The iDCP complements the BEng programmes that are offered in NUS Engineering and is targetted at students who are interested in innovation and design. Its requirements consist of a series of project-based modules that run throughout a student's candidature. Students are expected to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities in innovation and design in a cumulative manner through these modules. The learning journey begins with lower-level modules that introduce students to basic concepts in innovation and design, and culminates in a major design project and a final year project where students are expected to apply their design and engineering knowledge to develop solutions to real problems. Students will also take a number of Innovation & Enterprise electives to widen their knowledge about topics in economics and business.
For the majority of students, the iDCP journey starts in Semester 2 when they begin to explore design through EG2201A, an introductory module on Design Thinking. This module develops students' abilities to observe and listen with empathy in order to understand customers and users, think and question critically, collaborate effectively, and prototype to create innovative solutions to real problems. Then, in Semester 3, students will learn about the context of design, a framework for innovation, and a number of tools that will help them to think about and approach challenges and opportunities in a holistic manner. These would be achieved through a series of lecture classes, case studies, assignments, and projects in the module EG2301. Both EG2201A and EG2301 count towards the Unrestricted Elective requirements.
Thereafter, in Semesters 4 and 5, students will learn about design methodologies and embark on their major group design project in the two-semester module EG3301R. In their projects, students are expected to formulate problem statements and design specifications, develop conceptual designs, and prototype and test their design solutions in a systematic manner. The projects may be proposed by students, continuation of their work from the earlier modules EG2201A and EG2301, or selected from a range of topics offered by Faculty staff. The design project module EG3301R is generally mapped to the design project modules in students' home departments.
During the vacation period between Semesters 4 and 5, iDCP students are required to complete a 12-week internship (VIP). This internship will be taken in lieu of the compulsory 24-week industrial attachment (IA).
A break is placed in Semester 6 so that students can embark on student exchange or industrial attachment if they wish to do so. Afterwards, they will return for the final year project module EG4301 that runs over Semesters 7 and 8. In this module, students are expected to further develop their projects from EG3301R. They may go through further iterations of prototyping and testing in order to improve their design solutions, conduct in-depth studies on the effectiveness of their designs, or look into other topics that are related to their projects. Students can opt to be more design-focused or research-focused for their work in this module, or a combination of both, depending on the context of their projects. There will be an emphasis on individiual work for this final stage. The final year project module EG4301 is mapped to the final year project modules in students' home departments.
Apart from these major project modules, iDCP students are also required to complete 12 MCs of Innovation & Elective electives that would widen their knowledge about topics in economics and business. These modules would also help students to approach their design projects more holistically by addressing the important issues in these areas. Students may also get a taste of entrepreneurship in these modules through real examples and experiences. Out of the 12 MCs, 8 MCs would be counted as Pathway Requirements (i.e. equivalent to Technical Electives) while 4 MCs would be counted towards the Unrestricted Elective requirements.
Students who are keen to work on nanosatellite-related projects in the later years may take EG1310 in lieu of EG2201A in Semester 2, and EG2311 or EG2312 in lieu of EG2301 in Semester 3. These modules will introduce students to the complexities involved in engineering a system with flight control, power management, signal processing and communications capabilities; provide an overview and basic knowledge of satellite payloads and sub-systems; and provide a good understanding of radar principles. Also, students who are keen to delve deeper into Design Thinking may take EG2201B instead of EG2301 in Semester 3, while those who are selected for the FSAE boot camp will take up the independent work module EG2606B in lieu of EG2301.
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The iDCP is an enhanced version of the Design-Centric Programme (DCP) taken by students who matriculated prior to AY2016/2017. Both iDCP and DCP have the same core elements, but the Innovation & Enterprise electives are NOT applicable for DCP students. Also, the VIP between Semesters 4 and 5 is not compulsory DCP students. Instead, DCP students in cohorts AY2014/2015 and AY2015/2016 need to complete a 24-week industrial attachment (except for students from Engineering Science and Industrial & Systems Engineering).
Students in the DCP are required to complete (1) EG3301R, (2) EG4301, and (3) at least one of the following Level 2000 modules: EG2201A, EG2201B, EG2301, EG2311, EG2312 or EG2606B.
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