Course Selection FAQ - Winter 2018


Where do I find a list of courses that I am supposed to take?

Where not to find it? Google! If you use Google to find your required courses, it will take you to the wrong calendar!

The list of courses you must take is called your Schedule of Studies and it is based upon your Calendar Year. It is therefore important to confirm your Calendar Year so that you follow the correct Schedule of Studies. If you follow the incorrect Calendar, you could be taking the wrong courses and delaying your graduation. 

Follow the steps below to find your calendar year. You will be using the Academic Evaluation* tool to find this information.

  1. Login to WebAdvisor and select the ‘Program/Academic Evaluation’ menu item.
  2. Run your evaluation. On the top left of your Evaluation you will see ‘Calendar’. The year listed indicates your Calendar Year, e.g., 2015 means that you will follow the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar.
  3. Once you know your Calendar Year, select it from the following list (this link will take you to the Undergraduate Calendar): 
  4. Select your Major from the list on the right (if you are in Co-op, be sure to select the Co-op major). Here you will find all of the courses required for your degree program in semester order. 

A reminder -- all B.Comm majors are progressive, i.e. fourth year courses build on third year courses and so on. Taking required courses out of sequence (as outlined in your Schedule of Studies) will lead to time tabling difficulties later on. It is also difficult to monitor class sizes if second year students take third year courses, and third year students jump to fourth year courses, etc.  Although you may have the prerequisites for a core course, it does not necessarily mean that now is the appropriate time for you to take it. Conversely, delaying taking core courses can have serious scheduling consequences and may delay your graduation.

*Your Academic Evaluation is a useful tool as it lists all of your completed, in progress and remaining core courses. Use it in conjunction with your Schedule of Studies to plan your course schedule.


When can I add my courses?

You add courses according to your Course Selection Window on the specific day assigned to you or on any day after that throughout the course selection period. Course selection ends Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Course Selection Windows are based upon your Class Level and ID Number. To find your current Class Level please refer to the Course Selection Information email you were sent on October 2 or 3. You can also find it by logging into WebAdvisor and running your Program/Academic Evaluation. 

Windows will open at 8:00 am on each day listed in the tables below. WebAdvisor is available on a daily basis, including weekends. *Interruptions in service may occur daily 2:00 am – 4:30 am.

Note that the ID number ranges in the tables below may not be listed sequentially. The sequences of the ID number ranges change depending on your class level and the course selection period to ensure all students have an opportunity to select courses in the first window at some point in their time at Guelph.

It is very important to complete your course selection on your designated day as course sections can fill up quickly.  By delaying, you risk not being able to register for courses you have planned on taking.

Winter 2018 course selection windows

Class level 1 and 2

Ending ID Number Range  Window Open Date
ending digits 00 to 20 Wednesday, October 11, 2017
ending digits 21 to 40 Thursday, October 12, 2017
ending digits 41 to 60 Friday, October 13, 2017
ending digits 61 to 80 Monday, October 16, 2017
ending digits 81 to 99  Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Class Level 7 and Higher

Ending ID Number Range Window Open Date
ending digits 34 to 66 Wednesday, October 18, 2017
ending digits 67 to 99 Thursday, October 19, 2017
ending digits 00 to 33 Friday, October 20, 2017

Class Level 5 and Higher

Ending ID Number Range Window Open Date
ending digits 00 to 25 Monday, October 23, 2017
ending digits 26 to 50 Teusday, October 24,2017
ending digits 51 to 75 Wednesday, October 25, 2017
ending digits 76 to 99 Thursday, October 26, 2017

Class Level 3 and Higher

Ending ID Number Range Window Open Date
ending digits 51 to 75  Friday, October 27, 2017
ending digits 76 to 99 Monday, October 30, 2017
ending digits 00 to 25 Teusday, October 31, 2017
ending digits 26 to 50 Wednesday, November 1, 2017

All Class Levels (all students)

Thursday November 2, 2017 course selection is open to all students.

Example: an undergraduate student currently registered in class (semester) level 5 with a student id # of 1234567 may submit their Winter 2018 course selection using WebAdvisor or in person to Enrolment Services (UC3) beginning Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

WebAdvisor Help is accessible anytime by clicking on Help in the orange menu bar at the top of the page. For additional assistance, questions can be submitted in the Ask Gryph question field. WebAdvisor support is also available via Enrolment Services at ext. 58731 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.


Can I add courses after November 2?

There are is one additional Course Add period listed below. 

  • December 11 to January 12, 2018

*It is however highly recommended that you complete your course selection on your designated day as course sections can fill up quickly. By delaying, you risk not being able to register for courses you have planned on selecting.


A course I want to get into is full. How can I add this course?

The B.Comm Program Counselling office does not have signing authority, so unfortunately we cannot sign you into full courses. Our advice is to keep monitoring WebAdvisor to see if any spots open. If you are not seeing any spaces open up, it is important that you contact the Department that offers the course, ask if they can override the course capacity, and give you permission to be added. WebAdvisor does not have a ‘waiting list’, so the only way for a Department to know that there is additional demand is by contacting them directly. Remember that overloads are at the discretion of the Department and they may, or may not approve your request. If they approve your request, you will need to obtain the Department's signature on a Course Waiver Request form. A list of Departmental Contacts is available at the bottom of this page. You will then take the signed form to Enrollment Services, 3rd floor, University Centre where they manually add you into the courses. This must happen prior to the end of the course selection period on November 2. Remember: these waivers do not require a Program Counsellor’s Signature.


WebAdvisor won’t let me add a course. What should I do?

First, be sure to check that you have the correct prerequisites---WebAdvisor will not let you add a course if you are missing any of the required courses. You can always check the most up to date prerequisites by clicking on the course name in WebAdvisor (it will open as new window). If you feel you have the appropriate background, or you have had a substitution approved for a course that is a prerequisite, please contact the Department that offers the course and ask if they can allow you to take the course. Note: The B.Comm Program Counselling office does not have signing authority, so unfortunately we cannot sign you into a course if you are missing a prerequisite. Remember that Waivers are at the discretion of the Department and they may, or may not add you to the course. If they approve your request, you will need to obtain the Department's signature on a Course Waiver Request form. A list of Departmental Contacts is included at the bottom of this page. You will then take the signed form to Enrollment Services, 3rd floor, University Centre where they manually sign you into the courses. This must happen prior to the end of the course selection period November 2. Remember: these waivers do not require a Program Counsellor’s Signature.

NOTE: If you fail a course in Fall 2017 and it is a prerequisite for another course you have registered to take in Winter 2018, you may no longer be eligible to take the later course. Please contact the Department offering the course and ask if you will be deregistered from the course(s) requiring the prerequisite. A list of Departmental Contacts is available at the bottom of this page.


I can’t find a course in WebAdvisor that is listed on my Schedule of Studies

It may be that the name of the course or the course code has changed. For a list of all changes, visit Course Changes. Please note that some changes will not show up in your Academic Evaluation. Provided you complete the course from the list above, it will be used to fulfil your degree requirements.

Departments may also change the name, course number or semester offering of some of your courses. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of the current (2017-2018) calendar for the most up to date information.

If you encounter a required course that is not listed in WebAdvisor or the Undergraduate Calendar, please contact either your Faculty Advisor or the B.Comm Program Counselling Office as soon as possible.


I am on a Co-op Work Term.
What is my Class Level? How do I submit a Waiver?

If you are presently out on your work term, keep in mind that your semester/class level has not increased while you have been on your work term (unless you have taken courses).  It is the same as when you began your Co-op work term. 

If for any reason you require a Course Waiver to add a course, e.g. you are missing prerequisites, requesting an overload, etc., please refer to the FAQ’s, ‘WebAdvisor won’t let me add a course’ or ‘A course I want to get into is full’. Remember that this is a paper-based process so you cannot add these courses via WebAdvisor. You will need a Course Waiver Request form. If your work term is beyond a reasonable commuting distance to Guelph, be sure to tell the Departmental representative that you are out of town and ask how you can make alternate arrangements to get the waiver form to them, e.g., fax or scan & email. Remember that once you have the departmental signature you will then need to forward the completed form to Enrolment Services via fax 519-766-0143 or scan & email to ups@registrar.uoguelph.ca. If you use scan & email, you must use your @mail.uoguelph.ca account.


How do I get Permission to take a 6th Course (3.00 credits)?

To take 3.00 credits (in most cases this equals 6 courses) you must obtain permission from the B.Comm Program Counselling Office on a Course Waiver Request Form.  Students wishing to add up to 3.00 credits must meet the following criteria:

  1. have attained a 70% cumulative average OR
  2. be in the final semester of their degree program AND
  3. must NOT be registered in HTM*3090 Restaurant Operations Management  

If you meet the above criteria, the earliest date you may request permission is the last day of Course Selection, November 2, 2017.  Alternately, you may request permission during the additional Add period December 11 to January 12, 2018

If you do not meet these requirements you have the option of adding the additional 0.5 credit without permission on the last day of the Add period, January 12, 2018,  however, you are strongly discouraged from doing so unless you meet the criteria above.


Can I choose fewer than five courses?

The normal full-time course load is 2.5 credits (usually 5 courses) per semester. 2.0 credits (usually 4 courses) is still considered full-time. Part-time is 1.5 credits or less in a semester (3 or fewer courses). While you have the option to study part-time (except Co-op students), we suggest that you speak with a Program Counsellor to decide if this is an appropriate option for you. Note: there are tuition and fee differences between full-time and part-time studies. Visit Student Financial Services for details.


I am interested in adding a Minor.

There are a number of specific requirements so please carefully read the information found at Adding a Minor.


Is there a limit to the number of 1000 level (1st Year) courses I can take?

While students in other programs may have a maximum, as a B.Comm student you may take as many first year courses as you wish towards your Liberal Education and Free Elective requirements.


What Electives should I take?

While our office cannot recommend an elective, the Elective Courses website does have some helpful tips. You will also find information on the 1.5 Liberal Education credit requirement.


Where can I find a list of Special Topics courses?

The Special Topics Courses page contains descriptions of unique courses offered by the College of Business and Economics. They include courses that cover a current or specialized topic, that are in a "trial" phase before being offered on an ongoing basis, or they are one-time offerings. These courses can vary from term to term and may not be offered each semester. They are normally offered at the 3000 or 4000 level and may require instructor consent to register.


I just transferred into B.Comm from a different program.

If you have not yet met with a Program Counsellor, we would strongly encourage you to do so. Given the similarities of some courses, e.g. mathematics, it is important to confirm that you are taking the correct courses. 


I am on Probation. Will my winter courses have an effect on my status?

Yes. As a Probationary student, you must obtain a semester average of 60% or higher in order to be eligible to continue your studies at the University of Guelph. Remember that regardless of the number of courses you take this winter (be it one or five), your semester average is based upon all courses taken between January and April. If you are on Probation at the beginning of the winter semester, you should be extremely cautious. A winter 2018  semester average of less than 60% will result in you being Required to Withdraw from the University of Guelph. 

Reminder: all B.Comm students must have achieved a cumulative university average (GPA) of 60% or higher to graduate.  


I still have questions. Who should I ask?

B.Comm Program Counsellors are available on a drop-in only basis, October 11 to November 2 during the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:00am to12:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Friday 9:00am to12:00pm and 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Mornings are usually the least busy. We also ask that you arrive well in advance of the lunch and end of day closing times. Depending upon demand, we may ask you to return after lunch or the following day. 

We are located in the Macdonald Hall (MAC Bldg.) Room 106.  We can be reached in person, by phone (ext. 56757) or by e-mail bcomm@uoguelph.ca.  Please note that due to increased volume during peak periods, e-mail and voice mail messages may receive a delayed response. If your query is urgent, it is best to come by our office and speak to one of our staff in person.   

Alternatively, Faculty Advisors for each major are also available to assist you with course selection and other questions.  If you do not know who your Faculty Advisor is, a list of names and contact information is posted on the UAIC website.

If you experience problems with your course selection please notify the B.Comm Program Counselling Office or your Faculty Advisor for your major immediately. Problems cannot be resolved if we do not know about them.

Departmental Contacts for B.Comm Courses

If a signature is required on Course Waiver Form, please contact the following:

Course Name Email Office location Ext
ACCT Prof. Connie Zavitz czavitz@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Hall, Rm 213 54078
ECON Prof. Evie Adomait eadomait@uoguelph.ca MacKinnon, Rm 728 56343
FARE Kathryn Selves kselves@uoguelph.ca J.D. MacLachlan, Rm 311 52771
HROB Prof. Connie Zavitz czavitz@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Hall, Rm 213 54078
HTM Alison Crerar hftmadv@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Stewart, Rm 206 58710
MCS Rita Raso mkmnadv@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Institute, Rm 205 56126
MGMT*1000 Alison Crerar hftmadv@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Stewart, Rm 206 58710
MGMT*3020 Prof. Connie Zavitz czavitz@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Hall, Rm 213 54078
MGMT*3030 Alison Crerar hftmadv@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Stewart, Rm 206 58710
MGMT*3320 Prof. Connie Zavitz czavitz@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Hall, Rm 213 54078
MGMT*4000 Alison Crerar hftmadv@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Stewart, Rm 206 58710
MGMT*4020 & 4030 Rita Raso rraso@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Institute, Rm 205 56126
MGMT*4050 & 4060 CBaSE www.uoguelph.ca/cbase/course-credit
or cbase@uoguelph.ca
Macdonald Hall, 3rd floor 53056
MGMT*4260 Prof. Connie Zavitz czavitz@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Hall, Rm 213 54078
MGMT*4350 Prof. Connie Zavitz czavitz@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Hall, Rm 213 54078
REAL Rita Raso rraso@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Institute, Rm 205 56126

FOR ALL OTHER COURSES: Contact the department that is offering the course directly. To determine which department is offering the course, refer to the Course Descriptions section of the calendar.