Updated AY 18/19 Semester 2
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Ahh Electives… Whether it is our UEs (Unrestricted Electives), or our General Education Prescribed Electives (GER-PEs), we are all looking for electives that are:
1. Easy to score
2. No finals
3. Pull up our GPA / Easy to pass without studying (Depending on whether you are going to S/U the module)
4. Knowing more students/eye-candies from other faculties (sorry can’t help you with that or should we implement a new function to gather key intelligence?)
5. Of course, having a keen interest in the content is key!
Here at Seniorsays, we have collated the most recommended modules for you together with advice and reviews from your seniors (in no particular order):
1. EE8061 Innovation & Technology Management
Always wanted to know more about how Facebook and Grab dominated our daily lives? Learn more about the dynamics of technological development through innovation and related management issues and practices. While this module cannot guarantee you to become the next Zucks or Bezos, it is an interesting course to boost your GPA while having fun!
Assessment: Mid-Term/Continuous Assessment (40%), Written Examination (60%)
“ ...This module felt like a combination of marketing and entrepreneurship, covering topics such as business plan, disruptive technology..(I could only rmb these 2). But anyways, there were 11-12 chapters in total, all chapters were tested for midterms and finals. The first half of the module was more content heavy and dry. As for the second half, the content was more interesting and prof was more engaging...”
2. CM8002 Forensic Science
Love watching CSI? Then forensic science has both the elements of forensic technology and an ang-mo professor which you can watch from your laptops (Heh!)
Assessment : Mid-terms (20%) , Finals (80%)
“ Honestly, I did not attend the lectures. I DID watch all the online courses two times though. That was probably all that I did. (…) most of the midterms and quite a few areas of the finals were on the case studies the online courses mentioned. I enjoy watching Law and Order, the Mentalist etc, so it explains why I could remember most of the cases mentioned and the deciding factors/ evidences/ people involved. I suggest remembering the calculations for alcohol testing, the testing/experimenting methods for solving cases as they are tested in midterms and you can use it to answer the case study section for your finals.”
3. EE8086 - ASTRONOMY - STARS, GALAXIES & COSMOLOGY
This course aims to give students a fundamental understanding of astronomy. Some unanswered mysteries of the universe and mankind will be discussed and hopefully lead students to further their own exploration. If all else fails, at least you can interest your date with your knowledge of the cosmos when you go stargazing (?)
Assessment: 2 Midterms (Closed Book MCQ) + 1 Finals (Closed book MCQ)
“One of the overly subscribed modules in NTU. As the course title suggests, it is about astrology. I do find this module interesting because it was something different from the accounting/business modules. However, it is VERY VERY VERY content heavy. There are tonnes of things to memorise. I rmb spending so much time on this module. They really do test the minor details, so I would only recommend this module to those who are taking fewer AUs.
Difficulty level: 7/10. I felt that the midterms were more challenging than finals.
All lectures were recorded, no attendance taken.”
4. SS9003 Introduction to Pilates Matwork and Hatha Yoga
For the Zen-hipsters, this is your jam. Avocado milkshakes not included, but you can get it from northspine foodcourt before classes ;)
Assessment: Individual Assessment (30%), Group presentation (10%), Group Assessment (20%), Quiz (30%), professional qualities/ class participation (10%)
“You need to bring your own mat for class. Have a mat that is slightly thicker so it’s more comfortable. Especially for pilates mathwork as you will be resting on your tailbone quite a bit.
So the instructor will be alternating between Yoga and Pilates each week. It’ll mostly be about 45 mins to an hour of lecture (on the history of yoga/ pilates, anatomy, benefits etc) followed by a yoga/ pilates class. “
For the individual assessment, you will be tested in random groups of 4, and she will ask you to perform yoga and pilates movements (eg: sun salutation, single/ double leg stretch etc) and you will be graded according to how you perform the modifications of the movements and correct posture.
As for the group presentation/ assessment, you will have to work together to present for like 10 minutes or so. It was quite manageable as she did give us time during class to discuss/ practice. Eg: My group presented on 2 pilates exercises for swimmers.
So, do you need to be flexible to score for Yoga? The answer is no! She encourages you to modify according to your own abilities. So if you’re a super zai yogi, do the complete move. If you’re a beginner, do the simplest modification of the move!”
5. Any language courses if you have the background/interest in it
Assessments: Depends on module
For most of the level 1 Language mods, they are relatively easy to score but finding the right one for you might be a challenge. Your interest plays a huge part in determining your final grade.
LF9001 - French Level 1
LG9001 - German Level 1
LI9001 - Italian Level 1
LM9001 - Malay Level 1
LS9001 - Spanish Level 1
… but don’t go into any korean language courses if the only words you know are “Oppa” and “annyeonghaseyo”, then you are jug-eun.
Thank you to all our seniors that contributed their reviews! Are there any other modules you were considering? Do a search on the module on the search bar for more information!