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3.2.5.3    Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option/Grade-Free Scheme

SATISFACTORY/UNSATISFACTORY OPTION AND THE GRADE-FREE FIRST SEMESTER

For Students Admitted from AY 2014/2015 and AY 2015/2016

Under the S/U mechanism, letter grades are assigned to modules. Students may choose to retain the letter grade and have it factored into the computation of their Cumulative Average Point (CAP), or choose to exercise the S/U option on a module, in which case the letter grade will not be shown on the transcript nor computed towards the CAP. An ‘S’ grade is assigned if a student receives a ‘C’ grade or above for the module. Conversely, students will receive a ‘U’ if the grade obtained is lower than a ‘C’ grade. Students will receive credits towards the degree only if they attain a ‘Satisfactory’ (S) grade.

For students admitted from AY2014/2015 and AY 2015/2016, up to 32 MCs may be taken on an S/U basis, which may be exercised

  • during the student’s first semester, for up to 20 MCs; and
  • any time during a student’s candidature, for up to 12 MCs.

Once an ‘S’ or ‘U’ grade is assigned to a module, it will count towards the 32-MC limit that can be taken on an S/U basis.

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.

The S/U declaration exercise will be conducted upon the release of examination results and will end by the stipulated deadline, which will be announced each semester. Students will exercise their S/U option during this period for any module that permits the S/U option. Thereafter, the student’s decision will be considered final.

The Grade-free First Semester scheme, in the form of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option, aims to provide a supportive and enabling environment for NUS undergraduates to make a successful transition into the academic and social culture of university life.  It serves to facilitate a transformation in students’ mindsets towards grades and learning in the university setting, as well as enable students to leverage opportunities for a holistic education. The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option is also intended to encourage students to pursue their intellectual interests, without undue concern that exploring a new subject area may adversely affect their CAP.

Within the Conservatory, first year students enrol in a basket of different modules across their respective majors. With regards to the grade-free first semester, the following scheme has been established to maximise the grade-free option for up to 20 MCs whenever possible across two semesters instead of only one semester. The global rule of a maximum of carry forward 8 MCs to Semester 2 applies to all cases.

Strings

For String students including the harp majors, you can S/U MCM1 and CAM1. Students who have taken an external module can S/U the module as well. The proposed carry-forward S/U MCs to Semester 2 is 8 MCs, regardless of whether the first-year students have taken any 4 MC external module in the first semester.

Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

For Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion students, you can S/U MCM1 and CAM1 and another 2 MC module (i.e. First-Year Woodwinds Class for Woodwinds students, First-Year Brass Class for brass students and Basic Mechanics of Percussion for Percussion students).

Students who have taken an external module can S/U the module as well. The proposed carry-forward S/U MCs to Semester 2 is 8 MCs for those students without an external module, and 6 MCs for those students taking an external module in Semester 1. This is because the students who are taking an external module in Semester 1 would already be able to S/U 14 MCs in Semester 1.

Piano and Composition

For Piano and Composition students, you can S/U MCM1 and CAM1. Piano students can also S/U Accompanying 1 and Piano Ensemble 1, and Composition students can also S/U Desktop Music Production and Applied Secondary A.  The proposed carry-forward S/U MCs to Semester 2 is 8 MCs for those students  without an external module, and 4 MCs for those students taking an external module in Semester 1. This is because the students who are taking an external module in Semester 1 would already be able to S/U 16 MCs in Semester 1.

Voice

For Voice students, you can S/U MCM1, CAM1, Chamber Singers 1 and Diction for Singers 1. For those students without Italian 1 for Singers in Semester 1, the proposed carry-forward S/U MCs to Semester 2 is 8 MCs, and 5 MCs for those students taking Italian 1 for Singers in Semester 1. This is because the students who are taking Italian 1 for Singers in Semester 1 would already be able to S/U 15 MCs in Semester 1.

Recording Arts and Science

For Recording Arts and Science students, they would follow existing University policy as all students would be able to S/U to a maximum of 20 MCs in their first semester in the first year.

Under the new S/U policy, besides the 20 MCs of S/U that can be used in the first year, students can use up another 12 MCs of S/U anytime in their undergraduate career.

In general, these 12 MCs of S/U can only be used on all Level 1000 modules, and Level 2000 modules without a NUS pre-requisite module. The exception to this rule is language modules offered by the Centre for Language Studies, where all levels of modules can be S/Ued.

SATISFACTORY/UNSATISFACTORY OPTION AND THE GRADE-FREE FIRST YEAR SCHEME

For Students Admitted from AY 2016/2017 onwards

The Grade-free First Year scheme, in the form of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option, aims to provide a supportive and enabling environment for NUS undergraduates to make a successful transition into the academic and social culture of university life.  It serves to facilitate a transformation in a student’s mindset towards grades and learning in the university setting, as well as to enable students to leverage opportunities for a holistic education. The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option is also intended to encourage students to pursue their intellectual interests, without undue concern that exploring a new subject area may adversely affect their CAP.

Under the S/U mechanism, letter grades are assigned to modules. Students may choose to retain the letter grade and have it factored into the computation of their Cumulative Average Point (CAP), or choose to exercise the S/U option on a module, in which case the letter grade will not be shown on the transcript nor computed towards the CAP.

An ‘S’ grade is assigned if a student receives a ‘C’ grade or above for the module. Conversely, students will receive a ‘U’ if the grade obtained is lower than a ‘C’ grade. Students will receive credits towards the degree only if they attain a ‘Satisfactory’ (S) grade.

The S/U declaration exercise will be conducted upon the release of examination results and will end by the stipulated deadline, which will be announced each semester. Students will exercise their S/U option during this period for any module that permits the S/U option. Thereafter, the student’s decision will be considered final.

Students admitted from AY2016/2017 onwards are allowed to exercise the grade-free option to a maximum of 32 MCs at first-year level.  After the first-year, any unused MCs to a maximum of 12 MCs may be carried forward and applied at any stage during the second through fourth years of study.

Once an ‘S’ or ‘U’ grade is assigned to a module, it will count towards the 32-MC limit that can be taken on an S/U basis.

Please note that for the BMus degree, the following Major Study modules are not eligible for the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option at any time:

  • MUA1161/1162, MUA2161/2162, MUA3161/3162, MUA4161/4162
  • MUA1190/1191, MUA2190/2191, MUA3190/3191, MUA4190/4191