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Curriculum for AY14/15


Core

Students who matriculated in Academic Year 2014/15 are required to complete 35 AUs under the Core category.
The following are compulsory Core courses students must take to graduate:
 
CS2005 - Speech and Argumentation - 3 AUs
 
CS2006- Theories of Visual Communication and their applications- 3 AUs
 
CS2008- Fundamentals of Research - 3 AUs
 
CS4103- Professional Internship - 14 AUs
 
CS4004- Final Year Project (FYP)- 12 AUs


Core Electives, or Prescribed Electives (PEs)
 
Students who matriculated in Academic Year 2014/2015 are required to complete a total of 35 Academic Units (AUs) of Core Electives/Prescribed Elective, within the duration of the four year degree programme.

Of the 35 AUs, at least 20 AUs must be upper-level PEs, as opposed to lower-level ones. Since upper-level courses are 4 AUs each, this means you will have to take a minimum of 5 upper-level PEs. You may take more than 20 AUs of upper-level PEs if you wish to.
This requirement only applies to you if you matriculated in AY2014/2015; your seniors are subject to different requirements.

GER-CORE (applicable for non USP CS students)

Students who matriculated in AY2014/2015 take 14 AUs of GER-CORE courses within the duration of their degree programmes. “GER” stands for “general education requirement”, and GER-CORE courses are ‘breadth’ courses required for all NTU students.

For Communication Studies (CS) students, requirements for GER-CORE courses are:

- 3 AUs (i.e. one course) from the Singapore Studies category- CS0209 Media Law, Ethics & Policy.
- 6 AUs (i.e. two courses) from the Communication Skills category - CS0201 Foundations of Communication Studies and CS0204 Basic Media Writing.

- Five 1 AU online courses:
 
HY0001 Ethics and Moral Reasoning,
GC0001 Sustainability
ET0001 Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
ML0001 Absolute Basics for Career
ML0002 Career Power Up! 
 
 
GER-PE

GER-PE (general education requirement-prescribed electives) courses are ‘breadth’ courses required for all NTU students, falling into three sub-categories:

- LA: Liberal Arts
- STS: Science, Technology and Society
- BM: Business Management
 
With effect AY2014/15, all NTU students need to complete a total of 15 AUs of GER-PEs. Of the 15 AUs, you must take at least 3 AUs from each sub-category, and the remaining 6 AUs can be from any of the sub-categories.

  • Requirements for students admitted in AY2014/2015
 
  
C​ORE ​GER CORE PE​ GERPE(LA) GERPE(BM)​ GERPE(STS)​ ​GERPE(any category) ​UE Total​
Yr1​ ​9 ​10* ​ ​15*  ​3 AU in any year ​  ​ ​3 AU in any year ​ ​ ​ ​3 AU in any year ​ ​ ​ ​6 AU in any of the 3 categories in any year ​ ​ ​ ​Total of 29AUs across ​ ​

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 128

Yr 2​ ​0 ​2**
​Yr 3 ​14 ​2*** 20*​ ​
​Yr 4 ​12 ​0
​Total 35 ​14 ​35 ​3 ​3 ​3 ​6 ​29
  
*The 10 AUs are for the following GER-CORE courses:      

  • CS0201 Foundations of Communication Studies
  • CS0204 Basic Media Writing
  • CS0209 Media Law, Ethics and Policy
  • GC0001 Intro to Sustainability- Multidisciplinary approaches & solutions

The 2 ** AUs are for the following 1 AU online courses:

  • HY0001 Ethics and Moral Reasoning
  • ML0001:​ Absolute Basics for Career                             

The 2 ***AUs are for the following 1 AU online courses:
 
  • ET0001 Enterprise & Innovation
  • ML0001 Career Power Up!

* Although the requirement is for students to take a minimum of 20 AUs of upper level PEs and a maximum of 15 AUs of lower level PEs, students who cannot clear the stipulated number of lower level PE AUs by the end of Year 2 can continue to take lower level PEs in Year 3 capped at 15 AUs.
 
 
COMMUNICATION STUDIES STUDENTS WHO ARE IN THE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAMME (USP)
 
                                                    
Requirements for University Scholars in Communication Studies AY2014_15

University Scholars Program students in Communication Studies complete the same requirements as other Communication Studies students. The differences in their curriculum is in the University Scholars Program requirements and in their General Education Requirement courses and their Unrestricted Electives.
 
 

Programme 
Year
of
Study
Number of Academic Units (AUs)
Major Requirements
USP Requirement
General Education Requirement (GER)
Total
Core
Major PE
USP Core
USP PE
GER Core
UE
 
Bachelor of Communication Studies
 
1
9
0
9
 
3
9
30^
2
0
15
6
 
1*
9
31^
3
14
12
 
3
 
3
32^
4
12
8
 
12
1**
2
35^
Total
35
35
15
15
5
23
128
 
        
 
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Effective AY2014-15, CS students in the USP are required to take ML0001 Absolute Basics for Career (1AU)*, and ML0002 Career Power Up! (1AU)**, each in the GER-CORE category. 

^Approximate AUs taken per academic year