Frequently asked questions

Answers supplemented by courtesy of Assoc. Prof. Yung,
Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Programmes and

 

Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG)

Is CFG1010 Roots & Wings 1.0 a Faculty of Engineering (FoE) requirement module for graduation?

No, it is not required for graduation of FoE students.

However, it is highly recommended to complete at least a CFG Future-ready module before their industrial attachment.

 

Engineering Principles & Practices (EPP)

Are Common Engineering students taking the same EPP module as their peers in specialised courses such as Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering?

Currently Common Engineering students will be enrolled in EG1111 in Semester 1. In Semester 2, students are given the option to opt to take the EPP module for the branch of engineering they are interested in specialising in Year 2. Students who have not decided on the course they would like to take in Year 2 will take EG1112.

I am a Common Engineering student and if I take the relevant EPP module of the course I would like to go to, does this confirm my placing in that course?

No. Indication of interest and going for the relevant EPP module will not secure your place in the course for Year 2. Placement to preferred course will be dependent on Year 1 results. The Faculty advises students however, to take the chance to choose a specialised EPP so that they will be exposed to the course they have interest in and this will be a good chance to see if the student is really interested and suitable for the course.

As a student who will be taking the a course specific EPP module in Semester 2, will I be able to get the module materials for the course specific EPP module that was covered in Semester 1 (i.e. Getting the module materials for BN1101 if I am taking BN1102 currently)?

Students are advised to email the professors in charge of the EPP module and request for the materials.

 

Industrial Attachment (IA) / Vacation Internship Program (VIP)

Where can students get information regarding IA/VIP?

Students may visit the faculty website https://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/undergraduatestudies/internship/if-you-are-a-student/ for more information regarding IA/VIP. Should students require more assistance for IA/VIP, they may consult their engineering Careers Advisor, or email Mr. Desmond Teo (Senior Manager (IA/Career)).

Could FoE administration consider charging students based on the number of modules taken during IA semester since students on IA hardly use school facilities during this semester should they not take other modules besides IA?

This will not be feasible because the school will then have to consider charging students based on the number of modules taken during other semesters besides IA semester as well (the school does not have the means to charge students taking IA only on a pay per module basis separately). This in turn will be disadvantageous to the DDP (Double Degrees Programme) students due to them having to overload in almost every semester.

Could FoE consider making it non-compulsory for engineering students to complete IA (excluding those students who are already exempted from completing IA)?

FoE currently will not consider making it non-compulsory for engineering students to complete IA as part of their curriculum because IA is aligned with NUS education offering. There is also a general feedback from employers that IA is essential as a springboard for hiring for companies.

Is there any possibility regarding increasing modular credits (MCs) for IA?

There is currently no possibility of increasing MCs for IA due to the lack of curriculum space for FoE students. The NUS central administration decides on the number of MCs allocated for internship in the various faculties and ensures that they are aligned.

Could FoE consider shortening the duration of IA so that it does not cross into Special Term 1?

The faculty is on the process of providing students with an option of a 20-week IA instead of the current 24-week program. This 20-week option will allow students to complete their IA during the semester. However, the faculty has not announced when this change will be made and students going for IA should plan accordingly. Should students need to arrange for Special Term 1 which may overlap with their IA, they can speak to their IA company to arrange for an early start.

Some companies listed that they allow students to take night modules during IA on the portal but retracted their words and claimed that students will not be allowed to take night modules after the students have started work. Are there any ways to safeguard the students’ interests in this aspect?

While the school will strive to convey the message to employers to indicate their choice of students clearly, the school would like to encourage students to be more proactive and advise students to verify the possibility of taking evening modules with companies during the interviews.

Students on IA have requested to take evening module ME3162E however they were not allowed to because the school fees that undergraduates (B.Eng programme) paid do not cover ME3162E which is under the B.Tech programme. Is there any way for B.Eng programme students to take modules under the B.Tech programme during IA semester?

No, FoE students can no longer take B.Tech modules in the evening. This became effective from AY2016/17 when the B.Tech programmes were moved to SCALE and thus no longer part of FoE. Since SCALE is a separate identity and has its own policy, FoE can no longer tap into their resource and ask them to teach our students.

Why are most Faculty of Engineering (FoE) students not allowed to take Vacation Internship Program (VIP) in replacement of Industrial Attachment (IA)?

Partner companies have given feedback that they do not prefer having students opting for VIP since students will learn lesser from as well as contribute lesser to the companies during the shorter period attached to the companies in comparison to a longer period attached to companies for students opting for IA.

For more information regarding VIP and IA, please visit https://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/undergraduatestudies/internship/if-you-are-a-student/

Why are students taking VIP exempted from paying regular semester (semester 1 or 2) school fees?

VIP occurs during special terms thus regular semester school fees do not apply. However, students doing VIP are exempted from paying special terms fees because NUS central administration has decided to waive the payable fees for students doing VIP during special terms.

Why do students need to pay regular semester (semester 1 or 2) school fees when we are on IA?

IA occurs during either semester 1 or semester 2 thus the regular semester fees apply.

Will evening modules still be allocated during IA semester?

Currently evening modules will still be allocated during IA semester. Should students choose not to take evening modules during IA semester, they would have to choose to overload in other semesters. However, to ease the burden of attending evening classes during IA semester, most evening modules conducted by FoE have recorded webcast lectures and/or will be converted to flipped classroom. For example, EG2401 will have recorded webcast lectures throughout AY2017 Semester 1. This is done to minimize occurrences of students attending classes in school during IA semester where students are still expected to attend tutorials.

I am having problems in my IA company. How can I feedback to the faculty on my experience?

Each student is allocated a mentor from the Faculty who they can feedback their IA experience to. Students who face difficulties or mistreatment during their IA should feedback to their experience to their mentors so that measures can be taken to solve the issue.

Can FoE set a higher minimum pay for IA?

The current minimum pay set by the Faculty is $800 however, the IA coordinator has advised all companies to give an allowance of $1000 in view of inflation. However, the Faculty maintains that the minimum should not be increased as it will deter SMEs and start-ups who are interested in guiding students but have insufficient funds to hire interns.

 

Student Exchange Program (SEP)

What is the weightage given to the interview aspect and academics aspect in the Faculty of Engineering (FoE) Student Exchange Program (SEP) eligibility criteria?

Academics - 50%, Interview - 50%.

For more details of the eligibility of SEP, please visit https://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/undergraduatestudies/study-abroad/student-exchange-programme-sep/

What is the deadline for module mapping submission after accepting an offer for SEP?

Students are allowed to do module mapping from when they accept their SEP offer till right before they start school in the Partner University. Students are advised to start mapping their modules as early as possible

How can I get to know my peers who are going to the same university/country for SEP?

An email is sent to all students who have successfully accepted their SEP offer. From this email, students will be able to access the names and email addresses of their peers. Students who would like to start up their own groups are advised to do so but should seek consent of the parties involved.

Students are also advised to sign up for pre-departure briefings where they are able to meet up with students from different faculties who will be going to the same region as them. Sign-ups are available here http://www.nus.edu.sg/iro/events/predepart/index.html

How do I know if I am eligible for SEP and what are the steps for application?

Students can refer to the guideline provided by NUS Global Relations Office to check if they are eligible for SEP. A more detailed guideline can be found here http://www.nus.edu.sg/iro/prog/sep/before-exchange.html

 

Other questions

Could FoE consider having recorded webcast lectures for all FoE modules?

FoE will not be able to have recorded webcast lectures for all FoE modules because it has insufficient resources to have recorded webcast lectures for technical elective modules where classes are conducted in smaller classrooms. The Faculty is currently working on upgrading the infrastructure to allow for such arrangements to be made in the future.

Could FoE consider increasing the MCs for each module so that students will not end up with 6 or 7 modules in a semester (according to recommended schedule) and struggle to cope with the workload due to each module being listed as 2 or 3 MCs?

Most modules will be made 4 MCs moving forward.

Could FoE consider making it non-compulsory for certain engineering departments students to take Final Year Project (FYP)?

FoE currently will not consider making it non-compulsory for certain engineering departments students to take FYP because FoE views FYP as problem solving training, an encouragement to students to take ownership of their work, and the projects do not have single right or wrong solution thus it forces students to focus on projects solving skills in real world scenarios. Therefore, for certain engineering departments where FYP is most applicable, the students will have to take FYP while other engineering departments students have optional FYP.

Could FoE consider making it non-compulsory for engineering students to graduate with honours so that students who would like to change course of study may save 1 year of their time?

FoE currently will not consider making it non-compulsory for engineering students to graduate with honours because it works closely with and is aligned with the Professional Engineers Board, which requires 4 year bachelor degree engineers.

Could FoE release the exam questions and answer keys/solution sets of all FoE modules to students after finals are over?

FoE may not do so because the release of answer keys/solution sets to finals questions does not fall under the jurisdiction of FoE. There are regulations set by the NUS central administration to prevent the release of answer keys/solution sets and lecturers are expected to send a review of the finals performance to students.

Is there any benefit(s) of taking modules during Special Term in replacement of taking evening modules during IA semester to fulfil the modular credits requirement for graduation?

Students who choose to take modules during Special Term may be granted a tuition fee rebate if he/she graduate on time within the stipulated candidature period. For more information regarding the eligibility of enjoying tuition fee rebate by students, please visit http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/education-at-nus/undergraduate-education/fees.html#TuitionFeeRebate

Why is there a difference in points given in the General and/or Program accounts to students from different faculties?

Since the faculties have varying program requirements, different amount of points is given to students from different faculties.

Why are there no microwaves in FoE for heating up of home-packed food?

After considerable deliberation, FoE Office of Student Life does not have plans to install microwaves because of maintenance issues of the microwaves. The Office recommends students to purchase vacuum containers available that can keep home-packed meals warm. The Office is looking at installing vending machines that can dispense heated foods instead, so that students might enjoy hot meals directly from the machine without the attendant problems of dealing with a separate microwave.

Why are Faculty of Engineering (FoE) students (not inclusive of students from certain programs) not allowed to overload in their first semester of their first year in NUS?

Firstly, this is to help students cope with the workload of university and ease their transition into university life. Secondly, this is to prevent certain students from intentionally or unintentionally exploiting the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option. The true spirit of the purpose of S/U option is to allow students to choose an uninhibited approach to learning in university where they do not have to fret as much over his or her academic performance during the first semester (Provost’s Office, 2016).

For more information regarding S/U option for FoE students, please visit https://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/undergraduatestudies/module-registration/su-option/

For more information regarding the true spirit of S/U, please visit https://blog.nus.edu.sg/provost/2016/05/19/grade-free-scheme-for-freshmen-greater-flexibility-in-shaping-your-transformative-learning-journey/

Why is ES1102/1103/1531 not pre-allocated to students who did not meet the band requirement of QET?

Currently FoE are in talks with CLEC to arrange for pre-allocation of the module, however, this will not be implemented as of yet because of administrative constraints.

 What is the maximum number of modular credits that can be mapped from Summer/Winter school programs?

A total of 12 MCs from a maximum of 2 overseas Summer/Winter programmes can be mapped without having to pay NUS tuition fee.

For more details, please visit http://www.nus.edu.sg/iro/prog/isp/after-applying.html

 

 

*All information on this page is accurate as of 6 April 2018*