Planning your Courses

As Lakehead welcomes you to the start of the 2020/21 academic year in September, we will continue to operate in an environment shaped by the ongoing global pandemic. For Fall 2020, Lakehead University has planned for a primarily online and alternative delivery model.

High-quality remote and alternative forms of program delivery and, where possible, in-person experiences such as research labs, experiential learning opportunities, and select courses that can be modified to ensure a high quality and safe learning experience is our commitment to you. We understand you have unique needs — now more than ever — and commit to offering educational opportunities designed to provide the Lakehead experience with the same focus on exceptional, inclusive learning that is the foundation of our University.

Update: Winter 2021 Term Update

After reviewing the current state and considering potential scenarios over the remainder of this year, the University has decided to continue with a primarily online and alternative delivery model for the winter 2021 term. More information will be provided as we determine requirements within specific programs.

Winter 2021 Term courses are all listed within the Course Timetable. All students are reminded to register for their courses for both the Fall and Winter terms for best course selection. Course registration for the Winter term is also important for OSAP, scholarship and other reasons.

At this time, course delivery mode has not been included in the Course Timetable. More information will be provided as we determine requirements within specific programs.

Overview Fall 2020 Term Program Delivery

Check to see what the Fall 2020 (September – December) term will look like by each Discipline listed by Faculty. See the plan for both new incoming undergraduate students, as well as returning undergraduate and graduate students.

2020/21 Course Timetable

View the full list of undergraduate and graduate courses offered for the 2020/21 academic year. The Timetable provides you with information about the course, including the mode of delivery for the Fall 2020 term, so you can start planning.

Online Courses Explained: Synchronous and Asynchronous

Most of our courses for the Fall 2020 term will be delivered in some form of online delivery to accommodate the diverse range of Lakehead students. This includes synchronous and asynchronous online learning. Regardless of the mode of delivery, plans are being made to ensure students unable to join synchronously have options to continue their learning.

What does that mean to you?

  • In synchronous delivered courses, the instructor and students are all online at the same time, and the material is delivered in real time using methods such as Zoom. Students can ask questions, take tests, or participate in discussions online while the instructor is available to assist them. Denoted as "ZOOM" on the Course Timetable.
  • In asynchronous delivered methods, online course delivery is self-paced with course materials (lectures, readings, forums, assessments, etc.) made available for students to access and engage with on their own schedule. There are still deadlines, and some instructors will release materials on a week-by-week basis rather than all at once, but students can usually decide how and when they will work through the course materials. Denoted as "WEB" on the Course Timetable.

Supporting your Course Planning and Registration

We are here to assist you with planning your courses and navigating the registration process. Check out the Registration Guide and Registration Video, along with your program requirements in the Academic Calendar. Fast Pass and Registration Help Sessions are also available to assist new students to Lakehead through the registration process for the first time - Learn more

Contact Student Central for registration assistance: or 1-800-465-3959.

For more information visit Student Central.