Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Academic Update AY2013/14 Sem 01

The workload for this semester is relatively light. SAP is within my expectation, but was pleasantly surprised by my A in ST3246 as the final was really horrendous. This semester will also be the first time I'm going to use my S/U. I still can't believe I need to S/U a statistics GEM haha... maybe qualitative mod is really not my thing. After S/U, my SAP for this semester will be 4.875. Hopefully, I would be able to get a Dean's List this time.

ST1131 Introduction to Statistics A-
MA1101R Linear Algebra I A
MA1102R Calculus A
EC1301Principles of Economics A
GEK1508Einstein's Universe and Quantum WeirdnessA
CS1010 Programming Methodology A-
ST2131 Probability B
MA2108 Mathematical Analysis I B+
EC2102Macroeconomic Analysis I A
PC1322Understanding the UniverseA+

ST2132Mathematical StatisticsA+
ST2137 Computer Aided Data Analysis A+
EC2101Microeconomics Analysis I A
LSM1302Gene and SocietyA+
GEK2503Remote Sensing for Earth ObservationA-
ST3131Regression AnalysisA
ST3236 Stochastic Processes IB+
ST3239 Survey Methodology A-
EC3312Game theory & its application in economicsA
EC3333Financial Economics IA+

ST3233Applied Time Series Analysis A
ST3246 Statistical Models for Actuarial ScienceA
EC3361Labor Economics IA+
EC3383Environmental EconomicsA-
GEM2901Reporting Statistics in MediaS/U


The module is taught by Dr. Alkema Leontine. She is really passionate in her teaching and very approachable for consultation. Module is not difficult, but it may take some time getting used to the various types of time series. Workload is light with one take-home mid term and a project. The only complaint I have is that she released the details for the project very late into the semester despite covering all the necessary content a few weeks prior to that. Finals was very do-able, the only challenge is probably to compete all the questions within the time limit as I overheard a few person saying that they did not have time to complete it.

For some reason this module is extremely popular. I spent over 1000 bid points for the module as I'm really determined to get it because it will help me prepare for my SOA exam in February. I'm not sure why others are so keen in it tho. Perhaps, because it is only offered once every 2 years, or because of the word 'Actuarial' in it (Taking this mod, however will NOT help you break into the actuarial career if you are not intending to take the professional actuary exams).

The module is taught by A/P Lim Tiong Wee. A good lecturer and extremely patient when going through his tutorials. However the pace for tutorial can be quite slow sometimes. The workload is extremely light for this module with an average of 3/4 questions per tutorial and a total of 6 assignment questions which are a give away. The finals is, however, a completely different story. While his assignments focuses on calculations and application, his final is purely theoretical. I believe many, including me, are caught off guard by it. It also does not help that the paper is extremely difficult and I can barely do half of it.

This module is more qualitative than quantitative. Dr Chua Tin Chiu who is also our Vice Dean, spent most of the time sharing with us his experience as a statistics/survey consultant. Although his stories are very interesting, it gets tiring after awhile. Workload is light, no tutorial, no mid term, only 2 very simple 800-1200 words essay. 

Taught by Peter James McGee. Most of the concepts in the first half of the semester is similar to EC2101. The mid term is straight forward while finals have some challenging questions. Also, McGee like to set funny questions which often involve some extra-terrestrial beings. 

Mid-Term median: 72/100

One of the worst module I have taken. Lots and lots of readings. I was caught off guard during the mid terms as I was not expecting it to test so much on readings, and got a less than desirable score. Having learnt my lesson, I spent considerable amount of time and effort going through all the boring  readings to prepare for my finals, BUT NOT A SINGLE QUESTIONS ON READINGS CAME OUT. Although Alberto SALVO is an Engineer during his undergrad years, his module is highly qualitative. Will not recommend this module to those who prefer modules which are more quantitative.   

Mid-Term median: 78/100

As usual, if anyone would like to have materials such as lecture notes or tutorials for any of the modules that I have taken before, you may access them through this link: NUS Modules.


  1. Hi i emailed you regarding the gem2901 and LSM1302 materials, thanks!

    1. got it, i jus sent u the links. hope it helps.

  2. hi could you email me lsm1302 materials? thank you

  3. I need your email in order to send it to you.

  4. Hi~~~ Do you have any materials for gem2901? My email is a0098180@nus.edu.sg
    Thank you so much!

  5. Hi, do you have any materials for gem2901? My email is satthia@gmail.com. Awesome blog btw!

  6. Hi, do you have any materials for GEM2901 and PC1322. My email is A0124680@nus.edu.sg Thank you very much

  7. Hi, can i get materials for GEM2901. My email is ryankohyc@gmail.com. awesome blog man.

    rock on!

  8. Hi may I have the materials for EC3383? My email is guohaopoh@hotmail.com. Thanks!

  9. Hi, is it possible for you to send me materials/notes for lsm1302 at misspolkacheese@hotmail.com? Thanks

  10. Hi, could you send the notes and tutorials for ST3233 to jdm11@rice.edu? It would really help a lot! Thanks so much and I enjoy your blog

  11. Hi! Can you send me the materials for EC3383 and EC3361? My email is flylikethestars@gmail.com
    Appreciate your module reviews!

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  14. Hi! Would it be possible possible for you to send me the materials for gem2901? My email is dimdidada@live.com

    thanks alot! Really appreciate your blogpost :)

  15. Hi! Do you still have the materials for EC3383?? If yes could you send it to my email please!!!!!


    THANK U SO MUCH!!!!!