For the first time in Singapore finally, a multi-disciplinary engineering diploma course combining Engineering + Management + Social Sciences is offered at the polytechnic level. With the brand new Diploma in Engineering Systems, endorsed by engineering giants that include IBM and SMRT, SP is the first polytechnic to train students to look at real world engineering from a systems perspective. This will allow them to develop complex engineering projects while taking into consideration the social and economic contexts within which they will operate.
Inquiry-based Contextual Learning
You will learn about engineering systems through multi-disciplinary projects and develop solutions using design thinking approach. You will learn in an engineering studio-based environment where you and your course mates, in small groups, will share learning experiences through thought-provoking inquiries. The process will ultimately promote analytical thinking and knowledge building in you.
Cohort-based Collaborative Spirit
Throughout your course, you will learn in small groups which encourage team spirit and collaboration. Working, experimenting, and discovering as a team makes learning more effective through regular interactions among students.
Many Opportunities for Application
The learning route will adopt the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate or CDIO approach developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This will enable you to master the depth of technical fundamentals and apply them to engineering projects. The Design Thinking, a distinctive SP learning method, will support the CDIO approach. This will allow you to experience an engineering design cycle once every semester during your course.
International & Industry Experience
During the final year, you will take up either the Intelligent Systems option or the Urban Transportation Systems option where you will apply the knowledge and skills learned during the first two years to real world engineering systems used for industrial automation and urban transport. You will also undergo a five-month internship project locally or overseas.
Graduates of this diploma course will be able to take on engineering positions in the fast growing rapid transit and transportation sector as well as almost any sector of the economy. You can also choose to further your education in engineering at the local or foreign universities with advanced standings.
Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration, Automobiles, Electrification, Health Technologies and Telephone are among the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th Century resulting in improving the lives of billions of people throughout the world. These improvements were not only due to technological advancements but also the result of applying the concepts of ENGINEERING SYSTEMS to integrate technology, people and services.
DES is a multidisciplinary diploma program designed to provide exciting opportunity to experience the interconnections of large and complex systems such as Energy, Health Care, Logistics, Manufacturing, Telecommunication, Transportation and more. The program integrates the fields of engineering, management and social sciences in the first two-years, leading to multidisciplinary options in the final year to develop System Innovators with strong analytical, problem-solving and management skills.
Learning at the intersection of theory, practice and experience, students in DES are challenged to explore the strengths and limitations of engineering and engineering systems. Students also learn to formulate and solve technological problems with an understanding of the social, ethical and environmental contexts. With opportunities for both thinking and doing, the rigor of DES program ensures that graduates are work-ready with knowledge and skills to meet the technological challenges of an evolving and exciting new world.
The graduates of the course are expected to gain admission to local or overseas universities of similar or related undergraduate degree programmes.
See also other Diploma courses offered by the School of EEE and School of MAE.
 Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (Singapore Polytechnic is a member of the CDIO Consortium) www.cdio.org
 Design Thinking is a process of translating observations into insights and insights into products and services that will improve lives.