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(Alternate title: CFG1010 – Basics of adulting 101)
This is a mandatory module for all NUS students and they’re pre-allocated it in either Sem 2 or 3 (Y2S1). It’s a pass/fail module at 0 MCs so some would probably be quite bummed that they’re supposed to attend a couple of tutorials in weeks 2/11 or 3/12 and yet this doesn’t give them any MCs. Since it’s not a major module (or even a GE module, for that matter), one might ask what’s the point of writing a review about such a module?
Incidentally this has already been reviewed by Hazel, but I’ll just write a bit more about it in order to fill in any gaps one might have, I guess. There’s not much to it so it’ll be quite short actually.
Edit 291216: I’ve been informed by a reader (see comments) that NUSMods shows this mod as having 2 MCs, so disregard what was said about it being worth 0 MCs in this review. It was 0 MCs when I took it last sem, but seems not to be the case now. A slightly awkward number since it’s half the MCs of one non-honours module but it should be fine. Not sure what module category it can be classified as under (or if it’s just a mandatory module that isn’t counted under any GE pillars.) Finally, since it’s worth some MCs, it might no longer be pass/fail so do check the non-existent IVLE link accordingly.
What I expected
Probably something about finding your inner peace/self and learning how to become a better person. Also since the title has ‘Interpersonal’ in it, probably some teaching about how to relate to others? The ‘wings’ part also reminded me of the Enneagram Personality Test, which I had done before in the past and thought it would be part of the curriculum.
What I got
Well honestly if I go through my notes, I just see a big blank page because I didn’t take down any notes.
But “Wait!”, you say, “surely there was a form of assessment?”
Yes-indeedy there was. And one does learn about some things one might’ve tangentially heard of, but…it’s superficial as they do cover a lot of ground (breadth as opposed to depth) so its utility is maximized for those that are generally unaware of such concepts or ways of behaviour.
[Webcasted?] Ye…a, kind of. There are e-lectures for the e-quizzes but there aren’t any regular lectures per se.
[Course Materials?] Primarily PDF readings and summaries of what was taught in each e-lecture.
Assessment & Workload
One needs to complete at least 50% of the module’s components to pass the module (one will get a ‘Completed Satisfactorily – CS’ grade if they do so). The penalty of not passing is that one will be pre-allocated it next semester and they’ll have to go through the whole shebang again. So as Hazel said, sucking it up to pass it works quite well.
The breakdown of each module component is as follows:
- Opening & Closing Tutorial/Workshop – 30% in total (so probably 15% attendance for each. Or maybe they’ll only give 30% if one goes for both).
- Pre & Post-Course Surveys – 20%
- E-Quizzes – 20%
- 500 Word Personal Vision Essay – 30%
The workload is quite light, as expected. I’ll go into more detail for each:
- The workshops (in the form of tutorial slots) teach one the basics of mindfulness (of which meditation is one way to achieve it) and how to adopt a growth (as opposed to fixed) mindset, while interpersonal relations are also briefly skimmed through in the second workshop. No preparation required for these workshops, just attend and follow what they tell you to do. And your Matric card will be scanned at the end, of course.
- The pre/post course surveys aren’t much, one just needs to answer some questions online. There’s a kind of personality quiz in the pre-course survey and the post-course survey is more feedbacky in nature (what can we improve etc) so they shouldn’t take more than 5 mins of one’s time.
- The analysis of one’s personality as a result of the pre-course quiz has like a lecture scheduled for it but this doesn’t count towards completion of any module component since it’s just a lecture about said personality quiz. Then again, we also watched a VERY good video about Empathy which I still remember to this day, so it’s not too bad if you attend with your friends and treat it as a relaxing lecture.
- E-Quizzes can be…well, Ctrl + F’d through quite quickly. You won’t learn much of course if you’re just searching for the answer, but if one either knows what they’re talking about or will read it
neverlater after the sem is over, then this can be done quickly as well.
- The 500 word personal vision essay is…well, supposed to be linked to the workshops. One explains how they’ve reached (or how far they’re reached) their goal they set for themselves in their first workshop and talks about some stuff that they learned throughout the course before concluding on how they want to help society with their newfound skills. Can be done in an hour tops.
Completed everything so I EXPECTED FULL MARKS 100%!!!
Eh a CS as expected. Oh well.
Conclusion & Tips
A useful module for those that don’t know about mindfulness, meditation or goal-setting, or the basics of interpersonal relations. Trainers/instructors/facilitators are very enthu(siastic) in working with a bunch of strangers thrown together and trying to talk to each other for the first time as well, so that’s quite cool. And also they’ve improved since Hazel’s review with really cool mini-chairs for each person to sit on, so their bare butts won’t be freezing/frozen on the smooth dance floor.
It might be a painful experience for those that value their time, but at least everyone’s trying to get it over with and they’re quite nice, so it could be worse.
- Arguably one could skip the quizzes and essay and still pass the module or devise some other scheme of doing so. Not advocating this but surely some will try to do so~
- For the workshops: They’re divided into 2/11 and 3/12 sessions, meaning that one picks either a Week 2 and Week 11 workshop or Week 3 and 12 pair. I picked 2/11 anticipating that Week 12 would be pretty busy with other assignments due, and overall it seemed like the right choice. Do factor in how busy you expect you’ll be if you plan to attend the workshops.
- Focus on your other modules since this is not that important, and don’t stress too much about the personal essay since it’s quite short. Some
fluffywords would suffice.