Meet ZL. A current student at Singapore Institute of Management – University of London (SIM-UOL), who is in her 2nd year of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computing and Information Systems. Prior to entering SIM-UOL, she graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic. And she is a local student from Singapore.
1. What school do you study in? Singapore Institute of Management – University of London (SIM-UOL).
2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? None.
3. Why did you choose this school? It offers the earliest available IT course after my graduation from polytechnic.
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school?
Students carrying large amount of notes and books as SIM’s curriculum is pretty intense. You will study for 8 months and take only one final exam for each module which will make up 100% of your grade for that module.
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment?
That finals (that one exam at the end of the academic year) make up the 90% of the grade.
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be?
The module selection system. My modules this year is rather insane. And I was rejected for trying to change the timing of my classes.
7. And if there’s one thing you’d never change? Starbucks.
8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? Casual but presentable.
9. When you meet a new friend for the first time and you have to describe your school with one word, what would it be? Tiring.
10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of? Starbucks.
11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? I wouldn’t want to swap programs, I would rather enter the workforce early.
12. What is a common myth of your school? That we have a lot of holidays.
13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because? I live far away from school so I usually will not stay in school till late. Anything I have got to do I will bring it home to do.
14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? Nothing.
15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? Starbucks.
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it?
Build hostels/dorms so people like me (who stay far away from school) can apply and make it more convenient for ourselves.
17. In between classes, where can we find you? Study benches.
18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? Starbucks and common study areas.
19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? Food clique.
20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? Common Study Benches
21. What program are you in? Computing and Information Systems.
22. Is this related to your dream job? No it’s not related as my dream is to be an architect.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? $45K for 3 years and for every retake of each module you have to pay $2K+.
24. Do you think a degree in your course is cost efficient in terms of the quality of education you are receiving versus what you are paying? Yes. Our programme (under SIM-UOL) is considered the cheapest one in University of London (UOL).
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? $20+K because I feel that the inflation of price is only due to University of London’s brand name.
26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken? Introduction to E-Business.
27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? Mathematics. I’m retaking this module.
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning?
When planning with friends, plan in advance. Not in terms of timing as you only get to see the class timing after the system opens but like discuss the groups you want to be in. Also, be receptive of information that seniors pass down about what to expect for the different modules.
29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC) or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program?
JC. I’m from poly and I’m regretting it, there’s so much more practical in poly as compared to now as it’s mostly a lot of memorising etc. which is a huge leap from what I’m used to.
30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules?
If you’ve taken a module before during polytechnic days, and scored well then there will be exemptions. But the prerequisite is that you have to meet the grade criteria.
31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? 99% to 1%
32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? 7.5
33. Name 3 job fields people from your program go into.
34. Favorite Professor? Ms. Kim who teaches Introduction to E-Business.
35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? That we learn electronics engineering but we actually don’t.
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? Japan as the people there are more tech savvy.
38. Common exam formats include: A bit of everything, even drawing of diagrams.
39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school? None.
40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities? NA.
41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from? Yes, there’s almost everything.
42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience?
Helps students gain extra skill sets and knowledge that may help them in their workplace in future.
43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: None.
44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? None.
45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? Yes, they do have a feedback system but most students don’t use it.