Registering for Courses

Prerequisites, Constraints and Reserved Spaces

When you register for courses, the enrollment system checks that you have the prerequisites for each course AND that you satisfy any registration constraint that may be in place. If you have the prerequisites and satisfy the constraint, then you should be able to register in each course. Some basic medical science departments take things one step further during registration for Fall/Winter courses and reserve spaces in some of their courses for students registered in certain modules. When there are reserved spaces in a particular course, you may not get a spot in a course if the block of spaces for students in your module fills up before you register.

Tools to help with registration:

The Office of the Registrar has tools on the Academics webpage to help with registration, including:

  • Draft My Schedule
  • Register in Courses - how to add a course(and multiple courses at once), drop a course, and "swap" courses
  • Fall/Winter Timetable
  • Academic Calendar

The worksheet below should be used as a guide for course selection. You can submit it for review but ONLY submit it if you are not sure that you will satisfy the requirements!

See the email message sent to students in Year 4 of the Honors Specialization in IMS on June 6, 2019.

Prerequisites: what prior course(s) do I need to have completed?

Each course description in the Academic Calendar specifies the prerequisite courses that you must have previously completed in order to register in a particular course.

If you don't have the stated prerequisite for a course, then you can contact the departmental counsellor in the department that offers the course to ask if special permission might be granted.

Constraints (priorities and restrictions): can I get a spot in the course I want?

Priorities and restrictions are registration constraints that many departments use to regulate enrollment in courses. Most priorities and restrictions specify in which module(s) you have to be registered in order to gain a spot when enrollment opens.

If you are not registered in one of the modules specified in the priority, then you have to wait until the priority lifts. As long as you have the prerequisite and space is still available in the course, then you should be able to register as soon as the priority lifts (later in July).

If you are not registered in one of the modules specified in the restriction, then you are not allowed to register for the course. Restrictions are different from priorities in that they are always in place during online registration.

How do you know if a priority or restriction exists?
The notes beside each course in the online Fall/Winter Academic Timetable specify if constraints are in place for the course. If you try to register for a course and get an error message that states "available spaces are reserved ...", then you aren't included in the priority or restriction.

Charts of constraints for basic medical science courses:
The priorities for basic medical science courses are displayed in chart form - see the information on Constraint Charts below.
NOTE: Special permission to waive the constraints for basic medical science courses is not granted.

Reserved spaces in 3000-level lab (Group 3) courses for IMS students

Basic medical science departments do their best to ensure that students who must have a particular laboratory course have preferential access to the lab course. Once we know how many students to expect in the various modules that require a particular lab course, spaces are reserved in that course for those students.

The chart of reserved spaces in Group 3 courses specifies the number of spaces available to students in the Honors Specialization in IMS in each of the 3000-lab courses for the 2017/18 registration cycle. It will be updated by late June 2018 for the 2018/19 registration period.

If you try to register for one of the Group 3 courses, e.g. Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E, and all of the spaces reserved for students in IMS have been taken, then you have to wait until the priority lifts later in July and try, again, to register.

Reserved spaces in 4000-level basic medical science courses: are there spots for IMS students?

We have negotiated with the various basic medical science departments to have access to as many spaces as possible in their 4000-level courses. Check the chart of reserved spaces in 4000-level courses to see what access you may have for the 4000-level courses you want to take. Be prepared to register for other 4000-level courses and try again later in the summer when priorities lift to get into the courses you want.

Constraint Charts for basic medical science courses: who has access to which courses?

Below are links to the constraint charts for basic medical science courses. Look for the cell that corresponds to your module and then read the legend at the top to figure out if you have priority access. A blank cell means that you don't have priority access and have to wait until priorities lift to access any spaces.

FAQs about Registering for Courses

What to do about timetable conflicts, courses that are full, etc. (special permission)

You may contact a department counsellor to ask if special permission might be granted to register for a course:

  • for which you don't have the prerequisite
  • that has a timetable conflict with another course
  • that is full

Make sure that you contact a departmental counsellor in the department that offers the course when asking for special permission.

There is more information about the special permission process on the Academic Counselling Team's website.

Note that basic medical science departments do not grant permission to waive constraints (priorities or restrictions).