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AN AUTOMATED SCHEDULING SYSTEM FOR UNIVERSITY LECTURES AND EXAMINATIONS
Abstract— Scheduling has been a real-life combinatorial problem over the years. University timetabling, which is part of time scheduling, represents a difficult optimization problem, which most universities are grappling with; hence, developing software systems that automate timetabling has also been a challenging task. The aim of this study was to develop an automated system that can simplify the lecture and examination timetabling in the University. The system was designed with an object-oriented analysis and design approach using the unified modelling language. The resulting web application was implemented using the Java Enterprise Edition version 6, with MySQL Server as the backend database system. The resultant software schedules lectures and examinations interactively and in batches for the eleven departments of the Faculty of Science at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Lectures are scheduled randomly in timeslots, satisfying the constraints provided in the system. The output of the resulting timetable is by far better than the manual approach, eliminating venue and time clashes in the process.
Index Terms— scheduling, automated, timetabling, lecture, examination, algorithm, software