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Diploma in Business Information Technology (DBIT) JAE Code: S82

What You'll Study

What You'll Study

DBIT curriculum provides a balanced blend of innovative technology domains such as web, mobile, analytics and entrepreneurship that aligns significantly with the industry needs. The course is designed with the problem solving and learning by doing pedagogy which enables better learning experience to the students. At the same time, the real-world projects prepare the students to excel in the work or in the university.
Swapna Gottipati
DBIT External Examiner (2016-Present)
Assistant Professor of Information Systems (Education)
Programme Director, BSc (IS) Information Systems Major, SMU
DBIT External Examiner (2011-2016) Mr Richard Pettinger, Programme Director for BSc/MSci Information Management for Business, University College London (UCL), on the DBIT course.
DBIT has been part of an adventurous journey which helped me explore business, information technology, and entrepreneurship. The course spurred me to deepen my skills and broaden my knowledge. In addition, I was able to work with people from all walks of life, work in various projects, and was given the opportunity to go on learning journeys. I never regretted choosing DBIT.
Chua Yi Fang

DBIT Graduate, 2016
Diploma with Merit
CyanSYS Business Solutions Award
Bsc Information Systems, SMU

DBIT has equipped me with a wide variety of IT and business skills and has given me a great deal of exposure to real life projects in the corporate world through opportunities to collaborate with different companies. I had the privilege of working with, Visa and the Singapore Police Force. My experiences were very special and my gratitude goes to the wonderful lecturers. Overall, my DBIT journey has been memorable, rewarding and fruitful.
Chow Li Wei John
DBIT Graduate 2017,
Diploma with Merit
iSentia Brandtology Award
BSc Information Systems, SMU

Year One

Module Code
Module Name
Total Hours
Provides students with an understanding of the basic concepts and principles of accounting. Significant areas are the double entry concept, accounting process, special journals, subsidiary ledgers and control accounts, and the financial statements of service and merchandising businesses
Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the necessary skills to develop self-confidence in their spoken and written interaction with intended audiences for specific purposes, in informal contexts.
General Education 1
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.
General Education 2
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.
Equips students with knowledge in mathematics and analytical skills to solve problems related to infocomm technology. Topics include matrices, linear transformation, number systems, set theory, logic, Boolean algebra, techniques of counting and probability.
Education and Career Guidance 1
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.
Ethics and Law of IT and Media
Provides students with an understanding of the ethical and moral aspects of Information Technology and media management, as well as the basic and general aspects of the law arising from the Information Technology and media industries. Upon the successful completion of this module, students will become aware of the ethical and moral issues faced by professionals in the Information Technology and media industries. They will also learn, understand and be able to apply general aspects of the law in Information Technology and the media to their work in future.
Social Media Marketing
Equips students with the knowledge and skills to use Social Media effectively and ethically in marketing. Students will learn the key features of the popular Social Media platforms that digital marketing agencies and businesses use to reach out to their consumers. They are also taught how to plan and design Social Media marketing strategies and campaigns that can be integrated with traditional marketing methods.
Web Client Development
Teaches techniques and skills required for front-end web development. Students will learn to use latest front-end Web technologies to build interactive and responsive sites that can support various platforms.
Digital Media for Business
Trains students with basic design and video production skills to create an effective branding & advertising campaign. Students will apply creative concepts to campaigns using offline & online mediums such as collaterals, website & videos. Students would be able to apply the use of design principles and their skills in video production to create compelling digital content to help market and brand products.
Business Marketing and Branding
Teaches students essential skills required to understand markets, customers and trends, to develop a brand strategy, to create a marketing plan and to gain market acceptance with a limited capital.
Business Opportunity
Provides students an understanding on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, to learn how to spot an opportunity that could potentially culminate in a successful venture, to innovate on existing ideas using the fundamental concepts of Disruptive Innovation, to use best practices when conducting due diligence or research, and to communicate the true essence of these ideas to potential partners and investors for it to take flight.
Database Management Systems
Equips students with database knowledge including the characteristics of a relational model, functions of relational database management system (RDBMS), process of normalization, entity-relationship modelling and Structure Query Language (SQL). Students will also be introduced to the concepts of Big Data and its impact to businesses.
Mobile Application Development I
Teaches students programming concepts using JavaScript. Fundamental programming constructs such as data types, operators, control structures, classes, methods and arrays will be covered. In addition, students will learn how a cross-platform development tool such as PhoneGap can be set up and used with JavaScript to create mobile applications. The process of deployment and publishing of mobile applications will also be taught.

Year Two

Module Code
Module Name
Total Hours
Communicating for Project Effectiveness
This module aims to equip students with the skills to articulate and communicate ideas persuasively and to work effectively in teams. They will be taught to pitch ideas or concepts and to write proposals to an intended audience. At the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate persuasive oral and written communication. They should be able to give and receive feedback, and appreciate the importance of conflict management strategies when working in teams. In addition, students should be able to provide relevant information and strong justification for their proposals.
Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
Social Innovation Project
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.
General Education 3
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.
Business Statistics
Provides students with an understanding of basic statistical concepts and their relevance in business. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and linear regression. Statistical software is introduced and is used to reinforce the learning of statistical concepts.
Education and Career Guidance 2
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.
Web Applications Development
Covers the techniques and skills required to set up a dynamic website integrated with database. Students will learn about server-side programming and be able to create database-driven websites using a scripting language. This module also covers object-oriented features of the scripting language. Students will also learn to incorporate server-side and multi-user interactivity in their web based application.
Business Planning
This module provides the students with a fundamental understanding of developing a business strategy for innovation and success, writing a detailed business plan, identifying revenue streams for their business, developing a sound financial plan, business valuation and exit strategies.
Social Media Analytics
Introduces students to the processes for analysing unstructured textual data on social media platforms. Students will learn to collect, prepare and analyse social media data with social media listening tools. With this knowledge, students will be able to improve marketing of products and services using best practices. They will also learn to use text analytics to discover interesting patterns and gain insights to support decision making as well as to provide recommendations.
Interaction and Visual Design
Provides students with skills to act as inquiring and thinking visual communicators in the area of interactive applications. It aims to develop a working knowledge of the interaction & visual interface designs. Students will learn about interaction design principles, visual design topics like colour theory and screen typography and translate them into visuals and metaphors that will help illuminate the interaction between users and its contents.
Mobile Application Development II
Equips students with skills in developing cross-platform mobile applications. Users will learn to develop apps which utilize mobile interface components, use geolocation and maps, store data in device, and import web content. Examples of cross-platform tools to be used are JQuery Mobile and Phonegap.
Business Analytics
Teaches students the concepts and applications of different analytical techniques such as association rules and clustering to solve different business objectives. Students will be taught how to segment and profile customers so that they can better understand them and know when to market to the right customers with an objective to increase the return on investment for the business. Students will learn how to explore and mine data, apply the different algorithms to different contexts, interpret the generated solutions and provide insightful findings to management for decision making.
Digital Analytics
Equips students with the skills and knowledge to analyse and optimise website performance with the use of web analytics software. Students will learn to plan and measure the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns and make recommendations for improvement. They will use various strategies for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) analysis and learn how to avoid penalty by search engines.
Business Intelligence
This module aims to teach students how to collate, organize, analyse and present business data to decision makers so as to facilitate scientific and fact-based decision making. Students will be taught how to integrate the data from across the enterprise and produce reports and Business Intelligence dashboards including graphs, charts, grouped summary reports with drill down capability for analysis. Students will learn to master Business Intelligence software and reporting tools, to systematically collate data from multiple sources, analyse and visualize data, produce reports and present the findings to management.

Year Three

Module Code
Module Name
Total Hours
Internship Programme
Students will intern at selected local or overseas organisations to further sharpen their IT skills and knowledge, through working on real-life projects in the areas of their study. Students contribute to the organisations by applying what they have learnt, while also learning and gaining experience from a real-life working environment.
17 weeks
Final Year Project
Provides students an opportunity to integrate knowledge and technical skills they have acquired from the course and experience problem solving, project management, communication and working in a team to develop projects related to business and information technology. In the project, the students are expected to apply the problem analysis, solution design and technologies they have acquired throughout the course.
Provides students with skills to translate data into visually compelling graphics to effectively simplify and present it in an engaging and informative way. It aims to develop a working knowledge of basic principles of design and visual communication. Students will learn about understanding data information hierarchy, planning and wire framing, illustration and iconography and using the right tools to translate it into an appropriate medium.
Predictive Analytics
Introduces students to the predictive analytics concepts, data mining methodologies and data mining techniques such as association rules, cluster analysis and decision trees. Students will learn how to evaluate and compare the predictive models. Data mining software tool will be adopted to harness data, develop models, validate models, deploy models and uncover trends, predict future events and enable better decision making.

Elective Modules (choose ONE)

Module Code
Module Name
Total Hours
Fundamentals of Economics
Provides students with an overview of micro and macro economic concepts and issues. Topics include the theories of consumption, investment, inflation, employment, and economic growth.
Programming for Data Science
Provides students with the fundamental skills to code applications to retrieve, clean and visualize data using the Python programming language. Students learn key concepts such as what structured and unstructured data are, and how they can create and manipulate relational and NoSQL databases to explore data and to create visualizations that provides insights for business decisions.
Internet of Things
Provides a practical introduction to develop Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Students will learn what is IoT and its growing importance to support the emergence of autonomous systems. They are taught how to collect and process data from devices such as motion sensors or web cameras and utilise the information to create useful applications for business or community.
Enterprise Business Processes
Provides students with broad-based understanding of how basic business processes in the areas of accounting, materials management, procurement, production, sales and services are represented within an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution.
Independent Study 1
Aims to provide opportunities for students to study in-depth an area of interest related to their field of study. Students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and competencies in the chosen field of study through various means such as case study reports, prototypes, presentations or participate in national level competitions.



Please note: Course structure subjected to change.