Life of a NUS Business (Acc) Student: AY 17/18 Semester 2

Not the most flattering picture but this shall suffice

I said in my module review 1 year ago that I would be a basic bitch and take a picture in front of the business school logo. After 4 years the day you never felt would have come now has officially arrived; last day of school, last day of student life, graduate lo~ And this equates to my last module review!! This semester I took a different (and more unconventional) approach to the selection of my modules. As I wasn’t going to pursue an extra specialisation, I decided to take modules mostly out of my home faculty, so the title of the review is kinda contradictory since it didn’t feel like I was a business student this final semester HAHA.

In short, I had to clear 1 more 4k accounting/finance module and SS so the other 3 modules were really just pick and choose. It was a balance between interest, maintaining a 3 day work week, making sure I have a manageable finals schedule and still trying to score well. Another reason why I took mostly electives is because I still had an S/U remaining so I wanted the flexibility to S/U a module in case I *touch wood* screwed up a module. Trying to keep it simple and stress-free as I spend the last semester with one objective: MY 2ND UPPERRRRRR!!! So the aim was to get at least B+ for all the mods with the S/U being a slight safety net. Okay it didn’t end up really completely stress-free but it was a peaceful and tranquil final chapter in the student life.

ACC4611 Advanced Taxation

The only business module I took for the semester. I still had to clear 1 more 4k module and there weren’t many good options for Semester 2. Other 4k modules which I considered taking had either timetable clashes or were just too early (8am class on last semester omg i shouldn’t put myself through such pain).

Advanced Taxation in Semester 2 is taken by Prof Simon Poh, as he and Ms Lim Cher Hui will swap modules between 3k taxation and 4k adv tax. So if you want to take this module take note of which prof is taking which semester. I was taught under Ms Lim for basic tax so I was interested to be taught under Simon Poh because many peers have enjoyed his classes. Course assessment is exact same format of basic tax: 20% class participation, 20% group presentation, 30% Mid Term & 30% Final Quiz. Content covered under advanced tax include more in depth tax planning businesses, such as incentives and international perspectives.

I score slightly above average for midterms and was quite confident coming out of the final quiz, so maybe I did not class part enough or didn’t do as well as I thought. I was hoping for more math/calculation based questions for exams but prof dropped hints that he wouldn’t be testing them. Exams were “open-notes” so it was more of a test of application and answering of questions rather than memory. Kinda disappointed with final grade so maybe this is a sign not to pursue tax as a future job HAHAAA.

Final Grade: B 

GE2202 Economy & Space

This was the final module which I bidded for as it slotted in nicely between morning tutorials and a late afternoon lecture. The module was basically an introduction of Economic Geography, one which I liked when I did geography back in JC and covered certain aspects of it in my business modules. The whole module consists of lectures that are webcasted and 4 bi-weekly tutorials; with 10% pairwork presentation, 30% individual research essay and 60% finals. Prof Henry Yeung is one who is well established in terms of publishing numerous research papers and his lectures really value adds to the slides and textbook. The cohort is really small with several exchange students which was quite surprising because I thought this module would have attracted more people. Tutorials consists of discussions and your own presentation/listening to presentations so it was a chillax start to my Thursday mornings haha.

My topic for my research essay was on the digitalization of the supply chain of Uniqlo. Being an avid shopper at Uniqlo myself made research more enjoyable as you learn more about the company itself and the behind-the-scenes logistics behind each product and campaign. Prof Leung always uploads comments and mark distributions for past years’ semesters so I did take note and was hoping for a B+, but after seeing the distribution for this semester I was like WTF oh god please let me get a B and bell curve god save me. Worries start to hit; thinking whether I may not have not answered the research question adequately or I wrote it too much like a business essay rather than a geography one.

ohgod average is like a B?!!

Prof showed some sample essays of a C/C-, B and A+ essay, and we got to collect our essays after lecture ended.  Boomz I got an A~!!!! *starts dancing internally omg an alphabet I love to see anyday anywhere* It was a pivotal moment for this semester as it really boosted my morale for the remaining weeks heading towards finals. Finals preparation consisted of preparing of sample essay pointers and memorising of case studies. Past year questions with comments are also made available to us so I tried to do some spotting of topics as well. 2 hours for 2 essays for finals so it was just “vomitting of information” while making sure you answer the question.

Final Grade: A

GE2220 Terrestrial Coastal Environments

Well after taking a human geog mod, you gotta take a physical geog mod to compliment with it HAHAHA! Unlike the econ geog mod, there wasn’t much overlap from A level physical geog other than plate tectonics (I didn’t study rivers in As so thats 1 less chapter of prior knowledge). Weekly lectures with 3 lab practicals/tutorials; but lectures aren’t webcasted so these were lectures that I couldn’t skip sadly 😦

Module consists of 3 lab reports, a mid term and finals. It was revitalising to be doing something in the form of outdoor practicals after semesters of fighting over class participations in seminar rooms. Writing lab reports is something new as I wasn’t used to reading studies for referencing and the proper formatting of presenting data and analysis. The 3 reports constitute for 50% of the whole module, and some of it may be time consuming due to the need to draw out figures/manually plotting out river profiles from Google Earth. Deadlines were tight at certain periods but other than handing up reports, this is a module which doesn’t require consistent studying and can be chiong-ed within a few days since it is mostly memorisation. Finals consists of short definition questions and 1 essay, so its memorisation all over again. Very straightforward module overall as everything tested will be in the notes. Additional readings are only required for the lab reports and are highly recommended sources to boost credibility (and obviously marks) in your reports.

Final Grade: B+

GEK1531/GET1004 Cyber Security

A module which I took which I hoped that I could score and pull the CAP up. Y said this module was a breeze and so I decided to go for it. Turns out D also was taking the module as he was looking for an easy module to score (being an IS student himself), and my sis’s bf was in here as well. Ended up forming a group with them, the sis’s bf friend and N whom I did projects with in business and we were all set.

Grading consists of 35% mid term, 35% final quiz, 25% group project (split into 15% group paper and 10% individual presentation) and 5% homework. The module is split into 2 parts: the technical cyber security component and the mathematical calculation component. I learnt some of the math part way back in Living With Maths in Y1S1, such as encoding and decoding so I found the math part much more enjoyable. Lectures are on Wednesday evenings so towards the end of the semester I began to either leave early or just skip the lecture completely (even though it wasn’t webcasted). Homework I would usually double check my answers with D, so the only differentiating factor is those 2 exams. T

Steep bellcurve and below average MCQs were my downfall for this module but there really isn’t anything to complain about hahas. There really isn’t much to study for this module and not a lot of practice of the math component so I would recommend this module for those who are looking for something with light workload to balance their other cores.

Final Grade: B+

SSS1207/GES1021 Natural Heritage of Singapore

Not a big fan of the Social Studies compulsory university requirement but after 7 semesters, it is finally to clear this requirement. I have been saving my G account for this module, but they have properly split the bidding procedures between the 2 module codes (old vs new students) so I was only up against Y4s and above who have most likely cleared their SS requirement. I have been eyeing this module because it was the only science-related SS module and open book MCQ exams sound like a breeze

No tutorials but 2 lectures each week from 4-6 which is not webcasted. It was a plus to have this as the last lesson of the day as I could just walk back home. The module was taught by 2 profs, one took the animals topic while the other took plants/vegetation. Grading consists of yet another midterm and finals, all MCQs and all open books, but the fallacy of open book tests being easy is oh so wrong here as you would be flipping around your tags and notes scattered around your table. Textbook and notes are a must so it’s really burn and drink so you know where to flip during the exams.

Did below average for midterms as my tagging was way inadequate and I struggled to know where to flip. To the person who lent me his/her textbook, sorry I still struggled quite a bit in this module as I wasn’t able to grasp the content completely, leaving to much guessing (And praying) in choosing option A-E.

Final Grade: B


CAP (for Y4S2): 4

CAP (for Y4S2 with S/U on SSS1207): 4.13


I was considering plotting my cumulative CAPs in a table format but I’m like nahhhhhh it’s over there’s no need for such things. Looking back there were many things I could have done better, such as module selection and planning, but it isn’t meant to be perfect so I can finally wrap up this storybook and move onto the next one. 

Being a “jjamppong/rojak” semester, the biggest difference is the change from 3 hour seminars to lecture tutorial format. Often I’m just staying within business school, but now I’m hopping around 3 faculties, which resulted in many squeeze and rushed bus rides from one place to another. On the bright side, it led me to be able to sample the many cuisines of the canteens of different faculties instead of just biz canteen and deck HAHA.


When I just enrolled and started university, 4 years felt like an extremely long time and hell weeks feel like the worse as you just can’t wait for each summer/winter holiday. Now after 8 semesters it is truly finally over. Hasn’t hit me as hard as I thought, but the self-growth during these 4 years has been tremendous. I know most people who visit here come for my module reviews so I hoped they have been of assistance in anyway. Apologies for the lack of diverse vocabulary and me being a jukebox HAHAHA.

To those who are still studying “omg take this mod, aim for 1st class, play as hard as you can in grade-free semester etc.”, in the end 4 years of studying would just amount to a certificate and a transcript. Yes it will affect your future prospects but no one will remember what your grades were, it’s all about the memories and the people you met along the way. It’s all about finding the balance between work and play, plus knowing what you want out of everything. Time is precious so spend it on the things and people that matter, and before you know it you would be like me, getting ready to graduate. You will face many setbacks in many different forms, from failed interviews, strained relationships and many more, but please remember that the only way from there is up. Dig a bit more within you every time you feel like letting go and as time passes, you will understand how capable you are actually as a person. Don’t be afraid to try and fail because university will be the last place that you can try without much consequences.

and don’t forget to smile 🙂

Life of a NUS Business (Acc) Student: AY 17/18 Semester 1

because it’s rare that I even take a group picture nowadays

Happy 2018! 2nd last time I will ever write a module review here, as it has been a habit to get these out as soon as possible before the new semester starts. 3 years ago, it was a decision to start writing up all these to help online wanderers have some information about Business (Accountancy) modules. iIf one person benefitted from reading; then I am a happy man. Looking at how views spike up every time it is time to bid for modules, such information really can be important in making the right decisions.

3 modules + FSP for this semester; did contemplate overloading to make the last semester a more relaxing one; but in the end I just decided to go towards the conventional route. Needed to bid for 2 modules so I decided to just clear my 2 4k modules. On hindsight, I should have spread out my core accounting modules the previous semester by dropping 1 of them. It really is a tricky task to have the perfect module planning (from summer schools, exchange to taking modules which are only offered in a certain semester); perhaps I will do one summarising everything when I’m officially done with university hahaha we shall see.

ACC3619 Integrated Perspectives in Business & Accounting

This is called the ‘capstone’ module among our accounting core modules as the pre-requisite is to have completed or concurrently taking all the other accounting core modules. This module is relatively new and it served to prepare the

For AY16/17 Semester 2, the module coordinator was Prof Stephen Lynn and feedback wasn’t too positive due to the horrendous timing of the modules (6-9pm), and for my semester (AY17/18 Semester 1), we have module coordinators, Prof Tan and Prof Ho. The bulk of the module came from the group project (30%) and finals (50%). A company would be assigned to your project group, where each member has to do an individual presentation (10%). The last 10% consists of class participation, which is just asking questions during the individual presentations. The twist is this: There are 5 weeks in total, and you wouldn’t know whether you have to present. So if you are the last presenter for your group, you would have essentially prepared 5 presentations… which is totally overload. I understood the idea of the profs was to ensure that the whole group understood the whole project instead of just his/her own part, but it isn’t feasible from a student’s perspective to be preparing presentation after presentation.. like hello we still have other modules to study… I was also dabao-ing my lunch into class while watching the presentations. Yeahhhhh as usual no one really paid attention to the presentations HAHAHA.

The format for finals was kinda interesting; the profs will release the company which will be tested during the final 2 weeks prior to the actual date of exam (which falls on the last day of finals blehhhhh) and it is open book so it became a war of preparing the proper notes to copy in the exam. Previous semester was DBS while this semester was an e-commerce company called YuuZoo. The format of the final was similar to the previous semester, so those who are taking this module, go to the exam paper database and looked at the questions!

tl;dr: Idea of the module is there, but it really adds zero value to what we have already learnt in previous modules. Personally, I would have liked it to be more geared towards perhaps SQP preparation? I would suggest future module coordinators to review the format of the whole module because it hasn’t fully worked out yet.

Final Grade: B-

ACC4613 Forensic Accounting

There were 2 different sectional timings opened for the module; 9am and 1pm. You could get the module at 1 point if you took the morning slot, or pay an additional 900 points to get the afternoon slot instead like yours truly LOL. I wasn’t planning on pursuing the finance specialisation so I didn’t really care about spending points in the G account. This module is very popular among the 4k accounting modules which can be taken, content was very interesting as it involved studying of financial crimes such as money laundering and terrorist financing.

The module coordinator was Dr Larry Lam, a professor with many years of working experience in the related field and also with a nice mixed American accent HAHAHA (you could say that he is the MYT of forensic accounting). Course assessment got revised halfway into the course and is as follows: 10% data analytics in-class assignment, 20% quiz, 30% class participation and 40% group project/presentation. Although I had friends who were in the same sectional, I ended up grouping with a bunch of acquaintances who were pretty badass as it was a group that I just had to chip in my part and nothing more. The quiz happened in Week 12 and it was just MCQ AND open book, so there isn’t much to prepare. It turned out that many of us did really well so I would say this is a very good module to take as a 4k accounting module. Do take note that this module is only offered in Semester 1, so do your module planning accordingly!

Final Grade: A+ (Yays to yet another A+ in my NUS life)

ACC4615 Advanced Assurance & Attestation

I was contemplating this versus internal audit, and I figured that given how I did 2 audit internships and I actually do enjoy audit, I shall try this module and hope for the best. The module coordinator is Prof Tan Wee Cheng, whom may have taken taught some ACC3603 before. Prof Tan teaches half of the semester, which includes the more abstract content such as FV Audit, forensic accounting; while Prof Alima (which is her first time teaching in a university setting) teaches the other half which is the more technical stuff, such as materiality and group audit.

Course assessment is 15% class participation, 15% tutorial presentation, 30% group project & 40% finals. I was “in charge of my own destiny” as I formed my initial group of 3 and had 2 late additions. Group project is similar to ACC3616, where you do your own research on a certain case and write up your own case along with teaching notes. Our group had this zai double-degree law and accountancy guy and I got an A+ for the project. However, it turned out everyone did quite well for the project, as well as the tutorial presentation AND class participation. In the end the deciding factor lies on the finals, which was an electronic paper and open book (first e-exam in NUS yay~). Yours truly quite competitive and played a typing speed test to warm up the hands HAHAHA.

Again, what audit is in real life is not exactly the same as you learn in theory, but you learn to appreciate the various SSAs that we learnt in each topic.

Final Grade: A

FSP4003 Field Service Project

Grading for FSP is as follows: 45% Final Report, 25% Final Presentation, 10% Peer Review, 20% Learning Journal. I was mentally ready to do this with randoms, but L linked me up with a group of 3 and we were assigned to a hospital as our client for FSP, along with an adjunct professor who was taking FSP for the first time. As accountancy students, you will most likely find yourselves doing something non-accounting related for your FSP. Our group ended up with a project which falls under “Market Research”, but it ended up involving some form of modelling as well.

The journey to completing this FSP was anything but smooth. The supposed deadline for report submission was the first Monday of recess week, but as all Business students know, Week 13 is hell week for most of us so we literally rushed up more than half the report in the span of 3-4 days. I had presentation a few days before audit finals as well, but the COO was very relaxed and we were able to present while sitting down ROFL (imagine a 25% presentation being given while sitting).

The only advice I would give is that if possible, find your own professor because you would want one who views you in a positive light. No complains about the grade I got; felt it was a fair grade given the circumstances. Yes an A would be perfect given how it is 8MCs worth, but one shall not be greedy and be contented.

Final Grade: A-


CAP (for Y4S1): 4.4

Overall CAP (till Y3S2): (Yes, 4 flat…)

so ugly

What a comeback, like wow. Might have made dean’s list if 3619 came out a lot better; but whatever happens, happens. By far the best semester in NUS by a humongous margin. I wouldn’t say that I put in much more effort this semester compared to the previous semester, I still feel like I was putting in 70-80% effort, since I knew I could effectively not care LOL. Maybe that explains my lack of excitement seeing results this semester. The biggest change had to be in the mental state of mines, and a change in mentality really reflected well in the quality of work. Now the CAP is really in a precarious situation, so in short no fooling around in the last semester. Maybe the “excitement” will come in next semester when stakes are extremely high.

No calculation required; all B+ next semester would be sufficient. However looking back at my accounting core modules, holy shit I didn’t know I was so awful in them. It ended up very ironic that I did well in my 4k modules but failed atrociously in the 3k modules (I average a B in those 8 modules). Did I really enrol into the wrong course? Am I bad in higher level accounting? Or are my peers really just that good that I’m left drowning in the bell curve? Nonetheless, one good semester really can change the momentum of your student life, so I just need to ride this consistency into the last semester. Last semester, best semester; Let’s get at it.

P.S FXXK LAW I still hate you oh my fucking goodness…

cheers to starting 2018 well~!

Life of a NUS Business (Acc) Student: AY 16/17 Semester 2

P.S. I didn’t intend to finish this post so fast but I felt it would be good to release it as early as possible so that others could read it before the semester starts. I started on this post 1 month ago but edited accordingly so as to give an accurate reflection of the semester not clouded too much by emotions. Sorry no pictures again, didn’t take much photos throughout the semester.

Year 3 done & dusted! After a semester of exchange, the brain has been inactive but re-activated  as this semester is by far the most academically challenging. Okay I always say it’s the hardest semester ever LOL… but this semester was particularly challenging because it was just content overload everywhere and I didn’t manage my time well. Took all core modules this semester, 4 of which were the ACC3k modules so I’m left with ACC3619 for the last year.

It didn’t feel good at all to be back from an environment which was entirely stress free, to one where you constantly have to worry about deadlines every week. All my modules this semester were pre-assigned to me and I had a 3 day work week, which was nice but I found myself still being in school for all days of the week due to projects or CCA. On hindsight, maybe I should have dropped 1 of the accounting cores as the level of content from exchange to now was just BOOMZ. The mindset and lifestyle underwent a drastic change, so I was just glad the semester was over and move on from a clean state in the next and final year of the student journey.

Because I’ll take a picture in front of this sign during my last semester HAHAHA

ACC3604 Corporate & Securities Law

The only module for the semester that I liked the professor, Senior Lecturer Julie Huan. The module mainly focuses on company law, so your bread and butter here is the Companies Act and it will be good if you can get a hard copy of the act (you will need it for finals).

Course assessment consists of 20% class/forum participation, 30% group presentations & 50% finals. For group presentations, each group will present 2 times and you will have to do a report along with the presentation as well. Preparation for class discussions can be exhausting and time consuming, so this isn’t a straightforward course as there is no fixed answer. Although some questions in the class discussions are the same as previous years, Prof Huan will be able to tell if you just copy and paste so it is best if you are able to create your own original content for your assignment. If only it was as easy as it seems, as you are up against a professor with plenty of years of experience both as a professor and a practicing lawyer.

I didn’t do well for biz law back then, so I kinda have a mental block that I couldn’t do well in a similar module. I didn’t class part here AT ALL, as discussions were too high level that I couldn’t contribute anything substantial. Even reading up on cases and reading the act didn’t help me in my preparation for seminars. Given how well I did for class participation back as a Year 1 for corporate law, I knew that I screwed up quite a bit in finals that I didn’t achieve my desired grades. This setback probably shows that I just suck at writing law essays, because honestly I thought I answered well for the questions in the finals. Well, apparently not and not even fucking close LOL. 

Final Grade: C 

ACC3606 Advanced Corporate Accounting & Reporting

Better known as the hardest accounting module you will ever take in NUS, because it wouldn’t be as simple as just a few accounting entries. The module was taught by 2 professors, Adjunct A/P Sardool Singh and one who shan’t be named. 2 group projects, class participation and 1 shit in your pants finals which constitutes of 60% of your total grade. You are allowed 1 cheat sheet for the finals, so know what you want to include and squeeze all you can onto that paper.

A/P Sardool took topics such as accounting for financing instruments, FOREX, etc. He is a very knowledgeable professor so I would recommend being super attentive to his teaching. Like I mentioned, this module is hard so having a prof which is able to break it down to understandable parts is a major plus. The first project is on heavy application of recently revised FRS, so unlike the other project no one knows the correct answer as everything is subjective.

The second group project on consolidation is just lifted questions from the textbook. The questions usually have similar formats so if you have friends who took this module before, ask them for their answers so you can check if you are on the right track. This half of the module was particularly challenging because the professor taught it in a different manner when doing journal entries is the normal method. Everyone wasted a lot of time having to learn back the normal method because no one could understand what he was doing. The module is already hard enough, so why not make it harder? THANKS NUS roflmao.

The scary thing is that in reality, these accounting entries are way complicated than what we study in theory (which we are dying already). Like any accounting modules that involves heavy calculation, practice makes perfect! Try your best to understand how each accounting entry works to make the most out of the practices. Don’t be surprised that you will spending the most time on this module because it is that difficult.

Final Grade: B

ACC3614 Valuation

The “least accounting” module out of the 4 accounting cores I took during the semester, you won’t be going through any journal entries and more of calculations. Those who took higher level finance modules (especially FIN3001) in NUS would have a small advantage in understanding the concepts. The things you will be learning are just valuation of various financial instruments and REITs (the topic of REIT is solely for project).

The module was split into 2 parts, the first half is taught by “he who shan’t be named” yet again and the second half by Dr Lin Yupeng. Mid-terms were just wtf; the best analogy to describe it is imagine yourself being taught how to fish, but the test gives you the fish and ask you to cook in different ways (LOL okay that’s a terrible analogy). Finals were more straightforward though, Prof Lin recycles questions from past-year papers; meaning he just changes the values in the questions. Each exam was 30% and allows you to take two A4 cheatsheets into the exam venue, so there isn’t a need to memorize formulas as it is more of test of applications. Quizzes are recycled as well and open-book, so just print out those from previous semesters.

Final Grade: B

ACC3616 Corporate Governance & Risk Management

The “fluff” module for the semester; where it is possible to smoke your way through everything. Yet another module where 2 professors taught 6 weeks each; A/P Mak Yuen Teen for the first half and Mr Paul Gween for the second half. A/P Mak is a well-known figure in the CG industry so you shouldn’t try to smoke him during tutorial presentation and your written reports. There isn’t much avenue to class part so it shouldn’t be a difference maker. Instead of the usual FRS accounting policies you read, you study frameworks and guidelines which you will use to apply on various cases. Through the module, you will understand more about how board of directors work, along with certain key areas such as the various committees and remuneration structure. Course assessment is straightforward: 10% tutorial presentation, 10% class participation, 30% group project and 50% finals.

Not much variance in the marks given for the CA components except for finals. Finals are open book so if you have the time (which I didn’t whoops), it would be advantageous if you are able to write up your own notes as the notes provided are “everywhere”. You will face the problem of not being able to complete the paper, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the various cases and frameworks so when you read a question, you instantly know where to flip and copy down.

Final Grade: B+

BSP2005 Asian Business Environment

The only module I took this semester which had the old 2 hour lecture 1 hour tutorial format. Me & JQ bidded the same tutorial slots but got assigned different timings, so I didn’t know anyone in the tutorial and got grouped with 2 random students. Our group had to do the first group presentation and I was still in “sobs I want to go back exchange” mode, needless to say it didn’t turn out good. The only positive outlook presenting first was that I had one less thing to worry about when the term progresses.

Course assessment includes 5% in lecture polls, 25% weekly online quizzes, 20% group presentation, 20% class participation, 30% finals. You just need to attend lectures or be online during the lecture timings to get that 5%, and everyone will be comparing answers for the online quizzes, so you would see little to no variance in those 30%. The professor will release all the grades of the CA components so you will know where you stand before the finals.

Finals are just mehhh because it is mainly off the readings and every week you have around 2-4 readings to read. Granted you will have to read them anyway to complete the quiz, but there was no guidelines on things to note during the readings and there was no direction given so have fun reading 100 pages worth of readings… That was the thing I hated the most about the module; the fact that they didn’t give us any learning objectives which could have facilitated understanding.

Never liked the format and content of the module. Although there were some interesting guest lecturers, I found it a burden to study for this module due to the lack of direction. Those matriculating in 2017 and after, CONGRATS you don’t have to worry about this module because it’s not in your new revised curriculum.

Final Grade: C+


CAP (for Y3S2): 3.1

Overall CAP (till Y3S2): 3.89

Initial thoughts were: “You got to be fxxking kidding me.” Completely shitty semester, omfg my heart totally sank into the bottomless pit and it felt absolutely sick to the stomach. I expected myself to not do very well this semester, but NOT THAT HORRENDOUS. Oh my fxxking goodness that C for corp law is just absolutely filthy to the CAP. I even had to check the school website to see if C was a pass for the module lmao. Shows the importance of consistency; as 1 bad semester can really screw you up. The fact that my “base” wasn’t stable due to the many SUs over the semester made the drop even worse. What a complete meltdown sobs. 

I did my own calculations on how much I need to score to maintain getting second upper; borderline Bs would be able to achieve that goal but oh man the C absolutely killed the CAP. I wasn’t even mad at the C+ because I really disliked the module. Time to go find easy UEs and score high grades to pull it back up, and I won’t be pursuing the finance specialization because it isn’t viable for me to continue taking 3k fin modules. Crossing fingers for more As in the last year and a good FSP journey because it would be quite a bit to pull the CAP back. Time to go full super saiyan close mugger mode? LOL worst timing ever to receive this wake-up call but less ranting, more putting in of effort.

FXXK LAW oh my goodness gracious…

Life of a NUS Business (Acc) Student: AY 15/16 Semester 2

Disclaimer: Before I start, I will not reply to any requests for notes. I have already stated my reasons in previous posts so please do understand, thanks. 

trusty weapons of choice for the sem

trusty weapons of choice for the sem

4 semesters down, 4 more to go! Technically it’s 3 more semesters of studying only because I’m going to exchange next semester. Yays to 1 semester of no minimal studying and discovering Europe! Okay I was emo-ing for a while but not everyone was sharing the same excitement that I felt but whatever, the countdown is starting to feel real as time passes by day by day. Time is really passing too fast; perhaps its because of the weekly internship grind as July is coming by already.

Did this post in bits and pieces as internship has really drained the energy out of me. I tried to get this post out earlier (as compared to Y1S2 which was done in July), and slightly more detailed so hopefully it’s more useful to those who want to find more about the modules they are due to study for. Following up the Y2S1’s post, I took the accounting basket this semester and were pre-assigned ACC3601, ACC3603 & ACC3605. I delayed taking MNO2007 as I wanted to map the module overseas so my overall module mapping is slightly different as I have cleared most of my ULRs already. Undoubtedly, this was the most challenging semester academically wise so I’m just glad everything is over and I survived. (P.S. no pictures again, being lazy this round hahas sorry)

ACC3601 Corporate Accounting and Reporting

Least stressful and most straightforward module out of the 3 accounting modules. For Semester 2, this module was taught by Prof Edmund Keung, while for Semester 1 it was taught by Prof Stephen Lynn. Both professors focus on different things in the modules. and have different teaching styles so do please take note! From what I hear, Prof Lynn focuses more on calculations and gives weekly pop quizzes, while Prof Keung focus more on FRS along with its applications and impact on the corporate world. Nonetheless, this module has a healthy balance of learning the major FRS that affects the accounting world, along with solving calculation-based questions based on different FRS.

Textbook isn’t very useful but still required for the WileyPLUS (which is an online platform for the prof to upload practice questions and online textbook is available). This is a module where you can actually self-learn because the content isn’t very difficult. Prof Keung does use very funny analogies (is true love an asset or liability? omg I can’t even…) and although there is class part, I don’t think he really takes note of who is actively talking in class. This sectional is my first lesson of the week so it’s really quite a good stress-free start to the week.

Course assessment consists of 25% Assignments (3 assignments in total), 15% Class Participation, 30% Mid-Term & 30% Finals. Assignments are case studies of real life situations and each group also get around the same, so the only real differentiating factor are the written exams. You are allowed to bring in a two-sided cheatsheet for both mid-term and finals, so the bell curve is expected to be steep and a few marks can make all the difference of you being the top 25% or being below average.

Protip: Take note of Prof Keung’s assignments and his style of questions. For my semester, he had a focus on accounting principles and certain questions which came out in the assignment came out in the mid-terms and finals as well. Read his questions carefully and answer to the questions; don’t let habits affect your answering of the question.

Final Grade: B+

ACC3603 Assurance and Attestation

Better know as Audit! Most content heavy module out of the 3 accounting modules. Our first lecture notes already had 140 slides, and the slides were all super wordy. This module requires no textbook and was taught by Prof Chu Mui Kim. She is a very knowledgeable professor who also teaches in SIM, so trust me students in her class are in good hands. Around 75% of accounting students will end up doing an audit internship, so as much as you may not like the module, please do try your best to take away something from it; you wouldn’t want to appear lost like a headless chicken not knowing how to do something during your internship.

Components of the module include: 10% Class Participation, 20% Group Project, 10% Case Presentation and 60% Finals, the only accounting module out of the 3 which have such a heavy weightage on Finals. Prof Chu does take note of who speaks up and who doesn’t, but since class part isn’t a large factor the difference it makes is quite negligible. If she remembers your name, it’s a positive sign so speaking up a few times (like once every lesson?) is more than enough. There are 6 case presentations (so 6 groups) so for some lessons you just need to sit there and hear people present. You won’t have time to do all the cases before each sectional so just read up a bit so that you won’t be lost during each presentation. Group project consists of a presentation (5%) and report (15%), both are quite manageable and again people get around the same marks. In the end, the finals are the make-it-or-break-it factor. Personally, I thought I didn’t really answered the questions well for finals but everyone feels the same way so again, PRAY TO THE BELL CURVE GODS~!

Protip: Come prepared for the finals because it is the one that decides your grade. Pre-type out certain model answers (for example: the audit procedures and area of assertions for each topic) so that it will be just copy & paste in the exam because you definitely won’t have enough time. And remember sharing is caring, so do exchange notes with your friends to make your notes preparation as efficient as possible. Also do use some time to understand the notes you prepared, don’t get too engrossed in preparing the perfect notes!

Final Grade: B+

ACC3605 Taxation

The entire world of Tax revolves around the law, such as the Singapore Income Tax Act and GST Act, unlike accounting which is centered around principles. This is essentially the crust of taxation so it requires a total different mindset from corporate accounting and audit. It’s similar to Business Law (BSP1004 for those who don’t recall) as you will be looking at cases, and there isn’t a model answer that you can follow. The mathematical part will just be all the calculation, while the concept part is deciding whether/how much/which period each component is tax-deductible or not. Out of the 3 accounting modules, I found this one the hardest as I couldn’t fully understand and grasp the concepts required for each chapter.

This module is taught by Ms Lim Cher Hui. Let’s just say that she’s another Violet, and those in NUS Business should know who Violet is… Her teaching style isn’t structured in any way and although she is knowledgeable, her way of teaching may not be for everyone (like me haha whoops). I heard those who took tax in Semester 1 which was taught by Mr Simon Poh had a much more enjoyable time relative to us.

Assessment has an equal balance of CA and examinations, consisting of 20% group work (tutorial presentation & report), 20% class participation, 30% mid-term & 30% finals. We were allowed to bring in a double-sided cheat sheet for mid-terms and finals, which didn’t make much sense because an A4 sized paper is not enough to squeeze a half-module worth of content. For Sem 1 it was open book which is much more suitable for the module. Then again, you won’t have enough time to finish her papers so you won’t have much time to refer to your cheat sheet. What I didn’t like about this module is the lack of practices so you don’t really know what and how to prepare for exams other than doing your cheat sheet.

Ms Lim’s of class part is that every time you “believed that you have contributed in the facilitating of learning for the whole class”, you can fill in this green form she placed in a class file and she will decide whether you have truly contributed and deserving of class participation marks. I never liked class participation where the grading is made very obvious (such as Violet in marketing) as it made the whole classroom environment feel very artificial. I took a back seat and barely said a word throughout this whole module; I doubt Ms Lim knew my name until the end of the module because I didn’t speak up at all.

Protip: If you really want to get an A/A+, get on the good side of Ms Lim by impressing her with critical observations and comments. She’s a very knowledgeable and respectable figure in the tax scene, so it’s impossible to fluff through her. I can’t comment much on practicing for written exams due to the lack of practices, but you should try to have everything within your fingertips and not rely entirely on your cheat sheet. Don’t follow blindly her notes and textbook, policies and laws are ever changing so the IRAS website is your most reliable source of information regarding anything tax-related.

Final Grade: B+

FIN3101 Corporate Finance

I didn’t really have much module options because I cleared most of my ULRs already, so I decided to take this module as part of my finance spec. Used up 400 points from the P account, which could have been much higher if I had chosen a more popular time slot. This module was taught by A/P Ruth Tan. YES ASSOCIATE PROF! The last time I was taught by an A/P was way back during Y1S1 for Biz Law (BSP1004). A/Ps are super knowledgeable and can really teach well, so it was a good stepping stone for the high level finance modules.

This module is a slight extension of FIN2004; very few new topics are introduced as more is taught based on topics that were already taught in FIN2004. Breakdown of assessment are as follows: 12% Class Participation & Pop Quizzes, 12% Tutorial Assignments (group basis, 3 in total), 26% Case Study & Critiques, 20% Mid-Terms and 30% Finals. Cheatsheets are allowed again in mid-terms and finals, mid-term is 1 side while finals is double-sided so you do not need to do a brand new cheat sheet, which is always a plus because it’s so freaking time consuming to do.

For the case study, you will be a given a real life scenario (from mergers to IPOs) and do up a few financial models to give your own opinion, such as whether a company overpaid for a takeover etc. For first timers, doing up such a model from scratch on an excel sheet can be tedious and time consuming; those who have done case before will be much ahead of you.

Protip: If you are going for exchange, you are better off mapping this module overseas UNLESS you are confident and proficient in finance. There are many Year 4s who take this module late for a free A, so bell curve will be steep. Revise regularly every topic as the pop quizzes can really catch the unprepared.

Final Grade: B

GE1101E/GEK1001 Geographical Journeys – Exploring World Environments

Was slightly afraid that I couldn’t manage 4 lvl 3000 modules so I tried my best to find a relatively relaxing Breadth at FASS (didn’t want to travel to Science as much as I wanted to do a math module). Got this for 1 point again (yays to overflowing G account), which was surprising because it was at least 100 points when I checked the bidding reports. I decided to take a Geography module because I did well in the subject back in JC and it was one of the rare subjects that I enjoyed studying for. 

Very straightforward breakdown: 20% Human Geography project, 20% Physical Geography Lab (2 reports, 10% each) and 60% Finals. Lectures are web-casted, and there are a total of 4 tutorials (2 physical & 2 human). No idea why but my group flunked the Human Geography… fucking B- omg what the hell. I really though we did up a decent report but we supposedly didn’t answer the crust of the question. Physical geography practicals I got B & B+ so it was mildly depressing.

Finals format was that there were 8 essay questions to choose from (4 physical & 4 human) and you had to do at least 1 from each category. I went in fully expecting myself to do 2 human 1 physical but it turned out the other way because the physical questions were all so straightforward. It has been a while since I last wrote my essays so it was fun to be rushing essays during finals. I swear there was an adrenaline rush when I start vomiting out the facts that were cramped in the head.

No pro-tip for this module. But overall, felt that I could have squeeze an A- or even a A if my projects have fared better, but given how I put in the least time for this module (since I could still S/U), I believed I got a fair grade for myself.

Final Grade: B+


CAP (for Y2S2): 3.9

Overall CAP (till Y2S2): 4.19

Imagine on a Monday morning, being barely awake and you just woke up from your phone alarm; you checked this random 1 message on your phone and bam, you see a bunch of letters immediately. Your mind isn’t ready to process the grades that you just saw; and the B+ grade that eluded me for my entire year appeared for 4 of my modules. Yet another 3.9 semester, which means that I am slipping away closer to the danger 4.0 zone. I really didn’t know how to react to receiving such grades, but as the day began it started to sink in but again, it just becomes a bunch of letters which you wouldn’t remember ever again. Statistically this is my best semester if I didn’t include all the S/Us that I used in the previous semesters, which didn’t make sense but what really does when it comes to grades haha.

I did expect the worst out of this semester, so I can’t be disappointed at myself for getting a B+ grade, but at the same time it’s just a meh moment because you didn’t really do very good either. Accounting students are really a smart group of people, so it’s fierce competition among your peers as you try and survive the bell curve. Getting B+ means that you are around in the middle of the pack, which is really nothing to be ashamed about. CAP dropped by 0.17 which of course sucks, but again it has been a steady decline once the protection of free S/U were gone. The next 2 years will just be a fight to maintain that CAP in the second class upper region. Although graduating with whatever grade wouldn’t really matter unless you join the government sector, it’s just a personal challenge to myself because I really do pride myself in doing well in school.

Someone irl did comment that I looked like someone who cares about his grades a lot, which I do agree. But at the same time, I do wish to achieve that balance between fun and studies. I think I have been doing an okay job so far, and the thing about it is that when I am focused on something, I really push myself for it. I just need to make sure that I push for the correct things in life. “If you don’t think you can do it, don’t bother even starting.”

Life of a NUS Business (Acc) Student: AY 15/16 Semester 1

Guess who is back for 2016! Initially I was very, very hesitant on doing module reviews yet again, and was thinking of bringing it out of this website since this was meant to be a more personal space. Response for these reviews have been great, especially during the week before school starts and so many people have messaged me for notes. Sorry but I will not be entertaining any requests for notes, because they are mostly incomplete and also the syllabus for each semester are ever-changing because the module coordinator may be different as well. So I don’t really want to be giving people incomplete stuff and stuff which may be incorrect (limiting liability yoz haha)

Just to give a heads up for accounting students who might be reading this, I took the business modules during this semester, while half of the accounting students (who are going exchange for Y2S2) took the accounting basket (ACC3601, ACC3603, ACC3605). So please don’t me for ACC300X notes I’m just taking this sem 😡 I believe this basket of business modules is less workload heavy, but in order to do your compulsory internship you will have to clear the accounting modules. Most of the people I knew took the accounting basket first but there were some familiar faces in all my modules, which made the semester not too lonely. (P.S. Zero photos this time around LOL).

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ACC1006 – Accounting Information Systems

Accounting Information Systems, AIS for short, is an introductory module on how accounting records and information are recorded in the real world. The professor is Ms Susan Seetoh, who has been solely in charge of this module for the past few years. BEWARE, she has been known to set impossible papers. Our midterm was a total killer, the average was a measely 36/100 and 1 person somehow managed to get 83 for the paper… these kind of students must be some genius. For previous batches, they were supposed to do a report and create an AIS for a company, for our semester we just had to do a presentation regarding 3 topics of AIS, which is much easier and less time-consuming.

How is this a Level 1000 module? Content overload every semester, only 1 A4 cheat sheet for the finals. Plus the content is not easily understood. I spent the first half of the semester not understanding nearly everything; thank goodness there was some calculation-element in mid terms, or else I could easily see myself flunking mid-terms. There were a small amount of people who just gave up on this module, and I don’t blame them. I never prepared for tutorials because I could barely understand the content. This module is very hard to map overseas for SEP, but if you are able to do so.. PLEASE DO IT.

The grading structure for this semester was: 25% Mid Terms, 20% Group Project, 15% Class Participation, 10% Forum Discussion, 30% Finals. Our prof released our grades for the 70% worth of components a week before finals. I did quite okay, slightly above average so I was expecting somewhere around B+ if I did average for finals. So imagine the disgust and shock when I saw my final grade… T.T. Prof Susan did hint us about what topics were going to come out, but I don’t think it really helped because of practice material. Very disappointed with this result as I have always done relatively well for my accounting modules. This is one of the rare accounting modules that you can actually S/U so maybe I’m lucky that I am able to do so, unlike some of my peers who are not able to do so for their Managerial Accounting (ACC2002) haha. Guess who ain’t doing AIS for his future FYP LOL.

Final Grade: B

BSP2001 – Macro & International Economics

Another extension of H2 Economics that we learnt back in JC, this time its macroeconomics! Unlike BSP1005, there are much more new content and formulas that need to be learnt. Grading structure is simple: 25% Group Assignments & Presentation, 25% Mid Terms, 50% Finals. Try and get full marks for your group assignments, presentation is nothing much. Mid Terms and Finals are all purely MCQ. Bell curve isn’t very steep because this isn’t a very easy module. I took very long to understand and fully grasp the concepts, and not only that you still have to memorize formulas and know how to apply them on different type of questions. There were people who got single digit scores out of 25 for mid terms, so you really need to study hard if you can’t grasp the concepts at 1 shot.

Another one of those module I never enjoyed, and I only used 1 day to revise this module through the last few weeks of revision, so my grade definitely exceeded expectations. Zero complaints haha seriously I don’t understand because my grade made no sense given my level of understanding for macroeconomics, what…

Final Grade: B+ (yays to first ever B+? HAHA)

DSC2006 – Operations Management

The introductory module to those who may consider doing operations as a major. If I wasn’t to do accountancy, this would have been the area I will aim to major in as its the most math-like subject in business. But that said, this isn’t really a calculation based mod, more of a 50% concept 50% calculation module. Accountancy students will be taking this module at Year 2, as opposed to normal Biz Admin Students who take this in Year 1. Imagine being a Year 2 thrown into a sea of Year 1s; it’s like a shark smelling blood in the ocean. It’s very manageable as a Year 1 who just entered NUS, so imagine how easy we felt the whole module is as a Year 2. No point mapping this module overseas, it really felt like a CAP puller for me.

SLACKEST MODULE EVER OMG. 1 lecture which is webcasted, and 1 tutorial every week. 60% Finals, 30% Mid Terms & 10% Class Participation/Attendance. I don’t even understand how this is a level 2000 module omg. For those not in the business faculty, why take Marketing or Accounting as your breadth when you have this? But from what I heard, Semester 1 for this module is easier than Semester 2. Omg mid terms and finals… some questions were literally copy and pasted from lecture notes and tutorials. And there’s more! You can bring cheat sheet for both of them so expect the bell curve to be steep. Both exams were very standard so the variation of scores weren’t a lot. There will surely be Year 1s out there who will just entirely slack the whole semester and not study, so use this opportunity to ace this module because it’s definitely doable!

Final Grade: A

FIN2004 – Finance

The introductory module to finance! Finance is a very important aspect in the business area and applicable almost everywhere. One of the rare modules which I was looking forward during the semester, besides the 30% class participation component LOL. Yes the dreaded class participation… Fortunately I had a very chill tutor along with a relatively quiet class so I didn’t go full angst mode during classes. Maybe because the class was on Monday 5-8pm, and everyone is just either left with no energy or with a hungry stomach lols.

Grading structure had a good mix of exams and CA: 40% finals and 20% midterms, 30% class participation and 10% group project. 2 A4 cheat sheets are allowed for mid terms and finals, which is more than enough for all the formulas required. 1 tip which I would say for finals is that like most calculation-based modules, time management is king, so don’t get too worked up in questions that you’re stuck in, but also don’t give up too easily as that might have been easy questions. I wasn’t in a good condition during the mid terms; I had to do a makeup paper in the morning and didn’t get a good night’s sleep the night before. My cheat sheets weren’t fully prepared and on top of that, I had to go to the toilet to take a dump during the paper because I couldn’t take it LOL. As expected, flunked my paper which was a super disappointment because finance was a module which I felt that I could have done really well.

This module has been known for having a steep bell curve, given how more than half the Business population is going to have a finance major. Finals… It was such a total killer that people started posting on social media about it, like renaming it as Cannot FIN2004 along with other puns and social media. I really put in a lot of effort in preparation for the finals, so I felt like the super hard paper worked in my favor (which did in the end). I believed that if I had done my mid term well, I could have pushed my grade higher but very satisfied with the module as a whole.

Final Grade: B+

LAK2201- Korean 2

The icon of a love hate module for this semesters. Very fun module to take, but not so fun on my CAP LOL.

Just to give a little background on this choice of module; I was allocated 5 cores but I dropped MNO2007 (Leadership & Ethics) as I wanted to map that module during my exchange. Plus it was a 8am sectional bleh. Korean 2 fitted nicely if I wanted a 3 day work week and it was surprisingly cheap (I got it for 1 point). Prior to that I took a placement test and the teacher barely let me take Korean 2 because some of my basics were quite weak. I don’t think it was the smartest idea for me to take Korean 2 in Semester 1, because it is filled with many people who had a good command of the language already. This module used to be 6 hours but got reduced to 4, and they recently changed the textbook to a much easier one. Also, there used to be a group project component, which is gone now so with all that, this module should be a breeze to me right..? WRONG!

I was never a language person since primary school, but I always wanted to study at a Korean level, but didn’t have the time or money to take external lessons at a consistent lessons. Since I’m paying school fees already, might as well learn Korean right haha. My teacher for Korean 2 was Ms Cho Jin Hee, cutest teacher everrrrrrrr. Lessons were always engaging as she tries her best to ask everyone simple questions in order to practice. Components of Korean 2 include Oral, Writing Assignments and Class Participation to ensure all components are being graded upon. I wasn’t very confident in oral as you had to think, answer and also read on the spot. I struggled quite a lot in the module and put in a large amount of time into it. Nonetheless, I was killed by the bell curve. If I had the chance, I would have taken it during Year 4 when I know I have an S/U to spare. T_T Korean 2 why you do this to me!!!!!

Final Grade: B-



CAP (for Y2S1 w/o any SUs): 3.9

CAP (after SUing LAK2201 & ACC1006): 4.33

Overall CAP (till Y2S1): 4.38

The modules this semester were quite enjoyable (other than AIS I’m sorry LOL), just take note that I had to do 3 cheat sheets for finals so do give yourself some time to squeeze in all those important information you need for the exams! There wasn’t many group projects, so it’s pretty much tests and more tests. First time in my NUS life that I have 5 midterms omg LOL. No joke and I didn’t pace myself well so I didn’t do well for some of them. Finals were an equally shag period and the only module which really gave practice was Finance, so that was another meh…  Life can be a joke though; the 2 modules which I put in the most effort did the worst, the module that I put in the least effort did the best. ARE YOU SERIOUS NUS? 

Without the SUs, my CAP for each semester would be all around the same. The distribution of my grades are also similar; there will be 2 modules which I do well and the other 3 are one which didn’t do so well. Such a grade distribution really plays into the strengths of my grade distribution, so my CAP now is a very inflated number which isn’t very reflective of my actual standard. The following semesters would end up me trying my best to keep the CAP above 4, as I see it slowly drop over the semesters. After 3 semesters in NUS, it has become clearly that I excel in calculation-based modules, but simply suck in everything else LOL. Miraculously, my CAP increased, but only because I S/U-ed my 2B-s, so I have only 1 S/U remaining in my entire NUS life…

Without the falling net of SUs, and me lightening my load of CCAs, it’s going to a all of nothing Year 2 Semester 2 as I tackle 4 Level 3000 modules. My CAP has the chance of really dropping a lot of I don’t do well, so the return of the closet mugger mode after February? All I really want is to be at a comfortable CAP which I can be content with after I fly off for SEP. Until then, let’s hope that I can survive 4 consecutive days of sectionals for the semester. (It’s no joke on the stress level really sighhhh)





Life of a NUS Business (Acc) Student: AY 14/15 Semester 2

Hellos part 2! Year 1 has finally come to an end and this is just another review of the modules I took in Semester 2. Again, this is just my personal opinion so don’t take it as what people generally think. The whole academic semester this time round was a roller coaster, but more because of all the things not related to academics.I never got into the studying groove only until late into the semester, which makes me questions my commitments outside of studies. Are they worth it? Should I focus on my academics instead? Still harping on these issues, but for now i’m offically done with Year 1 yays, what a year.

ACC2002 – Managerial Accounting

My second accounting module in NUS, and similar to ACC1002, it was another calculation-based module. Since it was a level 2000 mod, I expected it to be harder than ACC1002 but it ended up easier, much easier. Format for the mod was the same as ACC1002: 1 lecture and 1 tutorial. 60% Finals, 20% Mid Terms, 20% Class Participation (which was just turning up for tutorials and doing them lol). There was honestly only 1 good prof who took us during the module, the rest were just plain out boring or couldn’t teach.

Nothing to comment much about the whole module; it’s just really very simple and this led to a super steep bell curve for mid-terms. I did average for mid-terms which I won’t complain about, since I was in the middle of preparing for concert during that timing. Finals wasn’t exactly a killer, but nearly everyone didn’t complete their paper. I was so focused that I didn’t even realize there was one last question on the last side of the paper LOL. Like my other modules, I put in much effort into my cheat sheet and it paid off super loads this time round. I copied the format of an answer for a 15m question, and the professor who set that question was lazy enough not to change any values so essentially I had the EXACT answer on my cheat sheet.

No idea how my grade would have been had I not have copied the answer for, just really thankful for the lucky stars which were looking out for me.

Final Grade: A+ (Yays for first A+ in uni hehe ^^)

DSC2008 – Business Analytics: Data & Decisions

You can use all the time in the world to study in this module, but you’ll never be able to understand this module. Most of the time I’m going: “What is going on?”, and nearly everyone I knew gave up immediately because the professor (although knowledgeable) cannot teach AT ALL. His notes was just this excel spreadsheet and no one understood his lectures.

The module is split into 2 parts; the early half is taken by the Business School while the Department of Math in Science takes the later half. The later half made more sense as there were actual proper notes, but I was still a lost sheep all the way till a few weeks before finals. A few things started to make sense, and since finals was open-book, you can survive by printing past-year papers and referring to them because the questions and format has been very similar over the years. You learn excel related stuff throughout the mod but none of it is tested in the finals.

And a note to accountancy students, this is going to be a difficult module so I recommend not to waste time and just SU it (unless you have prior knowledge of excel). It doesn’t help that many seniors (Year 2 and above) are taking this module. Accountancy students are not required to take DSC1007, so we are thrown into this module straightaway and directly into a pack of wolves. Basically the seniors know that we freshies have free SU and would most likely drop this module, which makes the bell curve even more competitive.

Didn’t like it, had hopes of doing well but didn’t. Just bleh.

Final Grade: B

ES2002 – Business Communication


Suiting Up!

If you are the presentation-type of person, this is the module for you. If not, you’ll dread this module a lot (like yours truly). As an accounting major, I always like to argue that presentation skills are not that significant for us. However, it is a skill that everyone needs and I know for myself that I TOTALLY SUCK at presentations, yays for free S/U so I took it as just practice for presentations.

There are a total of 3 presentations; a solo 3 minute Short Talk (ST), Group Oral Presentations (GOP), Formal Individual Presentation & Discussion (FIPD). There was also a written report component. As the module went along, I did feel the increase in comfort and confidence as I was doing my presentations. However, sorry but I hated this module so much LOL. The preparation work required for each presentation took up so much time, even though I was aiming to only pass the module. You have to prepare your script, your slides and rehearse your script afterwards. Apologies to my GOP group as I was obviously not giving my all, having the protection of S/U really allows people to just give up.

The CELC is known for being stingy to give out As, so don’t expect to ace this module even if you do well. On the other hand, it’s close to impossible to fail this module so many of us who have free SU will end up saying goodbye to this mod.

Final Grade: B-

GEK1544- The Mathematics of Games

Another 1 point module, and it consists of material which I am actually both interested and good in. In addition, engineering students can’t take this module, so the bell curve would work well for me. Sounds too good to be true right… A shame that no one I knew shared the same interest with me so I was left taking the module alone again.

I didn’t have much knowledge about the module beforehand, there weren’t many people who take this module before and it’s only offered in Semester 2. I wanted to take another math-related module since it is something that I can score and have interest in. The professor was from HK so his accent was bearable. His lectures were entertaining and he really tried to link his concepts to everyday, but because of that he always goes off topic and to be honest it’s really time consuming to filter out the important content yourself.

Another major flaw of this module is that there was zero structure, and the professor really likes to force his students to think. It showed in the final paper where the questions were ones which you could never prepare for. It was 80% Finals and 20% Mid Terms, so finals really make or break your grade. The paper he set was ridiculous and I ended up stoning half the time in the examination hall. Super morale killer as the standard compared to past-year papers were totally different.

Would I recommend this module? If it wasn’t for my grade and the stupid finals, yes. You really need some critical thinking as there is no textbook, no proper notes, so the professor can really test you anything. This kind of critical thinking is what we should be actually doing, but sadly SG’s education system doesn’t work that way so in this aspect I respect the prof (just that sigh my grade T.T)

Final Grade: B

MKT1003 – Principles of Marketing

The true definition of love-hate all into one. This was the ‘fluff’ module for me in Semester 2, and did I mention that it has my hated 30% class participation component.

The module was so fluff that I had the intention to S/U this module, I never liked how the lessons were carried out. The professor was someone who loved standard answers and you could prepare answers for her questions beforehand, which didn’t make sense since class participation was supposed to be something spontaneous. The only thing that was going for me that she was known to be bias towards guys.

My seminar class consisted of 2 groups of people: The accountancy majors and the double degree people. I was the only one among my AG that was grouped with the DD people, so I started off not knowing a single person in my group. Amidst the unfamiliarity, my group turned out to be some godlike group as we aced every single report. My first group report came back as an A and out of nowhere, there was hope for marketing. Why I call this module a love-hate was because I was doing well for a module I did not enjoy at all. THE IRONY IN UNIVERSITY LIFE. My second group report… A+ and the group was selected to do a presentation for the Sakae Sushi CEO.

Despite acing 2 reports which was nearly worth half my grade, I didn’t secure an A which means I probably screwed up my finals. No complains though, I always felt that I must have accumulated some good karma to have such a group, as my overall marketing grade could have been easily 2 or 3 grades lower if I wasn’t in such an imba group.

Final Grade: A-


CAP (Semester 2): 4.33 (with 2 S/Us)

Overall CAP (Year 1): 4.40

Business students were allowed to carry forward 2 SUs, so I SU-ed DSC2008 & ES2002. My main decision was whether to use my 3 free SU for my GEM, and I ended up not doing so. “Don’t be blinded by the present”; My CAP will be sure to fall and there isn’t a point to have a super high CAP now. My aim is just 2nd upper and not 1st, so it was alright to keep that B as my final CAP for the year was still very respectable. With the new semester coming, there isn’t free SUs anymore for me to fall back to, so I’m definitely afraid if I am able to keep up. Mixed feelings towards the new semester: Looking forward but still scared of not being able to do well. The thought of dropping some of my commitments are still there, and time will tell if these thoughts will become reality. 1 year down, 3 more years to go. I still have no idea on what to expect, but just stay true to myself, never stop learning and the biggest room out there is room for improvement. I always felt like I made a good effort, but never the best. May the motivation be still there through the new semester and never let anything bring me down. FIGHTING! 🙂

Officially done with Year 1!

Officially done with Year 1!



Life of a NUS Business (Acc) Student: AY 14/15 Semester 1

Hellos to the start 2015! And also the beginning of me posting about school and results yet again, Classic Nick LOL. I believe many have read module reviews on the net before so this is my version of it, hopefully it would be of use for any wandering freshies who are going to enrol into the same course. Of course I don’t want to keep ranting randomly about my mods in other posts so let this be a closure of my first ever semester in le NUS Business School.

ACC1002 – Financial Accounting

The first accounting module into many accounting modules to come! This was one of the modules that I enjoyed because it’s similar to doing a super long math problem LOL (sorry excuse the math geek in me), even though there were many concepts that I took a while to grasp on. I was really slow when it comes to doing and understanding tutorials, so shout out to those who helped me immensely and entertained my never-ending questions!

In terms of the accounting group project, I didn’t know anyone from my tutorial group and formed a random group with the people I sat with, whom were B, CW and C. I would say that this is the only module in the semester which I wasn’t happy with my group. To put it in a blunt way, those 3 were burdens and were not of much help in the group project. The 3 pretty much gave up on the module after mid-terms as their results were all below the 75th percentile. I solo-ed the whole project and was comparing my answers with other groups, which lead to the infamous scene where JQ scolding fuck to GW (HAHAHA GW deserved it whoops). My answers were quite off though :x, the project was 15% only so I really focused a lot on practising and drilling myself for the finals.

Finals summarised in 3 words: Not enough time T.T. The paper wasn’t too difficult and the standard was similar to past year papers. However, the panic naturally starts to appear when you can’t balance your accounts. This worry made me super meticulous in my calculations, since I was forever careless when I was doing my practice papers. There were 3 super long questions and 1 ethics questions, and I ended up doing only like 2.5 questions? It turned out many people died so after seeing my result, I think I was saved by the bell curve. Looking forward to my other accounting modules in the future haha ^^ (because no class participation LOL)

Final Grade: A-

BFS1000 – Career Planning & Management

I’m so lazy to talk about this ‘module’, it’s more of a compulsory program for Business students to learn the basics when we go out to the real world: networking, interview skills, writing your resume etc. It lasts for half a semester and has 0 credits. On paper, it seems quite useful because as a Business student we really need to learn all of these but in reality, it’s a burden LOL. It is 3 hours long and you have to wear minimum office wear (some actually wore blazers, like why?). In addition, the timing was from 11-2 and I had lessons from 2-4 and I have to leave home at 9+, so my meal times on Tuesday are forever screwed. And I hate wearing formal so I’m forever changing out directly after my lessons. Pro Tip: To safely pass this mod, just attend 4 out of 6 weeks of the sessions.

Final Grade: CS (Completely Satisfactory). Whatever LOL.

BSP1004 – Legal Environment of Business

Grading was pretty straightforward – 50% Finals, 30% Class Participation and 20% Group Project. I was never a fan of modules which had such a high weightage on class participation,

Although the content was slightly interesting, I never looked forward to any sectionals as it was right smack first lesson of the week: Monday 8am. Imagine yourself enjoying the weekend then BAM, you come to school all groggy Monday morning and you are expected to fight for your class participation. It really is ‘Warzone Mondays’ but at least I get it over and done with and every time Monday is over I feel so much at ease for the rest of the week hahas. But the vicious cycle sadly repeats again, still I need to learn to deal with this as there would still be modules with 30% class part.

The professor who took our group for sectionals was Prof Ravi, who wrote the textbook for the module.  Class participation wasn’t as scary as MNO because Prof Ravi isn’t someone you could fluff or smoke your way through. RANTING AWAY MY HATE OF CLASS PART, but I think I did an okay job OMG proudest moment of this module is when I asked a question which he said he will put in the forum for discussion. YAYS for small victory hehehe!

My group mates for Biz Law were L, N, JQ and YN, and like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, it was determined based on where we sat. We only met up once in school, and Skyped over the rest of the project as meeting up again was going to be hard since the guys are Easties while the girls are Westies. We skyped until around 3am? Omg craziest shit ever but I was pretty satisfied with our end product! Finals were straightforward as well, it was open book and there was 2 open ended questions (50 marks each). What killed me was probably the fact that I didn’t actually wrote out the whole answers when I practiced and analysed the past year questions, so I lacked a proper format and my points were everywhere. Moral of the story (which includes all modules), practice makes perfect!

Final Grade – B

BSP 1005 – Managerial Economics

Me with my group!

Me with my group!

Another chill module, as basically what this module is A-Level Microeconomics slightly more in depth (with more maths. MATHS <3) with the addition of Game Theory.

B and S had the same tutorial time slot as me, so originally we wanted to form a group plus one, but groups were allocated beforehand already. My group mates were A, J and K. A was a USP student and has a pretty flamboyant and confident character, while J was a Year 3 DDP Law and Business student who just started taking his business modules. The topic of the group project was to find the ‘demand’ of babies, J pushed the whole group pretty hard and did a lot of extensive research himself. I would say that our group presentation went really well since the prof was more focused towards the content rather than the presentation skills. Still and forever a nervous wreck when it comes to presentations, really thankful for J for helping me out a lot!

Finals were a disaster though, questions were relatively similar to our assignment questions, and they were the ones I wasn’t too sure in doing. I did a question totally wrongly and only found out 30 minutes later so I was rushing whatever I could during the final minutes, and my answer turned out wrong anyway LOL. Many found the paper okay so I would say yays to first major screw up in university? HAHA but whatever everything is a learning process.

Final Grade: B. Steep bell curve sealed my fate 😦

ES1102 – English For Academic Purposes

the people who made the mod surprisingly a joy :)

the people who made the mod surprisingly a joy 🙂

GP – D, QET – Band 2. And this is how I ended up in ES1001. WHY AM I SO BAD AT ENGLISH? T.T Thank goodness the timetable for Business students aren’t as packed as compared to students from other faculties, and also that it was a grade-less semester so the burden was slightly alleviated. Still, for a module which was 0 MCs… it was nonetheless a burden LOL. I took up a lot of unnecessary time due to the essays when it could be better used studying for other modules, but then again I wanted to just clear this module so it’s a case of do it once, do it well.

Our teacher for the module was Ms Sri, and she really was very chill and relaxed. Although like I said the module was a burden, Ms Sri really made it much more bearable. Maybe it’s just because of the fact that her lessons always ends at least 30 minutes earlier HAHA.  My fellow classmates JQ and GW were also in this module shithole with me HAHA. I cannot comprehend how those two ended up here with me, both of them really spoil market in terms of presentations and class participation. Still, I’m happy that I wasn’t alone taking this module, otherwise I would have just died of loneliness haha.

The finals was something similar to the QET, and given that during the whole semester we were covering globalization, most of us thought that globalization would come out. Instead, the topic SINGLISH came out. I was like “why Ms Sri why did you do this to us.” But everything went well and the 3 of us passed the module. Overall, the mod was not as bad as I thought it would be, which was nice but still GOODBYE ENGLISH TEEHEE

Final Grade: A-

GEK1505 – Living with Mathematics

During the first round of bidding, I wanted to take GEM2900, which was a statistics module and statistics is something I’m quite confident in doing. I didn’t want to waste too much points in my account as I wanted to save up to bid for Korean 2, so I bid 100 points which I thought was enough. Winning bid was 103 points LOL *faints*. In the end I went for this similar Math module which I got for only 1 point. It was more of Olympiad Math, so it wasn’t as straightforward as stats and those who didn’t like Math wouldn’t really enjoy this module.

Grading was 30% Mid-Terms, 70% Finals. 1 A4 cheat sheet (double-sided) allowed for each exam. Mid-terms were quite hard so the bell curve wasn’t that steep. Talking about the bell curve, be mentally prepared to be competing against PRCs, seriously this module is like Chinatown. That’s the only big downside of the module IMO.

The timing of the lectures are really late: Monday + Wednesday 6-8pm, but there are webcasts so lazy me who tried to go for lectures slowly ended up in webcasts mode. Workload for this module is really light; I didn’t touch this module for a few weeks and managed to catch up in a few days. My tutorial was at Science so if I knew how to do the tutorial, I would just skip it as attendance wasn’t taken anyway.

Finals was easier than expected, although there was 1-2 questions which were completely undoable LOL. I had more than enough space for my cheat sheet so I felt that I did the best that I could for finals. I didn’t spend a lot of time on this module as compared to my core modules so again, pleasantly surprised and happy with my final grade. I would recommend this module to people who has an interest and are somewhat good in Maths, otherwise it isn’t worth to take it.

Final Grade: A-

MNO1001 – Management and Organisation

Team F with Prof Wu!

Team F with Prof Wu!

Most chill module I took this semester in terms of workload. That was absolutely nothing you need to prepare for before lessons unlike biz law, everything was CA and there was no finals. The grading was: 30% Individual Presentation, 30% Group Presentation, 30% Class Participation and 10% Subject Pool.

*RANDOM RANT* The most disappointing and saddening incident for the semester happened during the mod. I cemented my position as a ‘question whore’ in the class, and to be honest I don’t see the reason why people aren’t asking questions. The whole module is so fluff that you can crap any question out. Sometimes I even give JY and MW questions to let them ask and give them the chance to class part, yes I am that active when it comes to asking questions. I always see it as a win-win situation: I get my class part for asking a question, you look good for answering the question well. It was never my intention to kill people, unlike some who ask really hard or irrelevant questions and stump their fellow classmates.

During one of the Q&As, my question got shot back SO FREAKING HARD, and to be honest I felt really awful afterwards. Okay it wasn’t me who asked the question directly, but because of this I felt even worse because I was the one who thought of the question and gave JY to ask. I was still asking her whether I should rephrase the question a little because it was a question which was very easily shot back. JY was like “Never mind help them look good”. After the question was asked, XH just bombed me back and questioned her my logic (she was directly at JY, but it was my question so it was my logic). In my mind, I was thinking like “I fucking knew this would happen”, and whispered the same thing to JY (without the vulgarity of course haha). Okays I know sometimes the question I ask may not be good, but do you have to put it across so rudely? Maybe I’m being petty, but at that moment it hurt me a hell lot. Okay thanks for making me look bad and making yourself seem so intellectual. sensitive me HAHAHA, indeed 好心没好报. Pretty please let this be the last of ugly scenes I see in Business?

MOVING ON FALALALA, my group mates were CT, MW, C, JY and M. M just went missing throughout the module and dropped the module, so in the end we were left with 5 people. It was the least number possible, considering that some group had 7 members. Somehow, I must say that our group is pretty efficient when it comes to work, we met up very few times as compared to the other groups. When it came to the group presentations, we were one of the funnier groups since we decided that if we couldn’t win in terms of content, we shall try to win in terms of entertainment, and I must say we did a good job. 😛 HOWEVER THAT SAID, I don’t think Prof Wu liked my group’s presentation though, her feedback was that our content wasn’t clearly expressed. hence explaining my shitty grade bleh. Ironically, I did the worst in the module where I liked my group mates the most, so sad right. Prof Wu is one who is too nice and forever giving positive comments to everyone. If we base our grade on her comments, everyone is going to get As LOL. Given my level of class participation, you could say that my grade was pretty disappointing, guessing that I really screwed up my presentations. So if you like to do presentations, this is your mod! Other than that, there’s this inside joke where the PSI in the class is always high because everyone is smoking about HAHA.

Final grade: B-


CAP (after 3 S/U): 4.50

Without the free S/Us, my CAP would have been just 3.8, so yays to grade-less first semester indeed! The main problem that people face is whether to keep their B+, and fortunately I didn’t have any B+ so the decisions were made simpler for me. My 2 cents on whether you want to keep your B+ is to look at the big picture (I told this to everyone who asked me the same question): What is your final aim? Because everyone has different goals: Some want first class, some want second upper, some just want to graduate. Like I said before, the grade-less semester is to let you get a feel of where you stand among the cohort and see how well you can manage studies and everything else. I would say I did a far from stellar job, so there is way more room for improvement for myself and without the free S/Us in Semester 2, things can get scary. A lot of people says that the reason some of us didn’t do as well as we did was because of the grade-less system, but IMO I didn’t really change much in terms of my studying; it just relieves the pressure. Fortunately, Business students can carry forward a maximum of 2 S/Us based on how many S/Us you used in Semester 2, so I still have a slight protection in terms of my CAP. Nonetheless, now I know where my strengths and weaknesses are, it’s time to work doubly hard and really do my best for the next semester. FIGHTING! :))