Bidding and Balloting

Early on, we talked about the twice yearly pain of bidding for modules. Once you secure the modules that you want, there is yet another pain: balloting for tutorial slots.

Science and engineering students have it quite stressful. Not only do most lectures have 2 slots, you will also have weekly tutorials as well as labs that can be two to three hours. With some modules that have poor choices or if you happen to have a combination that has tutorials and lab clashes with each other then with little options, its a worry that you might have to go for many lessons at a long stretch or run from faculty to faculty. One or two breadth modules in different faculties is managable. However CEG students need to take both CS and EE core modules, and that requires running from COM1 / COM2 to E5 or E4. The route from computing to FoE is uphill. After the run, you’ll declare NUS as the national university of stairs.

Balloting for tutorial slots
Balloting is simple. You first select any of the avaliable tutorial/lab slots and then proceed to rank your preference for each slot. The ranking is not done per module but is done for all the modules at once. Therefore it is not recommended that you rank the same module consecutively. Unless everyone seems to like that slot, you’ll probably get it. The balloting system is meant to allocate the slots by random selection if they are over subscribed. There will be enough tutorial slots, its simply a matter of preference vs need but the system does not differentiate it. A preference starts to become a need if you have say two consecutive different tutorials at different places or your schedule configuration is such that you have little tutorial options.

4-Day week or less
What everyone hopes to achieve is the 4 or 3 day week. Its near impossible to achieve for engineering students. Arts students can achieve this with some luck and good planning. In CEG, most modules for year 1 and 2 are pre-allocated and hence you’ll have almost no control over your schedule until year 2 when you do all the tutorial and lab bidding. Unless you can seem to produce all your work and study within the working week, you will invariably spend your weekends and free time burning away at the keyboard trying to get that A on code crunch, make that recursion work or fill up the .cpp files with lines of code for that project.

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4 Responses to Bidding and Balloting

  1. jacks says:

    Hi there, I am a NUS Science freshman. Where do we do the tutorial balloting? IVLE? or CORS? Thank you 🙂

    • joshsiao says:

      Hi, tutorial Balloting is done in CORS during Iteration 1 and Iteration 2. The current round today (12/8/11) is iteration 2(1A) and it ends at 15/8/11 at 5pm. In CORS, look at the menu on the left for tutorial registration and scroll down and look buttons to update your tutorial ranking preferences.

      However, there might be some modules that have separate registration systems for tutorial and labs like some lab modules in science. Usually once enrolled they will give you email notifications to do so. Otherwise, all other tutorial and lab balloting is done in CORS. -JoshSiao

  2. Rachel says:

    I did not get the tutorial slot that I wanted due to : No more vacancy in class. Do you think it would still be possible to get it through CORS appeal?

    • joshsiao says:

      Coincidentally, I too did not get any of my selected tutorial slots that I wanted for my GEM. There is round 1B of Iteration 2 which will start tomorrow (16/8/11) at 9:00 am for 8 hours till 5:00pm. You and I could attempt to ballot any remaining slots open during this round. If your timetable happens to clash with any other available slot, then you will have to wait for the add/drop/swap period which happens on the following day (17/08/11) from the same 9:00am to 5:00pm. In this period, you simply select the slot that you want in exchange for your slot and the system will match your request with any opposite request from other students.
      If you are still unable to secure a tutorial, then you should perform a manual tutorial registration at the general office at the respective home faculties that the module comes from. I’m not too sure about manual tutorial registration because I haven’t had to do that yet so far. Good luck.

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