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About the Common Core Curriculum

The Common Core Curriculum (CCC) is designed to prepare students for a disruptive world that is ever-changing. There are 10 common core modules, comprising critical human and emerging digital skills that will allow you to be versatile and thrive in the future, no matter which industry or job you go into.

The CCC also offers you an integral and inter-disciplinary learning experience to address the wicked problems of the world framed by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Through these modules, you will think critically about real-world problems, empathise with local and global communities and be challenged to effect change with the skills you will acquire, to build a better and more sustainable Singapore and world.

 

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What you will learn

Thinking Critically about the UN SDGs

Thinking Critically about the UN SDGs

30 hours

Develop skills in critical and analytical thinking, including the ability to evaluate different perspectives, articulate a point of view and support it with relevant and credible evidence. This module also provides you with opportunities to practise information literacy, and critical and analytical thinking through the exploration of local and global issues using UN SDGs as a frame.

Data Fluency

Data Fluency

15 hours

Data can help you gain insights into the UN SDGs. Learn to employ data-handling processes such as formulating data-based questions, pre-processing data and analysing data using numerical and graphical summaries. This module will allow you to demonstrate your competency to use data to examine one aspect of a UN SDG and/or generate some insights to support a theoretical solution to a UN SDG.

Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact

Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact

15 hours

You will get a broad overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and its societal and ethical impacts in modern society. Learn to build a simple AI model with online tools, discuss how to promote good ethics in AI, and consider how the use of AI can address your chosen UN SDG in this module.

Persuasive Communication with Data Storytelling

Persuasive Communication with Data Storytelling

30 hours

While data offer the hard facts, they rely on us to give them a clear and convincing voice to call stakeholders into action in tackling the UN SDGs. Attain the skills to craft compelling narratives supported by hard facts that persuade intellectually and affectively, in this module. You will learn to generate data visualisations, and apply narrative elements and persuasive delivery techniques to influence others or shape their perspectives.

Problem Solving with Creative and Computational Thinking

Problem Solving with Creative and Computational Thinking

15 hours

Focused and diffuse thinking, problem identification and analysis, lateral and creative thinking, and the four pillars of computational thinking will be covered in this module. These give you the baseline creative and computational thinking skills for problem solving. You will brainstorm and apply creative and computational thinking techniques to tackle problems related to the UN SDGs.

Digital Communication for Impact

Digital Communication for Impact

15 hours

Leverage digital communication to engage, inspire and impact stakeholders digitally. Build an understanding of various digital communication platforms/tools, their benefits and limitations, and learn what it means to be a responsible Digital Citizen. In this module, you can look forward to designing and crafting impactful digital communication about your chosen UN SDGs.

Collaboration in the Digital Age

Collaboration in the Digital Age

15 hours

Effective collaboration requires you to hone your understanding of what goes into a healthy and productive team where ideas, insights and responsibilities are shared meaningfully. In this module, you will learn the skills to collaborate and galvanise a team, and how to use these skills in a digital environment. With the recent disruptions due to COVID-19, this is now more critical than ever.

Effective Writing for the Workplace

Effective Writing for the Workplace

15 hours

In today’s workplace, being able to write in clear and concise English is not an option but a core skillset. Whether it is crafting an email or putting together a report, pick up writing tips and hacks to effectively communicate an intended message to your target audience in this module. You will practise these skills using UN SDG scenarios and related content.

Personal Branding and Career Agility

Personal Branding and Career Agility

30 hours

Get a head start in your career with the requisite skill sets, knowledge and tools to create your own brand. You will acquire effective strategies to brand yourself to set you apart from the competition. In this module, you will also learn how to put your personal brand to good use and create awareness about your chosen UN SDG.

Sustainable Innovation Project

Sustainable Innovation Project

45 hours

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.

 

The Common Core Curriculum (CCC) will be introduced to students in the Diploma in Aerospace Engineering and Diploma in Optometry, in AY2021/22. Find out more from DASE and DOPT.

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CONNECT SKILLS

Ready for the future of work: hybrid job roles

Technological disruptions have created new and increasingly sophisticated job roles, hybrid job roles which require you to have diverse skill sets. These in-demand skills include both emerging digital skills and human skills from Artificial Intelligence, data to creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and persuasion. In a few common core modules, you will see how these two baskets of skills from different disciplines can be connected and taught in a complementary manner.

SKILLS AND MODULES

Go broad or go deep: an integral learning experience

The CCC is part of your SP learning experience. The baseline skills in CCC are broad and many of these skills form the foundational layer which your diploma course builds on. You will find school-specific case scenarios and examples used in the common core modules, this will allow you to better connect the skills you learn in CCC with your course of study.

The broad skills you are exposed to in CCC can help you to chart your own learning path when it comes to making a decision on your choice of electives*. The electives give you an opportunity to broaden or deepen the foundational skills you are interested in.

*DOPT students can take 3 electives. DASE students are offered 2 pathways: i) 3 electives + 22-week internship or ii) 5 electives + 12-week internship.

 

CREATE SOLUTIONS

Learn multiple ways to solve problems

There are more ways than one to solve problems and come up with solutions. Through CCC, you will learn how to use creative, algorithmic, data-driven, user-centred, analytical approaches to tackle complex problems of the real world.

In the common core module, Sustainable Innovation Project, you will apply one of SP’s signature pedagogy, Design Thinking, and work with peers from different diplomas to create innovative prototype solutions for real-life issues faced by a local community in need.

 

CHAMPION SUSTAINABILITY

Build a more sustainable Singapore and world

CCC will expand your global perspective and understanding of sustainability issues as the UN SDGs run thematically across the 10 common core modules. You will be introduced to wicked problems faced by local, regional and global communities, with a particular focus on Singapore.

It is important that you understand and be aware that even in Singapore, we are confronted with many complex issues. We believe that the combination of human skills and emerging digital skills taught in CCC will spur you to want to build a better and more sustainable Singapore and world.

 

About the UN SDGs

E_SDG_logo_without_UN_emblem_horizontal_WEB.pngIn 2015, all 193 United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future” (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development, 2021). 

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs on the social, economic and environmental fronts. The strategies to achieve these goals come from individual and community actions, businesses and governments working together, and global partnerships. 

Here’s a snapshot of all the 17 UN SDGs.

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Here’s a video of how some people around the world are innovating to achieve the UN SDGs.


Source: The Global Goals | YouTube

Here's 2 businesses in Singapore doing good:


Source: CleanGreenSingapore | Youtube


Source: Swapaholic Channel | Youtube

Contact

Mrs Teresa Chua-Moraes at Teresa_CHUA-MORAES@sp.edu.sg

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