Specialist Diploma in Digital Technologies for a Smart City



Singapore is moving towards the vision of becoming the world’s first smart nation. One of Singapore’s 5 growth clusters of the future will be in the area of Smart and Sustainable Urban Solutions. This creates many opportunities for the acquiring and applying of technical skills and expertise in this area.

Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) is developing their Smart Nation Platform, which is very much technology-focused. Together with enterprises, IDA highlighted the need for developers that can create value in the building of smart city applications and services.

Potential manpower demand for smart city development roles are:

  • Operators of smart city infrastructure and systems
  • Developers of smart city applications and services
  • Consultants to local and regional projects

To build a smart city, digital technologies like Internet of things, smart mobile applications, cloud computing, low powered wireless communications and big data analytics are all critical building blocks. This course aims to train working IT and Engineering professionals in these important areas of these technologies.

Course Objectives

This course aims to provide adult learners with the knowledge and skills of using digital technologies for the development of services and applications related to smart city.

This course provides an understanding of systems and services aspects of a smart city deployment. Topics covered include Smart City architecture, networking and security. Students will also gain hands-on experience in deploying a cloud infrastructure and service, running data analytics tools that are able to analyse and visualise data from sensors used in smart city platforms.

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the principles and concepts of smart city technologies and deployments
  • Acquire skills in smart mobile and embedded application, cloud and data analytics services development
  • Integrate developmental skills to solve a real-world problem related to smart city


Suitable for


Engineers and Technical Support Officers from electronic engineering, computer engineering and info-comm technology relevant to and supporting smart city deployment will benefit from the course.

The course is also suitable for participants who wish to acquire fundamental knowledge in areas such as communications, smart devices programming, cloud computing and data analytics so that they can be more responsive to changes in technologies.



Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a diploma or higher qualification in any related area of electrical, electronic, telecommunication, communication, instrumentation, control engineering, information technology or related field.  Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis.

Applicants with approved equivalent diploma qualifications from other Asian Countries should have first class or equivalent grade and those with second-class or equivalent grade should have three years of related work experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness.  Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Course Outline

The course is a one-year part-time programme. This modular certificate course is presented through lectures and practical sessions. Participants will undergo a structured 12-month programme over 2-semester periods. Conceptual knowledge and principles are presented in lectures while practical and mini-projects reinforce the understanding. Learning outcomes are tested by way of written tests, quizzes, assignments, practical tests and projects.

It consists of 2 Post Diploma Certificates (PDC) conducted over 2 semesters, 1 PDC per semester. The first PDC to start with is PDC1. The classes are conducted in the evening. Each module has 60 hours of teaching. Each PDC consists of a few modules and the details are as follows:

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Post-Diploma Certificate Title Modules in the
Post-Diploma Certificate
Smart Systems & Cloud Computing Smart City System Design
Cloud Computing & Analytics
Sensors & Mobile Development Sensors & Communication Technologies
Mobile Application Development


All participants are required to attend 2 evening classes per week, from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. There are 15 weeks in one semester.

Semester 1

Semester 2



Award / Certification / Accreditation


Upon completion of 2 Post-Diploma Certificates, the participant will be conferred Specialist Diploma in Digital Technologies for a Smart City from Singapore Polytechnic


Course Fees

Specialist Diploma in Digital Technologies for a Smart City
Post Diploma Certificates (PDC) Singapore Citizens Below the age of 40 Singapore Citizens
Aged 40 and above
Singapore PR Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme Workfare Training Support scheme Others / Repeat Students
Certificate in Smart Systems & Cloud Computing $398.68 $265.79 $1,063.15 $274.48 $150.28 $2,657.88
Certificate in Sensors & Mobile Development $442.98 $295.32 $1,181.28 $304.98 $166.98 $2,953.20
Total Course Fees: $841.66 $561.11 $2,244.43 $579.46 $317.26 $5,611.08


Other Fees Payable:

Fee Description Per semester (after GST)
Singapore Citizens Singapore PR and others
Examination Fee - $16.05
Miscellaneous Fee $7.49   $7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS) $0.94   $0.94
Insurance Fee (GPA) $0.85   $0.85
Total $9.28 $25.33

- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

- Post diploma course participants who submit withdrawal notification more than 2 weeks before semester commencement, an administrative fees of $50 + GST would be levied.



Terms and Conditions

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Date of Course Commencement:
16 Apr 2018

Academic Calendar

Registration Period:
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Jan 2018

* Registration may be closed once seats are filled up

Class schedule:
2 evenings a week,
6:30pm – 10:30pm

285 hours (1 year)


PDC to start with:


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Application Procedures



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For course specific details, please contact the course manager:

Name Chua Kay Chiang
Email kaychiang@sp.edu.sg