1 ADVISING GUIDE 2015/16 Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice
2 congratulations and Welcome to Mru! Welcome to Mount Royal University! We are here to help you begin your transition to becoming a Mount Royal Student. Within this document you will find advising and registration information that will help guide you through course selection and class registration.
3 YOU RE ACCEPTED, NOW WHAT? Step 1: Review your Offer of Admission letter and follow all directions To maintain acceptance in your program, you must meet your conditions and final/official transcripts need to be received at Mount Royal by Aug. 1, Step 2: Pay your registration deposit To reserve your spot at Mount Royal you need to accept your Offer of Admission and pay your nonrefundable Registration Deposit of $200. Visit mtroyal.ca, select Apply then Accept Offer/Pay Deposit. Step 3: Activate your MyMRU account MyMRU is your online registration, fee payment system and one-stop information site for all things Mount Royal. Visit MyMRU.ca. See directions on how to activate your account below. Step 4: Start using your MRU We will communicate important information to you through your MRU account. Check your regularly. Step 5: Be advised and register for classes Your program-specific advising information is available in this guide. Here you will find details on how to get advising information and register for courses. Course registration begins Apr. 13, If you have already taken post-secondary or AP/IB courses, we will automatically access your transfer equivalences after we have received your final/official transcripts. Once assessed, you will be able to view how the transfer equivalencies satisfy requirements for your program. Step 6: Pay Fees Tuition and fees are due Aug. 12, For more information on how to pay your fees visit mtroyal.ca/moneymatters. Step 7: Attend New Student Orientation We ll be keeping you up to date with important information on New Student Orientation (NSO), Sept. 8 & 9, 2015, to help make your move to Mount Royal a smooth one. ACTIVATE YOUR MYMRU ACCOUNT»»»» Visit MyMRU.ca Select Activate Your Account Read and accept the Acceptable Use Policy terms Complete the details using your name, date of birth and Mount Royal Student ID number found on your Offer of Admission letter To activate your student account, select the link in the top right hand corner of MyMRU. If you get stuck, check out the Activating your MyMRU Account tutorial found at mtroyal.ca/ beadvised/tutorials. For further assistance, please call the Mount Royal Technology Help Desk at
4 COURSE REGISTRATION GUIDE It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements. Your first-year course requirements are outlined in this document. Use the online Course Listings or the Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. Then use the registration system to find out when courses are offered and to create your schedule. REGISTER ONLINE 1. Log into MyMRU.ca 2. Select Student Resources tab 3. Select Registration under My Account 4. Register using the Look Up classes link 5. Select Term and choose the appropriate term (e.g. Fall 2015 credit) REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE Further information about registering for credit courses, waitlisting for a course, cancelling your registration, troubleshooting error messages and frequently asked questions is available online or consult the current Academic Calendar. For assistance in registering for courses contact Credit Registration: or toll-free (8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.). TRANSFER EQUIVALENCIES To be considered for transfer equivalency, each course must have been completed at a recognized accredited postsecondary institution with a minimum passing grade. Regardless of when a course was completed, normally it will still be considered for a transfer equivalency. However, limitations do exist for time-sensitive courses, e.g. Computer Science, Midwifery, Nursing, and Science. If the transfer equivalency assigned by Mount Royal is unspecified and you think it might transfer as a direct equivalent, you need to provide the detailed course outline for assessment. You can find more information online including timelines for transfer equivalency assessments and how to view your transfer equivalencies. If you miss the time line, as specified for any given semester, the transfer equivalency may not be established in time for course registration. This may affect whether a course prerequisite has been met. COURSE PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS Prerequisites are listed in the course description section of the Academic Calendar and in the online Courses Listings. It is your responsibility to ensure you have met the prerequisites for your registered courses. Failing to meet course prerequisites will result in automatic de-registration. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS WITH mrugradu8 mrugradu8 is a degree audit program that will guide you in your course selection as you move through your program. You can access mrugradu8 through MyMRU.ca under the Student Resources tab. Your mrugradu8 audit will show you a list of courses you have completed (included transfer credits) and current course registrations. In addition to the advice you receive from your academic advisor, mrugradu8 is a great way to stay on track! mru GradU8
5 GENERAL EDUCATION General Education (known on campus as Gen Ed) is dedicated to creating intellectual habits and abilities that take you across academic disciplines and beyond one specific job description. At Mount Royal University, each Gen Ed course introduces you to thematic areas outside your major. Gen Ed invites you to experience all that academic life has to offer by exploring courses from other faculties and fields. A Gen Ed component is included in every bachelor s degree, applied degree and diploma program at Mount Royal. The exact number of Gen Ed courses (mtroyal.ca/gened/courses) you take depends on the credential you are pursuing, but up to 30 per cent of your course load will be Gen Ed. HOW DOES GEN ED WORK? Mount Royal s Gen Ed has been structured to complement your program of study. You can tailor your courses to fit your interests and your schedule. Gen Ed courses are divided into four thematic clusters, as shown in the chart. The chart also shows the three Gen Ed tiers you will move through, depending on which program you are in. Gen Ed course requirements vary by program, so please check with your program advisor to confirm the courses needed for your degree, applied degree or diploma. For more detail, visit mtroyal.ca/gened. Degree up to 12 Gen Ed courses required Cluster 1: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy Cluster 2: Values, Beliefs and Identity Cluster 3: Community and Society Cluster 4: Communication Foundation: As you start your studies, you take a total of four Gen Ed foundation courses. Choose one from each cluster. Take one of: GNED 1101, GNED 1102 or GNED 1103 within your first 10 courses. Take one of: GNED 1201, GNED 1202 or GNED 1203 within your first 20 courses. Take one of: GNED 1301, GNED 1303 or GNED 1304 within your first 20 courses. Take one of: GNED 1401, GNED 1403 or GNED 1404 within your first 10 courses. Tier 2: As you progress through your degree, choose four Gen Ed courses from a wider variety of courses. Tier 3: You must take four Tier 3 courses. These four courses must be from at least two different clusters. You will take: one Tier 2 course from each cluster (Total: 4). You could take: three Tier 3 courses from one cluster and one Tier 3 course from a second cluster (Total: 4); or one Tier 3 course from each cluster (Total: 4); or two Tier 3 courses from two different clusters (Total: 4).
6 Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice The Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice degree is made up of 40 courses including major courses, General Education requirements and electives. In order to complete the degree in four years, you would need to take 10 courses per academic year (five courses per semester). If you decide to take fewer than five courses per semester your priority should be the core courses outlined in the Academic Calendar. To be a full-time student you must be in at least three courses (nine credits) to a maximum of five courses (15 credits). Courses that are restricted to specific programs (e.g. Nursing, Interior Design, etc.) will not be available to you. It is recommended that in your first year you take 1000-level courses and avoid courses at the 3000-level or higher (unless you have previously completed 10 university-level courses). Electives are unspecified course requirements for graduation. They are three-credit courses, at any level from any subject area, as long as you meet the prerequisites. Since electives are open options of your choice, consider creating a degree that is unique to you when selecting these courses. You can register only in classes for the Fall semester at this time. The schedule of classes for the Winter semester will be available beginning of October, and you can register for your second semester towards the end of October. This is always a good time to check in with your academic advisor. It s always best to register as soon as possible, as some courses fill quickly. NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION Gain the tools you need to get started on your path towards a successful experience at Mount Royal University. At New Student Orientation (NSO), you will receive helpful tips on becoming a successful student, meet students and faculty members, learn about support services and familiarize yourself with the campus through a guided tour. This is the best way to get your university career off to a great start and learn how to take full advantage of your Mount Royal experience. Be sure to register for Orientation when you register for your courses. WHO IS MY ACADEMIC ADVISOR? The Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice Academic Advisor is here to support you with the start of your degree. New students are required to attend the advising sessions being offered as many of the answers to your questions will be addressed at that time. Please contact your advisor Leann Acheson for available advising session dates and to RSVP at or
7 FIRST-YEAR COURSES The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. In your first year, you should register in the following courses: Four (3-credit) CRJS courses Five (3-credit) Gen Ed courses One (3-credit) Elective Year One, CRJS course checklist CRJS 1001 Introduction to Criminology (offered in Fall only) CRJS 1003 Introduction to the Justice System (offered in Fall only) CRJS 1011 Introduction to Human Relations (offered in Winter only) CRJS 1013 Diversity Issues and the Criminal Justice System (offered in Winter only) General Education Requirement (Cluster 1, Foundation recommended)* General Education Requirement (Cluster 4, Foundation recommended)* General Education Requirement* General Education Requirement* General Education Requirement* Elective (any 3-credit course that does not fulfill a program core or General Education requirement) * One course per cluster from approved list, (see courses marked with large G in Mount Royal calendar) or view Gen Ed list online at mtroyal.ca/gened. Gen Ed courses can be either Foundation or Tier 2.
8 MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW Apply for residence mtroyal.ca/residence NOW Apply for scholarships & bursaries mtroyal.ca/moneymatters Apr. 13, 2015 Course registration begins for new students Aug. 1, 2015 Final/official transcripts due mtroyal.ca/admission Aug. 12, 2015 Tuition and fees due mtroyal.ca/moneymatters Sept. 8 & 9, 2015 New Student Orientation mtroyal.ca/orientation Sept. 10, 2015 First day of classes Students are expected to adhere to all critical dates and deadlines as outlined in the Academic Schedule of the 2015/16 Academic Calendar. For a complete list of dates and deadlines applicable to new students, visit mtroyal.ca/criticaldates. Learn more about Academic Advising Services or to find your advisor, visit mtroyal.ca/beadvised.
9 YOUR STUDENT CHECKLIST Now Find out what courses I need Check to see if all my transfer equivalencies have been applied to my program Register for courses Check mrugradu8 in MyMRU Register for New Student Orientation July Get my parking pass and locker August Pay tuition by Aug. 12 *Do not forget! Get my campus card Get my U-Pass (if I m a full-time student) Activate gym membership (if I m a full-time student) Buy text books September Visit Blackboard in MyMRU Attend New Student Orientation on Sept. 8 & 9 Go to class starting Sept. 10 Activate or opt out of my student health benefits October Register for winter semester (check MyMRU for your access date) FOLLOW US /mrulife /mountroyal4u
10 STUDENT RESOURCES Have questions about course selection or program requirements? Academic Advising Services - mtroyal.ca/beadvised Looking for academic policies, definitions and deadlines? Academic Calendar - mtroyal.ca/academicsupport/academiccalendar Do you have special learning or mobility needs? Accessibility Services - mtroyal.ca/accessibility Need textbooks, MRU clothes and other school supplies? BookStore - bookstore.mtroyal.ca When and where can you get your campus ID card? Campus Card - mtroyal.ca/campuscard Looking for employment, co-op placement or help with your resume? Career Services - mtroyal.ca/careerservices Are you First Nations, Inuit or Métis? Are you interested in learning about these cultures? Iniskim Centre - mtroyal.ca/iniskimcentre Looking for tools to help you succeed as a new Mount Royal Student? New Student Orientation - mtroyal.ca/orientation Looking for transportation information or locker rentals? Parking, Locker rental and U-Pass - mtroyal.ca/parking Want to stay active while in school? Recreation - mtroyal.ca/recreation
11 Having problems registering into courses online through MyMRU? Registration Helpline - mtroyal.ca/creditregistration Need somewhere to live? Residence Services - mtroyal.ca/residence Looking for student health & dental information? Students Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) - samru.ca Need help paying for your education? Student Awards and Financial Aid - mtroyal.ca/moneymatters Looking for personal, career and educational guidance? Student Counselling - mtroyal.ca/counselling Looking for tutoring, writing services or learning skills? Student Learning Services - mtroyal.ca/studentlearningservices Want to be a better academic writer? Essay-Zone online writing tutorial. Login to MyMRU and go the homepage to find the access link and registration instructions. Need help getting started with technology? START (Student Technicians and Resource Tutors) - mtroyal.ca/start Need a doctor, chiropractor or other healthcare professional? Wellness Services - mtroyal.ca/wellness
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