The undergraduate and graduate curricula are based on a modular system2. The NUS modular system combines the rigour and depth of the British university system with the flexibility and breadth of the American system. Under this system, workloads are expressed in terms of Modular Credits (MCs), and academic performance is measured by grade points on a 5-point scale. Students can progress at their own pace and choose from a wide range of modules offered by different Faculties/Schools. The modular system offers students the possibility of accelerating their courses of study by taking more modules per semester (i.e., above the average of 20 MCs per semester), subject to the approval of their home Faculty.
Each module of study has a unique module code consisting of a two- or three-letter prefix that denotes the discipline, and four digits, the first of which indicates the level of the module (e.g., 1000 indicates a Level 1 module and 2000, a Level 2 module).
Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and Preclusions
Pre-requisites indicate the base of knowledge on which the subject matter of a particular module will be built. Before taking a module, a student should complete any pre-requisite module(s) listed for that particular module. Where pre-requisites are specified, equivalent modules will also be accepted. If in doubt, students should consult the module instructor or the Department academic advisor regarding the acceptable equivalent modules. Co-requisites are modules that are to be taken concurrently. A module may also specify certain preclusions. These are modules that have similar emphases and may not be taken together with that particular module.
The weekly workload of each module is given in the full module description. There are five workload components to each module. In the module description, these components are given in a series of five numbers. For example, NM2217 Creating Interactive Media has a workload of ‘2-2-0-3-3’. If we represent the five numbers in a workload series as ‘A-B-C-D-E’, each letter would refer to:
A modular credit (MC) is a unit of the effort, stated in terms of time, expected of a typical student in managing his/her workload. The MC-value of a module is derived by dividing the estimated total number of workload hours per week for that module by the credit factor of 2.5 (i.e., one MC is equivalent to 2.5 hours of study and preparation per week). Thus, a 4-MC module would require 10 hours of work a week, including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, assignments, and independent or group study.
Students receive letter grades for each module taken, except for the cases listed below. Each grade corresponds to a grade point as shown below:
As the above table indicates, a plus (+) or minus (-) suffix added to a grade raises or lowers the grade point value, except in the case of A+, which carries the same grade points as the A grade.
Cumulative Average Point (CAP)
Academic progress is tracked by the CAP, which is the weighted average grade point of all modules taken by a student. Therefore, a student’s CAP is the sum of the module grade points multiplied by the number of MCs for the corresponding module, divided by the total number of MCs. This is represented as follows:
Modules with no assigned MCs or grade points are excluded from the calculation of CAP.
There are a number of situations for which no grade points are assigned:
|2 Dentistry (Undergraduate), Law, and Medicine (Undergraduate) are currently not on the modular system.|