Okay, since I’ve googled for reviews regarding NUS modules for the past 3 years (and actually a lot are from this guy’s blog called “this is alanz blog” LOL! so thank u alan. i rmb bonding over random psych majors by talking abt u), I’ve decided to try and give back and write a little about my own experiences regarding the modules I have taken- hopefully this will help anyone who chances upon this blog!
Since my memory of the most recent sem is still fresh as compared to previous years, shall start with that.
PL4223: Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
Professor: Simon Collinson
Professor Review: He’s quite a chill and sometimes funny guy, and I think he is rather experienced in his field. I actually took PL3236 (Abnormal Psychology) under him before, and what I can say is that he is much more engaging in this module than in PL3236.
What is it about?
I actually took this module because I did not get any modules that i MPE-ed, and only had 1 module after round 3B. [When I needed like, 4? (!@#$%^&*) *rants about NUS CORS and undersupply of Psych profs/mods. I wasn’t even being choosy. There were literally ZERO psych mods for me to take*] So I appealed in, cause the IVLE description looks quite interesting which I shall quote here, but you can just google it also la:
“They are also provided with site visit opportunities to increase their appreciation for the work of the helping professions among people with neurological impairment and psychosocial dysfunction.”
Wah, like interesting right?!! Site visit sia! But unless I have been dreaming that I was sitting at my favourite spot at UTown SRC-GLR for all 13 weeks, this is untrue.
But anyway, the module is still quite interesting (sometimes) despite that. Each seminar usually consists of the prof talking about a topic in neuropsychology (e.g. Parkinson’s disease), showing us videos about patients with neurodegenerative diseases sometimes, then from Week 5 onwards, after prof talks finish, the group presentations will take the rest of the seminar time.
Prof also showed us a movie for the last seminar (Week 12), and I kind of liked it! It’s called Awakenings (1990) in case you are interested.
How’s the workload?
The workload is actually quite manageable and lighter than my other modules in the sem. We had a closed-book MCQ quiz (30%) that tested on week 1 – 4 readings – it’s kind of like a mid-term but in week 5; there were 30 MCQs. Class participation was at 10-15% (Can’t rmb), I think I spoke like once. The room wasn’t very conducive for class part though, so not much people spoke up. I think Prof did take attendance, especially in the last few weeks when he noticed people started to go missing lol. After the MCQ quiz in week5, one group will present each week, after his ~1hour lecture. The groups are allocated, and each group had about 6-7 people. Group presentation (25%) is about 30-40min (with Q&A): topics can range from METS syndrome, CADASIL to Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and CJD, where you present about it (e.g. the cause/diagnosis/treatments/research/controversies).
Finals(30%) was in week 13 – it was five short questions (max. 500 words for each). You are given an article to read and digest in week 12, which will kind of relate to the five questions. It was like open machine/laptop. Can use internet to check for answers. But I ended up not really using the internet that much, surprisingly. Technically, you can just google the answers if you have no time to study for it.
Share some tips leh?
I think in general, there is minimal readings for this mod. Its only the week1-4 readings for the MCQ quiz, then after that, besides the article for the finals, there’s no readings liao. But it will be good to remember some of the group presentations’ topics so you can use them as examples when writing for your short answer questions in the finals. Also, for the group presentations, I think roleplay is a good way to present stuff. However, I also realised that after a few weeks of presentation, roleplay becomes quite repetitive/predictable as well.
Aiya, so should I take it anot?!
If you are interested in neuropsychology, I think this module will suit you. I chose this module partly because I have never done neuropsychology stuff before and wanted to see if I like it, and even though some of the stuff can get quite boring(e.g. some of the readings), I still think it’s an ok module to take. The readings are little too, so can consider this if you pairing with other heavier mods. Its like clinical psychology but applied to the neuro parts. I like it when the prof talks about Alzheimer’s too, and his stories about his experiences with his patients.
Predicted Grade: B/B+ cause all my grades were like around the mean/median range
Actual Grade: A-
//Other modules that I took this sem: PL4228, PL4226 and PL4235.
will edit in the future when I have time to talk about my other modules.
PL4228: Criminal Forensic Psychology
Professor: Gwee Kenji