Before you register, you should be familiar with some of the terms that you will encounter throughout the registration process. Here are the definitions for some of the terms you will need to understand in order to register successfully.
- Billing Hours
The credit value used in fee calculation.
- Credit Hours
The credit value of the course (ex: 0.5 or 1.0)
Course reference number (CRN) is the unique number that identifies a course. The CRN will vary depending on the section and on the term the course is offered. Each course component (i.e. lecture, tutorial, lab, etc.) will have its own CRN.
A major teaching division of the University, divided into departments, schools or other units and headed by a Dean (e.g. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).
This is a term used to describe two or more courses that contain sufficient content in common that credit cannot be earned for more than one of the courses, but it does not mean that the courses are equivalent. For example, MATH 1007 precludes credit for MATH 1009. If you take MATH 1007 first, then register for 1009, you lose the credit gained for 1007.
Sometimes courses require you to have a certain level of knowledge before registering. For example, you must take a first-year level course in Psychology before you can register in a second-year level Psychology course. Thus, the first-year course is said to be the prerequisite for the second-year course.
When you look at the class timetable, you will see that the same course, BUSI 1004 for instance, may be listed several times and identified as BUSI 1004 section A, section B and so forth. Each “section” covers the same material in general but the instructors, times and even the textbook can be different. For this reason students must register in one section and stay in that section for the duration of the course.
A registration waitlist is a queue of students who are waiting for a space to open in a filled section of a course.
The following codes may also appear in place of the checkbox used to select courses for registration:
There are currently seats available in the course
There are no seats available in the course
- Already Registered
You are already registered in this section
- Already Waitlisted
You are already on the waitlist for this section
- On Your Worksheet
You have already added this hypothetical course to your worksheet, but you are not yet registered in it
The course has been cancelled for the selected term
- Waitlist Open
There are no seats available in the course, but the course does have a waitlist enabled, and there are spaces available on the waitlist
- Waitlist Full
There are no seats available in the course. The course has a waitlist enabled, but there are no spaces available on the waitlist
- Registration Closed
The last day for registration into this class has passed; you can no longer register for this course.
- First Year Seminars
What is a First-Year Seminar?
The First-Year Seminar is a prominent part of Carleton University’s course offerings for incoming students to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Cognitive Science, Bachelor of Global and International Studies, Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies and Bachelor of Economics. Students are strongly encouraged to check regulations pertaining to first-year seminar registration on the First-year Seminar site.
If you are taking a First Year Seminar (FYSM), please note that you can only register in, and receive credit for, one FYSM. The FYSM can either be in your major, or in a discipline that is of interest to you.
What are seminar courses?
University seminar courses are small classes designed to give students the opportunity to discuss and research topics of interest in a core subject area.
Most university students are in their third or fourth year of study before they have the opportunity to take seminar courses. As a Carleton B.A., B.Cog.Sc., B.GInS., B.CoMS or B.Econ. student, you are provided with this experience at the first-year level through enrolment in your first-year seminar (FYSM).
More information, and a list of First-year Seminar courses and topics, can be found on the First-year Seminar site. You may also be interested in viewing this short video explaining why you should take a First Year Seminar.
- Full Session Courses (Fall/Winter Courses)
To add a full session course, register in the fall portion of the course. The winter portion will automatically be added to your winter term registration.
To drop a full session course, drop the Fall term portion of the course within the fall term deadlines. The winter portion will automatically be removed from your winter term registration. You can still drop the winter term portion only within the winter term deadlines.
- Online Courses - Registering for Video on Demand (VOD) service
Video On Demand
Video on Demand is a flexible means of viewing your lectures, allowing you to log in and view them anywhere, anytime. You can register for this service in Carleton Central (fee applies) by adding the Video On Demand section in addition to the course section.
Classroom recorded course lectures offered through Carleton Online have the section letter code T or V. Each of these courses has a corresponding entry in the schedule with section code TOD or VOD for Video on Demand. Register in the “-OD” section only if you are enrolling in Video on Demand.
For example, if you plan to take PSYC 2001 through Carleton Online but will view the lectures using a free stream or the Carleton Online Student Centre, you would register in PSYC 2001 T only. If you wish to register for this same course with VOD service, you would register in both the PSYC 2001 T and PSYC 2001 TOD sections (this will require two CRNs). Visit Carleton Online for more information. You cannot enroll in the VOD section if you are not registered in the corresponding class.
The in-class section that is recorded also has a Video on Demand option. Look for the “-OD” section that matches the course section (i.e. LAWS 1001 C + LAWS 1001 COD).
Web and Web-Based Courses
Some online courses are designed to be delivered exclusively online. There is no associated recorded on-campus section or Video On Demand service. Instead, a web course is made up of elements such as recorded presentations, required readings, video clips and weekly assignments and activities delivered through cuLearn.
- Registering in Groups, Labs, Tutorials, etc.
Some courses may have a discussion group, tutorial or lab. These groups, tutorials and labs are known as LINKED components. Example: BUSI 1004 A (LEC) + BUSI 1004 A1 (TUT). To register in these courses you must add both sections to your schedule. If you do not register in all the required linked components for your course, you will receive a LINK ERROR and must try again.
You can change sections of a tutorial or lab without having to drop your lecture at the same. When changing your tutorial or lab section, you must select a replacement section from the same course letter section (i.e. changing from A1 to A3). Please note: This registration feature is only available for single term courses. For two-term courses, you risk losing your course registration when changing tutorial or lab sections.
Note: For full session linked courses you must add both sections to your schedule simultaneously.