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Course Timetables

Professors’ Commentary:
The Politics of Course Time Slots

Paul J. Campbell, Beloit College
Darrah P. Chavey, Beloit College
Philip D. Straffin, Beloit College

UMAP Journal, 15(2), (1994), pp. 123-136.


Students in the Undergraduate Mathematical Modeling Competition had two choices this year for their modeling problems, one of which was to find an optimal schedule of course time slots that minimizes conflicts in student choices. After the mathematics, though, comes the nonmathematical difficulties of practical application and implementation, i.e. “selling the solution” to the clients. We discuss both the course assignment optimization problem, and the additional difficulties involved in selling the solution to the faculty involved.


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