Course Load

Fall-winter term- The normal course load for full-time undergraduate students in the fall-winter term is thirty credit hours (30h), or fifteen hours (15h) per term. The course load for part-time undergraduate students in the fall-winter term is less than nine credit hours (9h) per term.

Academic levels for undergraduate students

Year 1: completed credits 0-24
Year 2: completed credits 25-54
Year 3: completed credits 55-84
Year 4: completed credits 85-114
Year 5: completed credits 115 or more

Overloads-Students who have achieved a sessional grade point average of 2.5 in the previous academic year may register for 33h. Those who have achieved a sessional grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the previous academic year may register for 36h. First year students may register in no more than 30h. No student may register for more than 18h in any term.

Intersession- A maximum of nine hours (9h) may be taken in each part of intersession, except in science courses with laboratories and graduate courses where the maximum is six hours (6h). Thus a maximum of eighteen hours (18h) may be taken between the winter term and the subsequent fall term.

Changes to registration- Students are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of their record. The Registrar's Office will only record course, section and program changes when a student has initiated the process by following the drop, add or program change procedures. Similarly the Registrar's Office will only record a change of name or withdrawal from the University, or place a student on the list of potential graduates when the student has completed and submitted the appropriate forms either by mail, via the university's internet registration system, or in person.

Program changes- Admission is to a specific program. Students transferring from one program to another, for example, from science to business administration or from history to English, must have it approved by the director or department head of the unit they wish to enter, and by the Registrar's Office. Normally students must have a GPA of at least 2.00 to enter a program and a GPA of 3.00 to enter an honours program.

Course changes- During registration and add/drop periods, most adds and drops should be made on the registration system on the internet. For purposes of registration, sections of courses are considered to be individual courses.

Adds- Two-term or fall term courses may be added to a student's registration until September 12 and winter term courses until January 14.

Drops- Two-term or fall term courses discontinued on or before September 12 and winter term courses discontinued on or before January 14 will not appear on a student's transcript. Fall term courses discontinued between September 12 and October 26, two-term courses discontinued between September 12 and January 14, and winter-term courses discontinued between January 14 and February 28 appear on the transcript as W (withdrew). Courses noted by a W are not counted in the student's GPA. The notation F (failed) will appear on the student's official record for courses discontinued after the above dates unless permission has been granted by the dean for the course to be discontinued without academic penalty for substantial medical, psychological or compassionate reasons.

Evaluation

  • At the beginning of each course, professors are required to indicate, in writing, the workload for the course, the required elements for completion, together with the appropriate tentative dates and values of tests, term papers, quizzes and other assignments, attendance requirements and the value of final examinations.
  • No credit is given for a course unless all requirements for it have been completed.
  • Tests cannot be scheduled within the last ten days of classes in each term, except for routine weekly or end-of-chapter tests or daily exercises necessary to the presentation of a course, laboratory tests, and oral examinations in the languages.
  • All term papers must be due to instructors no later than the last scheduled class.
  • Tests and/or examinations may not be held in the study days prior to either the fall or winter term examination periods.
  • Examinations must be conducted during the examination periods established in this calendar unless an individual student is permitted to write at a later time.