Yo guys, just got back from reservist and of course I have also finished my exams at NTU for year 3 sem 1. It was a hell of a sem (seems like every sem is). But this time around it was better towards the end because I had only 3 exams, 1 was S/Ued away, 1 was 30% only, the last one was open book. And also because I was already year 3 and didn’t have a lot of shit to give about my grades already.
And… as usual for convenience sake I will make these posts culmulative by posting all the past mods up as well!
— Y3 S1 —-
CS4073: Change Communication (Major-PE)
This is very enjoyable course with a very nice Mr Ferry who strives to make the lessons interesting by having guest lecturers and sharing personal stories about change and how difficult it is for change to occur in organizations. The examples are relevant and thought-engaging, the people you meet are very diverse as well. For me almost 1/3 of the class were exchange students from Switzerland, France, Korea, Sweden and they all have their own stories to share and add to the dynamics. It’s a fun mod to take. Course assessment includes a midterm group project, an end term personal report and 30% closed book finals.
CS4032: Communications Campaign (Major-Core)
Unfortunately this is a course that I am not exactly sure what it is about, but my guess is that its a built up from the previous course CS2058. Essentially we learn about how to create communication campaigns, how to use the media tools and concepts in theory to reach out to the audiences. Course assessment includes a group project with two presentations and a 50% open book finals of which you will roughly know the questions beforehand.
CS4029: Creativity and Copywriting (Major-PE)
This course can be considered one of the most polarizing courses I took in WKW, because it while it does ‘teach’ some things, most of the grades you’ll get probably has no direct correlation to the amount of ‘hard work’ you do. In a way it’s like art and craft, if the teacher likes it, you’ll get a better grade. Of course my course trainer tries to leave subjectivities out of the judgement, but I know people who get constantly demoralised because of the barrage of Bs and Cs they get week after week. Anyway, this is a very heavy mod with weekly assignments and even 2 group projects, one of which includes storyboarding for a sister mod. But you do learn to take criticisms at facevalue, learn to pick up yourself and not your pride, learn to work with others, learn to churn volumes of work. And the best part? No exams. Hell, it was enough already at the end of the 11 assignments I had to do. I personally didn’t do very well for any of the assignments, until there was one self-promo ad that I cooked up in 30minutes and thought nothing of it. And boy I was surprised when it was featured as the best self-promo ad.
CS2068: Newsletter Practicum / ConnexSCIons (UE)
This was my baby mod this sem. They say that in WKW we put in the most effort in mods that have no grades. I don’t know why, but I agree. I spent weeks to finetune the design. Before which I took on the role of team leader of the Alumni section, and I had to coordinate 10plus interviews among my 4 team mates who will go out to get their scoop. And then was the designing phase, and essentially it went quite okay because I had experience working with the trainer thru a previous mod before. I also had experience with mag publications and I was able to reap the benefits of an efficient workflow. Admittedly I sacrificed collaboration for efficiency, but I knew everyone wanted to get the mod over and done with so they can focus on the exams, and we worked seamlessly as a team, all 12 of us, towards that goal. As a result we became the most efficient ConnexSCIons team ever in its history, concluding the semester 2 weeks before schedule. No exams, Pass / fail module.
— Y2 S2 —- EXCHANGE IN NATIONAL CHIAOTUNG UNIVERSITY, TAIWAN
— Y2 S1 —-
CS2007: Communication Theories and History (CORE)
In every semester there’s GOT to be a module like this. This is the equivalent of CS0201, CS2008 in terms of work load, pressure and effort needed. It’s a challenge because of the sheer amount of information to process; this mod feels like a 6AU module taken at a 3AU credit level. But as a reward you learn a lot of useful comm theories from many brillant old men, some of which are useful enough to be taken out for an intellectual drive to show off to your non-WKW friends. In fact this mod is so amazing (in both good and bad ways), its the rite of passage of all WKW students. It’s the slap in the face for everyone who thinks WKW is very easy. Just tell them, “You take 207 and tell me lah.” Yep, that good.
CS0900: Communication Strategies for Sustainability and Social Change (CORE)
This module didn’t leave a very good impression in my mind from the beginning because we simply didn’t know there’s such a module. It’s the hidden ninja that popped out of nowhere and says ‘hey, sorry man, you’ve gotta take me muahahahaha.’. Not a good first impression. The workload wasn’t too bad, but there projects were certainly not welcomed by many of us. They had too high a weightage and the rubrics for the entire course, including the administration just didn’t cut it for us. Coursework wise it’s easier than CS0201; perhaps if it wasn’t for the suddenness of its introduction to us, we might find it worthwhile. You learn about how to communicate for a more sustainable life. Or something like that.
CS2023: Publication Design
Publication Design was actually a good course overall. I believe many of us learnt the most out of this course, and even though there was work to do every week, it managed to be fun enough for me not to mind doing it. And being a freelancer outside, it sure benefitted me to take this course, since I finally got to ‘learn’ design from a real person other than from videos or books. The instructor’s logic and taste, while can be really difficult to comprehend (as a person) at times, is still pretty solid. Many of the things he said were true, and correct. And of course, the open book exam means you probably only need to practise flipping for your notes only. One of the most enjoyable mods in WKW I’ve taken.
CS2065: Radio Practicum
Radio Prac is a dream for me, because I’ve always wanted to try out being a DJ. It’s good exposure for someone who wants to talk into the mic; whether people listen to you or not; that’s another question altogether. But still it’s a good experience to be a DJ. I think that’s the most valuable takeaway for me. Another one depends on your role in Radio Fusion; I was a web director, and in the few months I revamped the website, learnt a hell out of HTML coding (the copy and paste kind though), and I guess that allowed me a crash self-taught course in website design. But workload wise, this is really really an easy course to take. No grades, no exams, just AUs to give away.
CS2058: Integrated Marketing Communication
I must admit I am probably the worst student to ever comment on this, because I’ve hardly attended any of the lectures (due to the very early timing), and among other reasons haha. But… Okay. The exam paper is easy, because somehow everyone would have prepared the script before hand. The only thing the exam really tests you on, is your memory skills. Shan’t comment further.
— Y1 S2 —
CS2008: Fundamentals of Research (CORE)
This one of the nail biting courses I took due to the sheer amount of work we needed to do. There’s a term long research assignment whereby we have to submit sections of the impending research paper to submit every 2-3 weeks for a measly 3% of our grades. Not to mention the free labour we had to commit to ‘contribute’ to the school’s pool of knowledge and to ‘help pull up our grades’. On the bright side, however, you will learn how to write a proper APA format research paper that you can use for the rest of your uni life.
CS2002: Information Literacy (CORE)
Hmm, this is a course where I would have traded a bit of the professor’s niceness with more teaching efficacy. I have to admit I don’t really know much about this course other than cramming with the textbook, which, isn’t all that engaging after all. This course has a very very nice lecturer, but unfortunately I didn’t manage to catch much balls during the lectures. Very little work, except for a term paper that you have to work in groups to complete. My group just had to rush it thru cos we had tonnes of other mods’ work to do.
CS2006: Visual Literacy (CORE)
THIS is the holy grail of WKW. The module some had been waiting for with bated anticipation, while others simply cringe at the thought of it. It’s basically a practical course with little to no help rendered. It’s a time where you are thrown to the deep end of the pool and given to your own devices to save yourself. Our tutors are professional and helpful, and they know a huge deal. But much of the work, the concepts and your own. And of course your wonderful friends at WKW will be willing to help as well.
This is a course where hard work might not necessarily pay off in letter grades, but in activating an endearing passion for broadcast. This course included a 3 minute music video that you have to conceptualise and carry out filming on your own (with your group), It’s gonna be tiring, troublesome and very time consuming. BUT, at the end of the day, you will be more than amazed at the quality of work you and your friends can create. It’s worth the effort. This is a wonderful course.
CS0203: Media In Singapore (CORE)
If I may be blunt here, this course is all about this awesome lecturer / media scholar / celebrity called CHERIAN GEORGE. If you haven’t heard him teach before, you will not realise how awesome this professor is. You will willingly wake up at 7am, travel across the island JUST to listen to him teach. His critique of Singapore Media (Jounalism) is unparalleled by almost any lecturer you’ve heard before. Ask us WKW seniors about him, and we will tell you he’s good; if not one of the best in NTU. Or Singapore. I shan’t spoil it for you, but if you’re heading to WKW, you can be assured your choice is right, partially due to lecturers like Cherian George.
— Y1 S1 —
CS0201: Foundation of Communication Studies (CORE)
This mod really changed the way I saw my world. It worked like a mirror + magnifying glass. It alerted me to the way I treated people, the way I talked, and listened. It challenged me to be more serious when listening, more careful when speaking, more aware of relationships.
CS0204: Basic Media Writing (CORE)
BMW threw me into the sea of media writing. Just like any non-swimmer learning how to swim, everyone had to figure what kind of writing worked for them. As much as you have a ‘standard’ style to write, everyone writes with their own style and opinions. It’s like swimming; once you get it, you won’t forget how to write a good piece of news story, brochure or press release.
CS2005: Speech and Argumentation (CORE)
Among all the courses, this one stood out as one of the most time consuming one. But looking back, it helped me become a wee bit more confident when I speak, and I can only imagine the benefits when I do presentations in future.