Diploma in Energy Systems & Management (S45)

Contact Information:
School: School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Tel: (65)-67751133
Course Manager: Chia Soo Ping
Tel:(65) 68704881
General Enquiries: contactus@sp.edu.sg

What You'll Study

With DESM, you will be equipped to meet industrial needs in three key fields, namely, Power Engineering, Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy.

Power Engineering deals with the generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electric power and electrical devices connected to such systems, including transformers and motors, etc.

Energy Efficiency is a way of managing and restraining the growth in energy consumption. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), improved energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes and transportation could reduce the world's energy needs in 2050 by one third, and help control global emissions of greenhouse gases.

Clean Energy is renewable energy generated from natural resources that can be replenished. These include solar, wind, geothermal and hydro.

First Year

First-year students take part in a competition pitting the best projects as part of the Introduction to Engineering module. You can find out more...

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
ET0083 Structured Programming
Teaches students to write programs in a structured way. It emphasizes good programming techniques and covers topics on simple data types, input/output, selection control and loop-constructs, functions and basic data structures such as arrays.
ET0085 Computer-Aided Design & Drafting
Equips students with the knowledge of drawing office practice, ISO drawing standards and acquiring of drawing skills using latest AutoCAD software. It aims to teach students the ability to read and produce good technical sketches and projection drawings as a form of engineering communication. The module shall cover basic 2D drawings, isometrics and orthogonal projections, and the use of workstation based CAD/CAM software for computer aided drafting.
ET0700 Program Design
Introduces students to basic algorithmic concepts and constructs apart from any executable programming language. The module requires the student to reason and explain the algorithms they construct using sequence conditions and loops. Students will also learn the basics of structured program development and apply them in simple projects.
ET1003 Digital Electronics I
Introduces students to the knowledge, understanding and design techniques necessary, to enable them to design simple combinational circuits using commercial SSI and MSI integrated circuits. Additional topics covered include introduction to simple sequential logic circuits such as flip-flops and mono-stables.
ET1004 Digital Electronics II
Builds on basic material covered earlier with advanced topics such as adders, multiplexers/de-multiplexers, decoders/encoders, counters and shift registers and some application examples of these circuits.
ET1005 Principles of Electrical and Electronic Engineering I
Covers the fundamental concepts of electricity. Basic laws and theorems which govern the operation of electrical circuitry are explained with illustrations. Understanding and application of electrical phenomena are further enhanced using circuit simulation on worked examples and tutorial problems and via hands-on sessions. Topics covered include scientific notation, engineering notation, metric prefixes, basic elements of an electrical circuit, definitions of energy and power, power sources, measuring instruments, DC and AC concepts, simple series and parallel networks, electromagnetism, inductor, inductance, transformers, Kirchhoff Voltage and Current Laws, Current and Voltage Divider Rules.
ET1006 Principles of Electrical and Electronic Engineering II
Extends the basic concepts onto other electrical and electronic devices. Topics covered include: Capacitor, capacitance, Superposition theorem, semiconductor physics, semiconductor devices such as diodes, special diodes and bipolar transistors, transducers such as thermistors, and application of operational amplifiers. Students will participate in PBIL activity to exhibit team learning. Upon completion, this module consolidates students foundation of the electrical and electronic engineering.
ET1011 Introduction to Engineering I
In this module, students will learn and apply the Design Thinking process to create new and innovative products or services. In addition, this module also provides a platform where students can integrate theoretical knowledge from different modules, and put into practice what they learn in first year technical modules. They will design, test and build practical and interesting projects and in the process learn essential skills like circuit simulation, strip-board fabrication, soldering, circuit assembly and troubleshooting. Teamwork, creative & critical thinking and presentation skills are emphasised.
ET1012 Introduction to Engineering II
Provides a platform where students can put into practice what they learn in first year technical modules. Students design, test and build several practical and interesting projects and in the process learn essential skills like circuit simulation, PCB layout planning & fabrication, strip-board fabrication, soldering, circuit assembly and troubleshooting. Projects are designed to integrate theory learnt from different modules. To support the CDIO initiative, teamwork, creative & critical thinking and presentation skills are emphasised in this module.
LC0354 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.
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.
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.
MS4120 Basic Mathematics
Equip students with the necessary mathematical knowledge and skills to handle problems encountered in their course of study. Topics include algebra, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric functions. Binomial theorem, complex numbers, differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions and integration of algebraic function are included. It also serves as a foundation for further work in mathematics in subsequent modules.
MS4121 Engineering Mathematics I
Equip students with the necessary mathematical knowledge and skills to solve problems encountered in their course of studies. It also serves as a foundation for more advanced mathematics in the second year. Topics include trigonometry, determinants, matrices , complex numbers and calculus.
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.

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP5054 Fuel Cells and Biomass Energy
Familiarizes students with technology of hydrogen fuel cells and other energy storage means. Students will learn the principles of fuel cells and operation of five typical cells such as Alkaline proton exchange membrane fuel cell, direct methanol fuel cell, phosphoric acid fuel cell, molten carbonate fuel cell and solid oxide fuel cell. The applications of fuel cell and energy storage in a clean energy system will be discussed. Students will also be provided with an overview of organic chemistry to understand biomass sources andn their content. Types of biomass and methods of energy extraction will be addressed. Use of biomass and the environmental issues will also be discussed.
ET0050 Electrical Installation Design
This module will cover the basic knowledge and practical skills in the application and safe use of electrical energy and services in domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. The main topics to be covered include an overview of the power generation, transmission and distribution system, electrical safety and protection principles, analyze and design electrical systems based on the relevant codes of practices, and the principles on the testing and troubleshooting of electrical installation circuits. Novel technology in electrical installation, such as the KNX system, will also be covered.
ET0053 Circuit Theory and Analysis
Provides students with an understanding of circuit theory, which includes mesh analysis, nodal analysis, circuit theorems and applications. The students will also be introduced to three-phase circuits, covering three-phase supply and loads. This module provides the basic foundation leading to final year subjects.
ET1010 Microcontroller Applications
Introduces the use of microcontrollers in a range of system applications. Students are taught how a microcontroller works, how to program it, and the use of microcontroller. In addition, the student will learn basic analogue and digital support circuitry, sensors and actuators/displays required for a microcontroller based application. This module allows students to develop a project conceived around a microcontroller system with sensors and output devices.
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), their social and environmental impact as well as some basic engineering economic analysis to provide students 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.
ET1115 Energy Management & Auditing
This module aims is to impart participants with the knowledge of various levels of Energy Audit, perform energy performance analysis, prepare and provide recommendation and audit report. Students will be introduced to the Energy Market within Singapore and the basic concepts of Energy Management System (ISO 50001 EnMS). The fundamental knowledge to carry out Energy Economic analysis and cost prediction for energy saving assessment and application of Measurement and Verifications (M&V) will be shared through various case studies &/or application examples.
LC0356 Communicating for Project Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
LC0357 Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
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.
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.
ME0401 Thermofluids I
Introduces the fundamentals of thermodynamics, namely heat, work, perfect gas laws and the 1st law of thermodynamics. Use of steam tables, basics of pressure and flow rate in fluids, and the mass conservation law are also covered.
MS4205 Engineering Mathematics II (A)
This module is designed to provide students with further knowledge in mathematics and analytical skills to solve engineering problems encountered in their studies. Among the topics covered are Laplace transforms and statistics.
MS4206 Engineering Mathematics II (B)
Provides students with further knowledge in mathematics and analytical skills to solve engineering problems encountered in their studies. Among the topics covered are methods of integration, infinite series, Fourier series, differential equations and vector algebra.
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.

Third Year

You can view a selection of projects by final year students.



Module Code Module Name Total Hours
ET0919 Power Transmission and Distribution
This module provides students with knowledge and understanding of the main equipment such as cables, transformers, circuit breakers and associated protective devices involved in the transmission and distribution of electrical power. Standard requirements for effective delivery of electrical energy through HV transmission and distribution networks to various types of consumers will be emphasised. Principles, characteristics and applications of various types of protective relays will also be covered. Students will also learn the technical knowledge and skills in the installation, maintenance and testing of electrical distribution systems in high-rise residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Students are trained to carry out the above in accordance with good local engineering practices/requirements and the related Codes of Practices/Standards.
ET0920 Power System Analysis
The module aims to equip students with the essential concepts of power system analysis and control covering generation and power grid. Emphasis is placed on power plant generators, frequency and voltage control and power grid analysis which contains power system representation, power flow used in planning and operating environments, stability of system voltages and frequency, harmonics calculations and power quality issues and mitigations. Computer software will be used to simulate power system models and aid understanding of the concepts involved.
ET102Y/Z Final Year Project
Provides students with the opportunity and responsibility to be innovative / creative, find or select, formulate, plan, carry out and report on a challenging piece of work that could provide a solution to the engineering problem. The module also aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply and integrate their knowledge and skills acquired during their polytechnic study and industrial attachment.
ET1109 Distributed Generation and Grid Interfacing
Provides students with the power electronics fundamentals and the knowledge of integration of clean energy systems. Students will learn basic principles of power electronics and its applications in the operation and control of charge controllers and inverters. Two types of utility interactive clean energy systems are introduced, one stand-alone system and another grid-connected system. The configuration, design, control and protection of the integration of clean energy systems are covered.
ET1112 Green Mobility
The aim of this subject is to provide a comprehensive knowledge to the students in basic operation principles of Electric Vehicles, DC-DC Converter & PWM Controller and basic concepts of Mass Rapid Transport (MRT). The topics covered also include DC & AC motors and Batteries.
ET1114 Smart Grid and Energy Storage
The module aims to equip students with the knowledge of smart grid and energy storage and the skills of applying the smart grid technology. It is focused on principles, operations and management of a smart grid which deploys modern communication networking infrastructure and advanced automation technologies to integrate different energy generations(conventional and renewable) to the grid, provides energy monitoring, control and management for the utility and consumer alike and ensure more reliable, more economic and safer energy supply.
ET1116 Integrated Building Energy Management System
The module provides thorough understanding of issues related to lighting, motor driven system and integrated building management system. The lighting segment covers the design and selection of energy efficient lighting in industrial and office buildings. The fundamental concept and optimization of motor will be discussed. The module is also designed to provide students with a good working knowledge of the design and applications of modern integrated building management system. Application areas will include air-conditioning systems, fire detection and alarm systems and security systems.
ET1117 Solar Photovoltaic System Design
Provides students with the knowledge of designing, installing and maintaining a standalone or a grid-tied PV system. Students will be introduced to different types of PV modules including mono-crystalline, polycrystalline and thin film modules. The module will cover issues of load calculation, battery selection, calculation of PV capacity, charger controller and inverter selection, site selection, system installation, monitoring and analyzing PV system performance, estimating output from PV system and environmental impact. Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) will be also introduced.
ME0405 Refrigeration & Air-conditioning
Provides an understanding of the theoretical and practical refrigeration cycles and air-conditioning systems. Topics include the components and accessories, flow and cycling controls, heat load estimation, psychometrics, duct sizing and fan systems.
ME0502 Wind Energy Systems
Provides students with the knowledge of wind energy systems. Students will learn the wind conversion system that covers evaluation of wind energy resource, structure of a horizontal/vertical wind turbine, aerodynamics of a wind turbine, installation of wind generation system, control and operation of a wind generation system and effect of wind profile on the conversion efficiency. The impact of wind conversion system on environment will be also introduced.

Advanced Modules

Capable students will be given the option of doing up to three Advanced Modules in the second and third year. These modules are designed to add greater depth of knowledge in key areas, useful for those who seek to go on to university studies.

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
MS801M Advanced Mathematics 1
Provides students with a sound foundation in calculus essential for studies in engineering courses at the university level. Topics include mathematical induction, functions and their graphs, limits and continuity of functions, differentiation, integration and its geometrical applications, polar coordinates and parametric equations, indeterminate forms, improper integrals and complex numbers.
MS802M Advanced Mathematics 2
Provides students with further knowledge in calculus and linear algebra essential for studies in engineering courses at the university level. Topics in the module include multiple integrals, partial derivatives and their geometric significance and applications, sequences, infinite series and power series, matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
MS803M Advanced Mathematics 3
Equips students with a basic knowledge of vectors and differential equations considered essential for studies in engineering courses at the university level. Topics include operations on vectors, lines and planes in space and vector-valued functions, ordinary differential equations (1st order & 2nd order), Laplace transforms & its applications in initial value problems and Fourier Series.
MS837M Further Mathematics
This module aims to provide students with essential mathematical knowledge for further studies in universities. Topics covered include mathematical induction, functions, quadratic and cubic equations, inequalities, sequences and series, complex numbers, methods of integration, parametric equations and the applications of differentiation and integration.
MS864M Physics
This module provides the students with a good foundation in physics which is essential for pursuing degree courses in the universities. Topics covered include physical quantities and units, kinematics, dynamics, oscillations, waves, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism. The extensive use of vectors and calculus in developing concepts allows the students to see how mathematics is used as a concise language of Physics.




Diploma Plus Program

The Diploma Plus (Dip+) program is designed to equip students with adequate proficiency to broaden or deepen a student’s knowledge/skillset, providing student with additional professional industrial training and increase their employability. Dip + program is optional and it will not affect the graduating requirement for the award of a diploma. Click here to find out more about Dip+.


Please note: Course structure is subject to change.