August 23, 2007

First Impression of My Lecturers (NUS)

Posted in University at 9:59 pm by ryushin

Its finally the day to share a brief opinion of my lecturers for the first semester. Order of appearance is not ranked according to my preference of the lecturers. Lecturer names will remain anonymous. Please note in no uncertain terms that I am not aware of who else is lecturing the same module, and their way of teaching.

ST1131A (Introduction to Statistics) – Overzealous lecturer, in a good way usually. Her lectures are usually packed full of jokes and comical remarks. She will never fail to brighten up your day especially if its your first lecture. Committed and will explain meticulously if required. However, that, and the frequent random jokes might not be well received by people who wishes for a faster pace.

MKT1003 (Principles of Marketing) – Great lecturer. If it doesn’t matter that the module itself involves a lot of gimmicks and interesting content, this lecturer can effectively capture our attention by the way she present. If it helps us understand better, even hokkien terms are brought into the lecture. Can see that she really loves this subject.

BSP1005B (Managerial Economics) – I’m actually thankful that this is pretty much a refresher for what I learned in jc. At times, the illustration of the lecturer is really hard to follow for students without prior knowledge in the subject matter. And he likes to use economic jargons that those students did not understand, often venturing into macro-economics. Does a genuine attempt to simplify some examples. (And he likes to laugh to himself)

DSC2003 (Management Science) – A crappy lecturer, not in the sense that he’s crap, but he likes to talk crap! haha. Younger than most, he almost seems like a person you can approach with the status of a friend. Beware though, his notes and maybe even tutorials are full of errors. Thus, you are forced to be always on your toes, and students skipping his lectures are gonna have a jolly good time trying to digest nonsense. Not sure if its his initial intention, because he admits he is a sloppy person.

GEK1505 (Living With Mathematics) – The content can be very confusing at times. Actually most of the time I don’t concentrate enough. The ambience is just too great for dozing off, taking into account the timing of the lectures too. Don’t quite like it actually, as the simple stuffs will be too obvious, and the things I find difficult to digest are… well… out of my league.

Ok so those are the 5 modules. Will be meeting my TAs next week when tutorials start. Haiz, hope for good ones as I usually start slow going into each education phase.

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9 Comments »

  1. jh said,

    doesnt sound so bad overall. at least u got preallocated for most of ur tutorials. some i still hafta pray for fate to pull some of my acquaintances. haiz.

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  3. Melvyn said,

    “Beware though, his notes and maybe even tutorials are full of errors. Thus, you are forced to be always on your toes, and students skipping his lectures are gonna have a jolly good time trying to digest nonsense. Not sure if its his initial intention, because he admits he is a sloppy person.”

    Yes!! I have achieved my objective!!!
    Thanks for spreading the message.

    Melvyn, the crap Management Science lecturer!!!

  4. ryushin said,

    Hi Melvyn (if you still see this),

    Didn’t quite expect someone like you to drop by this space πŸ˜€

  5. ignorantsoup said,

    he must have googled himself..haha

  6. Melvyn said,

    Happy New Year!!!

    Yes, I do that frequently for research purposes.

    I pioneered several methods for optimization under uncertainty and it is really exciting to learn how my methods have been adopted by academics and industry.

    Try Googling “Melvyn Sim”

    My favorite application of my work:
    Radiation treatment of lung tumor
    http://gray.mgh.harvard.edu/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=38

    By the way, unlike high-school teachers whose main job is teaching, university lecturers are also required to establish themselves internationally as credible researchers. My perspective of teaching goes beyond helping students tackle examination questions. Instead, I want students to move out of their comfort zones, challenge what I teach in class and not simply accepting it as gospel. I am always trilled when a student is able to identify my mistakes in class.

    Cheers

  7. ignorantsoup said,

    wow he’s back..lol… wk ur lecturer’s amazing..

  8. ryushin said,

    Ermz, hehe. I guess part of optimization includes putting your name at the top of google searches? Haha

  9. val said,

    Heyy. Just happened to come by this space when i was searching for something on BSP1005B. Was wondering if in the exams, are we tested on super difficult kind of tutorial questions that we weren’t taught in lectures (e.g using terms such as “ln” or a whole lot of differentiation) or are we tested on what was taught in lectures (e.g using the forumlas we were given to just solve the questions)?

    Hope you’ll answer my question! Thanks πŸ™‚


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