OurCORS

FAQs for OurCORS

Registration Timelines

When should I register for the modules I want to read in the following semester?

Module Registration Exercise starts in instructional week 12 of the current semester. Registry will inform all students via email on the start of the module registration exercise. There are three rounds for module registration. Please refer to OurCORS website to read more about each module registration round.

When are the add/drop timelines for Yale-NUS modules?

Please refer to OurCORS website for the AY2018/2019 add/drop timelines for Yale-NUS modules.

Curriculum Requirements and Module Advising

What are the compulsory modules that I need to register in?

Students are required to read 10 compulsory Common Curriculum modules in their candidature. In addition to the compulsory Common Curriculum modules, you must also fulfill your major/electives/minor (optional) requirements in order to graduate. As an illustration, please refer to the sample student experience.

Where can I find information for the modules that I need to take for my major/minor?

Please refer to the majors’ website to find out more on the requirements of the majors/minors. You are also advised to discuss with your faculty advisor or Head of Study on what modules to take for your major/minor. You may wish to know that doing a minor is optional for students.

Academic Calendar, Module Listing and Timetables

Where can I find the Academic Calendar? When is the first day and last day of classes?

Please refer to the Academic Calendar on our Yale-NUS website. The first and last day of classes can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Where can I find the Yale-NUS class timetables (module title, class day, time, location)?

Please refer to the left navigation menu on OurCORS website and click on “Yale-NUS Timetable”.

Where can I find the Yale-NUS final exam timetable?

Please refer to the left navigation menu on OurCORS website and click on “Yale-NUS Exam Timetable”.

Where can I find the module descriptions for the modules that are offered for the semester?

Please refer to OurCORS Module Info Listing by clicking on the module code to view the description of each module that is offered in the current semester.

What if I am interested in 2 modules with overlapping meeting times?

You should register for modules that do not clash in class and exam timetables. DDP Law students and students who are registering for NUS modules are reminded to factor in time for traveling even if the class timetables do not clash.

How do I know who are the instructors of the modules?

Please refer to the online Canvas Module Brief to view the list of instructors.

Workload

How many modules or MCs (modular credits) should I register in each semester?

The recommended number of MCs per semester for each student is 20MCs. Each student may enroll in a minimum of 18MCs or a maximum of 22MCs per semester. Students who are in their graduating semester may enroll in a minimum of 15MCs.

What is an underload or overload?

An underload means that you are enrolled in less than 18MCs for a semester. Students can underload at 15MCs to 17MCs with the Assistant Dean’s permission. However, enrolling in less than 15MCs requires a petition to CAS (Committee of Academic Standards). The petition should be submitted well in advance of the “Add” module deadline so that you are still in time to add a module in the event that your appeal is not successful.

An overload means that you are enrolled in more than 22MCs for a semester. If you plan to overload beyond 22 MC in the semester, you are required to seek approval from your Assistant Dean. Once approved, you may select the additional module(s) in Round Three of the module registration exercise.

To apply for an underload/overload, please complete the Underload/Overload Form and submit to your Assistant Dean.

How do I know if my overload is approved and if I am able to select the overload module on OurCORS?

Your Assistant Dean will notify you if your overload has been approved. Additionally, you can try selecting the module you wish to overload in OurCORS system. If you are able to do so, this implies that your overload has been approved by your Assistant Dean as he or she has increased your permissible workload in the module registration system.

I am an incoming first year student, can I overload in my first semester?

No. You will only read the compulsory Common Curriculum modules pre-allocated to you in your first semester. You should make use of your first semester at the College to settle into the new residential and academic environment.

Registration of Yale-NUS Modules

How do I register for Yale-NUS modules?

During the module registration periods, you will be able to register for modules via OurCORS (Course Online Registration System). Instructions for each semester’s module registration exercise will be posted on OurCORS website.

I am an incoming first year student, how do I participate in the module registration exercise?

Registry will pre-allocate the compulsory Common Curriculum modules to all Year 1 students in their first semester of study. Year 1 students will participate in the module registration exercise to make selections for their modules from their second semester onwards.

What is the difference between “Selected Modules” and “Allocated Modules” on OurCORS system?

“Selected Modules” are modules that you are interested in and have selected during each module registration round.

“Allocated Modules” are modules that have been allocated to you after each module registration round. If the selected module does not appear under “Allocated Modules” upon the release of results, it implies that you have been unsuccessful in your registration for that module.

Why am I unable to find the module on OurCORS system when it is offered?

For prioritization of registration, some modules are not available for selection by all students during certain rounds of registration. For example, Historical Immersion modules are only accessible by third year and fourth year students during Round One and Round Two of the module registration exercise.

Modules that are fully subscribed during a preceding registration round will not be available for selection on OurCORS system. Please refer to the “Vacancy” and “Status” column of each module at the online Module Brief to check if a module still has available seats.

I met the pre-requisites of the module but I am unable to select the module. What can I do?

If you meet the pre-requisite of a module that is stated in the form of an A-level or equivalent or in the form of module(s) taken during study abroad, please email Registry for assistance if you encounter any difficulty to select the module.

If you are currently taking a pre-requisite to the module that you are interested in, you should be able to register for the module in Round One and Round Two (if you are unable to do so, please email Registry to assist you). However, upon release of your final examination results, if you have not passed the pre-requisite, you must drop that module and select another in Round Three (unless special permission is given by the module instructor).

I do not meet the pre-requisite of the module, what should I do if I am interested to register?

If you do not meet the pre-requisite of a module but able to demonstrate that you have obtained the required pre-requisite knowledge through other modules you have completed, please email the instructor for approval to register for the module. You can forward the email approval from your instructor to Registry so that the pre-requisite can be waived in order for you to select the module on OurCORS system.

Is it possible to register again for a module that I already passed?

Students are not allowed to repeat a module that they have passed (minimum grade D, ‘Satisfactory’, or ‘Completed Satisfactorily’ grade). Students who obtained a failed grade (F grade, ‘Unsatisfactory’ or ‘Completed Unsatisfactory’ grade) may repeat the same module in a subsequent semester but note that the original failed grade will remain on the transcript. Students who obtained a ‘D’ grade for a Historical Immersion module should register for another Historical Immersion module in a subsequent semester. This is because the Historical Immersion module is a requirement of the Common Curriculum and must be passed with ‘C’ grade or above.

How are modules being allocated to students?

Students are allocated to the modules based on major/minor/seniority considerations. Within the same priority level, allocations will be randomly assigned. On a case-by-case basis however, if the module is a gateway or introduction module that will help undeclared majors to explore their interest options, undeclared majors may be prioritized over declared majors who are outside of those modules’ affiliated majors.

When will I know the results for each module registration round?

Students will be notified by Registry via an email announcement to check the results of each module registration round by logging into OurCORS system.

I selected a module but was not successful in being allocated the module, why is this so?

For prioritization of module registration, students are allocated to the modules based on major/minor/seniority considerations. Within the same priority level, allocations will be randomly assigned. On a case-by-case basis however, if the module is a gateway or introduction module that will help undeclared majors to explore their interest options, undeclared majors may be prioritized over declared majors who are outside of those modules’ affiliated majors. The module might become fully subscribed after these considerations have been factored.

The module that I am interested in taking is already fully subscribed but I need the module in order to fulfil my major/minor requirements, what can I do?

You should monitor for any vacancy that may arise during Round Three add/drop period. You may consider to appeal to the Head of Study or the instructor for assistance if you are still unable to secure a place in the module by Round Three if you are a student in your last year of study.

Is there a waitlist system?

There is no waitlist system. If you are not allocated the module that is fully subscribed, you may monitor for any vacancy that may arise during Round Three add/drop period.

Registration of Yale-NUS Language Modules

How do I register for Yale-NUS Language modules?

During the module registration periods, you will be able to apply for Yale-NUS Language modules via OurCORS (Course Online Registration System). For those Yale-NUS Language modules (e.g. Directed Languages, Greek, Latin, Sanskrit) where their timetables are not yet available during Round One and Round Two, these modules will be listed with a dummy (Saturday) timetable for students to select in OurCORS system. Prior to the start of Round Three, students will be notified of the finalised timetables as well as whether they are successful in their application based on the timetables.

Independent Study Modules

What are independent study modules?

Independent Study modules encourage students to engage in independent reading and research in an area of their special interest with the close guidance of a faculty member. The research should lead to a final project/product. There are three different types of independent study modules at Yale-NUS:

  1. IRR (Independent Reading and Research) is a 2MC independent study in an area of special interest to the student(s), with the close guidance of a faculty member, leading to a final project/product.
  2. SPS (Special Project in Science) is a 5MC module that provides academic credit of major research projects conducted by students prior to the Capstone project. This is an individual project to allow students with extraordinarily strong preparation to receive academic credit for research conducted at the level of a capstone project prior to the fourth year.
  3. ILSR (Independent Language Study and Research) is a 2MC independent study in a language other than English in an area of special interest to the student(s), with the close guidance of a faculty member, leading to a final project/product.

How do I register for an IRR/SPS/ILSR module?

Please click on the respective links for more information and how you can register for IRR,  SPS and ILSR.

Special Seminars

What are Special Seminar modules? How can I register for them? Is it compulsory to take them?

These seminars are a distinctive and unique opportunity for students to learn a highly specialised subject and/or skill from esteemed visiting professors. Students will be informed about these seminars when they are scheduled and how they can register for them. It is not compulsory to take Special Seminar modules but students are highly encouraged to register for these 1MC Special Seminar modules.

NUS Modules

Can Yale-NUS students register for NUS modules?

Yes, Yale-NUS students can register for NUS language modules offered by CLS (Centre for Language Studies) and modules offered by other NUS Faculties/Schools.

How can I register for NUS modules?

Applications for CLS modules can only be submitted during Rounds One and Round Two via online Canvas. The Canvas link will be published on OurCORS website.

Applications for other NUS modules (non-language) can be submitted via online Canvas during Round One and Round Two. The Canvas link will be published on OurCORS website. In Round Three, applications will be by manual form submission. You must submit the completed Module Add/Drop Form  to your respective Assistant Dean by the deadline stated on OurCORS website. Late submissions will not be considered. 

When will I know the results of my NUS modules application?

Registration of NUS modules are subject to approval from the respective NUS Faculty/School, and the outcome of your application will only be known near to, or at the start of the semester. Thus, NUS modules will not be visible yet during the release of results for Round One and Round Two module registrations. Registry will inform you separately via email on your NUS module registration outcome.

When are the add/drop timelines for NUS modules? Are they the same as Yale-NUS modules?

The add/drop timelines for Yale-NUS and NUS are different. Please refer to NUS CORS website for the add/drop timelines for NUS modules.

Audit Classes

Can I audit a Yale-NUS module?

Students are permitted to audit a module by applying directly with the faculty member after the end of Round Three module registration. You are not normally permitted to audit modules that are fully subscribed. If you have been accepted to audit a module, you must attend all classes, complete the readings and participate in discussions on par with the enrolled students. However, you are not entitled to ask for any work to be assessed, and are also not permitted to sit for the final exam. The audited module will not appear on your transcript – i.e. no grade and modular credits are awarded.

Can I audit a NUS module?

If you would like to audit a NUS module, please submit your request to Yale-NUS Registry at registry@yale-nus.edu.sg. Yale-NUS students may audit the NUS module only if the NUS faculty/department grants approval. The audited NUS module will not show up on your transcript and no grade and modular credits are awarded.

Dropping of Modules

How do I drop a module on OurCORS?

You can drop your “Selected Modules” any time during each module registration round before it closes. You can only drop your “Allocated Modules” during Round Three.

Why am I unable to drop a module on OurCORS?

You can only drop your “Allocated Modules” during Round Three. The system also prevents you from dropping below the minimum workload required for a semester.

If my friend drops a module, can I take over my friend’s spot in that module?

No. You will still need to select the module after the vacancy arises in OurCORS system, and your application will be considered alongside other interested students who also selected the module.

I would like to drop Module A to select Module B but OurCORS system is preventing me from dropping Module A as the system prompts that I will drop below the minimum workload required for a semester. What should I do?

Please email Registry at registry@yale-nus.edu.sg to notify us of this and we will assist you.

Swapping of Groups

Can I swap modules with another student?

No, students cannot swap modules with one another. You will still need to select the module after the vacancy arises in OurCORS system, and your application will be considered alongside other interested students who also selected the module.

Can I switch groupings within a module with another student?

Yes, you are permitted to swap groups within the same module if you are able to find another student who is willing to do a mutual swap with you. For example, Common Curriculum groupings and groupings within a module.

OurCORS Login Problems

I forgot my userID and/or password? Who can I contact?

Please contact Yale-NUS IT at yncit@yale-nus.edu.sg for assistance.

Why am I unable to login into OurCORS module registration system?

Students are barred from logging into OurCORS module registration system if they have outstanding payment. Please login to your mySIS account and settle the payment in order to participate in module registration. It takes at least 24 hours turnaround time before OurCORS system is enabled. You may contact Yale-NUS Student Services at studenthelp@yale-nus.edu.sg if you have any questions relating to the outstanding payment.

Access to Module Canvas Sites

Does having access to a module’s Canvas site implies that I am registered for that module?

To check that you are registered in a module, you can do so by logging into OurCORS system and MySIS system (‘Academics’ section). A student can still have access to a module’s Canvas site despite the fact that he or she is not officially registered in that module e.g. a student who audits a class can request to access a module’s Canvas site with the permission of the instructor.

Registry Contacts

Who can I contact if I have any other questions regarding module registration or OurCORS?

Please email to registry@yale-nus.edu.sg or visit Registry office at #03-220 (Elm College building).