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Course Intentions

Course Intentions

Course Intentions is the process where you indicate the courses you wish to take in the upcoming academic year via RAMSS. The Course Intentions process always occurs in early to mid-March.

While students in full-time undergraduate programs have always been required to participate in Course Intentions, participation is now mandatory for returning full-time undergraduate students in programs within:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Faculty of Community Services
  • Faculty of Science
  • Ted Rogers School of Management


Please see the current Undergraduate Calendar to verify the Faculty classification of your Undergraduate Program.

Why Participate in the Course Intention Process?

Your participation is important because it assists your Faculty with their course planning for the next academic year.  Based on the courses YOU choose, they will determine how many classes of a particular subject will be offered and how many seats will be allocated for those classes.

Participating in Course Intentions positions you for success and means...

  • you will be automatically enrolled in your selected courses*
  • you will have access to priority enrolment in August to amend your schedule
  • if you are graduating you will have first pick at the courses you need to meet graduation requirements
  • if you are an OSAP student you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment in a timely manner ensuring earlier receipt of your funds
  • you will be able to confirm GO Transit Student ID Card eligibility earlier
  • you will receive confirmation of eligibility for Ryerson’s Career Boost program (formerly Work Study) earlier
  • you can request RESP and other Enrolment Confirmation Forms earlier


*Some exceptions may apply. Please see the FAQ tab for more details.

When is the Course Intention period?

The Course Intentions period occurs in March for the upcoming academic year. Course Intention changes can be made during the Course Intention Adjustment periods in the Spring (May) and Fall (August to September).

Course Intention Periods

Academic Year: Fall 2017/Winter 2018
Date: Monday, March 13, 2017 – Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: Begins at 6 a.m.
Location: RAMSS (my.ryerson.ca)

Upcoming Course Intention Adjustment Periods

Academic Year: Fall 2017/Winter 2018
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: Begins at 6 a.m.
Location: RAMSS (my.ryerson.ca)

Academic Term: Winter 2018
Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 – Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: Begins at 6 a.m.
Location: RAMSS (my.ryerson.ca)

Please refer to the Significant Dates section of the current Academic Calendar for future Course Intention dates.

How to Select your Course Intentions in 5 Easy Steps:

  1. Login to RAMSS.
  2. Declare your plan. Declaring your plan will allow you to see and indicate your Course Intentions for the plan you have chosen.

Some programs have a 'general' or 'common' first or first two years of study that is completed before you select the plan (major) that you will complete for graduation. These changes or declarations of your plan (major) may include selecting an Option, Co-operative experience, etc. You can find complete details for your program in the Undergraduate Calendar.

If you are a student in one of the following programs/year of study, you either must (Mandatory) or you may choose (Optional) to declare your plan by the end of your year:


Declaring your Plan by end of Year 1

Mandatory for:

  • Undeclared Arts
  • Undeclared Engineering
  • Undeclared Science
  • Business Management – Undeclared
  • Language and Intercultural Relations


Optional for:

  • Arts and Contemporary Studies
  • Mathematics and its Applications
  • Chemistry

Declaring your Plan by end of Year 2

Mandatory for:

  • Accounting and Finance – Undeclared


Optional for:

  • Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Fine Arts (Image Arts) Film Studies
  • Fine Arts (Image Arts) Photography Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering

Declaring your Plan by end of Year 3

Mandatory for:

  • Architectural Science


Optional for:

  • Electrical Engineering


Declaring your plan will enable you to see and indicate your Course Intentions for the plan you have chosen.

Please Note: If you cannot see courses offered to the upper levels of your program, you probably need to declare your plan. Contact your program advisor for assistance if needed.

  1. Run an Advisement Report. Your Advisement Report will assist you in planning your course intentions by identifying the curriculum requirements that you have satisfied and the requirements that remain outstanding.
  2. Select My Classes Offered. Select the My Classes Offered link from the "Shopping Cart" link in the Student Centre to display and select Fall and Winter courses that are offered to your program and plan.

Select the courses you would like to be enrolled in for the upcoming term and add them to your shopping cart. Complete the Course Intention selection process by reviewing your selections and clicking the "Finish Enrolling" button.

If you prefer, you may also use the normal enrolment functions of Class Search, Add, Drop and Swap to submit your Course Intentions.

  1. Re-run your Advisement Report. Your Advisement Report will now apply your Course Intentions and you will be able to see and validate the application of your Course Intentions to your curricular requirements/li>

Please note:

Liberal Studies Courses


Multi- Term Courses

  • When selecting a multi-term course, e.g., POL47A/B or NSE11A/B, you select part A and you will automatically be enrolled in part B in the subsequent term.


Course Intentions

  • You are responsible for making appropriate course intention choices and should consult the description of your program published in the Undergraduate Calendar.

 

Is participation in Course Intentions mandatory?
Participation in the Course Intention process is now mandatory for full-time undergraduate students in programs within the:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Faculty of Community Services
  • Faculty of Science
  • Ted Rogers School of Management


Please see the current Undergraduate Calendar to verify the Faculty classification of your Undergraduate Program.


Who should participate in Course Intentions?

While all returning undergraduate students should participate in the Course Intention process, Course Intentions are now mandatory for full-time students within specific faculties.

Please see Course Intentions for complete information. 


When is the Course Intention period?

The Course Intention period occurs in March for the upcoming academic year.  Course Intention changes can be made during the Course Intention Adjustment periods in the Spring (May) and Fall (August to September).  Please refer to the Significant Dates section of the current Academic Calendar for these specific Course Intention dates.


Where do I visit to participate in Course Intentions?

Course Intentions is an online process via RAMSS. Please see the How to Select your Course Intentions tab on this page for step by step Course Intention selection instructions.  


Do I need to schedule a Course Intention appointment?

Course Intention appointments are automatically scheduled by Ryerson. Students are notified through their Ryerson email of their upcoming Course Intention appointment. Course Intention appointment information can also be found in the Enrolment Dates section of your Student Centre in RAMSS as well as the Undergraduate Calendar.


If I am part of a Faculty where Course Intentions is mandatory what will happen if I don’t participate?

Full-time students who do not participate in the Course Intention process will be responsible for enrolling in courses that are appropriate to their degree plan (and will meet the requirements for graduation) during the Open Enrolment period for the term via RAMSS.


If I am part of a Faculty where Course Intentions is not mandatory what will happen if I don’t participate?

Students who do not participate in the Course Intention process, for which Course Intentions are not mandatory will be responsible for enrolling in courses that are appropriate to their degree plan (and will meet the requirements for graduation) during their Enrolment Appointment or Open Enrolment period for the term via RAMSS.


What are the priority enrolment dates for the Fall 2017 term?

The priority enrolment appointment dates for the Fall 2017 term are as follows:

  • 1st Year Students: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
  • 4th Year Students: Thursday, August 10, 2017
  • 3rd Year Students: Monday, August 14, 2017
  • 2nd Year Students: Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Part Time Undergraduate Students (excluding Part Time Business Management and Business Technology Management Students):
Monday, August 14, 2017

Part Time Business Management and Business Technology Management Students:
Monday, August 21, 2017


When does the Open Enrolment period begin for the Fall 2017 term?

The Open Enrolment period begins on August 21, 2017 for the Fall 2017 term.


What happens if Course Intention selections added to my shopping cart are not completed?

Course Intention selections added to a student’s shopping cart and not completed (by selecting the “Finish Enrolling” button) are not successful. These selections will not be taken into consideration when preparing a student’s schedule.  


Can my Course Intention selections include courses that have pre-requisites?

Students will not be allowed to select Course Intention selections for the upcoming Fall and Winter terms for which they have not completed or are not enrolled in the prerequisite course(s).  


Do I need to declare my plan before I participate in Course Intention?

Declaring your plan is necessary for students who are finishing their first, second and third year of certain programs. Please see the How to Select your Course Intentions tab on this page for a complete list of programs that require students to declare a plan.


Will I be allowed to participate in Course Intentions if I have a hold on my account?

Students with certain holds on file (that block enrolment) may be prohibited from further enrolment (which includes participating in course intentions) until satisfactory payment arrangements have been made.


Are my Course Intention selections guaranteed?

While Ryerson makes every effort to enrol students in all course intention selections, there are occasions where a course intention selection cannot be accommodated.  

Possible reasons could include:

  • Course requisite pre-requirements or co-requisites not met
  • Class conflict
  • Class enrolment capacity
  • Or a combination of one or more of the reasons listed above


All students will have to make adjustments to their schedule during the open enrolment period.


What should I do if I decide not to return to Ryerson after submitting my Course Intention selections?

If you decide not to return to Ryerson after submitting your course intentions, you will need to submit an applicable withdrawal form, before classes start; this will avoid any tuition fee charges or negative academic standing impacts.


How do I complete Course Intentions for a multi-term course?

When selecting a multi-term course during the Course Intention process, e.g., POL47A/B or NSE11A/B, you select part A and you will automatically be enrolled in part B in the subsequent term.


What should I do if I receive an error message when selecting my Course Intentions?

If you encounter an error message during the Course Intention selection process review the message to determine if you are able to resolve it.  Please contact your program advisor or sservice@ryerson.ca for assistance if needed.


I am an existing Ryerson Undergraduate student who has recently accepted an offer of admission for another Undergraduate program. How should I complete my Course Intention selections?

Course Intention selections are associated to the Program and Plan a student is currently active in.

All students will be able to make adjustments to their schedule during the open enrolment period.

In the event that you require advisement or encounter a full required course you are advised to contact your new Program Department for assistance once you have been formally admitted into your new program.


I am George Brown or Centennial Collaborative Nursing student. Should I participate in the Course Intention process?

George Brown or Centennial Collaborative Nursing students who will be studying at Ryerson in the upcoming academic year should participate in the Course Intention process.

Please see the How to Select your Course Intentions tab on this page for step by step Course Intention selection instructions.


Will part-time students participating in the Course Intention process be eligible to select Liberal Studies as part of their course intention selections?

No. Part –time undergraduate students participating in the Course Intention process will be eligible to select only Required and Professionally-Related courses as part of their Course Intention selections for the upcoming academic year. Liberal Studies courses may be enrolled during the Open Enrolment period for the term via RAMSS.

Please contact your Program or School's academic advisor if you have any concerns or questions about your course intention plans.


What courses should I select during the Course Intention period?

Students are responsible for ensuring that their Course Intention selections meet the curricular requirements for their specific Academic Program and Plan (Major) of study.

These courses may be from the required, liberal studies (elective) or professionally-related course groups.

It is recommended that students run an Advisement Report and consult the current Academic Calendar or their Program or School's academic advisor if they have any concerns or questions about their course intention plans.


I am interested in selecting my first Arabic, Chinese, French or Spanish course as part of my Course Intentions. Do I need to complete a placement test?
Yes, students must complete a placement test prior to course intention selection or enrolment in their first language class. Placement test results may take up to 48 hours depending on the volume of tests received.

Placement tests are available at Languages, Literatures and Cultures. For information on the sequence in which you should enroll in subsequent courses, please see the pathways for each language at Languages, Literatures and Cultures. For additional information please contact the Program Administrator for Language and Intercultural Relations.


Questions?  Please contact your Program or School's academic advisor if you have any concerns or questions about your course intention plans.

Still have questions? Contact sservice@ryerson.ca