DIPLOMA IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (S91)
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
Thinking Critically about the UN SDGs (TCU)More
This module aims to equip students with skills in critical and analytical thinking through the exploration of contemporary local and global issues, through the lens of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Using information literacy skills, students will select a local issue connected to the SDGs, and look for relevant information on the issue. They will use a critical thinking framework to evaluate a diverse range of sources for their validity and reliability, and consider different perspectives in an issue before presenting their assigned stand, substantiated by reasons and evidence.
This module also aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of local and global issues related to the 2030 global agenda, represented by the SDGs. Students will learn about the core principles of the SDGs and find out how the goals apply to their own lives, as well as to Singapore.
Digital Communication for Impact (DCI)More
This module aims to equip students with key skills to leverage digital communication to engage, inspire and impact stakeholders digitally. They will build an understanding of various digital communication platforms/tools and their benefits and limitations. They will also learn what it means to be a responsible Digital Citizen. Upon the completion of this module, students should demonstrate the competency to design and apply key principles when crafting impactful digital communication about United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) or a relevant context.
Collaboration in the Digital Age (CDA)More
This module aims to equip students with the skills to collaborate effectively in a team, particularly in a digital environment. This is crucial in light of the global shift to working online precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will learn about team dynamics at various stages of team development. They will use Microsoft Teams to collaborate online. They will also evaluate their own teamwork skills and that of their teammates using the CATME framework.
Effective Writing for the Workplace (EWW)More
This module aims to equip students with effective written communication skills necessary for the workplace. At the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate effective writing skills. They should be able to apply the principles of PAC (Purpose, Audience & Context) and 5 Cs of Communication (Complete, Clear, Concise, Courteous and Correct) to plan and craft effective business messages. In addition, students should be able to use effective visuals, employ appropriate language and follow standard format and conventions in their writing.
Data Fluency (DF)More
This module aims to equip students with baseline skills in using data to gain insights into the UN SDGs. These skills are related to the data-handling processes such as formulating data-based questions, pre-processing data and analysing data using numerical and graphical summaries. Upon the completion of this module, students should demonstrate the competency in using data to examine one aspect of a UN SDG and/or generate some insights to support one theoretical solution to a UN SDG.
Persuasive Communication with Data Storytelling (PCDS)More
This module aims to equip students with the baseline skills to craft compelling narratives using effective data storytelling techniques. Students will generate data visualisations, and apply narrative elements and persuasive delivery techniques to influence others or shape their perspectives. Upon completion of this module, students should demonstrate the competency in using persuasive communication to convince stakeholders intellectually and affectively to call them into action in tackling the UN SDGs.
Problem Solving with Creative & Computational Thinking (PSCCT)More
This module aims to equip students with baseline creative and computational thinking skills for problem solving. Students will learn about the value of focused & diffuse thinking, problem identification and analysis, creative thinking, and the four pillars of computational thinking in the problem-solving process. Students will apply these techniques to tackle wicked problems related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
Digital Electronics 1More
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 flipflops
Principles of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1More
This module 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, capacitor and capacitance,
characteristics of inductor and capacitor in
DC, Kirchhoff’s Voltage and Current Laws,
Current and Voltage Divider Rules and
Introduction to EngineeringMore
Promotes interest in engineering by introducing inter-disciplinary engineering systems and manufacturing processes. The Design Thinking process is used to generate ideas and basic workshop machine tools are used for fabrication.
Introduces the basic concepts of engineering mechanics, namely units and dimensions, equilibrium conditions, friction, kinematics and Newton’s laws of motion.
Computer Aided DraftingMore
Introduces the use of computer-aided drafting (CAD) software to prepare mechanical engineering drawings. Topics include blue print reading, orthographic projection, sectioning, assembly drawing and basic solid modelling.
Engineering Materials IMore
Introduces the basic properties and applications of common engineering materials such as steels, aluminium, copper, plastics and elastomers, by covering the testing of the properties, concepts of stress and strain, effect of chemical composition and microstructure on properties and applications, heat treatments and materials processing. This module provides the foundation in the selection of materials in engineering design and fabrication.
Introduces the fundamentals of thermodynamics, namely heat, work, perfect gas laws and the 1st law of thermodynamics. Use of steam tables, basics of pressure and flow rate in fluids, and the mass conservation law are also covered.
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 study. It also serves as a foundation for subsequent mathematics modules.
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.
Teaches students the methodology of good program development. The C++ language will be used to write structured programs according to accepted programming practices. Topics covered include simple data type, input/output, control and loop structures, functions and arrays. Programming and hands-on training in the computer laboratories will be emphasized.
Sports for Life
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 optional module.
Second Year (Common Modules & 1 Specialisation Module)
Sustainable Innovation ProjectMore
Work in multi-disciplinary groups to apply the design thinking method and tools backed by research and qualitative data, to tackle local issues mapped to the UN SDGs. You will also tap on what you have learnt in the CCC modules that come before this module to create sustainable and innovative prototype solutions for real-life issues faced by a local community in need. In the process, you will develop empathy for the community you have identified for your project and a better understanding of yourselves.
Personal Branding and Career Agility (PBCA)More
This module aims to equip students with the requisite skill sets, knowledge and tools that will give them an early start on the process of kick-starting their career. Through the Self-Directed Learning Approach, student-centric engagement, curated resources (eg. Learning Advisement Portal, LinkedIn Learning, and more) and curriculum co-developed by industry partners, students will begin their journey into the world of work.
Upon completion of the module, students should be able to develop professional skills and build interpersonal relationships, acquire the skills to seek and secure work, develop the ability to adapt and respond effectively to changes at work, and appreciate and respect the diversity of individuals, culture and work environment.
AI and Its Impact (AII)More
This module aims to equip students with a very broad overview of Artificial Intelligence, and its societal and ethical impacts in modern society. Students will build a simple AI model with online tools and discuss how to promote good ethics in AI. Upon the completion of this module, students should demonstrate the competency of using AI to address their chosen UN SDG.
Provides knowledge of computer-aided machining in milling and turning, including process planning techniques, machine coding and operational instructions. Training includes producing precision components.
Design and BuildMore
Introduces the machine design and build process. Applications include computer modelling, selection of engineering components, assembly and commissioning of the machine.
Continues from Mechanics I. Teaches how basic solid mechanics is applied to solving engineering problems. The fundamentals of machine components are included.
Engineering Materials IIMore
Continues from Engineering Materials I. Topics include failure of metals, corrosion, non-destructive testing, electronic materials, ceramic and composite materials, surface technology and moulding technology.
Provides further knowledge on thermodynamics and fluid mechanics with particular applications in air compressors, gas and vapour cycles.
Provides knowledge of automated control operations in local manufacturing industries. Topics include pneumatics, relay control system, programmable logic controller, actuators and sensors.
Engineering Mathematics IIMore
The 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 Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations, Laplace Transforms and Fourier Series.
Statistics and Analytics for EngineersMore
This module aims to provide students with an introduction to statistics and data analytics. The topics in statistics include descriptive statistics, probability, random variables, probability distributions, sampling distributions, and estimation. The topics in data analytics include a brief overview of data mining, cluster analysis, decision tree classifier, and simple and multiple linear regression. Software tools will be used throughout for hands-on exercises.
For information on Elective I and Elective II modules and eligibility, please click here.
For Specialisation modules, please click on the respective specialisation below to find out more.
Third Year (Common Modules* & Specialisation Modules)
This semester long internship
module aims to provide students with work
experience to a relevant industrial sector and
with opportunities to relate what is taught in
the classroom to actual working environments.
The internship module creates a valuable
opportunity for students to learn and contribute
to the participating organisations. This would
also prepare them to be work-ready by
acquiring knowledge on current industrial
practices and by sharpening their skills.
Provides students with an opportunity to work in small groups to apply the knowledge and experience gained in their foundation stages to conceive, design, fabricate, test and commission a project. Students will have the chance to work with the industry on real-world projects.
Develops a basic understanding of material strength in the design of machine elements and structures. The module supports the design stage of the final-year project.
Provides further knowledge of steam cycles and gas turbine cycles, steam nozzles and heat transfer.
Provides knowledge on fluid flow and piping systems, centrifugal and positive displacement pumps as well as industrial hydraulics.
Workplace Safety & Health ManagementMore
Provides an appreciation of the safety and risk management inherent in resorts and mega buildings. The Workplace Safety & Health Act, related statutory legislations, risk assessment and hazards analysis are covered.
*For Biomedical Specialisation, these following modules ME3101, ME3501, ME8002 will not be applicable. They will be replaced with Biomedical modules instead.
For information on Elective III modules and eligibility, please click here.
Common Core Modules
Through the Common Core modules, students will think critically about real-world problems, empathise with local and global communities and be challenged to effect change. For more information on the Common Core Curriculum, please visit:
(Click on the following specialisation to find out more)
Please note: Course structure is subject to change.