Semester 2 AY2011/2012 Module Registration - General Information for All

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Module Registration Timelines

Thurs, 20 Oct 11 (0900hrs) to
Mon, 24 Oct 11 (1300hrs)
Online Module Registration for all students who have to read Elective module(s)
Tue, 8 Nov 11 (1700hrs) Release of Online Module Registration results for all students
Tue, 20 Dec 11 (1000hrs) to
Wed, 21 Dec 11 (1000hrs)
Online system for "Drop for CORS"
[Only applicable to 4-year LL.B. students in the DDP/Minor programme or students who wish to take non-law modules]
Mon, 9 Jan 12 (0900hrs) Start of Online Add/Drop System
Wed, 11 Jan 12 (1300hrs - 1800hrs) Online Add/Drop system will be closed to process "DROP" for all module(s) submitted
Wed, 11 Jan 12 (1800hrs onwards) Online Add/Drop system will re-open
Mon, 16 Jan 12 (1300hrs) Final date to Add/Drop for all modules. [No adding of Phase 1 intensive module is allowed. Refer to Table 1 below for the module codes]
Thurs, 19 Jan 12 (1700hrs) Release of Add/Drop results for all students
Thurs, 2 Feb 12 (1700hrs) Final date to drop Phase 2 Intensive module [Refer to Table 1 below for the module codes]

Table 1: Timelines for which "Drop with Penalty" Takes Effect

Grades Phase 1- Intensive Modules Phase 2- Intensive Modules Regular Modules
"W" grade 18 Jan 12 (0000hrs) 3 Feb 12 (0000hrs) 23 Jan 12 (0000hrs)
"F" grade 25 Jan 12 (0000hrs) 9 Feb 12 (0000hrs) 27 Feb 12 (0000hrs)
Modules LL4029, LL4034, LL4161, LL4202 & LL4205 LL4069, LL4072B & LL4206 All other modules
Note: LL.M. and Ph.D. students should refer to the corresponding Level 5000 and Level 6000 codes for these modules. E.g. Module code LL4027 refers to the same module codes LL5027 and LL6027.

Priority for Places in Elective Modules

1. Procedures for Selecting Elective Modules
All law students studying at the NUS Faculty of Law are required to select their elective modules by following the specific procedures set out in the links above, for each category of students

Priority for Elective Modules
Priority in elective subjects is allocated in the following manner:

Priority 1

a. Research, DipMLA and DDP students. All modules chosen will be allocated.

b. Specialist LL.M. students. Priority allocation will be given for modules (within the areas of specializations) required to fulfill the specialization requirement, including NYU-taught modules for NYU@NUS students. These modules must be ranked as the FIRST THREE choices.

NYU@NUS students may be allocated up to FOUR NYU-taught modules ranked as the FIRST FOUR choices.

Priority will be given to students in this category only if they submit their lists of modules or complete the on-line registration by the deadline established by the Deans' Office. The deadlines are set out in the information for each category of student.

Priority 2 General LL.M./Final Year LL.B./Final Year GLB/Third Year students on NUS-NYU LLB-LLM programme and students on the CDP programme. Allocation of first available module based on ranked choices.

Specialist LL.M. students choosing modules outside their areas of specialization. Allocation of first available module based on ranked choices.
Priority 3

Year 3 LL.B. and exchange students will take part in the same registration phase but under Priority 3 module allocation. Allocation of first available module based on ranked choices.

* students will be allocated their next module based on the schema below:


3. Deadlines for Selection of Electives
Students will be given priority only if they meet the deadline for registering or giving the Dean's Office notice of their choices for electives. Students who fail to meet the specific deadlines will lose their priority for elective modules. They will then be permitted to register only for modules in which spaces are available.
4. Cap on students in Elective Modules
Most elective modules are taught using the interactive seminar style of teaching, and the cap is usually 50 students. In 8-credit modules that meet for 6 hours a week with two or more full-time staff members, the cap is about 50 students per teacher.
5. Oversubscribed Modules
All modules have a cap or maximum enrolment. The places in a module will be filled first by students with first priority who register or notify the Dean's Office by the deadline. If the number of students with first priority who meet the deadline exceeds the cap, the places will be filled by ballot.
6. Authority for Admission to a Module
An academic staff member who teaches a module does not have the authority to admit a student into a module or to waive the cap for an oversubscribed module to allow a student to read it. Only the Dean's Office has the authority to change a student's allocated modules. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Dean's Office increase the cap for a particular module.
7. Intensive Modules

>With effect from Academic Year 2011/2012 ALL students will be allocated only 1 intensive module per semester. NYU@NUS students who have to fulfill NYU LLM requirement may read more than 1 intensive module per semester.

Please refer to the table for which "Drop with Penalty" takes effect above and note the following:

» Students may only add the Phase 2 intensive modules and drop any Phase 1 intensive modules during the Add/Drop period (i.e. until 16 January 2012). No adding of any intensive module will be allowed once the Add/Drop period is over.
» Students who drop any Phase 1 or Phase 2 intensive module(s) after the stipulated deadlines will not be permitted to add a module to make-up the credits shortfall.
Adding and Dropping Modules in Semester 1
8. Dropping Modules
Students are allowed to drop a maximum of 2 modules for which they have registered and add new available modules by the stipulated deadlines. Students who wish to drop more than 2 modules must first seek approval of the Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) / Vice Dean (Graduate Studies).
9. Adding Modules
Students may only request to add modules in which spaces are available or in which spaces may become available as a result of the Add/Drop process. Also, students may only add modules that do not conflict with the Lecture/Seminar and Examination Timetable of their existing modules. If more students wish to add a module than the number of spaces available, there will be a ballot conducted to fill the available spaces.

Priorities for Adding Modules during Add/Drop Exercise.

Priority 1

a.     Students who are short of credits after participating in Special Registration (priority is accorded only for the shortfall credits)

b.     NYU@NUS LL.M. students requiring NYU Faculty-taught module(s) to fulfill NYU LL.M. requirement (up to a total of 4 modules)

c.     Specialists LL.M. students requiring module(s) within their specializations to fulfill specialization requirement (up to a total of 3 modules)

d.     Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law & Arbitration students

e.     Graduate Research students requiring module(s) approved by their Supervisors

f.      DDP/CDP students

g.     Students who participated in the "Drop for CORS" exercise but failed to secure sufficient credits during CORS (priority is accorded only for the credit)

Priority 2

LL.M./LL.B.4/GLB3 students (including Third Year students on NUS-NYU LLB-LLM programme)

Priority 3

All other students (LL.B.3 and Exchange


Add/Drop Period
In Semester 2, AY 2011/2012:


Final deadline to Add (except Phase 1 intensive modules) / Drop all modules will be on 16 January (1300hrs);


Final date to Drop Phase 2 intensive module will be on 2 February (1700hrs)


Academic Calendar 

The Academic Calendar is listed on the NUS, Registrar’s Office webpage.

Modules, Credits and Contact Hours

Information on Modules offered
nformation on elective modules offered in Academic Year 2011/2012 is posted on the Faculty home page. This include


Course descriptions


Names of the course convener and other course teachers


Class timetable


Examination timetable


Modes of assessment

Students are expected to take this information into account when selecting electives.

14. Number of Credits
Elective modules in NUS carries a weight of either 4 credits or 8 credits. Elective 4-credit modules have 3 student contact hours per week for 12 weeks, and are usually taught using an interactive method of teaching. Elective 8-credit modules have 6 student contact hours per week, and are taught using a combination of lecture-style and interactive-style teaching.
15. Intensive Modules
Every semester, Visiting Professors come to NUS to teach intensive 4-credit modules, usually in 3-6 weeks. These modules are taught in the evenings in 3-hour sessions two or three times a week. Intensive modules are usually assessed by a take-home examination or research paper about 3-4 weeks after the last class in that module. Students will only be allowed to read 1 intensive module per semester (unless otherwise stated)
Prerequisites and Preclusions
16. General Prerequisites
Most elective modules in the Faculty of Law are open only to students who have completed the first two years of compulsory core law curriculum at the Faculty of Law, or its equivalent at another institution.
17. Specific Prerequisites
The course descriptions for certain elective modules provide that they are open only to students who have read a specific module or its equivalent. For example, many advanced electives in the corporate and financial services area require students to have read Company Law at NUS or an equivalent module in a common law jurisdiction. In some cases the prerequisite module can be taken concurrently. Certain advanced skills modules are restricted to a small number of students, and students must apply in advance and receive the consent of the convener to register.
18. General Preclusion
As a general rule, no student will be permitted to take an elective module that covers substantially the same ground as a module they have already read at NUS or elsewhere. Exceptions to this general rule can be made on a case by case basis by the Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) for LL.B. Students, by the Vice Dean (International Programmes) for Exchange Students, and by the Vice Dean (Graduate Studies) for Graduate Students.
19. Specific Preclusions
The course descriptions for certain modules specifically state that students who have read and passed particular modules at the NUS Faculty of Law (or their equivalent) are precluded from taking these modules
Modes of Assessment
20. Modes of Assessment
Most elective modules are assessed using both a final examination and modes of continuous assessment such as essays, research assignments, class presentations or general class performance. The percentage allocated to continuous assessment varies from 20% to 50% in most modules.
21. Importance in Selecting Electives
The planned modes of assessment in elective modules will be published in advance to enable students to plan their workload when selecting their electives. As soon as they are finalized, the planned modes of assessment for each module will be listed in the information under its Course Description. When selecting modules, students should note the number of assignments in each module and the weight the assignments will carry. Students should also note that the deadlines for most assignments are usually during the final 4 weeks of classes.
22. Possible Change in Modes of Assessment
Academic staff members plan the methods of assessment based upon the projected number of students who will be taking the module. If the actual number of students who have selected the module differs significantly from the projected number, the staff member concerned may wish to re-consider the modes of assessment and methods of teaching. If so, students will be advised by the teacher of any changes.
Lecture/Seminar and Exam Timetables
23. Lecture/Seminar and Examination Timetables
The Lecture/Seminar Timetable and Examination Timetable are posted on the Faculty Home Page. It is not possible to select some module combinations because of clashes in the timetable and/or the examination timetable. Therefore, when selecting electives students (especially the DDP students) should examine both the Lecture/Seminar Timetable and the Examination Timetable carefully to ensure that there are no clashes.