Registering for subjects
You need to register for all the subjects you will complete during your studies in the SIS (except for the state final exam subjects in the third year). No subjects – not even compulsory ones – will be registered automatically for you (the only exception is those parts of the state final exam that the Department of Student Affairs registers for students). Because you can only complete the subjects you have registered for, please pay close attention to this chapter.
The period for registering subjects is determined by the respective academic year schedule (natur.cuni.cz/eng/study/student/academic-calendar); subjects for the winter semester and summer semester are registered separately. Subjects for each semester are registered in two rounds. In the first round, you register for the subjects you want to or should complete in that semester on a preliminary basis (without a firm schedule). Once the registration is complete, schedule makers will prepare and complete schedules; notifications regarding the date when the schedule will open for registration will appear in the SIS in the form of individual “schedule tickets”. In the second round of additional modifications, you can register as well as deregister subjects you have already registered for (this time with the schedule included). The second round is intended primarily for smaller adjustments in the event of scheduling conflicts. If you change your mind about enrolling in the selected course, then in addition to removing it from the relevant timetable, you will also need to unenrol the course - this must be done separately, it is not automatic.
We strongly recommend avoiding a scenario where you leave the registration of all subjects for the second (additional) round. This is because the capacity of certain subjects may already be fully occupied. Also, there is a greater probability of scheduling conflicts between different subjects. The first week of the first round is always priority-based – some subjects are only open for registration to those students for whom such subjects are mandatory in their curricula. Once the final adjustments have been completed, the Department of Student Affairs will register the subjects on a binding basis. Until then, the registration for subjects is preliminary only; this is also indicated in the overview of the subjects registered in the SIS. Following the binding registration (in about the second week of the semester), it is no longer possible to freely register or deregister for subjects. It is only possible, in exceptional cases, to submit an official application for this to the Department of Student Affairs.
From the third year of bachelor’s programmes onwards and for master’s programmes, you can register for subjects taught in the summer semester during the winter semester registration period. This preference registration enables students in the final year to complete the subjects they need to complete before the final state exams and where capacity is limited. Once the Department of Student Affairs has completed your binding registration for such subjects, you are no longer allowed to deregister during additional registration (2nd round) for the winter semester.
You choose optional subjects depending on your interests; we recommend choosing them from the range of optional subjects recommended for your curriculum and/or with regard to the topic of your final thesis. The subjects may be taught by the Section you study in, as well as by other Sections of the Faculty of Science, other faculties of Charles University, and even by other tertiary schools. However, the timing for subject registration differs for each faculty. We recommend selecting subjects based on the recommended curriculum for each field specified in the Karolinka and, as the case may be, consulting study advisors on your choices (see Who to See for Which Issue). Keep in mind that all subjects taught at the Faculty of Arts but also at Charles University can be found in SIS under the Subjects tab and there is a large offer. Just when selecting them, do not forget about the above-mentioned recommended study plans.
Requisite Relationships and Registration Verification
The linkage of subjects and the (im)possibility of registering certain subjects simultaneously is described as requisite relationships. These relationships are Co-requisite (“K”), Pre-requisite (“P”), Incompatibility (“N”) and Interchangeability (“Z”). You can find details of all the requisites of the individual subjects in the SIS. Here are a few examples of how requisites work.
Co-requisite: This is typically a relationship between a lecture and an extension exercise; for example, the subject Nuclear Chemistry Exercise is a co-requisite with Nuclear Chemistry. If you want to register for the exercise, you also need to have completed or at least have registered for Nuclear Chemistry lectures. Nuclear Chemistry Exercise will be recognised as completed and corresponding credits for added only after you successfully complete a Nuclear Chemistry exam. Co-requisites usually apply in one direction only, i.e. you can register for Nuclear Chemistry without the exercise (this is distinguished in the SIS as “is a co-requisite for” and “has a co-requisite”). A mutual co-requisite relationship is less frequent; if this is indicated, you may only register for the two subjects together and will receive your credits only after you have completed both. One subject may have more than one co-requisite; if it does, you will need to complete each one.
Pre-requisite: This relationship is usually between a principal subject and an extension subject; for example, Cell Biology is a pre-requisite for Cell Physiology. In order to register for Cell Physiology, you will need to have completed Cell Biology, otherwise the Department of Student Affairs will delete your Cell Physiology registration after the second round. Hence, it is not enough to register for both subjects at the same time. Pre-requisites are one-way relationships – they do not apply vice versa.
Incompatibility is common between subjects with a similar syllabus but different levels of depth; for example, Mathematics A is incompatible with Mathematics C. Once you have registered for or completed Mathematics A, you can no longer register for or complete Mathematics C. Again, this is mostly a one-way relationship (you may first complete Maths C and then register for the extension option Maths A), yet certain subjects are entirely incompatible. If multiple subjects are listed as incompatible, any one of them is an obstacle to registering for a subject.
If you register for and complete a subject that is incompatible with a compulsory subject in your programme, you will not be able to complete your programme; with this in mind, be careful during the registration and register for subjects according to their codes and not their titles.
Interchangeability is a rare requisite relationship used when a subject is discontinued and replaced by another subject.
Please note: If you do not respect the requisite relationships when registering for subjects, that is to say, if you register for a prohibited combination of subjects, you will not be registered for those subjects on a binding basis. As a result, you will not be able to take exams/credits in those subjects. Problems with registered subjects and requisites can be identified using the registration verification tool, which you can find in the Registering for Subjects and Schedule application on the Verification tab. We recommend verifying the subjects prior to completing your registrations. A safe way to avoid issues with requisites is to register for subjects in accordance with your recommended curriculum.
Detailed information, instructions, and current news are all available on the Department of Student Affairs website: natur.cuni.cz/eng/study/student/bachelors-and-masters/manuals-and-information