Students in a direct-entry faculty admitted with 24 or more advanced standing units or returning students
To help your enrolment go smoothly, follow the steps below and use the tools we’ve made available to you to get your timetable ready before the start of the enrolment period.
New students: In order to be able to access the Enrol application in uoZone as soon as your enrolment period starts, you must have accepted your offer of admission at least two working days before the enrolment date assigned to you. Log into your Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) account and accept your offer before the deadline indicated on your offer of admission.
Check your program requirements
Knowing what your program requires will really help you build your timetable. See the official calendars of undergraduate programs and courses or My Academic Requirements in uoZone to make sure you enrol in all courses or activities you need to get your degree.
These courses and activities fall into three categories:
- Compulsory courses: specific courses in your discipline that you must complete.
- Optional courses: courses you must choose from a set list of courses.
- Elective courses: courses you choose from all the courses offered at the University according to your personal preference. For example, if you’re enrolled in a history degree, you can take a physics or Spanish course as an elective.
Understand advanced standing and exemptions
When we give you advanced standing, it means that we recognize a course you’ve already taken as equivalent to a University course. We may recognize courses you’ve successfully completed at another academic institution, such as a CEGEP, college, university or high school.
Generally, if you have 24 to 53 advanced standing units (credits), you’re considered a second-year student. If you have 54 to 80 advanced standing units, you’re considered a third-year student. Advanced standing is normally given for 1000-level courses (first-year courses) and sometimes for 2000-level courses (second-year courses). This means you can take courses at the 2000 and 3000 level as long as you have the prerequisites.
There are three types of advanced standing.
Course-specific advanced standing
If you’ve been given advanced standing for a specific course code in your program, this means we recognize that you’ve completed a specific course in a specific discipline at a specific level. For example, if you’ve been given advanced standing for the course PSY 1102 Introduction to Psychology: Applications, you don't have to take PSY 1102 and you don't have to replace it with any other course. We consider that you’ve passed PSY 1102, and you get full credit for it towards your degree.
General advanced standing
If you’ve been given advanced standing for a specific discipline and level only, for example PSY first year level, or OPT 1XXX, without a course code or title, you have been given general advanced standing units. You can use these units to reduce the number of elective or optional courses you must pass. You cannot use general advanced standing units to replace a compulsory course.
If you’ve received an exemption for a course, this means that we recognize that you’ve already learned the majority of the concepts taught in the course, so you don’t have to take it again. However, if we exempt you from a course, you must replace it with another course worth the same number of units to have enough units to graduate.
To see a detailed report of the advanced standing you were awarded, please consult the My Academic Requirements application in uoZone.
Check course sequences
To find out when we recommend you take your courses during your program, take a look at the course sequences. If you choose not to follow the recommended sequence, contact your faculty to discuss the best academic path for you.
Remember that the course sequences don’t take into account your advanced standing or exemptions, which vary from student to student. To plan your schedule, follow these steps while consulting your suggested course sequence:
- Cross out the courses you’ve received course-specific advanced standing and/or exemptions for (for example, PSY 1301).
- Cross out one optional or elective course for each course you’ve received general advanced standing for (for example, if you’ve received advanced standing for one 2000-level PSY course and one of your program requirements is to complete 15 2000-level or higher PSY units, you can eliminate one course).
Plan your course selection
- If you’re a full-time student, you would usually take five courses in the fall term and five in the winter term. If you’d like to enrol in a sixth course in a given term, you must first get permission from your faculty.
- Choose your compulsory and optional courses first. This part is easiest because most of these choices are already made for you.
- Choose your electives. Take your time when deciding because there are a lot of courses available in a multitude of disciplines. Select courses according to your interests and your desired timetable.
- Make sure to maintain a good balance of compulsory, optional and elective courses throughout your studies.
Programs are offered in English and in French. It should be noted that some courses are not offered each year. Students should consult with their Undergraduate Studies Office in order to plan their course sequence.
If you’ve never taken a university course or if you don’t have the prerequisites for a specific discipline, check out the list of electives without prerequisites, read the descriptions and take note of the courses that interest you.
Language and make-up courses
- If we’ve indicated in your offer of admission that you need to enrol in a second-language course or take a make-up course in mathematics or science, you will need to follow the enrolment process for Language and make-up courses.
- If you’re interested in taking a modern language course (Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish), you will need to follow the process to enrol in modern language courses and perhaps pass a placement test first.
Course evaluations completed by previous students can help you with your course selection. Students fill out a teaching evaluation questionnaire to evaluate all courses consisting of at least nine hours with the same professor. Once compiled, results are available in the S Report, which describes certain aspects of a professor's teaching methods. The report is available through uoZone, under Applications.
Understand the course timetable tool and course components
The course timetable search tool allows you to find out when and where courses are offered. It displays all available sections for a given course.
A course is a pre-set package of academic activities (lectures, discussion groups, labs, etc.) identified by a specific course code and worth a specific number of units (credits).
Each course code has two elements. The first is the discipline (subject) code and identifies the field of study (i.e., BIO for Biology). The second is the catalogue number (also referred to as course number in the Enrol application) and assigns each course a unique identifier.
Courses can comprise various academic activities, with each activity identified in a section code. The first letter of the section code groups activities of the same parent activity (usually a lecture). For example, in course code BIO 1130 A00, A00 represents a lecture. In BIO 1130 A01, A01 represents a laboratory. Both are academic activities in section A of course BIO 1130. Note that you cannot enrol in classes with overlapping schedules because it will create a timetable conflict, which is not permitted.
Some sections are reserved for students in certain programs. To know which sections are available to you, go to uoZone, under Applications, then Enrol. Once you’re on the enrol page, refer to the My Available Seats column in the search results.
The earliest course start time is 8:30 a.m. (some laboratory sessions may begin earlier) and the latest possible end time is 10 p.m. Some courses are offered on Saturdays.
Find out more about what makes up a course code, different course component types, and the various codes used at the University by consulting the Understanding course schedules page.
Create sample timetables
- Once you have checked your program requirements and course sequences, planned your course selection and understood how the course timetable tool works, start to create sample timetables to get ready before the official course enrolment period begins. This way, you’ll have a better idea of courses you want to add to your timetable when you start enrolling.
- Perform searches in the course timetable search tool and use the timetable template (printable PDF or Excel spreadsheet). Create more than one draft timetable, since you have to prepare for both the Fall and Winter terms.
- The timetable template is already divided into time slots based on the University of Ottawa’s class periods. Select more courses than you need and build different samples of your timetables in case there is a time conflict or a course is full. The more sample timetables you create, the easier it'll be for you to swap things here and there to come up with your final schedule.
- If you have to enrol in make-up courses, put these in your timetable first, since they don't show up in your course sequence. After you've finished adding your make-up courses, put in your compulsory courses, followed by your optional and elective courses.
- Wherever possible, enrol in all your compulsory 1000-level courses in first year, your 2000-level courses in second year, and so on. Since some programs don't have many compulsory 1000-level courses, you might end up taking some higher-level courses, either elective courses without prerequisites or other courses in your discipline, as long as you have the prerequisites.
- And finally, remember to include any personal commitments, your part-time job or other activities when you're creating your timetable.
Find your enrolment start date for the Fall and Winter terms
To avoid excessive web traffic on our online tools, course enrolment schedules are determined by your faculty and year of study.
Enrolment for the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 terms begins in May 2017.The full enrolment schedule will be available here in March 2017.
Once your enrolment period has begun, go to the Applications menu in uoZone and click on Enrol. For detailed instructions, please refer to the How to enrol in a class tutorial, on the Enrol application page.
Make sure to register for the Fall and Winter terms at the same time.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Our enrolment support team can answer your questions and guide you through the enrolment process.
The enrolment module features a waitlist system. If you’re interested in a course but all sections are full, you can place your name on a waitlist and you will automatically be enrolled when a spot becomes available, subject to any enrolment limits and providing spots are reserved for your program.
For step-by-step instructions on how to place your name on a waitlist, please consult the How to Add Your Name to a Waitlist tutorial, available on the Enrol application page.