General Education (GE) Requirements for FASS Students

A. Details

General Education (GE) is a University-level requirement. The five pillars that form General Education are Human Cultures, Thinking and Expression, Singapore Studies, Asking Questions, and Quantitative Reasoning.

All NUS undergraduate students have to fulfil 20 Modular Credits (MCs) of GE requirements. This is equivalent to five modules, and students are to read one module from each pillar, ideally within the first two years of your candidature.

Human Cultures

Singapore Studies

Thinking and Expression

Quantitative Reasoning

Asking Questions


For details on the desired learning outcomes of each pillar, please refer to the Registrar’s Office’s web page here.

 

B. GE modules that will be pre-allocated to FASS students

Pillar

Prefix

MCs

Note

To be pre-allocated

Thinking and Expression

GET

4

GET1050 Computational Reasoning replaces GET1031A with effect from Semester 1, AY2019/20

From 2nd to 4th semester

Quantitative Reasoning

GER

4

Currently, GER1000 Quantitative Reasoning is the only module available under this pillar. For more details, please click here.

From 1st to 2nd semester

Asking Questions

GEQ

4

Currently, GEQ1000 Asking Questions is the only module available under this pillar. For more details, please click here.

From 2nd to 4th semester

 


C. Computational Thinking (CT) Requirement for FASS students

Computational Thinking (CT) is an important 21st century skillset for solving complex problems. Students learn to apply CT to understand and solve problems within and across disciplines, leveraging CT to ask new questions, formulate new problems, and develop new solutions.


Graduation Requirement

Computational Thinking (CT) is a graduation requirement for NUS students of Cohort 2017 onwards. The CT module identified for FASS and BES students are:

 

From Cohort 2017

Remarks

1.      FASS

GET1031A* or GET1050

GET1031A* or GET1050 will concurrently fulfil the General Education ‘Thinking and Expression’ pillar.

Students therefore do not need to read a second GET-coded module unless you are intending to use that excess module to fulfil other requirements, e.g. exposure module from the Department of Philosophy, GET1029.

2.      BES

GET1031A* or GET1050

GET1031A* or GET1050 will concurrently fulfil the General Education ‘Thinking and Expression’ pillar.

Students therefore do not need to read a second GET-coded module unless you are intending to use that excess module to fulfil other requirements, e.g. exposure module from the Department of Philosophy, GET1029.

3.      DDP (Economics and Law) students

GET1031A* or GET1050 from the 5th semester of study

GET1031A* or GET1050 will concurrently fulfil the General Education ‘Thinking and Expression’ pillar.

Students therefore do not need to read a second GET-coded module unless you are intending to use that excess module to fulfil other requirements, e.g. exposure module from the Department of Philosophy, GET1029.

4.      DDP students (with FASS as 1st Home Faculty)

You are not required to read GET1031A or GET1050 as you would have read a higher-order CT module in the partner Faculties as part of your DDP requirements.

In the event that you exit from the DDP without having already read the higher-order CT module, you would need to read GET1031A* or GET1050 to graduate.

5.      RC4 – FASS students

You will use a Junior Seminar module (UTC17xx) to fulfil the Computational Thinking requirement.

In the event that you exit from the RC4 programme without having already read the Junior Seminar module, you are required to read GET1031A* or GET1050 to graduate.

6.      USP – FASS students

University Scholars Programme (USP) students are required to read GET1050, but to count it towards your Unrestricted Electives requirements instead.

N.A.

7.      CAPT – FASS students

 University Town College Programme (UTCP) students are required to read GET1050, but to count it towards your Unrestricted Electives requirements instead.

N.A.

8.      Tembusu – FASS students

University Town College Programme (UTCP) students are required to read GET1050, but to count it towards your Unrestricted Electives requirements instead.

N.A.


*GET1031A will no longer be offered with effect from Semester 1 of AY2019-20. As such, for Cohort 2019 onwards, GET1050 effectively replaces GET1031A. FASS and BES students from Cohort 2017 and 2018 who have not taken GET1031A will be pre-allocated GET1050 instead. Students who have already read and passed GET1031A do not need to read GET1050.

The higher-order CT modules include: UTC17x, CS1010x, CM3267, PF1103, ID2116, AR2524, RE2708, DAO2702, EE2028, IT1007, ESP2107, and MLE1001. Any student who have read and passed any of these modules will not be required to read GET1031A or GET1050 (applicable to non-DDP students as well).

 

D. Information on GET1050

From Semester 1, AY2019/20, FASS and BES students will be pre-allocated the module GET1050 Computational Reasoning to fulfil the CT requirement.


Module Registration and Specifics

Pre-allocation of module
GET1050 will be randomly pre-allocated to students between their 2nd and 4th semester of study. By the end of your second year of study, you should have completed your CT requirement.

Tutorial registration
Please note that when you are allocated the module, you have to register for your preferred tutorial session on Mod Reg.

S/U option
You are allowed to exercise the S/U option on this module, depending on your remaining modular credits available for exercising the S/U option.

Module Exemptions for GET1050

If you have read the following modules, you would have fulfilled the CT requirement. However, please note that these modules do not concurrently fulfil the General Education (GE) ‘Thinking and Expression’ pillar requirement. If you use any of the following modules to fulfil the CT requirement, you would have to take a separate GET-coded module to fulfil the GE ‘Thinking and Expression’ pillar.

Module Code

  • NM2207
  • PH2113
  • EC3305
  • UTC17x
  • CS1010x
  • CM3267
  • PF1103
  • ID2116
  • AR2524
  • RE2708
  • DAO2702
  • EE2028
  • IT1007
  • ESP2107
  • MLE1001

 

Appeals

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Please note that all students who are due for GET1050 pre-allocation any time between the 2nd and 4th semester of study will have to abide by the random pre-allocation and read the module in the relevant semester.

 

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