For the academic year 2020-21, the extended FAS Schedule features 75-minute teaching blocks across the 24-hour clock. This is to ensure classes to take place between 7:30 AM and 10:15 PM in students' local time zones.
The instructional day at FAS is organized around designated class start times and fixed pass times. All classes (including labs, discussions, etc.) must start at the designated class start times. See the Summary of the FAS Schedule Change Faculty Legislation for details.
The intent of the revised schedule is multi-fold:
- To implement proper schedule blocks and passing time between the Cambridge and Allston campuses.
To decompress class scheduling across all days of week and times of day to allow for optimal classroom use and cause fewer student time conflicts by developing a more equitably spread schedule throughout the week.
Overview of the Schedule Blocks
1. There are 75 Minute Blocks for Cambridge and Allston.
Start times are fixed. Instruction cannot take place during pass time. Cambridge 75 minute blocks can end after the 60 minute mark, e.g. 9-10 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM, etc. See the Summary of the FAS Schedule Change Faculty Legislation for more details.
|Cambridge Campus (L)||Allston Campus (R)|
|9:00am - 10:15am||9:45am - 11:00am|
|10:30am - 11:45am||11:15am - 12:30pm|
|12:00pm - 1:15pm||12:45pm - 2:00pm|
|1:30pm - 2:45pm||2:15pm - 3:30pm|
|3:00pm - 4:15pm||3:45pm - 5:00pm|
|4:30pm -5:45pm||5:15pm - 6:30pm|
|6:00pm - 7:15pm||6:45pm - 8:00pm|
2. Cambridge classes, seminars, colloquia, and labs requiring more than 75 minutes in any single meeting
Longer blocks begin from a specified subset of the designated class start times. Start times are fixed. Instruction cannot take place during pass time. Cambridge 2 hour and 45 minute blocks can end variably after the 2 hour mark, e.g. 9-11 AM, 12-2:15 PM, etc. See the Summary of the FAS Schedule Change Faculty Legislation for more details.
|Cambridge Campus||Allston Campus|
|9:00am - 11:45am||9:45am - 12:30pm|
|*9:45am - 11:45am|
|12:00pm - 2:45pm||12:45pm - 3:30pm|
|*12:45pm - 2:45pm|
|3:00pm - 5:45pm||3:45pm - 6:30pm|
|*3:45pm - 5:45pm|
|6:00pm - 8:45pm||6:45pm - 9:30pm|
|*6:45pm - 8:45pm|
* Courses meeting exactly 2 hours only.
3. Rules regulating possible combinations of days of the week
A course meeting 3 days a week must do so on M/W/F. A course meeting 2 days a week must do so on T/TH -- or M/W, or M/F, or W/F.
Key Resources to Support FAS Departments with Schedule Analysis
The Department Course Balance program was developed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in partnership with the FAS Registrar’s Office. Departments will not be required to use this tool, but we hope that it will serve as a useful resource.
- Instructional Guide-How to Use the Course Balance Tool
- Course balance tool
- Summary of the FAS Schedule Change Faculty Legislation
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