Seneca Business 411
The following content is intended for students who have transferred from another college or post-secondary institution and are registered  in a Business Program at Seneca College.

To better assist you, we have compiled a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that will address the needs of most transfer students.

How can I transfer credits for courses(s) I completed at another institution and be placed in Advanced Standing?

If you have a college or university level credit in a course that is similar to a Seneca course, you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Standing transfer credit at Seneca. A request for Advanced Standing must be for a specific course in a specific semester.

A minimum grade of “C” (60%) is generally required for a course to be considered for Advanced Standing. For credit transfer into degree programs, the minimum grade required for Advanced Standing is C+ (65%).

Click here to submit a request for Advanced Standing

When should I submit a Advanced Standing request?

Advanced Standing requests should be made at least 2 weeks before the beginning of the semester to which it applies.

Please note, since you can only add a course at the end of the first 5 days of classes, you should submit your request at least 2 weeks before the start of the semester.

What credential evaluation, assessment and qualification recognition services do you accept for transfer credits / advanced standing?

Advanced standing applications using foreign credentials need to be officially translated and evaluated by one of the following three agencies:

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
Ontario Agricentre
100 Stone Road West, Suite #303, Guelph, ON, NIG 5L3
Tel:  519. 763.7282,   Toll-free:  1.800.321.6021
Fax:  519.763.6964
Email:  info@icascanada.ca
Website:  http://www.icascanada.ca/

World Education Services- Canada (WES Canada)
45 Charles Street East, Suite #700, Toornto, ON, M4Y 1S2
Tel:  416.972.0070
Fax:  416.972.9004
Email:  ontario@wes.org
Website:   http://wes.org/ca/

CGA Ontario (*For Accounting Programs only)
240 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON, M4P 1K8
Tel:  416.322.6520,  Toll-free:  1.800.668.1454
Fax:  416.322.6481
Website:  www.cga-ontario.org

What should I do if I do not have a MySeneca.ca email address?

Please visit the Registration Office for assistance.  Once your registration is complete, you will receive your  MySeneca.ca student email address.

What courses are in my Academic Program?

Each Academic Program consists of a set schedule of required courses.  A set group of courses must be successfully completed in order to graduate from the program.  Course availability changes from semester to semester and some courses have prerequisites (a course that is required prior to taking the course you want to take).  In some instances you are able to choose courses yourself from a list of options.

To help you keep track of your progress towards graduation, download your Program Course Chart and review it to identify the courses you have completed, and to determine if there are any that you have missed.

If you are not sure which program you are enrolled in, click here to view the Faculty of Business Program offerings.

When will I receive my Timetable? How do I Read my Timetable?

For specific dates to view your upcoming semester’s timetable, and to learn how to read your timetable, click here.

Your current timetable is always available to view through SIRIS.

How do I access my most up-to-date timetable?

Your latest timetable will be available online in two places.  Follow the links below to get there:

  1.  My.Seneca.ca Log in and look for the My.Seneca Timetable heading
  2.  SIRIS Log in and click on the Student Timetable button.

PLEASE NOTE:  As a Seneca student, you are responsible for your timetable and schedule.  You should check it regularly on SIRIS, as this is the only way to keep up to date on changes made by the College.

At a minimum, check your timetable before classes begin and by Day 5 (the last day to add a course or change sections of a class); and then again before Day 10 (the last day to drop a course from your record).  For a list of Important Academic Dates, click here.

How do I add a course to my timetable?

SIRIS allows you to add courses to your timetable until the final day to add courses for a semester.  You must choose a section for the desired course that does not conflict with those currently listed on your timetable.

    1. Visit SIRIS and enter your Seneca username and password.
    2. Click the REGISTRATION OPTIONS button.
    3. Type your password and click the CONTINUE button.
    4. Click the ADD COURSE button at the bottom of the page.
    5. Click one of the following boxes that best describes your desired course: Professionals, General Education Options and English Subjects, or Professional Options.
    6. Click the selection box for the desired course and click the course name.
    7. Click the ADD COURSE button.
    8. Click a section for the desired course.
    9. Ensure that the section you choose has available seats or the course will not be added to the timetable.
    10. Type your password and click the ADD THIS COURSE button.
    11. If successful, a message will display that the course has been added.
    12. Review your timetable to ensure the course was added correctly.

If the change was not made correctly, an error message will appear stating why you could not add a course to your timetable.

How do I take a course at a different time?

SIRIS allows you to take a course at a different time (referred to as changing sections) up until the deadline for adding courses. For a list of Important Academic Dates, including deadlines, click here.  The change is only possible if it does not conflict with any other courses you have already enrolled in.

  1. Log into SIRIS and enter your Seneca username and password.
  2. Click the REGISTRATION OPTIONS button.
  3. Enter your password and click the CONTINUE button.
  4. Click a time slot for the course you wish to change sections.
  5. Click the CHANGE COURSE TIME button.
  6. Click an available section for the course.
  7. Ensure the section chosen has available seats or the change will not be made.
  8. Enter your password and click the ADD THIS COURSE button.
  9. If successful, a message will display showing the old section being dropped and the new section being added.  Review your timetable to verify you are now enrolled in the correct course and section.

If the change was not made correctly, an error message will appear stating why the course section was not changed.

How do I switch to another course on my timetable?

SIRIS allows you to switch from course to another up until the deadline to add courses. For a list of  Important Academic Dates, including deadlines, click here.  The change is only possible if it does not conflict with any other courses you are already enrolled in.

  1. Log into SIRIS and enter your Seneca username and password.
  2. Click the REGISTRATION OPTIONS button.
  3. Enter your password and click the CONTINUE button.
  4. On the timetable, select one of the time-slots for the course you wish to change.
  5. Click the SWITCH COURSE button.
  6. Click one of the following boxes that best describes your desired course: Professionals, General Education Options and English Subjects, or Professional Options. Click the selection box for the desired course and click the course name.
  7. Click the ADD COURSE button.
  8. Click the desired section for the course you wish to switch.
  9. Ensure that the section you choose has available seats or the course will not be added to the timetable.
  10. Enter your password and click the ADD THIS COURSE button.
  11. If successful, a message will display showing the old course being dropped and the new course being added.  Review your timetable to ensure the courses were switched correctly

If the switch was not made correctly an error message will be displayed.

How do I drop a course?

SIRIS allows you to drop a course up to the deadline to drop a course.  For a list of  Important Academic Dates, including deadlines, click here.  The change is only possible if it does not conflict with any other courses you have already enrolled in.

  1. Log into SIRIS and enter your Seneca username and password.
  2. Click the REGISTRATION OPTIONS button.
  3. Enter your password and click the CONTINUE button.
  4. Click the time-slot on the timetable for the course you wish to drop.
  5. Click the DROP A COURSE button.
  6. Enter your password for validation and click the DROP THIS COURSE button.
  7. If successful, a message will display showing the course being dropped.
  8. Review your timetable to ensure the course was dropped.

If the subject was not dropped, an error message will appear stating why the course was not dropped.

Will I receive a refund if I drop a course from my timetable?

There are many factors that determine if a refund will be issued.  Check with Registration in-person after Day 10 (the last day to drop a course) to see if you qualify for a refund.  For a list of Important Academic Dates, please click here.

If I add/drop a course on my timetable, will it affect my OSAP?

Students are required to take a minimum of a normal 60% program load (40% for students with a documented permanent disability).  Therefore, if a normal program load for this semester is 6 courses, students are required to take, and pass, 4 courses. If a normal course load for the semester is 5 courses, students are required to take, and pass, 3 courses.

In order to graduate, students must enroll in required courses as outlined in your Program.

If you are not sure which courses are required, consult your Program Course Chart or click here to view the Faculty of Business Program offerings.

Students are encouraged to check with the Financial Aid Office any time an add/drop takes place in order to make sure your OSAP application is up to date and your courses are OSAP approved.

If I switch to another campus, will my OSAP transfer with me?

Each Seneca campus has its own OSAP institution code. As such, you will need to close your current OSAP file and re-apply for OSAP with the new campus and program information. This will include re-submitting supporting documents.

Do I need to take a General Education course?

Yes, all students are required to take General Education elective courses.  Depending on the length of your program, the number of required General Education elective ranges from 2 – 4 courses in total. Please be advised that one of your electives must be a Literature option.

Students who are enrolled in a full-time day program should take their elective course(s) during the day. If you are interested in taking an elective course(s) through the Continuing Education part-time studies department, which includes evening, weekend, online and correspondence courses, please visit the Continuing Education Program website. Please be advised that additional fees may apply.

For a course catalog with links to brief course descriptions for part-time evening or online courses, please click on the following link(s):

How do I add a General Education course?

Below are the steps required to successfully add a General Education course:

  1. Log into SIRIS and enter your Seneca username and password.
  2. Click the REGISTRATION OPTIONS button.
  3. Type your password and click the CONTINUE button.
  4. Click the ADD COURSE button at the bottom of the page.
  5. Click the General Education Options and English Subjects box.
  6.  Click on the arrow to search the list of options available to you this semester.
  7. Click on the course of your choice, click on “More Info” to read a brief outline of that subject.
  8. A “Subject Enroll” screen will pop up, from which you can choose the date and time that will fit around your professional subjects already timetabled.
  9. Click the selection box for the desired course and click the course name.
  10. Click the ADD COURSE button.
  11. Click a section for the desired course.
  12. Ensure that the section you choose has available seats or the course will not be added to the timetable.
  13. Type your password and click the ADD THIS COURSE button.
  14. If successful, a message will display that the course has been added.
  15. Review your timetable to ensure the course was added correctly.
  16. If your course was not added, an error message will display.
  17. Check your timetable to ensure you made the choice you intended.
  18. If you change your mind, go back to the “Available Options” screen, click on “Change Your Timetable” and drop the course selected and choose another course.

When is the last day to add a course, drop a course or switch to another course section?

The best place to confirm this and other critical dates for the semester is by following the links below to the Office of the  Registrar:

Can I take more courses than listed on a Semester Subject Load?

If after reviewing your Program Course Chart you are interested in taking an extra course, please submit a request using the Online Student Assistance Form.  An Advisor will then follow up via email to discuss your program requirements.

Note, If you Add a Course beyond the number of courses listed in the college calendar for your Program/Semester, you may be required to pay an “extra subject” fee.

Where on SIRIS can I view my current grades?

SIRIS allows you to view your grades for all of the courses you are enrolled in for a specific semester.  You can also read academic comments made on your performance during that semester. Follow the steps below to view your grades.

  1. Log into SIRIS and enter your Seneca username and password.
  2. Click the CURRENT GRADES button.
  3. Click the desired semester and year and enter your password.
  4. Click CONTINUE button to view your grades. The grades for the courses taken during the selected semester will be displayed.

When will I be able to see my final marks?

Final grades are posted on  SIRIS approximately ten days after the completion of exams.  Grades for Fall 2014 courses will be posted December 20; grades for Winter 2015 will be posted on May 2.

What should I do if I cannot view my timetable on SIRIS?

  • In order to access your timetable fees must be paid. If fees have been paid and there is no timetable on SIRIS check your grades and comments
  • If your comment says “May proceed to next semester in current program” then you should be able to add your subjects to your timetable
  • If you are unable to add subjects to your timetable, then please fill out the SenecaBusiness411 Online Student Request for Assistance Form

International Students: If you are a “First” semester International student, you must pay your fees in full in order to access your timetable.
Sponsored students must have a letter of sponsorship on file with the Registration Office relating to that specific semester. Questions? Please contact Registration.Inquiries@senecacollege.ca for further assistance.

Domestic Students: Fees should be paid in full or a minimum of $400.00 will be accepted as long as a promissory note signed by the student is submitted to the Registration Office. An automatic $65.00 deferral fee will be applied to your account. The balance of fees will be due by the tenth day of classes. Extensions to this date may be arranged ONLY if a student is waiting for OSAP. If you are waiting for OSAP you can send your inquiry for an extension to pay the balance of your fees to Registration.Inquiries@senecacollege.ca.

To pay your fees online please visit:
http://www,senecacollege.ca/registrar/fees/payment options.html

What should I do if I cannot view my grades on SIRIS?

If you cannot see your grades on SIRIS, it is because you have outstanding fees. To view your payment options go to:
http://www,senecacollege.ca/registrar/fees/payment options.html

If you still cannot see your grades please contact the Registration Office at:
Registration.Inquiries@senecacollege.ca

Occasionally, a grade for a course has not been submitted and at that time you should fill out the SenecaBusiness411 Online Student Request for Assistance Form

How can I get affiliated into a Program?

Please fill out the SenecaBusiness411 Online Student Assistance Form. To complete the form, select your desired Program from the pull down menu, select “Other” from the Subject pull down menu, and submit a message requesting to be affiliated to a program. Write a brief message detailing your request and press “Send.”

 

Seneca Business 411