Year 2 Sem 1 AY2017/18 Module Reviews

Hello! It’s that time of the year again where I write module reviews 🙂
Realised my previous few reviews are a bit unstructured, so i’ll try to come up with a format for this review and the next few reviews yeah? 🙂


Module Code: EC2303 Econometrics

Lecturer: Dr Yuan Ye

Content Covered: Statistics! JC stuff at the beginning like P&C, Probability (before mid terms.) For finals it was hypothesis testing, sample mean, sample variance, mean of sample mean, distribution of sample means/sample variance/sample proportions etc..

I thought the module was very well taught this semester even though it was Dr Yuan Ye’s first time teaching this module but he makes it very engaging and easy to follow along as he teaches! He’s a funny guy with very clear, concise explanations and you can tell he really cares for the students like how he will do lecture recaps etc to help you follow up more easily during the new lecture.

His notes are AMAZING and HIS FORMULA SHEET IS LEGENDARY LOL 16 PAGES FOR FINALS WTS!

Really love the way the module was conducted and how formula sheets are provided because that way he focuses on testing our understanding of concepts and application of formulas rather than blind memorisation. Got to give him credit for a well-structured, well-thought out way of teaching this module!

Was initially a bit hesitant about EC2303 because I didn’t know what to expect from a new lecturer + I hate stats…. but Dr Yuan Ye’s conduct of lecture and the whole module itself has far exceeded my friends and my expectations and we really enjoyed this module alot. 🙂

*Webcast is provided!

Assessments: Mid terms, class part (present Questions x2 in a sem), finals, homework 1 & 2
*note: Dr Yuan Ye has this habit of tallying marks exactly to the percentage, e.g finals 40% > 40 marks LOL so 1 mark 1% of your overall grade!

Mid terms was very tricky and VERY TEDIOUS (he set questions that required a lot of tedious manual calculations > seems to be his pattern of setting papers? Testing your patience and accuracy)

Finals was pretty chill (he repeated tutorial questions so please do your tutorial questions diligently!!)

MCQs+Structured Questions

Additional Tips: Don’t be careless! Bell-curve was kind of steep this sem so every mark counts because it’s literally equals to 1%! And make sure you know your concepts well, especially very small concepts which you may overlook (earlier parts of each chapter) > he has a tendency to set questions on those!

Difficulty Rating: 4/10 (he delivered the content so damn well I think it made things alot more easier to understand!)

Enjoyability Rating: 8/10


Module Code: EC2102 (Macroeconomic Analysis)

Lecturer: Prof Wong Wei Kang

Content Covered: Macro aspects of the economy > Real business cycle, AD-AS diagrams, LM-IS-FE curve (general equilibrium), Keynesian cross, Philips Augmentation curve, factors affecting IS/LM/FE curves

Prof Wong goes really fast in lecture (imo) because he’s really very intelligent and he knows his stuff so it’s quite easy to end up not being able to follow him through the lect cos he goes on and on out of passion but you’re just sitting there like ???? help LOL.

One way to catch up with what he’s saying is to actually re-watch the webcasts, pause it and take some time to process what he said LOL Then you’ll realise he’s actually pretty clear in his explanations, just not concise enough cause it’s literally information overload every lecture which can be quite overwhelming at first LOL

Prof Wong is a good guy with lots of passion for macroeconomics and it’s really obvious how passionate he is (he inserts alot of economists quotes and jokes in his slides LOL); he’s an amazing lecturer IF you are able to keep up with his pace!

*Webcasts provided but PLEASE COME FOR LECTURES LOL he takes your attendance in the form of QSMS (before mid terms)

Assessments: Class part, lect part, mid terms, finals
Mid terms are ez! (I scored below average for mid terms though because I slacked and bellcurve was very steep)

Finals were definitely tougher (though still manageable but very tricky; I struggled with the last question) > He has this habit of setting questions in finals from easy to super difficult to “grade differentiate” his students. (Qns 1,2,3)

*FINALS ARE 50% OF YOUR GRADE! > which I am really very thankful for because I screwed up mid terms and finals gave me a chance to pull up my grade because of the heavier percentage LOL but it was also a risk because WWK’s finals are notoriously difficult to help students like me who screwed up mid terms pull up our grades if we actually really studied lol (though my batch’s paper was apparently an outlier in the finals difficulty trend according to my friends because they found it easy vs previous batches’ paper > I still found it tricky though….)

Additional Tips: EVERYTHING IS IN THE TEXTBOOK!!! THE TEXTBOOK IS YOUR HOLY GRAIL!! (I only got mine 2 weeks before finals and really regretted not getting it for mid terms because the textbook really helped me to understand alot of concepts better LOL; was hesitant about getting a textbook at first because I didn’t really use it much for my previous econs modules/didn’t own any before this but ec2102 REALLY NEEDS THE TEXTBOOK!! cos WWK uses it alot lol)

Difficulty Rating: 8/10

Enjoyability Rating: 4/10 (very tricky and complex concepts…..which took up alot ALOT of my time just trying to decipher how it works; plus how i’m forever stuck re-watching webcasts lol)

*btw: It’s non-suable…. so good luck. Don’t screw this up!


Module Code: GET1020 – DARWIN AND EVOLUTION

Lecturer: Dr John Van Whye

Content Covered: History of Darwin, theory of evolution (what’s it about, it’s reception by the international community) etc

*It’s mostly history stuff and just memorisation > not really a biology module; it’s more of making your own notes and memorising.

Dr van Whye conducts his lectures in a very fun, engaging manner > his voice is SUPER NICE LOL like storybook telling session! He makes it fun and I dont think i’ve ever actually fallen asleep during his lecture lmao (I can’t afford to anyway cos there’s no webcast)

I struggled quite a lot initially with the module because I didn’t know what was important to take down and what was not important but then I realised… JUST TAKE DOWN EVERYTHING!! > historical timeframes e.g when was evolution generally accepted by the scientific community as a fact (by 1870s), what was said in the videos played during lectures, Wallace’s fam background (whether he’s from working class), name of the fossil found by Mary Anning or sth (NAME OF THE FOSSIL > LIKE U NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SPELL IT LOL) … things like this!! (covered in the exams)

*no webcast

Assessments: 50% Mid terms, 50% Finals, 50 MCQs/mid terms/finals.

Additional Tips: Even though he mentioned that things covered before mid terms wont be tested, it’s still briefly covered (a few qns) in finals!!!

Difficulty Rating: 3/10 (it’s all memory work)

Enjoyability Rating: 9/10


Module Code: LAF3201 (French 3)

Lecturer: Monsieur Nourredine Larhzal

Content Covered: First half of textbook A2! We covered A1 stuff in more depth and things got alot more harder because you’re expected to already know a lot of vocab and grammar instinctively. (which I struggled alot with because of the 3 month lull break where I didn’t touch any french at all)

If you’re offered the chance to go immersion for this upcoming june 2018, PLEASE DO GO. IT HELPS ALOT! like legit, i’ve seen the drastic improvements of my classmates who went for immersion and it really, really helps alot. I really regret not going but ok I had other commitments so … 😦

Assessments: Quizzes, class attendance, homework assignments, video (lyric video and intro to our fave artist), written tests (grammar/compre/listening), oral (with a partner > speak about a topic chosen on the day itself for 5 mins)

Additional Tips: Go for immersion offered by LPP!!

Difficulty Rating: 9/10 (the jump from A1 to A2 is quite big imo)

Enjoyability Rating: 8/10 (Monsieur Larhzal is a fantastic prof!!)


Module Code: GEQ1000 (Asking Questions)

Lecturer: I FORGOT WHO LOL A philo guy!

Content Covered: A series of topics from different disciplines which cover the fundamental aspects of asking questions > 3 Sense of Asking Questions.

The video done by the philo dept is FANTASTIC LOL I really enjoyed the videos though I ended up reading the scripts instead cause it was so much more time-efficient and faster that way….

Tutorials were alternate weeks, just go there, join a random group, complete tutorial activities then you’re done!

I personally thought this module was quite r_d_n_ant though it did give us a good intro/brief overview on how Asking Questions is important in various disciplines and the various techniques covered etc. But BRUH when you go out into society, I doubt anyone will be asking you what are the 3 senses of questions; I mean, it’s instinctively applied in your questions so…. I really dont see how Asking Questions can actually be taught as a module. It’s a whole new level of teaching us how to fly a hoverboard via a textbook BUT society doesn’t have any hoverboards for us to fly/we wont be having hoverboards either.

But ok, on the bright side…… academia wise it’s useful if you’re gonna have to spend 30mins thinking of what’s considered an intelligent question to pose for a topic etc!

*CS/CU module

Assessments: tutorial attendance, weekly mcqs, reflection paper, mini activities to be submitted (the wallet making activity was fun!!!)

Additional Tips: GO FOR TUTORIALS. 6% of ur grade comes from each tutorial you attend. If you want to pass this module (it’s CS/CU), at the very least, go for your tutorials….

Difficulty Rating: 2/10 (computing topic was tough!! flipping pancakes analogy/lecture was crayyy)

Enjoyability Rating: 8/10 (chill mod and met some pretty cool group mates > a module which bonds students ironically LOL)

 

 

 

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