Welcome! My name is sgubkid, I’m an SIM-University at Buffalo’s Communication student and this is my first blog. As of Fall 2017, I started to take in new writers as I have already finished school in SIM-UB. Reviews from Fall 2014 to Summer 2017 are written by me. You can read my final post in Fall 2017 here

As this blog is about module reviews, the writers will only post after the end of each semester. Do feel free to ask any questions in the comments section about the modules or even about the SIM-UB programme! 😀

Do share this blog with your fellow SIM-UB friends if you find it useful!

Before this blog was created…

I was an Enthusiastic freshman, Excited and Eagerly waiting for school to start. Why? Because University is a place where I am able to pick the courses that I want to study, customise my own timetable, and take courses from other disciplines, which is a major factor for my decision in choosing UB out of the other schools in SIM. At the same time, the idea of making new friends of various age and backgrounds made me feel uneasy and anxious at the same time. Will I be able to find some friends? If no, who can I turn to for help in my schoolwork? Who can I ask for advice on which module to take, which teacher is good, etc., especially when there is a wide variety of interesting modules offered across the various disciplines in SIM-UB?

Unfortunately, although I have a few close friends and also got to know many other classmates, we are all enrolled in the same semester, thus we take almost the exact same modules. This means that I don’t have anyone to ask for opinions/information for the modules that I might take in the future! This made me think that there are probably others out there who are experiencing the same situation as me.

I don’t know why I thought of writing module reviews for people whom I don’t know, and probably won’t ever know who am I either, but I feel that I want to help others in their decision making process when they pick their modules so they won’t be as clueless about the modules as I was. Also, all of my posts probably don’t benefit me in any way, maybe serve as a memory of my time in SIM-UB? But still, I went ahead with my idea…

And that’s how this blog came about!

But of course, this blog is for anyone and everyone to read. It’s not like you can’t come here to read this blog if you already have a lot of friends/seniors to give you advice. Yep, so come in anytime you want, as many times as you like!

P.S. The words course/module/class are used interchangeably throughout this blog. They all mean the same thing!



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  1. hey sorry again for disturbing….I have really bad anxiety. I am taking 4 modules this semester, cse 111, com 240, soc 294 and com 485. Its a few days before school starts(for me on 30th), but I checked in ub learns and my com 485 hasn’t loaded in ub learns. I think it might be because I forgot to bring my aar for the last academic advisement and the AA did not write down my grades? I follow up quite regularly with the academic advisor on my grades and progress. Booked an appointment with aa but probably cancelling it if com 485 loads in ub learns.


    • Hello! Sometimes the instructor uploads it late, only after the first day of class. Nah it has nothing to do with your AAR or your AA. Your AA is not that cruel lol And 4 modules is ok. I’m not sure if you’re worried about anything else, but just wait for com 485 to load 🙂


      • Hey…have i asked u this qn b4? Like does the type of modules u take affect what jobs u get? Ie. Journalism…or are there some electives which are more practical or more theoretical?


      • Nope you have not asked me this question before 😀 I would say yes and no. Because when you take modules like PR/Journalism/Advertising/Marketing and Comms, you can tell potential employers about your experiences in these modules. Also, when you take these modules, you can get an idea of whether you will consider it as a future career. Of course it won’t be 100% similar to a real job, but it’s at least something. Lastly, it’s up to the interviewer/employer, for example, of an advertising company, to decide whether an applicant needs to have taken an advertising module. But relevant internships are definitely more important and useful than just taking the modules.


  2. Hello! I was just wondering why you took SOC 294? Isn’t there a communications module related to research as well? Or do comms students have to take both?


    • Hello! Because the school wants us to take SOC 294? Haha. SOC 294 is a statistics module. For the research methods module requirement, we can take either COM 205 or SOC 293.


  3. Hi!

    I’m so thankful for your blog and it has really helped me decide between my options and i recently got accepted into the Summer 2018 Intake.

    I’m just wondering whether you can help me shed some light on the credit exemptions. I came from a communications background in poly and to my understanding, i should be given some excemptions right?
    I’m currently fretting over school fees 😦


    • Hi! I’m glad to hear that you find this blog useful! Since you came from a communications background, you should have all your free electives waived. That’s already 25 credits x $577.80 = $14445 waived. If you applied for a Communication major, you’ll get some of the communication modules waived. If you applied for other majors, most probably not much.


      • Hi! Thank you so much for your reply. Could i also ask you when will these exemptions take place because it’s not indicated as of yet.

        Thank you so so much!


      • You’re welcome 🙂 There will be a freshmen workshop that is compulsory for all students just a few days before school starts. You’ll know your exemptions during that workshop.


  4. Hello! If im interested in marketing do you think i should take UB comms or UB business because both seems related, but im not sure which would be more helpful? Please share ur opinion!


    • Hello! Firstly, I would start by saying that these days, you aren’t limited to certain jobs just because of the degree you have. You can do marketing even if you study comms or business or sociology because sometimes companies don’t even ask for a list of specific majors. But of course, it helps if you either studied comms or business since these are two of the majors most often listed on the companies’s job description.

      Still, the most important thing would be to get relevant working experience or even learn how to use the software that the job might require Because school won’t teach you everything, for example, for my COM 451 Communication and Marketing class, I feel that it just gave me a tiny insight into what is marcom like. So I feel that even if you take business with a marketing concentration, you won’t know everything about marketing right away. There might be some external software or tools that you won’t learn in class.

      Secondly, what kind of marketing do you want to do? Digital marketing? Market research? Sales + marketing jobs? Different kinds of marketing jobs (or even the same job role in different companies) requires you to know different skills. For example, I have seen a job listing for market researcher that requires the applicant to come from a quantitative background such as econs, finance, business, marketing. I’m not even sure if someone from a comms background would be considered for the job :p But that’s just one job description, and back to my first point, sometimes whether your major is comms or business isn’t the most important since both majors can do marketing.

      Thirdly, do you think you will like the modules for business? Because you have to learn some economics, accounting and management modules. For business, it’s lots of projects, case studies and presentations. I have heard of people who struggled with the prerequisite modules for business and ended up switching their major. Initially they took business because they think it is more practical, but they actually didn’t like to study business. For comms, to be honest, I feel that most of the modules aren’t really relevant to marketing or communication/media related jobs. Most of it is just studying about communication as a social science, so comms in UB is not mass communication and mass media. But we also have a lot of projects and presentations lol, but no case studies. Anyway, did you know you can take a marketing minor in UB? But remember, your major is still Communication and it is a Bachelor of Arts, but you could still tell your future employers that you have done some marketing modules in school as part of a minor.

      Maybe you’d want to look at the brochure for UB programmes again… the info on minors is on page 25


  5. Hello there, thank you so much for paving the way for new students. I’m from the fall 2016 batch and this has helped me in the past 1 year and I would have to thank you for that. Just wanna ask when will you be graduating? And also a random question, are you a guy or girl? Hahaha XD


    • Hello! Welcome and thanks too! I’m glad that it has been helpful for you 🙂 Spring 2018 will most probably be my last semester. Haha it doesn’t matter whether I’m a guy or a girl xD
      Oh I know why. You’re asking this because you’re thinking, “Guys will write this kind of thing one meh? Cannot be wad.” 😀


  6. Haha I’m not sure yet, so far she’s been asking is us to print out slides to fill in the blanks during lessons though. I think she did mention not liking MCQs, so I guess it’ll be filling in the blanks! 😦


  7. Hi! Thanks for the great blog, it is really useful! 🙂 I am a Freshie that just enrolled in UB’s Communications this Fall, and I just want to ask if you can tell me more about the Add / Drop thing the AA keeps talking about. I am now doing all the required mods in order to get into my major, so when does this Add / Drop thing work? And will there be a point where I am allowed to choose whatever mods I want to take?


    • Hi! Welcome to UB! And also thanks for reading my blog! 🙂

      Add/Drop is a period where you can add, drop, swap your modules. But if you’re in your first semester, the AA will usually advise you not to add/drop/swap your mods because you’ll be taking the mods required to gain acceptance into your major first. For this semester, the last date to add/drop your modules is 6 September 11.59 am, after which you’ll be billed for any mods that you have.

      You can actually start to choose your modules from your second semester, but you’ll still be given the mods which you’ll need to clear first. Because if you drop them, you might not be preregistered for it again and some mods are very hard to get into. So what you can do is to change the time or lecturer. But from experience, most required mods have slots available for you, it’s the electives (depending on which class) that are always filled. I’ve dropped a com elective before; they gave me a different one the next semester. I’ve also dropped UGC 211 before (required mod under the old syllabus), and they gave it to me again the next semester.

      But add/drop at your own risk though, don’t come after me if anything bad happens haha xD Anyway, if worse comes to worst, you have to take any com elective that is available.


      • Hi, thanks so much for replying! I sort of see how it works now, but I got my free electives all waived off because I was from poly. Does that mean I can’t choose any of my modules now? 😦 Sorry I keep asking questions!


      • Haha it’s ok, I’m here to answer your questions. You can still choose those modules in your pathways, Comm electives, and also one of the Psy or Soc modules. Other than that I don’t think you can pick anything else. Btw, if you’d like, you can also take other modules as an ‘extra’, it won’t fulfil any requirement, but just for interest or whatever. But of course you’ll need to pay.


  8. Hi! First off, thank you so much for taking the time to write all of these reviews! It has been quite helpful for me so far! I’m currently a Freshman majoring in Comms.

    I was just wondering why did you have two PSY101 modules? (One by Dr Yeap in Fall 2014 and another by Dr Reena Spring 2017)

    Also, I’m currently taking PSY199 by Dr Li Mei Chew and am curious whether you have ever taken this module or know anything about it?

    Thank you! 🙂


    • Hi! Welcome to UB! And thanks for reading my blog/reviews haha

      I have 2 PSY 101 modules because I retook PSY 101 in Spring 2017 under Dr Reena. I did very badly under Dr Yeap because it’s mostly fill-in-the-blanks, which is a killer for me and most of my friends. If you have PSY 101 under Dr Yeap and it’s still fill-in-the-blanks, you need to work really hard.

      I’ve not taken PSY 199 before; it’s a new module offered for the first time this semester. PSY 199 is a UB seminar mod that is required under the new UB syllabus. You can take any UB Seminar class numbered “199” but since only PSY 199 is offered, you have to take that.
      I hope it’s interesting for you. 🙂


  9. Just wanna thank you for making the effort to review each and every module you took. (: Interesting and helpful. (I’m from UB too but not in Comms)


  10. Hello! Thank you so much for all your reviews here! I find them super useful 🙂 Since you have taken both public speaking and marketing communication, I wish to consult you with something. For the modules I currently have for next semester, I have both advertising and marketing comm, public speaking and a special comm topic. I was thinking whether I should drop public speaking for another free elect and take it in another sem when I don’t have both marketing comm and advertising! (Since I heard from others that advertising and marketing comm are quite hard and public speaking requires a number of work too) What do you think? 🙂


    • Hello! Thanks for reading my reviews and I’m glad that you found them useful! 🙂

      Hmm I don’t know what free elective you are going to take, but I think maybe you should swap public speaking speaking for it. After all, public speaking is offered every spring and fall semester. As for the workload for public speaking, for each speech (except special occasion speech), you need to weave in info from around 3 credible sources to support your speech, and you still need to practice of course.

      I don’t have much tips for marketing comm, except that study hard for your mid term and quizzes (for my semester, his slides are enough). I wasn’t involved in designing for our project, so to me, the workload for marketing comm is a lot lesser than public speaking lol.


  11. Hi,
    I am currently considering switching course from UOL Business Mgmt to Buffalo’s Communication after first year, both in SIM. Do you mind elaborating what each modules teach/do in this course? Because I couldn’t get much info from the brochure itself provided on the website as they only provide a list of them without explanations.
    Much appreciated! 🙂


  12. Hi, just wondering does UB accept any private diplomas from a relevant course ? Wanted to know if there are any students who got accepted into UB with private diplomas so i’ll know if i stand a chance :/


    • Hi, I think you can still try to apply, because no harm applying 🙂 UB still accepts the equivalent of a high school leaving certificate. But be prepared, you might not get as much exemptions though. I don’t know anyone in UB with a private diploma, though I have met 1 person with an SIM Diploma.


  13. Hello 🙂 I wanna find out if you have more information regarding sim UB scholarships…. it can be anything, from the chances of getting it/requirements/what it covers etc. I’m thinking of working towards it because the tuition fees for UB is really expensive and I don’t want to have a huge debt when I go out to work in future 😦 Thanks in advance!


  14. Hi ! I would like to ask on the career aspects of being a UB graudate ? especially for Sociology though that’s not your major ! Really appreciate an honest feedback on this. UB Coms as well, thank you !


    • Hi! Hmm in general, arts degrees like Comm and Soci can apply for any job that don’t require a specific degree. Sometimes it depends on the company too. If they didn’t state that a degree from a specific field is required in order to apply for the job, you can try applying for those too even if it doesn’t sound related to what you are studying. For Comm, I have friends’ friends in PR, marketing, advertising, writing/media related jobs, HR, business development, sales jobs, etc. Also banking jobs like Wealth Planning manager also don’t require a degree from a specific field. I’m not too sure about soci majors though so I won’t really comment on it, but as I said before, it depends on the company on what kind of degree they want. So sometimes Soci majors can also apply for writing or marketing jobs too.


  15. Hi, thanks for constantly updating this blog, it’s really helped me quite a bit in my research of the school. I am currently thinking of enrolling into UB’s 2018 spring batch but after seeing the modules, i’ve started feeling a little doubtful. I would like to ask if there will be any modules or subjects in this degree that will allow me to do something related to new/digital media? cos so far, i believe that the modules are mainly revolving around the study of sociology and psychology; and are barely/not focusing on print or new media at all. sorry if it’s wrong, i’m still very new to this! anyway, last qtn, i was also wondering, what are the prerequisites to study at the actual UB campus itself; and if you have anything to share about it. thank you so much!


    • Hi, UB’s communication programme focusing on taking a scientific approach to communication, so it is less about mass media and new media. Here at SIM-UB, the there is only 1 module that would be the closest to what you are looking for, COM 240 Survey of mass communication, as it covers a little on new media. In UB itself, the closest would probably be COM 242 Effects of mass communication, COM 244 History of the media, COM 243 Mass media and foreign policy, and of course, COM 240. The reason why UB’s Communication programme has no new/digital media modules is because it is being offered under the Media Study major, which is not offered in SIM.

      As for the prerequisites to study at the actual UB campus, you need to be accepted into your major first. That means fulfilling all the prerequisite modules (takes about 1 year) and your GPA must be at least 2.5 if I remember correctly. Some people have even ‘transferred’ over to the actual UB campus, i.e. studying there for 2 years instead of 1 semester or 1 year. But if you want to study at UB itself, you will be paying international student fees. Actually the minimum number of credits you can take in UB is 12 credits (about 4 classes). But most students go there in their final semester and they only have 4 or fewer classes to complete, so they are able to take less than 4 classes. That means lower fees.

      I hope this helps. If there’s anything else you want to know you can ask me 🙂


  16. Hi! Thank you so much for making this blog. It helped me to gain a deeper insight into SIM-UB! I got accepted into the Fall semester this August for Comms and am hoping to find people who have received the same news. My twitter is @thebanelights so please let me know if you are attending the fall semester Comms @ SIM-UB too.

    Once again, thank you so much for sharing the information!


  17. i just stumbled upon your blog today, i think it’s super useful! thank you fr taking the time to write! some qns – i realized tt ur grades are rly good, may i know if you have tried applying fr the sim-ge scholarship? i am interested in that (and plan to apply if my grades are stellar) what is the gpa that theyre looking fr typically? also, do you know anyone who takes the french language? did they say anyth abt their exp? thanks agn! ((:


    • Hi! Thanks and I’m glad that you found my blog useful! 😀 Honestly, I don’t think my grades are that good. And no, I’ve not tried to apply for the scholarship because I don’t have an impressive CCA record + leadership skills lol So I’m not sure what is the GPA they are looking for. But if you want to apply, just apply; there’s no harm in trying 🙂 If you manage to get it, you’ll save a lot of money. If you didn’t get it, you can try again or at least you can tell yourself that at least you tried.

      Hmm from what others have told me, they find that the Korean class is easier than French. The French teacher uses a lot of French in class, more assignments to do, and there is also an essay for each of the two tests.


  18. Hi! I couldnt find much information on the SIM website confirming whether you go straight to taking modules in your major or you get to do a variety of classes (like FASS in NUS) before deciding on your major later on. Additionally, how often are consultations and how do they work? Thanks for your help 🙂


    • Hi! After you apply, you are already considered as an intended (insert name of major) major. But you are not officially a (insert name of major) major yet. You need to take the prerequisite modules and fulfil a certain GPA (very easy) in order for your major to be confirmed. So in a way, you have already decided on your major, you are just working to fulfil the requirements for it to be official. And do choose your major carefully before you apply because once you are admitted into SIM-UB, you will need to pay $214 to change your major.

      As for consultations, after the lesson ends, you are free to leave, or you can stay to ask the teacher questions. Consultations are not compulsory; the school just gives a 1 hour time slot so that teachers can stay behind to answer the students’ questions. If there are no students who want to ask questions, the teacher will leave.


  19. Hey! I just wanted to ask, can people take minors in UB? (lol i know it is a stupid question but yeah) I personally want to apply to sim UB comms too because of my not-so-spectacular A level results. May I also ask, what is the general culture like in UB? Are there students who were previously from JC as well? (Sorry for bombarding you with questions!) Thanks!


    • Hi! Haha it’s ok. I’m here to answer your questions xD

      Yes, minors are available for non business majors. But there are only 2 minors available – Marketing and Management. Yes, there are students from JC. About 40% of my cohort was from JC. I’m from JC too 🙂

      This is the first time someone asked me about school culture so I’ll try my best to answer correctly :p

      People here usually hang out in cliques (mostly found from project work instead of orientation), though there are some people who get by uni life without any super-close friends. I find that students here tend to stick to their cliques a little too tightly; other than their cliques, they don’t really make an effort to get to know other classmates. Students here are also very serious when doing their projects. We meet up just to do and chat about projects, then part ways. Or sometimes we don’t even meet up; we discuss everything on WhatsApp and do it on Google Docs. So you will be able to meet a lot of people in UB, but it is hard to form deeper friendships with them.

      Most people don’t have a CCA because we already have a heavier workload as compared to students from UOL + a lot of students here are working part-time. Those that do have a CCA, are in UB’s Student Council. Oh, and the student council organises a welfare week every semester before the final exams where they will give snacks and drinks in a paper bag. It’s free and many UB students look forward to it 😀

      *Note that whatever I said might not be just specific to UB.

      Do let me know if you have any more questions 🙂

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  20. Hi, thank you so much for this blog it is so helpful! I’m still trying to decide between RMIT and UB communications, so I was hoping you could help me out!

    Is UB like poly style learning or more like UOL? I know RMIT is a lot like poly but I can’t tell from the brochure what UB will be like. Thanks!!


    • Hi, thanks for reading my blog! I’m glad that you found it helpful 😀 UB is also poly style like RMIT, with various types of assessments for each module. UOL is just 1 main exam for each module.

      Feel free to ask if you need more help 🙂


      • Okay, is it like 2 main exams per year with a bunch of quizzes in between? Will we be in like a class or something? I’ve heard its really hard to make friends in UOL, is it the same for UB? Haha thank you so much for your time!


      • UB has 3 semesters a year. Each semester you will have 4 – 5 modules; usually students take 4. Most modules will have a midterm and final exam, and some assignments or project. So that is around 8 – 10 exams a semester. I not sure how heavy is the content for UOL exams. But exams in UB are still quite manageable. Usually for the lower level classes like 101s, there will be around 60 – 80 students. That will be in a lecture theatre. For upper level classes like 300s and 400s, usually it’s 50 – 55 students in a classroom.

        From what I observed, a lot of people are in cliques of 4 or 5. Occasionally, I see even larger cliques. Idk how that happened lol maybe they stick with their project groupmates throughout their uni life, or they just sit beside anyone who they have talked to before but are not close with. I feel that making friends depends on the people you interact with and also yourself. For example, even if you are alone, you can try to talk the person beside you. In most of the classes I have attended, there are always people who are alone (sometimes they really have no friends or all their friends are in another class). You can try to sit beside them and talk to them. So no worries because there will always be someone you can talk to in class 🙂 Maybe you won’t hang out with that person for 3 years but at least you have a friend in class 🙂


  21. Hey, when I was unable to decide whether I should do communication in SIM or not, I was searching for some inputs in the Internet and seriously your blog is the only source which I felt is legit. I got a clear insight of the course and decided to this as it is of my interest. I’m a high school student from India who is writing my final exams. I recently applied for the course. I generally get B+, A(not much of A+) in almost all the subjects. So my question is… do I have a fair chance to get accepted for the course? Also, do have any idea about the average percentage(marks) an applicant should get to have a very good chance? I’ll be more than happy if you can answer my question. Thanks in advance. Also, sorry for firing these many questions. Just an anxious and tensed applicant.


  22. Ahhh i see, thank you for your reply! 😀
    I do have a few other questions if you don’t mind answering haha. (sorry for the trouble!)

    1. Are there opportunities for internships and overseas exchange?

    2. I noticed that you have reviewed mods (eg. NTR, UGC) that are outside of the prerequisite mods and required mods listed on the ub comms programme structure website.Are those considered free electives? Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question haha 😅


    • No it’s ok 😀

      1. There are opportunities for both. SIM will have a portal for internships and SUMMER exchange programmes. During the Fall and Spring semesters, you can apply to go to the UB campus in Buffalo to study.

      2. UB just changed its syllabus. Those mods were required for the old syllabus. UGC will not be offered anymore after Spring 2018. I’m not sure about NTR though, but I know it can fulfil the Scientific Literacy and Inquiry requirement. So they are not free electives when I took it.

      And no, it’s not a dumb question lol


  23. Hello! Chanced upon your blog while looking for information on UB Comms. You seem really friendly and nice!
    My A level results aren’t spectacular so I am now looking into private unis and found UB Comms and Psych very interesting! Would you recommend directly applying for the double major prog or apply for the Single Major first and then opt for Double Major?

    I’m also quite worried about not being accepted into the prog since I only scored Cs and Ds for As..

    Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!


    • Hello! Thanks for reading my blog! I’m not sure if you have other concerns for not applying for Double Major Comms and Psych in your application, but do take note that if you want to change your major, (from double major to single major, or from single major to double major, or from single major to another single major), you need to pay $200+ for the change. So if you really want to do both comms and psych, just go ahead and apply for it 🙂 Don’t be worried about not being able to get in.

      So far I’ve not heard of anyone not getting their choices and I don’t think their A level or poly results are very good either. But if you are hesitating because you are worried that you might not like either comms or psych, then maybe you should spend more time to think about it. Anyway, if people really need to change their major (don’t like it, find it difficult, etc.) they will just pay the $200+.

      I hope this helps 😀


  24. hi! how does your weekly timetable typically look like? are there classes everyday? how many hours per day? i know it depends on how you schedule, but i’m just curious to see. thank you so much!


    • Hi! I usually take 4 modules. And since each module is 1.5 hours, twice a week, I will spread them over 4 days. For e.g. Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, 8.30 am – 10 pm and 12 pm – 1.30 pm. Friday would be a free day. If I have 5 modules, it’s the same timetable + a class from 3.30 pm to 5 pm on Monday and Wednesday.


  25. Hi,

    I applied for May intake. may i know roughly when the results will be out if i got in or not? i’m so stressed out over this.


  26. Hi I have some questions about your time at UB.

    First of all how many modules did you opt to take per sem? and so how often did you have to go to school and for how long at a time?
    I’m asking this because I intend to study full time and I want a good school-life balance for each semester, rather than going just 2-3 times a week for only a couple of hours like my friends who are currently in RMIT.

    Secondly since you are from JC may I ask if you have any poly friends who scored a GPA of less than 2 who managed to get into UB Comms? (I’ve never been able to do well in anything I wasn’t moderately interested in but I did get an A for my O level English, and 115/120 for my IBT TOEFLs.) So I wanted to know if these factors would be taken into consideration.

    I hope you will be able to help me as I am really very keen on studying Comms in UB and this info would be of tremendous help in my consideration. Hope to hear back from you soon!


  27. hello! I’ve tried posting this same comment thrice and i don’t see it anywhere so here i am trying another time HAHA

    hello ! i’m a first year student in UB right now, soon to complete my first sem. I’m currently taking both com101 and soc101. When i first chose my majors (psy and com), i didnt know what kind of job/career i would want to pursue when i grad, but i have always believed in studying the things where my interests lead me to. i would like to ask if you have any friends, or you yourself included, been confused and has thought of changing majors (com to soci, and vice versa), esp after taking on the mods. ive tried talking to prof, AA and the people around me but i’m still doubtful of whether to change my major from com to soc 😦 i felt that the com101 is dull and boring in content, but when it comes to the thought of specific mods like persuasion or political com, it really interest me. for soci, i’ve felt that it is a rather broad discipline and theres no specific mods that really speak my interest but soci changes the way i think and thats fascinating. i would just like to know if you or your friends have faced such woes and if i could get some advice from you (:


    • Hi! Haha, you don’t see it anywhere because I need to approve the comments first before it will appear. And sorry for the late reply; I’ve been busy recently with exams and assignments.

      Hmm, I assume you take psy and com in the first place because you think you might get a job more easily? And that you don’t really like psy? Have you considered double majoring in com and soci instead?

      Anyway, to answer your concerns, yep, I also believe in studying what you like. To tell you the truth, I applied for soci major initially because I was interested in the issues and topics that sociology covers, but I withdrew my application and applied for com major in the next application. I did this because I felt that as a com major, there were more obvious jobs such as public relations, advertising, marketing, etc. but I don’t know what can a soci major do. But I was still interested in soci and also even after taking soc 101. Thus, whenever I had the opportunity, I tried to add soci classes for those topics that I’m interested in. The first soci class I added was Cinematic Sociology. After being in the class for a week, I realised that for some reason, I didn’t really like what it was about and thought that it was tough too. It’s like analysing films and viewing whatever that is being portrayed, in a different light. And there were essays too, which I would take a long time to write. So I dropped that class. The second soci class that I took was Sociology of Gender. Again, after sitting in the class for a week, I realised I didn’t like the way it was taught and I dropped it too. After my experiences in these 2 classes, I know why I didn’t like it. I’m interested in topics like family, gender, deviance, culture, etc. but I just don’t like to learn it from a soci perspective. I prefer to read such topics on their own.

      My reason for telling you this is, you should try and add classes that you think you might be interested in or just sit in to get a feel of how the class is like and whether you really like it or not. Asking profs about soci or what the class is about doesn’t really work at times, at least for me. And don’t base your assumptions of a major just on those 101 mods. The upper level mods can be different. For example, those level 300 soci mods that I’ve tried are quite different from soc 101. Also, I’m taking social psychology now, and it’s quite different from psy 101. As for com 101, it might be a little boring because it’s all theories (at least that is what I feel), but I still remained as a com major because I’m comfortable with the content and the mods offered so far and the ang moh com lecturers seem more informal, laidback and friendly than the soci lecturers that I have experienced. Tbh, I feel that every major will have some boring mods. Soci has a soci theory mod too. And sometimes whether a class is boring or not also depends on the lecturer.

      Also, for the persuasion mod, it is not guaranteed it might be offered again, and so far political com is only offered every summer. If you want to choose your major based on the type of mods offered, I recommend you to save a copy of the modules that are offered every semester so that you can compare and contrast and notice trends too, such as which mod is offered frequently, which is only offered during fall, etc. And you need to like most of the mods that are being offered too because for com mods, it is usually the same mods that are offered semester after semester, maybe only 1 or 2 that will change. Anyway, if you have more questions about com mods, you can ask me 🙂 Not so sure about mods from other majors because I didn’t really take them.

      So yep, I’ve told you my experiences 😀 Sorry I don’t have any friends who have thought or are thinking of switching majors :p


    • Hi! It’s best if you get the textbook since there will be some questions from it that can’t be found from the notes. You can always photocopy the textbook if the original is expensive 🙂


  28. Ohhh thanks. But honestly, does the entire cohort attend the orientation camp? Like how many percentage. And if u missed the camp, is it different to integrate with the rest in class?


    • I’m not very sure what is the percentage, but my orientation group leader told me that it is around 85%. Well, I didn’t go for the camp because partly I was scared of what kind of activities they might have, and I’m not into camps either. But I still managed to mix around with others in the first week of school so I don’t think it’s difficult to integrate. In addition, I’m a quiet person :p
      Anyway, for my orientation group, only 3 out of 18 people attended the camp lol However, when I met the others in school or during lectures, I saw that they have many friends, so I don’t think you need to worry too much 🙂


  29. Hi, how do you form project groups in UB? Is it via consultation/tutorials (where the classes are small eg 25 ppl) or lectures (across the whole cohort)? And will the teachers ensure that everyone has a group? Thank you.


    • Hi! Firstly, there are no lessons during consultation, it’s just a period of time for you to ask your teacher some questions. So people usually leave after the lesson, they do not stay for consultation. And we don’t have tutorials here 🙂

      As for how to form project groups, usually either you turn around and ask to join people who are sitting next to you or they ask you first. Some students just form groups with people they know. Others just wait around till the teacher asks if anyone doesn’t have a group, or they inform the teacher themselves. Most of the time, the teacher will ask just to confirm that everyone has a group. And most of the time they would also help to find groups for those few students who aren’t in one. All these applies for any types of class, regardless of whether it’s a large lecture (around 70 – 80+ students) or a smaller class (around 50 – 55 students). However, sometimes groups are assigned randomly by the teachers so you don’t have to look for one yourself 😀

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  30. Omg I have been in a dilemma for awhile now and your blog and replies to comments are so extensively useful THANKS so much for your time and effort!!


  31. Hello! Just wanted to say thank you for this! 🙂 It’s the closest thing we have to ratemyprofessor, which Singaporean lecturers aren’t on.


  32. Thanks for the encouragement! Glad that you find my blog useful and I hope to see you around in UB! I tend not to write about school life because my school life mainly revolves around attending lectures xD So I’ll just wait for people to ask questions about life in SIM in general!


  33. Wow thank you so much for the heads up! I pretty much have a rough idea now for UB thank you for clearing the doubts I had! I am so glad that i stumbled upon this blog, I honestly didnt expect a response and certainly not a reply with such depth! What you’re doing here is awesome and it helps clueless people like me. Please continue to write your experiences with the modules that your took and hopefully shool life!

    Thank you once again! 🙂


  34. Im was from an engineering course in poly so it would be a totally new thing as i have no idea what to expect. I was thinking of Business Administration in UB! I mean I want to have good grades like most students but my results always show otherwise. 😦


    • Ok. I don’t know much about RMIT so I don’t have a lot of info, but my friend, who is from poly, told me that it’s quite busy; there are lots of projects and assignments, and some exams. In UB, there are also all of the above, but for Business Admin, a typical class roughly consists of one major project (including presentation), 2 exams, case studies and discussion in class, and individual assignments. If you take 4 classes, you would have x4 of the above. And yes, there are presentations for every project that is required by the class. Don’t worry, I suck at presentations too. I talk too softly, mumble; probably one of the worst in class, but I still get by. Practice what you are going to say helps. Furthermore, most lecturers don’t really focus on allocating marks to the quality of delivery for the presentation. If they do, it usually lesser than the marks allocated to the content and research of the presentation.

      I’m not sure if RMIT or UB is easier to score, but based on my experiences as a Communication major in UB, lectures tend to be very lenient with their grading. Most students get an average of A- for their grades, with some B+ and A here and there. I know the trend is around the same for Psychology and Sociology majors too, so it should more or less be the same for Business Admin too. Based on these grades, people would get around a 3.2 GPA to a 3.6 GPA. In UB, you only need a 3.20 and 3.50 to get latin honors; cum laude and magna cum laude respectively.

      I see that your English isn’t too bad, so you wouldn’t have a problem in UB! There are others whose English is worse than yours. Also, most lecturers do not deduct marks for bad English (such as bad grammar), but if they do (I had 3 lecturers who would deduct marks), at most it is only 2 marks off your assignment. So no biggie. 🙂

      According to some poly students that I’ve talked to in UB, the structure is quite similar, though ironically, students from JC tend to do better than those from poly. Anyway, I also have a friend who is from an engineering course in poly, studying Communication now, and is doing fine! Most students in UB are from poly anyway, so if you come here you might be able to find someone who is in the same boat as you! 😀

      As for me, personally I would still choose UB! I feel that UB gives a well rounded education that is similar to the local Unis. For example, just like in the local Unis, we have to take classes outside of our major, called “General Education” (GE) classes. Not General Election haha. These include, Written English, Nutrition, a Humanities class. Some people day that they don’t like the fact that they have to study outside of their major, and fear that it might affect their GPA. But I say, just go for it and you’ll learn something new too! I feel that these classes help to make our Uni life more interesting, at least we aren’t stuck with all Communication or all Business Admin classes for the next 2 or 3 years. That would be boring 😛 Furthermore, if you don’t mind paying more to study extra (taking more classes outside of the requirements), you can take classes from other majors, or even learn a new language. We have Beginner French and Korean now!

      My other reasons for still choosing UB include:

      1. UB has no bell-curve, at least I haven’t heard of any lecturers implementing it.

      2. Flexible schedule; you can take up to 6 classes a semester or even a minimum of 1,though I would advise you not to do so. Taking 6 is kind of hectic. And if you take fewer than 4 classes, you WILL graduate later than everyone else, and it might be hard to get back the classes if they are popular. I suggest only taking less than 4 classes if you are going to work part time, or if it is your last few semesters and you want to chillax.

      3. Different types of assessments. It’s not all projects or all exams, but a mix of everything.

      4. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in exams/ quizzes. In UB, MCQs form a large component in exams, and especially quizzes. In communication classes, almost all the exams and quizzes are all MCQs. In Business Admin, there will most probably be a mix of essays and MCQs though.

      5. Easiness. I feel that UB is A LOT easier than JC. Not sure why. At least over here, as long as I put in the effort, I can get an A or A-. I study like siao in JC but can’t even pass lol Anyway, a tip for you, don’t leave homework till the last minute, it’ll give you a lot of unnecessary stress, you can’t put in much effort, and you won’t have time to proofread your work for mistakes –> lower grade than what you might be able to get if you didn’t leave homework till the last minute.

      6. Reputation. UB Has a better reputation than RMIT. If it can stand out from the rest of the thousands of Universities in US, it shouldn’t be bad. UB does a lot of research too. Unfortunately for RMIT, they made some blunders in the past. Furthermore, degrees from RMIT and even UOL are a little common these days. UB is only one out of the two US unis that offers degrees in Singapore. And a UB degree can only be obtained from SIM or UB itself.

      Lastly, if you are ever worried about the cost, don’t worry. Since you are from poly, the cost for going to UB would be almost the same as going to RMIT. This makes decision making a lot easier 🙂

      I hope this helps! 🙂

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  35. Hello, some questions regarding University of Buffalo. im currently in a dilemma between RMIT or UB. Firstly, It is ture that RMIT has a better chance of scoring than UB, and is UB manageable for people who are bad in english? Secondly, do you have many presentations? (because I suck at presentations…) if so, is it copable? Finally, if you were to choose again, would you still choose UB and recommands it or are there any Uni that you feel are better than UB, and why? Thank you and i hope to hear from you!!!:)


    • Hello, thanks for reading my blog! But first things first, are you from poly or JC? Do you have an idea of what course you might want to take in UB? Are you aiming for really good grades?


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