August is here, which means it’s just about time to start thinking about your courses! Course enrolment is an exciting time for some, and a stressful time for others. In order to set you up for success, we’ve created this blog post to help you out!
First off, let’s understand some key language:
Course Intentions are chosen earlier in the year and do not reflect an actual course you’re enrolled in. If you’re new to Ryerson and are going into first year, you’ve probably never done one of these and don’t need to worry about it until winter. For all other students, you’ve probably already familiarized yourself with this process! A course which you enrol in during this period does not guarantee you a space in the class, it only shows your intent on taking it! For detailed instructions, please visit ryerson.ca/currentstudents/essr/enrollment/
Course Enrolment/Selection and Enrolment Date/Period/Appointment all mean pretty much the same thing – you get to enrol in your classes! If you’ve done your intentions correctly, this is as simple as logging into RAMMS on your enrolment appointment date and clicking enrol! After you’ve completed this process, you’re officially good to go and buy your back to school supplies. For First Year students, the enrolment process is pretty much done for you in first semester. All you need to do is choose your electives! For detailed instructions, please visit ryerson.ca/currentstudents/essr/enrollment/
Advisement Reports are a really key tool which you’ll refer to a lot during your studies here! This application is available in your RAMMS account, and when selected it will perform an audit on your educational progress! After, it will show you a detailed report of all courses you’ve either completed, still need to complete, or one’s in which you’re missing! Later on, this report also advices you if you’re okay to graduate or not! For detailed instructions, please visit ryerson.ca/currentstudents/essr/enrollment/
Once you’ve gotten your schedule, you may find yourself a bit confused if this is your first one. What the heck are all those acronyms and why do I have different colours?! No worries. We’re here to help.
Here’s an example of what an average RTA Media Production student’s may look like:
The first line of each class is the class department, course code, and section number. In this case RTA 201 – 071 means RTA School of Media 201, Section 071.
The course code is the identifier for the course you’ve enrolled in. Though you may have chosen “Politics and Film” as a liberal, what may appear on your schedule may look something like “POL 540 – 011”.
The number following the code is your section. Every class has multiple sections, and it is mainly used by your Professors to help identify and group smaller segments of the class. During exams, you may be clumped together by other students in your same section. For larger group projects, the same rule may apply.
You may also notice some of your courses appear to be repeats – this is likely not the case. You’re very likely just to be missing the difference between a lecture and laboratory (located below the course code on your schedule). Lecture courses are often exactly what they sound like, 2-3 hours in a lecture hall listening to your Professor speak. Some courses are just this, while others are divided between lecture and laboratory time. If you have a 1 hour block of RTA 211 on Monday, and 2 more hours of RTA 211 on Thursday, this would usually imply that one is a lecture, while the other is a lab.
If you have a class or two that appears to overlap or is in a different colour, this represents a room change! Your class will either be in an alternating classroom each week, or you’ll have an adjusted schedule. Your professor will explain this to you on your first day, so don’t worry! Either go to the room first listed, or follow any instruction which will be sent to your Ryerson E-mail!
If you export a more detailed version of your schedule, you’d also find options to include the course title, as well as the professor’s name.
As we are a huge campus located in downtown Toronto, we tend to offer a bit of a grace period between classes. All classes actually begin 10 minutes past the scheduled time. This means that if you have an 8 a.m. class, your Professor will not be speaking until exactly 8:10 a.m.. But, do try your best to be on time!
We recommend you do a tour on campus to try and locate all of your classes BEFORE you arrive on your first day. There’s nothing worse than being lost in Kerr Hall North for 2 hours! Check out our awesome campus map to get you started!
If you have any questions relating to your time here at Ryerson, please don’t hesitate to ask! The ServiceHub is your one-stop shop on campus for pretty much anything! Locate us on the Second Floor of the POD building, right beside The Hub Cafeteria. If you can fit it into 140 characters, please tweet us @RUServiceHub!