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Old 17-01-2020, 09:20 AM   #6
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Hello Eve here, I am the one who started this thread. I would like to list out common questions many asked at JAE 2020 course counselling. This mainly applys to SP but it may also answer some questions for other polys too.

1. Qn: What is the difference between Aerospace Electronics(S90) vs Aeronautical Engineering(S88)
Ans: Aerospace Electronics(S90) belongs to the School of Electrical & Electronic engineering where they focus on understanding the instrumentals inside the plane such as what does the controls inside the cockpit do (more recommended if you are pursuing pilot). Aeronautical Engineering(S88) belongs to the School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering where they focus on understanding the exterior of the place such as the model of the plane and the engine of the plane.

2. Qn: What is the difference between Computer Engineering(S53) and School of Computing (which includes S30, S32, S54 & S69)
Ans: Computer Engineering(S53) is under the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering where they learn not only the software(coding) but also the hardware(electronic components). In Computer Engineering(S53) you are able to build a mechanism and input your code into micro-controllers(like arduino) and make things like robots. They would also learn software but just not as much as the School of Computing would. The School of Computing focus 100% on software and no hardware.

3. Qn: Is CCA a must in Polytechnic?
Ans: You don't have to join any CCA if you want to but its highly recommended for students to have at least 1 CCA. CCA would help a lot in University applications where there is an interview and also in Scholarship application. We would suggest everyone to focus on studies first then if you can cope with it then you join a CCA. CCA builds up most parts of a Poly student's portfolio and it is the advantage that Poly students has against JC students.

4. Qn: Is there self-learning in SP?
Ans: We would have some self-learning modules where we do not have a lecture but we have to read up on the materials provided by our lecturers online before we come into class for tutorial. In tutorial it will mainly be answering some questions we would have while learning and also do tutorial questions provided by the lecturer.

5. Qn: Is there open-book tests/exams in SP?
Ans: If it is an exam, most likely it will not be open-book while some modules may allow cheat-sheet of 2 pages(1 piece of A4 size paper). There are some tests/in-course assessments where it is fully open book but do not put high hopes on this as it is still very rare. Most of the tests & exams are 0% open-book/cheat-sheet.

6. Qn: Is it true that you have more freedom in Polytechnic compared to the structured timetables in Secondary School?
Ans: All of us would still have a timetable that is generated by the school and we are to follow that timetable. Our classrooms are always different depending on the module and you are to find and move to the next class no matter how far they are. We have 15mins grace period for attendance taking, for example if your class starts at 9am, you have until 9:15am to key in your attendance before you are considered late (this applys to SP). I would say that you do have more freedom but its also a lot more responsibility and you need more initiative to survive in Poly.

7. Qn: Is it true that the teachers in Poly are strict and do not chase the students for homework?
Ans: This is true for most of the lecturers in SP. You may still find some lecturers who are really nice and give you their phone number or chase you for homework, but I would say most of the lecturers will have the "give me your assignment by deadline or its 0 marks for you" attitude. It is not that they are strict, its just that this rule is applied to all the lecturers in SP that have to follow to make sure that it is fair to all the students. The lecturers would expect you to give them your assignment and if for example its by 6pm means that they will not accept any work at 6:01pm. Sometimes it is not collected in class so you would need to go to their office to personally give to them. We don't have a Q&A session at the end of the lesson as our lecturers also need to rush to the next class so you will need to call their office phone or email them to book an appointment with them if you need to ask any questions.

8. Qn: Do we have a fixed classroom?
Ans: Every class do not have a fixed classrooms. There are fixed classrooms for specific courses (as in that classroom is only used for that specific course) but there isn't a classroom where you can just put your things in safely. You will need to carry around all your belongings everywhere you go and this includes during lunch.

There were a lot more questions that I have answered during JAE 2020 but those other questions will be easily answered when you enter Polytechnic, learn as you go.

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