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First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4122 Basic Biochemistry
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the structures of macromolecules like water, protein, carbohydrates, lipids and enzymes and enzyme kinetics. Their roles within the cells will also be covered in this module.
60
CP4128 Environmental Studies
Provides students with knowledge of the underlying principles and key concepts of environment science and how these can be applied to the resolution of contemporary issues on global warming, climate change, environmental degradation, trans-boundary pollution, species extinction, soil remediation, etc. Also included are topics on occupational safety and health at the workplace and the applicable segments of the Workplace Safety and Health Act 2006. Practical classes will impart to students hands-on laboratory skills and experience relating to air and water pollution while individual case studies assignment will develop students’ awareness and global perspective of the current developments in environmental science and management.
60
CP4135 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
CP4136 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
CP4137 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
CP4138 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 acid-base 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
CP4139 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
CP4140 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
CP4147 Materials and its Applications
Provides the fundamental knowledge of the various categories of materials including polymers, metals and alloys, ceramics, composites and advanced materials such as nanomaterials, biomaterials, smart materials and green materials. It will enable students to understand the structures, properties and their applications in the different industries such as food, aerospace, clean technology and healthcare. Activities illustrating the concepts will be incorporated to create a more engaging and stimulating learning environment.
60
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 & Third Year

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

  • Industrial Chemistry Option
  • Materials Science Option
  • Medicinal Chemistry Research Option
  • Pharmaceutical Science Option

Second Year - Industrial Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Medicinal Chemistry Research Option

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4009 Basic Instrumental Analysis
Provides basic practical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge to analyse the contents of chemical compounds using various forms of spectroscopy and chromatography. Sampling and solvent extraction used in analyses are also covered in this module.
60
CP4036 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
CP4086 Laboratory Management
Provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in laboratory quality control and management techniques for effective work in a chemical laboratory. Case studies of laboratory audits will be used to enhance students' understanding of the operation of an ISO17025 accredited laboratory.
60
CP4098 Forensic Chemistry
Provides students with laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge of forensic chemistry. It provides students with the ability to develop problem-solving skills and encourages students to think and learn independently.
60
CP4121 Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Provides students with an overview, basic knowledge and skills on aspects of biotechnology that are applicable to the production of biopharmaceuticals. The introductory topic on Introduction to Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical industries and products gives the students an overview of the industries and how products are produced in these industries. Topics on Bacteria, Fungi, Mammalian Cells and Viruses enables students to classify the different types of cells and viruses, draw basic cell and viral structures, recognise and know how these cells are cultivated and manipulated for biopharmaceutical production. Basic molecular structures and properties of DNA, RNA, proteins and antibiotics, DNA replication and gene expression are introduced in this module
60
CP4127 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
CP4129 Environmental Systems and Management
Provides students with practical and theoretical knowledge on environmental technology. Creates awareness of environmental protection and pollution control. Students learn to think independently, solve problems either individually or as a team and to communicate effectively.
60
CP4163 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Provides knowledge on the pharmaceutical industry and its products. It outlines the drug development process from synthesis to market launch and describes common drug classes and their applications in terms of structure-activity relationships, mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses and side effects. Students will gain theoretical and practical skills on the synthesis and analysis of active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished dosage forms.
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

Second Year - Materials Science Option

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4009 Basic Instrumental Analysis
Provides basic practical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge to analyse the contents of chemical compounds using various forms of spectroscopy and chromatography. Sampling and solvent extraction used in analyses are also covered in this module.
60
CP4036 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
CP4127 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
CP4142 Polymeric Materials
Provides students with knowledge of both commodity and engineering plastics pertaining to their manufacture, properties and applications. Students will also learn about cost effective additives such as heat stabilisers, plasticisers, nucleating agents and fillers that enhance performances.
60
CP4143 Metallic and Ceramic Materials
Deals with two important classes of engineering materials, ie, metals and ceramics. Building on their foundation of materials science, students will be able to understand the structures, properties and applications of metals and their alloys. Students will also study ceramics in relation to their properties, i.e. magnetic, thermal, optical and electrical. In addition, students will gain an overview of the importance and the properties of these materials in various related industries.
45
CP4144 Materials Characterisation & Failure Analysis
Provides students with an overview of the common testing and characterisation techniques, including mechanical testing, infra-red spectroscopy, thermal analysis, chromatography and microscopy.
60
CP4146 Materials Processing
Covers the processing methods for different materials and students will be able to apply concept and fundamental knowledge to compare the processes between the different materials that are used in industries.
60
CP4148 Materials Processing Skills
Aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge critical for processing of different materials. They will acquire these skills through carrying out commonly used processes for polymers, metals and ceramics. The skills and knowledge learnt will also reinforce the theories covered in the materials and materials processing modules. Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to select and carry out an appropriate processing method for different materials.
30
CP4149 Materials Laboratory Skills
Aims to equip students with the skills critical for testing and characterising different materials. They will acquire these skills through different experiments. The skills and knowledge learnt will also reinforce the theories covered in the lectures which provide the basis for third year module. Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to carry out essential testing and characterisation of materials independently.
30
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
MS2232 Mechanics of Materials
Provides students with basic knowledge in mechanics of materials. Students are exposed to scenarios in axial loading, the bending of beams and combined bending and torsion. In these scenarios, students will learn how analysis of forces, stress analysis, material behaviour and failure criteria are linked to solve problems. Students will also be exposed to experimental methods.
60
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 - Industrial Chemistry Option

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4048 Advanced Instrumental and Lab Techniques
Covers advanced techniques such as GC-MS, LC, fluorimetry, ICP-OES, FTIR and flameless atomic absorption spectrometry. Hands-on experience with selected instruments is emphasised.
60
CP4103 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
CP4159 Specialty Chemicals
Covers the fundamentals and applications of industrial specialty chemicals such as detergents, dispersants, chemical additives, fine chemicals and industrial catalysts. Also included are polymers, solvents, fuel additives and synthetic base oils. Key manufacturing processes and raw materials optimisation are also covered.
45
CP4160 Petrochemicals and its Applications
To provide students with the detailed theoretical knowledge of the various processes and the chemistry involved to refine petroleum to basic chemical building blocks, followed by their conversion to some useful common and specialty chemicals. The importance of petrochemicals to the Singapore’s economy is discussed. Students will acquire the essential skills to determine the physical and chemical properties of petroleum products and petrochemicals.
45
CP4166 cGMP and Validation
Provides students with the fundamental principles and concepts of cGMP. It describes the various guidelines and the requirements for the manufacture and testing of active pharmaceutical ingredients and medicinal products. This module also equips the students with the knowledge on validation of various processes and equipment used in a cGMP manufacturing environment.
45
CP4167 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
IC2002 Internship Programme
The 22-week internship forms an integral part of the coursework and allows students to gain practical working exposure to real-life industrial environment and further develop technical/ research skills and knowledge. It will help develop important work skills such as positive working attitude, initiative, interpersonal/communication skills and team work.
22 weeks

Third Year - Materials Science Option

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4030 Corrosion Science
Covers the basic electrochemical concepts underlying corrosion, types of corrosion, methods of protection, including electroplating, organic and inorganic coatings. An extensive practical programme complements the lectures.
60
CP4086 Laboratory Management
Provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in laboratory quality control and management techniques for effective work in a chemical laboratory. Case studies of laboratory audits will be used to enhance students' understanding of the operation of an ISO17025 accredited laboratory.
60
CP4153 Materials Innovation & Design
Provides students with knowledge of the fundamentals of product design, development and commercialisation, specialising in materials. It will also give them practice in using appropriate methods and techniques in product modelling and rapid prototyping, eg, 3-D prototyping. The subject also supports the overall course aim of developing problem-solving skills and encouraging students to think and learn both independently and in a team.
60
CP4155 Coatings and Adhesives
Provides students with knowledge on the properties and applications of different types of surface coatings, adhesives and inks. Students will be given an overview on selecting polymers and additives to produce the formulations. The characteristics, evaluation of performance and applications of coating products will also be covered.
45
CP4156 Elastomers
Provides the fundamental knowledge of the structure and properties of elastomeric materials. Students will also learn how to design compounds for specific application.
45
CP4164 Advanced Materials
Recent technological breakthroughs and the desire for new functions have generated demand for novel and innovative materials. The effort of developing innovative advanced materials like nanomaterials, biomaterials, green materials and composite materials has been on the increase. The module will provide an introductory knowledge to the structures, properties, applications and current development of the different advanced materials, to equip the students with deep skills and knowledge to explore the materials novelty.
60
IC2002 Internship Programme
The 22-week internship forms an integral part of the coursework and allows students to gain practical working exposure to real-life industrial environment and further develop technical/ research skills and knowledge. It will help develop important work skills such as positive working attitude, initiative, interpersonal/communication skills and team work.
22 weeks

Third Year - Medicinal Chemistry Research Option

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4048 Advanced Instrumental and Lab Techniques
Covers advanced techniques such as GC-MS, LC, fluorimetry, ICP-OES, FTIR and flameless atomic absorption spectrometry. Hands-on experience with selected instruments is emphasised.
60
CP4103 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
CP4141 Biomaterials
Biomaterials may be the most multidisciplinary of all fields and the impact to people is huge. Because of this impact and multidisciplinary, biomaterials is always an exciting area for study and application. The module aims to guide the students to appreciate the structure-property relationships of biomaterials, their applications in pharmaceutical industry as well as highlights some common biological testing of biomaterials.
45
CP4158 Medicinal Chemistry
Medicinal chemistry is a branch of chemistry involved in the development of new drugs. As our knowledge of human diseases advances, the discovery of new drugs would improve our quality of life. Such advancements in drug development are reported in scientific literature. Learning how to read and summarise information from scientific journals would thus benefit those who wish to pursue drug discovery research. After learning pharmacology in Year 2, this module introduces the principles involved in drug discovery, design and development.
75
CP4167 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
IC2002 Internship Programme
The 22-week internship forms an integral part of the coursework and allows students to gain practical working exposure to real-life industrial environment and further develop technical/ research skills and knowledge. It will help develop important work skills such as positive working attitude, initiative, interpersonal/communication skills and team work.
22 weeks

Third Year - Pharmaceutical Science

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4048 Advanced Instrumental and Lab Techniques
Covers advanced techniques such as GC-MS, LC, fluorimetry, ICP-OES, FTIR and flameless atomic absorption spectrometry. Hands-on experience with selected instruments is emphasised.
60
CP4103 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
CP4123 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
The aim of this module is to provide students with an overview, basic knowledge and skills on aspects of biotechnology that are applicable to the production of biopharmaceuticals.
45
CP4166 cGMP and Validation
Provides students with the fundamental principles and concepts of cGMP. It describes the various guidelines and the requirements for the manufacture and testing of active pharmaceutical ingredients and medicinal products. This module also equips the students with the knowledge on validation of various processes and equipment used in a cGMP manufacturing environment.
45
CP4167 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
CP4168 Bioprocess Engineering Principles
Provides students with basic knowledge and skills required for bioprocess operations and developments. Topics covered include biomolecules, basic genomic techniques, fermentation and protein purification principles, and relevant bioprocess unit operations. This module provides students with hands- on experience in the production of recombinant proteins.
45
IC2002 Internship Programme
The 22-week internship forms an integral part of the coursework and allows students to gain practical working exposure to real-life industrial environment and further develop technical/ research skills and knowledge. It will help develop important work skills such as positive working attitude, initiative, interpersonal/communication skills and team work.
22 weeks
 

Marcus Ng Wei Liang

Applied Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Science Course Gold Medallist 2014
Accepted to read Pharmacy at National University of Singapore
Ministry of Health Holdings Scholarship: Healthcare Merit Award recipient

 

"My three years in SP have been both enriching and fulfilling. Fundamental chemistry coupled with industrial relevant modules have equipped me for my future studies and work. My industrial attachment has enabled me to apply skills and principles taught in lectures. DACP has also given me ample opportunities to work and communicate in team-based settings through group projects. In addition, my lecturers are also very keen and committed to help clarify any doubts, which include giving advice and guidance. One of my lecturers once shared with me: ”Applied chemistry has to be applied somewhere”.... and I have chosen healthcare!"