Courses & Registration
Pre- and Post-registration
- What are the important dates (when classes start, registration deadlines, university holidays, final exams, etc.) I need to know?
- How do I know which courses to take?
- How do I know what the course prerequisites and corequisites are?
- Can I register in a course without successfully completing the prerequisites and/or corequisites for the course?
- Where do I get my course outlines/syllabi?
- I'm going to miss the first week of classes for work/travel, Is it okay to start classes the second week?
- How do I add courses/register for courses?
- How do I audit a course?
- How do I take a course through Open Studies?
- How do I add a 6th course?
- What if the course I want is full or I can't get in?
- Why was I dropped from a course?
- How do I drop or withdraw (W) from an individual course?
- What if I circumstances do not allow me to continue in my course(s) or how do I withdraw with cause (WC)?
- What if I cannot write my final exam(s) or how do I get an incomplete (I)?
Pre- and Post-registration
1. What are the important dates (when classes start, deadlines, university holidays, final exams) I need to know?
In your Admission Package, you should have been sent a Program Planning Guide (PPG) or a link to one. Additional copies of PPGs can be downloaded and printed online. Your PPG will list all required courses as well as provide a recommended sequencing plan for taking these courses. Some courses have a very specific sequence so it is always a good idea to stay connected with your academic advisor at the Calgary Campus to ensure that you are on track. It is important to remember that you follow the appropriate calendar year from when you began your first semester as an official U of L student.
Prerequisite courses (which must be completed in advance) and corequisite courses (which can be completed in advance or concurrently) are listed in the Academic Calendar, the Timetable, and Course Descriptions, and are important to follow.
Year Standing (or credit hours) - Some courses require 2nd, 3rd or 4th year standing as a prerequisite. Your year standing is based on the number of completed credit hours. The credit hours are indicated in the "Wght" (weight) column for each course on your transcripts. The credit hours are also specified in the Academic Calendar, the Timetable, and Course Descriptions.
Use the following chart (include transfer courses) to determine year standing for prerequisite purposes:
Please remember that just because The Bridge will allow you to register in a course, it does not necessarily mean that you sufficiently satisfy the mandatory prerequisites or corequisites needed to take that class. You will be dropped from courses for which you do not have the required prerequisites and/or corequisites before and/or after the add/drop deadline.
4. Can I register in a course without successfully completing the prerequisites and/or corequisites for the course?
No, you may not take a course without successfully completing its prerequisites and/or corequisites. You will be dropped from courses for which you do not have the required prerequisites and/or corequisites before and/or after the add/drop deadline.
Under certain circumstances, a Prerequisite Waiver form can be submitted to waive a prerequisite. Please meet with your advisor at the Calgary Campus to complete this form.
Course outlines are posted online about a week before classes start.
No. You are expected to attend classes on the first day. The date classes start for the semester published in advance, so you should be able to arrange your summer work schedule and/or travel accordingly. The first week is extremely important in order to get a good start on your studies. Students missing this week never really get to know what’s happening in the class.
Student registration is done through The Bridge. Step-by-step instructions and video tutorials on how to select your courses and register can be found on the How to Register website. We recommend that you confirm your class choices with your academic advisor. More information regarding Understanding the Class Schedules/Timetable is also available.
You can audit a course once you have been granted permission by the instructor to attend lectures in a course on the understanding that you may not participate in class discussions (except by invitation of the instructor), submit assignments, or sit for examinations. The course appears on the transcript as ‘AU' and no degree credit is granted for the course.
Please refer to the Registrar's Office page on Open Studies.
Students in good standing may take up to six courses (18.0 credit hours) in the Fall and Spring semesters. It should be stressed that heavy course loads are a common cause of poor academic performance.
You can add a sixth course the first day of classes for the semester through The Bridge.
There is lots of registration movement and a seat may open up in the course you want in one of the following ways:
- students are adding and dropping classes on a continual basis once registration begins and especially between the first day of classes right up until the add/drop date for the semester
- the Dhillon School of Business will be prerequisite checking and may drop students who do not have the required prerequisites for the course
- courses that are initially reserved for specific majors will have the reserves dropped mid-July for Fall semester and mid-December for Spring semester, resulting in available seats
So, if you are persistent in checking, you may be successful in adding the course. If you feel you have extenuating circumstances, please meet with an Advisor at your campus advising office.
The Dhillon School of Business may drop you from a course either before or after add/drop if you do not have the required prerequisites or corequisites. Be sure to check all Course Descriptions before registering for courses.
Before or during Add/Drop - You can drop a course through The Bridge before or on the Add//Drop deadline for the semester. No designation for the course will be shown on your transcripts and no fees will be assessed for the course.
After Add/Drop - Use the Course Withdrawal information sheet to examine the implications when withdrawing from a class before actually doing so. It will also be helpful to speak with your academic advisor at at the Calgary Campus.
You can withdraw from a course on or before the last day of classes by filling out a Course Withdrawal Form, available at the Calgary Campus office or the Registrar's Office. A designation of ‘W’ will be recorded on your transcripts and will have no impact on your GPA. You will be assessed a percentage of fees, effective the date of notification of withdrawal.
Please refer to the current Undergraduate Academic Calendar in the following section for the most complete information:
3. What if circumstances do not allow me to continue in my course(s) or how do I withdraw with cause (WC)?
In the case of a serious illness, accident, or other circumstance beyond your control, you may obtain a “Withdrawal with Cause” (WC) on or before the last day of classes. A ‘WC’ will be denoted on your transcript and will have no impact on your GPA.
If you have completed most of the course work in a course and encounter serious extenuating circumstances during or after the last two weeks of classes, you may, with the Instructor's and Associate Dean's permission be eligible for an incomplete (I).
An Incomplete will give you additional time to complete your course requirement(s). Until you have completed your requirement(s) or the deadline for you to complete the requirement(s) passes, an 'I' will appear on your transcript. Once you complete your course the 'I' will be changed to the grade that you earned in the course. If you fail to complete the course requirement(s) before the deadline the 'I' will be changed to an 'F'.