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Course Registration Workbook for undergraduate programs
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This guide will walk you through the TEN EASY STEPS that will help you to confirm your offer of admission and register for classes at the U of L.
Step 1: Accept your offer Congratulations on being offered admission! Before you can register for classes, we need you to confirm you are coming: •
Send us your completed Confirmation of Admission form (2nd page of your offer letter).
Pay your tuition deposit (usually $75).*
*This deposit is in addition to the $75 application fee you have already paid and is non‐refundable. It will be credited towards your account when you pay tuition.
This letter will also tell you the first day on which you can register for classes. If you are in Pre‐Engineering you must contact the Registration Help Line (403‐329‐2052) to register. If you are in B.N. Nursing, you will receive information from Lethbridge College on how to register.
Step 2: Receive your course registration package Your course registration package contains the information you need to help build your schedule and register for classes. We will send it to you by email and by mail. It will include: •
Program Planning Guide (PPG) o
Lists the courses you need to take and breaks them up into semesters.
Lists required courses and GLER courses. (What is a GLER course? Refer to the FAQ part of this book.)
Keep this guide and use it as a reference throughout your degree.
Find your PPG online: www.uleth.ca/ross/acadprog/undergrad
Timetable and Registration Guide o
Lists details for all courses being offered in the upcoming semester.
Each class will have a five‐digit Course Registration Number (CRN) that you will need when registering.
Find the most current timetable online: www.uleth.ca/ross/timetable.html To find out more about a course, refer to the course descriptions online: www.uleth.ca/ross/courses. You can use these descriptions to help choose electives (options) in your program and find additional information about your required courses. The U of L academic calendar is also a great resource for important dates, tuition and fees, program requirements, and much more. You can find the calendar online: www.uleth.ca/ross/calendar, or pick up a printed copy from the U of L bookstore.
Step 3: Build your schedule Task
Where to find help
Find the specific courses required by your program
Program planning guide
Find other courses that look interesting to you
Online course descriptions
See which courses are being offered and when
Build a conflict‐free schedule with your chosen courses
Worksheet (end of this book)
List some alternative course choices in case your first picks are unavailable.
Make sure you have the correct prerequisites before you register. o For example, if a course lists Math 30 as a prerequisite, you must have received a passing grade in Math 30 or its equivalent before you register in the class.
Build ALL the components of a class into your schedule – the section plus the lab, and/or the tutorial if there is a lab or a tutorial listed in the timetable.
Don’t overload your schedule. You can initially register in up to 15.0 credit hours (which is five 3.0 credit courses). If you will be involved with athletics, part‐time work, or other commitments, you may want to consider reducing your course load. To be a full‐time student, you need a minimum of 9.0 credit hours (which is three 3.0 credit courses).
Contact us if you have any questions!
Step 4: Log in to the Bridge If you have never logged in to the Bridge before, you will need your nine‐digit U of L ID number which was included in your offer letter from Admissions.
Choose a U of L username and password (if you haven’t): •
Go to www.uleth.ca/bridge
Click “Need a username?” in the box on the right.
Enter your ID number and birthdate.
Select a U of L username from a list of predetermined choices.
Set a new password.
Log in to the Bridge: •
Go to www.uleth.ca/bridge
Enter your new U of L username and password.
Step 5: Register for courses From the Registration Menu, select the semester: •
Click “Registrar’s Office and Student Services.”
Click “Select Term.”
Select the semester you want to register in (for example, Fall 2010).
Add Courses to your Schedule: •
Click “Add or Drop Classes.”
Enter the five‐digit number (CRN) that identifies each of your desired courses in the individual textboxes at the bottom of the page. o
You can add multiple courses at once, or add courses one at a time.
If you are adding a course that has a lab or tutorial, you must enter one CRN for each component. For example, enter the CRN for the section in one box, and the CRN for the lab or tutorial in another.
Click “Submit Changes.”
If you successfully registered in a course, it will appear in your “Current Schedule.”
If you were unable to register in a course, it will appear under “Registration Errors.” o
Refer to the end of this guide for a list of common error messages.
Drop a Course from your Schedule: • Click the dropdown arrow next to the course you wish to remove. •
Select “Drop/Delete on Web” from the list. o
You can drop multiple courses at once, or drop courses one at a time.*
Click “Submit Changes.”
* If you drop a lab or tutorial, it will also drop you out of the lecture section for that course, so if you want to change a lab time, try adding the new lab first. Once you’ve registered in the new time, then drop the old one. Use this strategy when changing any component (section, lab, or tutorial) of a linked course.
Search for Available Courses: •
Click “Class Search” at the bottom of the “Add Classes Worksheet.”
Select at least one subject from the list. o You can highlight multiple subjects by using the control key when clicking.
If you wish, you can narrow your search by selecting a campus, start and end time, or weekday.
Click “Class Search.”
Open sections will have an empty checkbox. o
Select one or more checkboxes.
Be careful not to choose a course offered in Calgary or Edmonton (sections beginning with Y or Z) if you are attending the Lethbridge campus.
Click “Register” to attempt to add it to your schedule.
Step 6: Confirm your Registration • • •
From the Registration Menu, click “Student Class Schedule.” Select the semester from the dropdown list. Click “Submit.”
Print a copy of your schedule before the first day of classes in case there are any room changes.
If you decide not to attend the U of L, make sure you drop all courses from your schedule before the Add/Drop deadline, otherwise you will owe tuition and fees.
Step 7: Log out of the Bridge • •
Click “EXIT” at the top right hand corner. Close your browser.
Step 8: Visit campus ‐ find your classrooms and buy textbooks
Book a tour online: discover.ulethbridge.ca, or take a classroom‐finder tour at our Jump the Line or New Student Orientation events before the start of classes. The textbooks you will need for each class are available from the U of L Bookstore. You can get a list of your textbooks two weeks before the start of each semester using the online Textfinder, or reserve your textbooks by completing the textbook reservation form. Find more textbook information online: www.uleth.ca/bookstore/books.
Step 9: Attend your first classes and play with your schedule The first few days at the start of each semester is called the Add/Drop period. Add/Drop usually lasts for the first week of classes and it gives you a chance to go to the first lecture of each of your classes and decide if you would like to make any changes to your schedule. This is a great time to try getting into a class if one you wanted had been full earlier. If you decide not to attend the U of L, the Add/Drop deadline is the last chance you have to remove all your courses from your schedule, otherwise, you will owe tuition and fees for those classes.
Step 10: Pay your tuition and fees Tuition for each semester is due the first working day of the month after classes start. For the Fall semester, this would be October 1. For the Spring, it is February 1.
That’s it! You’re now an official U of L student.
We look forward to seeing you on campus and hope you will have a great experience with us.
Common Registration Error Messages “Closed Section” This course is full. Other students will often drop courses from their schedule, so keep trying to register in case a seat becomes available.
“CRN does not exist” You have entered an invalid CRN. Check the online timetable for the most up to date information.
“CRN does not exst” or “Invalid Subject/Course/Section and CRN Combination” You have skipped a textbox (left one in the middle blank) when entering CRNs.
“Dean’s Approval” This course is not available for registration on the Bridge. Follow the instructions in the notes listed under this course in the timetable.
“Link Error” You have tried to register in a course with a lecture, lab, and/or tutorial component and one component is missing or full. You must enter CRNs for one of each before your click “Submit Changes”, or try a different lecture/lab/tutorial combination.
“Maximum Hours Exceeded” Fifteen credit hours (or five 3‐credit courses) is the maximum amount of credit hours allowed until the first day of classes.
“Reserve Closed; No Seat” This course is reserved for students who require it for their program, or there are no more reserved seats left for your program. Reserved seat restrictions are lifted during the summer, so keep trying to register in case a seat becomes available.
“Time Conflict” You cannot register in courses offered during the same time, or in courses that have overlapping times.
“You may not add or drop classes due to holds on your record” Return to the “Registrar’s Office and Student Services Menu” and click “View Holds”. You will have a hold on your account if we are still missing documents from you, if you owe money to the university, etc.
“You may register during the following times” You are attempting to register before or after your assigned registration dates. Note that if this is your first semester, your assigned registration period lasts from the registration date on your offer letter until the end of the Add/Drop period (the first week of classes).
How do I change my program?
number that identifies it and you can enter this number in the appropriate box online to try to register in a course. You will find a course’s CRN by looking in the timetable, or by using the registration system’s lookup function.
You can change your program at any time by filling out a Program Change form at the Registrar’s Office in the Students’ Union Building (SU170). We recommend changing your program after the Add/Drop period, otherwise you will have to re‐register for courses. If you would like to change it now, contact us.
What is a required course? A required course is something you need to take and pass before you can graduate. The program planning guide for your major will list your required courses.
What is an elective? An elective is a course of your choice, but some restrictions may apply. Check your Program Planning Guide for details.
What is a section? A section is the main lecture component of a course where everyone in that section meets at the same time to get instruction from the professor teaching the course.
What is a lab/tutorial? A lab or tutorial is an additional component of a course and each lab or tutorial may include only a small number of students from the section. It is often used to review concepts from the lecture, practice assignment problems, or get additional help with course concepts.
What if I don’t get all the classes I want? You may not be able to get all the classes you want the first time you try to register. Keep trying to register in case a seat in your desired course becomes available. It’s a good idea to have some alternate courses in mind when you register so that you can fill any holes in your schedule. If the course you’re missing is a required course in your program, we may be able to put you on a wait‐list so that you are first in line for any available seats. Contact your faculty advising office for more information.
What if I decide not to attend? If you decide not to attend the U of L at this time, it is extremely important that you drop all the courses you have added to your schedule before the Add/Drop deadline. If you do not drop your courses, you will be assessed the tuition and fees for those courses. You should also send us a letter to cancel your admission status. Refer to the Timetable and Registration Guide for details.
Who can I contact for help? Email: email@example.com Recruitment and Student Life : 403‐329‐2762
What is a CRN? CRN stands for Course Registration Number. Each course component has a unique five‐digit
Call the Registration Help Line: 403‐329‐2052 Call the Information Centre: 403‐320‐5700
What is a GLER (General Liberal Education Requirement) course? In order to give your degree breadth and flexibility, all U of L students must fulfill the General Liberal Education Requirement (GLER). This involves taking at least four courses from three different areas: Fine Arts and Humanities, Social Science, and Science. For examples of course subjects that can be found in these areas, refer to the list below.
LIST I: FINE ARTS AND HUMANITIES COURSES • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Agricultural Studies (some courses) Art Art History/Museum Studies Dramatic Arts English Fine Arts History Kinesiology and Phys. Ed. (some courses) Linguistics Modern Languages (French, German, Japanese, Spanish) Music Native American Studies New Media Philosophy (most courses) Political Science (some courses) Religious Studies Writing
LIST II: SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSES • Agricultural Studies (most courses) • Anthropology • Archaeology (most courses) • Economics (most courses) • Geography (most courses) • Kinesiology and Phys. Ed. (most courses)
• • • •
Political Science (most courses) Psychology (most courses) Sociology Women’s Studies
LIST III: SCIENCE COURSES • Agricultural Studies (some courses) • Archaeology (some courses • Astronomy • Biological Sciences • Biochemistry • Chemistry • Computer Science • Economics (some courses) • Engineering • Environmental Science (most courses) • Geography (some courses) • Geology • Kinesiology and Phys. Ed. (some courses) • Liberal Education (some courses) • Logic • Mathematics • Neuroscience • Philosophy (some courses) • Physics • Psychology (some courses) • Statistic
The required courses in your chosen major will likely fulfill some GLER courses. For example, if you are completing a B.A.(English), your required English courses will satisfy the Fine Arts and Humanities requirement, so you should choose four GLER courses from the Social Science list and four from the Science list that you will complete throughout your degree. Your program planning guide will show you where to fit in courses from the three GLER areas. If your program guide lists a “GLER course,” treat it like an elective (a course of your choice), but make sure it is from the right area. When registering, look in the timetable to find a course’s GLER designation. If the course doesn’t list a designation, it will not count towards your GLER. More information and a complete listing of GLER courses can be found in the U of L academic calendar (www.uleth.ca/ross/calendar) at the end of Part 4 – Academic Regulations.