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NUS Module Review: GET1004 Cyber Security

This semester, the only zoom lessons are the 5 E-sessions conducted by Professor Yu, while the rest was pre-recorded from last AY. There are a total of 4quizzes (2.5% each) conducted during the start of the E-session each week. Quiz content will usually be something Prof Yu mentioned during the previous week’s E-session or hidden in one of the links he has put inside the slides for self-reading. The lessons can be skipped after the quiz as they are quite dry and are uploaded onto Luminus which i will recommend watching at 1.5x speed to look out for things Prof Yu emphasises on because they might be tested the following week.

One thing I have to mention is that most of the content which will be tested are based on self-reading as Prof Yu will include a lot of links inside the slides and will put only a minority of test-able content in the actual slides itself. Overall, I found this module quite interesting so I read almost all the links he put. However, I know a lot of my peers found doing so tedious and since Prof Yu will usually provide a lot of anecdotal evidence for the content instead of elaborating in a technical way, it is quite hard to prepare for the tests effectively. Nevertheless, if you have some programming background, most questions in the tests can be answered using some common sense and reading through the slides.

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NUS Module Review: GES1038 La Kopi Forging of the Chinese Singaporean Community

Overview:

This module covers the history/culture of the different dialect groups of Chinese in Singapore, from Singapore in the Straits Settlement to its modern day relevance. The lecturer also presents commentary on the Speak Mandarin Campaign and its influence on society. Prof Phua was very passionate in this area which made the lectures much more engaging. It was basically the only lecture of the week which I could sit through entirely without falling asleep haha.

Tutorials:

Alternate week online tutorials were fairly straightforward. We had to go through readings or Luminus multimedia as preparation and these would take 2h max. During the tutorial, we were tasked either to prepare and give a short presentation (1-2 slides long only) or respond to questions prepared by our TA. Tutorial participation was marked accordingly. 2 tutorials were blocked out for us to “attend” our virtual fieldtrip or head down to Telok Ayer personally and that helped lighten the academic workload by a lot.

Assessment:

We were given 1-2 weeks (iirc) to complete our research essay. Both were interesting to do but as an Engr student unfamiliar with essay questions and structures, it might be a struggle, but nothing too out of this world, just something like GP. The final quiz had several questions on the technical aspect of the lectures/guest lecturers itself so advice would be to watch all lectures if you want to score in the finals.

Conclusion:

The content might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but those with even a slight interest, or are critical about one’s own identity as a Chinese in Singapore, should find the content interesting. I had only a passing interest and did not expect to thoroughly enjoy most of this module’s content. It was very enriching and having thought so introspectively for the essay questions. I genuinely think the perspective would be applicable to much of my life. Expected at best an A- because of my mediocre essay but eventually got an A. This module is an easy recommend.

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NUS Module Review: GEQ1000 Asking Questions

Difficulty: Negligible

Grade Obtained: CS

Lecturers: Various lecturers

This is module is under the Asking Questions pillar in the GE curriculum and is preallocated unless you have taken some other GEQ module. Luckily, the workload is light.

For a start, this module introduces the different modes of questioning from the perspective of different disciplines; computational thinking, design thinking, engineering, philosophy, science, and the social sciences.

To me, it feels like an exposure module to other faculties and disciplines and their line of questioning when solving problems.

Lectures:

Like GER1000, there are video lectures for each segment. The video lectures are quite long and slow so I usually just 2 – 4x speed though or skip through some of them. Some of them are quite interesting (the game of trust in the econs segment) and some others are more complicated and abstract.

Tutorials:

Tutorials happen once every fortnight and are quite chill, usually, the tutor will just go through some of the concepts of the segment for the week and have us do some exercises to “experience and understand” what was meant in the video lectures. You can survive the tutorials without any prep (watching the lectures) at all but skimming through the lectures or even having a basic understanding would make the tutorial session less boring.

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NUS Module Review: GEH1015 Cultural Borrowing Japan and China

This module does not cover modern Japan and China in case you were wondering. So none of that pop culture is involved. Some focus on Buddhism and Confucius

is also involved.

All tests are open book. Mid terms was a timed test during lecture and finals was take home. Besides that there is also a book report(you get to choose from a list of books )and a pretty fun group project. tutorials are super chill with Dr Hislop. I would say that this module tests your ability to put forth your ideas and points clearly, while the content portion can be easily referenced if you have understood the gist of the notes and lectures. I ended up getting an A- and i was very surprised. Overall i would say that the workload of this module is quite low.

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NUS Module Review: ES1531 Critical Thinking And Writing

This is a compulsory module for all engineering students, except those who are in special programmes such as RCs, USPs, etc. This module is offered by CELC and covers about the aspects of engineering leadership in the view of Rottmanian model, as well as proposing solutions regarding to current engineering-related issues. The content of this module may be enjoyable to some, but not the others, including me. Therefore, I prepared my SU for this module since day 1.

Dr. Lira is actually an engaging instructor, and I think the best instructor I ever got in NUS thus far since I somehow always have pretty negative impressions for instructors from CELC. She could make the content of this module less boring for me and could stay listening for two hours straight.

The first assignment is an individual writing. You will be given an article of a leader, and you should analyze his/her strength and weaknesses by using Rottmanian model. The second assignment is a group project, creating an essay of solution proposal to tackle a real-world engineering-related issue. The third assignment is a reflection paper.

TLDR: If you cannot write an English essay properly, just ignore this module, sufficiently do your assignments, and SU.

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NUS Module Review: SSA1208 Everyday Life of Chinese Singaporeans Past & Present

Studies on the everyday life of ordinary people offer an important perspective for understanding human history. This module examines the daily life of Chinese Singaporeans during the late 19th to 20th centuries, focusing on their cultural expressions and social actions, revolving around eight geo-cultural sites, namely, Singapore River, Chinatown, Chinese temples, clan associations, opera stages, amusement parks, hawker centres, and streets/roads. Students are asked to compare the past and present of these sites through oral history and fieldwork observation.

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NUS Module Review: SC1101E Making Sense of Society

Lectures can be a bit dry and boring because of the content but the lecturers are really passionate about what they are teaching. Dr Radics is quite funny and brings in some hilarious case studies that make things more relatable for students. Dr Lou lectures at a very easy pace and his explanations are clear, although he sometimes takes digs at students while giving examples in lecture (eg. “…such as students on their phone/not paying attention”) which might rub some people the wrong way. Lectures were not webcasted, but there were 2 lecture slots.

Tutor: Dr George Radics

He is a really engaging and witty tutor and and I really liked his tutorials. He encourages discussion and answers questions readily. Tutorials are enjoyable!

The 1200-word written assignment is due mid-semester, between recess week and reading week. Quite breezy i think, and an interesting assignment to write too! Tutorial quizzes are based on readings and content from the textbook by Joan Ferrante…although i didn’t do well in those quizzes. Readings can be just a bit dry sometimes but most are interesting (and short!) Personally i think the textbook is more important for content but because each chapter is so long, it would be wise to condense the chapters into shorter notes. This would also be better for studying for finals because there is a segment of critical definition (3m x 10) where you have to define 10 given phrases and use them in context. The other segment is an essay (20m).

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NUS Module Review: ES1541 SP1541 Exploring Science Communication through Popular Science

ES1541 is the fairly new writing module introduced back in 2013 to develop the written and verbal communication skills of science students. As you might infer from the module name, you will be expected to write a lot, and present a lot.

The popular science part comes in the form of 5 popular science books from different disciplines, and the idea is to analyse how these books communicated obscure scientific knowledge to the general public in an accessible way, then applying what you have learnt in your presentations and essay.

It is compulsory for all science students to take this module, unless you are part of a programme which already offers a writing module in their curriculum, e.g. Utown programmes.

You can decide whether you want to take the module in your first, second or third year, although I would recommend clearing it in your first year, not only because of the lower bid points, but also because it is a requirement to go on overseas exchange.

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NUS Module Review: EL2151 Social Variation In English

This module considers how variation in language use relates to broader variation in the daily experiences of individuals and groups. Students examine how language constructs cultural abstractions such as social class, gender, and power relations and how these abstractions play out in language varieties and shape their defining characteristics. The module should appeal to students who wish to explore the interaction of language and society by drawing on linguistics, sociology, anthropology, and psychology, and to understand the practical implications of language variation for language policy and language education in multilingual societies such as Singapore.

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NUS Module Review: GES1010 SSA2204 Nation Building in Singapore

Tutorials (20%)

Tutorials are held once every other week, and attendance is taken. There are marks for class participation so make sure to speak up every tutorial, seeing as there are only 4. Prepare for tutorials by reading the readings (can be quite a lot) and discuss the questions in groups. Short group presentation and comments from the tutor

Assignment CA1 (10%)

Supposed to be timed on IVLE but was changed to a take-home test instead. Given around 7 days to complete, submit on Turnitin, complete with in-text citations and bibliography.

You are staffing the SG60 Diamond Jubilee (for the year 2025) working committee. As part of a collection of key historical moments in Singapore’s national history, you have been asked to put together a first-hand account (by a witness or participant) of Separation, and its immediate aftermath. The committee expects a history that highlights the immediacy of the event through personal voices and experiences, and not a mere regurgitation of published books and / or articles. The committee also expects a separate submission explaining the main messages of your history and the choices of primary sources.

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