Hey NUS students! It is that frenzy period yet again, when we have to bid for our modules. Have you ever wondered what the toughest modules in school are?
Although we don’t have fancy labs or supercomputers at Module-Review.com, we’ve got a fairly accurate idea of what the top 8 hardest modules are based on reviews by YOU (thanks)! This list is a result of thousands of reviews written over a span of 3 years – we’ve included some tips and tricks for those courageous and adventurous enough to take them up:
Most Challenging Computing module: IS3241 – Enterprise Social Systems (4.1/5)
This is an advanced course on the management and technological issues associated with new trends in social systems. The primary focus of the course will be on enterprise social systems that leverage social networks. Such social systems involve creating social spaces where people can collaborate online, get advice from trusted individuals and find goods/services through platform-mediated networks. This course will also emphasise the powerful role that social computing technologies (e.g., social networking sites, blogs, wikis, recommendation systems, social bookmarking, etc.) are playing and a comprehensive set of business models for implementing these strategies.
Joy1989: For future students that have to take this module, I express my greatest condolences.
Issstudent: Sadistic in nature….
(2nd) Most Challenging Science module: PC1433 – Mechanics And Waves (3.6/5)
The module consists of two parts. In Part 1, students will be introduced to the concepts and principles of mechanics of rigid bodies and their applications to solve practical problems. The topics to be covered include: force systems, equilibrium, kinematics of particles, kinetic of particles, work and energy, impulse and momentum, kinetics of system of particles, kinematics of rigid bodies, damped and undamped vibrations. In Part 2, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of wave mechanics. General description of wave propagation; types of waves: longitudinal, transverse and circular waves; speed of a travelling wave; propagation of energy and momentum; power and intensity; sound waves, oscillations of a string; light waves; superposition of waves; interference; standing waves, resonant waves; harmonics; resonance.
Kkt332: U will fail. Even if study very hard. Go burn your notes and drink.
Most Challenging Business module: ES2002 – Business Communication (3.4/5)
ES2002 helps students to acquire skills in effective communication in business contexts, especially in building networks and the facilitation of meetings and discussions, critical and creative thinking through argument and synthesis, and persuasive writing and presentations. The course also provides suitable platforms in the classroom for students to operationalise the knowledge of these skills at frequent intervals so as to reinforce the significance of clear and persuasive oral and written communication. The key feature in this module is the contextualization of skills in activities such as business presentations, report writing, giving constructive feedback and problem-solving discussions that simulate the interpersonal and intercultural nature of authentic business communication.
bizcnm: Suck your life away. Should take this sem in your year 1. A lot of the year 2s regretted.
Most Challenging Arts module: EU2223 / HY2256 – Ages Of The Mediterranean (3.3/5)
This module will introduce students to the cultural, social, and political history of the lands and peoples of the Mediterranean, with a particular focus on the Iberian, Italian, and Balkan peninsulas. Students will have the opportunity to explore major themes from the rich history of the many contributions made by Mediterranean societies to the histories of Europe, the Middle East and other regions of the world, from classical Greece and Rome to modern-day Spain, Italy, North America and the Balkans.
obaudire: REALLY HARD TO SCORE (for me) THE CONTENT IS CRAZY AND TESTS ON THE SMALLEST FRIGGIN THING
Most Challenging language module: LAR1201 – Arabic 1 (3.2/5)
Arabic 1 is a beginners’ module. This is an integrated course which will help students gain basic proficiency in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), grammar, vocabulary (including the Arabic alphabet), for personal interaction and communication in authentic situations.
july: Unless you have extra S/Us to spare, don’t take it.
Most Challenging Science general education elective: GEK1507 / PR1301 – Complementary Medicine And Health (3/5)
At tne end of the course, the student will be equipped with a breadth of knowledge to have a basic understanding and appreciation of various complementary medicine, as well as how to achieve and maintain good health. The knowledge brings about an open mind for critical thinking and further independent learning and inquiry, to discern facts from hearsay. Life long learning is emphasized. Major Topics: Introduction to complementary medicine. Basic principles, concepts and uses of Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Herbal medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine). Target students: Science students may register under PR1301 as faculty requirement and GEK1507 as GEM. Pharmacy students may register under PR1301 as free elective. All other students may register under GEK1507.
Annonymous: the final exam MCQ. the options are really close. qn can be ambiguous. a lot to memorize so start early!!.
Most Challenging Science, Humanities and Social Science elective: SSA3203 – The Malays Of Singapore (3.1/5)
Who are the Malays of Singapore’ How are they perceived and how do they perceive themselves’ These and other related questions will be raised in this module. To answer these questions we will discuss the Malays in the socio-economic and political context they live in. The module is divided into five topics: Topic 1 looks at the socio-history of the Malays. Topic 2 introduces approaches in studying Malays of Singapore. Topics 3, 4 and 5 look at different dimensions of their life in Singapore i.e. as Singapore citizens, as part of the Malay “community” and as members of “Malay families”.
Pineapplerice: For the content and workload (projects and essays), it is not worth it to take this module unless you are prepared to S/U
Most Challenging Singapore Studies module: GEK2022 – Samurai, Geisha, Yakuza As Self Or Other (3.1/5)
This module challenges the foundation of human knowledge. Examining cultural icons from Japan’s past and present we will unpack the assumptions, stereotypes, narrative strategies, and visualizing techniques of representing Japan. Students will probe one or more of Japan’s three famous cultural icons – the samurai, the geisha, and/or the yakuza – as they appear in literature, visual and performance arts, and academic writings. By the end of the module students will not only have a richer understanding of the ‘realities’ behind such icons, but more significantly, they will be equipped to challenge stereotypes of Japan presented by journalism, popular culture, and the humanistic and social sciences. Ultimately such discovery will lead students to question their own knowledge of self and other. Students should refer to the module IVLE page for details of the selected icon(s) for the current semester.
Raul Meris: In short, take up this module if you feel you need a challenge in your NUS life.
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*These modules were chosen based on workload ratings from our reviewers – no actual science was involved and the findings should not be taken as absolute facts!