DIPLOMA IN CIVIL ENGINEERING (DCE - S68)
What You'll Study
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 subsequent mathematics modules.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)More
Aims to equip students with BIM (Building Information Modelling) skills and provide students with some general background of and insights into building design and construction stages in relation to the information flow in typical development project of Civil Structural Engineering. It attempts to use computer hands-on practical session and project-based learning to achieve these goals. Students will learn visualization and documentation skills with latest BIM technologies, and will be facilitated with learning environment that encourages independent learning. Students will apply these knowledge and skills in an integrated manner to develop a virtual construction simulation model of 3D building and civil engineering structure. This module also serves as a foundation for other CAD and BIM application environment in the 2nd and 3rd year of this course.
Civil Engineering ConstructionMore
Provides students with the principles and processes involved in the construction works and appreciate the use of the associated construction equipment in piling, trench and basement excavation and geotechnical instrumentations. Students will also be taught the local legal requirements relating to general worksite safety and the safe practices in excavation and piling work. Classroom instructions are supplemented by tutorials, assignment and e-learning.
Communicating for Personal & Team EffectivenessMore
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to solve problems and make decisions by setting personal goals which are in line with team goals. This includes managing time and resources effectively so as to reduce stress to achieve work-life balance. Students will also understand and be able to apply self-awareness techniques including applying emotional intelligence principles to manage self at the workplace.
Communicating for Project (Report) EffectivenessMore
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)More
This module aims to provide students with trainings on CAD skills for the civil engineering discipline. Lectures and practical sessions supported with project-based learning will be used to achieve these goals. Students will be taught commonly used CAD software related to civil engineering. This module also covers the fundamental knowledge on orthographic projection, isometric view and blue print reading.
Critical and Analytical Thinking (CAT)More
This module aims to equip students with skills in critical and analytical thinking, which includes the ability to evaluate different perspectives, articulate a point of view and support it with relevant and credible evidence. The module also provides students with opportunities to practise information literacy, and critical and analytical thinking through the exploration of contemporary local and global issues.
Please refer to Elective Module link below.
Engineering Mathematics IMore
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.
The module aims to introduce the practice of spatial data acquisition, processing and presentation of these surveyed data digitally in Civil Engineering applications. Students will learn the basic concepts of principles of point location, application of levelling, establishment of reference marks by traversing and topographic surveys. Students will use various surveying instruments such as Total Stations, Automatic/ Digital Levels and Global Positioning System (GPS) Receivers during their practical fieldwork and present the surveyed data using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information System (GIS) software. In addition, the module introduces the students to underground and hydrographic surveying.
Introduction to Civil EngineeringMore
Students learn to apply basic sciences and mathematics to simple civil engineering and building projects. The module follows the project cycle of conceive, design, implement and operate (CDIO). Students will learn to take personal responsibility in learning the entire process of implementing a project. They will work on a Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) project using timber strips to build a simple structural model so as to acquire interpersonal and technical skills and good work attitudes. CBL provides an authentic learning process that challenges students to make a difference. Students will also be taught the fundamentals of concrete technology and concrete practice. Topics include concrete, steel and sustainable materials. Classroom instructions are supplemented by tutorials, laboratory sessions, assignment and e-learning.
Narrative Thinking (NAT)More
This module aims to equip students with the skills to critically evaluate the elements of narratives used in a variety of contexts, and to appreciate and harness the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will analyse narratives to connect and contextualise self to society, and learn to craft impactful personal narratives to inspire or influence others.
Aims to cover the fundamentals of statics and strengths of materials. Students learn to solve problems involving the analysis of statically determinate beams, frame structures and the calculations of stresses and strains. Topics covered include equilibrium of forces, pin-jointed frames, shear forces and bending moments, sectional properties, direct stresses and strains as well as column buckling.
Civil Engineering TechnologyMore
Covers the selection of suitable construction plants and the planning of civil engineering works such as earthworks, roadworks, bridges, tunnels, dredging and land reclamation. These include most aspects of advanced construction with an insight into techniques applied in large-scale development using standard or specialised machineries and equipment. Also taught is the adoption of game-changing technologies like Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction technique. Classroom instructions are supplemented with tutorials, problem-based assignments and presentations.
Communicating for Professional EffectivenessMore
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to identify jobs that match their interests, capabilities and qualifications to prepare resumes that are unique and customised for job requirements and hone interview skills to help them secure that job. Students will also understand and be able to apply self-awareness techniques including applying emotional intelligence principles in a professional setting to manage self and a team at the workplace.
Please refer to Elective Module link below.
Engineering Mathematics IIMore
Builds upon the mathematical knowledge and skills acquired in the first year of study. Topics covered are inferential statistics, partial differentiation, regression and correlation, applications of integration, solving of first and second order differential equations, and their applications. Students also learn how to use spread sheet and mathematical software for solving more challenging problems.
Provides students with the fundamentals of soil mechanics. Topics include soil classification, ground investigation, basic properties, compaction, permeability, stresses in soil, shear strength and the design of retaining walls and footings to Eurocode 7. Classroom instructions are supplemented by tutorials, laboratory sessions, assignment on slope model testing and e-learning.
Hydrology and HydraulicsMore
Provides students with the basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles on Hydrology and Hydraulics. Under Hydrology sessions, students will learn the hydrological cycle, intensity-duration-frequency relationships and storm water management. Under Hydraulics sessions, the topics on hydrostatics laws, hydrodynamics, pipe flow and open channel flow will be introduced. To reinforce the theories learnt in classroom, students will form teams to conduct experiments in the laboratory.
Provides students with the knowledge on principles of project management and their applications in construction projects. Techniques in managing construction projects will be taught including project planning, project procurement, engineering economics, cash flow analysis, gantt chart, and critical path methods using network diagrams. Students will explore the use of computer software in project management to manage projects.
Reinforced Concrete Design & CADMore
Provides students with an understanding of reinforced concrete design according to Eurocode 2. It covers the design of basic structural elements of a building such as beams, slabs, columns and footings. The students will learn to use CAD software to detail the reinforcement bars as calculated from their design.
Safety, Health and Environmental ManagementMore
Provides students with an understanding of the safety, health and environmental hazards inherent in the construction industry and the preventive measures to ensure safe and healthy work environment. It helps students to acquire knowledge on requirements under Workplace Safety & Health Act and other related legislation, and supervisory skills for safety and health management system. It also introduces environmental control concepts at construction sites such vector control, noise pollution control and earth control measures.
Social Innovation ProjectMore
This module aims to equip students with a Design Thinking mindset in a social innovation context. Students collaborate in multi-disciplinary groups to apply Design Thinking tools and methods to create innovative prototype solutions for local social issues. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves, and empathy for a local community in need.
Provides the basic knowledge of analysis for determinate and indeterminate structures. Students will learn to analyse structures by using the classical methods such as principles of virtual works and moment distribution method. The theoretical analysis is supplemented by computer application of available structural analysis software and laboratory simulation sessions, which are tailored to give a better understanding of the structural theory.
Please refer to Elective Module link below.
This module aims at providing students with trainings on applying knowledge and skills from other civil engineering modules into solution-oriented projects. The module attempts to use CDIO approach supported with lecturers’ facilitation and supervision. Students will learn about problem-solving skills, research skills or laboratory skills and other relevant skills and integrate them into the project.
Internship Programme More
Provides opportunity to gain professional working experience through attachments to local or overseas companies or organisations. Students are required to prepare a report and proper documentation on the internship programme.
Steel Design & CADMore
Covers the basic concepts and principles of structural steel design and detailing to Eurocode 3. Students will be taught the design of structural members such as tension and compression members, fully restrained beams, and the design of simple connections in bolted or welded construction. Students will learn to design and sketch structural steelwork drawings with emphasis placed on standard detailing practice. They will also learn to appreciate the use of 3D Steel CAD software (Revit) to produce these drawings. Classroom teaching is supplemented with individual assignments, group work and presentations.
Equips students with basic knowledge of transportation engineering. The module focuses on urban highway engineering and covers various topics ranging from planning to design and construction. Students will learn to analyse traffic demand, acquire and interpret traffic flow data, perform geometric design of highways, and carry out design of flexible pavements. Instruction will take place through a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory (practical) sessions.
Provides students with an overview of water resource and water pollution control practice. Fundamental principle and current engineering practice in water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, sludge treatment and disposal will be taught in the module. Lab works for water and wastewater analysis will also be conducted. Upon completion of the module, students should be able to have some background knowledge to carry out simple design of water treatment.
The SP elective framework offers students options to pursue their passion and/or meet different career needs, and is an integral part of the holistic education we seek to provide our students. The learning experiences of the elective framework help students
in their development as self-directed, versatile, life-long learners, which are essential in today's volatile and changing societal as well as occupational landscape.
For a list of electives offered, please visit www.sp.edu.sg
All full-time diploma students are required to take two compulsory Education and Career Guidance Modules in SP. Students will take SP101B: Education and Career Guidance 1 – Personal Development (30 hours) in their first year.
In their second or third year, students will take SP201B: Education and Career Guidance 2 – Career Development (15 hours).
All students are required to take one compulsory Sports for Life (SFL) module for one semester in their first year in SP.
In their second and third year, students may sign up for SFL module as an elective.
Please note: Course structure subjected to change.
Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business
Class of 2019
"Looking back at my time in SP, I am astounded at the level of growth I experienced. Previously, I had always been a passive student, focused only on doing well academically. Under the influence and guidance of my ABE lecturers, I began to communicate
and participate more, frequently sharing my views and what I have learnt in class with others, including my peers. I realized that doing this allowed me to learn and understand more. Furthermore, as an international student, I was nonetheless given
an equal chance to participate in competitions representing our school including SJWP 2018 and IDEERS Taiwan. My journey in SP throughout these 3 years have been very fruitful and I would say that I have always overestimated how many projects I could
finish in a day and underestimated how much learnings, experiences and friendship I attained in these 3 years."