Course Selection FAQ - Fall 2019
- Where do I find a list of courses that I am supposed to take?
- When can I add my courses?
- A course I want to get into is full. How can I add this course?
- WebAdvisor won’t let me add a course. What should I do?
- How do I submit a Waiver if I'm not in Guelph
- I can’t find a course in WebAdvisor that is listed on my Schedule of Studies
- I am on a Co-op Work Term. What is my Class Level? How do I submit a Waiver?
- How do I get Permission to take a 6th Course (3.00 credits)?
- What is MGMT*1100
- How do I know in what semester a course is offered?
- Can I choose fewer than five courses?
- I am interested in adding a Minor
- Is there a limit to the number of 1000 level (1st Year) courses I can take?
- What electives should I take?
- Where can I find a list of Special Topics courses?
- I just transferred into B.Comm from a different program
- I am on probation. Will my summer courses have an effect on my status?
- I still have questions. Who should I ask?
- Departmental contacts for BComm courses
Please do not 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.
- Login to WebAdvisor and select the ‘Program/Academic Evaluation’ menu item.
- Run your evaluation. On the top left of your Evaluation you will see ‘Calendar’. The year listed indicates your Calendar Year, e.g., 2017 means that you will follow the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar.
- Once you know your Calendar Year, select it from the following list (this link will take you to the Undergraduate Calendar):
- 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 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.
In addition to the details below, further information can be found via Enrollment Services at Course Selection Fall 2019.
Course enrolment windows will open beginning on Monday, June 17, 2019 based on credits completed and in progress, from highest to lowest, with the last window opening on Wednesday, June 26. You will add courses according to your course enrollment window on the specific day assigned to you or on any day after that. You can find the number of courses completed and in progress by running your Unofficial Transcript or your Program/Academic Evaluation on WebAdvisor.
Course selection will remain open until September 13, 2019. It is however 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.
Note: to ensure that newly admitted students have access to 1st year classes, Enrollment Services will be limiting access to most 1st year courses until noon on Monday, July 22. Beginning that date, upper year students (second year and above) will be able to select 1st year classes.
WebAdvisor is available on a daily basis, including weekends. *Interruptions in service may occur daily 2:00 am – 4:30 am. WebAdvisor will be unavailable 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22 and 8:00 a.m. on August 19 through to 8:00 a.m. on August 20, 2019.
The final examination schedule for Fall 2019 courses will be available on WebAdvisor on Monday, August 19.
Course Selection Windows
Monday, June 17 at 8:00 a.m.
17.75+ completed and in progress credit, and students approved for priority access (e.g. all varsity athletes)
Tuesday, June 18 at 8:00 a.m.
15.25+ completed and in progress credits
Wednesday, June 19 at 8:00 a.m.
12.75+ completed and in progress credits
Thursday, June 20 at 8:00 a.m.
10.25+ completed and in progress credits
Friday, June 21 at 8:00 a.m.
7.75+ completed and in progress credits
Monday, June 24 at 8:00 a.m.
5.25+ completed and in progress credits
Tuesday, June 25 at 8:00 a.m.
2.75+ completed and in progress credits
Wednesday, June 26 at 8:00 a.m.
0.00+ completed and in progress credits
WebAdvisor Help is accessible anytime by clicking on Help in the orange menu bar at the top of the page. WebAdvisor support is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. For additional assistance questions can be submitted in the Ask Gryph question field. You can also watch a video tutorial for step-by-step instructions on selecting courses on WebAdvisor.
Note: the B.Comm Program Counselling office does not have the authority to waive you into full courses.
Some Departments add additional spaces as new windows are opened, so continue to monitor WebAdvisor.
If the course you need is still full after all windows are open, contact the Department that offers the course, and ask if they can override the course capacity. 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. This is especially important if this is a required core course.
If the Department approves your request, you will need their signature on a Course Waiver Request form. A list of Departmental Contacts is available at the bottom of this page. Take the signed form to Enrollment Services, 3rd floor, University Centre where they manually add you into the courses. If you are beyond a reasonable commuting distance to Guelph, refer to How do I submit a Waiver if I’m not in Guelph? This must happen prior to the end of the course selection period. Remember: these waivers do not require a Program Counsellor’s Signature.
Check that you have all the correct prerequisites---WebAdvisor will not let you add a course if you are missing any of the required courses. Check the most up to date prerequisites by clicking on the course name in WebAdvisor (will open as new window).
Note: The B.Comm Program Counselling office does not have the authority to waive course prerequisites.
If you have had a substitution approved for a course that is a prerequisite, or you feel you have the appropriate background, contact the Department that offers the course and ask if they can allow you to take the course. A list of Departmental Contacts is available at the bottom of this page. Waivers are signed at the discretion of the Department.
If the Department approves your request, you will need their signature on a Course Waiver Request form. Take the signed form to Enrollment Services, 3rd floor, University Centre where they manually add you into the courses. If you are beyond a reasonable commuting distance to Guelph, refer to How do I submit a Waiver if I’m not in Guelph? This must happen prior to the end of the course selection period. Remember: these waivers do not require a Program Counsellor’s Signature.
A reminder about 1st years classes: to ensure that newly admitted students have access to 1st year classes, Enrollment Services will be limiting access to these courses until noon on Monday, July 22. After that date, upper year students (second year and above) will be able to select 1st year classes.
NOTE: If you fail a course in Summer 2019 and it is a prerequisite for another course you have registered to take in Fall of 2019, 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.
Should you require a waiver to add a course, you must use the Course Waiver Request form. These forms must be submitted directly to Enrolment Services, so you cannot add these courses via WebAdvisor. If you are beyond a reasonable commuting distance to Guelph, when requesting the waiver from the Departmental Representative be sure to tell them 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 email@example.com. If you use scan & email, you must use your @uoguelph.ca account.
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 (2019-2020) 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.
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’. To submit your waiver, refer to How do I submit a Waiver if I’m not in Guelph?.
Important reminder: Co-operative Education & Career Services has changed the credit weight for co-op work term courses. Please refer to the email that was sent to you on May 1, 2019 or visit Co-op Credit Weight Change Updates.
Taking 6 courses (or 3.0 credits) per semester is typically not recommended. The additional course load frequently leads to a lower final semester average. If you are thinking of this as an option, we encourage you to discuss the pros and cons with a Program Counsellor or your Faculty Advisor.
To take 3.00 credits 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:
- have attained a 70% cumulative average OR
- be in the final semester of their degree program AND
- must NOT be registered in HTM*3090 Restaurant Operations Management
If you meet the above criteria, the earliest date you may request permission is August 26, 2019 for Fall courses.
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, September 13, however, you are strongly discouraged from doing so for the reasons outlined above.
If your calendar year is 2017 or later, this is a mandatory core course*.
MGMT*1100 Business Career Preparation has been designed to enhance your career readiness skills by emphasizing the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and activities required in order to identify appropriate, career-related opportunities. It is a mandatory non-credit, 12-week course, delivered in a blended learning format comprised of CourseLink modules and two (2) in-class seminars. The course will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis, and will include assignments, quizzes and discussion posts. It is important to note that while you will be taking this course over and above your regular scheduled courses it is not like taking a 6th course as the content is focused on providing you with practical knowledge and tools to prepare you for a career search. MGMT*1100 is offered in the Fall and Winter semesters only. Your Schedule of Students outlines which semester you should take this course.
Note: If you are in a co-op program and have completed or will be taking COOP*1100, you will be exempt from MGMT*1100.
*Capacity for this course is limited, so unfortunately, if you are following the 2016 or earlier calendar you will be restricted from this course. You are however encouraged to connect with the Business Career Development Centre for career preparation support.
Go to the Course Descriptions section of the current (2019-2020) Undergraduate Calendar. After selecting a subject from the list on the right you will see a list of all courses from that subject area. In the course title, e.g. "ECON*1050 Introductory Microeconomics S,F,W" the S, F, W refers to the semester offering; S = Summer (May to August), F = Fall and W = Winter. If a "U" is listed, the offering of the course is Undetermined. Contact the Department for details.
Occasionally, departments may offer additional course selections in semesters over and above those listed, so it is best to check Webadvisor for the most up to date information.
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.
There are a number of specific requirements so please carefully read the information found at Adding a Minor or Certificate.
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.
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.
The Special Topics Courses page contains descriptions of unique courses offered by the Gordon S. Lang School 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.
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 to meet your degree requirements.
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 summer (be it one or five), your semester average is based upon all courses taken between May and August. If you are on Probation at the beginning of the summer semester, you should be extremely cautious. A summer 2019 semester average of less than 60% will result in you being Required to Withdraw from the University of Guelph.
If you have not already done so, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a Program Counsellor to discuss the implications of being on Probation. We can also go over the University resources available to you to improve your academic performance.
Reminder: all B.Comm students must have achieved a cumulative university average (GPA) of 60% or higher to graduate.
B.Comm Program Counsellors are available throughout the Course Selection period for drop-in and scheduled appointments. To view the current schedule, please visit our Office Schedule.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
If a signature is required on Course Waiver Form, please contact the following:
|ACCT||Prof. Connie Zavitzemail@example.com||Macdonald Hall, Rm 213||54078|
|ECON||Prof. Evie Adomaitfirstname.lastname@example.org||MacKinnon, Rm 728||56343|
|FARE||Kathryn Selvesemail@example.com||J.D. MacLachlan, Rm 311||52771|
|HROB||Prof. Connie Zavitzfirstname.lastname@example.org||Macdonald Hall, Rm 213||54078|
|HTM||Alison Creraremail@example.com||Macdonald Stewart, Rm 206||58710|
|MCS||Rita Rasofirstname.lastname@example.org||Macdonald Institute, Rm 205||56126|
|MGMT*1000||Alison Creraremail@example.com||Macdonald Stewart, Rm 206||58710|
|MGMT*1100||Michelle Reyesfirstname.lastname@example.org||Macdonald Hall, Rm 111||54937|
|MGMT*1200||Prof. Connie Zavitzemail@example.com||Macdonald Hall, Rm 213||54078|
|MGMT*3020||Prof. Connie Zavitzfirstname.lastname@example.org||Macdonald Hall, Rm 213||54078|
|MGMT*3030||Alison Creraremail@example.com||Macdonald Stewart, Rm 206||58710|
|MGMT*3140, 3300, 3320, 3400||Prof. Connie Zavitzfirstname.lastname@example.org||Macdonald Hall, Rm 213||54078|
|MGMT*4000||Alison Creraremail@example.com||Macdonald Stewart, Rm 206||58710|
|MGMT*4020 & 4030||Rita Rasofirstname.lastname@example.org||Macdonald Institute, Rm 205||56126|
|MGMT*4050 & 4060||John F. Wood Centre||www.uoguelph.ca/johnfwoodcentre or email@example.com||Macdonald Hall, 3rd floor||53056|
|MGMT*4260||Prof. Connie Zavitzfirstname.lastname@example.org||Macdonald Hall, Rm 213||54078|
|MGMT*4350||Prof. Connie Zavitzemail@example.com||Macdonald Hall, Rm 213||54078|
|REAL||Rita Rasofirstname.lastname@example.org||Macdonald Institute, Rm 205||56126|