Course Selection FAQ - Summer 2020 | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Course Selection FAQ - Summer 2020


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

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.

  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., 2018 means that you will follow the 2018-2019 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?

Important Reminder:

Course selection for Summer courses begins in March. Course selection for Fall occurs in June. You will be contacted by Enrollment Services in June once the dates and times have been determined. This page will also be updated.

Summer Courses

Course selection windows will open beginning on Monday, March 2, 2020 based on credits completed and in progress, from highest to lowest, with the last window opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020. You will add courses according to your course selection 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 Monday, May 11, 2020 for 6-week courses and Friday, May 15, 2020 for 12-week courses. It is however very important to complete your course selection on your designated day as course selections can fill up quickly. By delaying, you risk not being able to register for courses you have planned on taking.

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 from 8 am on Wednesday, April 29 through to 8 am on Thursday, April 30, 2020 for the posting of the final exam schedule.

Additional details on Summer course selection can be found via the Enrolment Services Course Selection Webpage.

Summer 2020 course selection windows

Monday, March 2 at 8 am

15.25+ completed and in-progress credits, and students approved for priority access (e.g. all varsity athletes)

Tuesday, March 3 at 8 am

10.25+ completed and in-progress credits

Wednesday, March 4 at 8 am

5.25+ completed and in-progress credits

Thursday, March 5 at 8 am

0.00+ completed and in-progress credits

Beginning Friday, March 6, course selection will remain open until Monday, May 11, 2020 for 6-week courses and Friday, May 15, 2020 for 12-week courses.

 

WebAdvisor Help is accessible anytime by clicking on Help in the orange menu bar at the top of the page. There is also a video tutorial for step-by-step instructions on selecting courses on WebAdvisor. 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.


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

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 (March 5), contact the Department that offers the course as soon as possible, and ask if they can override the course capacity. A list of Departmental Contacts is available at the bottom of this page. 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. 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.


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

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.

NOTE: If you fail a course in Winter 2020 and it is a prerequisite for another course you have registered to take in Summer or Fall 2020, 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.


How do I submit a waiver if I'm not in Guelph?

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, as 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 waiver to Enrolment Services via fax 519-766-0143 or scan & email to es@uoguelph.ca. If you use scan & email, you must use your @uoguelph.ca account.


Should I take a summer course?

That depends. The number and variety of courses offered during the summer is limited. Most courses are only offered via Distance Education (online) and are 12 weeks in length (May to August). While taking courses during the summer has its advantages, there are also disadvantages, especially if you are unfamiliar with taking courses on-line. Distance Education courses require that you have excellent time management skills; this is especially important during the summer with its many distractions. On-line courses frequently have final exams that are worth up to 50% (or more) of the final grade. For some courses, you must also pass the final exam to pass the course (regardless of your term-work results).

If you are on Probation after the Winter 2020 semester, it is especially important to be careful about taking summer courses. Please review, I am on probation. Will my summer courses have an effect on my status? for additional details. Please do not hesitate to contact our office for advice on taking summer courses.

FYI: To view all summer course offerings go to WebAdvisor > 'Search for Sections'. Choose 'S20 - Summer 2020' from the 'Term' dropdown menu, ‘G –Guelph’ from the ‘Location’ dropdown menu and finally ‘UG –Undergraduate’ from the ‘Academic Level’ dropdown menu. Then click 'Submit' at the bottom of the page. If you only want to view Distance Education (online) courses, also include 'DE01' in the 'Section' field.


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. This is especially important this year as many ECON courses are now using the new FIN prefix. 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 (2020-2021) Undergraduate 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 Credit Level? How do I submit a Waiver?

Important reminder: Co-operative Education & Career Services has changed the credit weight for co-op work term courses (COOP*1000 through COOP*5000). Co-op work term courses earned beginning with S19 and later, now have a 0.50 credit weight. This means you will graduate with additional credits over and above your academic degree requirements. Co-op work term credits do not count towards academic degree requirements, i.e. core, restricted, free or liberal education electives. Please refer to Co-Op Weight Change Updates.

Depending upon where you are in your studies, your credit level may have changed. Your Program/Academic Evaluation will inidcate your current credit level. 

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?


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

Taking 6 courses (or 3.00 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.  You must also 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 April 24, 2020.

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, May 15; however, you are strongly discouraged from doing so for the reasons outlined above.


What is MGMT*1100?

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: this course is not offered during the summer.

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.


How do I know in what semester a course is offered?

Go the Course Descriptions section of the current (2020-2021) 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 sections in semesters over and above those listed, so it is best to check WebAdvisor for the most up to date information.


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 or Certificate.

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


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 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.


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 to meet your degree requirements. 


I am on Probation. Will my summer 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 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 2020 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.  


I still have questions. Who should I ask?

B.Comm Program Counsellors are available throughout the sumer Course Selection period for 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 bcomm@uoguelph.ca. 

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:

Please note: to maintain social distancing, office hours are not currently available. Please contact the appropriate person via email

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
FIN Prof. Evie Adomait eadomait@uoguelph.ca MacKinnon, Rm 728 56343
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*1100 Brittany Dubbeldam mgmt1100@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Hall, Rm 111 56346
MGMT*1200 Prof. Connie Zavitz czavitz@uoguelph.ca Macdonald Hall, Rm 213 54078
MGMT*2150 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, 3300 & 3340 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 John F. Wood Centre

woodcentre@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.