A web-based group decision support system for academic term preparation

Atiq W. Siddiqui, Syed Arshad Raza, Zeeshan Muhammad Tariq

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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.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalDecision Support Systems
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Information Systems


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