Dalhousie University - Inspiring Minds


Step 4: Create Your Schedule

Now's the time to complete your worksheet

Using the information you found on your course planning worksheet and on the academic timetable, start building your first year schedule.

Use the fillable blank schedule worksheet to create your plan.

Course information you need to collect from the academic timetable

As you create your schedule, be sure to jot down the following information. You'll need it when it comes time to register:

  • Course subject (e.g., Biology)
  • Course number (e.g., 1020) and section
  • Course Reference Number (CRN) for each course, lab and tutorial

Start filling in your schedule with courses that have the least number of sections available. For example, if you want to take both a Classics and English course, fill in your timetable with the course that has only one section available first. Then choose the section of the other course that fits your schedule best.

Keep going until your schedule is complete. Be sure to pick alternates in case your first choices are full or not available.


  • If you see a lab or tutorial listed below the course, colour-coded in blue or green, you must register for this as well. If multiple options are given, you can pick the one that best fits your schedule. Lab sections start with the letter 'B' and Tutorial sections start with the letter 'T.'

  • Many courses have pre-requisites or restrictions that you should be aware of. Pre-requisites are requirements that must be fulfilled before registering in a specific course. You can find these in the course description by clicking the arrow next to the title of the course. Certain coures may be restricted to or from specific groups of students. These restrictions may be found by clicking the "R" in the "Notes" column of the timetable.

  • Courses with an X or Y in the number (ie. ENGL 1000X) are part of a full-year course, and you must take both the X and the Y part of the course consecutively in order to receive credit for it. If you choose to register in X/Y courses, you must register in the same section for both the X portion and the Y portion.

  • Add your name to Wait Lists. If a course is full and has a number under the "WtLst" column, you might still be able to take it. Learn more about wait lists.
Registration step 5: Submit your course selection for review

Now that you have your courses selected, you can submit your choices to reviewed by an advisor to make sure you're on set up for success.