NUS Orientation, good or bad?

Update 3 (6th Aug 2:09pm): Flag raised $472,473.45 this year, around $20k more than last year! Didn’t dare to get my hopes up when I saw how many of my friends were posting on Facebook about going out of their way to donate to the flaggers  looks like adversity really does bring people closer together! I’m so, so glad I was wrong about Flag and its beneficiaries suffering from this suspension :D

Update 2 (3rd Aug 10:27am): Looks like some of the non-camp orientation activities to be held  in the month of August will likely be resuming. Thank you OSA! Student leaders, don’t waste this opportunity to build the relationship back up (:

Update 1 (31st Jul 11:15pm): I got a chance to speak to Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), about this in person just now. Let’s see what happens next.


So recently, there was another huge hooha about how the orientation games in NUS are becoming increasingly sexualised. That article, followed by the one about the “strong disciplinary action” NUS will be taking, prompted me to post some of my thoughts on Facebook (scroll down for just the text alone):

My original post on Facebook
My original post on Facebook.

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Module review (AY13/14 Sem 2)

I’ve been so busy this summer that I completely forgot about the existence of this blog, and to write last sem’s module review till Yang Shun of NUSMods reminded me >< For those of you in NUS who have never heard of NUSMods before, YOU NEED TO PAY THAT WEBSITE A VISIT NOW. It’s only the most user friendly NUS timetable builder out there (trust me, I analysed it for one of my 4k HCI mods), with module info, bidding history, reviews/discussion and more all built in. It’s a million times better than CORS/any other official NUS website, because… NUSMods is built by Computing students! :D Hahaha and now on to the review:

Note: This is based on what I can remember/the circumstances in which I took the modules, so it may not be completely accurate for you.

Quick jump: CS3249, CS3284, CS4340, CP4101, NM2212, NM2213, NCC1000.

CS3249 – User Interface Development

Overview/Workload: Feels more like you’re learning Qt instead of UI development, sort of like how CS1010 feels more like you’re learning C instead of programming methodology. Average to slightly heavy workload depending on how much effort you want to put in.

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Module review (AY13/14 Sem 1)

I’ve been wanting to do a module review for awhile now but I’ve kept putting it off cause I’m really lazy :P Haha I’ve finally gotten around to writing it, and though it may be a bit late, I hope it benefits you guys! (:

Note: This is based on what I can remember/the circumstances in which I took the modules, so it may not be completely accurate for you.

Quick jump: IS1103, CS3246, CS3283, CS4243, CS4249, NM2203.

IS1103 – Computing and Society

Overview/Workload: Ethics mod, very light especially for a year 3.

Teaching style/lecturer: 3h sectional teaching group every week. However, aside from the first couple of weeks, most of the other sectionals are split into 2 groups of 1h 30min, and you only need to go for yours. The sectionals are seminar style, where learning takes place through discussion. The 2 profs, Irene Woon and Anand Ramchand, were both really really nice! Just that sometimes prof Anand forgets to upload stuff (not that I download them anyway OOPS).

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