VIII. Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures


Undergraduate Course Timetable

The scheduling of all undergraduate courses is the responsibility of Scheduling Services, ORS.

The scheduling cycle for each Fall and Winter semester commences approximately one year in advance. Course scheduling request data is due in Scheduling by the specific dates to be established in Scheduling each year. The official timetable for each semester is published on WebAdvisor two weeks prior to the commencement of the initial Course Selection period for that semester (for Summer and Fall in mid-February, for Winter in mid-September.)

All courses are scheduled according to the Senate approved slot system which allows for 3 x 1 hour slots meeting at the same time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2 x 1.5 hour slots meeting at the same time on Tuesday and Thursday and 3-hour evening slots M-F. This basic grid is overlaid with 1x 3 hour slots and slots for other approved class formats (e.g. 1 x 4 hr) in such a way as to minimize course conflicts and maximize efficient use of teaching space. Courses may also be published with time “TBA”. In these cases it is the responsibility of the department/school to communicate first meeting information to registered students prior to the commencement of classes. Prior to the commencement of classes, regular class meeting times may not be assigned to classes published as “TBA”. If a department/school wishes to assign times for regular class meetings after the commencement of classes, registered and (within the Add period) interested students must be consulted. The times selected for regular class meetings must be unanimously supported by students in a secret ballot, and comply with all scheduling regulations.

The University scheduling day runs from 0830-1730 and 1900-2200; Senate has approved the 1730-1900 “University Time” as a period which shall normally be free of all regular class meetings, labs, and seminars.

Chair/Director’s Responsibilities

The Chair/Director or the designated Department/School Timetable Coordinator is responsible for the following:

  1. Submitting to Scheduling Services, no later than the established deadline, and as per Scheduling instructions, complete requests for courses to be offered in the subsequent academic year.

  2. Acting as liaison between instructors and Scheduling on all aspects of scheduling, including collecting information relevant to course scheduling from instructors, submitting it appropriately.

  3. Ensuring all courses are offered in the semester and format indicated in Section XII of the Undergraduate Calendar.

  4. Approving the department’s course schedule before publication. This involves checking that no conflicts exist in instructor or program schedules.

  5. Calculating projected enrollments for the subsequent academic year and monitoring enrollments through course selection periods, making adjustments to course capacities and the availability of sections as necessary.

  6. Advising Scheduling immediately of changes to instructor assignments. Where late instructor assignments are necessary, assigning instructors in such a way as to avoid conflicts.

Instructor's Responsibilities

  1. Instructors are responsible for communicating to the Chair/Director or Department Timetable Coordinator, prior to the deadlines established within their department/school, any information relevant to the scheduling of courses in the subsequent academic year.

  2. Instructors are expected to familiarize themselves with rooms assigned to their courses in advance of the commencement of classes.

Registrar's Responsibilities

Scheduling Services, taking into account requests from academic units for preferred class times, creates the university timetable according to the following priorities:

  1. No course conflicts exist in core courses as published in the schedule of studies in the Undergraduate Calendar.

  2. The number of elective courses available to students is optimized.

  3. Classroom space is allocated to courses on the basis of projected enrolments provided by the offering departments, and in such a way as to maximize the effective and efficient use of teaching space.

  4. No instructor conflicts exist.

  5. Departmental requirements, requested by the Chair/Director or Department Timetable Coordinator, are met where possible.

  6. Scheduling Services will endeavour to keep the 17:30 – 19:00 “University Time” slot free of regularly scheduled classes, using the slot only as necessary, observing the guidelines approved by the Board of Undergraduate Studies (January 31, 2013).

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