Modules in this programme are broadly categorised into two main groups: (a) design modules through which students build up and apply their knowledge and skills in innovation and design, in a series of related projects; and (b) Innovation & Enterprise electives that widens their knowledge about topics in economics and business.

Legend for module workload:

A: number of lecture hours per week
B: number of tutorial hours per week
C: number of laboratory hours per week
D: number of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: number of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

Design modules

EG1310 Exploratory Satellite Design

This module introduces students to the complexities involved in engineering a system with flight control, power management, signal processing, and communications capabilities. It gives students the first exposure on the issues that are typically faced by engineers when they design and build a system which can be deployed into space. In this module, the aim is to provide students with hands-on experience of such a system at a lower scale, implemented via a balloon (balloon-sat) project. Students will appreciate, gain some fundamentals and be intrigued in building a space system in the near future at their higher level of study.

In this module, students will learn how to work in a group, search for suitable components, understand relevant data sheets, develop sub-system hardware and software, perform sub-system testing, carry out system integration and testing, improve overall system performances, and conduct balloon system launching and evaluation.

Modular credits: 4

Module workload (A-B-C-D-E): 2-0-3-2-3

EG2201A Introduction to Design Thinking

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of Design Thinking. Design Thinking is a series of processes which develops abilities to observe and listen with empathy, think and question critically, collaborate effectively, and prototype to innovate creatively in an interdisciplinary environment. Students will learn to use the creative approach to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Ability to observe and imagine scenarios associated with the design problem.
  • Ability to question systematically to arrive at design solutions.
  • Ability to manage divergent views as part of a design team.
  • Ability to communicate ideas using different modes in design.
  • Gain confidence in dealing with a design problem.

Modular credits: 4

Module workload (A-B-C-D-E): 3-0-1.5-2.5-2

EG2201B Practicing Design Thinking

This module will allow students to practice Design Thinking to create innovative solutions to real-life problems and to apply skills in data collection, creative problem solving, and presentation to clients/users. Students will work with clients/users in teams and be immersed in real-life situations to gain understanding of the problems. Students will then be guided using Design Thinking methodology to identify opportunities, to create solutions, and to present their innovative ideas to clients/users.

Modular credits: 4

Module workload (A-B-C-D-E): 3-0-0-4-3

EG2301 Case Studies in Engineering

This module introduces students to the three domains that make up the innovation framework: feasibility, desirability, and viability. Through a series of lecture classes, case studies, and assignments on different themes, students learn a number of tools that will help them to think about and approach challenges and opportunities in a holistic and innovative manner. At the end of the module, students are required to apply the knowledge and tools that they have learned about the three domains in order to come up with conceptual solutions to a problem in a group project. The knowledge, skills and project outcomes from this module will provide a good foundation for subsequent major project modules. 

Modular credits: 4

Module workload (A-B-C-D-E): 3-0-0-3-4

EG2311 Introduction to Space Systems

This module aims to provide an overview and basic knowledge of space systems. The topics covered include satellite classification, space environment, and various subsystems that are the fundamental building blocks of a space system. In addition, typical satellite mission payloads and general ground and launch segments will also be covered. This module allows students to progress to designing and developing satellite related systems or sub-systems including meaningful payloads in the future modules.

Modular credits: 4

Module workload (A-B-C-D-E): 2-0-2-2-4

EG2312 Radar Theory and Techniques

The module introduces basic radar theory and discusses techniques to build radars. The objective is to provide a good understanding of radar principles. MATLAB will be introduced as a tool using which key concepts will be explained as computational examples. Groups of students work together to develop the signal processing of an actual radar and generate radar images. At the end of the module students will have a good understanding of radar principles as well as the ability to implement functions in MATLAB for radars.

Modular credits: 4

Module workload (A-B-C-D-E): 3-0-2-2-3

EG3301R DCP Project

This module focuses on the conceptualization, implementation and realization of an engineering design solution to solve a real problem. It provides an avenue for students to experience an integrated design process where technology plays a central role. Students will be guided through the three main stages of design through a group project: (1) problem understanding and project clarification, which leads to the definition of a problem statement and specification of intended deliverables; (2) conceptual design, which includes functional analysis, concept generation, and concept selection; and (3) detail design – which includes prototyping and testing – where conceptual solutions are taken from abstract ideas to finished products or processes.

In this module, students will also be introduced to engineering design methodology through a 6-week lecture series that is intended to provide students with a formal design process which they will adopt in their project work that spans over two semesters. The topics covered in this lecture series include product development process, ideation and prototyping, concept development, detail design, incremental innovation methods, and intellectual property. Students are also expected to keep a design portfolio as evidence of the process adopted for their design.

Modular credits: 12 (over two consecutive semesters)

Module workload (A-B-C-D-E): 2-0-0-10-3

EG4301 DCP Dissertation

In this module, students will learn how to apply knowledge and skills acquired in the earlier years to develop innovative ways of solving problems in their DCP projects. These projects may be a continuation/extension of their projects from EG3301 to deliver integrated, improved and optimized solutions to their original design problems, or fresh projects that arise from new problems.  At the end of this module, students are expected to be able to:

  • Identify and formulate a problem/question of interest.
  • Propose a solution/study to address the problem/question through use of appropriate methodologies.
  • Implement the proposed solution/study.
  • Assess whether proposed solution/study effectively addresses the problem/question based on appropriate performance indicators.
  • Draw meaningful conclusions and make improvements to methodology or proposed solution/study based on proper analyses and interpretation of results/observations.
  • Present and defend their work in the appropriate written and verbal forms.
  • Perform their work in a timely, professional and independent manner.

Modular credits: 12 (over two consecutive semesters)

Module workload (A-B-C-D-E): 0-0-0-12-3

EG4301A Ideas to Startup

This module is an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurial students to launch their product/solution into the real world. It brings in the principles of the Lean Launchpad (developed at Stanford), coupled with the Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework (developed at MIT) to accelerate students’ understanding of the entrepreneurial process and enables further development of their ideas/projects into viable and sustainable ventures. In the process, students will learn to identify the customer and market, determine the business model, and develop a minimum viable product using design and engineering skills that they have garnered throughout their undergraduate study. Students will also learn the mechanics of venture creation, for example company formation, fund raising and more. This module is designed for students who already have prototypes or proof-of-concepts, and are keen to pursue a technopreneurship programme around the product or service which they have in mind. Students who are interested in this entrepreneurship track can opt for this module in lieu of EG4301 DCP Dissertation.

Modular credits: 12 (over two consecutive semesters)

Module workload (A-B-C-D-E): 2-0-0-10-3

Innovation & Enterprise electives

The Innovation & Enterprise electives is a set of modules that are designed for students to explore different facets of entreprenuership and venture creation. In these modules, students learn how to bring their ideas from concepts and prototypes to actual products and services that are of value to potential users and customers.

Students are required to read 12 MCs of these electives, chosen from the following basket of modules:

  • MT4001 Innovation and Entreprenuerial Strategy (4 MCs) or BSN3703 Entrepreneurial Strategy (4 MCs)
  • MT4002 Technology Management Strategy (4 MCs) or BSN3701/TR3008 Technological Innovation (4 MCs) or IS3251 Principles of Technology Entrepreneurship (4 MCs)
  • BSN3702/TR3002 New Venture Creation (4 MCs)
  • MT5911 Venture Funding (4 MCs)
  • MT5005 IP Law for Engineers and Scientists (4 MCs) or BSN3712 Innovation and Intellectual Property (4 MCs)
  • MT5920 Enterprise Development (4 MCs)
  • TR2201 Entrepreneurial Marketing (4 MCs)
  • IE2140 Engineering Economy (4 MCs) or IE5003 Cost Analysis and Engineering Economy (4 MCs)
  • IE2150 Human Factors Engineering (4 MCs) or IE5301 Human Factors in Engineering and Design (4 MCs)
  • MNO3811 Social Entrepreneurship (4 MCs)
  • CP2201 Journey of the Innovator (2 MCs)

(This list of modules will be updated from time to time. Students should bid for these modules via CORS and are advised to check the list of modules that are offered at the start of each semester. Engineering students who have taken any of these modules as part of their programme requirement may NOT double-count them towards the requirements of the iDP.)