Course Planning

Since course enrolment doesn’t start until July, there are resources available now that students can use to start their course planning. Below, you will find clarity on some of the U of T terminology, what delivery methods mean, and the steps students can expect to take to be prepared for course enrolment day.

Courses

The 2021 - 2022 Fall & Winter Session Timetable contains detailed course information, including course days and times, delivery methods and instructions, and assigned Instructors. 

Course Enrolment      List of College Course Designators
 

Delivery Methods

In 2021-2022, most Arts & Science courses will be offered in person or will have an in-person component which requires you to be on campus at a scheduled time. There are three types of delivery methods:

  • In Person: The meeting sections require attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities (subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements). This means that you will have to join at least one of the course activities, like lectures, on campus at a specific time.
  • Online Synchronous: Meeting sections require online attendance at a specific time for some or all activities. In some cases, however, in-person attendance at a specific location could be required for certain activities, tests or exams associated with the course. Only courses with lecture sections identified with a “99” code are completely online (e.g., LEC9901), otherwise there could be an in-person course component or assessment that will require you to be on campus. Make sure to thoroughly read the course delivery instructions in the Timetable
  • Asynchronous: Meeting sections take place online and have no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location. However in-person attendance at a specific location could be required for certain activities, tests or exams associated with the course. Only courses with lecture sections identified with a “99” code are completely online (e.g., LEC9901), otherwise there could be an in-person course component or assessment that will require you to be on campus. Make sure to thoroughly read the course delivery instructions in the Timetable.

New for Fall 2021: Some course lecture sections may begin with a “99” code. Any section with a “99” code indicates that all components of a course (i.e., lectures, tutorials, practicals, assessments) will be held entirely online, and students will not be required to be in person for any course activities. For example, if a course has a lecture LEC9901 and a tutorial TUT0102, this indicates the lecture, tutorial and any assessments or final exams will be entirely online. 
 
If a course section does not begin with “99” code (e.g., LEC0101) then there could be an in-person component of this course (e.g., an in-person lecture, tutorial, assessment or final exam) that will require you to be on campus. It is important to thoroughly review the course delivery instructions in the Timetable for each course you are considering.

In the Timetable, use the “Advanced Search” and check the “Courses Offered Entirely Online” box to search for courses that can be attended/completed entirely online, including tests and final assessments/exams. 

 

You can find the delivery methods for each course in the Timetable and in your course syllabus. Make sure to check the delivery instructions in the Timetable for each course for specific details about how that course will be offered. It is important to note that you cannot change sections or delivery methods after the final date to enrol in courses for that term. 

 

Steps to Plan your Courses

  1. Go through the Timetable and the programs and courses in the Academic Calendar to determine which courses you would like to take and whether there are any requirements to fulfil before you can enrol in the courses. Visit the How to Use the Calendar page to understand the terminology used in the Calendar.
  2. Check Degree Explorer for any requirements to complete your degree and program. It is also a good idea to check your degree requirements and program requirements in the Calendar.
  3. Find your preferred courses in the Timetable. For in person and synchronous courses, make note of when the courses meet. Check the enrolment controls for each course (listed next to the course in the Timetable) to see if there is priority or a restriction for that course. If you need permission from the academic unit offering the course to enrol in the course, contact the academic unit directly.
  4. Use the information from the Timetable to put together a weekly schedule. Click on "Add to Plan" in the Timetable to add courses to a draft schedule. Consider creating multiple schedules in case some of the courses are full.
  5. Use the Enrolment Cart in ACORN to save the courses and course sections that you want to enrol in. Make sure to save your backup course choices too. For instructions on using the enrolment cart feature, check out the ACORN How-To page. Keep in mind that course information can change in the weeks leading up to and during the enrolment period.
    • Update your Enrolment Cart in ACORN: If you are adding courses into the enrolment cart, we suggest you use the “check availability” feature in the cart for each of your courses the day before your enrolment date in order to obtain the most recent information.
    • Read the Delivery Instructions: It is important to refer to the A&S Timetable for up-to-date delivery instructions ahead of and during the enrolment period. 
  6. On your start time (or after your start time), go to ACORN and click the Enrol button to add the courses to your academic record. Remember that courses in your cart are not automatically added to your record. You have to enrol in each course individually. If the course is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist for that course. 

Things to Consider when Planning your Courses

There are three types of delivery methods. Given that some courses combine these methods, you should carefully review the delivery instructions for all parts of a course (LEC, TUT, PRA).  

  • In Person: The meeting sections require attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities (subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements). This means that you will have to join at least one of the course activities, like lectures, on campus at a specific time.
  • Online Synchronous: Meeting sections require online attendance at a specific time for some or all activities. In some cases, however, in-person attendance at a specific location could be required for certain activities, tests or exams associated with the course. Only courses with lecture sections identified with a “99” code are completely online (e.g., LEC9901), otherwise there could be an in-person course component or assessment that will require you to be on campus. Make sure to thoroughly read the course delivery instructions in the Timetable
  • Asynchronous: Meeting sections take place online and have no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location. However in-person attendance at a specific location could be required for certain activities, tests or exams associated with the course. Only courses with lecture sections identified with a “99” code are completely online (e.g., LEC9901), otherwise there could be an in-person course component or assessment that will require you to be on campus. Make sure to thoroughly read the course delivery instructions in the Timetable.

You can find the delivery methods for each course in the Timetable and in your course syllabus. Make sure to check the delivery instructions in the Timetable for each course for specific details about how that course will be offered.  

How to Find Delivery Methods in the Timetable 

You will be able to find the delivery methods for each course in the Timetable. It is important to note that you will not be able to change delivery methods after the final date to enrol in courses for that term.

Advanced Search 

When the Timetable is published, follow these steps to find your delivery methods. Start a search for courses and click on Advanced Search to bring up the detailed search options. In the Delivery Method(s) - Lectures Only section, you can select Online – Synchronous, In Person or Asynchronous as the delivery method. Although the search is based on the LEC sections, the search will return all components related to the course and these may include other delivery methods.

If you are looking for fully online courses, check the Courses Offered Entirely Online box, or look for lectures that begin with 99 (e.g. LEC9901). 

Screenshot of the advanced search menu in the Timetable

Delivery Methods Legend 

After searching for courses, use the Delivery Methods Legend to pull up the definitions of the three delivery methods. Note that this is where you can also see the definitions of the various enrolment controls. 

Screenshot of the delivery methods definitions in the Timetable

Course Delivery Instructions 

Each course lists its delivery method in the Status/Notes column. If there is additional information you need to know about the course, like how the final assessments will take place, this information may be noted in the Delivery Instructions drop-down menu.

Screenshot of the delivery instructions in the Timetable

 

There is a limit on how many courses you can take. It is important to note that if you are on the waitlist for any courses, those will be counted in your maximum course load.

Fall and Winter maximum course load limit

Note: If your academic standing is On Academic Probation, you can take up to 5.0 credits for the Fall and Winter session.

 

Fall and Winter maximum term load limit

Note: If your academic standing is On Academic Probation, you can take a maximum of 2.5 credits per term.

 

Summer maximum course load limit

  • For the entire summer session: 2.0 credits
  • Per term: 1.0 credit

Before enrolling in a course, make sure you understand any prerequisites, corequisites and exclusions that may apply. Prerequisites, corequisites and exclusions are listed as part of the course descriptions in the Calendar Course Enrolment, Degree Explorer and ACORN

Keep in mind that ACORN doesn't check prerequisites, corequisites and exclusions and will let you enrol in a course even if you don't have the prerequisites or have previously completed an exclusion. The academic unit offering the course can remove you at any time if you don't meet the requirements, and you can contact them if you have questions. 

Note: If you took a course at another university and want it to count as a prerequisite, contact the academic unit offering the course either before or as soon as possible after enrolling in the course to check if that course is sufficient.  

Enrolment indicators are codes used for some courses which tell you if there are any special restrictions for enrolling in a course (known as enrolment controls). Not all courses have enrolment controls and some courses have multiple controls.

The following enrolment indicators can be associated with any given course. You can find the enrolment controls associated with your courses in the Timetable.

  • Priority (P): Some students are given priority access until a specific date.
  • Enrol at Department (E): Students must contact the academic unit that offers the course to request permission to enrol. 
  • Department Approval Required (AE): On ACORN, students can request to enrol in the course until a specific date. After this date, students can only request permission to enrol by contacting the academic unit that offers the course. 
  • Priority, then Enrol at Department (PE): Some students are given priority access until a specific date, after which time you can only request permission to enrol by contacting the academic unit that offers the course. 
  • Restricted (R1): Course/section is restricted at all times for specific students.
  • Restricted (R2): Course/section is restricted to a group of students until a specific date, after which time another group of students is also able to enrol.

You may add yourself to a waitlist for a course(s), but this does not guarantee enrolment in the course(s). It is a good idea to enrol in alternative courses in case the one you want is full. Try to be flexible and have as many alternative course choices as possible. Note that when you waitlist for a course, it will be added to your course load. 

If you enrol in two courses that take place at the same time, you will have a conflict. When planning your schedule, it's important to make sure none of your courses overlap in time. Since you can't be in two classes at the same time, avoid conflicts in your schedule. 

Note: ACORN will not prevent you from enrolling in courses that conflict.

Courses in Other Divisions

If you want to enrol in courses offered in other Divisions, check the enrolment instructions for the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) , University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), and the Daniels Faculty.

Enrolment in some courses is restricted to students enrolled in those divisions and these courses may have limited space for students in the Faculty of Arts & Science. In addition, Arts & Science students normally have to wait until a later date to start enrolling in UTM, UTSC, and Daniels Faculty courses. 

It is your responsibility to:

  • Ensure that these courses are not duplicates of or exclusions for courses you have already taken 
  • Check with your academic unit regarding the acceptability of courses for program requirements
  • Check with your College Registrar’s Office regarding the acceptability of courses for degree requirements

 

Arts & Science Graduate Courses

In exceptional circumstances, undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts & Science may be granted permission to take a graduate course sponsored by an Arts & Science graduate unit as part of the student’s undergraduate degree. Permission of the sponsoring department is required by filling out the PDF iconRequest to take an Arts & Science Graduate Course form. The graduate unit may also require the instructor’s written permission. Use of such a course toward a student’s program requirements is at the discretion of the undergraduate program sponsor. For degree requirement purposes, a graduate course will count as the equivalent of a 400-level course.

 

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