Provides students with an understanding of basic statistics concepts and their relevance to the business environment. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling, estimations, hypothesis testing, chi-square, analysis of variance, linear regression and correlation, and index numbers. Statistical software and computer-based learning (CBL) packages are also introduced.
The first part of the module provides students with basic knowledge of management principles in planning, organising and controlling. Topics on organisational culture and change management are also included. The second part focuses on OB (Organisational Behaviour) topics such as personality, perception, group dynamics, motivation, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.
Provides students with an understanding of basic accounting and financial concepts essential in understanding and interpreting financial statements and reports. In addition, students will be exposed to basic costing concepts and financial techniques used to analyse and evaluate capital investment projects.
Introduces the basics in marketing to students. Topics include the strategic marketing management process, market opportunities analysis and target market selection. The elements of the marketing mix will also be examined. An integrated approach will be adopted to discuss how these elements can be blended to produce an effective marketing programme.
Microeconomics will provide students with an understanding of the basic microeconomic concepts which are needed in decision-making processes. It also enables students to have a better understanding of the larger economic environment and to relate the concepts taught to real world situations.
Macroeconomics will provide students with an understanding of the macroeconomic concepts and applications which are needed in decision-making processes in the business world. It also enables students to have a better understanding and appreciation of the larger economic environment that they are facing.
Provides students with an understanding of the basic concepts and principles of accounting. Significant areas are the double entry concept, accounting process, special journals, subsidiary ledgers and control accounts, and the financial statements of merchandising businesses. This also includes an understanding of the control and accounting for cash, inventories and fixed assets, goods and services tax, partnership and fundamental accounting principles. An accounting software will be introduced.
Introduces students to the financial markets including the various roles and operations of financial
institutions. This module also provides students with basic knowledge of management principles such as planning, organising and controlling. Students will also be taught on how they can employ infocommunication technology to increase business competitiveness
This module aims to introduce the essential business analytics skills to students, allowing them to gain business insights through raw data and apply this skills across different industries. Students will have an overview of the business analytics success pillars framework. They will learn to use excel solver for different scenarios, use dashboard for presentation and explore google analytics for a project.
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
This module aims to equip students with a working knowledge of some aspects of information technology. Students will learn about practical skills in industrial standard application software in PowerPoint presentation, Word processing, Electronic spreadsheet, and Database management.
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.
Provides students with an understanding of financial accounting, covering company & group accounts and cash flow statements. Students learn to prepare final accounts of companies and to read and understand published accounts. They will also learn to analyse and interpret financial statements using tools such as horizontal and vertical analyses. Budgeting, breakeven/ incremental analyses and activity-based costing will also be taught to assist in management planning and control.
Commences with the basic features of the Singapore legal system. It then proceeds to introduce students to the basic principles of contract law, the Sale of Goods Act, the law of tort, cheques, agency and intellectual property. The legal aspects of business organisations will also be covered.
Aims to equip students with database knowledge which include characteristics of a relational model, functions of relational database management systems (ROBMS), process of normalization, entity relationship modeling, database system development cycle, database security functions as well as practical skills in Structured Query Language (SQL).
Introduces the theory and practice of systems analysis in the problem definition, requirements analysis and logical design phases of a system project life cycle. It will enable students to undertake analysis of a given problem situation, to produce a definition of user requirements, and to design an appropriate information system from the requirement specifications, using appropriate methods, tools and techniques.
The module will give students a basic grasp of risks faced by financial institutions and businesses as in the course of their operations. Selected risks will be analyzed, including the ways in which these risks are generated, measured, and reported. The module will also describe some ways in which these risks can be managed, or hedged
Teaches students programming fundamentals using JAVA as the programming language. It also introduces essential object-orientation concepts including class, instance and encapsulation. The techniques and skills required for Web site construction using Java Server Pages (JSP) will also be taught. Students will learn to develop dynamic Web pages using JSP and JDBC. The module also guides the students in implementing a commercial Web site.
This module aims to provide advanced business analytics concepts and techniques to perform data analysis for predicting outcomes based on past data. It will enable students to use Visual Basics Applications to create predictive models, understand the assumptions underlying the predictive models, learn the use of statistics and R programming in the predictive analytics frameworks and applying them to create real-world solutions.
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to
conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social
cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply
suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to
trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment,
and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of
themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.
Students are taught how to write effective cover letters and resumes, to develop a portfolio and to handle job interviews. They also learn the importance of personal grooming and business etiquette to prepare them for the work place.
Overview of the principle of business intelligence frameworks and models. Provide the practical application of business intelligence tools to gather and get ready of data and information for predictive analytics and segmentation modeling.
Introduces to students the market risk, credit risk and in particular, the operational risks face by a financial institution. Understand the key principles of an operational risk framework, key risk indicators, risk culture and appetite, the application of operational risk tools, data challenges and guidelines on regulatory reporting
Introduces students to securities operations in the financial industry. Students will learn on the role of back office of banks, how to manage trade flows and resolve settlement issues. Students will also hands on learning opportunity with Bloomberg which is an integral part of trade flow management.
Students will be highlighted with the meaning of corporate governance and the importance of it in the business world. They will be exposed to the different approaches of corporate governance, the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders and students will be expected to apply the code on standards of ethics and professional conduct to various scenarios.
Provides students an opportunity to integrate technical skills and the banking and finance knowledge they have acquired from the course and experience problem solving, communication and working as a team to develop a business proposal. Basic principles of managing a finance or IT project will also be taught. It will cover the planning, scheduling and development budget of the work, monitoring and control of IT projects from the perspective of project managers.
Please note: Course structure subject to change.
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