In this paper, we present a web-based group decision support system for the Academic Term Preparation problem faced at a business school of a large Middle Eastern university. This multi-stage problem involves several stakeholders that need to coordinate for the course offerings, instructor assignments, and the preparation of the relevant timetables. This coordination is facilitated through a web application that implements all stages of the workflow. It further automates the timetabling task through an optimization module using a new multi-objective mixed integer programming model. The model is based on curriculum and student sectioning requirements; academic and administrative policies; and, the present capacity situation. The new system replaces a semi-automated spread sheet tool, resulting in improved quality of timetables, efficient workflow coordination, customized reporting, significantly reduced lead times, and eradication of human errors.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Management Information Systems
- Information Systems and Management
- Information Systems