Residential College (RC) Programmes


Prerequisite(s) I&E I Modules

Students must have passed/been exempted from the NUS Qualifying English Test (QET) or have passed CELC English for Academic Purposes modules.


I&E II Modules

IEM1201% or UTW1001%.

Preclusion(s) I&E I Modules

IEM1201%, UTW1001% or ES1501%.


I&E II Modules

IEM2201% or UTW2001%.

NUS has launched an innovative model of learning and teaching for the University Town's residential colleges. Part of this initiative is the five-module University Town curriculum that includes the Ideas and Exposition Modules. The modules are designed and constructed by staff members from the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC).

CELC contributes two sets of modules to the U-Town curriculum—Ideas and Exposition I (I&E I) for first year college residents and Ideas and Exposition II (I&E II) for second year college residents. Both sets of modules are:


Content Specific

Each I&E module focuses on a particular topic, with readings selected to be accessible to undergraduates. Although each topic reflects the concerns of a particular discipline, all modules introduce students to principles and strategies that will help them write throughout their academic careers.


Rhetorically intensive

Argumentation is the heart of academic expository writing; therefore each I&E module focuses on how to best construct evidence-based arguments that show readers why it is reasonable to problematize a previous analysis and resolve the problem in a particular way.

The I&E I modules help students to produce expository writing that readers will recognize as increasing their understanding of a given topic while the I&E II modules will help students learn and apply five core strategies that underlie successful scholarly research and writing.

I&E I and II classes are capped at 15 students each. Within this small group environment, students collaboratively negotiate alternative responses to problems they raise.

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Assessment ES1601 is a 100% Continuous Assessment module.
Modular Credits Four
Workload 0-2-0-2-1
Prerequisite(s) ES1000 and/or ES1102/ES1103 (if required)
Co-requisites GEQ1917 Understanding and Critiquing Sustainability
Preclusion(s) CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professional, IS2101 Business and Technical Communication, ES2331 Communicating Engineering, ES2002 Business Communication, ES2007S & ES2007D Professional Communication, ES1541/SP1541 Exploring Science Communication through Popular Science, ES1501%

This module aims to enable students to communicate and write in two main contexts - industry/workplace and academic. It is twinned with GEQ1917 Understanding and Critiquing Sustainability and is read over two semesters. Therefore, the teaching/learning of targeted communication and writing skills are drawn upon the requirements, tasks, assignments, and projects of GEQ1917. By situating communication in different contexts, students learn to shape, articulate and express their ideas, thoughts and messages depending on the audience, purpose, media and platform.

This module is taught over 2 semesters with 1 two-hour tutorial per week.

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