Academic Information

Academic Information


Cohort Admitted from AY2010-2011 to AY2015-16 Direct Intake

Students are required to take one cross faculties Unrestricted Elective (UE) module to fulfil the University Level Requirement (ULR) for the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) [B.Sc. (Nursing)] degree. Any non-nursing core modules are considered as UE module except ES1000 and ES1102. You may click the following to view the list of nursing core modules.

All modules offered in the B.Sc. (Nursing) degree will be preallocated to students in the Centralised Online Undergraduates Registration System (CORS) prior to the start of every semester. Students only need to bid for one cross faculties UE module via CORS by Year 3 Semester 1.

Related Links: NUS Bulletins

Cohort Admitted from AY2015-16 onwards

Students are required to take two Unrestricted Elective Modules outside Nursing to make up 120MCs for a BSc (Nursing) degree. All modules offered in the BSc (Nursing) degree will be preallocated to students in the Centralised Online Undergraduates Registration System (CORS) prior to the start of every semester. Students only need to bid for 2 cross faculties UE modules via CORS by Year 3 Semester 1. These two modules have to be completed with a pass grade before the start of Year 3 Semester 2.

Related Links: NUS Bulletins

Clinical Practicum

Clinical practicum experiences are the core of the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS) Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Nursing) programme which has adopted the SPICES (Student-centred; Problem-based; Integrated; Community and hospital-based; opportunities for Electives and a Systematic approach to clinical education (Harden, et al 1984)) curriculum model in its design, development and delivery; and a framework that incorporates core concepts of Health, Person, Environment and Nursing (ALCNS, 2010).

The clinical practicum modules enable students to develop clinical skills and professional competency through a structured programme that includes on-campus clinical laboratory learning, simulation experiences and clinical attachments in various healthcare institutes. The modules are planned so that students build a foundation for practice in Year 1; consolidate theory and practice in Year 2; and in Year 3, prepare for transition to practice as a novice registered nurse. For honours year (Year 4) students, the consolidated clinical practice allows students to focus on planning, implementing and evaluating care using evidence based practice in their selected area of interest.

Students must submit official records of previous vaccinations for Pertussis, Mumps, Measles, Rubella; and serology response as proof of immunity for Hepatitis B and Varicella (chicken pox); and any other health requirements as stipulated by Ministry of Health to the Administrator (Clinical) within the first two months of programme commencement. Students must complete at least the second dose of their vaccination before going out on their first clinical practicum.

Students are posted to various healthcare institutes in Singapore. Please click on the following links to view the relevant clinical placement pattern:

Students are responsible to update the Administrator (Clinical) when they receive sponsorship/scholarship from the hospitals. This is to facilitate students to be posted to their sponsoring hospitals to gain sufficient exposure before embarking their career at their respective hospitals.

English Skills Requirement

All newly-admitted student who does not possess the necessary English Language requirements will have to sit for the Qualifying English Test (QET). This requirement is stated in Office of Admission (OAM)’s Acceptance portal (

Based on the Qualifying English Test results, students who fail to meet exemption criteria have to take and pass ES1102 English for Academic Purposes for students admitted in AY2015-16 and before and ES1103 English for Academic Purposes for students admitted from AY2016-17 onwards.

There is no modular credit for ES1102 but ES1103 will carry 4MCs and can be S/U. With effect from AY2016-17 onwards, ES1103 can also be double-counted as an Unrestricted Elective module (UEM).

In addition, the relatively weaker students have to read and pass ES1000 Basic English Course before proceeding to read ES1102/ES1103. Students who need to clear ES requirement for graduation must do so by Year 3 Semester 1 at the latest.

Click here for more information.

Module Registration System

All core modules (except UEMs) are preallocated to all nursing students in the new ModReg@EduRec ( which will replace the Centralised Online Registration Systems (CORS) with effect from AY2018-19 Special Term. Maximum workload per semester in ModReg@EduRec is capped at 23MCs for all students from the start of registration round 1 till the end of registration round 2. Nursing students are only required to “select” UE modules to read. Students who wish to exceed the maximum workload for the semester would have to write in to, stating your reason for the increase. However, due to Grade Free Semester 1 for most of the newly admitted students, no increase of workload will be allowed in the first semester.

In the event that students fail to secure any UE or English modules during the Module Registration, appeal for the UE or English modules can be submitted in ModReg@EduRec after Round 2B ends.

Tutorial and Laboratory Classes Allocation

Tutorial and laboratory classes for all nursing modules will be pre-allocated to all nursing students. Students’ tutorial and laboratory groupings might change every semester/academic year by the department. If a student needs to swap his/her tutorial/laboratory class to fit in his/her English or elective module, the student will have to find a fellow classmate from the other group who is willing to do a mutual swap with him/her and inform the department. The ALCNS reserved the final decision in the final grouping of tutorial and laboratory classes.

Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory Option

Students admitted prior to AY2014/2015 will still be allowed to exercise up to 12MCs of Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory (S/U) option on elective modules outside Nursing. There is no restriction of any level of UE modules to S/U. Students admitted prior to AY2014/2015 should refer to the Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory (S/U) policy in the General Information section of the archived NUS Bulletin relevant to their year of admission. Click here for more information.

Cohort admitted in AY2014-2015 and AY2015-2016

The Grade-free Semester 1, in the form of Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory (S/U) option has been implemented for students matriculated and transferred on a clean slate from AY2014-2015 onwards.

These students can exercise the S/U option up to 32MCs on most level 1000 and 2000 modules read in their first semester except ES1000 and ES1102. However, do note that there is a workload limit of 23MCs in CORS every semester.

Level 2000 modules with NUS pre-requisites will not be allowed to S/U if they were read in Semester 2. All level 3000 and 4000 modules are not allowed to be S/U in any semesters. Modules that are assigned ‘IC’ and dropped with ‘W’ or ‘F’ grades or where students are found to have committed plagiarism or a grade prescribed by the Board of Discipline are also not allowed to be S/U.

Out of these 32MCs, 20MCs if not utilized in the first semester, will be forfeited. The remaining 12MCs can be used throughout students’ candidature. However, students have to note that they have to pass all Nursing modules, ie. obtaining at least a ‘D’ or ‘S’ grade for all Nursing modules in order to graduate. To obtain a ‘S’ grade, students have to score at least a ‘C’ grade for the module. Any grade below ‘C’, if S/U option were to be exercised, will be an ‘U’ grade which is equivalent to a ‘F’ grade. Students obtaining a ‘F’, ‘U’ or ‘IC’ (in-complete) grade for any Nursing modules will have to repeat that particular Nursing module in the next available semester. If this repeat module is a pre-requisite of the next higher level module, student will not be allowed to take the next higher level module and may result in a delay of graduation. Students are advised to consider all consequences before exercising ‘U’ grade on any module. In addition, students should keep a copy of their original result slip before exercising the S/U option on any of their modules as the original grade and CAP will not be available in SIS after S/U option has been exercised on their chosen module/s.

Cohort admitted in AY2016-2017 onwards

An Enhanced Grade-free Scheme has been implemented for students admitted from AY2016-2017 onwards. The table below illustrates the number of modular credits available for S/U for different type of students:

S/U Option Available
Student Type First Year * Beyond First Year (If Not Utilized)
Non-Polytechnic And Polytechnic Students Who Are Granted Between 0 And Less Than 20 Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) 32 MCs 12 MCs
Polytechnic Students Who Are Granted 20 Or More Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) 20 MCs 12 MCs
Students Who Have Spent 1 Or More Semesters In Another University Or NUS But Did Not Obtain Any Degree 12 MCs 12 MCs
Students Who Have A Prior University Degree 0 MC 0 MC

* First Year = first two regular semesters (excluding Special Terms)

In the revised Grade-free First Semester Scheme, all Level 2000 modules with NUS pre-requisites will not be allowed to S/U even if they were read in the first Semester. Similar to the admission cohorts AY2014-2015 and AY2015-2016, all level 3000, 4000 modules, modules dropped with F grade, modules which student had committed academic offence and modules which a revised grade had been prescribed by the Board of Discipline cannot be S/U.

The S/U option exercise will start 3 days after end-of-semester result released. The S/U option, once exercised, will be irrevocable. If students have any questions on S/U matters, they can email to

Examination / Continuous Assessment

The BSc (Nursing) degree is a modular programme and for all modular programmes offered in NUS, there is no supplementary examinations nor continuous assessments given. Most modules have 2 assessment components. Students who did not turn up for examinations or continuous assessments will be given zero mark for that assessment component. There is no recalibration of assessment weightage if students did not turn up for any assessment. If student has a valid medical certificate on the assessment day, they can go to the UHC to ask the doctor to fill up the Special Consideration form ( and submit to the Module Lead. However, there will still not be any supplementary or make-up exam/CA given nor recalibration of assessment component. If student is absent from any assessment and unable to pass the module based on one assessment component, student will have to re-take the core module in the next available semester. All nursing core modules are only offered once every year. If the core nursing module is a pre-requisite module of the next level module in the following semester, student will not be able to take the next level of module and this may result in a delay of graduation.

All Nursing examinations and some continuous assessments have gone digital. Students enrolling into the BSc (Nursing) programme have to possess a laptop to be used for the digital assessments. Students can either buy or loan a laptop from their friends or relatives. Nearer the assessment dates, students will receive email notification generated by the exam software. For technical issue on the exam software, students can email to

In preparation for the digital assessments, students have to ensure that their laptops are in working condition as they can only download the assessment once on one device. The Module Lead will email to students on the night before a morning assessment and on the morning before the afternoon assessment to download the assessment paper. If your laptop is spoil on the assessment day after downloading the paper, you are still required to bring your laptop to the assessment venue to report your problem. If you have forgotten to bring your laptop to the assessment venue after downloading the paper, you are expected to go home and bring your laptop to the assessment venue. Students have to ensure that their laptops have completed window updates before entering the assessment venue to avoid delays in starting the assessment. Chargers and/or multi plugs are a must to bring if students’ laptops batteries are not able to last for 3 hours.


All students share the responsibility for upholding the academic standards and reputation of the University.

Academic honesty is a prerequisite condition in the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge. Academic dishonesty is any misrepresentation with the intent to deceive or failure to acknowledge the source or falsification of information or inaccuracy of statements or cheating at examinations/tests or inappropriate use of resources. There are many forms of academic dishonesty and plagiarism is one of them. Plagiarism is generally defined as ‘the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own’ (The New Oxford Dictionary of English).

The University takes a serious view of plagiarism. Any student found to have committed or aided and abetted the offence of plagiarism may be subject to disciplinary actions in accordance with the Section 3 (L) of Statute 06 (Discipline) of the National University of Singapore at here.


Information on modules that students have enrolled in can be found in LumiNUS (
Such information includes course outline, class schedule, presentation slides used at lectures etc. Students are supposed to download their lecture notes and other documents relating to their modules from LumiNUS.

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) Calculation

CAP is the summation of (Grade Point X Modular Credit) divide by the total modular credits for all modules read from the beginning till to-date.

Students receive letter grades for each module taken, except for the cases listed below. Each grade corresponds to a grade point as shown below:

CAP score will be used to determine your degree classification for graduation.

Besides CAP, students will be given a Semester Average Point or SAP at the end of every semester after exam result released. SAP is also calculated the same way as CAP except that only the modules read in that semester will be taken into the calculation.

Supposing you score A for NUR1XXX (4MC), B+ for NUR2XXX (3MC), B for GEK2XXX (4MC), your SAP (Semester Average Point) for that semester will be as illustrated below: {(5X4) + (4X3) + (3.5X4)}/4+3+4 = 4.18.

SAP will be used to determine the Dean’s List (top 5%) and Commendation List (top 10%) awardees for that particular semester.

Please note that CAP is NOT the average of the summation of SAP student obtained.

Related Link: CAP

Dean's List and Commendation Awards

Students will be placed on the Dean’s List and Commendation Award based on their Semester Average Point (SAP) every semester.

The Dean’s List, consisting of a certificate signed by the Dean, SoM and a letter signed by the Head, ALCNS will be given to the top 5% of the cohort. The Commendation Award, consisting of a letter signed by the Head, ALCNS will be given to the next top 5% of the cohort. The Dean’s List is an University award and will appear on recipient’s official transcript. The Commendation award is a departmental award given to encourage students to continue to perform well in their studies. Departmental award will not be shown on recipient’s official transcript.

However, with the implementation of Grade-free Semester Scheme, Year 1 and direct intake students are not eligible for Dean’s List and Commendation Awards in their first year of studies. There will not be any Dean’s List and Commendation Award given to Honours year student in Semester 1 due to modules offered are all year-long modules.

To summarize, the Dean’s List and Commendation Awards are only given out in Semester 1 to Year 2 (excluding direct intakes) and Year 3 students; in Semester 2, to Year 2 (excluding direct intakes), Year 3 and Honours year students.

Student Status Letter
Leave of Absence (LOA)

It is the student’s responsibility to apply for Leave of Absence (LOA) if he/she is unable to attend classes during term time. LOA can be granted for academic reasons (e.g. attending conferences), personal reasons (e.g. participation in sports activities and competitions), and medical reasons. Students have to go online to Student Centre in SIS to apply for LOA, attaching scanned copy of the supporting document. Once approved, an official LOA email and/or letter will be issued to the student. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to contact the lecturers/tutors for any pertaining tests or submission of assignments, and to make up for any missed classes or assignment(s).

Nursing students are not allowed to apply for one semester LOA as all nursing modules are only offered once per academic year and students will not be able to proceed to the next semester if they have missed the pre-requisite modules in one semester. As such, student has to apply for year-long LOA instead of a semester-long LOA. Students who require leave of one semester (term) or more should obtain approval in advance of the semester. Having said that, student has to consider the following factor before applying for year-long LOA:

  • Graduation will be delayed by at least a year
  • Curriculum might have changed by the time student resume studies and student might have to take extra modules to make up for the defunct modules that might not be offered or split into 2 other modules
  • If LOA applied after week 2 of the semester, students may be liable to pay fees for the semester
    For more information on fees matter, please visit the website at

During official University examination periods (including Reading Week), no leave will be granted. However, students may request for special consideration due to medical and other emergencies by submitting the appropriate form available from

Related Link: LOA

Apply for Graduation (AFG)

Students have to ‘Apply for Graduation’ (AFG) in Education Records System (EduRec) during the module registration period at the beginning of their graduating semester if they intend to graduate at the end of a particular semester. If the student does not do so, and if he/she is not eligible to continue with his/her Honours programme (ie. CAP>=3.2), the department will complete the AFG process on his/her behalf. Students can AFG or withdraw from AFG themselves anytime during the module registration period. Should the student changed their mind after the module registration period, they can email to to make changes.

Academic Dismissal

To remain in the BSc (Nursing) programme, student must not have:

i) CAP below 1.50 for two consecutive semesters; or

ii) CAP below 2.00 for three consecutive semesters

When any of the above occurs, student will be dismissed by the University. You may refer to the table below for easy reference:

Every student is only allowed to make one appeal. Appeals have to be sent to Head of Department at within two calendar weeks of the last day of the release of each semester’s examination results.

Click here for more information.


A student who leaves the University after the second instructional week of a semester is liable to pay fees for the whole semester.

Students who have withdrawn from the University and subsequently decide to return to the same programme of study will have to apply for re-admission at the Office of Admissions. Those who are successful in gaining re-admission will be subject to the prevailing eligibility guidelines for tuition grant. However, if the decision to return is taken within one calendar year of withdrawal, the student may request for re-instatement of candidature by writing to the Registrar with justifications. Re-instatement of candidature will be considered on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.

Students who wish to withdraw from the University have to complete the following 2 forms and submit them to ALCNS office together with your student card.

A letter confirming your withdrawal from the University will be sent to you within 3 weeks after submission of the form.

Honours Programme

Honours student will be expected to complete the following modules:

Evidence-Based Health Care Practice (NUR4101) Applied Research Methods (NUR4103A)
Consolidated Clinical Practice (NUR4102A) Honours Project In Nursing (NUR4104)
Unrestricted Elective Module (Can Be Taken Anytime Throughout 4 Years)

Assessment Criteria of Honours Programme

List of Honours Student Projects

List of Honours Student Projects (AY2018/19)

List of Honours Student Projects (AY2017/18)

List of Honours Student Projects (AY2016/17)

List of Honours Student Projects (AY2015/16)

List of Honours Student Projects (AY2014/15)

List of Honours Student Projects (AY2013/14)

List of Honours Student Projects (AY2012/13)

List of Honours Student Projects (AY2011/12)

List of Honours Student Projects (AY2010/11)

List of Honours Student Projects (AY2009/10)

Summer Programme

Students can participate in Summer Programmes offered by NUS’ partner universities ( or source their own preferred universities. Students may like to note that the Summer Programme is a student self-initiated programme that cannot affect the student’s major curriculum. If student wanted to use the overseas module to replace any elective module, they have to search from the module listing ( to see if any NUS module is similar to the one they will be taking in the overseas University and submit Module Mapping request via mySIS. The request will then be routed by the system to the NUS module host faculty and student will receive email notification of their Module Mapping request outcome. If student’s Module Mapping request was approved, student will need to submit their result slip/transcript of the overseas module to for credit transfer upon returning. If student’s Module Mapping request was rejected but student insisted on the credit transfer, student will have to source for other NUS module and resubmit the Module Mapping request in mySIS again. By module mapping, only modular credits and not grade will be transferred back to NUS.

Alternatively, student can also choose to go for their Summer Programme without doing module mapping if they have already fulfil all the degree requirement.

Cross-Cultural Modules