Registration Guide - Step 3

 How to build a conflict-free schedule

In the previous step you determined the courses in which you want to register. You are now ready to build your personal course schedule. You are encouraged to do this well in advance of your registration start time. This will allow you to complete your registration much more quickly and give you the best chance of getting into the courses and sections of courses that you want.

Some Basics about Course Scheduling:

  • The online Course Timetable lists the courses which have been scheduled for this academic year. 
  • Some courses are 6-credit, full-year courses (September to April) and most are 3-credit courses offered in the first term or the second term.  (There is an occasional course, especially in Music, that is a 3-credit course offered across the full academic year.)
  • All courses have 150 minutes of classes per week, some in two 75-minute timeblocks, some in three 50-minute timeblocks, and a few in one 150-minute timeblock.
  • You will register in all of your courses for this academic year: first-term, second-term, and full-year courses.
  • Some courses have two or more sections. Sections are unique instances of courses that are identical except that they may be offered in different timeblocks and often with a different professor. You can choose whichever section will fit your schedule.
  • The section of a course is denoted by two digits following the colon after the course number, and each section of a course also has a unique course reference number or CRN.
  • Some courses have lectures and labs associated with them. If a course has a lab section, you MUST register in it as well as in the lecture section at the same time. If you forget to include a lab section when you try to register for the lecture section, you will get a Co-requisite Error and will not be enrolled in the course.

OK, let's start to map out your class schedule.

Your objective is to find sections of courses that fit into your schedule and do not conflict with the sections of the other courses in which you want to register.  Here's how...

  1. Use the timetable blocks for each term to build your schedule. These are included in your Registration Worksheets resource.
     
  2. Check the Course Timetable to determine when each of your desired courses is offered
    • Start with those courses which are most important to you.

    • On the Course Timetable, click on the appropriate academic subject for each of your desired courses.

    • Take note of the timeblocks associated with the particular section of the course in which you wish to register and check it against your worksheet to make sure it will not conflict with any other courses you may have already selected. If the course has a lab component, do the same to ensure that both the lecture and the lab sections fit.

    • You need to do this for both first and second terms (and remember to write full-year courses on both term worksheets).

  3. Once you find a section that fits, enter the subject, course number, section number, and CRN into the applicable timeblocks on your worksheet. Repeat this step for any other course in that subject in which you want to register.
  4. Once you've finished with a subject, close its tab or window and select the next subject.

  5. Continue this process until you have built your schedule to accommodate all of the courses you want.  You will normally register in 30 credits of courses for the year (5 courses in each term).
  OK...now you should be ready to register in your selected courses.  You are almost done!