Studying in National University of Singapore

Its been a month plus since I ORD’ed and matriculated into National University of Singapore(NUS). You can refer to my ORD post here (ORD LO). Week 0 was on 5 August 2013 and our official lessons started a week later on 12 August 2013. First 2 weeks are purely just lectures and sectional teaching(just like lectures) and during these 2 weeks, we are bidding for our tutorials and lab slots. This semester is 13 weeks long for me(inclusive of 1 week eLearning and 1 week recess week(on week 7)).

In my first semester of year 1, I took the following modules.

  1. MA1301 – INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICS
  2. CS1020 – DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHMS I
  3. CS2100 – COMPUTER ORGANISATION
  4. IS1105 – STRATEGIC IT APPLICATIONS
  5. SSA2209 – GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF SINGAPORE

Besides CS2100 which I spent 211 points to bid for it from my Programme Account and SSA2209 which I spent 50 points. The rest were pre-allocated and 1 points for each were deducted from my Programme Account. Its interesting how we have to fight for the modules that we would want to take. This is something very different from what we have in polytechnic.

I am entering week 5, which is the e-learning week for this semester. I would say that the whole ecosystem of NUS is very different from Temasek Polytechnic. No more caregroup system, you are now “given more responsibility” for your own education. No more checking of homework by tutors, if you do not participate actively in class and finish up the tutorials, you are going to pile up your backlogs and before you know it, its already exam.

To end off, some useful links that would benefit a new student or existing undergraduate.

Useful links
NUS MyISIS
NUS IVLE
NUS Email Login
NUS SoC Email Login
NUS CORS
NUS SoC CodeCrunch
NUSMods
SoC Undergraduates – Useful Course Schedule
NUS Library Portal
NUS Library Portal – Exam Papers
uTown Facilities Booking
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