Name: Xian Bin W
Engineering Major: Chemical Engineering
Module Code: GES1019
Type of Module: General
Year/Semester of taking module: AY16/17 Sem 1
Difficulty Level: 4
Exam and Assessment Format: Group Projects: 20% (Comprising of short reports and group presentations conducted during tutorial sessions. There are no tutorial assignments apart from the individual essays.)
Individual Essays: 20% (One in 1st half and the other in the 2nd half. The "essay" in the 2nd half is more of a full-length paper.)
Final Exam: 60% (3 essay questions in two hours, fully open book.)
Comments on Lecturers and Tutors: There are no tutorial assignments apart from the individual essays; tutorial sessions are spent on group project presentations.
Lecturers would cover the main aspects of the required readings during lectures, but students are expected to go through these readings in greater depth on their own.
Comments about Module: A relatively challenging module with much more substantial coverage of content and time spent on continual assessments as compared to other GES modules. That being said it is definitely a rewarding experience for those interested in analysing Singapore's urban development from multiple disciplines. More suited for independent learners with an aptitude for critical thinking and genuine interest in the subject matter.
Key concepts: (1) History of Singapore's urban development, (2) Economic & demand-supply analysis of the construction industry, (3) Development Processes, (4) Infrastructure, (5) Current state and future developments of the built environment sector.
Recommended Textbook (if applicable): No fixed or mandatory textbook, but there are many readings from URA, HDB & BCA. The most important reading is "Built by Singapore - From Slums to Sustainable Built Environment" by the Centre for Liveable Cities Singapore.
Workload/Preparation Time Required: 4 hours per week including time spent on readings (you have to or you'll be lost in lectures!) and assignments.
What do you like or dislike about this module?: Likes:
- Multidisciplinary approach to learning about Singapore's urban development, covering not just architectural aspects but also aspects in geography, economics, engineering, policy-making and sustainable development.
- Ample opportunities for group presentations and report writing to go in-depth into specific aspects of Singapore's urban development.
- A disproportionately small percentage of the final grade on continual assessment as compared to the final exam.