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Diploma in Environmental Management & Water Technology (DEWT) JAE Code: S52

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What You'll Study

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BE8500 Air Pollution Control
Provides the fundamental knowledge on how air pollution arises and its impact on the environment. Students will learn about the characteristics of air pollutants which affect the human health. Students will also learn the dispersion model, sampling and monitoring techniques, as well as the preventive and control measures for air pollution. Local legislation on emission control and Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) calculation will also be covered.
60
BE8502 Hydrology and Hydraulics
Provides the basic knowledge of hydrology, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics and their applications in practice. Students will learn about properties of fluids and calculate forces exerted on plane surfaces by stationary fluid. They will learn to calculate flow measurement through pipes and open channels by using the venturimeter. Students will also learn to design pipelines and open channels to convey stormwater. Computer modelling will be introduced for pipe network analysis. Classroom teaching is reinforced with tutorials in small groups and practical sessions in the laboratory.
90
BE8505 Basic Structures
Covers the fundamentals of statics and strength of materials. Topics taught include equilibrium of forces, pin-jointed trusses, shear forces and bending moments, sectional properties, direct stresses and strains and columns. Students learn to solve problems involving the analysis of statically determinate beams; determine shear forces and bending moments developed in structural members due to different loading criteria and the calculation of stresses and strains. The theoretical analysis is supplemented by computer application of available structural analysis software and simulation sessions, which are tailored to give a better understanding of the structural theory.
75
BE850Z Introduction to Environmental Engineering with CAD
Introduces students to the world of environmental engineering and water technology, the tasks and responsibilities of the environmental manager, engineer and technologist. Student will be taught basic knowledge of engineering calculation, material and energy balance in environmental engineering and processes. Student will also learn to read and interpret basic process diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID). Water treatment process by conventional method and membrane separation will also be briefly introduced. The approach of conceive, design, implement and operate (CDIO) will be adopted for a design and build (DB) project. In the practical workshops, student will learn to use CAD softwares to generate P&ID drawing, and produce 3D models of water treatment systems. These technical skills along with some aspects of personal and interpersonal skills, such as problem solving strategies, self-discipline, teamwork and communications are infused into the module in carrying out the projects.
150
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
EE3115 Electrical Technology
Provides students with an understanding on basic electrical principles. Students can use this knowledge in their practical work; relate the use of electricity to electrical equipment and machines and the proper use of the instruments for measurements.
60
LC0154 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
LC0156 Communicating for Project (Report) Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
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
MS3123* Basic Mathematics
Equips students with basic mathematical knowledge and skills in algebra, trigonometry and calculus to enable them to understand and solve engineering problems encountered in their course of studies. It also serves as a foundation for subsequent mathematics modules.
60
MS3127** Engineering Mathematics 1
Equips students with further mathematical knowledge and skills in algebra, matrices, trigonometric functions, differentiation, integration and descriptive statistics to enable them to understand and solve engineering problems encountered in their course of studies. It also serves as a foundation for subsequent mathematics modules. Students also learn how to use spread sheet and mathematical software for solving more challenging problems.
60

*Those who have credit pass in Additional Mathematics are exempted from MS3123 and will take MS3127 in Sem 2.

** Those who passed MS3123 in Sem 1 to take MS3127 in Sem 2.


Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BE8600 Civil Engineering Construction & Measurement
Provides students with the principles and methods of basement excavation & geotechnical instrumentations and concrete practice. Students will also be taught the basic principles of measurements in earthwork, in situ concrete, concrete ancillaries and pipe works. A project-based assignment and tutorial exercises are given to enhance the understanding of concepts taught in the classrooms.
90
BE8601 Industrial Noise and Vibration Control
Provides students with an understanding of the basic principles of acoustics and vibration; noise and vibration control criteria and control methods; application of basic classes of materials to attenuate noise level; application of mechanical components to reduce vibration level, hearing conservation and legal requirements; identifying major sources of industrial noise and vibration level, their characteristics and treatment. Upon completion of the module, students will learn how to use the sound level instrument and conduct basic noise monitoring at workplace.
45
BE8602 Water Supply
Provides students with the basic knowledge of water supply. The concepts of environmental ecosystem, hydrological cycle, water balance, water quality will be discussed before water treatment process. Conventional water treatment principles and design covering the whole process of water treatment including screening, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration to disinfection will be covered. The introduction of some specialised treatment processes will also be included. Design of water distribution systems based on water demand and supply will be covered at the end of the module.
90
BE8603 Workplace Safety, Healthy and Environment
Provides students with an understanding of the safety, health and environmental risks inherent in workplaces such as construction site and treatment plant. It helps students to acquire knowledge related to the Workplace Safety & Health Act and regulations and supervisory skills implementing preventive measures to ensure safe and healthy work environment. It also introduces environmental control concepts for water, air, and noise pollution, vector control and basic food hygiene.
60
BE8605 Environmental Project 1
Provides students with the opportunity to apply scientific, engineering, technical and communication skills acquired in the first and second year of studies to an environmental related project. Students will work in small groups to do an industrial-based or research-based project and will be guided by academic staff. Environmental Project 1 is made up of background research, conceptualisation and preliminary design. They will be required to submit a formal written report.
30
BE8606 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Equips students with the knowledge of the integrated solid waste and hazardous waste management. Waste sources, characteristics, generation, collection, transfer and transport system will be covered. Student will learn the process on incineration plant and landfill design. Students will also learn waste minimization techniques like waste recycling, reuse, recovery and waste exchange. In addition, the waste management on biomedical waste will be mentioned. Site visits will be arranged to enhance the students’ understanding on local solid waste management.
90
BE8607 Water Reclamation Technology
Introduces the fundamentals of wastewater generation, characteristics and collection system. Different water reclamation processes including physical, chemical and biological methods, and biosolids treatment and disposal will be fully covered. Lectures will be reinforced by tutorials and practicals on the analysis of wastewater samples. Upon completion of this module, students should be able to have some background knowledge to carry out simple design and operation of water reclamation plant.
90
BE8608 Soil Science
Introduces students to geology of Singapore & ground investigation, classification of soils, basic soil properties, groundwater flow, Darcy’s law and permeability measurement. Students will appreciate pollution of soils and groundwater and the corresponding remediation techniques through a group assignment. Classroom teaching will be supplemented by tutorials and laboratory sessions.
60
ET1113 Energy and the Environment
The module is to provide an introduction into the different energy sources (conventional energy and clean energy), the source of energy production how they are obtained, energy conversion (like combine cycle gas plant), and their social & environmental impact. Students will be exposed to the necessary engineering approaches and techniques for understanding the sustainability issues with the energy systems and remediating environmental problems associated with energy production, transformation and consumption.
75
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
MS3229 Engineering Mathematics 2
Builds upon the mathematical knowledge and skills acquired in the first year of study. Topics covered are inferential statistics, partial differentiation, regression and correlation, applications of integration, solving of first and second order differential equations, and their applications. Students also learn how to use spread sheet and mathematical software for solving more challenging problems.
60

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BE8700 ABC Waters Design
Covers the planning, design and performance of "Active, Beautiful, Clean"(ABC) water design features, safety considerations, public health & maintenance of the systems. Students will learn how these principles act together to achieve a sustainable environment. Real-life case studies and site visits around Singapore will be included to allow students to have a better visualisation of the design and engineering principles. Launched in 2006, PUB Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme aims to integrate Singapore parks, reservoirs and waterways, recreational infrastructures and facilities.
45
BE8701 Environmental Microbiology
Covers the biological aspects on the water treatment process. Students will learn how to conduct biological study on different water sources. Hands-on sessions will allow students to explore and appreciate how knowledge of micro¬organisms can assist the environmental engineer in public health and pollution control practices. Classroom instruction will be supplemented with tutorials, case studies, and laboratory sessions.
60
BE8702 Environmental Management System
Equips students with the knowledge of the practices of energy management, water management and waste minimization. Assessment tools such as environmental impact assessment and ISO14001 requirements on environmental management system will be covered. Students will also learn the applicable legislations and requirements pertaining to environmental management. Case studies will be incorporated to help students understand the implementation of environmental management systems.
75
BE8703 Project Management
Provides students with the knowledge on principles of contract administration and their application in engineering and construction projects. Covers types of contracts, tendering procedures, contract documents, conditions of contract and specifications. Explores the use of computer software in project management to manage projects. Techniques in managing simulated project based on CDIO (Conceive-Design- Implement-Operate) initiative will also be taught. Other concepts include project planning, critical path method, engineering economics,cash flow analysis and risk management.
75
BE8705 Internship Programme
Provides opportunity to gain professional working experience through attachments to local or overseas companies or organisations. Students are required to prepare a report and proper documentation on the internship programme.
12 weeks
BE8706 Computer Programme with Applications in EE
Provides students with basic knowledge and practical skills of computer programming as well as its application in solving environmental engineering problems. The fundamentals in computer programming and the application in environmental engineering are covered through the customisation of Microsoft Excel using VBA which makes it possible to automate the repetitive tasks involved in practical problems and thus leads to increased productivity.
45
Elective
45
BE870Z Environmental Project 2
Allows students to apply concepts learnt in the various environmental modules and provide solutions to problems. Final year students will develop and improve upon the design product which evolved in their Environmental Project 1 module. The project group will be required to provide design specifications and drawings, and if relevant, implement the design including operation in the form of study report, multimedia, computer programs, prototypes and applications of technology. They will be required to submit a formal written report and may also be required to give an oral presentation.
60
CP5043 Membrane Separation Processes
This module provides basic knowledge in application of polymeric membranes in separation processes, including water treatment and desalination. The module starts from basic concepts in membrane science, membrane properties and their characterization. This is supplemented by the coverage of applications of polymeric membranes in various separation processes, such as microfiltration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and membrane bioreactor, etc. Basic operation and operational parameters of membrane processes will also be covered.
60
LC0157 Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
30
MM9303 Instrumentation & Control
This module provides students with a fundamental knowledge of instrumentation, control theory and practical knowledge of control applications relevant to the local industries. At the end of the course, students will be able to install and calibrate control instrumentation.
60

Options for Electives

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BE8302 Entrepreneurship
Introduces students to techniques designed to grow an economic enterprise in construction industry. Such techniques include assessments of marketing opportunities, intelligence gathering on customers and competitors, generating sales, follow-up sales activity, formal proposal writing and business model design. The student will learn to develop business opportunities through value chain of construction project life cycle. The business development involves evaluating a business and then realizing its full potential, networking and teamwork, using such tools as marketing,sales, information management and customer service.
45
BE8704 Green Building Technology
Equips students with the knowledge of green building systems, selection of green building materials, economic analysis of green buildings and the various Green Building Technologies to achieve a sustainable built environment. Project work, case studies and site visits to buildings with green mark awards are aimed to enhance further understanding of concepts taught.
45
MS3321 Higher Mathematics
Provides students with essential mathematical knowledge for further studies in universities. It is also designed to partly bridge the gap between the calculus at the polytechnic diploma level and the calculus at the first year university level. Topics covered include mathematical induction, functions and their graphs, absolute value functions, limits and continuity of functions, integration and its geometrical applications, indeterminate forms and improper integrals, complex numbers, polar coordinates, parametric equations, and operations on vectors.
45


Please note: Course structure subjected to change.