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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions (Courses Site) | Registrar | York University

I am interested in taking a course. What should I do?

In order to take any courses, you must be admitted to the University. Please visit our Future Students Website, which contains information on the admission process.

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When can I enrol?

Every student is assigned a specific date/time when they can start accessing the online Registration and Enrolment Module (REM). These access times are available here. Enrolment times are assigned according to the number of credits you have earned, plus your currently enrolled credits. The dates/times are spread out over several weeks in order to prevent many thousands of students from overloading the system at the same time.

Enrolment via the online Registration and Enrolment Module (REM) requires access to Passport York. Students new to the university are given access when they attend their new student advising appointment.

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Is there a schedule of courses by major?

No. Courses are listed by many categories like subject, term, instructor, department etc., but not by major. There are majors that a student can take within the framework of multi-departmental programs. These are courses offered across several different departments. You would have to go to the appropriate page in the Undergraduate Calendar and see the list of courses which can be taken for the particular major. Courses can also be found by going to the York Courses Website and searching under the appropriate Faculty/department.

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How do I see if space is available in a course?

People with a valid Passport York account will be able to view space information. When viewing the course schedule, you will be presented with a link to see availability. When you click on that link, you will be asked to sign in to Passport York; once you sign in you will not have to do so again until you logout or close your internet browser.

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The course that I want is almost full and my enrolment time has not started yet. What can I do to enrol in it?

Since enrolment access times are assigned according to the number of credits that a student has, it is generally expected that students with later access times (i.e. in lower year levels) will still be able to find space in courses since students with earlier access times will enrol in upper-level courses.

However, there will be courses which will fill up before your enrolment window opens. In some cases these may be your preferred courses. Please note that departments will NOT reserve seats for you before your window opens.

Please keep in mind that students will continue to add and drop courses throughout the enrolment period. As well, de-enrolment exercises occur regularly throughout the entire enrolment period, so students who do not pay their registration deposit (or make other arrangements) may also be dropped from your preferred course. Keep trying to enrol in your preferred course - spaces may eventually open.

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What do "Course Reserved" and "With Restriction" mean?

The terms "Course Reserved" and "With Restriction" are related to the option that departments have to give certain types of students priority to enrol in their courses. For example, the Mathematics Department might prefer to have only students who are majoring in mathematics enrolled in their 4000-level courses. First-year courses might be set aside for students who have just been admitted to the University.

The expression "Course Reserved" means that all of the seats have been set aside for a specific academic category of student. In some cases it might be as general as preventing graduate students from enrolling in undergraduate courses. In others, the course might be reserved for very specific groups of students.

"With Restriction" means that some of the seats have been set aside for a specific academic category of student. The number of seats that have been set aside for this specific category is determined by the particular department that offers the course.

Please note that some departments will keep their seats reserved/restricted early in the enrolment period. Then, just before the beginning of classes, they may open the remaining seats. Keep trying to enrol throughout the enrolment period.

It is hard to say exactly for whom seats may have been reserved or restricted. If you are enrolling in courses which are appropriate to your year level, major and/or minor, you will have a better chance of meeting the restrictions.

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What does "Backup" mean?

When a lecture or tutorial is designated as a backup, it is not available to students for registration unless the department that offers the course decides there is enough demand to open it. You may contact the department to find out if this is a possibility. Check the Faculties websites for contact information.

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What do the terms, abbreviations and acronyms in the course timetables mean?

Term: This is the length of the course. The sessional dates associated with each term are posted under Important Dates.
Section: Some courses, i.e. language courses, have more than one section, which means that the students enrolled in this course are divided into groups (sections) that may be scheduled for different times and/or dates.
Type: structure of the course: Acronyms for the days of the week:
  • BLEN = blended learning (previously LECI)
  • CORS = correspondence
  • FDEX = field experience
  • FIEL = field trip
  • INTR = Internet
  • ISTY = independent studies
  • LAB = laboratory
  • LECT = lecture
  • LGCL = language course
  • ONLN = fully online (previously INTR)
  • PRAC = practicum
  • SEMR = seminar
  • STDO = studio
  • THES = thesis
  • TUTR = tutorial
  • WKSP = workshop
  • M = Monday
  • T = Tuesday
  • W = Wednesday
  • R = Thursday
  • TR = Tuesday and Thursday
  • F = Friday
  • S = Saturday
  • U = Sunday
  • SU = Saturday and Sunday
Location: This shows the building and the room for classes. A list of the short forms used for buildings can be found under Building Acronyms (click on Building Acronyms in the left gray bar).
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The courses site shows only very brief descriptions. Where do I find the syllabus and grading schemes?

The courses site contains the official course descriptions. However, most departments publish additions to the description (i.e. course outlines and syllabuses) which include more information about the contents of the course, the graded components, the deadlines for projects etc. Access to the Faculty Web sites can be obtained from the Current Students Website. Once at the Faculty site, choose the department, and then look for links called "mini calendar", "course outlines" or "supplemental calendar".

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Whom should I contact if a description of the course I have enrolled in is blank or marked TBA?

The Faculties are responsible for providing the course description information which is included in this database. Please contact the appropriate Faculty's Office of Student Programs (or equivalent).

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I want to take a course that is labeled as BLEN (blended learning) or ONLN (fully online). What does this mean?

Blended learning:
In the blended mode, also known as ‘hybrid’, class time is a combination of face-to-face and online delivery.

Face-to-face instruction is replaced by online instruction for one third of the course, while one third of the course is delivered face-to-face. The remaining third may be any combination of online or face-to-face.

Total course contact hours will remain the same as a traditional face-to-face course.

Fully online:
Students do not physically attend classes. All lectures and course activities are delivered online. The student may be required to come to campus (or another location) to write tests or exams.

Course directors may create opportunities for students to come to campus but attendance is not mandatory.

Please refer to course syllabus for more details.

For blended and fully online courses offered by LA&PS or Health, please contact the eServices Office. For courses offered by other Faculties, please contact the department that offers the course.

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What skills and technology will I need to proceed with a BLEN (blended learning) or ONLN (fully online) course?

eLearning courses with blended and fully online learning have been created to provide greater access to course content/materials with innovative activities to enrich your learning experience as you engage with the content. It is important for you to know that to be successful in courses with online learning activities (otherwise known as elearning) you need to have the following qualities/tools: 1) good at working independently and creating deadlines to manage course requirements; 2) comfortable with written communications and participating in online discussions with people you might not have yet met, and 3) have access to a computer when you need it and are an experienced computer user.

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What are course credit exclusions?

Course credit exclusions are pairs of courses which may not both be taken for degree credit since their content overlaps significantly. If degree requirements specify that one of the pair is required to fulfill a program requirement, you may not enrol in the other - it cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements. Course credit exclusions are listed in the course descriptions section of the Undergraduate Calendar.

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I need descriptions for courses I took a while ago. Where can I find those?

Please visit our Course Search By... site. This site contains course descriptions for courses which have been offered at least once since Fall 1998. If you are looking for a pre-1998 course, you should contact the department which offered the course.

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I am enrolled in another university, but want to take some courses at York that count towards my degree. What should I do?

First, find the description of the course(s) you wish to take. You then need to bring the course description to your institution to find out if they will count it for credit towards your degree. You would need a letter of permission (LOP) from the institution that you are attending and then would have to apply for admission to York. More information is available at Visiting Student Admission.

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Where can I find textbook lists?

Required textbooks are to be found at the York University Bookstores Website.

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This FAQ does not answer my question. Where can I get more information?

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