Information about Spring term classes

Due to COVID-19-related planning, adjustments to course offerings, including changes to the scheduled days / times and potential section additions / cancellations may happen between now and the start of enrollment.

Schedule changes and the Course Cart

If you use the course cart in mySchedule or goSFU prior to enrolment, please review the courses in your cart before you enrol in case the course timing has changed, or a course has been canceled and removed from your cart. If you have trouble during enrollment, it may be due to changes to the course offering; you may need to remove your courses and re-add them to your cart before proceeding through the enrollment process.

In-person classes

There are very few classes with in-person contact, which can take several forms:

  • A class may feature a split format – for example, an in-person lab but remote lecture.
  • Similarly, some classes may only have in-person for a couple of days or sessions.
  • Or in some classes you may be asked to come to campus to pick up a particular piece of equipment, and then return at some point to drop it off.

Classes with an in-person component will be noted in goSFU and on the course outline; remote classes will show the word “Remote” for the room location. 

Please note that due to a system constraint, the Delivery Method will nearly always show as “In Person”. Students should pay attention to whether a classroom has been assigned or not; this is how students can determine if a class is in fact in-person. Any in-person classes will generally have an assigned room. Some courses may also have an in-person event – for example, a one-time visit to campus during the term. That information would be more likely found in the course outline or course notes.

Course Calendar example:

Course Outline examples:

goSFU Class Search example:

mySchedule Class Search example:

Remote classes: synchronous/asynchronous

Please review the class notes to find information about synchronous, asynchronous or blended format. The following are examples of where to find the synchronous, asynchronous and blended information from the goSFU class search and mySchedule class search.

Remote classes may feature a fully synchronous, or fully asynchronous, or blended format (asynchronous lecture, synchronous tutorial), and there will likely be changes before September.  

  • Synchronous means that the course component takes place at a set time, and you’ll be expected to attend remotely at that time.
  • Asynchronous means that the course component is expected to be completed remotely that week at a time of your own choosing.

To avoid timing conflicts, asynchronous courses are not supposed to change to synchronous after enrollment starts. However, courses currently set as synchronous may still change to asynchronous between now and the first week of classes.

Final exams

Final exam schedules will be released in February. This will allow students to avoid enrollment conflicts, and will significantly reduce instances of exam hardship. See sfu.ca/students/exams/new-exam-scheduling.html for details.

NEED HELP?

As always, if you are experiencing any difficulties during enrolment, please email Registration and Information Services at reginfo@sfu.ca or call 778-782-6930 during office hours.