule of “gerade Woche” and “ungerade Woche” (even and uneven weeks) is in place. This works as follows:

1. Woche=uneven week=uneven number of calendar week
2. Wocheeven week=even number of calendar week
Rule of even/uneven weeks

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Key point 3: What is my class?

For every (even/uneven) week and every double hours (see explanations above) a class may be visible in your timetable. The three lines of every cell have the following meanings:

1st LineLecturer
2nd LineName of the class
3rd LineVenus/room
Explanation of content of a cell in the timetable

1st Line
The lecturer annotated in the timetable, is the person in charge for the class formally. Sometimes the class will be held by another person by attorney without further notice. The following place holders may be used:

u. a.and others
N. N.person to be named
TUTORa student tutor
Place holders in the timetable

2nd Line
This line is divided into 3 fields a b c. Some external classes are excepted from this rule.
Field a indicates the type of the class, using the following abbreviations:

1st letter2nd letter
VVorlesung (Lecture)Oobligatorisch (mandatory)
ÜÜbung (Exercise)Wwahlobligatorisch (compulsory optional)
PPraktikum (Practical class)Ffakultativ (optional)
Abbreviations of types of classes

The first and second letter may be combined freely. The difference between W and F is as follows: Of all classes with W some have to be chosen. The classes with F are not mandatory in the course of study. Sometimes those may be used as general studies.

Field b is the actual name of the class. Theoretically this should be the same as in the official documents. However in practice there is a variety of abbreviations to not extend the width of the columns too much.

Field c is an acronym of the faculty providing the class. The following acronyms are used:

BIWBauingenieurwesenCivil Engineering
EuIElektrotechnik und InformationstechnikElectrical and Computer Engineering
INFInformatikComputer Science
JFJuristische FakultätFaculty of Law
MWMaschinenwesenMechanical Science and Engineering
VWVerkehrswissenschaften „Friedrich List“Transport and Traffic Science
WWWirtschaftswissenschaftenBusiness and Economics
Acronyms of faculties

3rd Line
This line provides information on where the class is hold. The line is structured like a/b/c, meaning the following:

bRoom number
cType of toom
Structure of rooms in the timetable

The room number (b) is not necessarily structured logically in a building. The Campus-Navigator gives a detailed overview of every building and helps to find a way in (and hopefully out too).

We hope this page provided you will all information needed. If you have any further questions or want to clarify something, feel free to contact us.