Rules Governing The Grade-Free First Semester For Cohorts 2014/15 And 2015/16

Rules Governing The Grade-Free First Semester For Cohorts 2014/15 And 2015/16

Students may exercise the S/U option for up to 32 MCs towards their degree requirements, of which:

  • 20 MCs under GFS, may be exercised only during the 1st semester (students in certain programmes may be allowed to carry forward unused S/U MCs– refer to section 2.)
  • The remaining 12 MCs can be used any time during the candidature.

Limitations

In Semester 1, students may opt not to fully utilise the 20 MCs under GFS if they:

  • choose to read below 20 MCs, or
  • choose to drop a module with W or F or IC grade, or
  • choose to read modules which are ineligible for S/U option

In such scenarios, the unused MCs will lapse when the S/U system closes. No carry forward of unused MCs are allowed except for those pre-approved (refer to section 2).

Hence, students who wish to utilise all 20 MCs under GFS, should ensure sufficient modules are read in the 1st semester which are eligible for S/U option (refer to table 1.1).

Students who choose to S/U a core module (e.g. MA1505) with a ‘U’ grade, must re-take the core module to meet graduation requirements. This is because no MCs are earned with a ‘U’ grade.

The S/U option can only be applied for modules taken in the current semester.

S/U option cannot be exercised on modules with Completed Satisfactory/Completed Unsatisfactory (CS/CU) grading basis (e.g. EG16XX, EG26XX, EG36Xx).

S/U option is not applicable on modules in which a student has been found to have committed plagiarism and modules which a revised grade had been prescribed by the Board of Discipline.

1. Modules Eligible for S/U option

This table is applicable and relevant to FOE students of Cohort 2014 and 2015. For extensive information on module eligibility (esp. YSTCM & Yale-NUS modules), please refer to the Registrar’s Office S/U FAQ website.

S/NModulesEligible for S/U?Exceptions
1Level 1000 modulesYesThe following list of modules are not eligible:
• CELC’s Level 1000 English language proficiency modules with zero MC (e.g. ES1000, ES1102)
• YSTCM’s Level 1000 Major Study modules
2Level 2000 modules without NUS module pre-requisites YesThe following list of modules are not eligible:
• USP’s Writing & Critical Thinking (UWC2101%) and Quantitative Reasoning modules (UQF2101%)
3Engineering Level 2000 modules with NUS module pre-requisites NOThe following list of modules are eligible: Only for Modules read in Semester 1
• FASS, FOS, BIZ, SOC, SDE, YLLSOM (NUR), UTCP, USP, RVRC Level 2000 modules with NUS pre-requisites
• YSTCM’s Level 2000 modules with NUS prerequisites (other than Major Study modules)

Modules read in any semester
• CELC’s Ideas & Exposition 2 modules (IEM2201%)
• CELC’s Level 2000 communications modules (e.g. ES2331)
• GEK2508, GEM2509
• FASS’ Level 2000 language modules (LAx220x^)
• Yale-NUS language modules
4Level 3000 modules and higherNOThe following list of modules are eligible:
• FASS’ Level 3000 and 4000 language modules (LAx320x^ and LAx420x^)
• Yale-NUS language modules
5Modules assigned IC gradeNoNil
6Modules withdrawn with ‘W’ or ‘F’ grade NoNil
7Modules where students are found to have committed plagiarism NoNil
8Modules where a grade has been prescribed by the Board of DisciplineNoNil
Examples on some common Engineering modules that can/cannot be S/U-ed
ModuleAble to S/U?Reason
MA1505YesLevel 1000 module
EG2401NoLevel 2000 with NUS module pre-requisite
HR2002YesLevel 2000 without NUS module pre-requisite
ES2331YesCELC’s Level 2000 Communications modules

2. Carry Forward (CF) of Unused S/U MCs 

In general, the 20 S/U MCs under GFS cannot be used beyond the first semester. However in semester 1, some students may be required to read modules ineligible for S/U option (depending on their program). Example:

  1. GEM1917 & ES1601 by RVRC
  2. Junior Seminar modules by UTCP
  3. WCT & QRF modules by USP
  4. Pre-allocated Engineering level 2000 modules with pre-requisites

Hence, special exceptions have been made to allow such students to carry forward a maximum of 8 MCs of unused S/U to the following semester. Details of CF rules stated below, apply only to unused S/U MCs provided under GFS Policy.

CF rules does not apply to the 12 MCs of “floating” S/U which can be exercised anytime during candidature.

Important points to note on CF

  1. Only unused S/U MCs under GFS, can be carried forward. If student utilises all 20MCs under GFS, no carry-forward is allowed.
  2. The carry forward S/U MCs must be used in student’s second active semester (not including the Special Terms) and not beyond.
  3. The number of carry forward S/U MCs is max. 8 MCs, regardless of additional faculty/programme provision.
  4. The carry forward S/U MCs can either be restricted or unrestricted for use in the second semester.
         ‘Restricted’ – use for specific modules only
         ‘Unrestricted’ – use for any module eligible for S/U option
  5. For students in intersecting programmes, ‘unrestricted’ takes precedence over ‘restricted’ S/U MCs (refer to table 2.3).

Students in the following programs should refer to the respective tables for information on Carry Forward (CF) rules:

2.1 CVE/CEG/EE/ESP Poly-entry students 

According to recommended study schedules, these groups of students are pre-allocated Engineering level 2000 modules with pre-requisites (ineligible for S/U option). Hence, the faculty allows MCs of these modules to be carried forward for S/U option in 2nd semester. In this case, the carry forward S/U MCs are ‘unrestricted’4:

2.1 CVE/CEG/EE/ESP Poly-entry students
ProgramModule(s) ineligible for S/U in 1st semesterUnrestricted.
Carry forward (CF) S/U MCs to be used for:
Poly-entry students
CVE polyFor cohort AY2014:
CE2155 (4 MCs)

For cohort AY2015 onwards:
CE2155 (4 MCs) & CE2134 (4 MCs)
Unrestricted.
Any module eligible for S/U option
CEG polyEE2020 (5 MCs) & EE2021 (4 MCs)Unrestricted.
Any module eligible for S/U option
EE polyEE2020 (5 MCs)Unrestricted.
Any module eligible for S/U option
ESP polyESP2109 (4 MCs)Unrestricted.
Any module eligible for S/U option

2.2 USP/UTCP/RVRC students

Such students may read certain modules ineligible for S/U option in Semester 1. Hence, MCs of these modules can be carried forward for ‘restricted/unrestricted’4 use in 2nd semester. ‘Restricted’ would mean that carry forward MCs must be used to S/U specific modules:

USP/UTCP/RVRC students
ProgramModule(s) ineligible for S/U in 1st semesterUnrestricted.
Carry forward (CF) S/U MCs to be used for:
Poly-entry students
RVRCGEM1917 (4 MCs)
ES1601 (4 MCs)
Restricted.
GEM1917 & ES1601
UTCPJunior Seminar modules (4MCs)Restricted.
IEM1201%
USPUWC-coded & UQF-coded modules
(USP students are allocated either one – 4MCs)
Unrestricted.
Any module eligible for S/U option.
For more information: http://www.usp.nus.edu.sg/curriculum/academic-requirements

Students from RVRC/UTCP/USP are to check with respective programme administrators and websites for more information.

2.3 CVE/CEG/EE/ESP Poly-entry students who are also in USP/UTCP/RVRC

These students have to pay careful attention to intersecting rules of both programs on carry forward S/U MCs.

In this case, ‘unrestricted’ S/U MCs would take precedence over ‘restricted’ S/U MCs.

E.g. CEG poly + UTCP
CEG poly-entry student can carry forward ‘unrestricted’ 9MCs from reading EE2020 & EE2021, and ‘restricted’ 4MCs from a Junior Seminar module. Hence, student can carry forward a maximum of 8MCs for unrestricted’ use in the 2nd semester. 

2.3 CVE/CEG/EE/ESP Poly-entry students who are also in USP/UTCP/RVRC
Applies to these students in 1st semester:CF S/U MCs from Faculty CF S/U MCs from Special ProgramsOverall CF MCs to be used for:
FoE + RVRC FOE (Unrestricted)
RVRC9 MCs8 MCsMax. 8 MCs of ‘unrestricted’ CF: Any eligible module
CEG poly reading EE2020 & EE2021 + RVRC

CVE poly (for cohort AY2015 onwards) reading CE2155 & CE2134 + RVRC
4 MCs8 MCsMax. 8 MCs of CF:
i. 4 MCs ‘unrestricted’ – Any eligible module (including ES1601 & GEM1917
ii. 4 MCs ‘restricted’ – either ES1601 or GEM1917
FoE + UTCP FOE (Unrestricted)UTRP (Restricted)
CEG poly reading EE2020 & EE2021 + UTRP

CVE poly (for cohort AY2015 onwards) reading CE2155 & CE2134 + UTRP
9 MCs4 MCsMax. 8 MCs of ‘unrestricted’ CF: Any eligible module
CVE (for cohort AY2014)/ESP/EE poly reading CE2155/ESP2109/EE2020 + UTRP4 MCs4 MCsi. 4 MCs ‘unrestricted’ – Any eligible module (including IEM1201%)
ii. 4 MCs ‘restricted’ – IEM1201%
FoE + USP FOE (Unrestricted)USP (Restricted)
All USP students8 MCs4 MCsMax. 8 MC of ‘unrestricted’ CF: Any eligible module For more information:
http://www.usp.nus.edu.sg/curriculum/acad-matters/su-option.html

For more detailed information on S/U policy (Min. Minor & Major, Residency requirements, etc.), students should refer to the Registrar’s Office S/U Homepage.

Rules Governing The Grade-Free First Semester For Cohorts 2014/15 And 2015/16