This module will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental accounting principles underlying accounting practice, from the preparation of accounting records to the financial statements of a company. It will also cover accounting for cash, property, plant and equipment as well as Goods and Services Tax. Students will learn how to analyse and interpret a simple set of financial statements for a company.
Technology can transform business and therefore businesses must understand the technology available to them. This module teaches students the emerging trends in technology as they relate to a wide variety of businesses. Students will also learn strategies to apply technology based on business models. At the end of the module, students will be able to identify and recommend various technology tools and platforms to transform business in an industry specific to their course of study.
Introduces the basics in marketing to students. Topics include the strategic marketing management process, market opportunities analysis and target market selection. The elements of the marketing mix will also be examined. An integrated approach will be adopted to discuss how these elements can be blended to produce an effective marketing programme.
Provides students an opportunity to learn about the importance of personal grooming and networking skills in a business environment. Students will be taught the key principles of negotiation and strategies to develop effective business negotiation skills. At the end of the module, students will be able to appreciate the influence of psychology and culture on business negotiation and conflict management and develop effective negotiation strategies.
Economics will provide students with an understanding of the micro and macroeconomic concepts and applications which are needed in decision-making processes in the business world. It also enables students to have a better understanding and appreciation of the larger economic environment that they are facing.
Management & human resource practices covers the management functions performed by managers, skills and competencies required of managers and organisational behaviour concepts. It highlights the importance of managing human resources and the responsibilities of a manager in carrying out the human resource functions.
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
Provides foundation for students to be equipped with quantitative skills, understanding of basic statistical concepts and their relevance in business. It is designed to train students with the statistical research skills from data analysis through manual means and software, data representation and interpretation that will allow them to make informed decisions. The statistical problem-solving process is taught as a method in addressing business-related statistical problems. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and linear regression.
Provides students with the essential features of spreadsheet to support data analysis for business applications. Topics covered include spreadsheet applications, fundamental data analysis, professional presentations and proper documentation. This module will impart the necessary skills to analyse worksheet data, apply fundamental data analysis techniques to improve productivity and streamline their day-to-day operational work. Equipped with these fundamentals, students will be able to apply these skills to construct business and financial models for today’s fast changing business environment.
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.
Provides students with an understanding of financial accounting, covering company & group accounts and cash flow statements. Students learn to prepare final accounts of companies and to read and understand published accounts. They will also learn to analyse and interpret financial statements using tools such as horizontal and vertical analyses. Budgeting, breakeven/ incremental analyses and activity-based costing will also be taught to assist in management planning and control.
Commences with the basic features of the Singapore legal system. It then proceeds to introduce students to the basic principles of contract law, the Sale of Goods Act, the law of tort, cheques, agency and intellectual property. The legal aspects of business organisations will also be covered.
This module aims to introduce the basic business analytics skills to students, allowing them to gain business insights through raw data and apply this skillset across different industries. Students will have an overview of the business analytics success pillars framework. They will be using Excel to identify patterns and trends, using Dashboards for analysis and presentation and applying Linear Regression to raw data to establish relationships.
Aims to equip students with database knowledge which include characteristics of a relational model, functions of relational database management systems (ROBMS), process of normalization, entity relationship modeling, database system development cycle, database security functions as well as practical skills in Structured Query Language (SQL).
The module will give students a basic grasp of risks faced by financial institutions and businesses as in the course of their operations. Selected risks will be analyzed, including the ways in which these risks are generated, measured, and reported. The module will also describe some ways in which these risks can be managed, or hedged
This module aims to provide advanced business analytics concepts and techniques to perform data analysis for predicting outcomes based on past data. Students will use Macros, Visual Basics Applications to create predictive models and understand the assumptions underlying the predictive models. Students will also be taught data visualisation and apply them to create real-world solutions.
Starting with the basics of Python, students would progress to concepts like data manipulation. Additional focus will be placed on python libraries that enable data analytics. Students will also complete on an analytics project which they will manage with MS Visio.
Introduces students to securities operations in the financial industry. Students will learn on the role of back office of banks, how to manage trade flows and resolve settlement issues. Students will also hands on learning opportunity with Bloomberg which is an integral part of trade flow management.
This hands-on module allows students to study the design of user interfaces (UI), and craft engaging user experiences (UX). Students will build web-based applications; in the process, they will learn
web technologies, apply design thinking skills, and Agile/ prototyping techniques.
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to
conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social
cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply
suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to
trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment,
and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of
themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.
Introduces the theory and practice of systems analysis in the problem definition, requirements analysis and logical design phases of a system project life cycle. It will enable students to undertake analysis of a given problem situation, to produce a definition of user requirements, and to design an appropriate information system from the requirement specifications, using appropriate methods, tools and techniques.
This module aims to provide students with hands on practice of up to date Analytics programs that are being used by the industry and higher institution of studies. Students will be creating models and identifying trends and patterns to form analysis strategies based on real-world problems. Students will be exposed mainly to R programming and Tableau.
Introduces to students the market risk, credit risk and in particular, the operational risks face by a financial institution. Understand the key principles of an operational risk framework, key risk indicators, risk culture and appetite, the application of operational risk tools, data challenges and guidelines on regulatory reporting
Provides students an opportunity to integrate technical skills and the banking and finance knowledge they have acquired from the course and experience problem solving, communication and working as a team to develop a business proposal. Basic principles of managing a finance or IT project will also be taught. It will cover the planning, scheduling and development budget of the work, monitoring and control of IT projects from the perspective of project managers.
Aims to provide students with an internship programme through attachments in accounting/audit firms, banking and finance related organisations either locally or overseas.
Please note: Course structure subject to change.
“Lessons are always engaging as the active learning approach engages students to interact, ask question and think critically.”
Lam Ying Sheng
DFI graduate and SP Institutional Aware winner,is awarded a double degree scholarship from Singapore Management University and Singapore University in Technology & Design
“I am all for new experiences and DFI offers a great deal of that! My most unforgettable and thrilling experience so far was my first formal presentation but I have outgrowned that. I am now looking forward to my Final Year Projects Presentation and Internship! I live every moment, and I dance as though no one is watching!”
Ooi Yu Jun
DFI student and dancer with Singapore Polytechnic Dance Sport
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