Academic Matters

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Advanced Placement Credits (up to Cohort 2014)

1. I am admitted under the local polytechnic diploma category and will be given advanced placement credits amounting to 20MC automatically by September. What curriculum requirements do these credits count towards to?

The advanced placement credits are used to fulfil the following curriculum requirements and they cannot be varied:

  • 4 MC of General Education Module (GEM) from Science and Technology (Group A)
  • 4 MC of Breadth Module
  • 12 MC of Unrestricted Electives (outside Major)

*Furthermore, these are generic credits and cannot be used to fulfill specific requirements like minor requirements.

No other exemptions will be granted.

Further details may be found here.

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Advanced Placement Credits (from Cohort 2015)

1. I am admitted under the local polytechnic diploma category and will be given advanced placement credits amounting to 20MC automatically by September. What curriculum requirements do these credits count towards to?

The advanced placement credits will be used to fulfil the requirements of the Unrestricted Electives (outside Major).

*Furthermore, these are generic credits and cannot be used to fulfill specific requirements like minor requirements.

No other exemptions will be granted.

Further details may be found here.

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Centralised Online Registration System (CORS)

1. As a new student, may I place bids for modules at Round 1C?

Yes, this is a dedicated round for newly admitted students. It is only available in Semester 1 of the academic year.

2. As a new DDP student, may I place bids for my second degree's modules using CORS?

Yes, you may place bids for modules for your second degree requirements using CORS, from Round 1A.

3. May new students place bids for their 6th module from Round 3A?

Not if you are in your first Semester of study.

4. May I place bids for my 6th module from Round 2B?

No, you may place bids for your 6th module only from Round 3A, provided that your current CAP is at least 2.00.

5. I did not pass my QET. How do I secure my English Proficiency Modules (ie ES or EA modules)?

You will need to place bids for the ES or EA modules using CORS. You will also have to use CORS to ballot for your tutorial groups for the ES or EA modules.

6. How do I declare my major using CORS?

You do not use CORS. You must declare your major using the online major declaration programme or the graduation academic planning system.

The timeline is as follows: 

Modes of Declaration

FASS majors *

FASS open minors

Non-FASS open minors

Module Preference Exercise or MPE
(available only during stipulated duration)

Yes

Yes

No

Online major/minor declaration programme
(available only for a stipulated duration, during the MPE and after CORS bidding period)

Yes

Yes

No

CORS
(only at your first login)

No

No

Yes

 

Note:
* Excluding students on the joint degree programmes, double degree programmes and double major programmes.

Declaration of majors for students on these programmes will be updated manually by the Dean’s Office.

7. I would like to change lecture group ie Grp 2 to Grp 1, do I just inform the lecturer?

No, you are required to drop the lecture group 2 and replace your bids for lecture group 1.

8. Will there be any refund of points if a I drop a module during the ‘W’ grade period?

There will not be any refund of bid points for modules dropped during the ‘W’ grade period.

9. From which bidding account should I use to bid for a Breadth module? (applicable up to Cohort 2014)

You should place bids from the general account to secure your breadth modules.

10. How will the tutorial groups be allocated to me after I have secured my modules?

You are required to indicate and rank your preferred tutorial groups for the modules registered in CORS. CORS will then allocate the tutorial groups to you based on your ranking and the vacancies available in the tutorial groups.

Further details may be found at CORS' FAQ.

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Double Counting Modules

1. What is double counting of modules?

Double counting of modules is when a module can be used to concurrently fulfill two requirements in a student’s degree. However, only one set of MC from that module is accumulated for a set of double counted modules.

For example: MNO1001 Management and Organisation (a 4MC module) can be used to fulfill both the breadth and Management minor requirements for a student up to Cohort 2014. However, only 4MC will be accumulated.

You have to read another module (of at least 4MC) to fulfill the minimum Unrestricted Elective requirements to make up the minimum 120MC (for a BA degree) and 160MC (for the Honours Degree).

2. Under the revised general education (GE) curriculum, can general education modules (GEH / GES / GET / GEQ / GER) be double-counted with faculty / major / minor or other requirements?

No, this is not allowed. Students from 2015 cohort onwards who read a GEH / GES / GET / GEQ / GER module to fulfil requirements for their faculty / major / minor are not allowed to concurrently count these modules towards both the General Education and the faculty / major / minor requirements.

3. Under what conditions must I seek approval for double counting of modules?

Generally, only students admitted under the double degree and double major programmes need to seek approval for double counting of modules. The steps to seek approval for double counting are as follows:

i. Provide required information (module information, module(s) to double count etc) via email to the department that you want to count the module towards, with a copy extended to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
ii. Department decides and sends you an email, with a copy extended to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4. Is double counting for minor modules allowed?

Yes, up to 8 MC can be double counted between two majors, a Major and Minor, or two Minors. You have to make up the MCs in the UE. As a guide, you have to read and pass at least 16MC of distinct modules (ie no double-counting) to complete your minor requirements. However, make-up of MCs is not required for Double Major students who have successfully sought for double-counting approval. As a guide, you have to read and pass at least 2/3 of distinct modules (ie no double-counting) to complete your double major requirements. This translates to at least 32MC of distinct modules.

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Double Degree Programme (DDP) / Joint Degree Programme (JDP) / Double Major Programme (DMP) / Concurrent Degree Programme (CDP)

 1. What are the special programmes that FASS offers with other faculties or universities?

FASS offers:

Joint Degree Programme
Concurrent Degree Programme

Double Degree Programme

Double Major Programme

We also offer the Bachelor of Environmental Studies Programme. Details can be obtained from here.

2. What is the difference between a second major and double major?

There is no difference. Double major means the programme and second major refers to the specific subject. For example, a student is enrolled in the double major programme and his second major is History.

3. What is the difference between a double major and a double degree programme?

Double major programme means that you only obtain one degree (from your Home Faculty) and you fulfil only 48MC in the second major subject, without completing the Honours requirements.

Double degree programme means that you will be awarded with two degree scrolls. You are expected to complete the degree requirements of both Faculties and you have to complete the Honours requirements of your first home faculty’s major.

4. I am interested to read a second major in Sociology. How can I apply for it?

You have to make an online application in your 4th semester of study at the latest. Notices will be posted on the FASS website and emails sent to eligible FASS students’ NUS email accounts before the registration periods. A typical registration period is about a week after the mid-semester break, every semester.

5. I am interested to read a second major in Management. How can I apply for it?

Generally, for second majors offered by other Faculties, you have to look out for the registration notification on their websites. Similarly, the registration period is usually after the mid-semester break for admission for the following semester.

6. I am interested to read a double degree in Southeast Asia.

No, it cannot be from the same faculty. A double degree consists of a combination of two separate degrees from two discipline areas – one from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the other from another Faculty within NUS.

7. I am interested to read a double degree in Business.

Yes, you can read since it is from another Faculty, and this is subject to you fulfilling its eligibility criteria for application.

8. When is the latest semester to declare my DDP/DMP?

You are not allowed to opt for a new major, minor, second major or second degree programme beyond the end of your 5th semester of study for both the B.A. and Honours degree programmes. This means that you must finalise the declaration of your major, minor, second major or second degree programme, before the end of your examinations, of your 5th semester of study. Applications to be admitted to any of these programmes must therefore be made, at the latest, in your 4th semester of study.

Currently, admission to the following programmes is by selection. Thus, online declaration is not possible. You should look out for the application periods and submit your application, in your 4th semester of study (at the latest):

• Restricted Minors;
• Second majors offered by FASS and other Faculties;
• Double degree programmes; and
• Joint degree programmes.

*If your application for one of the above programmes is successful, the Dean’s Office will update your academic record for you. You may also check the NUS Integrated Student Information System records to ensure that the update is in order.

9. What are the fee implications for if I am admitted to the DDP?

You will pay the prevailing tuition fee of the Faculty/School offering the home course for the first four years of study.

For the fifth year of study, in view of limited or no Tuition Grant from the Ministry of Education, the fees payable are pegged as follows:

 DDPs where one of the degrees is in Engineering or Computing (except for any DDPs involving Law) : two times the prevailing fee
 All other DDPs (including all DDPs involving Law) : four times the prevailing fee

However, in view of the financial implications for students, NUS will offer scholarships to help offset 50% of the total tuition fee in the fifth year. In other words,

 For DDPs where one of the degrees is in Engineering or Computing, students will only need to pay the prevailing tuition fee of the Faculty/School offering the home course (except for any DDPs involving Law);
 For all other DDPs, students will pay two times the prevailing tuition fee of the Faculty/School offering the home course (including all DDPs involving Law).

Refer here for details.

10. I have just been admitted to FASS, but I am keen to pursue a Joint degree with ANU or UNCCH. Can you tell me more about the programmes?

Under Construction.

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GAPS / FFG (or Graduation Academic Planning System / File for Graduation)

1. My examination results have just been released and I decided to withdraw my FFG or to FFG. What are the steps that I should take?

Please withdraw your FFG or to FFG, within 3 working days.

*Follow the steps on the FFG website.

2. I am overseas during the FFG period after examination results are released. Can I ask my relative or friend to file on my behalf or to withdraw my FFG on my behalf?

Yes, please send a letter of authorisation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In addition, please instruct your relative or friend to come within the stipulated period and to bring along supporting documents indicating your absence, such as the e-ticket.

*Note: Dean’s Office will not process your FFG status if the documents are incomplete.

3. What are the steps that I need to take before I submit a file for graduation request?

You need to first classify all your modules read in GAPS. If you are overseas and have difficulty gaining access to the GAPS, you have to email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., indicating all the modules read and their respective categories with regard to your degree requirements.

4. I declared my major during MPE and CORs has just started. I want to place bids for modules but cannot remember what modules I have read. Where can I check that?

Please check the modules that you have read at the GAPS Summary page.

5. Where can I find information on the duration of FFG, GAPS and other events?

You should refer to email notices and the list of calendar events posted here for the exact duration.

Further details, may be found at GAPS and FFG.

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General Education Requirements (from Cohort 2015)

1. What is the revised General Education curriculum expected of students for Cohort 2015?

Students are required to complete the following:

 

General Education (GE) curriculum  – 5 Pillars

    Pillars

Modular Credits (MC)

(1) GEH – Human Cultures

4

(2) GES – Singapore Studies

4

(3) GET – Thinking and Expression

4

(4) GER – Quantitative Reasoning

4

(5) Another module from GEH or GES or GET

4

      Total                                                                                                       20

2. Can I read excess GEH / GER / GET / GES modules, after completing 20MC of the general education requirements?

Yes, excess GEH / GER / GET / GES modules can be counted towards your UE (outside major) requirements.

3. Can I map modules done at partner universities under the GE requirements?

No, this is not allowed.

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Maximum Limit of Level-1000 Modules (up to Cohort 2014)

1. What is the limit of level-1000 modules that I can read to count towards my BA or Honours degree requirements?

You have an overall limit of 60MC of level-1000 modules that can be counted towards either the BA or Honours degree requirements. Out of this overall 60MC limit, a total of at most 32MC of level-1000 FASS modules can be counted towards the degree requirements.

2. What is the maximum MCs of level-1000 FASS modules that I can read that can be counted towards graduation requirement?

The maximum limit of level-1000 FASS modules is 32 MCs. Any Level-1000 FASS modules read above the maximum limit cannot be used to satisfy any other requirements but the grades will be factored into the CAP calculation.

3. What are the modules that count towards the limit of level-1000 FASS modules?

Language modules, FASS freshman seminars and FASS subject exposure modules etc are counted towards the limit of 32MC of level-1000 FASS modules.

Level-1000 GEMS / SSAs offered by FASS will not be counted towards the 32MC if they are read under the GEM / SSA module code. However, they will be counted towards the overall 60MC limit.

Further details on Maximum Limit of Level-1000 Modules may be found here and here.

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Maximum Limit of Level-1000 Modules (for Cohort 2015)

1. What is the limit of level-1000 modules that I can read to count towards my BA or Honours degree requirements?

You have an overall limit of 60MC of level-1000 modules that can be counted towards either the BA or Honours degree requirements. Out of this overall 60MC limit, a total of at most 32MC of level-1000 FASS modules can be counted towards the degree requirements.

2. What is the maximum MCs of level-1000 FASS modules that I can read that can be counted towards graduation requirement?

The maximum limit of level-1000 FASS modules is 32 MCs. Any Level-1000 FASS modules read above the maximum limit cannot be used to satisfy any other requirements but the grades will be factored into the CAP calculation.

3. What are the modules that count towards the limit of level-1000 FASS modules?

Language modules, FASS freshman seminars and FASS subject exposure modules etc are counted towards the limit of 32MC of level-1000 FASS modules.

Level-1000 GEMS / SSAs offered by FASS will not be counted towards the 32MC if they are read under the GE / Major requirements. However, they will be counted towards the overall 60MC limit.

Further details on Maximum Limit of Level-1000 Modules may be found here and here.

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Maximum Limit of Level-1000 Modules (for Cohort 2016)

1. What is the limit of level-1000 modules that I can read to count towards my BA or Honours degree requirements?

You have an overall limit of 60MC of level-1000 modules that can be counted towards either the BA or Honours degree requirements.

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Minor Programmes

1. Does FASS offer minor programmes?

Yes, FASS offers two kinds of minor programmes – multidisciplinary and disciplinary minors.

a. Multi-disciplinary minors refer to programmes that involve more than one subject area – for example Gender Studies. It involves the study of historical, geographical and sociological aspects of gender impact in the region.

b. Disciplinary minors are those offered by the respective FASS subjects – for example Philosophy minor.

2. Are FASS minors open to FASS students?

Yes, FASS minors are open to all FASS and NUS students, subject to their meeting the subject pre-requisites (if any).

3. I am currently a Philosophy major student. Can I also concurrently declare Philosophy as my minor?

No, this is not allowed.

4. After declaring my intention to read an Open Minor, will the Faculty/department pre-allocate the minor modules to me?

No, minor modules are not eligible for pre-allocation. This is because FASS minors are all open minors which mean that students can freely make their declaration in CORS. It is therefore not possible for Faculties/departments to monitor and project the quota for minor students. You will have to bid for your minor modules accordingly during the CORS bidding period.

5. When is the latest semester to declare my minor?

You are not allowed to opt for a new major, minor, second major or second degree programme beyond the end of your 5th semester of study for both the B.A. and Honours degree programmes. This means that you must finalise the declaration of your major, minor, second major or second degree programme, before the end of your examinations, by 4th semester of study.

6. Can I read three modules while on exchange to fulfill my minor requirements?

You are allowed to transfer at most 8MC of modular credit on your exchange to fulfil your minor requirements.

7. Can I pursue three minors in Philosophy, Religious Studies and China Studies Minors?

No, FASS students are allowed to complete at most 2 minor programmes in their undergraduate candidature.

8. If I have declared an FASS multi-disciplinary minor, will I be given priority in the bidding?

Yes, you will be able to place bids from Round 1C in Semester 1 & Round 2A in Semester 2.

*NOTE: Pre-allocation of modules does not apply for Minor modules.

Further details may be found at Minor.

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Modular System / Candidature

1. How many exposure modules must I read and pass, excluding the exposure module from my major?

12MC (at least 4MC from each of the three divisions) in:

Asian Studies,
Humanities, and
Social Sciences.

2. What are the additional modular requirements if I wish to pursue the Honours instead of the BA degree requirements?

40MC of Level-4000 modules in the Major

3. I intend to graduate with a BA but have failed some modules in the previous semester and will not be able to complete my requirements in 3 years. Must I seek an extension of candidature?

You are required to seek approval from the Dean’s Office, FASS for an extension of your candidature only if you have exceeded your candidature period. The maximum candidature for the various cohorts is tabulated as follows:

 

Degree

Maximum candidature

BA

8 semesters

Honours

10 semesters

 

4. Can the exposure modules read from my major be used to fulfill the faculty exposure requirement as well?

No, this is not possible. The purpose of the faculty exposure requirement is to enable you to explore the various disciplines in the FASS.

5. I will be fulfilling my graduation requirements this semester, but there are modules offered next semester or in the special term that I am very interested in but did not have a chance to take them previously. Can I stay on a semester to read these modules?

If you have completed your degree requirements by the 6th semester or earlier (for BA degree programme), and the 8th semester or earlier (for the Honours degree programme); may be allowed to stay on for one additional full semester of study, subject to your reading:

(a) for regular semesters
• the minimum MCs required for full-time undergraduates (ie 15 MCs) in the additional semester; and
• only level-3000 or higher modules.

(b) for special terms
• the minimum MCs required for full-time undergraduates (ie 4 MCs) in the additional semester; and
• only level-3000 or higher modules.

You have to write in to seek formal approval with the Dean’s Office, FASS, 4 weeks before the start of the extended semester.

Further details may be found here.

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Module Conversion Exercise

1. What is the module conversion exercise?

It is to enable you to convert the module codes of crosslisted modules to facilitate the fulfillment of your graduation requirements.

2. When is the module conversion exercise?

The module conversion exercise typically is held before the start of a semester. You should refer to the list of calendar events posted here for the exact duration.

The module conversion form is posted here.

3. How many MCs must I accumulate before I am eligible to submit a module conversion request?

At least 80MC in general. The exception is when you have read a module crosslisted with an exposure module which you now wish to major in.

4. I have completed 76MCs and have already fulfilled one GEM A. I need one more GEM B and I have read an excess exposure module - GE1101E which is also crosslisted with GEK1001. I would like to convert GE1101E to GEK1001 to fulfil my remaining GEM requirements. How can I go about doing it?

You may complete and submit the module conversion form to the Dean’s Office counter upon accumulating 80 MCs.

5. I have completed 40MCs and have read GEK1003 which is crosslisted with PS1101E. I wish to convert GEK1003 to PS1101E because I now wish to major in Political Science. What are the steps that I should take?

Please complete and submit the module conversion form immediately to the Dean’s Office counter, following the module conversion duration, before the start of CORS.

6. Will there be administration charges?

Yes, in the form of CORS points deduction. The current charge is 30 bid points from the account of the new module code type.

7. When is the deduction effected?

The points will be deducted upon conversion of the module code.

Further details may be found at Module Conversion Exercise

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Module Preference Exercise (MPE) / Major Declaration Exercise (MDE)

1. What is MDE?

The Major Declaration Exercise is an online programme for you to declare your FASS majors and FASS minors.

2. What is MPE?

The Module Preference Exercise is an exercise to gauge the demand for FASS modules among FASS students to enable the Faculty to plan its class size. In addition, if the demand for FASS modules among the major students is within the quota, the FASS modules will be pre-allocated at 1 bid price from the students’ programme account.

3. When are they held?

Typically in early July for modules to be registered in Semester 1 and in early December for modules to be registered in Semester 2. The exercise is not open during special terms. You should refer to email notices and the list of calendar events posted here for the exact duration.

4. I have a ‘F’ grade for HY1101E, can I still declare History as my major during MDE?

No, you are required to pass your exposure modules with at least a “D” grade before you can declare HY to be your major..

5. Under what circumstances will the preferred module indicated in MPE, be not pre-allocated to FASS students?

a) When the demand for major modules exceeds the quota available
b) When the preferred modules indicated are not students’ major essentials or electives
c) When the students did not declare their majors
d) When the students changed their majors after completing the MPE
e) When the students who are not ARS4/SOC4 status but have selected level-4000 modules

6. After the participation in MPE, do I still have to participate in CORS?

Yes, this is because you are required to place bids for GEMs, Singapore Studies modules, breadth modules or unrestricted electives. Moreover, some major modules that you have indicated in the MPE earlier may not be pre-allocated.

7. I indicated EU3227 to fulfil my UE, will it be pre-allocated to me?

No, the MPE does not pre-allocate UEs even if the modules are offered by FASS.

8. Where should I check if I have been pre-allocated any modules?

You should check the outcome of your MPE using CORS, at Round 0.

9. I have missed the MPE’s major declaration exercise. When and how can I declare my major?

You can only declare your majors using GAPS here. If you missed the stipulated duration, your next eligible period to declare is after CORS bidding for the Semester.

The timeline is as follows:

 

Modes of Declaration

FASS majors *

FASS open minors

Non-FASS open minors

Module Preference Exercise or MPE
(available only during stipulated duration)

Yes

Yes

No

Online major/minor declaration programme
(available only for a stipulated duration, during the MPE and after CORS bidding period)

Yes

Yes

No

CORS
(only at your first login)

No

No

Yes

Note:
* Excluding students on the joint degree programmes, double degree programmes and double major programmes.

Declaration of majors for students on these programmes will be updated manually by the Dean’s Office.

Further details may be found at MPE and MDE.

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Module Verification Exercise

 

1. What is the module verification exercise?

This exercise is to ensure that students have registered for their modules and their respective lecture and tutorial classes correctly in a particular semester. This will help the Faculty in the subsequent data preparation for student feedback exercise and examination planning.

2. Where can I look up for the date of the module verification exercise?

Students should refer to email notices and the list of calendar events posted here for the exact duration.

Note: This exercise is currently done centrally by the Registrar’s Office. Please refer to email notifications for the details towards the end of the semester (before the start of exams).

Further details may be found here .

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Mother Tongue Bonus Point Scheme (MTBP Scheme)

1. How many MCs in the MT-related subject must I pass to fulfill the MTBP requirements?

If you are admitted under the MTBP scheme, you are required to accumulate 28MCs for your MT requirements.

2. I am admitted under the MTBP (Chinese Language), can I read a mixture of Chinese Studies (CH) and Chinese Language (CL) modules (and taught in Chinese) to fulfil my MT requirements?

You are allowed to read a mixture of CH and CL modules (taught in Chinese) to fulfil your MT requirements.

3. I am admitted under the MTBP (Malay Language), how many MCs of Malay Studies (MS) modules (taught in Malay) must I accumulate?

You are required to accumulate 28MC of MS modules, including at least 8 MCs of MS modules that are taught in Malay. Currently, the modules taught in Malay are MS2211, MS3210 or MS3212.

4. I am admitted under the MTBP (Tamil Language), how many MCs of South Asian (SN) modules (taught in Tamil) must I accumulate?

You are required to accumulate 28MC of SN modules including at least 8MC of SN modules taught in Tamil. Currently, there are only two of such modules taught in Tamil - SN2275 and SN3275.

5. Is it compulsory for me (an MTBP student) to major or minor in the MT-related subject of CH/ CL/ MS/ SN?

No, you do not need to major or minor in the MT subject. You are only required to accumulate 28MC of the stipulated requirements.

6. Can I (an MTBP student) apply for transfer to other faculties after 1 & more semesters in FASS?

Yes, you may seek a transfer to another faculty / university if you meet its entry requirements.

Further details may be found at the Module paper of your cohort

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Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory Option (up to Cohort 2013)

1. What is the maximum MC allowed for students to exercise the S/U option?

FASS students may exercise up to 12MC of “S” grade within their undergraduate candidature. There is no limit on the “U” grade.

2. Can FASS students exercise the S/U option for a GEM such as GEK2022 offered by Department of Japanese Studies?

Yes. (The module is not crosslisted with any regular JS modules.)

3. Can Non-Graduating exchange students exercise the S/U option?

No.

4. I have already exercised a total of 10 MC of “S” grades, can I still exercise the S/U option for an “S” grade on another eligible module?

Yes, however only a maximum of 12MC of “S” grades will be factored into your degree requirements. The remaining 2MC (assuming that the module is worth 4MC) will be in excess of your degree requirements. This means that you are not allowed to use the excess 2MC to fulfil your degree requirements.

5. I have already accumulated a total of 16 MCs of “U” grades, can I still exercise the S/U option for an “U” grade on another eligible module?

Yes, as there is no limit on the “U” grades.

6. When and how do I exercise the S/U option?

You may exercise the S/U option at the end of each semester. Typically you will exercise your S/U option online, within 3 calendar days from the date of release of your examination results. You are therefore not allowed to exercise the S/U option for modules taken in the previous semesters.

7. What are the modules that FASS students (including JDP and DDP students whose secondary home university and secondary home faculty is FASS).can exercise the S/U option for?

FASS students may exercise the S/U option for:

• Modules under the University Level Requirement
(except for modules that are cross-listed with FASS modules)
• Unrestricted Electives (outside the major/minor) and not offered by FASS
(FASS students will not be allowed to exercise the S/U option on modules that are offered by the FASS.)
• Language modules offered by the Centre for Language Studies.

(Note: However, if students decide to major in a subject that requires the fulfillment of language module(s), the grade of that affected language module(s) will be reverted to the original grade. The S/U grade once reverted will remain even if there is a change in the major subsequently.)

In general, students should also find out if the modules they plan to read are open for S/U option.

Further details may be found here (NUS bulletin) and here (Student Portal with link to S/U declaration).

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Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory Option (for Cohort 2014 to Cohort 2015)

1. What is my maximum workload in my first semester of study?

The Faculty recommends that first-year students read 20MCs in your first semester of study.  In some cases, you may read up to 23MC if the modules you are eligible to take are worth more than 4MCs each.  If you are admitted directly into our special programmes such as the double degree programmes, you may read a maximum of 27MCs in your first semester of study.  These rules have already been configured in CORS and you are allowed to place bids for your modules so long as the maximum workload is not exceeded.

2. What is the limit of S/U options that I can exercise in my first semester of study?

In a typical scenario, you may exercise a maximum of 20MCs in your first semester of study.  If you have taken more than 20MCs in your first semester and wish to exercise the S/U option exceeding the limit of 20MCs, the MCs in excess of the 20MCs, will count towards the 12MCs of S/U limit that you are eligible to exercise throughout your undergraduate candidature.

3. If I did not exercise the full 20MCs of S/U option in my first semester of study, may I exercise the remaining S/U MCs in my second semester of study?

No, the 20MCs of S/U options are given to you only in your first semester of study. “Carry over” of unused S/U credits is not permitted.

4. What are the FASS modules that I may exercise the S/U option?

Please refer to the table below:

 

S/U

Level-1000

Level-2000

Level-3000

Level-4000

Typically 20MCs S/U option in
first Semester of study


(even if there are NUS modules as  pre-requisites)*

 

×

×

Additional 12MCs S/U option to be exercised at any point of your undergraduate
study


(if there are no other NUS modules as  pre-requisites)*

Exception: All language modules offered by CLS are allowed for the S/U option such as LAF2201 or LAG3201, etc.

×

×

*-please check the CORS website for the pre-requisites of level-2000 modules that you wish to read

Some examples of FASS modules for which you may or may not exercise the S/U option (if taken from second Semester of study):

 

Module

S/U option

Reason(s)

FMA120X
(freshman seminars)

 

 

This is a level-1000 module with no pre-requisite

EL2111

 

×

 

There is a module pre-requisite of EL1101E

SC2101

 

 

There is no module pre-requisite

LAG2201

 

 

This is an exception although this module has LAG1201 as a pre-requisite.  This exception is extended to language modules offered by the Centre for Language Studies.

5. What modules should I read in the first semester of study?

You are recommended to read 5 modules, not exceeding 20-23MCs in your first semester of study from the following categories:

  For Cohort 2014

a. Exposure modules (one each from the 3 divisions of Asian Studies; Social Sciences; and Humanities or one from your intended major); or
b. GE (General Education) module(s); or
c. SS (Singapore Studies) module(s); or
d. Freshmen Seminar; or
e. Writing modules; or
f. Language module.

For Cohort 2015

a. Exposure modules (one each from the 3 divisions of Asian Studies; Social Sciences; and Humanities or one from your intended major); or
b. GE (General Education – GEH / GES / GET / GER) modules; or
c. Freshmen Seminar; or
d. Writing modules; or
e. Language module.

6. What modules should DDP students read in your first semester of study?

You are recommended to read 5 modules, not exceeding 20MC in your first semester of study from the following categories:

For Cohort 2014

a. Exposure modules (one each from the 3 divisions of Asian Studies; Social Sciences; and Humanities or one from your intended major); or
b. GE (General Education) module(s); or
c. SS (Singapore Studies) module(s); or
d. Modules offered by your 2nd degree.

For Cohort 2015

a. Exposure modules (one each from the 3 divisions of Asian Studies; Social Sciences; and Humanities or one from your intended major); or
b. GE (General Education – GEH / GES / GET / GER) module(s); or
c. Modules offered by your 2nd degree.

7. What modules should I read in the first semester of study if I am keen to pursue the JDP (Actuarial Studies) with ANU?

You are recommended to read a prescribed list of nine modules over 2 semesters.  The prescribed modules are posted at http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/ecs/undergraduate/anu_nus.html - under Semester 1 and Semester 2. Do note that you are not allowed to exercise the S/U option for these nine prescribed modules if you wish to be considered for the JDP.   This is because these nine modules (with letter grades A+ to D), among other requirements, are essential modules in the JDP for getting exemptions from the Levels 1 and 2 examinations of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

7. May I declare a major if I attained a “D or D+” grade for its exposure module?

Yes, except for Psychology. (please refer to summary table at A4 below for the details)

8. May I declare a minor (offered by FASS) if I attained a “D or D+” grade for its exposure module?

Yes. (please refer to summary table at A4 below for the details)

9. May I declare a major/minor if I attained a “D or D+” grade for its exposure module but have exercised the S/U option?

No, you may not declare a major/minor because you would obtain the ‘U’ grade which means you are deemed not to have passed the module and no modular credits would be earned.

10. Can I declare a major/minor if I attained the “S” grade for the exposure module after exercising the S/U option?

Yes, you are eligible to declare your major/minor. In addition, you must have scored at least a “B minus” grade, before the S/U option, for each of the modules - PL1101E & PL2131 if you wish to major in Psychology.

To summarise, these are the possible scenarios for which you may or may not declare your majors:

 

 

Major/ Minor Declaration

Major declaration for PL (Psychology)

Letter Grades
(A+ to D)

You must attain at least a “B minus” grade for PL1101E and PL2131 to be eligible to declare PL as your major.  If you have attained the minimum “B minus” grades for PL1101E and PL2131 and have chosen to exercise the S/U option which resulted in “S” grades, you are still eligible to declare PL as your major.

“S” grade

“U” or “F” grade

×

×

 

11. Will there be any change in the Student Exchange Programme (SEP) eligibility criteria with the gradeless first semester initiative?

With the gradeless first semester, FASS will apply wholistic criteria for selection for students who apply for SEP in round 2 of the student exchange application, which is held sometime in February of the following year. This allows you to head for exchange in your 4th semester of your degree. Your grades will be considered alongside other criteria such as leadership and CCA.  If you do not have a CAP after your first semester (i.e. you exercised the S/U option for all modules taken) and want to make a stronger academic case for your SEP application subsequently, you can also apply in September of the following year for exchange in the 5th or 6th semester of your candidature.

12. Will the gradeless first semester affect the eligibility to apply for Double Degree Programme (DDP) /Double Major Programme (DMP)?

There is no impact because admission to the DDP or DMP takes place only after two semesters of study, at the earliest.  You should have attained a CAP by the time you are eligible to apply.

13. Will there be any change in the Joint-degree programme or JDP (Actuarial Studies) eligibility criteria with the gradeless first semester initiative?

There are no changes to the JDP eligibility criteria as well.  You will need to achieve a minimum CAP of 4.0 and have attained letter grades (A+ to D) for the nine prescribed modules, by the end of your first year of study to be eligible. Please also refer to Q3 under the section “module selection” above.

14.Will there be any change in the JDP (UNC – Chapel Hill) eligibility criteria with the gradeless first semester initiative?

There are no changes to the JDP eligibility criteria as you are still expected to achieve a minimum CAP of 4.0 at the end of your first semester to apply for the programme.  You must also have read and passed the exposure module for one of the 5 majors in this programme. Further details may be found at http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/intl/jointdegree/jbaFaq.html.

Further details may be found here (NUS bulletin) and here (Student Portal with S/U guide and link to S/U declaration).

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University Level Requirements (ULR) (up to Cohort 2014)

1. What are the 3 categories that constitute the ULR?

The 3 categories are:

a. General Education modules or GEM ( ie module codes starting with GEM or GEK)
b. Singapore Studies modulse or SSM (ie module codes starting with SSA or SSB, etc)
c. Breadth modules (ie regular modules not offered by FASS) and Writing modules offered by CELC (ie ES1201 or ES1501 module codes only) are considered as fulfilling breadth modues.

2. How many groups of general education modules (GEMs) are there?

There are 3 groups of GEMs as follows:

a. Group A (Science and Technology) reflected by GEKX5XX or GEMX5XX
b. Group B (Humanities and Social Sciences) reflected by GEMX0XX or GEKX0XX
c. Group C (counted towards Group A or Group B) reflected by GEMX9XX or GEKX9XX

3. How many MCs must FASS students pass to fulfill the GEM requirements?

FASS Students are required to read and pass 8MC to fulfill their GEM requirements. FASS students must read and pass at least 4MC from either GEM Group A or Group C. Students may refer to the following GEM group distribution as a guide:

a. Minimum 4 MCs from Group A and remaining from Group A / B / C
b. Minimum 4 MCs from Group C and remaining from Group A / B / C

4. Can I use excess GEMs or Singapore Studies modules for the Breadth requirement?

Yes, you may read excess GEMs or Singapore Studies modules towards the Breadth requirement, provided that these modules are offered by other Faculties.

The exception is you are not allowed to count GEMs or Singapore Studies modules offered by the CELC (Centre for English Language Communications) towards the Breadth requirement. You may read excess GEMs or Singapore Studies modules offered by the CELC to fulfill your unrestricted elective outside major requirements only.

5. Can I replace the GEM requirements with other modules such as other regular modules or Singapore Studies modules?

No, you must read GEMs to fulfill the GEM requirements.

6. Can I replace the Singapore Studies module requirement with other modules such as GEMs or regular modules?

No, you must read Singapore Studies modules to fulfill the Singapore Studies requirements.

7. Which group of GEMs can I read to fulfill Unrestricted Elective (outside of major) requirements?

All groups ie Group A / Group B / Group C on the condition that the module(s) are in excess of GEM requirements and they are not cross-listed with any of your major modules.

8. Can I read Singapore studies modules to fulfill Unrestricted Elective (outside of major) requirements?

Yes, on the condition that the module(s) are in excess of Singapore Studies requirement and they are not cross-listed with any of your major modules.

9. Can I read extra Singapore Studies module offered by other faculties to fulfil Breadth requirements?

Yes, on the condition that the module(s) are in excess and they are not cross-listed with any of your major modules.

10. Can I read extra Singapore Studies module offered by other faculties to fulfill Unrestricted Elective (outside of major) requirements?

Yes, on the condition that the module(s) are in excess and they are not cross-listed with any of your major modules.

11. Can I read a GEM or Singapore Studies module offered by their major departments to fulfill their ULR?

Yes, on the condition that the module(s) are not cross-listed with any of your major modules.Alternatively, major students reading the affected cross-listed modules must read them under the major module codes to fulfill their major requirements. Hence, students should place bids for the module under the department major’s module code.

Further details may be found here.

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Workload in a Semester

1. What is the University’s minimum workload in a regular semester?

The University’s minimum workload is 15 MCs in a regular semester.

Update: With effect from Semester 1, AY2015-16 onwards, the University's minimum workload is 18MCs in a regular semester, regardless of cohort.

2. What is the FASS’ recommended workload in a regular semester?

FASS’ recommends a workload of 20MCs in a regular semester.

3. What is the minimum and maximum workload in a special term?

In a special term, the minimum workload is 4MC and the maximum 8MC. Exceptions in workload are not allowed for special terms.

4. Can I read 6 modules in a semester?

Yes, this is provided that their CAP is at least 2.00. There is no need to seek approval. Students are able to place bids for their 6th module from Round 3A of the CORS bidding.

5. Do I need to seek approval for permission to read more than 6 modules in a regular semester?

Yes, students are required to seek formal approval by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The email should indicate the reason(s) for reading more than 6 modules in a particular semester and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the CORS bidding starts for the affected semester.

6. When are FASS students promoted to the next level?

FASS students will be promoted to the next level, at the start of the regular semester, when they have accumulated the following modular credits:

 ARS2 – accumulated at least 40MC
 ARS3 – accumulated at least 80MC
 ARS4/SOC4* – accumulated at least 120MC and have met the requirements to be on the Honours track:

i. Completed at least 110MCs including 60MCs of Major requirements, and
ii. Obtained a minimum CAP of 3.5 (for students up to Cohort 2011)
iii. Obtained a minimum CAP of 3.2 (for students from Cohort 2012 onwards)

*Note: SOC4 means Social Sciences 4th year student for students majoring in the subjects under the social sciences division and are pursuing the Honours programme.

Further details on workload may be found here and here.

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