Exams

Oct. 19th, 2012 12:30 pm
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 I probably wouldn't be concerned with this at all if it weren't for Snape's Worst Memory... and then thinking about what else I can do with exam weeks.

Thoughts:
OWL / NEWT levels for each subject, even if it's extremely unlikely that anyone is taking that NEWT. It could happen.
Written/Theoretical exams: History, Charms, Defense, Transfiguration, Herbology, Potions, Muggle Studies, Arithmancy, Ancient Runes
(9 at 2 levels each = 18)

Practical Exams: Charms, Defense, Transfiguration, Potions, Herbology, Magical Creatures, Divination
(7 at 2 levels with 4 sections each = 56) wait, what? -- Nvm, it's okay, exams can happen in like eight classrooms at once. We got this.

Written exams can be sat by an entire year at once. Practicals by individual classes.
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Honestly this was easier than I expected after all that.

Tons of white space. Good, good!


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Okay, new approach to this one: two-week block scheduling, as carefully organized as possible but switched around each week to look random if only one part can be seen. 
For example, classes are divided G/H and R/S in Herbology (with History, Muggle Studies, and Ancient Runes) and G/S, H/R for Potions, Flying, Care of Magical Creatures (and Arithmancy). Grouping Herb/Hist/Crtr/Arith and Mugg/Rune/Potn/Fly and switching the class orders for each pair of classes, then the block locations for each quad, yields the densest packing I've found.

I am aware that that makes absolutely no sense. Have a picture:

a messy chart

That may make even less sense. Have fun.

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 I think version 1 of this monster started with me trying to incorporate the same class times that are sometimes mentioned in the books. That didn't last long, they're completely arbitrary and messed with the available times for classes that weren't mentioned, to the point where things couldn't happen. That file is gone so I can't see the differences between versions 1 and 2.

I'm not sure what was going on with version 3 except that I switched to a two-week block schedule. It kind of looks like I never figured out how to adapt the Charms/Defense/Transfiguration sections to the two-week model.  Oh! That's something. I arranged the courses into groups based on how the sections are divided. (i.e. Charms, Defense, and Transfiguration are solo; Potions, Flying, and Magical Creatures are G/S and H/R; while Herbology is G/H and R/S). I grouped History, Muggle Studies, and Ancient Runes with Herbology, and Arithmancy with Magical Creatures and Potions just to make my life easier.
Divination's just sitting by itself, no times assigned.
Astronomy isn't even on this schedule. NEXT.

Version 4 looks like it was never finished, and a bit like it was based on information out of 3. Display changed from the class based input-the-section type to House/Year based input-the-class. Honestly it's impossible to do this thing without both at the same time, and preferably with two different monitors, because each of these suckers will take up a whole screen. But it looks like this, only longer:
too much data

Thoughts?
Move the second week in the House/Year version to below the first, because this chart is far wider than it is tall. Keep the courses broken up by the type of section they take, and start again from scratch. ex. apparently Potions doesn't need to be more than biweekly for OWL students, which could actually free up a lot of time. Comments about third year being the first with free periods and having Friday afternoons off as ickle firsties are clearly contradictory and will therefore be disregarded entirely. Astronomy only happens in the middle of the night; worry about it separately after the main thing is done. 

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