When researching course(s) at the host university, please read their calendar carefully and make note of full and half course weights. Both official calendars and university websites are valuable resources when researching course availability. We recommend you make more than one course selection, as course availability may be limited for visiting students.
To assist you with your research, we have collected and reproduced some information from other Canadian universities that are frequently selected for study on a Letter of Permission. This list is not inclusive, and we encourage you to research your selections independently. For more information about a university click on the name.
Each course offered for credit has a unit value. A full-year course with three lecture hours per week through the full Winter Session from September to April normally has a value of 3 units. A half-year course with three lecture hours per week from September to December or from January to April normally has a value of 1.5 units. A 3-unit course (3 hours of lectures per week throughout the Winter Session) approximates a 6 semester-hour or a 9 quarter-hour course. A course of 1.5 units approximates a 3 semester-hour or a 4.5 quarter-hour course.
Distance Courses at Athabasca
Distance courses at Athabasca have flexible start and finish dates that don't necessarily match the normal sessions at Western. If you are taking the Athabasca course as a prerequisite or program requirement, you must schedule the course so that your transcript will be available for review at the appropriate time. Otherwise, your access to related Western courses or programs may be denied or delayed. For example, if your eligibility for MOS depends on summer grades, your transcript must be available in time for review before September.
If you extend the completion date for the course, you must include the course as part of the normal workload for the next session unless you have permission for an overload.
The credit weights are in brackets after the course title or under"credit weight" in the course description.
Courses are listed with four letters and 3 numbers. The courses are numbered as follows:
Courses that take on a "challenge for credit" basis are NOT transferable.
Note: WITHDRAWAL deadlines: WF is considered equivalent to a late withdrawal (failing grade) at Western.
Credit: Shown in parentheses following a course number. In general one credit represents one hour of instruction or two to three hours of laboratory work per week throughout one term of a Winter session (September-December or January to May). A credit is approximately one semester hour.
Courses are listed with a four letter alpha and three digit number, eg.: ANTH 100.
Courses are identified with four letters, two numbers and a letter to indicate credit weight, eg.: CHYS 4 P 31. The first number indicates the year level, the P indicates 0.5 credit and the 31 represents the course number. Courses numbered 2 (alpha) 90 – 2 (alpha) 99 may be used as either second year or third year courses. Courses numbered 3 (alpha) 90- 4(apha) 99 may be used as either a third year or fourth year level credit.
E=Exchange (1.0 credit)
V=0.5 credit (variable topics)
X=0.5 credit (exchange)
(*) courses represent 0.5 credit courses. Those without an asterisk represent a 1.0 credit course. Courses are numbered by department followed by a (.) a course number, eg.: 27.111 = Mass Communications first year course. The first digit following the (.) represents the year level.
The course number indicates both the level of the course and the weight of the course. Courses are listed with the name, number and credit weight in parentheses., eg.: Medical Sciences 609 (H3-2T). First year courses are 200 level, Senior courses 300-400 level and Upper Level undergraduate courses are numbered in the 500 series. Courses ending in an even number represent a full course (1.0) offered for 26 weeks. Odd numbered courses represent (0.5) course offered for 13 weeks.
The notation F(3-3) would be a F course equivalent of 3 hours of lectures and 3 hours of labs each week for two sessions.
F(3-1s-3) represents a full course equivalent of 3 hours of lectures, 1 seminar hour and 3 hours of lab each week for 2 sessions.
Q(3-0) represents a quarter course (.25) equivalent of 3 hours of lectures each week for a half session (one semester).
H(3-3/2) represents a half course (0.5) equivalent of 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab every other week for one session.
The course numbers indicate the year level and the course number, eg.: Psychology 2301 (3-0); (3-0 ) represents a full course that is taught over two semesters and contains 3 lecture hours and no lab hours.
*Students wishing to take courses on a Letter of Permission must apply through the OUAC, and send the Letter of Permission form to McMaster. Subsequent requests for a Letter of Permission do not require an application.
Courses are identified with subject name, a year level, letter and credit weight.
2P03. The first digit indicates the year level of the course. The letter(s) in the middle identifies the specific courses within the level and the final digit(s) defines the number of units of credit associated with the course (6=1.0, 3 =0.5)
Courses are identified with four letters and four numbers, eg.: PSYC 1105
The last digit indicates whether the course is a full credit or a half credit course.
Note: Requests to be a visiting student, must be submitted in early April to meet U of T's deadline, therefore any requests must be submitted to the Academic Counselling Office well in advance of this deadline. Preferably 3-4 weeks before U of T's deadline.
The course weights are also clearly noted in the course description.
The subject name is represented as a two or three letter code plus a 3 digit number (eg., An101 is an introductory half course called Sociocultural Anthropology).
First year courses are in the 100 series.