Roots & Wings 2.0


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Roots & Wings 2.0 replaces and revises the CFG1010 (Roots and Wings: Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness 1.0) and CFG1020 (Roots & Wings: Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness 2.0) modules that were previously offered by the Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG). However, it keeps to the objective of equipping students with essential soft skills for their better functioning in the face of an increasingly complex and volatile environment.

As with CFG1010/1020, roots and wings refer respectively to personal effectiveness and interpersonal effectiveness. Roots & Wings 2.0 thus focuses on cultivating students’ personal and interpersonal soft skills that are applicable across life domains, including the future domain of work. The contents and skills covered in this cultivation of soft skills are based on empirical findings from psychological research.

Roots & Wings 2.0 is a programme that comprises a number of different bite-size 1-MC modules, with each module focused on an important soft skill.


Roots & Wings 2.0 Module System


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In Roots & Wings 2.0, an important soft skill will be offered through a 1-MC R&W module.

A typical module comprises three 3-hour sessions. Sessions will typically be activity-based, with an emphasis on experiential learning.

Modules are typically run in classes of 25, with each class meeting for three sessions across the first or second half of an academic semester. Thus, in a semester, there will be multiple groups taking the same module at different times. For instance, one class in the first half of the semester might meet at the same timeslot (Mon 10am to 1pm) for Weeks 1, 3, and 5, while another class in the second half of the semester might meet at the same timeslot but on Weeks 8, 10, and Week 12.

There is no prerequisite or preclusion for enrolling in a module. Upon satisfactory completion of a module, students will receive 1 MC which can be counted towards the Unrestricted Elective (UE) portion of their graduation requirements. Students can accumulate up to 8 MC in the UE space by taking different modules from Roots & Wings 2.0.

Assessment for a module will typically comprise active participation (around 75%) and written reflection (around 25%). Modules are graded on a CS/CU (Completed Satisfactorily/Completed Unsatisfactorily) basis. Attendance at all sessions is compulsory. Doing a make up for an absence is possible if there is a valid reason (e.g., medical leave, death in family, representing NUS for events) together with supporting documents.

For AY 2018/19, one module (PLS8001 Cultivating Collaboration) will be offered in Semester 1 and two modules (PLS8001 Cultivating Collaboration and PLS8003 Cultivating Resilience) will be offered in Semester 2.

PLS8001 Cultivating Collaboration


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This module is part of the Roots & Wings 2.0 programme. It focuses on soft skills on the interpersonal level in terms of more effective working with other people and reaching for better outcomes jointly. Through various experiential activities (e.g., role-play, negotiation exercises), students learn to understand the importance of collaboration in various settings and to apply basic techniques to help resolve conflicts and to strive for win-win situations when collaborating with other people in task accomplishment.

    Module Outline

  • Modular Credits: 1
  • Workload: 0-3-0-1-1
  • Prerequisite(s): Nil
  • Preclusion(s): Nil
  • Cross-listing(s): Nil

  • Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E

  • A: no. of lecture hours per week
  • B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week (for 3 weeks)
  • C: no. of lab hours per week
  • D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week (for 3 weeks)
  • E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week (for 3 weeks)

PLS8003 Cultivating Resilience


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This module is part of the Roots & Wings 2.0 programme. It focuses on helping students recognize potential self-defeating beliefs and biases, and to overcome those beliefs. Students will engage in experiential activities that foster positive emotions, engagement with the work they do and the people they interact with, and a positive narrative of their lives. The general aim of this module is to increase students’ awareness of self-limiting beliefs and to equip them with mindsets/behaviors that build psychological resilience.

    Module Outline

  • Modular Credits: 1
  • Workload: 0-3-0-1-1
  • Prerequisite(s): Nil
  • Preclusion(s): Nil
  • Cross-listing(s): Nil

  • Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E

  • A: no. of lecture hours per week
  • B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week (for 3 weeks)
  • C: no. of lab hours per week
  • D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week (for 3 weeks)
  • E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week (for 3 weeks)

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is Roots & Wings 2.0? How is it different from CFG1010 (Roots and Wings: Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness 1.0) and CFG1020 (Roots & Wings: Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness 2.0) that were previously offered?

    • Roots & Wings 2.0 revises and replaces CFG1010 and CFG1020. However, as with CFG1010/1020, Roots & Wings 2.0 seeks to equip students with essential soft skills to face an increasingly complex and volatile environment. While CFG1010/1020 was delivered by the Centre for Future-Ready Graduates (CFG), Root & Wings 2.0 will now be delivered by the Department of Psychology in collaboration with CFG. An important characteristic of Roots & Wings 2.0 is that it is now a programme that comprises a series of 1-MC modules coded as PLS80xx, and is not a specific module like CFG1010. There are also other important differences that define Roots & Wings 2.0 (e.g., registration process, mode of delivery).


  2. What are the benefits of Roots & Wings 2.0?

    • Each PLS80xx module under Roots & Wings 2.0 seeks to teach a soft skill (e.g., resilience, collaboration) that aims to enhance students’ adaptiveness across various domains of life (including school).


  3. Who should read the PLS80xx modules under Roots & Wings 2.0?

    • Any student who feels that he/she wants to improve on the soft skill that is the focus of a particular module.


  4. Is it compulsory for students to read at least one R&W module throughout their candidature in NUS?

    • No, you are free to decide whether you want to read a module. You can opt not to read any module at all during your candidature.


  5. Can students who have read CFG1010/1020 take an R&W module?

    • Yes.


  6. Which curriculum space does an R&W module fit into?

    • An R&W module can be counted as an Unrestricted Elective (UE) towards a student’s graduation requirements.


  7. Which level in the UE space can an R&W module be used for?

    • An R&W module can be used for any level in the UE space.


  8. How many Modular Credits (MC) is an R&W module worth?

    • Each R&W module is worth 1 MC.


  9. Why is an R&W module worth only 1 MC?

    • An R&W module is not a typical module; it generally comprises only 9 contact hours in a semester, and thus is worth 1 MC.


  10. How many R&W modules can I take in the course of my candidature?

    • You can take as many modules as you wish. However, you are allowed to count only up to 8 MC (i.e., 8 modules) in the UE space towards your graduation requirements.


  11. If I decide to take up Roots & Wings 2.0, is there any expectation that I must complete a certain number of modules?

    • No. The critical consideration is whether you think a module will be beneficial to you.


  12. Can I read more than one R&W module within a semester?

    • Yes, as long as there are no timetable clashes.


  13. Are there any pre-requisites for an R&W module?

    • No.


  14. What is the duration for an R&W module?

    • Typically, an R&W module will comprise 3 3-hour sessions that are spread over the first or second half of an academic semester.


  15. What is the teaching format of an R&W module?

    • The teaching format varies depending on the instructor. A module may be conducted as small- class seminar-style sessions, or may be conducted in lecture-tutorial format. Please check the IVLE for the teaching format and other details on a particular module being offered.


  16. Who are the instructors for the modules?

    • The modules will be delivered by a combination of staff from the Department of Psychology and the Centre for Future-ready Graduates.


  17. How many modules will be offered in AY2018/19?

    • One module (PLS8001 Cultivating Collaboration) will be offered in AY2018/19 Semester 1 and two modules (PLS8001 Cultivating Collaboration and PLS8003 Cultivating Resilience) will be offered in AY2018/19 Semester 2.


  18. Will more modules be offered in subsequent Academic Years?

    • There are plans to develop and offer more modules in subsequent years.


  19. What are the assessment components for a module?

    • Typically, students will be assessed for their participation (e.g., role play, group discussions, pop quizzes) during the contact sessions. They are also expected to submit written reflections after the contact sessions.


  20. Will there be any exams for a module?

    • No.


  21. How will a module be graded?

    • The grading will be on a CS/CU basis.


  22. Can a student retake a module if he/she gets a CU grade for it?

    • Yes.


  23. How can I get to read a module?

    • You have to bid for it in CORS.


  24. Under which Module Type Code can I bid for a module?

    • You can bid for it under Module Type Code 07 (Enrichment).


  25. From which bidding round is a module available?

    • It is available for bidding from Round 1C.


  26. Under which Account can I bid for a module?

    • You can bid for it using your General (G) Account.


  27. How many points should I use to bid for a module?

    • It will be up to you to decide on the bid points to be used.


  28. How do I choose the time slots for a module?

    • You can select your preferred time slot via CORS and then bid for it in CORS.


  29. How do I appeal for a module if I am unable to secure it through bidding?

    • Appeals could be submitted via CORS at the end of all the bidding rounds. Note that as CORS bidding ends in Week 1 of the semester, in the event that the appeals are successful, students can only be admitted into groups that run from Week 2 and after.


  30. Can I drop a module after I have successfully bid for it?

    • Yes. You can drop it yourself before the ‘W’ grade takes effect. If you wish to drop after the ‘W’ grade or the ‘F’ grade have taken effect, you could write in to psyboxRW@nus.edu.sg, providing your name, matric number, and the reason for wanting to drop the module. The R&W 2.0 administrator will help you to drop the module without penalty.


  31. Is attendance compulsory?

    • Yes, attendance and satisfactory completion of ALL sessions of a module are necessary to obtain the 1 MC. If you miss a session without valid reason and fail to make up for it, you will most likely get a CU grade as the participation component takes up a substantial portion of the module grade.


  32. Is it possible to make-up for a missed lesson?

    • Yes, but requests for make-up will only be entertained if there are valid reasons (e.g., medical leave, death in family, representing NUS for events). Supporting documents must be provided.


  33. Who should I approach to request for a make-up for a missed lesson?

    • You can approach your instructor for the module.


  34. Who can I contact if I have any queries?

Enquiries


Please send all your enquiries by email to psyboxRW@nus.edu.sg