The Summer term is comprised of three periods.
- Twelve-week period – May to August (Summer Evening and Summer Distance Studies)
- Six-week period – May to June (Intersession)
- Six-week period – July to August (Summer Day)
All university courses require constant attention to class preparation and review. Expect to spend at least 2-3 hours in studies outside class for every hour you spend in the classroom. Consult the timetable for complete information about course times and dates.
Choosing the Right Course
Choose a course that reflects your interests, especially at the beginning of your program. You will be more motivated if you take a course that interests you and the course experience will be more satisfying. Gathering further information will help you to choose a course that will be manageable. You can obtain more information about courses in a number of ways:
- Start with reviewing the course description in the Academic Calendar; it will help you to determine what is required for the course. For example, in an English literature course, you would expect to do a substantial amount of reading and writing.
- Departments can provide you with detailed course outlines, including such information as commonly used textbooks and typical assignment breakdowns. Some of these outlines may be found on departmental websites.
- Browsing through textbooks at the University Book Store can also show you the range of ideas and concepts involved in subject areas.
- Ask someone who has taken the course for an opinion, or contact the instructor to find out more about the course.
- Department counsellors have valuable information about the courses you may be considering and are usually the best resource to assist with specific course information.
- Your academic counsellor can advise you about appropriate course selection, especially as it relates to your program requirements and appropriate course load.
Selecting Senior Courses
Part-time students who have completed 1.0 first-year course are eligible to register in senior courses (numbered 2000 - 4999) for which they have completed the prerequisite(s). Part-time students who have a substantial background and interest in a particular subject area are eligible, on written recommendation of the Dean of their Faculty, to register in a senior course pertinent to that subject prior to the completion of a first year course. All part-time students must complete successfully the 5.0 first-year courses within their first 10.0 courses attempted.