Frequently Asked Questions


General


1. What is the Innovation and Design Centric Programme (iDCP), and how does it differ from the Design-Centric Programme (DCP)?

The iDCP complements the BEng programmes that are offered in NUS Engineering. It is targetted at students who are interested in innovation and design and may be interested to pursue careers in start-up companies, research and development organizations, or start their own enterprises. It aims to produce engineering graduates who have an entrepreneurial mindset and a global perspective, and are capable of identifying and solving complex problems which have societal impact.

The iDCP is an enhanced version of the DCP that is offered to students who matriculate from AY2016/2017 onwards. The iDCP has the same core elements as the DCP, but with the addition of Innovation & Enterprise electives to widen students' knowledge about topics in economics and business.

2. How does the iDCP enhance my engineering education at NUS?

The iDCP aims to cultivate a entrepreneurial mindset - which is a way of thinking about and approaching challenges and opportunities - in engineering students, with a focus on innovation and design. This mindset allows students from different engineering fields to work together to solve real and challenging problems. Students in the iDCP will learn how to identify and solve problems within highly ambiguous resource-constrained circumstances; think critically and creatively; and collaborate with others from different disciplinary backgrounds - the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment is essential in the working world. The project modules in the iDCP provide a multi-disciplinary platform for students to apply and hone the knowledge and skills learned in their home departments, while gaining knowledge in other engineering and non-engineering fields at the same time. In the process, students will also develop their professional skills and abilities such as communication, project management, and teamwork.


Admission


3. What are the admission criteria for the iDCP?

Students must first be enrolled in one of the Bachelor of Engineering programmes in NUS Engineering. Students may then apply to the iDCP from the end of Semester 1 onwards.

There is NO minimum CAP requirement for admission to the iDCP. We welcome any student who is keen to be part of our unique learning experience.

4. When can I join the iDCP?

Students may join the iDCP at the start of their Semester 2 (second semester of Year 1) or Semester 3 (first semester of Year 2). Call for applications for the Semester 2 and Semester 3 intakes are normally open in the months of October and April, respectively.

Poly intake students may join the iDCP during their first semester in NUS, or the following semester.

5. What do I need to do or prepare for my application?

Students should check their NUS email for invitations to apply to the iDCP. The application instructions may be found in the email invitations.

6. How will I know whether my application is successful?

Students will be notified via email.

7. I have received an invitation to apply to the iDCP for the Semester 2 intake. Can I choose NOT to apply at this point and wait for the Semester 3 intake?

Students may join the iDCP in Semester 3 instead of Semester 2. However, those who do so will need to complete the Semester 2 module EG2201A in a later semester.

8. Is the iDCP suitable for all students?

The iDCP is open to ALL students who wish to experience this alternative learning pathway. Students who are self-motivated and enthusiastic in solving complex problems, even when faced with uncertainties, are encouraged to apply. The iDCP is also suitable for students who have entrepreneurial aspirations. Those who can work in teams tend to perform well as the iDCP involves a lot of group work.


Work commitment


9. What form of work would I be doing as an iDCP student?

The iDCP consists of a series of project-based modules. Students are expected to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities in innovation and design in a cumulative manner through their project work. The projects are supplemented by lectures, workshops, laboratory sessions, and seminars to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills. Where opportunities arise, students may also participate in local and international design competitions.

Project work in the iDCP is group-based. Students normally work in groups (typically 3 to 5 members) with peers from different disciplines.

10. Do I need to take additional modules as an iDCP student?

In most cases, students would not need to take additional modules beyond the minimum graduation requirements. The iDCP modules are mapped to students' disciplinary requirements in their home departments as well as the Unrestricted Elective requirement.

11. What are the modules that I need to enrol for as an iDCP student?

Students from Cohort AY2016/2017 onwards are required to complete the following modules: (1) EG2201A or EG1310; (2) EG2301 or EG2201B or EG2311 or EG2312 or EG2606B; (3) EG3301R; (4) EG4301; and (5) 12 MCs of Innovation & Enterprise electives.

Students in Cohorts AY2014/2015 and AY2015/2016 are required to complete the following modules: (1) EG3301R; (2) EG4301; and (3) any Level 2000 module listed above.

EG3301R and EG4301 are generally mapped to the design project and final year project modules in students' home departments.

12. Is there any difference in the iDCP content between the Semester 2 and Semester 3 intakes?

For students from Cohort AY2016/2017 onwards, there is no difference in the iDCP modular requirements between the two intakes. However, students from the Semester 3 intake are required to complete the Semester 2 module EG2201A in a later semester.

Students in Cohorts AY2014/2015 and AY2015/2016 who join the iDCP in Semester 2 would complete an additional module (EG2201A or EG1310) compared to those to join in Semester 3.

13. What are the areas of interest that are available for me to choose from for my iDCP project?

Currently, projects in the iDCP are classified into five broad areas of interests: (1) Aerospace and Autonomous Systems, (2) Engineering in Medicine, (3) Future Transportation Systems, (4) Innovative Systems, and (5) Smart and Sustainable Cities.

Students can propose their own projects or choose from those offered by Faculty staff.

14. What are the advantages of working on my iDCP project over multiple years?

The iDCP timeline affords students the opportunity to work on single project or a series of related ones - if they wish to do so - from Year 1 to Year 4, instead of multiple unrelated projects. Students may begin by formulating their projects in Semesters 2 and 3 when they take EG2201A and EG2301; proceed to conceptual design, proof-of concept, and prototyping in Semesters 4 and 5 through the design project module EG3301R; and finally to further prototyping, testing, implementation, and evaluation in Semesters 7 and 8 through the final year project module EG4301.

The extended time spent on a single project over multiple years allows students to work on more challenging problems. It gives them more time to probe deeper into a problem, the space to "think out of the box" when ideating solutions, and the chance to refine their work through multiple iterations in order to achieve better-quality outcomes.

15. What are the resources available to me when I work on my iDCP projects?

Every project will be supervised by a Faculty staff who would guide and support students in their work. Every project will also receive some funding for consumables. Students can use the facilities within the iDCP as such the electronics and assembly workshops, as well as the Faculty's fabrication lab, for their prototyping work. Students may work with their supervisors to identify other specific expertise and resources that may be required for their projects.

16. Can I still go for overseas student exchange programmes (SEP)?

Students can only participate in a semester-long student exchange programme during Semester 6 of their candidature. No project module is scheduled during this semester so as to allow students to do this. Students should not go for exchange in Semester 5 because they are required to complete the second half of EG3301R during this semester.

17. Can I still go for other enrichment programmes such as minor programmes, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP), University Town College Programme (UTCP), and NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC)?

Students may participate in other enrichment programmes as long as they meet the requirements of their BEng programmes and do not exceed the maximum allowable workload for each semester. They should seek for advice and approval from the iDCP and their home departments before pursuing these programmes.

Students may participate in both year-long and short NOC programmes to partially fulfil the iDCP modular requirements.


Perfomance and exit


18. As my iDCP projects are multi-disciplinary and my project group team members come from different engineering disciplines, who grades my work?

Projects in the iDCP will be graded by Faculty staff from the programme as well as those from other relevant academic units in NUS. Experts from the industry may also be invited to assess students' work.

19. Can I drop out of the iDCP after joining the programme?

Students may withdraw from the iDCP anytime after joining the programme, but they should be aware of the following implications.

Firstly, students who wish to withdraw should do so at the end of a semester if they are taking an iDCP module in that semester. Otherwise, they may receive a W grade for the module if they withdraw between Week 3 and Week 6, or an F grade if they withdraw after Week 6. In addition, students should not withdraw from the iDCP midway through the two-semester long modules EG3301R and EG4301 - they are required to complete the second half of these modules if they have gone through the first half.

Secondly, students who withdraw from the iDCP may also need to retake some modules as advised by their home departments.

Thirdly, students in Cohort AY2016/2017 onwards who withdraw after completing a VIP between Semesters 4 and 5 will need to complete a semester-long IA in order to fulfil the compulsory internship requirement in the research-focused pathway or practicing professional pathway (except for those from Engineering Science and Industrial & Systems Engineering). Students who withdraw before embarking on a VIP should complete a semester-long IA in Semesters 5 or 6.

Fourthly, students who are in the iDCP residential programme will need to vacate from the residential cluster upon withdrawing from the iDCP, and source for their own accommodation.

Completion and recognition


20. What degree will I graduate with after completing the iDCP?

Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from their home departments in NUS Engineering.

21. Will I get a separate certificate?

Students who complete the iDCP will receive a separate certificate. It would also be recorded on students' official transcripts.