Frequently asked questions
Answers supplemented by courtesy of Assoc. Prof. Yung,
Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Programmes and Assoc. Prof. Lim, Vice-dean of undergraduate students
Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG)
1. 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.
Industrial Attachment (IA) / Vacation Internship Program (VIP)
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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 http://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/undergrad/epmc/
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
Student Exchange Program (SEP)
1. 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 http://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/sep/eligibility.htm
2. Why is there a delay in release of Student Exchange Program (SEP) results for students who applied for SEP in Academic Year 2016/2017 Semester 1?
The office in charge of SEP experienced technical issues with the new system (which replaced the old system OPAS) used to process the SEP applications.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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 http://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/ugrad/SI_su_policies.html
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/