NUS FASS Year 1 Semester 2 module review

yuqian
yuqian
Dec 22, 2018 · 5 min read

I overloaded with a total of 26 MCs in Sem 2 of my first year (AY17/18) and it was actually quite manageable because GEQ and CFG barely counted towards my workload.

Year 1 Semester 2 modules: AH2101, NM2101, NM2103, GEH1055, FAS1102, GEQ1000, CFG1010

You can read my Year 1 Semester 1 module review here, Year 2 Semester 1 module review here, Year 2 Semester 2 module review here and Year 3 NOC Beijing module review here.

AH2101 Introduction to Art History
Lecturer: Dr. Priya Jaradi / Tutor: Dr. Priya Jaradi
Grade: A
Special note(s): Requirement for Art History minor programme.
Review:
I took this module because I wanted to better understand art. At the same time, I thought that it would hone my ability to see and help me in terms of design.
As an introductory module, AH2101 covers a broad period in art, beginning from pre-historic cave art and ending off with the more recent Impressionists. This means it has to compromise on depth and detail. That said, Dr. Priya tries to provide a balanced view of art by including Buddhist art and having Mughal art as one of the topics we focused on, as opposed to merely focusing on Western art. In terms of methodology, we mostly used visual analysis to understand artworks. I’ve never done art before, so I found the visual analysis challenging but ultimately rewarding when I started to look at art in a more structured way. There’s a lot to take in for beginners like me, but as long as you keep up with the readings and proactively ask questions, you’ll do fine. Start early on your essay before other people borrow all the books for research! Oh and the in-class exams are manageable as long as you attend and pay attention in all the lectures.
Overall rating: 10/10 insightful, enjoyable and eye-opening

NM2101 Theories of Communications and New Media
Lecturer: Hong Renyi / Tutor: Hong Renyi
Grade: A-
Special note(s): Requirement for all NM majors.
Review:
I unexpectedly really, really enjoyed taking this module. I thought it would be dry because it was a core module and heavy on theories, but the prof made it worth the evening lectures and morning tutorials. He used a lot of real-life case studies/examples to explain the theories, and it was fascinating to relook at current affairs through the lens of communications theories.
I tried to take down everything he said during the lectures and found that helpful both in understanding the theories and when preparing for exams; although the slides are pretty detailed, he says a lot of useful things and clarifies more during the lectures. Another exam tip is to become familiar with the theories (in the sense of memorising what it is, who came up with it in which year etc.) and know how to apply it to scenarios. Attend all lectures because lecture material will be tested, and be participative in tutorials because those are easy points.
Overall rating: 10/10 really insightful as well

NM2103 Quantitative Research Methods
Lecturer: Prof Taberez Neyazi / Tutor: Prof Taberez Neyazi
Grade: B+
Special note(s): Requirement for all NM majors.
Review:
This felt like GER all over again, but worse thanks to a tool called SPSS. As the module name suggests, it is about how to make sense of quantitative research such as data collected through surveys i.e. eliciting patterns and their significance. Lectures didn’t feel helpful at all in explaining the material, and the prof was just reading off the slides. Tutorials were partly about the group research project, and partly to teach SPSS, which is a data processing software. I was honestly surprised by the B+; I had expected a C grade. (Recommended not to take this concurrently with NM2104.)
Overall rating: 1/10 for being poorly taught (or maybe I just didn’t get it)

GEH1055 Religion and Film
Lecturer: Prof John Whalen-Bridge / Tutor: Prof John Whalen-Bridge
Grade: A-
Special note(s): Fulfils GEH pillar.
Review:
I had expected it to emphasise more on religion, but it turned out to be more of an introductory film mod, about how films portray or convey religious themes. It ended up instilling a stronger appreciation for films than I thought it would, and I would say I learned a lot even though the friends who took it with me found it to be mostly fluff. Attendance is supposedly tracked for lectures, definitely so for tutorials. You’re expected to watch the films beforehand, otherwise you’ll be lost during the lecture, and have nothing to say for tutorial discussions. I would definitely recommend taking this mod to clear your GEH, but take it with at least one friend for moral support and to do the group presentation (during tutorial) with. Come in with an open mind and don’t be too quick to dismiss Prof JWB’s ideas.
Overall rating: 9/10 one point docked because the discussions weren’t as fulfilling/in-depth as I had wished

FAS1102 Public Writing and Communication
Lecturer: n/a / Tutor: Jodie Luu Tran Huynh Loan
Grade: A
Special note(s): Preallocated.
Review:
Basically a mod where you learn how to write a succinct blog post and give better presentations/speeches. FAS1102 is definitely easier than FAS1101 and the workload felt lighter. My tutor was really nice and tried her best to help us gain something from the assignments. Know exactly what your tutor wants, what their expectations are for the work, and try to get on their good side because they’re the ones grading you.
Overall rating: 7.5/10

GEQ1000 Asking Questions
Lecturer: n/a / Tutor: Melissa Fann
Grade: Pass
Special note(s): Preallocated.
Review:
Super chill mod. There’s no letter grade for this, so it’s just past/fail and from what I’ve heard, it’s pretty hard to fail. Don’t bother stressing over GEQ or putting in too much effort; your time might be better spent pulling up your other grades. Just show up for most of your tutorials, be participative, and do the minimum for your work.
Overall rating: 7.5/10

CFG1010 Roots and Wings — Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness
Lecturer: n/a / Tutor: n/a
Grade: Pass
Special note(s): Preallocated.
Review:
There were two face-to-face sessions, one in Week 1, one in Week 11. As long as you attend these and submit the reflection things, you’ll be fine. I wouldn’t say it was super impactful or useful for career planning, especially if you already know what you’re doing, but who knows — maybe it’s useful for those who haven’t thought about their goals yet.
Overall rating: 1/10 honestly just a waste of time

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