Diploma in Engineering (Computer Network & Systems)




Singapore strives to become a “Smart Nation” through harnessing digital technologies to provide better transport systems, living environment, business productivity, healthcare and public sector services for all Singapore residents. To build a smart nation, computer network and systems are key infrastructure facilities for smart healthcare, smart building, smart mobility, smart Energy and many other areas.

Besides transforming our country into a “Smart Nation”, Singapore has also embraced Industry 4.0 (referred to as “Advanced Manufacturing” in Singapore), and is moving its industrial base up the value chain to strengthen its position as the leading industrial hub for companies worldwide. Advanced Manufacturing technologies are redefining manufacturing on a global scale. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Automation are two main sectors to develop for smart factory with computer network and systems.

To meet this increasing demand for IT Network and System engineers, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers the Diploma in Engineering (Computer Network and Systems), abbreviated as DECNS. This course covers the essential technical skills in supporting the “Smart Nation” and “Advanced Manufacturing” drives of Singapore. This part-time evening course can be completed in 2.5 years.

Please visit the DECNS Facebook page for more information about the course, the modules, lab facilities, the relevant technologies, and the latest trend.

Participants are required to bring along their personal computer notebook when attending lessons, as they may need it to access e-learning materials, run simulation and virtualisation software, write reports, etc. 

Course Objectives

This course aims to equip students with good working knowledge and skills required for the deployment, operation and support of computer networks infrastructure, development of info-comm services, computer/embedded systems and IoT systems. The modules have been carefully selected to cover the technical skills and knowledge highly in-demand for career in IT networks and systems industry.

DECNS tech areas

Suitable for

This course is specially designed for engineers, assistant engineers, technicians, technical supervisors and other personnel, who are seeking to better prepare themselves with the necessary technical skills and knowledge in managing IT network and developing computer systems. This course is also suitable for people who intend to make a conversion to these technical areas in their career pursuit. With the skills and knowledge gained from this course, you will be able to take on the challenges in the IT industry.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the diploma:

a) The following GCE 'O' Level grades and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience:
• English Language Grade 1 – 7
• Mathematics (Elementary or Additional) Grade 1 – 6
• Science Grade 1 – 6. Science can be one of the following subjects:
o  Biology
o  Chemistry
o  Combined Science
o  Design & Technology
o  Electricity & Electronics
o  Fundamentals of Electronics
o Integrated Science/Additional Combined Science
o  Physical Science
o  Physics/Engineering Science
o Science (Chemistry, Biology)
o Science (Physics, Biology)
o Science (Physics, Chemistry)
o Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)



b) Nitec with GPA >= 3.5 in an engineering or information technology discipline


c) Nitec with GPA >= 3.0 in an engineering or information technology discipline and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


b)  Nitec in Technology with GPA >= 3.5 in an engineering or information technology discipline and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


e) Higher Nitec with GPA >=2.0 in an engineering or information technology discipline


f) Higher Nitec with GPA >=1.5 in an engineering or information technology discipline and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


g) Higher Nitec in Technology with GPA >=2.0 in an engineering or information technology discipline and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


h) Relevant WSQ Advanced Certificate (or higher) with at at least 1 year of relevant working experience and Level 6 for both WSQ Workplace Literacy SOA & Workplace Numeracy SOA


i) Applicant with none of the qualifications listed above but at least 2 years of relevant working experience.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Course Outline

The course consists of 15 modules conducted over five semesters within 2.5 years on a part-time basis. Classes will be conducted in three evenings per week for 15 weeks each semester.

This course consists of 5 Modular Certificates (MC). Each MC will consist of a 3 modules and the details are as follows:

MC 1 Computer Programming & Networks
Module 1 – Digital Principles
Module 2 – Structured Programming
Module 3 – Network Fundamentals

MC 2 Computer Networking
Module 1 – LAN Switching and Wireless
Module 2 – Computer Networking
Module 3 – Wide Area Network

MC 3 Computer Applications
Module 1 – Microcontroller Applications
Module 2 – Object Oriented Programming
Module 3 – Computer Interfacing

MC 4 Info-comm Services
Module 1 – Client-Server Applications Development
Module 2 – Cloud Computing Services
Module 3 – Server Management

MC 5 Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies
Module 1 – IoT System Design
Module 2 – Data Analytics
Module 3 – Mobile Applications Development

Please here for Module Synopsis

Award / Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of all five Modular Certificates within a five-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.


Course Fees

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(for SC)
(for PR)
Certificate in Computer Programming and Networks$544.58$363.05$1,452.20$374.93$434.30$3,630.51
Certificate in Computer Networking$502.69$335.12$1,340.50$346.09$400.90$3,351.24
Certificate in Computer Applications$502.69$335.12$1,340.50$346.09$400.90$3,351.24
Certificate in Info-comm Services $502.69$335.12$1,340.50$346.09$400.90$3,351.24
Certificate in Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies $544.58$363.05$1,452.20$374.93$434.30$3,630.51
Total Course Fees:$2,597.21$1,731.47$6,925.90$1,788.11$2,071.30$17,314.74



*SC - Singapore Citizen
**PR - Permanent Resident

- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.
- Modular Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

Other Fees Payable:

Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.01
Examination Fee-$16.05 
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.49
Insurance Fee (GPA)$1.70$1.70
Students' Union Entrance Fee$5.00*
Students' Union Subscription Fee$4.50*

*Not subjected to GST

Refund Policy:
- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 70% refund of paid course fee.
- Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement, no refund of paid course fee.

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.


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Terms and Conditions

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Date of Course:

To be advised

Academic Calendar

Registration Period:

To be advised

* Registration may be closed once seats are filled up

Class schedule:

3 evenings per week
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

915 hours (2.5 years)

PDC to start with:

Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg

For course specific details, please contact the course manager
Name: Mr Lau Chung Meng
Email: lau_chung_meng@sp.edu.sg