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What You'll Study

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2029 Basic Pathology
Provides an introduction to the mechanisms of human diseases and to the morphology and clinical characteristics of a broad spectrum of disease entities at molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and organismal levels. Topics include cellular adaptations and tissue damage, inflammation, healing and repair, hemodynamic disorders, genetic diseases, cancer biology and organ pathologies. At the end of the module, students will have built the foundation of understanding of human diseases on which future modules are based.
60
CP2301 Physiology & Biochemistry
Introduces students to the basic organisation of the human anatomy through emphasis on the physiology and biochemistry of key body systems. The biochemistry behind cellular macromolecules and physiological mechanisms underlying associated tissue dysfunctions will be covered.
75
CP2302 Microbiology
Provides students with the theoretical foundation as well as practical skills in microbiology. Module emphasises on good laboratory techniques in the handling and manipulation of microbes and laboratory safety.
60
CP2303 Immunology
Provides students with an overview of the fundamental concepts of immunology and its importance in clinical medicine. The key essential types and mechanisms of immunity response in defence and disease will be covered.
60
CP2304 Cell and Molecular Genetics
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of cell and molecular biology. Topics covered include the structure and function of cells, organelles and the central dogma of molecular biology. Gene expression and manipulation for recombinant technology will be covered.
60
CP4001 Analytical and Physical Chemistry
Provides students with fundamentals in analytical and physical chemistry. Students will learn the basic concepts of moles, concentrations in different units, reduction-oxidation reactions and equilibrium. Students will also acquire basic practical skills to analyse a range of substances quantitatively through simple volumetric analytical procedures.
60
CP4006 Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
Provides students with essential knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles of inorganic and organic chemistry. It enables students to understand the theoretical basis of physical and chemical properties of molecules. Students will also have a broad understanding of the chemical reactions of various functional groups of organic compounds.
75
LC0254 Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the necessary skills to develop self-confidence in their spoken and written interactions with intended audiences for specific purposes, in informal contexts.
30
LC0255 Communicating for Project (Proposal) Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the skills to articulate and communicate ideas persuasively, and to work effectively in teams. They will be taught to pitch ideas or concepts and to write proposals to an intended audience.
30
LC8001 General Education 1
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.
30
LC8002 General Education 2
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.
30
MS2101 Mathematics A
Provides students with knowledge in mathematics and statistics to solve problems encountered in their course of study. Topics include set theory, function, Boolean algebra, computer arithmetic, matrix algebra, geometric transformations, probability and statistics.
60
MS2103 Mathematics B
Equip students with an adequate knowledge of mathematics and analytical skills to handle the problems encountered in their course of studies. The topics include differentiation, partial differentiation, integration, numerical methods, first-order differential equations and their applications. Students will also learn how to use mathematical software in this module.
60
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
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.
15

Second Year & Third Year

From year 2, students are allowed to specialise in the area of their particular interest. They can choose from the folllowing options:

  • Medical Technology Option
  • Cardiac Technology Option
  • Biomedical Research Option

Medical Technology Option

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP202Y Project
Enables students to apply & integrate the knowledge & skills acquired throughout the Biomedical Science course in a research and development project. Emphasis is placed on independent-learning, effective teamwork, problem-solving skills and communication skills in the process.
60
CP2033 Applied Immunology
Provides students with a broad understanding of the principles involved in diagnostic immunology. Aspects of the immune system in health and diseases are discussed in topics which include the role of the major histocompatibility complex in antigen processing and presentation, immunological tolerance and disorders of the immune response, transplantation and immunodeficiency states.
45
CP2034 Blood Banking
Equips students with a critical appreciation of blood transfusion science and provide a broad background in both practical and theoretical aspects of this subject. Major topics will include the theoretical basis of blood transfusion, concepts in transfusion practice and clinical aspects of transfusion therapy. Organisation, management and quality control procedures will be included as appropriate together with practical experience.
60
CP2035 Histological Techniques
Provides the practical foundation in techniques in histopathology. Emphasis is given to the ability to apply theory to bench practice in tissue fixation and processing, staining and instrumentation. Cryotomy and exfoliative cytology are also introduced.
45
CP2081 Organic Chemistry - Reaction Mechanism
Provides students with the fundamentals of organic synthesis and reaction mechanisms. Topics include stereochemistry, chemical kinetics, substitution, addition and elimination reactions.
60
CP2305 Molecular Pathology Techniques
Aims to provide the practical basis of laboratory molecular diagnostics. Emphasis will be on skills development and hands-on experience on the use of molecular techniques to diagnose or monitor cancer, infectious diseases, and selected genetic disorders. It builds on the material taught in other modules – cell biology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, clinical chemistry, haematology, medical microbiology and basic pathology.
75
CP2306 Haematology
Aims to provide students with an overview of the work involved in clinical haematology laboratories. Fundamentals of routine procedures will be given together with relevant clinical information.
60
CP2307 Applied Haematology
Builds on knowledge from module CP2306, with application of haematology in the investigation and diagnosis of various diseases.
60
CP2308 Clinical Chemistry
Provides students with an overview of work carried out in clinical chemistry laboratories. Fundamentals of routine procedures will be taught with relevant clinical information. The module also covers the range of tests usually provided in routine screening procedures and the importance of good management and quality control procedures.
60
CP2309 Applied Clinical Chemistry
Provides theoretical foundation and practical skills in clinical chemistry. Students will learn the background pathophysiology of tests performed in a clinical chemistry laboratory and details of analytical methods involved.
60
CP2310 Medical Microbiology
Provides students with the theoretical foundation and practical skills in medical microbiology. The role of microbiology in the diagnosis, management and prevention of infections in patients will be emphasised.
60
CP2311 Molecular Medical Microbiology
Provides students with a broad understanding of the principles involved in diagnostic microbiology and urinalysis. Identification of etiological agents of virological and parasitological diseases and their characteristics will be covered. The diagnosis, management and prevention of these diseases will also be covered.
60
LC8003 or LC8006 Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
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.
30
LC8004 General Education 3
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.
30
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
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.
30

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP202Z Project
Enables students to apply & integrate the knowledge & skills acquired throughout the Biomedical Science course in a research and development project. Emphasis is placed on independent-learning, effective teamwork, problem-solving skills and communication skills in the process.
60
CP2070 Clinical Instrumentation and Automation
Provides students with technical skills and principles of analytical techniques and instrumentation used in clinical laboratories. Emphasis will be on skills development, critical analysis and application of such practical techniques to the investigation and understanding of human diseases.
45
CP2312 Advances in Laboratory Medicine
Provides students with the current understanding and advancements in diagnostic laboratories with the use of relevant case studies and builds on their understanding of the various disciplines of laboratory medicine.
45
CP2313 Good Biosafety Practices
Provides students with the knowledge and skills to follow good biosafety practices. Students will be able to understand and follow biosafety and laboratory biosecurity principles and practices so as to minimise/eliminate potential workplace risks and threats. They will be able to interpret national and international biosafety legislations, standards and guidelines and comply with the requirements of biosafety and laboratory biosecurity in the workplace.
30
CP2314 Internship
Allow students to apply and integrate the knowledge and hands on skills acquired through the Biomedical Science course during their internship at the industries and/or research laboratories.
20 weeks
MS2231 Biostatistics
Provides students with the basic concepts of statistics in the areas of probability and statistical inference. The module covers an introduction to statistics, uncertainty in measurement, elementary probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions and calculating probabilities of discrete and continuous distributions. Statistical inference covers estimations and hypothesis testing using parametric and nonparametric procedures. Statistical software is used extensively to perform and simplify statistical calculations.
60
Elective Modules

Elective Modules (To select two modules in Third Year)

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2052 Introductory Pharmacology
Provides students with the basic concepts of the physiological, biochemical and anatomical interactions of chemical agents with living tissues. Pharmacological principles and mechanisms will be taught. The therapeutic and toxic actions of important drugs and poisons will also be covered.
30
CP2097 Cytogenetics
Provides students with an overview of the fundamental concepts and laboratory skills in cytogenetics.
30
CP2116 Bio-entrepreneurship
Aims to introduce the concept of Bio-entrepreneurship with the intent to identify business opportunities and to develop initial ideas into business plans and entrepreneurial projects.
30
CP2117 Forensic Biology
Provides students with the principles and techniques for handling and analysing biological samples collected from crime scenes and the application of DNA fingerprinting to identify suspects/victims. The various molecular biology techniques specific to forensic analysis are also applicable to many areas of biomedical research. In addition, students will be introduced to forensic pathology, a subsection of forensic science.
30
CP2121 Clinical Research Management
Aims to provide the knowledge and managerial skills in clinical research operations to liaise between human subjects and members of the clinical research team. This module emphasises on the planning, coordination, operational management, ethical and regulatory aspects of clinical research projects in medical and research institutions.
30

Cardiac Technology Option

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2052 Introductory Pharmacology
Provides students with the basic concepts of the physiological, biochemical and anatomical interactions of chemical agents with living tissues. Pharmacological principles and mechanisms will be taught. The therapeutic and toxic actions of important drugs and poisons will also be covered.
30
CP2081 Organic Chemistry - Reaction Mechanism
Provides students with the fundamentals of organic synthesis and reaction mechanisms. Topics include stereochemistry, chemical kinetics, substitution, addition and elimination reactions.
60
CP2305 Molecular Pathology Techniques
Aims to provide the practical basis of laboratory molecular diagnostics. Emphasis will be on skills development and hands-on experience on the use of molecular techniques to diagnose or monitor cancer, infectious diseases, and selected genetic disorders. It builds on the material taught in other modules – cell biology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, clinical chemistry, haematology, medical microbiology and basic pathology.
75
CP2306 Haematology
Aims to provide students with an overview of the work involved in clinical haematology laboratories. Fundamentals of routine procedures will be given together with relevant clinical information.
60
CP2308 Clinical Chemistry
Provides students with an overview of work carried out in clinical chemistry laboratories. Fundamentals of routine procedures will be taught with relevant clinical information. The module also covers the range of tests usually provided in routine screening procedures and the importance of good management and quality control procedures.
60
CP2309 Applied Clinical Chemistry
Provides theoretical foundation and practical skills in clinical chemistry. Students will learn the background pathophysiology of tests performed in a clinical chemistry laboratory and details of analytical methods involved.
60
CP2310 Medical Microbiology
Provides students with the theoretical foundation and practical skills in medical microbiology. The role of microbiology in the diagnosis, management and prevention of infections in patients will be emphasised.
60
CP2313 Good Biosafety Practices
Provides students with the knowledge and skills to follow good biosafety practices. Students will be able to understand and follow biosafety and laboratory biosecurity principles and practices so as to minimise/eliminate potential workplace risks and threats. They will be able to interpret national and international biosafety legislations, standards and guidelines and comply with the requirements of biosafety and laboratory biosecurity in the workplace.
30
LC8003 or LC8006 Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
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.
30
LC8004 General Education 3
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.
30
MS2231 Biostatistics
Provides students with the basic concepts of statistics in the areas of probability and statistical inference. The module covers an introduction to statistics, uncertainty in measurement, elementary probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions and calculating probabilities of discrete and continuous distributions. Statistical inference covers estimations and hypothesis testing using parametric and nonparametric procedures. Statistical software is used extensively to perform and simplify statistical calculations.
60
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
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.
30

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2111 Cardiac Drugs and Calculation
Aims to provide students with an overview of the indication, adverse drug reaction and clinical application of commonly used cardiac medications. Students will also learn to perform calculations for the administration of medications. Commonly used medical abbreviation is also introduced in this module.
30
CP2121 Clinical Research Management
Aims to provide the knowledge and managerial skills in clinical research operations to liaise between human subjects and members of the clinical research team. This module emphasises on the planning, coordination, operational management, ethical and regulatory aspects of clinical research projects in medical and research institutions.
30
CT0012 Applied Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
Aims to provide students with a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology of the heart and the clinical relevance of this knowledge.
60
CT0013 General Cardiology and Cardiac Disorders 1
Aims to provide students with definitions, etiologic evaluations, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, risk factors, treatment, management and complications of various heart diseases.
90
CT0015 Diagnostics and Intervention Cardiac Catheterisation
Aims to provide students an overview of diagnostic and interventional applications of cardiac catheterization. It looks at history, principles, indications, instrumentation techniques, equipment use and new developments of percutaneous coronary intervention and valvuloplasty.
90
CT0016 General Cardiology and Cardiac Disorders 2
Covers definitions, etiological evaluations, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, risk factors, treatment, management and complications of various heart diseases.
90
CT0017 Echocardiography
Covers information on Conventional & Doppler Echocardiography imaging techniques and illustrations of how they are used in the diagnosis of selected diseases of the heart.
90
CT0018 Electrophysiology and Pacemarkers
Covers basic knowledge in identifying arrhythmias, the fundamental concepts of electrophysiology studies and pacing .
90
CT0021 ECG & Rhythm Disorders
Provides students with fundamental concepts of ECG interpretation & monitoring, as related to diagnosis of heart diseases & abnormalities. Also provides understanding of various rhythm abnormalities commonly encountered in clinical practice.
90
CT002Y/Z Clinical Attachment
Allows students to gain experience in a wide range of cardiology techniques in a hospital or healthcare environment. Professionalism, basic patient care, safety techniques and emergency procedures are emphasised in this attachment.
14 weeks

Biomedical Research Option

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2052 Introductory Pharmacology
Provides students with the basic concepts of the physiological, biochemical and anatomical interactions of chemical agents with living tissues. Pharmacological principles and mechanisms will be taught. The therapeutic and toxic actions of important drugs and poisons will also be covered.
30
CP2081 Organic Chemistry - Reaction Mechanism
Provides students with the fundamentals of organic synthesis and reaction mechanisms. Topics include stereochemistry, chemical kinetics, substitution, addition and elimination reactions.
60
CP2102 Fundamentals in Instrumental Analysis
Provides basic practical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge to analyse the contents of chemical compounds. In particular, the module examines sampling, UV- visible spectrometry, flame atomic absorption, solvent extraction and chromatography.
45
CP2103 Clinical Biochemistry
Introduces students to the scope of clinical chemistry and its role in medical laboratory technology. It provides students with an overview of the work involved in the clinical chemistry laboratory. The subject also covers the range of tests usually provided in routine screening procedures and the importance of good management and quality control procedures.
60
CP2104 Haematology
Provides students with an overview of the work involved in clinical serology and haematology laboratories. Fundamentals of routine procedures will be given together with relevant clinical information.
60
CP2105 Medical Microbiology
Provides an overview of the etiology, clinical features, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, epidemiology and control of the important bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic pathogens that are medically relevant or foodborne. The use of therapeutic agents and preventive strategies will be included. Newly emerging illnesses and their suspected etiologicalagents will also be discussed.
60
CP2106 Advanced Immunology
Provides students with a broad understanding of the principles involved in diagnostic immunology. Aspects of the immune system in health and diseases are discussed in topics which include the role of the major histocompatibility complex in antigen processing and presentation, immunological tolerance and disorders of the immune response, transplantation and immunodeficiency states.
60
CP2107 Integrated Pathology & Case Analysis
Develop students with critical thinking skills and innovative thinking through review of research ideas and journal articles of scientists at the forefront of research.
60
CP2305 Molecular Pathology Techniques
Aims to provide the practical basis of laboratory molecular diagnostics. Emphasis will be on skills development and hands-on experience on the use of molecular techniques to diagnose or monitor cancer, infectious diseases, and selected genetic disorders. It builds on the material taught in other modules – cell biology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, clinical chemistry, haematology, medical microbiology and basic pathology.
75
CP2313 Good Biosafety Practices
Provides students with the knowledge and skills to follow good biosafety practices. Students will be able to understand and follow biosafety and laboratory biosecurity principles and practices so as to minimise/eliminate potential workplace risks and threats. They will be able to interpret national and international biosafety legislations, standards and guidelines and comply with the requirements of biosafety and laboratory biosecurity in the workplace.
30
LC8003 or LC8006 Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
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.
30
LC8004 General Education 3
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.
30
MS2231 Biostatistics
Provides students with the basic concepts of statistics in the areas of probability and statistical inference. The module covers an introduction to statistics, uncertainty in measurement, elementary probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions and calculating probabilities of discrete and continuous distributions. Statistical inference covers estimations and hypothesis testing using parametric and nonparametric procedures. Statistical software is used extensively to perform and simplify statistical calculations.
60
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
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.
30

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP203Y/Z Final Year Project
To enable students to apply and integrate the knowledge and laboratory skills acquired throughout the DBS course to carry out research projects in laboratories.
120
CP204Y/Z Research Internship
A 28-week programme which allows students to gain experience in the diverse R&D environment through participating in research projects.
28 weeks
CP2109 Current Topics in Biomedical Research
Enhances students’ learning on the latest updates on scientific research, improves presentation and public speaking skills through seminars. Analysis of scientific papers through journal clubs will also be covered.
60
CP2110 Advanced Cell Biology
Provides students with concepts in cellular signal transduction, cell cycle and apoptosis. Topics on cellular structures and functions will also be taught.
60
CP2121 Clinical Research Management
Aims to provide the knowledge and managerial skills in clinical research operations to liaise between human subjects and members of the clinical research team. This module emphasises on the planning, coordination, operational management, ethical and regulatory aspects of clinical research projects in medical and research institutions.
30

 

Please note: Course structure subjected to change.
 
 

Tan Fong Xin

Lee Kuan Yew Award 2015 winner
Biomedical Science Course Medallist 2015
Currently, reading Pharmacy at National University of Singapore.

 

"Never had I once regretted choosing SP Biomedical Science! We have superb lecturers who are always supportive and caring. With them around, I never felt lost or helpless and I couldn't thank them enough for their patience and selflessness. This diploma provided me with a strong exposure to both clinical diagnostics and research experience and has definitely prepared me well for for both work and further studies. Apart from the quality academic curriculum, abundant opportunities are available that allow us to discover our potential and develop our character. The many enriching activities lined up in each semester kept me fulfilled such that I was never bored during these 3 years with SP!"