Diploma in Bioengineering (S58)

Contact Information:
School: School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
Tel: (65)-67751133
Course Manager: Ngoh Shwu Lan
Tel:(65) 65902796
General Enquiries: contactus@sp.edu.sg

What You'll Study

A glimpse into the kind of projects you can embark on
An interactive robotic dog developed for elderly residents at Ling Kwang Home to reduce monotony in therapy and provide companionship during rehabilitation. Our "Voice-Controlled Wheelchair" winning the Best Presentation and Peers' Choice awards at the i-Create at Shanghai, China. Processing data on the 3D Scanning System during a laboratory lesson. An R&D project team working on an Automated Assessment System for Physical Rehabilitation.

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
ET1200 Electrical Engineering Principles
Provides students with an understanding of basic electrical principles. Students can use this knowledge in their practical work; relate the use of electricity to electrical equipment and machines and the proper use of instruments for measurements. This module covers SI units, electrical charge, current, voltage, energy, power, Ohm’s law, linear resistance circuits, Kirchhoff’s law, sinusoidal quantities, RL, RC, RLC circuits, AC power, magnetism, transformer action, DC and AC motors.
ET1201 Electronic Engineering Principles
Covers basic electronics and digital devices to allow students to build simple projects to help them relate with electrical and electronic engineering. Topics covered includes semiconductor devices, transistors, diodes, amplifiers, op-amps, filters circuits, number systems, digital gates, combinational circuits, decoder, and encoders.
LC0554 Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the necessary skills to develop self-confidence in their spoken and written interactions with intended audiences for specific purposes, in informal contexts.
LC8001 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.
LC8002 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.
ME1021 Introduction to Engineering
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.
ME1101 Mechanics I
Introduces the basic concepts of engineering mechanics, namely units and dimensions, equilibrium conditions, friction, kinematics and Newton’s laws of motion.
ME1201 Computer Aided Drafting
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.
ME1301 Engineering Materials I
Introduces the basic properties and applications of common engineering materials such as steels, cast irons, aluminium, copper, plastics and elastomers, including processes such as heat treatment and casting.
ME1401 Thermofluids I
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.
MS6140 Basic Mathematics
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.
MS6161 Engineering Mathematics I
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.
MS6508 Computer Programming
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.
SP101A 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.

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2065 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
Introduces students to basic organisation of human anatomy and physiology. It covers the anatomical features of of various systems and how it relates to physiological mechanisms and associated dysfunctions. Applications of physiology as it pertains to bioengineering principles will be covered.
CP2130 Laboratory Skills and Techniques
Incorporate occupation/industry bench skills, such as microscopy, microbiology, cell culture, manipulation of nucleic acids etc with some generic skills, such as the polymerase chain reaction, electrophoresis, centrifugation, micro-pipetting etc. Students also learn how to apply these techniques and skills in discussions of case studies during tutorials.
ET0180 Biomedical Equipment & Practices
Familiarizes students with equipment used in the Operating Room, Intensive Care Unit, Radiotherapy, Cardiology.Neurology, Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation'departments and Clinical Laboratory. A brief explanation of the circuits as well as the mechanical and biochemical parameters involved in the measurements are included. Students will learn medical equipment characteristics, the nature of data measured and the general concept of equipment design and good equipment handling practices. Commissioning, installation, preventive maintenance, and testing of biomedical equipment will be covered in the practical sessions
ET0603 Biomedical Instrumentation
Introduces the principles and concepts of biomedical electronics. Theory and application of biosensors, bio potential electrodes, measurements of bio potential signals including electrocardiogram (ECG), electroencephalogram (EEG), electromyogram (EMG) will be taught. Use of operational amplifiers, instrumentation amplifiers and filters in the context of biomedical instruments will be discussed. Principles of various monitoring systems such as respiration and cardiovascular systems will be introduced. Computerised biomedical instrumentation will also be covered in this module.
LC0556 Communicating for Project Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
LC8003 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.
LC8004 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.
ME2022 Design & Build Medical Device
Provides basic design and development knowledge of medical devices. Topics include design, development, ergonomics, selection of components and computer modelling. Hands-on lessons are conducted in assembly, trouble-shooting and commissioning of medical devices.
ME2101 Mechanics II
Continues from Mechanics I. Teaches how basic solid mechanics is applied to solving engineering problems. The fundamentals of machine components are included.
ME2102 Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering
Applies engineering concepts to the design and development of assistive devices in the rehabilitation for people with disability or injury. Treatment, gait analysis and biomechanics are included.
ME2401 Thermofluids II
Provides further knowledge on thermodynamics and fluid mechanics with particular applications in air compressors, gas and vapour cycles.
MS6262 Engineering Mathematics II
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 of Functions involving Discontinuities and Series.
SP201A 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.

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP2064 General Biochemistry
Provides students with basic understanding of human biochemistry. The topics includes introduction to biochemistry, nucleic acids, proteins, enzymes, vitamins and trace elements, carbohydrates, lipids and energy production.
LC0557 Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
ME3009 Project (15 weeks)
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.
ME3010 Internship (22 weeks)
This semester long (22 weeks) 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.
ME3102 Biomechanics
Develops a basic understanding of applied mechanics in biological systems and human locomotion. Topics include function and physical properties of the musculo-skeletal system, biomechanical modelling, strength of materials, statics and dynamics.
ME3303 Biomaterials
Develops an understanding of materials used in a medical environment. Topics include implants and tissues, processing and characterisation of the materials, and compatibility with human bodies.
ME3503 Contamination Controls and Clean Room
This module provides students with basic knowledge on contamination control and clean-room technology. Students will be taught the various clean-room classification standards, clean-room design considerations, clean-room entry and exit protocol. In addition, students will also cover the various types of contaminants, waste treatment, and methods of de-contamination and principles of aseptic and sterile operations.
ME3504 Biofluids
Covers physiology of the circulatory and pulmonary systems with engineering of fluid mechanics. Major topics include blood rheology, mechanics of heart and its valves, hemodynamics & regulation of organ blood flow, air flow in lungs, microcirculation, and common disorders and medical devices associated with the two body systems.
ME8003 cGMP and Medical Device Validation
Introduces current good manufacturing practices in the design and manufacturing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Intellectual property protection, patent filing, FDA and related regulatory guidelines are covered with emphasis on non-compliance implications.
MS6231 Biostatistics
Provide students with the basic concepts of statistics in the areas of probability and statistical inference. The module covers an introduction to statistics, uncertainty in measurement, elementary probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, and statistical inference on quantitative and qualitative variables using parametric and nonparametric tests.

Advanced Modules (optional)

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
MM310M Mechanics III
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.
MM340M Engineering Thermodynamics
Provides further knowledge of steam cycles and gas turbine cycles, steam nozzles and heat transfer.
MM360M Instrumentation & Control
Provides fundamental knowledge of instrumentation, control theory and practical applications relevant to the local industries, including the installation and calibration of control instrumentation.
MS801M Advanced Mathematics 1
Provides students with a sound foundation in calculus essential for studies in engineering courses at the university level. Topics include mathematical induction, functions and their graphs, limits and continuity of functions, differentiation, integration and its geometrical applications, polar coordinates and parametric equations, indeterminate forms, improper integrals and complex numbers.
MS802M Advanced Mathematics 2
Provides students with further knowledge in calculus and linear algebra essential for studies in engineering courses at the university level. Topics in the module include multiple integrals, partial derivatives and their geometric significance and applications, sequences, infinite series and power series, matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
MS803M Advanced Mathematics 3
Equips students with a basic knowledge of vectors and differential equations considered essential for studies in engineering courses at the university level. Topics include operations on vectors, lines and planes in space and vector-valued functions, ordinary differential equations (1st order & 2nd order), Laplace transforms & its applications in initial value problems and Fourier Series.
MS837M Further Mathematics
This module aims to provide students with essential mathematical knowledge for further studies in universities. Topics covered include mathematical induction, functions, quadratic and cubic equations, inequalities, sequences and series, complex numbers, methods of integration, parametric equations and the applications of differentiation and integration.
MS864M Physics
This module provides the students with a good foundation in physics which is essential for pursuing degree courses in the universities. Topics covered include physical quantities and units, kinematics, dynamics, oscillations, waves, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism. The extensive use of vectors and calculus in developing concepts allows the students to see how mathematics is used as a concise language of Physics.


Please note: Course structure is subject to change.