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CatCourses Student FAQs

Where can I find the syllabus for my course? 

Instructors place their syllabi in different places. You can usually find the syllabus in the Syllabus tab or in the Files tab. If you can’t find it in either place, they may have not uploaded it yet.

What are Announcements? 

Announcements are important messages from your instructors or TAs. Keep an eye on them for assignment updates and class cancellations.  

How do I navigate my courses? 

Each course comes with these basic tabs: Home, Announcements, Assignments, Grades, and Files. Some classes may have more tabs depending on what your instructor uses. No two courses are completely identical so it’s recommended that you become familiar with each of your class’s course pages.  

How do I access CatCourses on my mobile device? 

Catcourses can be accessed through any mobile device by opening on your preferred internet browser. Canvas also offers a more mobile friendly version of CatCourses through their app.  

Download the app for Canvas Student here: 

Google Play Store (Android)

Apple App Store (iOS)

What is the difference between Grades and Mid/Final Grades? 

The Grades section displays grades for assignments, quizzes, and other items that your instructor provides individual grades for. The Mid/Final Grades tool show grades that have been submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Mid-semster grades are a progress report from your instructors to help you know how you are doing at the mid-point of the semester. Mid-semester grades are not recorded on your transcript and do not affect your GPA. These grades are available at around 8 weeks into the semester. Only lower division courses (1-99) mid-semester grades are required, so if you’re in an upper division course (100+) there may not be a mid-semester grade.Your final grade is the grade that will be recorded on your transcript for that course. They are generally avaiable the week after finals ends. For more information on grading at UC Merced, please visit the Grades Section of the Course Catalog


How do I view old courses? 

Click on the Courses icon on the left sidebar. 

Screenshot of CatCourses indicating clicking on the Courses button in the global navigation toolbar

Click on All Courses. 

Screenshot of CatCourses indicating clicking on the All Course link in the Courses Menu

There, you can view past courses under Past Enrollments. Instructors can choose whether or not to allow students to access past courses, so you may not be able to click on all of your past courses.

Screenshot of CatCourses showing the Past Enrollments section under All Course page

What files can I submit to an assigment? 

There are a variety of file types you can submit as an assignment. Available options are text, URL, media files(.docx, .pdf), Google Drive, and Office 365. Instructors can limit the types of files you can upload. The assignment descritpion will indicate that if set up.