Academic Regulation 3: Number of Units in a Term and Academic Year

3.1 – External Agencies
The primary purpose of this regulation is to define the number of units a student may register in during any term.   For this purpose, students are designated as having either Full-Time or Part-Time Registration Status in the faculty.  Full-time or part-time registration status defines a student’s maximum allowed course load and is based solely on academic criteria.  Students should note that many external bodies (e.g. OSAP, Revenue Canada, scholarship agencies, or other academic institutions) may have different definitions of full-time or part-time course load for the purposes of grant funding, scholarship eligibility or taxation status.  If in doubt of your course load status in regards to such agencies, please contact the Office of the University Registrar, or the external agency directly, as appropriate, for advice.

3.2 – Full-Time Registration Status

      3.2.1 – Normal Course Loads for Full-Time Students

Full-time students in most Arts and Science programs normally take a total of 15.0 units in each of the Fall and Winter Terms for a total of 30.0 units over the Fall-Winter period (September 1 to April 30).  The normal load for students in B.Mus., B.A.(Hons.)/B.Ed. and B.Sc.(Hons.)/B.Ed. is greater than 30.0 units.  Full-time students may choose, at any time, to register in fewer classes, or to drop classes (before the published deadlines), such that they fall below this course load and retain their right to full-time registration status in a future term. However, students must be registered in at least 18.0 units in the Fall-Winter period, with at least 9.0 units in each of the Fall and Winter Terms, in order to be considered to be in a full-time course load.

               3.2.2 – Maximum Course Loads for Full-Time Students

In any Fall-Winter period, full-time students may be registered in no more than 36.0 units, and no more than 18.0 units in either of the Fall or Winter Terms. More than 30.0 units should not be sought for the purpose of making up a deficiency due to past failure, or if the student's cumulative GPA is less than 1.90. First-year students in most disciplines are not encouraged to attempt more than 30.0 units.  Only 30.0 units may be requested during the summer class selection period.  A student must obtain written permission from the Associate Dean (Studies) in order to take more than 36.0 units in the Fall-Winter period (or more than 18.0 units in any one term). Students who wish to appeal a negative decision to take more than 36.0 units (or 18.0 units in any one term) must appeal to the Board of Studies in writing (see Appeal of Academic Decisions, Section 3).

3.3  – Part-Time Registration Status

               3.3.1 – Maximum Course Load for Part-Time Students

Part-time students in any Arts and Science program may take up to a total of 9.0 units per term.

               3.3.2 – Transfer to Full-Time Registration Status

Part-time students on a degree program are eligible to register in a full-time course load in accordance with Academic Regulation 3.2 if:
(i)      They have completed a minimum of 24.0 Queen’s units, excluding repeated courses and courses for which credit or aegrotat standing were assigned, from the time at which they were admitted part-time to a degree program or were placed on part-time status; and
(ii)     Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.90;

OR

(i)      They have completed a minimum of 18.0 Queen’s units, excluding repeated courses and courses for which credit or aegrotat standing were assigned, from the time at which they were admitted part-time to a degree program or were placed on part-time status; and
(ii)     Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.90

               3.3.3 – Maximum Course Load for Non-Degree Interest Students without Documentation

Students admitted to the Distance Studies Career, Non-Degree Interest category without documentation, may initially only enrol in one course at a time to a maximum of 6.0 units. In order to be able to register for further courses, such students must meet the criteria specified in Admission Regulation 11. This regulation may not be appealed.

3.4 – Courses Spanning More Than One Term
Note that for the purposes of determining a student’s course load, the total unit weighting of courses that span more than one term shall be divided equally between the two terms in which that course is operated (see Academic Regulation 4)

3.5 – Summer Term
Students normally take no more than two courses (regardless of unit value) at any time during the Summer Term. This is considered equivalent to a normal course load for a full-time student. Students on probation, with previous failures or with outstanding work from a previous term should not exceed this course load. Students in good standing taking more than two courses should closely monitor their ability to keep up with assigned readings, complete assignments on time and achieve a satisfactory academic standing in all work in each course. Students should be aware of the established deadlines for dropping courses without academic penalty and are expected to drop courses, if necessary, before these deadlines. Taking on more than two courses at any time during the Summer Term does not constitute sufficient grounds for an academic appeal to drop courses after the deadline.

3.6 – Registration in courses Offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
The number of Engineering and Applied Science courses which may be taken by Arts and Science students is limited, and may not exceed the number of Arts and Science courses taken in a given term.

Arts and Science students may, with permission of the instructor and the Associate Deans of both Engineering and Applied Science and Arts and Science, register for a maximum of two such courses in an academic term.

Students should note that, in accordance with the Degree Program Information section of this calendar, not all courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science may be eligible for credit towards an Arts and Science degree program, and that the unit weighting of such courses may not be deemed equivalent in the two faculties.