Spring 2018

CSE 111 Introduction to Quantitative analysis and Reasoning with Computing

Instructor: Dr Sally Yong

This module consists of 2 projects, 2 quizzes, 1 mid-terms and 1 finals. Projects are 20% each, quizzes are 10% each, mid-term is 15% while final exam is 25%. Projects are interesting but can be quite difficult to score as she marks strictly. For the first project, my group got 16/20. For the second project, we got 17/20. I think quite a few groups did better than us for projects. The good thing about the prof is that she allows you to do project work in class. This helps to save a lot of time and allow us to focus on other modules. Her classes are dedicated to project discussion for one day and lecture for the other. 

Content wise, some topics can be quite challenging. Personally, I faced difficulties in those technical topics like computer architecture and their functions, machine cycles etc. I got full marks for quiz 1 but did really badly for my mid-terms hahaha. I would advise you to study everything in the notes, especially diagrams!! (Don’t say I never warn you!) I got 8/10 for second quiz hahaha. Finals was doable, for me at least. Her exam review was quite useful so please attend it! 

Overall, the prof is quite friendly and helpful. You can ask her any questions after class and she will be willing to help you. 

My grade for this course: B+


COM 125 Introduction to the Internet 

Instructor: Abel Choy 

A rather chill module in my opinion. I really enjoyed Prof Abel classes as he makes classes interesting and light-hearted. This module consists of a midterm exam (20%), one finals (20%), group project (35%), blogposts (15%) and class sharing (10%). The midterm exam was quite easy!! He provides a lot of kahoot questions so you will know what’s the standard of his tests like. You also have to write 10 blogposts, one a week. He will tell you more about it when the time comes. For me, I tried to do one every week so that I would not be stress by the end of the 15 weeks. Group project was to research about any smart products in the future. For my group, we researched about smart schools. We had to do a presentation and report on it. Overall, my group got 82% for report and 89% for presentation. Finals was quite challenging as some questions were tricky. I was quite sad that I didn’t get an A for this module as I thought it would be easy. 😦 

My grade for this course: A- 


UGC 112 World Civilisations II 

Instructor: Michael Halliday 

I was initially quite afraid of this module because of the reviews I read on this blog by seniors. However, this module was thankfully still quite alright. There’s 5-6 surprise quizzes (5 questions each) worth 10% on that week’s readings. Try your best to get full marks for it as it can help pull up your grades. Most (not all!!) of the answers come from bolded words in the textbook so make sure you know the meaning of the words. There’s a class presentation (individual) as well. Just need to present on a particular commodity (eg: tea, coffee, cocoa) and you will get the 5% if you meet the criteria. There’s 3 tests, each worth 25%. The test constitutes of 25 MCQ, 10 fill in the blanks and a 30 marks essay. The final test is only MCQ. Oh, and there’s also 5 bonus questions at the back so go for it! I feel that the prof is quite lenient with his marking. Even if you spell a certain term or name wrongly, he would still give you the marks. His teaching was okay, crack a few jokes here and there and also showed the class some videos. I got 100/100 for test 1 and 89/100 for test 2. 

My grade for this course: A


SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Science 

Instructor: Dr Radhi Raja 

This module is quite easy to score A/A-!! The content is easy as long as you pay attention in class and practice. The prof goes through the content quite slowly so it’s easy to follow. The last few chapters were quite challenging for me because it was my first time learning it. However, with additional practice, I managed to grasp it. There are 2 tests (25% each) and one finals (30%). The first 2 tests consist of MCQ and a few problem sums. I felt that mcq had a lot of theory and definition so it would be good to read the textbook. Finals consist of 60 mcqs. Again, there were more questions on theory. I got 46/50 for test 1 and 47/50 for test 2. Tips to succeed in this module: pay attention in class, do your homework and try to understand every theory! 

My grade for this course: A


COM 240 Survey of Mass Communication  

Instructor: Kenton Anderson 

This module consists of 4 tests, assignments, blogposts and a group project. It sounds like a heavy module but well, I managed to survive it!! Test 1 is 10%, test 2 and 3 is 15% and test 4 is 20%. As I have taken Kenton’s class before, I knew his style of teaching and exam questions. Read the textbook and you will do fine!! Blogposts was rather doable as well. However, we had to do connect assignments every week. Connect is a platform which you have to purchase and there will be questions about the topics that you have to answer. It cost about $120 but you can also get the 2 weeks trial and chiong finish all the assignments (that’s what I did hahaha) The project revolved around an organization called Goodlife or other organisations of your own choice. We had to do a project on them and present on it. Overall, I felt that Kenton’s classes were much better compared to the previous semester. 

My grade for this course: A