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First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4503 Cell Biology
Provides students with an overview and appreciation of the biology of cells and microorganisms. The module emphasises the importance of living cells and microorganisms to man and the environment. Students will have practical experience with basic biological lab techniques.
60
CP4507 Introduction to Fragrances and Flavours
Students will acquire the foundation knowledge to participate/contribute effectively in any industry where fragrances and flavours are used. They will learn the proper techniques of smelling and identifying the different types of fragrance and flavour raw materials. They will also be able to apply the underlying principles of fragrance and flavour composition to create a simple fragrance base and make a presentation on a proposed product incorporating this fragrance based on user preference. In addition they will have a good understanding of the fragrance and flavour manufacturing processes.
60
CP4511 Skin Care Raw Materials and Products
Covers a detailed study of raw ingredients used in skin care products. Formulations, preparations and evaluations will be covered across main areas in personal care from anti-ageing creams to colour cosmetics and sunscreens. New technologies in microemulsions, liposomes, skin lightening and skin delivery systems will be included. In practical sessions, students will have hands-on experience in formulating skin care products.
60
CP4515 Hair Care Raw Materials and Products
Covers a detailed study of raw materials such as surfactants, polymers, fragrances, colorants, preservatives and other ingredients for hair products. At the end of the module, students would have an intimate knowledge of the raw materials used in different hair products and learn about the different preparation, testing and evaluation methods for quality control, safety regulations and stability studies. They will be able to formulate different hair products in a team.
60
CP4527 Laboratory Skills in Analytical and Physical Chemistry
Aims to equip students with the analytical and observation skills critical for working in the laboratory. They will acquire these skills through different experimental methods with particular emphasis on the appropriate use of different glasswares, common weighing balances, micropipettes and glass pipettes. The skills and knowledge learnt will also reinforce the theories covered in the physical and analytical modules which provide the foundation for the second and third year modules. Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to carry out essential analytical and physical experiments independently. They will also be able to write a formal scientific report.
30
CP4528 Laboratory Skills in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
Aims to equip students with the analytical and observation skills critical for working in the laboratory. These skills will be developed through experiments emphasising on recrystallisation, filtration, melting point determination and qualitative analyses of inorganic and organic compounds. The skills and knowledge learnt will also reinforce the theories covered in the inorganic and organic modules which provide the foundation for second and third year modules. Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to carry out essential inorganic and organic experiments independently. The will also be able to write a formal scientific report.
30
CP4529 Analytical Chemistry
Provides students with the fundamentals of analytical chemistry. The students will learn the basic concepts of important chemical reactions in aqueous medium (including acidbase neutralisation and oxidation-reduction reactions) and the underlying principle of a typical analytical procedure. They will also be able to apply the knowledge acquired, in particular titrimetric analysis, to determine chemical substances quantitatively through stoichiometric calculations.
45
CP4530 Physical Chemistry
Provides students with a fundamental understanding on how materials behave and how chemical reactions occur at the molecular and atomic level. It enables students to gain knowledge on the concepts of equilibrium thermodynamics, where a unified view of equilibrium, physical and chemical changes would enhance their insights into the relevant chemical reactions in various industries. Students will also be able to relate physical sciences to everyday life occurrences and recognise the importance of physical chemistry in their lives.
45
CP4531 Inorganic Chemistry
Aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental aspects of inorganic chemistry such as atomic structures, chemical periodicity, chemical bonding and the chemistry of transition metals that will be essential for the understanding of other chemistry disciplines.
45
CP4532 Organic Chemistry
Provides students with a basic knowledge of organic functional groups, and they will be able to apply requisite IUPAC nomenclature rules to name and draw structures of fundamental organic compounds. They will also have the ability to generate structural isomers of organic compounds. In addition, students will have developed a theoretical understanding of the chemical reactions that key functional groups undergo (substitution, addition, condensation, hydrolysis, neutralisation, oxidation and reduction reactions). They will have a qualitative understanding of the physical properties (boiling points and solubilities) of principal organic compounds too.
45
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
LC0256 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
MS2125 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 further mathematics in the subsequent modules. Students also learn how to use mathematical software.
60
MS2128 Engineering Mathematics I
Equips students with the necessary mathematical knowledge and skills to solve problems encountered in their course of study. It also serves as a foundation for more advanced mathematics in the second year. Topics include trigonometry, determinants, matrices, complex numbers and calculus.
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

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BA0312 Principles of Marketing
Introduces students to basic marketing principles and concepts. The topics that will be covered include an overview of the marketing process, an appreciation of the marketing environment, an understanding of consumer behaviour, target market selection, as well as the management of the marketing mix elements that include the 4P's namely: Product, Price, Place and Promotion.
60
CP4508 Basic 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.
60
CP4509 Colloid Chemistry
Colloid chemistry represents the core discipline on which cosmetic science is based. The majority of personal care products are made up of more than one phase. The physical properties of the formulations we develop are influenced by the basic principles of colloid and surface science. This module will equip the students with foundation of knowledge in the relevant areas within colloid chemistry.
60
CP4510 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
CP4513 Quality Assurance and Statistics
Provides an understanding of the important concepts on quality assurance, statistical analysis and experimental design in the chemical manufacturing industry. Topics covered include statistical tools used for quality assurance, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, factorial design of experiments and acceptance sampling plan.
60
CP4514 Fragrance and Flavour Chemistry
Students will learn how the raw materials in fragrances and flavours are obtained and used. They will also be taught how to predict the possible chemical reactions that may take place when raw materials are mixed together. They will be exposed to the different areas of fragrance applications and learn how to develop a product based on the requirements of the current market.
60
CP4522 Formulation Science of Cosmetics
Studies the chemistry behind cosmetic products formulation. Different emulsion types in creams and lotions as well as in surfactant systems will be covered. The important role of surfactants, oils in the formulation and manufacture of cosmetics and toiletries will be discussed. The selection of different types of raw materials to form a stable cosmetic product will be demonstrated as well as the application of HLB system. Students will have hands-on experience in the selection of surfactants, emollients, emulsifiers, fragrances and preservatives for different cosmetics.
60
CP4538 Product Innovation and Management
Covers the various product developmental stages, from conceiving creative ideas, prototyping to planning of feasible marketing strategy. It is an integrated hands-on module for students to engineer commercially viable fragrances and/or cosmetic innovations by leveraging on Design Thinking framework that focuses on consumer needs analysis.
75
CP4539 Advanced Physical Chemistry
Concepts are needed for the understanding of equilibria in chemistry as well as the practical importance to study the rates of reactions for the purpose to predict how quickly a reaction mixture approaches equilibrium. Equilibria include physical change (e.g. fusion and vaporisation) and chemical change, including electrochemistry. Moreover, the understanding of thermodynamics in particular of enthalpy and entropy is where we can deliver a unified view of equilibrium and the direction of spontaneous change in terms of the chemical potentials of substances. The topics covered in this module shall help students’ learning of other modules such as colloid chemistry and basic pharmacology & pharmaceutical sciences.
60
LC0257 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
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
MS2237 Engineering Mathematics II
Equips students with adequate mathematical knowledge and skills in integration methods and solving first and second order differential equations. Students also learn how to use mathematical software.
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

In the third year, you can choose between the following programmes:

  • SENSE
  • FEEL

SENSE Programme

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4518 The Art of Perfumery
Covers a brief history of how perfumes evolved over the years. The students will also be introduced to the classics of perfumery such as Joy, No. 5 and L’air du Temps. The applications of fragrances will be covered to depict the evolution of perfumery. During the practical sessions, students will learn how to construct simple floral bases such as rose and jasmine as well as concoct simple base formulations. These simple base concoctions will be dosed into different products to illustrate the applications of fragrances.
60
CP4521 Laboratory Management
Equips the students with the essential knowledge and skills in ensuring good laboratory management in accordance to ISO17025 requirements for accreditation as a competent chemical testing laboratory. The module also encompasses validation of analytical testing methodology; measurement of uncertainty to ascertain the accuracy of results and safety management of chemicals in a laboratory. In addition, students are taught essential statistical techniques (F-test, T-test and Q-test) for evaluation of test results. Case studies of laboratory audits are also used to enhance students’ understanding in the operation of an ISO17025 accredited laboratory.
60
CP4537 Safety Assessment, GMP and Cosmetic Regulations
Provides an overview of the relevant regulatory framework and standard practices adopted for ascertaining the safety aspects of personal care and cosmetic products to be used by consumers. Students will learn about the quality management system, the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) principles and standards for applications in the manufacturing process of cosmetics – from raw materials to finished products; from facilities and equipment to packaging and labelling. Finally, the students will be taught on the fundamentals of toxicology and the various methodologies and alternative testing methods to evaluate the safety of ingredients and formulations.
60
CP453Y/Z Extended Internship Programme
This year-long programme offers meaningful work attachments in discipline related industries. The valuable work experience will not only help our students apply their knowledge acquired in their course to solve real-life problems but also gain an in-depth insight into the chemical industries, in particular the burgeoning cosmetics and fragrance industry, as well as understand the dynamics of changes in their workplaces. This intensive out-of-the-classroom training will hone the life skills of our students in the areas of effective communication, teamwork, project management and emotional resilience so that they become better equipped to serve the industry upon their graduation.

FEEL Programme

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BA0348 Consumer Psychology
Provides students with an understanding of why and how individuals and groups engage in consumer activities and the cognitive processes and behaviour involved when people purchase and use products and services.
60
CP4516 Advanced Instrumental and Laboratory Techniques
Aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of chemical compounds and practical skills in advanced instrumental and laboratory techniques. It provides students with a capability for problem solving and recommending appropriate techniques to analyse an unknown compound. The student learns to think independently as well as to communicate effectively with colleagues. This module builds on the learning in module CP4508 Basic Instrumental Analysis.
60
CP4517 Advanced Organic Chemistry
Provides students with knowledge of functional group transformation; disconnection approach to synthesis; stereochemistry and reaction mechanisms; basic theory and applications of spectroscopic methods in organic chemistry, such as IR, MS and NMR. It aims to strengthen students' fundamental knowledge in organic chemistry so that students are able to explain important reaction pathways, devise organic syntheses and elucidate organic compounds with acquired advanced instrumental data.
60
CP4518 The Art of Perfumery
Covers a brief history of how perfumes evolved over the years. The students will also be introduced to the classics of perfumery such as Joy, No. 5 and L’air du Temps. The applications of fragrances will be covered to depict the evolution of perfumery. During the practical sessions, students will learn how to construct simple floral bases such as rose and jasmine as well as concoct simple base formulations. These simple base concoctions will be dosed into different products to illustrate the applications of fragrances.
60
CP451Y/Z Project
Enables application and integration of the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course to solve practical problems involving product development, experimental analysis, chemical synthesis or applied R&D. Students work in small groups under the supervision of a lecturer. Grading is by in-course assessment and project seminar.
Modules covered in two semesters
120
CP4521 Laboratory Management
Equips the students with the essential knowledge and skills in ensuring good laboratory management in accordance to ISO17025 requirements for accreditation as a competent chemical testing laboratory. The module also encompasses validation of analytical testing methodology; measurement of uncertainty to ascertain the accuracy of results and safety management of chemicals in a laboratory. In addition, students are taught essential statistical techniques (F-test, T-test and Q-test) for evaluation of test results. Case studies of laboratory audits are also used to enhance students’ understanding in the operation of an ISO17025 accredited laboratory.
60
CP4537 Safety Assessment, GMP and Cosmetic Regulations
Provides an overview of the relevant regulatory framework and standard practices adopted for ascertaining the safety aspects of personal care and cosmetic products to be used by consumers. Students will learn about the quality management system, the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) principles and standards for applications in the manufacturing process of cosmetics – from raw materials to finished products; from facilities and equipment to packaging and labelling. Finally, the students will be taught on the fundamentals of toxicology and the various methodologies and alternative testing methods to evaluate the safety of ingredients and formulations.
60
IA2005 Internship Programme
Provides students the opportunity to be professionally prepared for the relevant industries via a three months’ on-the-job training programme. Students would be able to apply their knowledge and hone their skills in a real-world context while cultivating the right working attitude.
12 weeks

 

Please note: Course structure subjected to change.
 

Tan Ying Jie

Perfumery And Cosmetic Science Course Medallist 2015
Currently, reading Chemistry & Biological Chemistry at Nanyang Technological University.

 

"The course has given me a head start into the world of perfumery, cosmetics and personal care. I have benefitted from the quality training, supported by a rigorous curriculum and state-of-the-art Perfumery and Cosmetic Science Centre. The integration of science and business elements has interestingly given me a meaningful and practical learning experience. Through collaboration with our industry partners on real-world projects, I gained invaluable exposure that has prepared me to be more work ready. The three years with DPCS have truly been enriching that continuously enliven my immense passion in this field."