Advise Yourself and Check-in with an Advisor Over Email

This information is for new students in the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education Integrated
  • Bachelor of Physical Education Studies
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science

Welcome! Self-advising is for students who have been admitted to Brandon University and are confident that they can choose courses and plan their academic year with little to no assistance. After completing the New Student Advising video series on Moodle, you are required to check-in with an academic advisor about your choice of courses. The advisor will lift your registration hold if you have demonstrated that you understand the course selection process.

Please be aware that this process is for students who do not need support in making decisions regarding their academic program (major, minor, etc.) and courses. Students who need more direct support should make an appointment with an academic advisor.

Step 1: Login to Moodle and register for the New Student Advising course by using the enrolment key “newbustudent”

  • Go to Moodle at http://moodle.brandonu.ca/ (Open this link in a new window or tab to continue reading the instructions here.)
  • Login to Moodle using your Brandon University ID and password that you claimed earlier.
  • Click on the “New Student Advising” link under “Main Menu” on the left side of the webpage.
  • The enrolment key is “newbustudent”.

It is important for you to learn how to navigate Moodle as it is used by Brandon University professors and lab instructors to share resources, course content, and grades. Student Services also uses Moodle to shared resources related to academic skills.

Step 2: Watch all 8 videos in the New Student Advising course in Moodle:

Time to completion: ~2 hours

Once you have registered for the New Student Advising Moodle course, you will be able to start watching the “Parts of a Degree” video. After watching the “Parts of a Degree” video, the next video will become available.

  • Parts of a Degree
  • Rules of a Degree
  • Academic Performance and Success1
  • Advising Resources
  • Planning Your Academic Year
  • Sample Academic Schedules
  • The Brandon University Homepage
  • How to Use the Online Registration System

The information in these videos will teach you the process of choosing courses and using advising resources to plan your academic year.

Step 3: Complete the Advising Questionnaire in the New Student Advising Moodle course

Once you have watched the videos, you will be asked to fill out an advising questionnaire.

Step 4: Complete the Self-Advising Form

Time to completion: 1 – 2 hours

The self-advising form linked here is how you will submit your courses to be reviewed by an academic advisor.

Students must use the Course Registration Guides, Current Academic Calendar, and Arts/Science Slot Schedule in order to provide information for this form.

An advisor will respond within 3 business days to the email address you provided on the form. The advisor may require more information or a follow-up appointment before finalizing your schedule. Once the advisor is confident that you understand degree requirements and the course registration process, he or she will lift the hold on your registration.

Proceed to Step 5 once your registration hold has been lifted by an academic advisor.

Step 5: Register for courses using the online registration system.

Use your BU user ID and password that you claimed in Step 1. If you need help, revisit the tutorial video on using the online registration system.

Students will not be able to register until an academic advisor has lifted the registration hold. If you are still unable to register, contact your academic advisor from Step 4.

Your registration is only complete once you receive a tracking number and a confirmation email to your BU student email. Once you are registered, you can also confirm your registration by logging into the Student Information Portal.

If you are on a waiting list, you will be notified at your BU email when a spot is available in the course.