Some of you might have already attended the faculty talks. These talks are important. They give you a load of information related to the university, degree, faculty etc… and you get a very nice free buffet lunch. (Really good one)
That said, the talks indundate you with loads of information that you’ll either quickly forget or simply get confused.
CEG students are invited to three talks. Faculty of Engineering, School of Computing and CEG course talk. The first is the most informative especially since half of it is done by the Engin Club. Students for students, they tell you what would really concern the student like where is the canteens, library, computer labs and tips and tricks to getting around. The first half of the talk is by professors, dean of engineering etc.. it can get a little dry but it gives all the administrative information you need to know. The second half is by the engin club students and then theres also double degree programme talks and overseas college talks which would interest you but you’ll baulk at the high requirements. The School of Computing talk is almost a recap of what you have already heard except that its now for the Computer Science students. The third talk for the course is the smallest since its for us only, but the most important information is delivered here.
The FoE talk said that EG1413 is a language requirement. Do I have to take that?
Short answer: NO but you have to take CG1413.
The FoE talk is confusing because EG1413 applies to all engineering students except CEG. Instead we have to take a similar module called CG1413. Every time you see CG module code, expect projects. Thus in CG1413 which you have to take with CG1103, you do a project presentation in which comes from CG1103. The CG1413 marks your communication skills and CG1103 marks your programming one. Sounds fun. No. You will be asked questions by both the CELC side and SOC side at the same presentation. If you passed your QET or was exempted and did not fail CG1101, you’ll take CG1413 and CG1103 in sem 2. Otherwise you’ll go on a long work around route in which you take more english modules if you failed QET and end up taking EG1413 without your peers to map back to the language requirement.
What are cross-faculty breadth?
This is 8MCs worth (usually 2 modules) of any module outside of your faculty. It is a compulsory requirement set by the university in order to give students a breadth outside of their major. FoE recommends that you take their serviced modules to fulfil this requirement and even recommends that you take a business module. We all grumble about this requirement but the entire education system in Singapore has all sorts of nonsense like this. CEG students cannot choose modules from FoE or SoC to fulfil this.
General education modules and Singapore Studies modules. You need to take one science based GEM/GEK (A9), one arts based GEM/GEK (B9) and one SSA (S9). GEMs are fun because they are usually non-core modules that anyone takes and can be S/Ued. SS modules are usually arts modules that are someone’s core module but you can still S/U them.
What are the degree requirements?
I cannot believe people can survive to year 3 not knowing any of it. The details of the CEG degree requirements might change from time to time as modules changes but the requirements are simple.
You have a set of core modules that MUST be taken. These are usually preallocated. You have to take about 6 modules of lvl 3000 and lvl 4000 divided equally to fulfil a specialisation. Or you can just take any 3 lvl 3000 and any 3 lvl 4000, and not fulfil a specialisation. This is the dumb route. You have to take 8MCs of ULR (Cross-faculty breadth) and 8MCs of GEM and SS as in the previous question. You also have to take 18MCs of UEM and this will all add up to about 160MCs. Details please read here: http://www.ceg.nus.edu.sg/academic/#sem_proc. Small print but you also need a minimum CAP of 2.0. Dont worry about that bit if you’ve managed to survive till year 4 because a continuous CAP below 2.0 gives you the boot.
I need to print stuff, where are the computer labs?
As SoC students we don’t have to worry about that bit too much. Due to the fact that we don’t have fancy labs with fancy equipment except workstation computers, SoC gives us students a special privilege. Free printing. Thats right. Free printing. Each SoC student is given a printing quota of 50 pages per month. You can buy more quota at a nominal fee at the Technical Services desk. In these 50 pages you print what you want by being logged on to the SoC network and printing to the printers found around SoC. If you do not have your laptop, you can use the general computer labs around. However, I do not recommend not having a laptop. It’s difficult to survive a computing course without one. Also if you need to print in a pinch and the labs are all being used for lessons, you are screwed.
If you do not like staying at SoC or you are say nearer the library and are lazy to walk to SoC, you can use the library computers to print to the CBLC printers at a cost. Or you can use the ThinkLab found near block E4, but why use public computers when you can even print to CBLC printers from your own computer? I’ll teach that later…
Since 50 pages a month is free I find alot of printing wastage at the printers. The need to print is lessened when you have to tap your ez-link card to pay every time you print stuff compared to printing it free. If you need rough paper to do maths and whatever else you can collect the print job page that comes out with every print job. This print job page is printed one-sided and has the information about your printing use it and has no other use. I keep a stack for rough use. Please do not steal the white paper from the printers. Paper is costly and it costs SoC a lot to keep the service running. if you really need white paper, go and buy it from Co-op!
Talking about lunch, where is a nice place to eat?