Course allocation is one of the most multi-faceted issues encountering Zayed University (ZU) Dubai. This is due to the delicate nature of choosing which group of students should be placed in courses that are immensely popular. For instance, I couldn’t get in to 3 courses I must enroll in for spring semester, which are the last 3 major courses remaining for me to take at ZU.
On that note, in the last few years, academics have suggested various solutions through application of matching theory, combinational auction design, and integer programming. This novel allocation process is founded on a draft developed by Harvard Business School. The process has received wide support from faculty and students for its effectiveness, impartiality, and effectiveness. I believe that ZU should also adopt the multi-assign problem. The multi-assign problem features a set of objects that cannot be divided which are to be allocated amongst a group of individuals, whereby money transfers are banned and individuals have favourites. The objective is to develop a technique where people are motivated to record their true preferences, with last allocation of the objects to individuals enhancing general welfare.
The most effective application of the multi-unit assignment problem is course allocation. Rather than a process by which students select their whole set of courses in one round, they register each semester via an automated draft that has four rounds, whereby students’ hand in a wish list that is predetermined; it will have 20 preferred courses for the semester in decreasing order of desirability. In every round, each student is handed a single selection, and is allocated his/her top-selection from all the courses that have spaces. By embracing this method, Zayed University will mitigate its course allocation problem.