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COURSE INFORMATION, PREREQUISITES AND ENROLLMENT RESTRICTIONS

Submitted by darmstro on Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:19am

Can I be overloaded into a PSYC course?

Unfortunately no. We do not overload courses. If a course you would like is full, you will need to keep checking the enrollment system to see if a spot opens up. To find out when course enrollment restrictions lift, see: What are Enrollment Restrictions and where can I find out what they are?

Do you offer distance education or online courses?

Unfortunately, at this point, we do not offer any distance or online courses. We do offer a limited number of evening courses. To see a listing of courses we offer each term, please refer to the Courses page of our website.

What are Prerequisites and are they different then Co-requisites?

Yes, prerequisites and co-requisites are indeed different. A prerequisite is one or more course(s) which must be completed prior to enrollment in another course, whereas a co-requisite must be completed at the same time (in the same term) as enrollment in another course.

For instance, PSYC 345 – Social Psychology lists PSYC 200 & 201 as a prerequisite, which means that  PSYC 200 & 201 must be completed prior to enrollment in PSYC 345.

Where can I find out what Prerequisites are needed for a course?

For a complete list of prerequisites for all courses at UofC, see the “Courses of Instruction” link found in the table of contents of the current University Calendar.

What is the maximum number of courses I can take per term?

This is set by the Faculty of Arts. From the University Calendar table of contents, click on the Faculty of Arts link and refer to “course load” under the Faculty Regulations section.

What are Enrollment Restrictions and where can I find out what they are?

Enrollment restrictions have nothing to do with course prerequisites, but are instead tied to your academic program (major/honours), and in some cases, to what academic year you are in.

Enrollment restrictions are simply limits on who may enroll into specific courses. These exist for a variety of reasons, but most notably to give specific groups of students priority access to courses needed for program completion. A complete list of such restricted courses each term can be found on the Enrollment Services website.

Please note the following:

  • What academic year you are considered to be in, depends entirely on the number of units completed to date—not how long you have been attending UofC. Courses in progress do not count towards this total. Each academic year constitutes 30 units.
  • 400 and 500 level PSYC courses during Fall and Winter terms are restricted to students completing a PSYC major or honours degree only. Non-Psyc majors may be allowed to enroll when restrictions on 300-level PSYC courses are lifted, if seats are available. Contact the Psyc department shortly before this date to confirm. There are no PSYC enrollment restrictions during the Spring or Summer terms, so this is a good time for non-majors to enroll into senior PSYC courses.

Where can I find what courses will be taught in an upcoming semester?

You can find this in the Courses page of our website. Please note that this information is only available two terms in advance.

I’m a Psyc major, but the enrollment system won’t let me enroll in 300-level PSYC courses. Why is this?

There could be many reasons, including:

  1. Financial hold. Login to MyUofC, navigate to your ‘Student Center’ & have a look at your Account Summary. If you have an outstanding fee, pay this off as soon as possible the same way you would pay tuition or pay in-person at Student Stop in room 117 of MacKimmie Library Block. Payments made in-person at the Student Stop are processed immediately, whereas payments made through online banking may take a few days to process. Until your payment is processed and the financial hold is removed by Student Stop, your record is essentially frozen and no enrollments may occur. See also: How do I pay my tuition?
  2. Missing prerequisite(s) needed for the course. A Prerequisite needs to be completed before enrolling into a course which requires it. Don’t know what the prerequisites for a course are?
    See:Where can I find out what Prerequisites are needed for a course?
  3. Transfer courses. Transfer students may have a valid transfer course which isn’t being recognized by the enrollment system. If your transferred course was granted credit for a specific UofC course contact the Psyc department. Note, however, that an external course which transferred to UofC as, say, Psyc 2XX is not equivalent to UofC PSYC 200 or 201 for prerequisite purposes.
    See: I’ve been admitted to a Degree Program at UofC but my college/university Psyc course transferred over to UofC as an undesignated course (i.e., 2XX, 3XX, 4XX, 5XX), can I get my course re-evaluated so that I can use it towards my Psyc degree or as a course prerequisite?

I’m a Psyc major, but the enrollment system won’t let me enroll in 400 and 500-level PSYC courses. Why is this?

400 and 500 level PSYC courses in the Fall and Winter terms are restricted to Psyc majors who are in their 3rd and 4th academic year, usually for the first 4 weeks of the enrollment period to insure that senior students can get access to the courses they’ll need to graduate. A complete list of such restricted courses along with restriction lift dates each term can be found on the Enrollment Services website.
Note: These restrictions are not in place over the Spring and Summer terms.

What academic year you are considered to be in, depends entirely on the number of units completed to date—not how long you have been attending UofC. Courses in progress do not count towards this total.

ACADEMIC YEAR Full Course Equivalencies (FCE) completed Equivalent Units Completed
1 0 - 4.5 0 - 27
2 5 - 9.5 30 - 57
3 10 - 14.5 60 - 87
4 15 + 90 +

See also: What are Enrollment Restrictions and where can I find out what they are?

I’m a Psyc minor, do course enrollment restrictions apply to me?

Yes. Students completing a minor in Psychology do not have early enrollment access to PSYC courses. Space in Psychology courses is limited and Minors are not guaranteed access to or seating in any PSYC course. Therefore, students intent on pursuing a minor will need to plan ahead early in their degree program. Note that there are no enrollment restrictions during the Spring or Summer terms, so this is a good time for minors to enroll into senior PSYC courses.

See also: What are Enrollment Restrictions and where can I find out what they are?

I’m not a Psyc major, but I’m really interested in psychology and want to take some PSYC courses. Why won’t the enrollment system allow me to enroll?

Two reasons could be:
1. You are missing one or more course prerequisites. See: Where can I find out what Prerequisites are needed for a course?
2. You are trying to enroll into a course prior to when enrollment restrictions for the course(s) lift.

See: What are Enrollment Restrictions and where can I find out what they are?

I’m an Open Studies Student, can I enroll into Psyc courses?

Open Studies students are students admitted to UofC but as non-degree students. Open Studies students may take regular university courses for credit, but need to meet the same course prerequisite requirements and are subject to the same enrollment restrictions as non-Psychology majors.

Open Studies students are required to present to the Psyc department a completed “Application for Admission (Open Studies)” form available from the Enrollment Services website.

Be sure to check the Alberta Transfer Guide to see if your courses are recognized as equivalent to prerequisites for PSYC courses you wish to take at UofC. Unless your courses are recognized as equivalent to our prerequisites, you WILL need to provide us with detailed course outlines in addition to your completed application form. These outlines should be from the term (semester) in which the course was taken.

See:
Where can I find out what Prerequisites are needed for a course?
What are Enrollment Restrictions and where can I find out what they are?

I’m a Visiting Student from another university, can I enroll into Psyc courses?

Visiting students who are Psychology majors at their home institution are considered to be Psychology majors at UofC for the purposes of course enrollment. Visiting students are still required to provide evidence that they meet course prerequisites for all courses requested.

Visiting Students will need to provide a completed “Visiting Student Application and Registration” form available from the Enrollment Services website. Students may also need to provide detailed course outlines for courses to be used as equivalent to prerequisites for PSYC courses.

Visiting Students who are not Psyc majors at their home institution must abide by the enrollment restrictions in place for non-Psychology majors.

See also:
Where can I find out what Prerequisites are needed for a course?
What are Enrollment Restrictions and where can I find out what they are?

Can I use PSYC 203 in lieu of PSYC 200 or 201?

No. PSYC 203 cannot be substituted for PSYC 200 & 201. If you have taken PSYC 203 and wish to take additional course work in Psychology, you will need to complete PSYC 200 & 201 PRIOR to enrollment in other PSYC courses.

See: Where can I find out what Prerequisites are needed for a course?

Can I take PSYC 200 & 201 and PSYC 312 concurrently?

No. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for After-degree students in exceptional circumstances only.

Can I take Math 30-1 (or equivalent) and PSYC 312 concurrently?

No. Students must have completed either Math 30-1 (or equivalent) prior to enrollment into PSYC 312.

See also: Do I still need Math 30-1 (or equivalent) for Psychology now that it’s no longer required for admission?

Does the Department allow course challenges (i.e. course credit by special assessment)?

The Department's policy is to not allow credit in any of its courses to be earned by special assessment.

What is a lab course?

A lab course is a course which has extra meetings each week where students work on course assignments. As part of the requirements for the Psyc program, all major and honours students are required to complete 1 FCE (equivalent to 6 units) of senior Psychology lab courses. Please visit our Programs page or consult the University Calendar for complete degree requirements.

See also: How do I know whether a course is a half-course, a full-course, or a lab course?

What is a research course?

The purpose of research courses (e.g., PSYC 504, 505) is to acquire independent research experience under the supervision of a faculty member. In a research course, you work on a one-to-one basis with a supervisor, negotiating on a curriculum of study and the requirements you must meet to successfully complete the course (e.g., a literature review, ethics approval, data analyses, etc...). For additional information, please see visit our Exam and Course Information page.

How do I know whether a course is a half-course, a full-course, or a lab course?

You can tell by the ‘hours of instruction’ code that follows a course name in University Calendar. Click on the “Courses of Instruction” link found in the table of contents of the current University Calendar. Then click on “How to Use” for an explanation of these and other course related information.