Rules Governing The Grade-free Scheme For Cohort 2016/17 Onwards

Rules Governing The Grade-free Scheme For Cohort 2016/17 Onwards

With the introduction of Enhanced Grade-free Scheme, students may exercise the S/U option for up to 32 MCs in the first two regular semesters. If this is not fully utilised, the S/U option may still be exercised in subsequent semesters, for up to 12 MCs.

Variations on the limit of S/U options that can be exercised will apply for specific groups of students, such as the following:

  1. Students without prior university experience but are granted 20 or more Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) at the point of admission to NUS may exercise the S/U option for up to 20 MCs in the first two regular semesters; if this is not fully utilised, the S/U option may still be exercised in subsequent semesters, for up to 12 MCs.
  2. Students with some prior university experience (which are being recognised towards the NUS degree) may exercise the S/U option for up to 12 MCs anytime during their candidature, including the first two regular semesters.
  3. Students with a prior university degree are not eligible for the grade-free scheme.
Variation on limit of S/U options
Total no. of S/U MCs available for first two regular semestersMaximum number of unutilised S/U MCs allowed to be carried forward to subsequent semesters
Group A:
Newly admitted undergraduate students who are grant up to 19 Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) without grade transfer;

Newly admitted undergraduate students who have previously studied in another university and choose to start on a clean slate (i.e. no waiver, credit transfer/exemption of modules)
32Up to 12
Group B:
Newly admitted undergraduate students who are granted at least 20 Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) without grade transfer
20Up to 12
Group C:
Newly admitted undergraduate students who have previously studied in another university and are granted credits for modules read (without grade transfer)

(Note: this excludes Returning NSmen who read NUS iBLOCs and Special Term modules prior to their candidature, as well as students who have done university modules to fulfil their ‘A’ Level H3 requirement.)
12Up to 12
Group D:
Newly admitted undergraduate students who have a prior university degree.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable

Key Points to Note

  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 requirement. This is because no MCs are earned with a ‘U’ grade.
  2. The S/U option can only be applied for modules taken in the current
  3. S/U option cannot be exercised on modules with Completed Satisfactory/Completed Unsatisfactory (CS/CU) grading basis (e.g. EG1111, EG1112, EG16XX, EG26XX, EG36XX)
  4. S/U option is not applicable to modules in which students are found to have committed plagiarism; and modules which a revised grade had been prescribed by the Board of Discipline

Modules Eligible for S/U option

The above mentioned entitlement is applicable for the following modules:

  • All Level 1000 modules.
  • Level 2000 modules without NUS modules as pre-requisites.
  • Centre for Language Studies’ (CLS) language modules at all levels.
  • Yale-NUS College’s (YNC) language modules at all levels.
  • Centre for English Language Communication’s (CELC) Level 2000 Communication and Ideals & Exposition modules. (ES2002, IS2101, CS2101, ES2660, ES2007D, ES2331, UTW2001%)

The above mentioned entitlement is not applicable for the following modules:

  • Level 2000 modules with NUS modules as pre-requisites.
  • Modules of Level 3000 and above.
  • Modules dropped with W or F-grade (during the module dropping period).
  • Modules in which student had committed academic offense.
  • Modules in which the Board of Discipline had prescribed a revised grade.
  • University Scholars Program’s (USP) Writing and Critical Thinking modules (UWC2101%) and Quantitative Reasoning modules (UQF2101%).
  • Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) Major Study modules.
  • Zero-MC modules.
  • Modules assigned IC grade.
Examples of some common Engineering modules that can/cannot be S/U-ed
ModuleAble to S/U?Reason
ES1000NoZero-MC module
ES1103YesLevel 1000 module
MA1505YesLevel 1000 module
EG1111NoModule on CS/CU grading basis
EG2401NoLevel 2000 with NUS module pre-requisite
ES2331YesCELC’s Level 2000 Communications modules

For more detailed information on S/U policy, students should refer to the Registrar’s Office S/U Homepage.

Rules Governing The Grade-free Scheme For Cohort 2016/17 Onwards