NUS Internal Blended Learning Online Courses (iBLOCs) for Returning Full-Time National Service (NS) men

iBLOCs are mounted from January 2018 to cater to Returning Full-Time National Servicemen (NSmen) who wish to have a head start in university education and more time to transit to academic life. NUS welcomes NSmen who have places reserved for them in NUS and will be matriculating as undergraduates in August 2018 to apply for iBLOCs, if they wish.

1) Dates of iBLOCs for Returning Full-Time NSmen

Period On-site Examination Dates
15 January to 1 April 2018 [online component] -
2 April to 23 June 2018 [online component and classroom sessions] 20 to 23 June 2018

2) Modules Available

The list of modules to be offered from January 2018 is shown below. Click here for module description. The list of frequently asked questions can be accessed here.

Host Faculty iBLOC Title Module Code Module Type Promotional Videos Main Module Facilitator
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Communications, New Media and Society NM1101X Foundation Mohan Dutta
School of Computing Programming Methodology CS1010X Foundation Ben Leong
Faculty of Science General Biology LSM1301X Bridging Seow Teck Keong
Faculty of Science Introductory Mathematics MA1301X Bridging Wang Fei
Faculty of Science Fundamentals of Physics I PC1221X Bridging Andreas Dewanto
Faculty of Science Fundamentals of Physics II PC1222X Bridging Andreas Dewanto
Faculty of Science Fundamentals of Chemistry CM1417X Bridging Thyagarajan Saradha
Faculty of Science General and Physical Chemistry for Engineers CM1502X Foundation Chin Wee Shong
Faculty of Science Physics IE PC1431X Foundation Lim Yen Kheng
Faculty of Science Physics IIE PC1432X Foundation Nidhi Sharma

Notes. A foundation module is usually a Level-1000 module which helps to provide foundational training to students before they move on to higher level modules, in subsequent years in their course of study.  A bridging module is to help those without specific ‘A’-Levels modules, to put them on par with those who might have already done so at ‘A’-Level – for example, MA1301X helps students without ‘A’– Level mathematics. 

3) Modules Application

Applicants can apply for the iBLOCs they would like to read through the Non-Graduating Students Application System. Please consult the user guide on how to submit an application for iBLOCs through the Non-Graduating Students Application System.

Activity Timeline
iBLOC Online Application 23 September to 25 October 2017
Notification of Outcome via Email Late November 2017

It is important that you check the examination timetables of all iBLOCs you intend to take to ensure there are no clashes. See below.

Students can take iBLOCs to satisfy their Programme requirements or Unrestricted Electives requirements depending on their course of study and if they meet the prerequisites for the module. The offer of a place in an iBLOC will depend on the total number of applications.

The time-table for the face-to-face sessions is shown below:

Module Code iBLOC Title Schedule Start Date of First Face-to-face Lessons
Communications, New Media and Society
Every Tuesday from 10 April to 29 May 2018, 3 PM to 6 PM (7 sessions) excluding 1 May 2018 which is a public holiday. (Field trips may be scheduled later.)
10 April 2018
Programming Methodology
Every Thursday, either 9 AM to 11 AM or 1 PM to 3 PM*
2 April 2018
General Biology
Every Tuesday, 2 PM to 6 PM
3 April 2018
Introductory Mathematics
Fortnightly on Wednesday, 9 AM to 12 NOON: 4 April 2018, 18 April 2018, 2 May 2018, 16 May 2018, 30 May 2018
4 April 2018
Fundamentals of Physics I
Tutorials on every Wednesday, 1 PM to 4 PM, starting from 4 April 2018.

Lab sessions on the following Wednesdays, 9 AM to 12 NOON, 11 April 2018, 18 April 2018, 16 May 2018, 23 May 2018, 30 May 2018
4 April 2018
Fundamentals of Physics II
Tutorials on every Friday, 1 PM to 4 PM, starting from 6 April 2018.

Lab sessions on the following Fridays, 9 AM to 12 NOON, 13 April 2018, 20 April 2018, 18 May 2018, 1 June 2018
6 April 2018
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Every Monday, 2 PM to 5 PM
9 April 2018
General and Physical Chemistry for Engineers
Tutorials on every Friday, 10 AM to 12 NOON, starting from 6 April 2018.

Lab sessions on the following Fridays, 2 PM to 5 PM, 4 May 2018, 11 May 2018, 18 May 2018
6 April 2018
Physics IE
Tutorials on the following Saturdays, 9 AM to 11 AM, 31 March 2018, 7 April 2018, 12 May 2018, 19 May 2018

Practicals on the following Saturdays, 9 AM to 12 NOON, 14 April 2018, 26 May 2018

Revision on the following Saturdays, 28 April 2018, 2 Jun 2018, 9 AM to 11 AM

Mid-Term Test on 5 May 2018, 9 AM

Introductory Meeting, 20 January 2018 (Saturday), 10 AM to 11 AM **
31 March 2018
Physics IIE
Tutorials on the following Saturdays, 11.30 AM to 1.30 PM, 31 March 2018, 14 April 2018, 12 May 2018, 19 May 2018

Practicals on the following Saturdays, 9 AM to 12 NOON, 21 April 2018, 2 June 2018

Revision on the following Saturdays, 28 April 2018, 9 Jun 2018, 11.30 AM to 1.30 PM

Mid-Term Test on 5 May 2018, 11 AM

Introductory Meeting, 20 January 2018 (Saturday), 9 AM to 10 AM **
31 March 2018

* Students will be assigned to one timeslot/group.
** While the Introductory Meeting is optional, students taking the module are strongly encouraged to attend the session.

4) Dropping of Module(s)

Students may choose to drop any iBLOCs for which they have registered for without any grade penalty up to the day before the start of the examination period, i.e., by 20 June 2018. However, please note the fee policy that will be applicable for dropping modules within the following timelines:

Drop Module during this period Fee Policy
15 January to 28 February 2018 Fees not payable
From 1 March 2018 Fees payable

To drop an iBLOC, students will have to complete the Drop Module & Withdrawal Form and send it to the Registrar’s Office via email to with a copy to the main module facilitator. Students who decide to drop all modules will be deemed to have withdrawn from the programme.

5) Fees

For each iBLOC to be offered in January 2018, students will be charged S$805 per module. There will be no refund once fees are charged.

All registered students are also charged the Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSF) to help meet costs incurred by the University in providing services to the student community that are either not covered or only partially covered by the tuition fee and government subsidy. For students reading iBLOCs, the Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSF) payable are shown in the table below:

Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSF) Amount Payable for the January - June 2018 Period
Student Services Fee (SSF) (Non-Exchange) S$32.80
Health Service Fee (HSF) S$41.65


  1. All fees shown here are inclusive of prevailing GST.
  2. Late payment charge of S$25 will be imposed for any outstanding fees after payment due date.

Available modes of fee payment are:

  • Cash at SingPost
  • NETS at Student Service Centre (SSC)
  • Domestic Cheque / Bank Draft
  • E-Payment (E-NETS/Debit/Credit)
  • Internet Banking

Students can check their Student Bill via NUS Student Information System from 1 March 2018 for the actual amount of fees charged before making the payment by 15 March 2018. Should fees remain outstanding after the fee payment deadline, a Negative Service Indicator (NSI) will be tagged against your student account as a “Hold” and you will not be able to access your online examination results and your NUS transcript will also be withheld.

Financial Assistance Schemes for Payment of Tuition Fees:- Eligible students can apply for the Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Scheme, Tuition Fee Loan and NUS Study Loan (under Financial Aid) for payment of tuition fees. Further details will be provided in the offer letter from Registrar's Office. (Note. The PSE can also be used for payment of Miscellaneous Student Fees.)

Recipients of the NUS Global Merit Scholarship, NUS Undergraduate (Merit) Scholarship, NUS Undergraduate Scholarship, Kent Ridge Undergraduate (Merit) Scholarship, and Kent Ridge Undergraduate Scholarship may apply for the reimbursement of their iBLOC module fees under the scholarships upon graduation, if they graduate earlier than the typical duration of studies for their degrees and subject to individual approval. 

For enquiries on financial aid and scholarship matters, please write to:

Tuition Fee Rebate Policy:- With effect from the admission cohort of AY2014/15, a rebate on tuition fees paid in excess of the total fees for the normal candidature period may be granted to eligible students who graduate on time within the normal candidature period. A student is eligible for tuition fee rebate if s/he meets all of the following conditions:

  1. Admitted into an undergraduate degree under the modular system in NUS from AY2014/2015;
  2. Completed NUS modules during the following period(s):

    • prior to the undergraduate candidature (e.g., NUS iBLOC, NUS H3 subjects, NUS modules taken as NUS High School students, and NUS modules taken under the Polytechnic Advanced Placement Programmes); and/or
    • during Special Terms within the undergraduate candidature
  1. Paid tuition fees in excess of the fees for completing the undergraduate degree programme on time within the normal candidature period.

For enquiries on the fee rebate policy, please write to:

6) Examination Related Matters

The dates for examination and release of examination results are as follows:

Activities iBLOC Term for RNS men
Examination Period 20 to 23 June 2018
Deadline to submit Special Consideration Forms 26 June 2018 (6 PM)
Release of Examination Results 6 July 2018 (11 AM)
Deadline to submit Application for Review of Examination Results 11 July 2018 (6 PM)

The examination timetable is as follows:

Date Time Module Code Module Description Venue
20 June 2018
9:00 AM CM1502X General and Physical Chemistry for Engineers

The exam venue and seat number will be available at the Examination Directory one week before the exam.

1:00 PM PC1221X Fundamentals of Physics I
1:00 PM PC1431X Physics IE
21 June 2018
9:00 AM CM1417X Fundamentals of Chemistry
9:00 AM CS1010X Programming Methodology^
22 June 2018
9:00 AM LSM1301X General Biology
2.30 PM PC1222X Fundamentals of Physics II
2.30 PM PC1432X Physics IIE
23 June 2018
9:00 AM MA1301X Introductory Mathematics
^ CS1010X has a practical exam component.

NM1101X will be graded with 100% CA (continuous assessment), i.e., no final exam.

You are expected to be familiar with the Examination Rules, details of which are published in the Examination Directory. Please note that a breach of any of the examination rules will render you liable to disciplinary action.

You may also check your semestral examination results and print a copy of your unofficial transcript via Student Centre in the NUS Student Information System. Your grades will be reflected on your unofficial transcript 20 calendar days after the official date for release of examination results.

7) online student feedbac
k exercise

Students are encouraged to participate in the Online Student Feedback Exercise as it is an important element of the University's process for quality assurance of education. Students will be notified of the specific dates of the Student Feedback Exercise in due course.

8) Access iBLOC Course Materials

All students will have an email account at NUS that will be their official point of contact. Most communications from NUS to students will be via the official email account. To access your NUS email account, proceed to NUS home page at and click on 'EMAIL', located on the top right hand corner of the webpage. Click on 'Student Email' tab and then click on the link ''. Students who are taking iBLOCs from January to June 2017 as a Non-Graduating student will receive Welcome emails from your instructors. Hence it is important that students check their NUS email account at the start of the course on 15 January 2018.

Modules utilising the Integrated Virtual Learning Environment (IVLE) portal:- To access the IVLE, new students must complete their online activiation of their student card before logging into the portal (for Registration Part One). For off-campus login, enter your NUS user ID and Password under Web & Guest. If you are prompted with a login pop-up, please enter User Name: nusstu\your NUSNET user ID, followed by your NUSNET password.

9) Advanced placement credits with grade

According to the University’s Advanced Placement Credits (APG) Policy, upon admission, you may apply for the iBLOC(s) to be transferred into your undergraduate (UG) student record as Advanced Placement Credits with Grade (APG) if you satisfy the criteria of obtaining C grade or above for the module. With the APG, the grade and credits earned will be computed into your Cumulative Average Point (CAP). However, you may choose to exercise the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option for the module (if eligible) during the S/U option exercise conducted upon results release at the end of Semester 1, AY2018/2019 together with your other Semester 1 modules. Modules for which students have opted for S/U grading will not impact the CAP and the letter grade will not be shown on the transcript. An 'S' grade will be assigned if you obtain a grade of C or better (i.e., grade point of 2.0 and above); a 'U' grade will be assigned if you obtain a grade of D+ or below. You will only receive credit towards the degree if you attain a 'Satisfactory' (S) grade and a module with a 'U' grade earns no credit. You should refer to the policies relating to the Grade-free scheme and the number of modular credits which can be taken on an S/U basis here. The S/U option will apply to all Level 1000 modules (with or without pre-requisites) and Level 2000 modules without other NUS modules as pre-requisites, unless otherwise stipulated by the Faculties/Departments.

After the release of examination results, Registrar’s Office will contact students who are eligible for the APG via email to inform them that they may apply to transfer the module(s) which they have achieved a C grade or above.

For enquiries on the APC policy, please write to:

10) Update Contact Details

You are responsible for updating your mailing address and other contact details via Student Centre in the NUS Student Information System. Please ensure that information is valid at all times.

11) Contact Information

For general enquiries on iBLOCs, please send your email to:
For enquiries related to application, please contact us via or at 6516 1476.