FAQs about the Engineering Curriculum and Requirements
- Does the faculty allow exemption for students who have obtained an 'A' in Physics or Maths at G.C.E. 'A' levels?
As the modules offered at the university are of a higher level, no exemptions will be given.
- When must I complete my University Requirements?
You may complete it any time within your 8 semesters.
- I am required to take the English module, ES1102 (previously known as EG1471) English for Academic Purposes (Engineering). Does it mean that I have to pass this module before I can take ES1531 Critical Thinking and Writing (formerly EG1413)?
Yes, you will have to pass ES1102 before embarking on ES1531. ES1102 is a pre-requisite module for ES1531.
- I notice that ES1102 (previously known as EG1471) does not carry any MCs. Does this mean the result of this module will not influence my CAP and honors classification?
ES1102 carries zero MCs and it will not affect your CAP and honors classification. However, you must pass the module before you can graduate.
- I have registered for a Breadth which is cross-listed as a Singapore Studies (SS) module. Can I convert the module into a SS instead?
No, you cannot, because there are different quota for GEMs and CFMs. This applies for conversion between cross-listed SS and GEMs.
- I have registered for a ULR Breadth which is cross-listed as a General Education Module (GEM/GEK). Can I convert the module into a GEM/GEK instead?
No. You need to bid for the module with GEK/GEM code during CORS. Conversion of a module type after CORS is not permitted.
- Are students given a grade or satisfactory/unsatisfactory for retake modules?
If the retake module is a core engineering module, then you will be given a grade because all core engineering modules are offered on graded basis. If the module that you are retaking is a ULR module (GEM, Breadth, SS or UEM), then you may choose to retake on S/U basis, but this is also provided you have not consumed the maximum number of MCs allowed by the University.
- I wish to extend beyond 4 years' of study to do extra modules even though I have fulfilled all my B.Eng. requirements. Is this possible?
Students who have fulfilled the graduation requirements but wish to do a few extra modules can do so in which case,
- they should not file for graduation or repeat modules which they have already obtained pass grades so as to improve their grades.
- all modules will be counted towards the CAP and class of honors.
- pay the semester fee.
- read at least 15MCs of level 3000 or higher modules.
- Can I read another Human Resource Module (HRM) in place of HR2002 Human Capital in Organizations?
HRM is a requirement of our engineering accreditation bodies. The faculty has discussed with the HRM unit and HR2002 is the recommended module.
- Is there any limit on the number of level 1000 modules that engineering students can read in their entire candidature?
Students should not read more than 60MCs of level 1000 modules towards their degree requirements (minimum of 160 MCs for graduation).
- What happens if a student exceeds the 60 MC limit of level 1000 modules because of many level 1000 bridging modules & etc?
Some of the level 1000 modules taken as ULR/UE would not be counted towards the 160MC graduation requirement even though they will still count towards the CAP. Students may have to take, say a higher level (level 2000) ULR module (GEM / SS) in such a situation.
- Do students who are in the double degree programme have a 60-MC limit on the number of level 1000 modules?
Every semester, modules read by double degree students will be classified so that they count towards one of the following to meet each individual degree requirement:
- C1: counting towards primary degree
- C2: counting towards second degree
- CA: counting towards both degrees
For students admitted from AY2007/08 onwards, there is a 60-MC limit on the level 1000 modules for each degree. Therefore, for modules coded C1 & CA which are to meet the primary degree requirement, the limit for level 1000 modules cannot exceed 60 MCs. Likewise, for modules coded C2 & CA which are to meet the second degree requirement, the limit for level 1000 modules cannot exceed 60 MCs.
FAQs about Special Programmes offered by Faculty of Engineering
- How do I apply for the Double Degree Programme (DDP) with French Grandes Ecoles?
Admission to the French DDP is not just about being able to speak fluent French or a willingness to spend two years in France. All NUS French DDP students are carefully selected from among the 5% of their cohort in their respective Faculties/Schools and they undergo intensive technical preparatory classes in Mathematics and Physics prior to their studies in France. Basically, students in this Programme will spend their first 2 years in NUS and next 2 years in France. These students will then return to do their Masters degree in NUS. The whole process will take about 5.5-6 years. Selection begins right from Year 1. Eligible students will receive exclusive email invitation to attend French DDP talk during their Year 1 Sem 2. If you did not receive such invitation via the NUS email, you are probably not eligible for this programme. For more information on this programme, please click here.
- How do I apply for Double Degree Programmes in Engineering & Business Administration and Engineering & Economics? Please see this link for more information.
- I understand that HR2002 is a faculty requirement that is required of all engineering students. However, if I am reading a Double Degree (with Engineering as home faculty), Major or Minor in Management, can I read MNO1001 in place of HR2002?
As an engineering student who is doing any of the following programmes (which are mutually exclusive), you can read MNO1001 in place of HR2002:
- Double Degree Programme in Engineering and Business Administration
- Double Degree Programme in Engineering and Business Administration (Accountancy)
- Major in Management
- Major in Management (Technology)
- Minor in Management
- Minor in Management of Technology
- Minor in Technopreneurship
(* Minor in Technopreneurship awarded by iLead or NOC will not be considered since MNO1001 is not part of the curriculum.)
If you should withdraw from of any of the above programmes, our faculty would honour the mapping of MNO1001 towards HR2002 as long as you remain as an engineering student.
- Double Degree Programme: Who should I approach if I want to classify or re-classify my modules for the current semester? When should this be done?
Students are to approach their home faculty for advice and approval in classifying and/or re-classifying their current semester’s modules. This should be done before Week 5 of the current semester.
- Double Degree Programme: Can I re-classify my modules taken in past semesters? If so, who should I approach?
Students can reclassify their past semesters’ modules only in their graduating semester. Students are to write in to notify both faculties before week 5 of the graduating semester. The request for re- classification will be subjected to approval by both faculties.
- I need an acknowledgement letter to confirm my Industrial Attachment period.
Please contact Ms Lisa Moo (email@example.com) or tel 6516 6217 at the Office of Undergraduate Programmes Block EA, #04-10.
- I'm interested to apply for SEP. Where do I apply?
Please visit the SEP website. If you have further queries, please contact Ms Davina Tham (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tel 6516 1659 at the Office of Undergraduate Programmes Block EA #04-10.
- Are students on SEP allowed to use their modules taken to map against Breadth in NUS?
Yes, this is allowed. Please approach your department SEP coordinator for advice.
Questions about S/U Grading Option
- How would students know if particular modules are available for S/U option?
The S/U option is available for all modules that are not part of a student’s Faculty, Major, Minor, or University Scholars Programme (USP) requirements, unless specifically stated otherwise by the Faculty/School. This information is indicated in the module listing put up by the Faculties/Schools at their respective websites. If the information is not available, you may check directly with the Faculties/Schools concerned. For e-mail contacts of Faculties/Schools, please click at the respective hyperlinks listed in Point 3 of the S/U system login page.
- When does the S/U option declaration exercise take place?
Schedule of S/U option declaration exercise for each semester is available at the examination directory at www.nus.edu.sg/registrar > Events > Examination > Examination Directory > General Information – Important deadlines on examination-related matters. The S/U declaration exercise will take place immediately with the release of each semester examination results. The declaration exercise will be conducted for 3 days, starting from the day of release of results. Thereafter, the decision will be considered final.
- Can a student appeal for the module(s) that he/she had opted for S/U to be changed back to graded basis after the S/U option declaration exercise is over?
- No, the S/U option that you have exercised for a module or modules is irrevocable once the S/U option exercise is over.
- Can the S/U option be applied for modules taken and already completed for letter grades from the previous semesters?
No, the S/U option can only be applied for modules taken in the current semester. The S/U declaration exercise is conducted after the release of the examination results at the end of each semester to allow students to exercise their S/U option for modules they have taken in that semester only.
- When and where can a student check his updated results after he has exercised his S/U option(s)?
The updated results will be available on the 3rd working day (after 3pm) after the closing of the declaration exercise. Students can view the updated results in myISIS, under ‘view my exam results’.
- I am transferring to a new Faculty/School in the following semester. Can I participate in the S/U declaration exercise?
Yes. With effect from Semester 2 AY2007/08, students who are transferring to a new Faculty/School can exercise their S/U option(s) on module(s) they have read in the immediate semester preceding the transfer. The S/U rules of the new Faculty/School would apply. These students will have to exercise their S/U option manually, i.e., by filling in a form and submitting it to the new Faculty/School. The details will be made known to the students when they are successful in the application for transfer.
- I submitted an application for exam review. Should I declare the S/U option while waiting for the outcome of the review?
Yes. Students should proceed to declare their S/U option during the declaration exercise period while waiting for the outcome of the exam review. If they wish to change their mind after knowing the outcome of their exam review, they may e-mail email@example.com. Such requests will only be considered when there is a change in grade after the exam review. Please note that students who do not exercise their S/U option during the declaration exercise period will NOT be allowed to do so after the declaration exercise period is over.
- What shall I do if I am unable to declare S/U option due to outstanding fees?
Students with outstanding fees will not be able to participate in the S/U option declaration exercise. To be given access to the online declaration portal, they should settle their outstanding fees at least 3 working days before the start of the S/U option declaration exercise. Once the declaration exercise begins, students with outstanding fees should make payment immediately at the Student Service Centre (located at Yusof Ishak House level 1), send a scanned copy of the receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate clearly in the e-mail, the module(s) which they wish to opt as S/U grade. The S/U declaration team will handle such cases separately after the declaration exercise. Please take note that emails and scanned copy of the receipt received after the closing of the S/U option declaration will not be entertained.
Information on fee payment procedures is available at http://www.nus.edu.sg/finance (navigation: Office of Financial Services > Student Services > Student Financial Services > Notice on Payment of Fees).
- What shall I do if I see the message “You have not registered for any module(s) which allow you to opt for S/U grade this semester” when I login to the S/U system?
There are 2 possible reasons for this to happen. It could be due to the fact that all the modules you are taking in the current semester are not allowed to be opted as S/U grade; or there is a technical problem. Please check with your Faculty whether the modules concerned are indeed not allowed to be opted as S/U grade. For e-mail contacts of Faculties/Schools, please refer to FAQ Question 1. If you are sure that the modules are allowed to be opted as S/U, do a screen capture and send to email@example.com before the closing of declaration exercise. The S/U option declaration team will deal with such cases after the declaration exercise.
- What happen if I missed the S/U declaration exercise or I was unable to declare the S/U option due to other commitments?
The dates of each S/U option declaration exercise are published in the examination directory at the beginning of the academic year. Each semester, an e-mail is sent to all students at least 1 week before the exercise. An announcement has also been posted in the Message of The Day, as well as in IVLE. Students should plan their schedule by taking into consideration such dates. They will not be allowed to declare the S/U option after the deadline.
(Navigation for examination directory: http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar > Events > Examination > Examination Directory > General Information – Important deadlines on examination-related matters.)
Other useful information
- How many calculators can I bring into the examination hall?
Two calculators are allowed. For more information on the use of electronic calculators during examinations, please see here.
- I need a letter to verify that I am a student of NUS.
This document can be obtained from the Student Service Centre.
- I would like to withdraw from the university. What is the procedure to do so?
Please see this link for more information.
- What is the minimum CAP I have to maintain in order to stay in the Engineering programme?
Please see this link for more information.
- I received a letter of dismissal from Registrar's Office. How do I appeal to stay in the Engineering programme?
Please see this link for more information.
- I have completed FNA1002E Financial Accounting in the earlier semesters, and I intend to do a Minor in Business programme now. As FNA1002 is one of the modules in this programme and it does not carry an 'E' in the module code, can I use FNA1002E to fulfill the requirements for the Minor in Business programme.
According to the School of Business, you are allowed to count FNA1002E towards the fulfillment of the Minor in Business programme.
- What is the effect on my grade if I missed an examination?
In case of absence from the examination, if the Board of Examiners decides to grant you special consideration, you will get an "IC" (Incomplete) grade but no modular credits for the module. IC grade will not affect your CAP. A module assigned an "IC" grade cannot be used to fulfill the prerequisite of a higher level module. You will have to retake (if it is essential) or replace the module in subsequent semesters. However, if the Board of Examiners does not grant you an IC grade, you will receive zero marks for your examination. You may still pass the module based on the merit of your CA if weightage of the CA component is high enough. Whatever grade you get will be factored into your CAP. Please note that the submission of a medical certificate and/or a Special Consideration form does not guarantee that an "IC" grade will be granted. Refer to the Exam Directory http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/event/exam.html for
further information on examinations.