Frequently Asked Questions
Fall 2020 Registration FAQs:
Q: Will classes be held in-person or virtually?
To address physical distancing requirements, many classes will run online this year. In psychology, most of our undergraduate coursework will occur in virtual formats. Courses that are being delivered in-person, are clearly listed in the timetable.
Q: My timetable lists a weekly timeslot for my Psychology class, but it also says the class is online. Does this mean I need to log in to OWL or a videoconferencing platform (e.g., Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate) at that time?
If the class has a timetable spot listed, the instructor will offer at least some "synchronous" (e.g., all students together in a Zoom classroom) content. This may occur weekly or on a less regular schedule. The instructor will provide additional detail about when and how to connect with your class on OWL. Nonetheless, we ask you to keep that timeslot free in your schedule so that you can participate in classroom activities.
Q: What does it mean if my class notes list the format as "combined"?
"Combined" classes typically offer both synchronous (e.g., all students together in a Zoom classroom) and asynchronous (students access the material at times that are convenient to them) delivery modes for accessing the course content. That means you should keep your schedule free for "in-class" activities, as well as be prepared to spend some time learning on your own.
Q: If my class runs online, do I need to return to campus for exams?
If a Fall-term class is scheduled to run online (with either synchronous [all students together in a Zoom classroom] or asynchronous delivery [students access the material at times that are convenient to them]), students will NOT be required to return to campus. Instead, even if exams are scheduled for in-person delivery, students who are not in residence or located within a reasonable day’s commute (e.g., students not located in Southern Ontario) will be offered suitable assessment opportunities that can be completed virtually. These may include exams that are identical to printed exam versions, exams that have similarly difficult questions, provided in an alternate format (e.g., essay instead of multiple-choice exams), as well as non-exam assessment formats. This information will be clearly noted in the course outline. Note that as with in-person exams, online exams may also be subjected to proctoring and additional scrutiny.
For additional information and the latest updates, please see:
General Program FAQs
A. Which Psychology Module is For Me?
- What Psychology module should I take?
- What is the difference between a BA and a BSc Honours Specialization in Psychology?
- What is the difference between a BA/BSc Honours Specialization in Psychology and a Double Major Honors Degree?
B. What Do I Need to Get Into Psychology Modules at UWO and How Do I apply?
- Do I need a Grade 12 Mathematics course if I wish to pursue a Psychology Major or Honours Specialization at Western?
- How do I apply for entry into a module in Psychology, such as a Major, a Minor or one of the Honours Specializations?
- It states a minimum of a 70% is necessary to apply for entry to an Honors Specialization in Psychology. I have an average higher than 70%, so why was I not admitted?
- I want to be in an Honours Specialization, but I was not admitted this year. What do I do?
C. I’m Having a Problem Registering for Courses
- Why am I getting an error message when I try to register for Psychology courses?
- How do I get special permission to take a course?
- I want to add a course, but it is full. Is there a possibility I can still register for the course?
- I have a Statistics course from another department. How will this affect my Psychology module requirements?
D. I’m in an Honors Specialization module and I Have to Do a Thesis in Fourth Year. What Does This Mean?
E. I Want to Go to Graduate School in Psychology. What Do I Need to Know?
- What do I need to get into a graduate program in Psychology?
- How would I benefit from early research experience outside of the classroom?
Psychology Transfer of Credit