Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (S90)

Contact Information:
School: School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Tel: (65)-67751133
Course Manager: Mr Chee Choong Yang
Tel:(65) 6772 1379
Fax:(65) 6772-1974
General Enquiries: contactus@sp.edu.sg

What You'll Study

First Year

First-year students take part in a competition pitting the best projects as part of the Introduction to Engineering module. 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.
ET0730 Network Fundamentals
This module provides a general overview of computer networking. It provides a general introduction to networking terminology, concepts, devices, functionality, applications and standards required for computer networking. Students will learn to build simple LANs, perform basic network and service configurations, and implement IP addressing schemes.
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
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.
ET0087 Analog Communication Systems
Introduces the principles and techniques used in analog communication systems. A system approach is used, with the main emphasis being on the understanding of principles. Topics include signals and their spectrums, filters, band-limiting, noise sources, SNR, radiated and conducted interference, need for EMC compliance, noise reduction, necessity of modulation, AM, DSBSC, SSB, FM and basic operation of superhet radio receivers.
ET0423 Aircraft Electrical Fundamentals
Students learn the fundamentals of generation of electricity, different kinds of DC sources, in particular, primary and secondary cells of aircraft batteries such as lead acid batteries and nickel cadmium batteries. DC motor and generator constructions and operation principles will also be covered. Topics on 3-phase AC principles, auto transformer, transformer construction, power transfer, efficiency and its principles of operations under load and no-load conditions will be taught.
ET0429 Aircraft Servomechanisms and Electronics
Provides students the basics in electronics and servomechanism components that serve as building blocks for aircraft control systems. These building blocks will be used to introduce feedback control system concepts and terminology to the students. At the completion of this module, the students should be able to understand the elements of aircraft servomechanisms, their functions and performance.
ET0430 Aircraft Systems Project
This module will equip the students with the hands-on knowledge both on the avionics and mechanical aircraft maintenance practices. Under the avionics maintenance, it covers understanding of wiring and schematic diagrams, troubleshooting of electrical circuits, performing wire routing, crimping of pins, sockets, terminal lugs and butt splices, soldering and wire locking. On mechanical maintenance, the students will be trained on torque loading, riveting, tensioning of turnbuckles and working on sheet metal piece. The skills of using aircraft maintenance and measuring tools will also be imparted. There will be assignments to test the students aircraft maintenance skills.
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.
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.
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

See also a selection of projects by third-year students.



Module Code Module Name Total Hours
ET0100 Quality and Reliability
Provides the fundamentals of two very important fields in the area of product design and manufacture. These refer to quality and reliability. Topics include SQC, SPC, control charts, reliability concepts, accelerated testing and system reliability. There will also be assignments on TQM, ISO9000, SPC, DOE, COQ and environmental stress testing.
ET0424 Aircraft Radio and Optical Communications
Provides a good engineering foundation to the students in radio theory, covering topics on propagation of radio wave, polarisation, radiation pattern, transmitter, receiver, modulator, RF power amplifier, filters, and tuned circuits. The principles and methods used to minimise the effect of conducted and radiated electromagnetic interference, methods used to minimise the effects of lightning strikes and static on aerials and type of aerials and feeders will be taught. Basics of fibre optic data transmission, multiplexing circuits and audio systems are also covered.
ET0425 Aircraft Instrument Systems
This module gives students a good understanding of terminology and basic concepts of Aircraft flight instruments and systems. The module will also cover the working principles of pitot-static systems, gyroscopic systems, compass systems, flight information and digital data systems as well as electronic display systems.
ET0426 Aircraft Communication and Navigation Systems
Covers topics relevant to the aerospace industry, in particular, aircraft emergency locator transmitter, VHF/HF communications systems, VOR/ILS systems, Doppler navigation system, microwave landing system, automatic direction finding system, area navigation, global position system (GPS), global navigation satellite system, traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS), flight management systems, weather avoidance radar and radio altimeter.
ET0427 Aircraft Automatic Flight and Electronic Systems
Teaches the working principles and functions of automatic flight control systems, autopilot navigations, automatic landing systems, inertial navigation systems, as well as safety and warning systems such as ground proximity warning systems and instrument warning systems. Other areas include on-board maintenance systems, fuel quantity, temperature, vibration measurement systems and engine indicating systems.
ET0428 Aircraft Electrical Systems
Covers the construction and principles of operation of AC single phase and three phase generation and various type of AC motors and speed control. Students will also learn aircraft electrical power systems, electrical distributions, battery supply, DC/AC generators and their associated circuit protections, control and operation of aircraft flight surfaces, fly by wire systems as well as aircraft internal and external lightings. Ice and rain protection systems, fire protection as well as lightning strike protection and electrical bonding will also be covered.
ET0433 Human Factors
This module highlights the importance and need for human factors training in aircraft maintenance and inspection. It discusses the influence of human behaviour and performance on safety and efficiency, and how human factors can be optimised through a systematic application of human sciences, integrated within the framework of systems engineering.
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.
ME0501 Aeronautical Engineering Science
Introduces the principles of flight governing heavier than air flying machines. Topics covered include the standard atmosphere, basic aerodynamics, aircraft performance, high-speed flight, and stability & control.

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.



Please note: Course structure is subject to change.