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At the end of the semester, a student is awarded a grade (and not specific marks) for each course taken. The method CAP is calculated is by a weighted mean. Thanks, Douglas. Isn’t that as long as the student has full understanding on that subject, he/she is deserve to get first honour grade? For a larger university, with many different disciplines, there could be parity issues, and this may shortchange some students. You can have a transparent system with an incapable marker, an opaque system with Nobel laureate markers, transparent systems with Nobel laureate markers… etc. This is something I would very much like to see happening in a more widespread way. Lastly, I do not understand the rationale behind having a bellcurve for level 4000 modules in Business School. What I would think is 100% beneficial, is for lecturers to at least release a partial solution of selected questions, so that we learn how to solve the problems. However, NUS employs a recommended grade distribution in addition to the bell curve, the actual spread of the grades will be different from a standard normal distribution. For instance, a professor may set what seemed to be a difficult paper, but he may have posed similar questions during tutorials or discussions. Lets say for a module where every student is good at the paper(Perhaps it is too easy ?) I do agree that giving back the exam papers is a good thing to do, but that is another of my battles. However, in a real-world scenario, the chance that all the students can get an A in the first place, while the paper is not set at such an easy level that As are easy to get, is virtually nil. If it were otherwise, top universities would shy away from accepting our NUS students and graduates! Are all debatable points that are somewhat beyond the scope of this discussion, and which merit their own discussions. “It is not a symbol of rigor to have grades fall into a ‘normal’ distribution; rather, it is a symbol of failure — failure to teach well, failure to test well, and failure to have any influence at all on the intellectual lives of students.” http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/fdtd-g.htm. Students are sometimes worried about falling on a ‘wrong side’ of the bell curve. There are no two ways about it but to ensure that our CE students are competent in both. Given that majority of the graduates will not go into academia and would enter the society to work, I think it is pertinent for the university to understand that most students enter university in search of a degree as a pathway to better employment and not academia. If I am not mistaken, as an example, Math majors cannot take the GEM module Living with Math. Based on my experience, what it really does is it forces student to be top in the class, and not increase to his/her effectiveness of learning. What are you trying to achieve with straight A-? So to repeat myself, the bell curve occurs naturally. #3: Thanks, Kim, for the nice story about the Economics professor. Jack also proposed shifting the module evaluation (by students) till after the exams. If one forces a a bell curve on such scenario , one will end up differentiating students based possibly on human errors instead of differences on the understanding of the subject. will they be graded on the same bell curve? On the other hand, if an absolute marking system were to be used, one could argue that that might also have a practical effect of teaching students that the only people they can rely on to ensure their own success is themselves, which is somewhat counterproductive to teamwork as well, albeit not as severely as the competition scenario. and everyone is scoring , a very high scores, is there really a need to differentiate in such scenario ? If that subject is marginally easy compare to other subject, then the subject can have less weight compare to other subject, this is reflect to the MC system that we currently used. NUS grades their students on a bell curve system, much like how A levels are graded. And in the event that everyone is first honour graduate and is able to show their outstanding capability at work, that will greatly improve the reputation of the university. “The bell curve system reduces social cooperation and trust among students. The top of the curve shows the mean, mode, and median of the data collected. Rest assured that the return of exam scripts, among other things, are issues that I have been and will continue to look into. Should we simply care about crossing the line between one grade and the next? For example NYU determines honours based on GPA compared against the previous year’s GPAs. In order for the counterargument to take hold, it requires acceptance of the premiss that “there will be a chance that everyone in a batch for a module will be so good that they will all deserve to get an A”. I was in engineering and did not do well in my core modules. The fourth point, you have mentioned that employer will be skeptical in recruiting graduate if all graduates are getting first honour. This form is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Having work-life balance is crucial. Even with these checks, it may be difficult to ascertain with certainty the level of difficulty as perceived by students. In order that my future junior can enjoy learning, I do wish that the university can consider revamping the system. That was the thinking many years ago, and things may have changed. #7: Your attitude is right! The stringency in grading contributes to this to some extent. I don’t see how it’s being done here…. For then, there will be no loser. P2:6 Do these honours students cover tutorials for said modules, or are these outside of formal class instruction time? If we want fairness, we have to start somewhere. So this again shows that bell curve is unnecessary to be used for honour and CAP system. In the next blog, I shall share some details on these. 2. It may be true that we need to learn to adapt to the environment but with the environment promoting the wrong mentality in the students. Once every three years, a pair of colleagues will sit in on classes and provide an assessment of the teaching. For example, Princeton has a grading policy letter (http://www.princeton.edu/career/undergrads/resumes/grading-policy-letter/gradingpolicyletter.pdf), explaining: “In 2004, the Princeton University faculty adopted new institutional grading expectations to address locally the national problem of grade inflation. We want to encourage more students like you, to explore the bountiful learning opportunities and to enjoy them. One of my second year core modules had an average grade of C, with most of the class doing badly and almost nobody getting A. In the business school, where there is no direct honours, most students who are weaker would graduate in three years. I am a lover of learning. Blog.nus is brought to you by the Centre for Instructional Technology | Terms of Use | Disclaimers. Hi, there is an error in the computed GPA. How could we then know where we’ve gone right or wrong? Our colleagues have just completed an in-depth study on student feedback, and I could share some of the key ingredients and recommendations with you. This is a very effective way to learn the real lesson. Spam protection has stopped this request. While we do make every effort to make sure modules are designed with clear learning outcomes, and professors are responsible to ensure their exams are pitched at the right level, grade moderation will prevent grade inflation or deflation, and helps to achieve consistency in assessment grading across modules. Perhaps, the university should consider an option for students to decide if they want to go into academia in the future and not tie the degree classification to research work so as to force students to do research. However, the necessary rivalry that would allow this to happen does exist. Meritocracy must necessarily lead to kiasuism. In addition, the fact that the NUS Administration “does not like” the idea that students are paying customers, does not change the fact that they are. #P1:13 I have, thankfully, not yet encountered such a situation personally. I chuckled when I read this article:   Desperate undergrads pray to ‘bell curve god’. The bell curve grading system does ensure that those who do get good grades managed to do so not out of luck or sheer randomness, or by picking the right modules or lecturer semester after semester. From a concerned NUS student. Grading may be based on absolute performance, relative performance, or a combination of the two. A university that panders to the likes of students is not a university. I must emphasize that the recommended grade distribution is not applied blindly, and there are ample opportunities, within reason, for discretion and flexibility. As far as I know, NTU and SMU do not have that requirement. This is highly subjective, and I wouldn’t say it is wrong, but it does negatively impact the rest of the students who don’t do the same, as comparatively their marks will be lower. NUS has no place for such selfish students! Dear Jensen – thanks for sharing your thoughts. Differentiation is necessary for CAP purposes, and for Honours classification, and these are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Political agenda aside, this story is very interesting. This policy applies common standards to all academic departments and programs: A-range grades (A+, A, A-) shall comprise no more than 35 percent of grades earned in undergraduate courses and no more than 55 percent of grades for junior and senior independent work. Foreign universities accepting NUS students do not make exams more difficult for them because they are used to a more stringent system. #P1:5 I actually took Living With Mathematics as well, as I was interested to find out more about the application of mathematics to daily living (since Mathematics, by definition, will produce relations that can be said to be absolutely true, which is hard, even impossible, for empirical disciplines). Many students like Jack, Douglas, Herbert, etc., have commented that exams are really crude instruments for evaluating learning effectiveness. The number of students with H3 Biochemistry taking LSM1401 is indeed negligibly small, but the number who have taken H2 Biology are very cleanly divided between the majors, and its impact is significant. #6: Grading aside, one of the best way to learn is to teach. Sadly, content reading and practicing are insufficient to get you good results in GER1000. Not that everyone is necessarily “hostile” per se; “coldness” would be more appropriate a description. #28: Dear Samuel, I am glad you chose Finance because of your interest, and not because it provides an easier route to a First Class Honours. Thanks for alerting us on the computation and we’ve adjusted it! This are just some analysis of the effects of returning exams, from a students point of view, to provide a balanced argument. Unfortunately, I cannot understand the need for an A- grade. However, I hope that no one is feeling haunted by the bell curve. #11: Dear Douglas, I am not convinced that it is easier to score an A in an arts module compared with a Science and Technology module. #35: Dear Jack, we have exclusion criteria for GEM and SS modules. This module is basically an introduction to group programming projects. While an unmodified bell curve system might very rarely have this as a weakness relative to an absolute system, the system here isn’t unmodified, unlike what I previously thought. It is certainly not wise to end learning on handing in some scribbled script that becomes scrap paper after the grades are finalised. I agree with MJ on reviewing why the classification of first class honours is dependent on not just CAP but also a thesis component. What this means is that only a fixed number can score As for a subject in bell curve,while for absolute scoring,as long as you hit the intended score,you get the grade. You could say in that case that no one is qualified to mark exam papers. I am from the business school and would like to understand why the classification of first class honours is dependent on not just CAP but also a thesis component. For example, if many students with high CAP choose a particular course, it will not be fair to apply the recommended grade distribution to this class. but if we do, then what grade does the 25 / 50 / … Further, most exchange students only get the Pass/Fail grade, and frankly, it is rather difficult to fail a module if you put in enough effort. Find out more on NUS Provost's blogpost on Bellcurve. I don’t. (Just want to point out first that I’m not currently an NUS student, though I did study there many years ago.). #P1:9 What was the outcome of the discussion on the evaluation? In addition, one component of teaching evaluation is based on peer reviews. Second, we are not looking for a perfect fit, i.e., we usually ignore small deviations. Generally speaking, someone who has already passed through the Bachelor’s system should be ok for marking. You would have problems ensuring that tests in both years have the same level of difficulty, but surely it is worth looking into? Seems very interesting. Yet I’m sure you are well aware that even these systems have their own flaws. The kind of collaboration that can help all students to learn more effectively doesn’t stand a chance in such an environment. Thanks very much for all your comments. I forgot to add, most likely your final exam papers are graded by the grad students (esp Science, Com and Engineering course with class >100), and not by professors themselves. It depends on context: how smart you are, what course you are taking, how good you are with handling stress. But if you want to be picky, for some papers indeed nobody is truly qualified to mark the papers. Also, keep in mind that the more S/Us you use, the more volatile your CAP becomes, this can work in your favour but most of the time it will work against you. XYZ MCQ questions are too vague as their phrasing could lead to completely different interpretations by candidates. As long as we continue to do it carefully to help others, there is no reason to stop and just accept the status quo. Also, we took another Pharmacy module coded PR1101 PPDA, which went through some pretty detailed chemistry that was, again, covered in LSM1401 1 module later. We do monitor teaching performance. The only problem arises when controversial topics are marked by different people – a situation I do not see occurring often. Of course we hope that there is no such biased marking under the current system but if we can prevent the whole problem, why not? http://web.mit.edu/fnl/volume/204/winston.html. For example, the heights of all students in NUS are likely to be normally distributed. Based on my understanding from the past 18 years of education, learning is the understanding of a subject, which will be used to complement future work or more understanding of relevant subject. such modules are common in the math department, many level 4000 modules have a significant number of graduate students. In the first place, the in-charge of the subject has the responsibility to set the exam paper so that it is able to test his/her students whether they are fully understand that subject. The cold truth is the world will never going to change for a person, to survive, you have to adapt to the environment. From the sample grade distributions in Provost's Blog, more than 95% of the students will get a grade better than or equal to 'C', the requirement to exercise S/U option. This is a good suggestion – we could probably put a commentary about the distribution of NUS grades on the transcripts. Mid-terms are coming up soon. Thank you, your email will be added to the mailing list once you click on the link in the confirmation email. I chanced upon this blog while looking for an official NUS policy statement about bell curves, and was very pleasantly surprised with the open discussions about many sensitive issues. At least you can S/U after the results are out. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The fact is that people do have differing capabilities. In the first place, this blog post is an attempt to shed light on the grading system, an attempt to increase transparency. As such, they are entitled to certain basic expectations that one would expect from any educational institution, such as transparency in the grading process. I agree to this statement. I will do a check. ST noted that of the six autonomous universities, only the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) still moderate results using a bell curve for certain modules. Each Honours student can be a tutor to a small group of 5 to 6 freshmen, and he/she must prepare all the materials and anticipate what these mentees would ask in class. As I have emphasized in my blog article, we are not fixated in enforcing the grade distribution for every module (those with enrolment of more than 30). You mentioned “Differentiation is necessary for CAP purposes, and for Honours classification, and these are here to stay for the foreseeable future.”. (a) Finish in the top 5% of their class based on numerical average for all subjects taken at NUS; and If a certain subject is too easy compare to the other subjects, that subject should not exist in the university scope in the first place. A lot of the content covered in LSM1401 is really H2 Biology material, and we not only took that subject (that would have been bad enough for balance), but in addition, almost every single one of us aced it, because it is a matriculation requirement for us. The cutoff for summa cum laude is the GPA included within the top 5 percent of the previous year’s graduating class. But then without that system, employers would also have an even greater headache sorting through potential applicants for positions. I also could not understand the content of the lectures because they were taught in a short span over a few lectures and I have short attention span. The median grade in NUS is a B, based on the bell curve, which undergoes rigorous checking to ensure consistency across faculties. Our students do well in SEP and in Masters or PhD programs overseas (even at the very top universities) – this surely is testimony that the quality of degrees awarded by NUS is high. Where necessary, the final grade which a student receives for a module may be subject to moderation. Grading in universities should serve the needs of employers in society Should I try to learn under the fierce professor, or the lenient one? Contrast this to overseas universities, where even the syllabus planning committee do have representatives from senior students, to solicit feedback from the student’s point of view. CA components may somewhat reduce this tendency if they have to work with others often enough that cooperation has an effect on the end goal, and randomisation of group assignments can prevent this from degenerating into excessive clique formation. Alas, one must always temper one’s expectation, after all this is NUS. Thirdly, you said that there will be biasness in how an exam is set without bell curve system. My purpose in writing to you now is to enable you to better evaluate our students’ credentials by placing their academic records in context.”. —— This results in high competition among your module mates, but if you want to pay respects to the bell curve god, there’s a website for you to burn virtual incense. An A may be an A, but 80% for an A or 100% for an A make a different to students’ perspective. Here’s also wishing everyone a joyous Lunar New Year! #1: As mentioned, we allow deviations from the grade distribution. But if the benefits of something new outweigh the costs of changing from the old, we should not dismiss it just like that. Moreover, allowing students to view the marking will ensure that the grades are indeed correct and not subject to the graders’ moods and fancies. And here are 3 possible course grade profile scenarios after moderation. All my high school friends from Singapore who are now doing undergrad US told me that they are so much happier there. And while my earlier points may not have been too “diplomatic”, the points raised are nevertheless relevant, but were unfortunately glossed over. The level of difficulty of the paper and the relatively leniency in grading are two important factors. There is thus a need to remove such biases when you are treating 25,000 students! I find it easier to get along with people from completely different majors, in my CCAs, for example, even though I share a lot more things in common with people from my faculty. Superstitions aside, students correctly know that the bell curve does affect them in some way or other. Even for large classes, if the professors provide good reasons and convince us that students have learnt, we would be happy to accede to their request. The thesis component is often viewed as the capstone of an honours programme, and that is why good performance in the honours thesis is required for the award of a first class honours. I fully understand the rationale between having a thesis or FYP component, to train the students in analytical thinking and research. Module requirements may encompass different modes of assessment such as tutorial presentations, laboratory reports, projects, essays, as well as mid-term and final examinations. The NUS student may find it hard to compete, even though his capabilities are comparable to peers overseas. from personal experience, an undergrad who is usually the top 25% in the class can easily drop to bottom 40% in a class full of master students. The cold truth is the world will never going to change for a person, to survive, you have to adapt to the environment. This was discussed, and one of our concerns was that our students may base their evaluation on the perceived level of difficulty of the exam or their perceived performance during the exam. After all, the grapevine is the grapevine. Well, that is something exchange students will have to accept, as it will not be fair if there were two systems. I don’t have anything personally to lose from this arrangement, but I don’t find it particularly equitable for them. Finals was a completely different monster. In this final scenario, the resulting cut-off marks for each grade after moderation are rather low. To me, honour system complements on how to differentiate the effectiveness of how the person understands his/her subject, people who retain the highest level of understanding can get first honour grade. Well, it’s easy to remember at least! Pitch it tough, most students will fail. I think this is what we can do – have each lecturer highlight what the students have done right or gone wrong in the exam, and have this posted on the IVLE. First, the grade profiles for individual modules are examined and compared at the Department level, and then across Departments at the Faculty level. In several of my blogs, I have highlighted areas or skills which graduates would need to increase their employability, but students have not shown much interest in these areas. Coupled with intense competition for the Asian applicants category from China and India, the Singaporean student heading for graduate studies overseas (especially with tuition waver or teaching assistantships) will find himself in very very stiff competition. Imagine everyone graduating with first class honours at NUS – What will employers think of our graduates? Frankly, CA can be more demanding than exams! Even with successful implementation of the best system thought of, who knows really how good is it? Also, subjective comments on difficulty could be valuable in themselves. Perhaps a handful of these students may have H3 Biochemistry, but it would not be fair to expect higher standards from these students. I have been thinking about this – why are universities (and our post-secondary schools) giving us alphabetical grades instead of returning us our examination scripts? Carelessly branding all of Singapore as “selfish” just signifies to the interlocutor that the person speaking is emotional and not in a constructive frame of mind. Finals wrecked all of us, even some of my pro friends came out crying because they couldn't manage half the paper. You need to be really careful with reading the questions and its options, and not to over think. Examinations are supposed to act as assessments of learning. The Department assigns markers, and for purposes of fairness, a question is graded by one single person – this ensures consistency. This trains you to be more judicious about priority setting and time management between Hall life, CCAs, activities beyond university and studies. I like your suggestions on leveraging on the IVLE Forum, and I will be alerting my colleagues. The latest situation in the US and UK is that universities are short of funds and hence cannot offer as many scholarships as before. Your suggestion, despite being crafted in mathematical language, is essentially to allow a high proportion of As for smaller classes. I feel like it’s a frivolous luxury – I do well enough, but I can’t gamble away my hard work on something I’m interesting and passionate about because it will hurt my CAP. #24: Dear Douglas, thanks for your proposal. I don’t think it is fair for undergrads to be graded on the same curve as say, masters students or even phd students. However, NUS employs a recommended grade distribution in addition to the bell curve, the actual spread of the grades will be different from a standard normal distribution. Hi, I am going to graduate soon already, but let me tell from my experience as student in Singapore for over 15 years, what are the potential problems if exam papers are released. We have been engineering our environment for thousands of years, nowhere near to simply adapting to it. … it would seem that if you want to eradicate that you will need to abolish the idea of grading entirely. Be it political or school grading. We are at equilibrium right now, and working towards more effective teaching through smaller groups. 1) From my experience, there exists some “kiasu” students who are rather marks-oriented, who will attempt to “squeeze” out more marks (as much as possible) from the examiner. One important reason for grade moderation is that examiners come from diverse academic backgrounds and may be accustomed to different marking regimes. The bell curve makes all grading a relative comparison to our peers' performance. #21: The difficulty level of a module, as perceived by students, depends on several factors: teaching effectiveness of the professor, materials presented, grading, etc. The Bell Curve God usually sleeps in NUS or NTU residences, and is usually woken during recess week, where desperate university students seek answers. That said, it would be nice if we can emulate the SMU system of additional credit for A+ scored. Even with successful implementation of the best system thought of, who knows really how good is it? Nevertheless, my response about the “undiplomatic” nature of your comment refers to the way you generalized about the “bureaucratic, non-transparent and selfish nature of Singapore and NUS” and how this was a “lousy system”. 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