Summer and Fall 2015 SCHEDULES

Friday, March 06, 2015

Read this ENTIRE LETTER CAREFULLY since there are strict deadlines and procedures you must follow in order to be advised.

It’s time to meet to discuss your Summer and Fall 2015 schedule. It is imperative that you meet with a PCOM advisor on-time and that you come prepared with your printer friendly degree audit and your proposed schedule. Remember it is our responsibility to review the schedule you propose and offer advice about your progress toward the degree and the potential benefit of elective courses. It is not our responsibility to create your schedule for you.

If you choose to not follow instructions, then you are jeopardizing your ability to attempt to register for classes at your scheduled time. A hold on your account only stops your registration; it does not delay your advising session. You should still attend your scheduled advising even if you have a hold on your account. At the conclusion of your session, We will provide your REGISTRATION PIN NUMBER for the registration system.  Be sure to record that number and keep it in a secure place.    

In order to be advised, you must complete a PCOM Advising Computer Based Training (CBT) module and score at least 80% BEFORE you will be advised. (Instructions about how to access the CBT are below.) If you do not complete the CBT before you come to be advised, you will be turned away. Note the dates in the CBT regarding advising are only examples the correct advising dates are below. The CBT has been updated – you must take it again this semester and print a new certificate of completion.

When you come to be advised, you are responsible for bringing all of the following items:

Consult “Search for Courses” on SeaNet prior to making your list of courses; do not rely on your catalogue, as not all courses are offered each semester. Make sure you search for courses being offered during the Summer and Fall 2015 term. Remember: the primary way you will develop and pursue your interest area is through course projects not simply course titles. Explore the major!

You may retrieve your degree audit by following the directions below:

  1. Uncw.edu > Current Students >SeaNet
  2. Secure Log-In > Student Services > Student Records > Degree Audit > Submit Audit
  3. Choose List All Requirements
    1. Do not choose incomplete requirements only or complete requirements only. We will not advise you if you arrive with either of these degree audits.
  4. Run Audit > View Submitted Audits
  5. Choose Most Recent Audit
  6. Choose Printer Friendly on right below GPA graph.
  7. Print the PRINTER FRIENDLY Version(if nothing happens, check your pop-up blocker settings)
    1. We will not advise you without a hard copy printer friendly audit. Looking at your audit on your computer, tablet, phone, etc. is not an option.

Visit the COM website to review our handbook and visit page 28 & 29 to see a list of courses you should consider taking for the specialty area you may be interested in. The list contains courses within and outside of the department, so it is ideal for PCOM folks who may not be able to take many COM classes yet due to course restrictions. If the embedded link does not work, see the list of helpful websites at bottom of page.

Use the Advising Meeting Checklist to help you prepare for your advising session. The link for the checklist is at the bottom of this email if the embedded link did not work.

You MUST be advised during the week that corresponds with the hours you have earned toward graduation. Hours earned does NOT include the hours you are currently taking. Your earned hours are listed in the University Requirements and Limitations section on your printer friendly degree audit.

Total Hours You Have Earned

Week You Must Be Advised

60 hours and up

March 23 – March 26

Monday & Wednesday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1pm – 4pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 9am- 12pm and 2pm – 5pm

athletes, honors, or students with disability

March 23 – March 26

Monday & Wednesday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1pm – 4pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 9am- 12pm and 2pm – 5pm

Up to 59 hours

March 30 – April 01

Monday & Wednesday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1pm – 4pm

Tuesday: 9am- 12pm and 2pm – 5pm

We do not make appointments -- advising is on a first come, first served basis. Our offices are located in rooms 238, 239, 241 & 242 in Leutze Hall. If we are meeting with students when you arrive, please wait quietly in the hall until one of us is available. Because your advisors have other job responsibilities, this is the only time we can advise you. Please adjust your schedule accordingly and be prepared to wait for the advisor on duty.

If you arrive without the printed printer friendly version of your degree audit, a schedule and alternate courses, you will be required to assemble those materials before you will be advised. If you come before you are permitted to be advised, you will be asked to come back later. If you come later than your assigned week, you will wait at the end of the line until everyone assigned for that week has been advised. No exceptions will be made. Due to the large number of PCOM students, PCOM advisors cannot and will not make special arrangements to advise students outside PCOM advising hours.

Waive your right to be advised - The Department of Communication Studies is committed to providing excellent advising for our students to help them maximize their learning while enrolled and to help insure timely graduation.  We expect students to be responsible and to proactively engage in problem solving.  We see advising as an integral part of those expectations.  However, if a student feels that he or she can effectively interpret the degree audit and register for classes independent of advising, that student can waive advising for one semester. The waiver is available here. Errors in registration may delay graduation.

If you are currently retaking or auditing COM 105 or COM 200, you must inform your advisor so that you may be properly advised.  This status will also impact your ability to register for COM 200, 301 and 305.

COM 200 will be coded pre-requisite COM 105 so those taking COM 105 now may register for COM 200. If you do not earn a “B” or better in COM 105, you will be dropped from COM 200 in May. 

COM 301 and COM 305 will be coded pre-requisite COM 200 so those taking COM 200 now may register for COM 301/305. If you do not earn a “B” or better in COM 200, you will be dropped from these classes in May.


Please remember that you cannot pre-register for most classes restricted to COM MAJORS ONLY if you are currently in COM 200. You may attempt to register for the Majors only classes in May when your status changes from PCOM to COM. When you meet with us, make sure you have your schedule planned accordingly.

To access the PCOM Advising CBT use the quick start guide for MAC or for PC. If you are NOT running Windows 8, you can begin at Step 2 of the guide by going to http://mySeaport.uncw.edu.  You may need to update your Java and turn off pop-up blockers (or permit them for that site). The CBT does require you to view two videos, and it is strongly recommended that you use the Google Chrome browser to take the CBT.  Don’t forget to print the certificate once you have scored 80% or higher so you can bring it to your advising session!  If you encounter problems with the CBT, please contact Dana Ward at wardd@uncw.edu and please allow 48 hours for a response. Remember you must take this CBT again as it has been updated. The certificate must have a current date.

If the embedded links did not work here are the websites:

Handbook- http://uncw.edu/com/advising/documents/handbook2012.pdf


Advising Checklist - http://uncw.edu/com/advising/documents/advisingchecklist.pdf

PCOM CBT Instructionshttp://www.uncw.edu/com/documents/PCSkillPort8.pdf (PC)

http://www.uncw.edu/com/documents/MacSkillPort8.pdf (MAC)

Advising Waiverhttp://uncw.edu/com/advising/documents/pcomwaiver.pdf

See you soon!

The PCOM Team:

Jennifer Chin (LH 238),

Tammy Bulger (LH 239)

Dave Bollinger (LH 241)

David Pernell (LH 242)