student course guide or registrar's?

<p>i was looking at course textbooks, and found the entry for ORF245 was different in the above two - i double checked i was looking at fall 2010-2011 - the SCG says instructor is philippe rigollet but the registrar's lists rong chen - and the sample reading list (which i presume is the textbook for the course) has two different texts...which one is correct?</p>

<p>The registrar is much more likely to be correct about the professor, but sometimes the books it lists are not the ones the professor actually uses.</p>

<p>thank you~ and just one more question about ORF245 then: does the course involve much/any computing/programming (skills, prereq knowledge, etc), if at all? the registrar's does not seem to mention any computing, whereas the student course guide does - i assume the former is more accurate then, but do assessment components tend to differ from year to year/with professors? - i have no experience in computing... i didnt take the AP stats exam but completed something quite equivalent to it, and i understand one of ORF245/ECO202 has to be taken for entrance into the ECO dept... strangely, ECO202 does not seem appealing to me...or is there another way one can place out of the statistics course requirement for ECO?</p>

<p>The registrar should be correct. Sometimes, the SCG displays information/reviews for a class from years ago.</p>

<p>where can you find the textbooks needed for a course?</p>

<p>Search for the classes (as well as the course materials) that interest you here:</p>

<p>Course</a> Offerings « Office of the Registrar</p>

<p>Getting the correct course books is actually a huge pain -- there are several sources (such as the ones listed above) that will list the books used in previous years but that is no guarantee that they'll be used this year. The Registrar's pages will often list "sample texts," but again those may not be the ones you'll actually use.</p>

<p>Unfortunately, Labyrinth Books has a chokehold on the book lists. Generally, what you'll have to do is run down to the store on Nassau St., copy down the ISBNs from the list, and then do your book-hunting on Amazon or elsewhere because Labyrinth typically massively overcharges you. They claim that they have the course lists posted online, but that's a dirty, dirty lie.</p>

<p>For non-freshmen, your professors may have posted syllabi on Blackboard that list the books. Other than that, if you're really overeager you can try emailing the professor.</p>

<p>To be honest, I would just wait until you get to campus before worrying about your books. Freshmen will have to wait until then to iron out their schedules with their advisers anyway, and there are always copies of textbooks in the library that you can use while yours are in transit.</p>