Top Nature of module
This is a Freshman Seminar Module. It is intended for students in the School of Design and Environment (SDE) who are in their first year on the various programmes offered in SDE. This module is differerent from the other modules on any of the programmes at SDE. The differences lie in the size of the class, the teaching and learning approach, as well as the assessment of the students’ performance.
To meet the aims of the teaching approach which is adopted on this module, the size of the class will be limited to 16 students. The minimum size of the class will be 10 students.
Aims of module
The aims of the module are to:
cover the key issues relating to sustainability in aspects of the built environment by adopting a novel teaching approach
the teaching approach should provide an opportunity for SDE students to interact with lecturers, and with each other in a seminar-style environment
the teaching of the module would hone the creativity of the students; develop their skills in undertaking independent learning; and enhance their research capabilities including the ability to frame problems and design appropriate research approaches, collect and analyse relevant data and information, draw relevant inferences, possible recommendations and conclusions, and present their findings in various modes.
Objectives of module
The objectives of the module are to cover:
the meaning and importance of sustainable development, and the current state of the world with respect to its relevant aspects
the nature and importance of cities and their impact on sustainability in general
threats that the manifestations of lack of sustainable development such as climate change, desertification and unstable economic and social conditions pose to the efforts to build sustainable cities
the status, effectiveness and challenges of the current efforts being made at various levels to address the problems relating to sustainable development in cities
the way forward.
Students will be led to propose appropriate legal, policy, administrative and community involvement frameworks for enabling the creation of sustainable cities. This will follow a critical appraisal of existing statutes, policies and mechanisms. The students will be encouraged to consider the involvement of various stakeholders in the delivery of the required solutions including the necessary prerequisites such as education, the development of public awareness and fostering of community involvement.
The Freshmen’s Seminar module, FSD1201 carries 4 modular credits and may be used to satisfy unrestricted elective requirements. This module is open only to students of SDE in their first two semesters at NUS.