Administrative/Module-specific Matters

Administrative
What are the pre-requisites to major in Psychology?

Timetable
How do I plan my timetable as a Psychology major?
What are the ways to lighten my workload?
What about taking 6 modules in a semester?
Can I take PL modules during special terms?

Bidding
How do I bid for my modules?
How much should I bid for a module?
Known (CORS) issues faced by IB students
What are the common terms that I may come across during bidding?

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Administrative

 What are the pre-requisites to major in Psychology?

  • Matriculated students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Minimum grade of C6 in GCE ‘O’ level Mathematics or equivalent.
  • Obtain a grade of B- or better for the PL1101E
  • Grade of B- or better for the PL2131 module.

Timetable

How do I plan my timetable as a Psychology major?

  • To fulfill your university requirements for graduation in 4 years (assuming single major with Honours), undergraduates are encouraged to do 5 modules per semester from year 1 to 3 and 4 modules per semester in Year 4.
  • Most undergraduates are able to handle this amount of workload comfortably.
  • We try to mix memory-heavy modules together with the less memory-taxing ones.
  • You may take a look at Module Review to have a rough gauge of the workload. Alternatively, you may find out more from your Psychology seniors.
  • To prevent clashes in your timetable, you may use the NUS Timetable Builder from CORS or The (Unofficial) NUS Timetable Builder to facilitate your planning.

What are the ways to lighten my workload?

  • Example 1: We may take 3 PL modules, together with 2 elective (non-PL modules, so as to buffer the heavy reading load from PL modules. Students are encouraged to take elective modules to extend their learning beyond their faculty and major(s). Most elective modules tend to be more introductory-based and thus more likely to be less content-intensive. Even if you are not cut-out for such modules and may not score well, there is always the S/U option that you may exercise for non-FASS modules and certain FASS modules, up to 12 MCs, so that they do not jeopardize your CAP (for more information on S/U please click here).
  • Example 2: We may take PL3236 Abnormal Psychology and PL2132 Research and Statistical Methods II in the same semester. The rationale is because the former requires lots of memorization, while the latter focuses more on application. Thus, taking these two modules together will make it less memory-taxing. (But do note that PL modules generally require a lot of memory work so be prepared.)
  • Our advice is to plan your 4-year timetable early, i.e. what modules you plan to take in each semester. Some modules have pre-requisites that you need to fulfill before taking them, so you have to make sure that you fulfill the pre-requisites in earlier semesters. Some modules may only be available in certain semesters only, thus planning ahead of time will allow you to successfully obtain the modules you are interested in, instead of panicking at the last minute.
  • It is also recommended for you to note down the graduation requirement that is fulfilled by each module you have taken, whether it is Psychology major (PL), General Education (GEM), Singapore Studies (SS), Breadth, Exposure or Unrestricted Elective (UE). In each semester, you will be required to classify your modules on Graduation and Academic Planning System (GAPS). All your modules must be classified before you file for graduation.
  • The following is a sample of a 4-year timetable:(Disclaimer: Your actual timetable may vary according to your preferences and the availability of modules in each semester.

What about taking 6 modules in a semester?

  • Undergraduates usually do 6 modules for 2 main reasons:
  • (i) To compensate for previous semesters (where they took less than 5 modules)
  • (ii) To fulfil their minor or double major requirement
  • Doing 6 modules a semester however, is not without its difficulties, e.g. workload and timetable scheduling conflicts.
  • To cope with such difficulties, refer to the above section on lightening your workload.

Can I take PL modules during special terms?

Yes, you may take PL modules during special terms. However, PL modules may not be available in every special term. Remember to check the list of modules available in advance. For more information on Special Term in NUS, click here.

Bidding

How do I bid for my modules?

  • More detailed information on modules bidding can be found on CORS.
  • There will be a CORS Simulation Session at the annual Psychology Camp, usually held in end-June or early-July. Its aim is to provide freshmen with some hands-on with bidding under the guidance of seniors.

NUS Psychology Society also holds a Freshmen Assistance Session at the start of each academic year, so that freshmen who did not attend Psychology Camp can still get some help and advice. At the session, seniors will be available to assist you in your bidding and also answer any question you may have regarding Psychology as a major.

How much should I bid for a module?

  • This depends on various factors including the popularity of the module and whether it is available in both semesters of the academic year or only one.
  • Check with seniors about the modules, to get a clearer idea of their popularity level and successful bid points.
  • Do your “research” by checking out the Archived Bidding Data on CORS.

e.g. If I’m a freshman intending to bid for PL1101E, I would find out the lowest successful bids for PL1101E in Semester 1 Round 1C of the last 3 years. The past successful bids will give you a gauge of your initial bid points.

  • However, please be prepared to change your bid points according to the current bidding situation, as the successful bids will vary with each cohort.
  • Do also note that the number of vacancies per module varies each semester. Make sure you take this into consideration, and vary your bid points accordingly.

Known (CORS) issues faced by IB students

  • Previous batches of IB students experienced difficulties when bidding for modules with pre-requisites. At that time, the university had yet to integrate the academics records of IB students.
  • NUS has sought to rectify this problem since June 2010.

If these problems persist, do contact the CORS administrators. 

What are the common terms that I may come across during bidding?

For a more complete list, please refer to the Glossary at the  FASS Undergraduate Page.

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