Writing, Expression and Communication (WEC) Modules


FASS students of Cohort 2016 onwards MUST read and pass the following WEC modules to fulfil part of the Faculty Core, which fulfils one of your degree requirements:

  1. FAS1101 Writing Academically: Arts and Social Sciences (4 MCs)
  2. FAS1102 Public Writing and Communication (4 MCs)

 

Pre-requisites

The pre-requisites for FAS1101 and FAS1102 are exemption from QET or read and passed ES1103. Students who are required to read ES1000 Basic English and/or ES1103 English for Academic Purposes must pass them before you are eligible to read FAS1101 and FAS1102.

Important!

Update: Students who missed the first QET will have to sit for the second QET held on 23 November 2017. Registration will take place between 6 - 16 November 2017. Please click here for more details.

Students who are required to sit for the Qualifying English Test (QET) [to be held on Thursday, 23 November 2017] should register for your QET exam between 6 November and 16 November 2017. Students who fail to register before 16 November 2017 will have to sit for the next QET which will be conducted in July 2018. This will delay the reading of the WEC modules during your first year of study. Please refer to the FAQs for more information.

 

Exemptions/Preclusions

Students may be exempted from one or both WEC modules. The Dean’s Office will not pre-allocate exempted WEC module(s) to you if you are:


FAS1101

  • A DDP student in Law-Economics
  • A DDP student in Engineering-Economics
  • A USP student
  • A UTown student (Tembusu, CAPT and RC4)
  • Secured an  FMA module / Read an FMA module

FAS1102

  • A DDP student in Law-Economics
  • An RVRC student

The replacement module(s) for the exempted FAS1101 and/or FAS1102 will come from your Unrestricted Elective (UE) requirement. All students will still have to read the required number of MCs to attain a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Sciences.

 

Module Registration

Pre-allocation
The Faculty will randomly pre-allocate FAS1101 and FAS1102 to all first-year FASS students.  Due to resource constraints, approximately half of you will read FAS1101 in Semester 1 and FAS1102 in Semester 2; with the remaining half reading FAS1102 in Semester 1 and FAS1101 in Semester 2.  By the end of your first two semesters of study, all of you would have read and passed the two WEC modules.

Lecture
This module adopts the flipped-classroom mode of teaching.  As such, there will be no lecture meetings.  Lecture videos will be uploaded onto IVLE for viewing.
Because of the large enrolment and the need to manage teaching resources, we regret that requests to swap between FAS1101 and FAS1102 will not be accepted.

Tutorial Duration
You have to attend a 2-hours weekly tutorial class.

Tutorial Registration

a) Tutorial Iteration Round 1A/1B
You have to indicate your preferred tutorial classes during Tutorial Iteration 1 (typically Week 1 of the semester) during the CORS bidding period, which is 1 week earlier than tutorial registration for most modules. Please refer to the online CORS schedule for the exact duration.

You will rank up to 20 choices for your preferred tutorial slots and CORS will allocate you a tutorial slot. Should you fail to secure a tutorial slot during Round 1A, you will continue to indicate your preferred tutorial group from the remaining slots available during Round 1B. At the end of Round 1B, you should have secured a tutorial slot. Should you still not be able to secure a preferred tutorial slot, you will proceed to participate in the add/drop/swap period in the next round.

b) Tutorial add/drop/swap operates on first-come-first-served basis
For students who have yet to secure any tutorial slot after Round 1B, you will have to manually add an available tutorial slot during the add/drop/swap round (see below for procedures). If you have secured a tutorial slot during Round 1A/1B, you may swap your tutorial slot with another student should both of you indicate interest in the other party’s secured slot.

c) Manual tutorial registration period
Should the remaining slots not be available if: (a) there are timetable clashes*; (b) you are unable to secure a timeslot after all the tutorial registration rounds or after CORS appeals, you will have to manually add a tutorial timeslot.

Please come personally to the Dean’s Office of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at AS7, Level 5 from 9.00am to 5.30pm (except lunch hour: 1.00pm to 2.00pm).  Students who do not register for any tutorial classes by the end of the manual registration (walk-in) period will be randomly pre-allocated a tutorial class by the Dean’s Office.

*You will have to bring along documentary proof of timetable clashes with the remaining tutorial slots at the end of the add/drop/swap period before the Dean’s Office can look into your request. Otherwise, you will be allocated a tutorial slot which still has vacancies and does not clash with your timetable.

S/U Option

Students can exercise their S/U option for FAS1101 and FAS1102. For you to do so and take advantage of the enhanced grade-free scheme, you must sit for the QET early (if required) and establish your QET banding before your first semester of study. Students who read FAS1101 and or FAS1102 beyond your first two semesters of study can still use your remaining S/U options (if available).

Appeals

All appeals regarding FAS1101 and FAS1102, with reasons indicated, should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • For requests to drop the pre-allocated FAS1101 or FAS1102, please include in the subject of the email “Request to drop pre-allocated FAS110x”
  • For requests to add FAS1101 or FAS1102, please include in the subject of the email “Request to be pre-allocated FAS110x”
    • For requests to swap tutorial class for pre-allocated FAS110x, please include in the subject of the email “Request to swap secured tutorial class for FAS110x”

 

Note: Please replace x with the intended module code.

We regret that personal reasons to drop/swap modules will not be entertained. Please refer to the FAQs for more information.

 

Other Queries

For any other queries, please direct them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All email queries should have the subject title “Query on WEC modules” and you should indicate your matriculation number and module code clearly so that we can manage your queries in a timely manner. Please send all queries using your NUS email account to prevent your emails from going into the Spam folder.

Students are reminded not to send multiple appeals/queries as this will only delay the response time. Depending on the volume of appeals/queries received, response time will also vary.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Tel: +65 6516 6133
  • Email: fashelp@nus.edu.sg
  • Fax: +65 6777 0751
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