The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option is intended to encourage students to pursue their intellectual interests, without undue concern that exploring a new subject area may adversely affect their CAP.The S/U declaration exercise will be conducted upon the release of examination results and will end by the stipulated deadline, which will be announced each semester. Students will exercise their S/U option during this period for any module that permits the S/U option. Thereafter, the student's decision will be considered final.
S/U Option Entitlement
Students from ALL cohorts are allowed to exercise the S/U option on a given number of MCs depending on the year of matriculation.
For students matriculated before AY2014/15
Revision with effect from Semester 1, AY2008/09:
Students may exercise the S/U option on 12 MCs worth of modules, provided they don't count towards student's Faculty, Major or University Scholars Programme (USP) Requirements.With effect from Semester 1, AY2008/09, the S/U option is available for modules that are part of a student's Minor requirements, as long as the student has at least 24 MCs of graded minor modules to fulfil the Minor requirements towards graduation, unless otherwise stated by the hosting Faculty/School.
Revision with effect from Semester 2, AY2013/14:
The entitlement of S/U Option remains at 12MCs. Students are not allowed to declare S/U option on ALL modules within the First and Second Major Requirements, including modules hosted by other faculties, regardless of whether these modules are read in excess. Students are also not allowed to declare S/U Option on Faculty Requirements and University Scholars Programme (USP) Requirements.The ‘S’ or ‘U’ grade obtained for modules that fall within the Major Requirements of a newly declared First or Second Major from AY2013/14 Semester 2 onwards will be reverted to original grade upon the declaration of the new Major, regardless of when the modules were completed.
- The ‘S’ grade obtained for CS1010S by a Science student with Mathematics as First Major will be revoked if he/she changes his/her First Major to Applied Mathematics or Quantitative Finance from AY2013/14 Semester 2 onwards, because CS1010S is a Major Requirement (Essential Module) of the new Major.
- The ‘U’ grade obtained for EC4101 by a Science student will be revoked if the student chooses to read a 2nd Major in Mathematics from AY2013/14 Semester 2 onwards, because EC4101 is a Major Requirement (Elective Module) of the new Major.
- The ‘S’ grade obtained for MNO1001 by a Science student will be revoked if he/she chooses to read a 2nd Major in Management from AY2013/14 Semester 2 onwards, because MNO1001 is a Major Requirement (Elective Module) of the new Major.
- The examples are true even if the modules of concern are read in excess of the major requirement.
- Science students are not allowed to declare the S/U option on any regular science modules taken, for example LSMXXXX, PCXXXX, CMXXXX
For students matriculated in AY2014/15 and AY2015/16
Revision in S/U Policy due to Grade Free Semester 1 with effect from Semester 1, AY2014/15:
The Grade Free Semester 1, launched in AY2014/15 Semester 1, serves to facilitate a transformation in students’ mindsets towards grades and learning in the university setting. Under the new S/U Policy, students receiving letter grades for the modules mentioned in Point B below can opt to keep their grades or convert them to Satisfactory ‘S’ or Unsatisfactory ‘U’ grade.
Grade Free Semester 1 is applicable to the following groups of students:
- Students matriculated in AY2014/15 and AY2015/16
- Students who accessed NUS modules prior to their first regular semester as undergraduate student – Polytechnic exemptions, advance placement tests for NUS modules, former H3, NUSHS, RNSmen (iBLOC and Special Term)
- Students who accessed non-NUS H3 modules prior to their first regular semester
- Clean slate transfer/readmitted students (with no grade/credit transfer of any NUS module) in AY2014/15 and AY2015/16
- Partner University (JDP, CDP, DDP) students whose first semester of study is at NUS
Grade Free Semester 1 is NOT applicable to the following group of students:
- Students who transferred modular credits from another university upon matriculation at NUS
B. The abovementioned entitlement may be applied on the following modules:
- Level 1000 modules (excluding non-credit-bearing English language proficiency modules)
- Level 2000 modules without NUS modules as pre-requisites
- Centre for Language Studies (CLS)’ language modules at all levels
- Centre for English Language Communication’s (CELC) Level 2000 Communication and Ideas & Exposition modules
- Yale-NUS language modules at all levels
- For accelerating students*: Level 2000 modules with NUS modules as pre-requisites (only if they are read in the first semester)
*Accelerating Students are defined as those who have already met the pre-requisite to enrol in these Level 2000 modules in the first semester.
C. S/U Option is not applicable for the following situations/modules:
- Modules dropped with W or F-grade (during the module dropping period)
- Modules assigned IC grade
- Modules in which student had committed plagiarism
- Modules in which the Board of Discipline had prescribed a revised grade
- University Scholars Program’s (USP) Writing and Critical Thinking modules (UWC2101%) and Quantitative Reasoning modules (UQF2101%)
- Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) major study module
D. Key Points to Note
1) Classification of the S/U Option
Students may exercise the S/U option for up to 32 MCs of which
- 20 MCs can be exercised during the first semester;
- 12 MCs at any time during the candidature.
Both the ‘S’ and ‘U’ grade count towards the 32MCs worth of S/U Option entitlement.
2) Exceptions to S/U Option Entitlement
Freshman Seminar (4 MCs) and Applied Science students' Professional Placement Programme module (8 MCs) which are read on an Completed Satisfactory/Completed Unsatisfactory (CS/CU) basis, and all modules read on exchange programmes on an Overseas Satisfactory/Overseas Unsatisfactory (OVS/OVU) basis will not impinge on the 32 MCs worth of S/U option.
3) About S/U Grading
- For modules read on an S/U basis, the modular credit is obtained only if a student attains a Satisfactory ‘S’ grade on the module.
- A Satisfactory ‘S’ grade is an equivalent of a ‘C’ grade [or grade point of 2.0] and above.
- All modules read on S/U basis are excluded from the computation of the CAP.
- S/U option, once exercised, is irrevocable. Students may not later request for a conversion to a letter grade (i.e. A - D) after they have declared.
E. Carry Over Policy for Faculty of Science Students
If a Faculty of Science student does not belong to at least one of the below mentioned categories, he/she will follow the 'S/U Policy' described above. Any Faculty of Science student who falls under any of the below categories of students would be able to carry over the stated number of unused S/U option from semester 1 to be used in semester 2 ONLY
a) (L) Life Science Major pre-allocated to read, in semester 2 either:
- LSM1103 and LSM1104; or
- LSM1101 and LSM1102; or
- Any other combinations of the 4 Level 1000 essential modules subject to approval.
b) (C) Chemistry Major pre-allocated to read CM1191 in semester 2.
c) (B) Bachelor of Environmental Studies pre-allocated to read, in semester 2 either:
- EC1301; or
- LSM1103; or
- EC1301 and LSM1103
d) (SPS) Students in the Special Program in Science pre-allocated to read, starting in semester 1
e) (UTCP) Students in the University Town College Program (i.e., living in Tembusu, CAPT or RC4) pre-allocated to read
- Junior Seminar module in semester 1 and an Ideas & Exposition module (I&E1) in semester 2.
f) (USP) Students in the University Scholars Program pre-allocated to read
- Either a Writing and Critical Thinking (WCT) module or Quantitative Reasoning Foundation (QRF) module in semester
g) (RVRC) Students who are residents of the Ridge View Residential College pre-allocated to read, starting in semester 1
- ES1601 and GEM1917
h) For students matriculated in AY2015/16, Semester 1 and after, who are pre-allocated to read GER1000 in Semester 2.
Students are allowed to carry over a maximum of 8MCs from the Semester 1 20MCs S/U Option entitlement to Semester 2.
For details on the number of MCs from the unused S/U options that can be carried over and the module(s) that the carried over MCs can be exercised on please refer to: (Carry Over Policy AY14/15)
- Switching of specializations within a particular major is acceptable and the entitlement from carry forward policy shall not be affected. Similarly, BES students switching from Environmental Biology to Environmental Geography (or vice versa) continues to be entitled to the carry over MCs for S/U Option declaration.
- Life Science majors who are required to read the bridging module LSM1301 in their first semester would read LSM1101, LSM1102, LSM1103 and LSM1104 in their second semester (or after) and hence will not be entitled to the carry over policy.
- The number of carry over MCs of unused S/U options (arising from major, excluding other citizenships i.e., USP/RVRC/SPS/UTPC) is determined by the number of Level 1000 LSM modules to be pre-allocated in semester 2.
For instance Department of Biological Sciences currently offers Advance Placement Tests (APTs) for LSM1101 and LSM1102, therefore if a student passes LSM1101 as an APT, he/she will be pre-allocated to read LSM1102 and LSM1103 in semester 1, accordingly he/she will be allowed to carry over 4MCs of unused S/U options to semester 2, to be used only on LSM1104 read in semester 2.
Another example would be if the student passes both LSM1101 and LSM1102 as APTs, read LSM1103 and LSM1104 in semester 1, then he/she will not be able to carry over any unused S/U options arising from his/her major.
- Double Degree Program (DDP) students will only enjoy one grade free semester. In addition, for DDP involving Law Faculty, the policy applicable will follow the home faculty of the ‘first degree’.
- Special consideration cases submitted close to or during examination period may not result in concession or ‘replacement’ S/U options (this would be subjected to consideration).
- Students who are entitled to carry forward 8MCs in Semester 2 will have them forfeited if the same module is dropped with F grade in Semester 1. However do note that dropping modules with no grade or W grade will not cause the carry forward MCs to be forfeited.
F. Workload Policy, Minimum MC Requirement & FAQs
- Refer to the following URL for the restrictions on the workload policy.
- Refer to the following URL for the minimum MC requirements for degree, major, minor.
- Refer to the following URLs for the limits on number of MCs that are allowed to be excluded from students' CAP (as applicable to different cohorts) & the latest update on the S/U Option Policy.
For students matriculated in AY2016/17 and after
Revision in S/U Policy due to Enhanced Grade-free Scheme with effect from AY2016/17 Semester 1
With the introduction of Enhanced Grade-free Scheme, students may exercise the S/U option for up to 32 MCs in the first two regular semesters. If this is not fully utilised, the S/U option may be exercised in subsequent semesters, for up to 12 MCs.
Variations on the limit of S/U options that can be exercised apply for specific groups of students:
- Students without prior university experience but are granted 20 or more Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) at the point of admission to NUS may exercise the S/U option for up to 20 MCs in the first two regular semesters; if this is not fully utilised, the S/U option may still be exercised in subsequent semesters, for up to 12 MCs.
- Students with some prior university experience (which are being recognised towards the NUS degree) may exercise the S/U option for up to 12 MCs anytime during their candidature, including the first two regular semesters.
- Students with a prior university degree are not eligible for the grade-free scheme.
|Student Type||S/U Options Available|
|First two regular semesters||Beyond First two regular semesters (if unutilised)|
Newly admitted students without prior university experience. This also includes students with:
- Clean slate transfer from another University or Faculty
- Re-admitted into NUS on a clean slate
|< 20 APCs||32 MCs||12 MCs|
|≥ 20 APCs||20 MCs||12 MCs|
Students with some prior university experience. This includes:
- Transfer from another university with credits
- From partner universities whose first year of study is not at NUS
- Enrolled in DDP where Law is one of the partner faculties and hence spent their first year in Law.
|12 MCs||12 MCs|
|Students with a prior university degree||0 MCs||0 MCs|
The abovementioned entitlement is applicable for the following modules:
- All Level 1000 modules.
- Level 2000 modules without NUS modules as pre-requisites.
- Centre for Language Studies’ (CLS) language modules at all levels.
- Yale-NUS College’s (YNC) language modules at all levels.
- Centre for English Language Communication’s (CELC) Level 2000 Communication and Ideals & Exposition modules. (ES2002, IS2101, CS2101, ES2660, ES2007D, ES2331, UTW2001%)
The abovementioned entitlement is not applicable for the following modules:
- Level 2000 modules with NUS modules as pre-requisites.
- Modules of Level 3000 and above.
- Modules dropped with W or F-grade (during the module dropping period).
- Modules in which student had committed academic offense.
- Modules in which the Board of Discipline had prescribed a revised grade.
- University Scholars Program’s (USP) Writing and Critical Thinking modules (UWC2101%) and Quantitative Reasoning modules (UQF2101%).
- Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) Major Study modules.
- Zero-MC modules.
- Modules assigned IC grade.
Key Points to Note
- Both the ‘S’ and ‘U’ grade count towards the total S/U Option entitlement.
- For modules read on an S/U basis, the modular credit is obtained only if a student attains a Satisfactory ‘S’ grade for the module.
- A Satisfactory ‘S’ grade is an equivalent of a ‘C’ grade and above.
- All modules read on S/U basis are excluded from the computation of the CAP.
- S/U option, once exercised, is irrevocable. Students may not later request for a conversion to a letter grade (i.e. A - D) after they have been declared.
Please refer to Registrar's Office for more information on the S/U Option applicable for students admitted from AY2016/17 onwards.