Policy on Independent Research Modules (IRR/ILSR/SPS)

The following modules were previously ungraded and therefore were not allowed to be counted
toward any major or minor. Effective from Semester 2, AY 2017/2018, the following regulations will
apply. Effective from Semester 2, AY 2020/2021, IRR and ILSR modules will accrue 2.5 MC.

IRR = Independent Reading and Research (2.5 MC);
ILSR = Independent Language Study and Research (2.5 MC)
SPS = Special Project in Science (5 MC)

  1. A student is allowed to read up to a maximum of 2 Independent Study modules [Independent Reading and Research (IRR), Independent Language Study and Research (ILSR) and/or Special Project in Science (SPS)] in a semester.
  2. A student may read up to a maximum of 7.5 MC from IRR, ILSR and/or SPS throughout the student’s undergraduate career. If you have exceeded this limit, you are required to obtain the support of the Head of Studies of your major/minor and make an appeal to the Committee on Academic Standards (CAS) via your Assistant Dean of Students.
  3. A student may count up to a maximum of 5 MC from IRR, ILSR and/or SPS towards the major or independent minor with prior approval from Head of Studies (Major) or Coordinator (Independent Minor).
  4. A student may count up to a maximum of 2.5 MC from IRR and/or ILSR towards the requirements for a minor with prior approval from the Head of Studies (Minor).
  5. In extremely rare circumstances, an exception to the maximum above may be approved by the Chair of the Curriculum Committee following the endorsement of the relevant Divisional Director. SPS cannot be counted towards requirements for a minor in Science.
  6. By default, IRR, ILSR and/or SPS are graded Completed Satisfactory (CS) or Completed Unsatisfactory (CU). However, if you wish to count an Independent Study module to a Major or Minor, the Independent Study module must be registered to be Letter Graded. Requests to retroactively change grading scheme will not be approved after Instructional Week 2.

Updated on: 2 November 2020