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                                                                                                                                                                                 SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
School of HUMANITIES
The School of Humanities (HMS) is a market leader             COURSES OFFERED                                          KKH Child Development Unit, Dyslexia Association of
in providing practical training in the arts and social        HMS offers seven full-time diploma courses:              Singapore, and Rainbow Centre which offer their staff
sciences at the polytechnic level in Singapore.               • Diploma in Arts Business Management (ABM)              as adjunct lecturers and allow the students to work as
HMS offers unique programmes, many of which are               • Diploma in Business & Social Enterprise (BZSE)         interns or on projects with them.
available only at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. The School            • Diploma in Chinese Media & Communication (CMC)
pioneered a range of popular diplomas ranging                 • Diploma in Chinese Studies (CHS)                       CHS and CMC students spend a semester in China
from its most established programme, the Diploma              • Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education (CPEE)   where they are taught by Chinese university professors.
in Early Childhood Education launched in 1999, to             • Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECH)             CHS students who have MOE teaching bursaries spend
the Diploma in Arts Business Management, which                • Diploma in Psychology & Community Services (PCS)       another semester at the National Institute of Education
was introduced in 2010.                                                                                                (NIE). As part of their curriculum, CMC students have
                                                              COLLABORATIONS                                           two weeks of intensive training at the Singapore Media
Our rigorous and innovative curriculum aims to equip          HMS programmes are endorsed by key industry              Academy’s state-of-the-art broadcasting studios. CMC
students with critical thinking skills, the ability to work   partners and government bodies. Many of our diplomas     students will also enjoy internship opportunities with
collaboratively, and the passion to serve the community.      are co-delivered by established training institutions    reputable media organisations such as the Singapore
HMS students are given diverse opportunities to work          from the industry and well-known universities.           Press Holdings (SPH) and MediaCorp.
on projects, go on field trips, internships and overseas
programmes. Each year, about 300 HMS students are             ECH is co-taught by the SEED Institute, the training
sent on overseas study trips, youth expeditions and           and consultancy arm of NTUC First Campus. For field
immersion programmes. Our students are encouraged             practicums, ECH students are attached to a range of
to live the slogan: Think People. Enrich Lives. Serve         childcare centres and kindergartens. For the CPEE
Communities.                                                  diploma, HMS has established partnerships with
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                       Our PCS diploma is strongly endorsed by the Ministry          •   CHS students, Lye Bao Ling and Yeo Fu Bi,                Early Childhood Conference 2010:
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES


                       of Community Development, Youth and Sports                        published “A Taste of China”, a collection of personal   Voices for Children
                       (MCYS), Singapore Prisons Services (SPS), Institute of            reflections and photographs documenting 128               Together with the Association for Early Childhood
                       Mental Health (IMH), Health Promotion Board (HPB),                days of their immersion programme in China.              Educators (Singapore) [AECES], HMS organised
                       and many other voluntary welfare organisations. PCS           •   Chia Kai Xin, a final-year PCS student, secured           the Early Childhood Conference 2010: Voices for
                       students can also opt to work on research projects,               $6,600 from two foundations to implement “Youth          Children. The five-day conference, held in mid-June
                       or be interns to develop and implement programmes                 Connect Programme”- a peer mentoring                     2010 at NP, attracted over 1000 participants, including
                       in collaboration with our industry partners to gain               programme targeted at encouraging young                  overseas guests, early childhood professionals and
                       relevant training in psychology.                                  adult patients recovering from mental illness            students. Senior Parliamentary Secretary Masagos
                                                                                         to befriend other youths.                                Zulkifi launched the “Code of Ethics Handbook” at the
                       As the only social enterprise course in Singapore,            •   12 BZSE second-year students were awarded                event.
                       BZSE’s partners include both profit and non-profit                  $3,000 by the National Youth Council’s (NYC)
                       organisations such as DBS Bank, Cerebos, Swensens,                Young Changemakers Grant programme to                    Gawad Kalinga Summit 2010
                       and the Social Enterprise Association. A key feature              implement a unique collage project, “Snap &              HMS went international by hosting and co-organising
                       of BZSE is that students are also mentored by award-              Shoot”, to raise awareness for the Youth Olympics        Gawad Kalinga Summit 2010 with NUS Centre for
                       winning international and national social entrepreneurs.          Games (YOG). The banner was displayed as part            Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy in June
                                                                                         of NYC SHINE 2010 Festival Launch.                       2010. About 700 international delegates attended the
                       ABM is also supported by strong collaborations. It is         •   With the seed funding award of $1,600 for each           event. The guests-of-honour were Mr Noli De Castro,
                       jointly delivered by well-known arts practitioners from           team given by Citibank-YMCA Youth for Causes             then Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines,
                       Emily Hill and lecturers from NP’s School of Business &           (YFC), three teams from ECH, PCS and BZSE                and Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community
                       Accountancy. With endorsement from the National Arts              implemented projects to raise a total of $58,000         Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS).
                       Council (NAC), the Esplanade, Singapore Symphony                  for three non-profit organisations – Student
                       Orchestra, the Arts House, and many other arts                    Advisory Centre, Touch Community Services and            INNOVATIVE LEARNING FACILITIES
                       organisations, ABM students are exposed to various arts           Singapore Children’s Society.                            Dialogue in the Dark (DiD) Singapore
                       events and projects.                                          •   HMS graduates have clinched prestigious                  Launched in April 2010, DiD Singapore is an
                                                                                         scholarships from local and overseas universities:       innovative social enterprise on NP campus. Managed
                       STUDENT/GRADUATE ACHIEVEMENTS                                     Lydia Chan Chiew Leng (ECH) won the NTU College          by HMS students, it employs the visually impaired as
                       • Third-year BZSE student, Justine Lee led a team of              Scholarship to pursue Psychology Programme               guides and trainers for the tours and workshops. NP
                         students from NP’s Student Entrepreneurship                     at NTU; Ong Wee Xiang (CHS) was awarded MOE              hosts the first DiD in the world within an educational
                         Club to win the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)              Teaching Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor in             institution. The training centre is used to enhance
                         2010 championship in Singapore, beating teams                   Arts/Education – Chinese Specialisation at NTU;          experiential and applied learning for students from NP
                         from local universities. The team represented                   Chen Zhihui (CHS) won the Taiwan MOE                     and secondary schools.
                         Singapore at the SIFE World Cup in Los Angeles in               Scholarship to study at National Chengchi
                         October 2010. Justine and two teammates also                    University; and Thomasina Ann-Marie Kwok Pui             Educational Resource & Therapy Centre (ERTC)
                         won the grand prize at the Social Enterprise                    Fan (ECH) was awarded the Graduate Award 2010            With the support of Lien Foundation, ERTC is a new
                         Business Plan Pitching Contest organised by                     by the PAP Community Foundation (PCF) Tampines           purpose-built facility set up with specialised resources
                         Singapore International Foundation (SIF). Their                 West Branch.                                             to train students interested in special education.
                         social enterprise, Soule, donates a pair of shoes to        •   22 out of 37 graduates from CHS 2009 cohort were         Students are trained to become Learning Support
                         a needy child in China for every pair of flip-flops sold.         also awarded the MOE Scholarship to pursue the           Educators (LSE) who provide direct intervention in pre-
                       • Glory Tan (BZSE), Melissa Poh (BZSE) and Germaise               NIE Degree Programme.                                    school centres.
                         Tan (PCS) won the Passion People Award at the Social
                         Enterprise Business Plan Pitching Contest organised         SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS                                          Media Hub
                         by Singapore International Foundation (SIF). Their social   Run for My Lunch (RML) 2010                                  HMS’s Media Hub is specially equipped with audio,
                         enterprise proposal was to set up a cafe at NP that         HMS students organised a charity run, which raised           video and editing suites to enable students to produce
                         employs students from lower-income families.                over $80,000 for children from low-income families           creative multimedia content for websites, publications
                       • Koh Yong Sen (CHS) won second prize at the                  in January 2010. The run attracted more than 1700            and broadcast stations.
                         9th Chinese Bridge Competition 2010 organised by            participants.
                         Confucius Institute, NTU.
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                  Jointly offered by the School of Humanities (HMS)            ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
DIPLOMA IN




                                                                                                                                                       DIPLOMA IN ARTS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (ABM)
                  and the School of Business & Accountancy (BA),

ARTS BUSINESS     the Diploma in Arts Business Management (ABM)
                  gives students the skills to develop arts enterprises in
                                                                             To be eligible for consideration, candidates must
                                                                             have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or
MANAGEMENT        Singapore.                                                 equivalent) results and fulfil the aggregate computation
                                                                             requirements.
(ABM)             Students will be introduced to different forms of
                  creative arts such as theatre, music, dance and visual     Subject                             ‘O’ Level Grade
3-YEAR COURSE     arts through studio classes and performing skills          English Language*                               1-6
                  workshops. They will also gain a good understanding        Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)             1-6
                  of business fundamentals and management skills, so         Any three other subjects                        1-6
                  that they will be able to manage talents and artists,
                                                                             The aggregate computation for selection is based on grades obtained for
                  market creative arts and handle finances for arts           English, Mathematics, a Humanities subject (Grade 1-9) or Art / Music
                  organisations upon graduation.                             (Grade 1-9) or Principles of Accounts (Grade 1-9) or a relevant OSIE /
                                                                             Applied Subject (Grade 1-9) and two other subjects.

                  They will gain industry exposure through ABM’s             * Candidates must attain the required grade for English as a first
                                                                             language.
                  partnership with government bodies, such as National
                  Arts Council and arts organisations such as The
                                                                               CAREER PROSPECTS
                  Esplanade, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and
                  museums. They will also receive hands-on experience        With the government’s vision of turning Singapore into
                  with mentorship and coaching from practising arts          an arts and cultural hub, there will be greater demand
                  producers, managers and administrators, right from         for professionals who can manage the creative
                  their first year.                                           industries. ABM graduates can enter the fields of arts
                                                                             logistics and financing and become arts managers,
                  In their second year, they will choose between two         distributors and agents, or work for local museums.
                  tracks – Performing Arts Management or Visual Arts
                  Management. The Performing Arts Management                   ACCREDITATION FOR
                  specialisation gives them the skills to run major            FURTHER STUDIES
                  festivals and events while the Visual Arts Management
                  specialisation trains them to manage galleries and         ABM graduates can receive up to one semester’s
                  museums.                                                   exemption when they sign up for relevant degree
                                                                             programmes at local institutions such as Nanyang
                  In their final year, they can choose to do a final-year      Technological University and National University of
                  project or go on a local or overseas internship.           Singapore.

                  Overseas study trips to arts centres are also included     They may also pursue the following overseas degree
                  as part of the curriculum.                                 programmes:
                                                                             • University of Melbourne (Australia) - Bachelor of
                                                                                Creative Arts
                                                                             • University of Queensland (Australia) - Bachelor of
                                                                                Creative Arts
                                                                             • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
                                                                                - Bachelor of Creative Industries
                                                                             • Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
                                                                                (London) - Bachelor of Criticism, Curation and
                                                                                Communication: Arts and Design
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                                                                                                 Module Name                             Credit Units
                                              COURSE CURRICULUM                                                                                           COURSE MODULES
DIPLOMA IN ARTS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (ABM)


                                              Module Name                         Credit Units
                                                                                                 Level 3.1 (22 hours per week)
                                                                                                 Common Modules                                          LEVEL 1.1
                                              YEAR 1                                             Talent and Artist Management                       4    Introduction to Creative Arts Management
                                              Level 1.1 (22 hours per week)                      Creative Entrepreneurship                          4    This module aims to introduce students to the
                                              Introduction to Creative Arts Management      6    Arts Regulation, Policy and Governance             4    management of the different forms of creative arts and
                                              Music in the Performing Arts                  4
                                              Art History                                   4                                                            the arts industry. Through field visits, students will be
                                                                                                 Specialisation Track 1:                                 exposed to a range of topics including theatre, music,
                                              Written Communication                         4    Performing Arts Management
                                              Social Psychology                             4                                                            dance and visual arts. The topics covered will focus
                                                                                                 Festival & Event Management                        6
                                              Business Presentation Skills                  4                                                            on arts management in Singapore and the region.
                                                                                                 Arts Criticism (Performing Arts)                   4
                                                                                                                                                         Students will gain an understanding of the various
                                              Level 1.2 (24 hours per week)                      Specialisation Track 2:                                 aspects of the industry, ranging from the arts scene
                                              Arts, Culture and Society                     4    Visual Arts Management                                  in different countries to the business development of
                                              Development of Theatre and Drama              4    Museum and Art Gallery Management                  6    the arts.
                                              Dance in the Performing Arts                  4    Arts Criticism (Visual Arts)                       4
                                              Visual Communication                          4
                                              Economics                                     4                                                            Music in the Performing Arts
                                                                                                 Level 3.2                                               This module gives an introductory understanding
                                              IT Applications in Business                   4    Internship / Project Work                         25    of music as a performing art and its role in other
                                              YEAR 2                                                                                                     art forms. The various music genres from Asian to
                                              Level 2.1 (22 hours per week)                      Notes:                                                  Western, classical to modern, will be explored. This
                                              Common Modules                                     ^ For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)    module helps students critically listen to and develop
                                              Arts Marketing and Distribution               4    modules, please log on to www.np.edu.sg/is/             an enjoyment of music. Students will be able to
                                              Publication Design and Production             4                                                            understand and recognise a wide variety of musical
                                              Resource Development in Arts Management       4    IS Modules                                              forms and formats.
                                              Principles of Management                      4    The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) delivers
                                              Sports and Wellness^                          2    a broad-based curriculum, which nurtures a new
                                                                                                 generation of professionals with multidisciplinary      Art History
                                              Specialisation Track 1:                            skills and an innovative and entrepreneurial            This module provides students with a basic
                                              Performing Arts Management                         spirit to meet the challenges of a knowledge            chronology of visual art styles, characteristics, and
                                              Arts and Entertainment                        4    economy. IS offers both prescribed modules and          cultural influences of different eras, ranging from
                                                                                                 electives to challenge boundaries. Prescribed           the Renaissance period to the post-modern age.
                                              Specialisation Track 2:                            modules develop students’ competencies in               This module is designed as a broad overview of the
                                              Visual Arts Management                             core areas such as Communication, Innovation            history of the development of western art. In addition
                                              International Visual Arts                     4    and Enterprise, Culture and Communication,              to the focus on Western art, there will also be some
                                                                                                 and Personal Mastery and Development, while
                                              Level 2.2 (20 hours per week)                                                                              introductory sessions on Islamic, Chinese, Indian,
                                                                                                 elective modules provide insights into Arts and
                                              Common Modules                                     Humanities, Business, Design and Science and            Southeast Asian and Singaporean art. The lessons
                                              Research in Audience Development              4    Technology.                                             about understanding art will be equally taught and
                                              Financial Management                          4                                                            applied to these types of art.
                                              Organisational Behaviour                      4
                                              Global Issues: Singapore Perspectives         2                                                            Written Communication
                                              Specialisation Track 1:                                                                                    This module aims to equip students with the skills
                                              Performing Arts Management                                                                                 to write effectively in English in both academic and
                                              Performing Skills                             6                                                            professional settings. The focus will be on business
                                                                                                                                                         writing as well as formal, expository writing. On top of
                                              Specialisation Track 2:                                                                                    acquiring the basics of structure and style, students
                                              Visual Arts Management
                                                                                                                                                         will learn how to formulate and develop clear writing
                                              Studio Practice                               6
                                                                                                                                                         objectives, how to flesh these objectives out into
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                                                                                                                                                                                     DIPLOMA IN ARTS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (ABM)
coherent, cohesive written pieces, and how to support         from traditional to contemporary and the relationship     Through lectures, hands-on projects and classroom
and sustain inquiry through research. The module              of dance with other art forms. This module develops       critiques, students learn the process of designing
will also cultivate students’ willingness to constantly       an appreciation of dance as an artistic and dramatic      magazines, brochures, and periodicals. This module
critique and revise their writing, engage with their          expression through movement.                              also covers writing design specifications, copyfitting,
peers in providing and receiving feedback on written                                                                    copyediting and production layout.
work, and develop intellectual integrity by respecting        Visual Communication
others’ work.                                                 Focusing on the use of images in the media, this          Resource Development in Arts Management
                                                              module examines the theories and concepts of visual       The module provides an understanding of the critical
Social Psychology                                             literacy; it provides an introduction to communicating    role of resource development in performing arts
This module explores the nature and causes of                 visually through conceptual thinking with the use of      organisations. Students learn to identify the various
behaviour of individuals in relation to other people. The     digital photography and imaging software. Students        resources needed in developing and sustaining a
aim is to provide an understanding of the mechanisms          will also think critically about the issues surrounding   performing arts organisation, such as finance and
and processes by which social behaviours are shaped           the use of visual images in communication, and learn      facilities. Through case studies, students will cover
by various social, cognitive, environmental, cultural         the basic principles of visual design.                    topics such as business development (investment),
and biological factors                                                                                                  sponsorship, and venue management.
                                                              Economics
Business Presentation Skills                                  This module provides students with an understanding       Principles of Management
This module aims to help students become more                 of the economic choices made by consumers, firms           In this module, students will acquire an understanding
effective in speech and presentation skills. Students will    and the government, and how these decisions               of basic management principles and practices. They
learn what makes a person an effective presenter – the        affect the market for a particular good or service. It    will also learn how managers plan, lead, organise and
importance of listening, and the need for congruency          incorporates a study of the theory of demand and          control activities and resources in arts and business
in their verbal and non-verbal communication. The             supply. The module discusses production costs, price      organisations, as well as how change management,
module also introduces students to the elements               determination and supply decisions for individual         innovation and creativity can enhance organisational
of phonetics as well as styles for different business         firms in different market structures. Students will        performance.
settings.                                                     have a basic understanding of the economic factors
                                                              and government initiatives that have an impact on arts    SPECIALISATION TRACK 1:
LEVEL 1.2                                                     business management.                                      PERFORMING ARTS MANAGEMENT
Arts, Culture and Society
The module studies the roles and functions of arts in         IT Applications in Business                               Arts and Entertainment
modern society. It examines the social, economic,             In this module, students will be given an overview with   By attending arts entertainment events, students will
political, and technological contexts within which the arts   hands-on projects on current business IT applications     gain an understanding of how performing arts exist
operate. Students are engaged in a critical evaluation of     like word-processing, spreadsheets, database              as different forms of entertainment, such as plays,
a broad range of issues such as globalisation, identities     management, publishing software and multimedia            dance, concerts and musical theatre. The module
and education. They will also identify the relationship       tools.                                                    also explores the relationship between the arts and
between arts, culture and society.                                                                                      entertainment industries and how this relationship can
                                                              LEVEL 2.1                                                 be complementary.
Development of Theatre and Drama                              COMMON MODULES
This module aims to provide students with an                  Arts Marketing and Distribution                           SPECIALISATION TRACK 2:
introductory understanding of the development of              The module introduces the fundamental principles          VISUAL ARTS MANAGEMENT
Western and Eastern theatre. The history of theatre will      of marketing and distribution, specifically for arts
be studied alongside appropriate texts and plays. This        products. Through case studies, students will learn       International Visual Arts
module also introduces students to the key features           to develop marketing strategy, branding and public        This module builds on Art History and further explores
of drama and the various elements of drama through            relation skills, define audience target, implement         the various forms of visual art from a variety of cultures
improvisations and exercises.                                 marketing tactics and apply marketing technologies to     and societies, historical and contemporary [being
                                                              market, promote, sell and distribute arts products.       exhibited today]. Through field visits to museums
Dance in the Performing Arts                                                                                            and art galleries, students will learn to identify and
The module provides an introductory understanding             Publication Design and Production                         appreciate the different forms of art works.
of dance as an art form and its development in the            The module introduces the importance of collaterals in
West and Asia. Students will look at the various genres       promotion, marketing and corporate communication.
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DIPLOMA IN ARTS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (ABM)




                                            LEVEL 2.2                                                   performer. The module will also expose students to         of performing arts events and activities. The module
                                            COMMON MODULES                                              the various performing techniques, such as acting,         will introduce students to the systems used to manage
                                            Research in Audience Development                            singing and dancing.                                       festivals and events in the arts sector. Students will
                                            This module examines the construction of arts                                                                          learn about the various components involved with
                                            audiences, and explores the relationship between the        SPECIALISATION TRACK 2:                                    festival and event management and learn how to plan
                                            audience and the creative arts economy. Students            VISUAL ARTS MANAGEMENT                                     and execute a festival/event within the context of
                                            will learn to conduct and study audience surveys and                                                                   community partnerships and risk management.
                                            focus groups using statistics. Through these and their      Studio Practice
                                            own observations, they will get to experiment with          This module is an off-site, studio-based course which      Arts Criticism (Performing Arts)
                                            ways to plan marketing efforts to build and engage          introduces students to the making of fine art in two and    This module covers the critical analysis of the
                                            audiences in the creative arts industry.                    three dimensions including painting, sculpture, pottery,   performing arts – the art of writing reviews. The
                                                                                                        printmaking and drawing. The module also focuses on        module will explore the uses and elements of criticism
                                            Financial Management                                        research into contemporary theory and practice.            with an emphasis on the practical applications of the
                                            The module introduces the basic concepts of financial                                                                   techniques and skills of review writing.
                                            management, including accounting, cash management,          LEVEL 3.1
                                            budgeting, box office management and forecasting,            COMMON MODULES                                             SPECIALISATION TRACK 2:
                                            in relation to arts organisations. Using case studies       Talent and Artist Management                               VISUAL ARTS MANAGEMENT
                                            and simulations, students learn how to apply financial       The module examines the crucial role of professional
                                            accounting principles to the arts industry.                 management for various types of artists and                Museum and Art Gallery Management
                                                                                                        entertainers. Focusing on the roles of personal            This module provides an understanding of the
                                            Organisational Behaviour                                    manager, talent agent, road manager, and company           management of museums, art galleries and exhibitions,
                                            This module gives students a basic understanding            manager, students will learn the art of guiding the        as well as the heritage sector. The module also aims to
                                            of human behaviour at the workplace and provides            professional career of artistes, developing contacts       introduce students to the central questions of archiving
                                            them with opportunities to develop interpersonal and        within the arts industry, marketing and promoting          and conservation. Students will develop curatorial
                                            intrapersonal skills. This will help them in their future   artistes for overseas exposure, identifying clients and    skills and acquire practical skills relating to marketing
                                            careers as arts and business managers or executives         projects for the artistes, and negotiating deals.          and presentation of art works. The module will include
                                            who are able to effectively motivate, promote                                                                          topics on content collection, exhibition planning and
                                            cooperation and teamwork, manage stress and resolve         Creative Entrepreneurship                                  preparation as well as supervision of exhibitions.
                                            conflict among their subordinates. Students are also         The module explores the relationship between creativity
                                            introduced to cultural behaviour.                           and entrepreneurship. Students will learn about the        Arts Criticism (Visual Arts)
                                                                                                        issues and challenges in the business of arts practices    The module aims to enable students to understand
                                            Global Issues: Singapore Perspectives                       such as culture, politics, entertainment, media and        and analyse art methods and theories which have been
                                            This module develops a student’s ability to think           education, in the modern world. The module also            developed since the Renaissance up to the present-
                                            critically about world issues. Students will discuss a      introduces an entrepreneurial concept to individual        day. Students will be introduced to visual literacy and
                                            wide range of social, political and cultural issues from    creative practice in lectures and tutorials to develop     the different ways of looking at and interpreting works
                                            the Singapore perspective. They will learn how to           new ideas and plans for creative leadership.               of art as well as writing about them.
                                            defend their arguments, recognise a fallacy and see
                                            beyond the obvious. The focus will be on presenting         Arts Regulation, Policy and Governance                     LEVEL 3.2
                                            an opinion or viewpoint that can be defended rather         This module examines the role of government                Internship / Project Work
                                            than on arriving at a ““right” answer.                      regulation, policy and governance within the arts          Students will be attached to one or several performing
                                                                                                        industry. It provides an overview of the role of the       arts organisations matching their abilities and interests.
                                            SPECIALISATION TRACK 1:                                     law within the arts industry, focusing on intellectual     Alternatively, students can work on projects in their
                                            PERFORMING ARTS MANAGEMENT                                  property rights, censorship and rights management.         areas of interest.

                                            Performing Skills                                           SPECIALISATION TRACK 1:
                                            In this module, students will learn to identify the         PERFORMING ARTS MANAGEMENT
                                            “tools” and techniques of a performer, through various
                                            workshops. Through this, students will develop an           Festival & Event Management
                                            understanding and sensitivity to the needs of an arts       This module aims to introduce students to the range
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                    The Diploma in Business & Social Enterprise (BZSE)          ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
DIPLOMA IN




                                                                                                                                                        DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (BZSE)
                    is the first and only course of its kind to be offered

BUSINESS            by a polytechnic. It was launched to provide cross-
                    disciplinary training and meet the demand for trained
                                                                              To be eligible for consideration, candidates must
                                                                              have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or
& SOCIAL            social enterprise managers in three sectors - business,
                    non-profit and for-profit Social Enterprises.
                                                                              equivalent) results and fulfil the aggregate computation
                                                                              requirements:
ENTERPRISE (BZSE)   Students gain a balanced mix of fundamentals in           Subject                             ‘O’ Level Grade
3-YEAR COURSE       business, social and enterprise studies, and applied      English Language*                               1-6
                    skills. The core and complementary modules will offer     Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)             1-6
                    a comprehensive programme customised to meet the          Any three other subjects                        1-6
                    demand for the skill sets required to operate social
                                                                              The aggregate computation for selection is based on grades obtained for
                    enterprises and serve diverse needs.                      English, Mathematics, a Humanities subject (Grade 1-9) or Art / Music
                                                                              (Grade 1-9) or Principles of Accounts (Grade 1-9) or a relevant OSIE /
                                                                              Applied Subject (Grade 1-9) and two other subjects.
                    The course provides students with a firm foundation
                    in business fundamentals, crisis management,              * Candidates must attain the required grade for English as a first
                                                                              language.
                    legal frameworks for social enterprises, corporate
                    governance, and marketing and communication skills,
                    among others.
                                                                                CAREER PROSPECTS
                                                                              Social enterprise is a growing field in Singapore
                    BZSE focuses on learning through experience with          and around the world. Upon graduation, BZSE
                    collaborations, case studies and forums. Students         students can work as social enterprise managers,
                    will learn to execute projects and promote Corporate      community development officers, marketing or
                    Social Responsibility in companies. They will also        corporate communication officers, or human resource
                    attend classes that are often conducted outside the       executives in a wide range of non-profit and business
                    classroom, both locally and overseas. For example,        organisations.
                    in their first year, BZSE students will get the chance
                    to embark on a regional study trip where they will
                    conduct research on social and environmental issues.
                    They also learn to interact with the locals and embrace
                    the values of dignity and empowerment through the
                    immersive process.
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                                                  ACCREDITATION FOR                                          COURSE CURRICULUM                                    Module Name                             Credit Units
DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (BZSE)


                                                  FURTHER STUDIES                                            Module Name                          Credit Units
                                                                                                                                                                  Level 3.2
                                                                                                                                                                  Internship and/or Research Project                25
                                                 BZSE graduates can further their studies and specialise     YEAR 1
                                                 in the fields of business or humanities at local and         Level 1.1 (24 hours per week)
                                                 foreign universities.                                       Introduction to Social Enterprise                4   Notes:
                                                                                                             Economics 1                                      4   ^ For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)
                                                 BZSE graduates may enjoy exemptions for the                 Business Management                              4   module, please log on to www.np.edu.sg/is/.
                                                 following programmes:                                       Written Communication                            4
                                                 • University of Queensland (Australia) - Bachelor           IT Applications                                  4   IS Modules
                                                    of Business Management, Bachelor of Business,            Idea Jumpstart^                                  2   The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) delivers
                                                    Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Communication,         Sports & Wellness^                               2   a broad-based curriculum, which nurtures a new
                                                    Bachelor of International Hotel & Tourism                                                                     generation of professionals with multidisciplinary
                                                                                                             Level 1.2 (20 hours per week)                        skills and an innovative and entrepreneurial
                                                    Management, Bachelor of Economics
                                                                                                             Introduction to Social & Environmental Studies   4   spirit to meet the challenges of a knowledge
                                                 • Bond University (Australia) - Bachelor of Business        Speech Communication & Presentations             4
                                                 • Murdoch University (Australia) - Bachelor                                                                      economy. IS offers both prescribed modules and
                                                                                                             Principles of Accounting                         4   electives to challenge boundaries. Prescribed
                                                    of Commerce (Entrepreneurship & Innovation/              Introduction to Statistics & Research Methods    4
                                                    Management), Bachelor of Arts (Community                                                                      modules develop students’ competencies in
                                                                                                             Social Psychology                                4
                                                    Development)                                                                                                  core areas such as Communication, Innovation
                                                                                                                                                                  and Enterprise, Culture and Communication,
                                                 • James Cook University (Singapore) - Bachelor of           YEAR 2
                                                                                                                                                                  and Personal Mastery and Development, while
                                                    Business, Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Arts       Level 2.1 (24 hours per week)
                                                                                                                                                                  elective modules provide insights into Arts and
                                                    (Psychology), Bachelor of Information Technology         Project Management for Social Enterprise         4
                                                                                                                                                                  Humanities, Business, Design and Science and
                                                                                                             Human Resource Management                        4
                                                                                                                                                                  Technology.
                                                 BZSE graduates may also gain direct entry into the          Financial Management                             4
                                                 following programmes:                                       Economics 2                                      4
                                                 • Monash University (Australia) in partnership with the     Cross Cultural Communications & Practices        4
                                                    Social Service Training Institute (SSTI) - Bachelor of   Idea Blueprint^                                  2
                                                                                                             Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) module^           2
                                                    Social Work
                                                 • Flinders University (Australia) in partnership with the
                                                                                                             Level 2.2 (24 hours per week)
                                                    Social Service Training Institute (SSTI) - Bachelor of
                                                                                                             Principles of Marketing                          4
                                                    Education (Special Education)                            Legal Frameworks for Social Enterprise           4
                                                                                                             Enterprise Creation & Development                4
                                                 BZSE graduates also receive up to one semester’s            Public Relations & Event Management              4
                                                 exemption at the National University of Singapore and       Business Communications                          4
                                                 Nanyang Technological University.                           Idea Launchpad^                                  2
                                                                                                             Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) module^           2

                                                                                                             YEAR 3
                                                                                                             Level 3.1 (24 hours per week)
                                                                                                             Overview of International Systems                4
                                                                                                             Crisis Management & Conflict Resolution           4
                                                                                                             Non-Profit Organisations and Development          4
                                                                                                             Corporate Governance                             4
                                                                                                             Managing Social Enterprises                      4
                                                                                                             World Issues: A Singapore Perspective^           2
                                                                                                             Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) module^           2
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LEVEL 1.1                                                      IT Applications                                                   Social Psychology
Introduction to Social Enterprise                              In this module, students work on projects that require            Social psychology is the scientific study of the
This module introduces students to the nature of social        them to have hands-on experience in current business              way people think, feel, desire and behave in social
enterprises, namely, to create social value in the non-        IT applications like word-processing, spreadsheets,               situations. It involves understanding how people
profit, private and public sectors. Issues relevant to          database management, publishing software and                      influence, and are influenced by, others around them.
the setting up of social enterprise initiatives will be        multimedia tools. The project involves students putting           Students cultivate the basic skills for analysing the
examined; these include the philosophy of philanthropy         together a video and presentation on the learning                 social situations and events that they encounter in
and the Social Entrepreneurial mindset. The module             outcomes from selected modules in the semester.                   their everyday lives. The module also requires students
adopts an experiential learning approach, and students                                                                           to apply their knowledge on Statistics and Research
are sent to interview social entrepreneurs in Singapore        LEVEL 1.2                                                         Methods to work on a project to gather empirical
to understand firsthand their values and motivations            Introduction to Social & Environmental Studies                    findings of social psychology.
behind the founding of these enterprises.                      This module gives students an introductory insight into
                                                               social affairs and problems as a result of globalisation,         LEVEL 2.1
Economics 1                                                    social inequalities and divides, changes in the role              Project Management for Social Enterprise
In this module, students will study how economic choices       and identity of the family and workplace, crime and               This module equips students with the skills required
made by consumers, firms and the government affect              deviance, impact on education and health, population              for effective project management for social enterprise:
the market for a particular good or service. Theories of       and environmental issues.                                         planning, scheduling, monitoring, managing and
demand and supply, and discussions on production                                                                                 evaluating. The Project Management Life Cycle will
costs, price determination and supply decisions for            Speech Communication & Presentations                              be introduced, and students will have to manage and
individual firms in different market structures will also       This module introduces students to the elements of                implement a real project as part of the module. Project
be covered.                                                    phonetics as well as speech communication context                 management software will also be introduced as useful
                                                               (intra and inter-personal) and styles for different               tools for the module.
Business Management                                            settings. It trains students to be effective, articulate,
In this module, students acquire an understanding of           confident, persuasive and credible speakers in a variety           Human Resource Management
basic management principles and practices. They also           of professional situations, particularly for dealing with         This module allows students to develop HR
learn how managers plan, lead, organise and control            clients and the pitching of proposals.                            management skills needed by supervisors and
activities and resources in organisations, as well as how                                                                        managers to ensure that their organisations attract
change management, innovation and creativity enhance           Principles of Accounting                                          and retain the right people to meet organisational
organisational performance.                                    This module introduces the basic concepts and                     goals. Students are also introduced to industrial
                                                               principles of accounting, and develops students’                  relations and globalisation trends that are impacting
Written Communication                                          skills in analysing business transactions and financial            the management of HR, with a focus on HR for non-
This module equips students with the skills to write           statements. Topics include accounting equation,                   profit organisations.
effectively in English, in both academic and professional      double-entry concept, analysis and recording of
settings. The focus is placed on business writing and          business transactions, preparation of financial                    Financial Management
formal, expository writing. On top of acquiring the            statements for service and trading concerns, and                  This module discusses financial decision-making
basics of structure and style, students will also learn        accounting for cash and fixed assets.                              by social enterprises. These decisions involve such
how to formulate and develop clear writing objectives,                                                                           questions as what productive assets to acquire, how
flesh these objectives out into coherent, cohesive              Introduction to Statistics & Research Methods                     to manage the firm’s working capital and what kinds
written pieces, and support and sustain inquiry through        This module introduces students to basic statistics and           of short-term financing to secure. The module also
research. The module will also cultivate students’             methods used in most social research. Students learn              teaches topics including basic knowledge of financial
willingness to constantly critique and revise their writing,   descriptive and inferential statistics, probability theory, the   and managerial accounting as well as the concept of
engage with their peers in providing and receiving             formulation of research problems and the construction             value.
feedback on written work, and develop intellectual             of empirically-testable hypotheses, sampling, data
integrity by respecting others’ work.                          collection techniques, and research writing skills.
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                                                 Economics 2                                                 planning process in an experiential and stimulating          respond to such crises, and how communities rebuild
                                                 In this module, students will acquire the basic set of      classroom environment. Topics focus on the application       themselves will be studied.
                                                 tools used to analyse contemporary socio-economic           of basic knowledge learned in the varied disciplines of
                                                 issues and to relate them to fiscal and monetary             finance, marketing and product/service creation and           Non-Profit Organisations & Development
                                                 policies. The module covers economic growth,                development.                                                 This module teaches students about the roles
                                                 unemployment, inflation, international trade, labour                                                                      of non-profit organisations, including NGOs, in
                                                 markets, poverty, income distribution and the roles of      Public Relations & Event Management                          international and community development. Topics
                                                 sovereign wealth funds.                                     Students are introduced to the basic principles and          include studies on non-profit organisations and
                                                                                                             practices of public relations. They acquire the necessary    development management, international relations,
                                                 Cross Cultural Communication & Practices                    strategic planning skills and learn to apply various tools   development economics, refuges studies, institutional
                                                 This module provides students with the skills to enable     and techniques to develop PR programmes. Besides             studies, corporate governance and development
                                                 them to communicate effectively across different            being introduced to various strategies to manage and         administration. It includes a focus on the poor to
                                                 cultures and recognise the value of the shared and          optimise relations with the mass media, students also        understand how various development strategies may
                                                 diverse aspects of different cultures. Students learn       learn how to manage events, such as fund-raising             contribute to the reduction and elimination of poverty.
                                                 to use verbal and non-verbal techniques and develop         programmes, effectively.
                                                 confidence in cross-cultural communication.                                                                               Corporate Governance
                                                                                                             Business Communication                                       This module introduces students to the creation of an
                                                 LEVEL 2.2                                                   This module teaches students to apply the appropriate        ethical, law-abiding culture within the organisation,
                                                 Principles of Marketing                                     oral and written communication strategies for a variety      the importance of Corporate Governance (CG) in
                                                 This module examines the basic concepts and                 of situations. The module includes understanding             organisations, major CG principles, the purpose of the
                                                 principles of the marketing of goods and services to        business etiquette and protocols, persuasive                 internal audit function and the various committees that
                                                 enable students to better understand and evaluate           messages, writing/answering enquiries/complaints,            help to provide the necessary checks and balances in
                                                 the marketing system – from planning to pricing,            and report writing.                                          the organisation, and other related issues. It focuses
                                                 promotion and distribution. It also helps students to                                                                    on corporate governance for non-profit organisations
                                                 appreciate the interaction of marketing variables and       LEVEL 3.1                                                    and uses case studies to engage students in their
                                                 their impact on marketing decisions. Students have          Overview of International Systems                            learning.
                                                 the opportunity to learn and apply marketing concepts       In this module, concepts of non-state actors and the
                                                 in a creative way through projects, presentations and       nation states will be introduced. Major humanitarian         Managing Social Enterprises
                                                 case studies.                                               players like the World Bank, United Nations and              This module is designed to offer a practical
                                                                                                             UNESCO will be discussed. Students acquire an                understanding and equip students with the necessary
                                                 Legal Frameworks for Social Enterprise                      understanding of how these organisations operate in          tools and skills to manage a social enterprise. Some
                                                 This module focuses on contract of agency, contract         a global setting. They are also equipped with the tools      aspects to be covered include: HR and team roles in
                                                 of sales, loan contract and employment contract.            and frameworks of analysis to better understand the          a business setup; Implementing Sales and Marketing
                                                 Essential elements of intellectual property and unfair      international system in which Singapore operates and         strategies; Basic functions of an CRM (Customer
                                                 competition are also explored. Students study the           the global socio-political settings that influence how        Relations Management) Software; Management
                                                 international legal aspects of social entrepreneurship,     individuals act.                                             Information Reporting; Understanding operations and
                                                 its salient features and the basic principles of fiscal                                                                   day-to-day functions of an enterprise.
                                                 law.                                                        Crisis Management & Conflict Resolution
                                                                                                             This module explores the phenomenon of abrupt,               LEVEL 3.2
                                                 Enterprise Creation & Development                           radical social and socio-political change (as distinct       Internship and/or Project
                                                 This module teaches students to apply analytical and        from evolutionary, slow social change) affecting power       Students are attached to a range of private or public
                                                 innovative thinking to integrate the different functional   relations and social institutions. Selected case studies     sector organisations to work on projects related to
                                                 areas of a venture into a business plan. Students work      on social and political crises and conflicts, how non-        corporate social responsibility, and managing of social
                                                 in teams to appreciate the finer points of the business      profit organisations and international organisations          enterprises or non-profits, either locally or overseas.
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                  The Diploma in Chinese Media & Communication                               CAREER PROSPECTS
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                                                                                                                                                       DIPLOMA IN CHINESE MEDIA & COMMUNICATION (CMC)
                  (CMC) is designed for students seeking a career in

CHINESE MEDIA &   the growing Chinese print, broadcast and interactive
                  media industries. It is the only programme in Singapore
                                                                                            The most popular TV and radio stations in Singapore are
                                                                                            the Chinese channels. With China’s rising prominence,
COMMUNICATION     that focuses on the Chinese-language media.                               there is also increasing demand internationally for
                                                                                            Chinese-language content. As a bilingual media
(CMC)             Over 70 percent of the bilingual course is conducted in
                  Mandarin. The syllabus covers a range of exciting and
                                                                                            practitioner, CMC graduates will be highly sought after
                                                                                            as a journalist, producer, translator/interpreter, or PR
3-YEAR COURSE     creative modules such as News Reporting & Feature                         and marketing executive.
                  Writing, Publication Design & Production, Web Design
                  & Applications, Copywriting & Advertising, Public                          SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES
                  Relations & Event Management, Radio Production and
                  Video Production. Besides media training, students                        Each year, the Chinese Newspapers Division of
                  will also learn about Chinese literature and culture, and                 Singapore Press Holdings offers one scholarship and
                  be equipped with translation and interpretation skills.                   two bursaries to first-year CMC students. The SPH
                                                                                            Chinese Newspapers Scholarship will be awarded to
                  In the final year, CMC students will spend one                             one student with outstanding GCE ‘O’ Level results
                  semester working on an industry project or interning at                   and exemplary co-curricular activities each year.
                  a top overseas or local media company. All final-year
                  students also spend one semester in China, studying                       Two SPH Chinese Newspaper Bursaries will also be
                  at a top Chinese university. Besides attending classes,                   awarded to needy students from households with per
                  they will go on cultural trips to key cities in China.                    capita income of $1,500 and below, who have achieved
                                                                                            good GCE ‘O’ Level results. All Singaporeans and
                    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                                      Permanent Residents who have successfully gained
                                                                                            admission to CMC are eligible to apply. There is no
                  To be eligible for consideration, candidates must                         bond attached to the scholarship and bursaries.
                  have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or
                  equivalent) results and fulfil the aggregate computation
                  requirements:

                  Subject                             ‘O’ Level Grade
                  English Language*                               1-6
                  Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)             1-7
                  Higher Chinese OR                               1-4
                  Chinese                                         1-3
                  Any two other subjects                          1-6
                  The aggregate computation for selection is based on grades obtained for
                  English, Mathematics, a Humanities subject (Grade 1-9) or Art / Music
                  (Grade 1-9) or Principles of Accounts (Grade 1-9) or a relevant OSIE /
                  Applied Subject (Grade 1-9) and two other subjects.

                  * Candidates must attain the required grade for English as a first
                  language.
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                                                  FURTHER STUDIES                                         Module Name                          Credit Units
                                                                                                                                                              LEVEL 1.1
                                                 Graduates can also enjoy exemptions when taking up       YEAR 1                                              Introduction to Mass Communication
                                                 a Bachelor in Chinese Studies or related programmes      Level 1.1 (24 hours per week)                       This module provides an introduction to the basic
                                                 at the following universities:                           Introduction to Mass Communication             4    theories and concepts of mass communication. Besides
                                                                                                          Writing for Chinese Media                      4    exploring the historical development, organisation and
                                                 • Zhejiang University (China) – Bachelor of Chinese      Visual Communication                           4    functions of the media, students will also examine the
                                                   Studies                                                Publication Design & Production                4    production processes of media industries.
                                                 • Huazhong Normal University (China) – Bachelor of       Speech & Presentation Skills                   4
                                                                                                          Social Psychology & Communication              4
                                                   Chinese Studies                                                                                            Writing for Chinese Media
                                                 • University of Queensland (Australia) – Bachelor of                                                         The module provides an overview of the different
                                                                                                          Level 1.2 (24 hours per week)
                                                   Arts                                                   Media, Culture and Society                     4    types of writing for the mass media. It examines the
                                                 • Shanghai University (China) – Bachelor of Chinese      News Reporting & Feature Writing               4    differences in writing style in journalism, broadcasting,
                                                   Studies                                                Web Design & Applications                      4    public relations, advertising and the Internet. Students
                                                 • Shanghai International Studies University (China)      Radio Production                               4    will learn different elements of style, construction
                                                   – Bachelor of Chinese Studies                          Fundamentals of Translation                    4    and syntax in writing for Chinese media, as well as
                                                 • Fudan University (China) – Bachelor of Chinese         Written Communication in English               4    analytical skills in reading information from the media.
                                                   Studies & Bachelor of Journalism
                                                 • Communication University of China (China) – Bachelor   YEAR 2                                              Visual Communication
                                                                                                          Level 2.1 (24 hours per week)                       Focusing on the use of images in the media, this
                                                   of Chinese Studies & Bachelor of Journalism
                                                                                                          Asian Cinema                                   4    module examines the theories and concepts of visual
                                                 • Shih Hsin University (Taipei) - Bachelor of Chinese
                                                                                                          Video Production 1                             4    literacy. It provides an introduction to communicating
                                                   Studies & Bachelor of Journalism
                                                                                                          Public Relations & Event Management            4    visually through conceptual thinking with the use of
                                                                                                          Copywriting & Advertising                      4    digital photography and imaging software. Students
                                                 CMC graduates also receive up to one semester’s          Chinese Media Seminars                         4    will also think critically about the issues of visual images
                                                 exemption at the National University of Singapore and    Elective                                       4    in communication, and learn the basic principles of
                                                 Nanyang Technological University.                                                                            visual design.
                                                                                                          Level 2.2 (24 hours per week)
                                                                                                          Media Ethics, Law & Policies                   4    Publication Design & Production
                                                                                                          Media Project Management                       4    This module introduces students to typography
                                                                                                          Video Production 2                             4    and page composition, including grid layout, and
                                                                                                          Broadcast Journalism                           4
                                                                                                                                                              the principles of alignment, contrast, proximity and
                                                                                                          Global Issues: Singapore Perspectives          4
                                                                                                                                                              repetition. Through lectures, hands-on projects and
                                                                                                                                                              classroom critiques, students learn the process in
                                                                                                          Electives
                                                                                                          General History of China                       4    designing magazines, brochures, periodicals, books
                                                                                                          Introduction to Chinese Literature             4    and collateral pieces. This module also covers writing
                                                                                                          Introduction to Chinese Cultural History       4    design specifications, copyfitting, copyediting as well
                                                                                                          Introduction to Chinese Drama & Theatre        4    as newspaper production and layout.

                                                                                                          YEAR 3                                              Speech & Presentation Skills
                                                                                                          Level 3.1                                           In this module, students learn the basics of Chinese
                                                                                                          (Students to do one)                                phonetics as well as speech communication styles
                                                                                                          Internship and/or Project                     25    in different social settings. It trains students to be
                                                                                                                                                              effective, articulate, confident, composed and credible
                                                                                                          Level 3.2                                           Mandarin speakers in various professional situations.
                                                                                                          Overseas Immersion Programme                  24    The module also explores how communication affects
                                                                                                                                                              human behaviour and social developments.
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Social Psychology & Communication                           digital audio editing techniques. Students will also         will be introduced to single-camera operational style of
Students will be introduced to the processes of human       expand their audio production skills to produce radio        video production, and they will create short narrative
communication at the intrapersonal, interpersonal           drama, documentary and feature programmes.                   projects.
and small group communication levels. This module
examines the processes of social influence that occur        Fundamentals of Translation                                  Public Relations & Event Management
at these levels. The emphasis is on reflective thinking      This module introduces students to fundamental               This module equips students with the necessary
and students are urged to apply what they have              strategies and techniques of English/Chinese (EC) and        strategic skills and various tools and techniques to
learnt to their own lives. In addition, they will have to   Chinese/English (CE) translation. Students will learn the    develop Public Relations programmes. Students
cultivate, through application, both higher-order and       basic principles of written translation and apply these      will be involved in planning, coordinating, staging,
critical thinking skills.                                   principles to the translation of a variety of text genres.   and managing events. They will also learn to write
                                                            Students will also explore how a translator makes            persuasively for various audiences.
LEVEL 1.2                                                   decisions in actual translation practices by considering
Media, Culture and Society                                  a host of factors, including the author’s intention, the     Copywriting & Advertising
The module studies the roles and functions of media         desired function of the translated text as well as the       This module provides an introduction to the creative
in modern society. It examines the social, economic,        needs of the readers.                                        process of advertising and covers the basic principles
political, and technological contexts within which the                                                                   and concepts of copywriting. Students will learn to
media operate. With special emphasis on the Chinese-        Written Communication in English                             write and edit Chinese-language advertising and
language media in East Asia and Southeast Asia, it          This module teaches students how to write effectively        commercial copy for different media. They will also learn
provides an overview of the media industries in the         in both academic and professional settings. Besides          about media planning, and get to produce advertising
region, and engages the students in a critical evaluation   understanding the basic structure and style in different     materials and develop advertising campaigns.
of a broad range of media issues.                           types of writing, students will learn how to develop clear
                                                            objectives to produce coherent and cohesive writing,         Chinese Media Seminars
News Reporting & Feature Writing                            and to support and sustain inquiry through research.         Media practitioners are invited to share their
This module equips students with the basic skills in        They will constantly review their writing through            work experiences and insights on the trends and
writing news and feature stories for the print media.       peers’ feedback, and develop intellectual integrity by       development of the media industries. Students will
Students will learn to gather information from different    respecting the intellectual property of others.              be planning and organising the seminars as part
sources and critically assess the information they                                                                       of the requirement for the Public Relations & Event
obtain. They will also examine the social responsibility    LEVEL 2.1                                                    Management module.
and ethical framework of print journalism, and learn to     Asian Cinema
write with accuracy, clarity and credibility.               Drawing from an eclectic blend of works, the module          Elective
                                                            provides an overview of the “national cinemas” in            Each student has the option to select one elective
Web Design & Applications                                   Asia, and explores a range of issues relating to Asian       module in Level 2.1 based on his/her interests.
This module gives students an appreciation of the web       cinema. Besides covering basic film terminology and
design process, content development and new media           rudiments of film form, it aims to provide students           Electives
skills. Through this module, students will familiarise      with a greater understanding of Asian history, society
themselves with the basic principles of using computer      and culture through the medium of cinema. Special            General History of China
software to design and create websites and interactive      attention will be paid to selected cinemas of East,          This module gives an outline of Chinese history. It
multimedia content.                                         South and South-east Asia.                                   covers all the important events and major historical
                                                                                                                         figures throughout the dynasties in China. Students
Radio Production                                            Video Production 1                                           will develop an understanding of Chinese history and
Students will develop fundamental skills of critical        This module provides students with a basic theoretical       Chinese people. They are also encouraged to read
listening, writing and audio production to create           and practical introduction to video production               extensively on Chinese culture and history, and think
effective productions for radio. They will have hands-      techniques and equipment, visual aesthetics, and             critically about the development of China.
on experience in the audio production studio to learn       planning and organising a video production. Students
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                                                 Introduction to Chinese Literature                            Global Issues: Singapore Perspectives (English)             LEVEL 3.2
                                                 This module surveys the development of classical              This module develops a student’s ability to think           Overseas Immersion Programme
                                                 Chinese literature from ancient times to the late Qing        critically on world issues. Students will discuss a wide    Students will study in an overseas media university
                                                 era. It introduces students to representative literary        range of social, political and cultural issues from the     for one semester in their final year. All modules will
                                                 works of each period, ranging from the Book of Songs          Singapore perspective. They will learn how to defend        be taught by university lecturers there. This overseas
                                                 to the Qing novels. The module explores the historical        their arguments, recognise a fallacy and see beyond the     programme will allow students to be immersed in an
                                                 background of literary works, the lives and experiences       obvious. The focus will be on presenting an opinion or      environment that reinforces the learning of Chinese
                                                 of major writers, as well as the structural and formal        viewpoint that can be defended rather than on arriving      language and appreciation of Chinese culture.
                                                 characteristics of different literary genres.                 at a “right” answer.

                                                 LEVEL 2.2                                                     Elective
                                                 Media Ethics, Law & Policies                                  Each student has the option to select one elective
                                                 This module examines the legal, regulatory and ethical        module in Level 2.2 based on his/her interests.
                                                 issues that media practitioners face in the course of their
                                                 work, with emphasis placed on Singapore. Students             Electives
                                                 will learn the fundamental concepts and doctrines in
                                                 law, and explore the different theoretical approaches         Introduction to Chinese Cultural History
                                                 to media ethics. Using real-life and hypothetical case        This module introduces various aspects of Chinese
                                                 studies, they will develop analytical skills to make          cultural history to students, including the development
                                                 ethical judgments in complex situations. Areas of             of social culture, Chinese philosophy, ethical values,
                                                 interest include contract, censorship, defamation and         educational system, the arts as well as other aspects
                                                 intellectual property.                                        of Chinese culture. Students will also be encouraged
                                                                                                               to critically evaluate Chinese traditions, customs and
                                                 Media Project Management                                      lifestyles.
                                                 This module equips students with the skills required for
                                                 effective project management in the media industry:           Introduction to Chinese Drama & Theatre
                                                 planning, budgeting, scheduling, monitoring, managing,        This module aims to help students develop critical and
                                                 and evaluating.                                               creative thinking skills to produce short theatre pieces.
                                                                                                               Students enjoy hands-on experience in directing, writing
                                                 Video Production 2                                            and acting a short play. The module will also introduce
                                                 This module exposes students to non-narrative                 techniques in the application of theatre and drama in
                                                 production. Students will learn to research, write,           various fields of work.
                                                 interview, shoot and edit short video segments similar
                                                 to those required in magazine format, infotainment,           LEVEL 3.1
                                                 lifestyle television or interview programmes.                 Internship and/or Project
                                                                                                               Students will be placed on a semestral internship
                                                 Broadcast Journalism                                          matching their abilities and interests, or students will
                                                 This module focuses on TV and radio news reporting            work on independent career-related or research-related
                                                 and production. It covers research, interviewing,             projects in their areas of interest.
                                                 scriptwriting, presentation, recording and packaging
                                                 for TV and radio news reports and current affairs
                                                 programmes. Students are also introduced to the
                                                 production process of a broadcast newsroom.
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                  The first and only such course offered in a local                ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
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                                                                                                                                                          DIPLOMA IN CHINESE STUDIES (CHS)
                  polytechnic, the Diploma in Chinese Studies (CHS)

CHINESE STUDIES   was launched in response to the growing demand for
                  effectively bilingual professionals who are proficient in
                                                                                To be eligible for consideration, candidates must
                                                                                have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or
(CHS)             Chinese language and culture.                                 equivalent) results and fulfil the aggregate computation
                                                                                requirements:
3-YEAR COURSE     Jointly designed and taught by faculty from Ngee
                  Ann Polytechnic (NP), Zhejiang University City                Subject                             ‘O’ Level Grade
                  College (ZUCC), Huazhong Normal University (HNU)              English Language*                               1-6
                  and the National Institute of Education (NIE), this           Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)             1-7
                  course prepares students for a range of careers in            Higher Chinese OR                               1-4
                  education, media, business as well as translation and         Chinese                                         1-2
                  interpretation.                                               Any two other subjects                          1-6
                                                                                The aggregate computation for selection is based on grades obtained for
                  Over 80 percent of the course is conducted in Chinese.        English, Mathematics, a Humanities subject (Grade 1-9) or Art / Music
                  The curriculum covers subjects in Chinese language,           (Grade 1-9) or Principles of Accounts (Grade 1-9) or a relevant OSIE /
                                                                                Applied Subject (Grade 1-9) and two other subjects.
                  literature, culture, translation and interpretation skills,
                  media studies, psychology and education studies.              * Candidates must attain the required grade for English as a first
                                                                                language.

                  An important highlight of the CHS programme is the
                  China Immersion Programme. All final-year students
                                                                                  CAREER PROSPECTS
                  spend one semester in China, completely immersed in           With their newfound mastery of the Chinese language
                  Chinese academic rigour and culture.                          and culture, our CHS graduates can easily find career
                                                                                opportunities in Singapore and overseas. They are
                  CHS trains students to become Chinese Language                highly suitable for positions such as Chinese language
                  teachers or translators or bilingual professionals in         teachers, translators or interpreters, and writers for
                  the corporate world. If students are on MOE teaching          educational or fictional materials. They can also work
                  bursaries, they will be trained by NIE in the final            in corporations needing professionals strong in the
                  semester. Upon graduation, they will complete a two-          Chinese language.
                  year Diploma in Education (Chinese Specialisation) in
                  one year. If students choose to the non-teaching track,
                                                                                  SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES
                  they can either work on an industry project or undergo
                  an internship.                                                Teaching bursaries are available to those whom the
                                                                                Ministry of Education (MOE) selects for its trainee
                                                                                teacher programme. Students who are interested in
                                                                                becoming Chinese Language teachers may apply
                                                                                directly with MOE for a teaching bursary.
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                                    FURTHER STUDIES                                        Module Name                          Credit Units
                                                                                                                                               LEVEL 1.1
                                   CHS graduates can apply for further studies and may     YEAR 1                                              Introduction to Chinese Cultural History
                                   enjoy exemptions at the following universities:         Level 1.1 (21 hours per week)                       This module introduces various aspects of Chinese
                                                                                           Introduction to Chinese Cultural History       4    cultural history, including the development of social
                                   • Zhejiang University (China) - Bachelor of Chinese     Introduction to Chinese Drama & Theatre        4
                                                                                                                                               culture, Chinese philosophy, ethical values, educational
                                     Studies                                               Written Communication in Chinese               5
                                                                                           Fundamentals of Translation                    4    system, the arts as well as other aspects of Chinese
                                   • Huazhong Normal University (China) - Bachelor of                                                          culture. Students will also be encouraged to critically
                                     Chinese Studies                                       Social Psychology & Communication              4
                                                                                                                                               evaluate Chinese traditions, customs and lifestyles.
                                   • University of Queensland (Australia) - Bachelor of
                                                                                           Level 1.2 (20 hours per week)
                                     Arts                                                  Introduction to Chinese Literature             4    Introduction to Chinese Drama & Theatre
                                   • Shanghai University (China) - Bachelor of Chinese     General History of China                       4    This module aims to help students develop critical and
                                     Studies                                               Literary Theory                                4    creative thinking skills to produce short theatre pieces.
                                   • Shanghai International Studies University (China) -   Aspects of Chinese Popular Culture             4    Students enjoy hands-on experience in directing,
                                     Bachelor of Chinese Studies                           Written Communication                          4    writing and acting a short play. The module will also
                                   • Fudan University (China) - Bachelor of Chinese                                                            introduce techniques in the application of theatre and
                                     Studies                                               YEAR 2
                                                                                                                                               drama in various fields of work.
                                   • Communication University of China - Bachelor of       Level 2.1 (20 hours per week)
                                     Chinese Studies                                       Modern Chinese Literature                      4
                                                                                           Writing for Chinese Media                      4    Written Communication in Chinese
                                                                                           Understanding Chinese Media                    4    This module teaches students how to write effectively
                                   CHS graduates also receive up to one semester’s                                                             in both academic and professional settings. Besides
                                                                                           Classical Chinese Poetry                       4
                                   exemption at the National University of Singapore and                                                       understanding the basic structure and style of different
                                                                                           Elective                                       4
                                   Nanyang Technological University.                                                                           types of writing, students will learn how to develop clear
                                                                                           Level 2.2 (24 hours per week)                       objectives to produce coherent and cohesive writing,
                                                                                           Global Issues: Singapore Perspectives          4    and to support and sustain inquiry through research.
                                                                                           Contemporary Chinese Language                  4    They will constantly review their writing through
                                                                                           Speech & Presentation Skills                   4    peers’ feedback, and develop intellectual integrity by
                                                                                           Advanced Translation                           4    respecting the intellectual property of others.
                                                                                           Modern Chinese Fiction                         4
                                                                                           Elective                                       4
                                                                                                                                               Fundamentals of Translation
                                                                                           Electives                                           This module introduces students to fundamental
                                                                                           Web Design & Applications                      4    strategies and techniques of English/Chinese (EC) and
                                                                                           Radio Production                               4    Chinese/English (CE) translation. Students learn the
                                                                                           Video Production                               4    basic principles of written translation and apply these
                                                                                           Asian Cinema                                   4    principles to the translation of a variety of text genres.
                                                                                                                                               Students will also explore how a translator makes
                                                                                           YEAR 3                                              decisions in actual practice by considering a host of
                                                                                           Level 3.1                                           factors, including the author’s intention, the desired
                                                                                           Six modules as part of                        24    function of the translated text as well as the needs of
                                                                                           China Immersion Programme
                                                                                                                                               the readers.
                                                                                           Level 3.2
                                                                                           (Students to do one)                                Social Psychology & Communication
                                                                                           Teaching Practicum (NIE) or                   20    Students will be introduced to the processes of human
                                                                                           Internship and/or Project                     25    communication at the intrapersonal, interpersonal
                                                                                                                                               and small group communication levels. This module
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examines the processes of social influence that occur              Written Communication                                        Classical Chinese Poetry
at these levels. The emphasis of the course is on                 This module teaches students how to write effectively        This module focuses mainly on Tang Poetry and
reflective thinking and students are urged to apply                in both academic and professional settings. Besides          Song Lyrics. Poets from different schools and their
what they have learnt to their own lives. In addition,            understanding the basic structure and style of different     representative works will be studied. Students are
they will have to cultivate, through application, both            types of writing, students will learn how to develop clear   encouraged to read extensively about certain poets’
higher-order and critical thinking skills.                        objectives to produce coherent and cohesive writing,         life stories and their creative writings. They are trained
                                                                  and to support and sustain inquiry through research.         to have an eye for the beauty of classical Chinese
LEVEL 1.2                                                         They will constantly review their writing through            poetry, and acquire the art of appreciating it.
Introduction to Chinese Literature                                peers’ feedback, and develop intellectual integrity by
This module surveys the development of classical                  respecting the intellectual property of others.              Elective
Chinese literature from ancient times to the late Qing                                                                         Each student has the option to select one elective
era. It introduces students to representative literary            LEVEL 2.1                                                    module in Level 2.1 based on his/her interests.
works of each period, ranging from the Book of Songs              Modern Chinese Literature
to the Qing novels. The module explores the historical            This module is a general introduction to the different       LEVEL 2.2
background of literary works, the lives and experiences           genres of modern Chinese literature from 1917 to             Global Issues: Singapore Perspectives
of major writers, as well as the structural and formal            the present, across Mainland China, Hong Kong,               This module develops a student’s ability to think
characteristics of different literary genres.                     Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. Through the works            critically on world issues. Students will discuss a wide
                                                                  of famous Chinese writers such as Lu Xun, Yu Dafu,           range of social, political and cultural issues from the
General History of China                                          Shen Congwen, Mao Dun, Ba Jin, Lao She, Zhang                Singapore perspective. They will learn how to defend
This module gives students an outline of Chinese history.         Ailing and Bai Xianyong, students will learn about the       their arguments, recognise a fallacy and see beyond
It covers all the important events and major historical           development of Chinese literature in the 20th century        the obvious. The focus will be on presenting an
figures throughout all the dynasties in China. Students            and explore their own ideas about literature in the          opinion or viewpoint that can be defended rather than
should be able to form a general idea about Chinese               modern era.                                                  on arriving at a “right” answer.
history and Chinese people, and have some insightful
reflections to the development of Chinese history, so that         Writing for Chinese Media                                    Contemporary Chinese Language
they can read more extensively in Chinese culture and             The module provides an overview of the different             This is a foundational module in Chinese language and
history and do some deeper thinking and analyses.                 types of writing for the mass media. It examines the         linguistics. The course introduces students to formal
                                                                  differences in writing style in journalism, broadcasting,    features of the Chinese language, including its lexical
Literary Theory                                                   public relations, advertising and the Internet. Students     features, phonological system, morphology, syntactical
This module aims to provide students with opportunities           learn different elements of style, construction and          structure as well as writing system. Students will also
to consider the nature of literary study, the functions of        syntax in writing for Chinese media, as well as              explore the characteristics of Chinese language as it is
literary texts and the value to the reader of literary and        analytical skills in reading information from the media.     used in the Singapore context.
critical theory. It will enhance students’ skills in critical
analysis through the study and discussion of selected             Understanding Chinese Media                                  Speech & Presentation Skills
texts and extracts, gain various skills appropriate to literary   This module examines the Chinese-language media              In this module, students learn the basics of Chinese
study and the awareness of the role of readers in the             in East Asia and Southeast Asia, with emphasis on            phonetics as well as speech communication styles in
processes whereby texts generate different meanings.              the media systems in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and            different social settings. It trains students to be effective,
                                                                  Singapore. It provides an overview of the developments       articulate, confident, composed and credible Mandarin
Aspects of Chinese Popular Culture                                and regulatory frameworks of the media industries in         speakers in a variety of professional situations. The
This module gives an overview of the trends and                   the region, and engages students in a critical evaluation    module also explores how communication affects
developments of Chinese popular culture in Singapore,             of the roles of the media, and how they are regulated.       human behaviour and social developments.
Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Students will              Students are also introduced to the print, broadcast
be exposed to the similarities and differences in popular         and various electronic media.
culture among modern Chinese societies.
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                                   Advanced Translation                                          planning and organising a video production. Students        Techniques in the Teaching of Chinese Language
                                   This module exposes students to the theory and                will be introduced to single-camera operational style of    This module equips students with a comprehensive
                                   practice of Chinese-English (CE) and English-Chinese          video production.                                           understanding of the various teaching methods and
                                   (EC) translation in greater depth and breadth. Students                                                                   various practical techniques in the teaching of different
                                   will have hands-on knowledge of how different types           Asian Cinema                                                language skills. The use of IT in the teaching of Chinese
                                   of texts, including advertisements, movie/song/book           This module is an introduction to the art and industry      language will be included.
                                   titles and academic abstracts can be translated.              of Asian cinema. Students will explore the unique
                                   Techniques of translating formal and literary texts will      traditions of selected national cinemas of East Asia,       Modern Chinese Grammar (NIE)
                                   also be addressed, with focus on how the notion of            South Asia and Southeast Asia. Against the backdrop         This module aims to provide students with a basic
                                   equivalence can be perceived in the translation of            of globalisation, students will also discover the unique    knowledge of modern Chinese grammar, as well as an
                                   different text genres.                                        histories and aesthetics of Asian film production.           understanding of the nature and classification of the
                                                                                                                                                             Chinese lexicon. It will equip them with the concepts
                                   Modern Chinese Fiction                                        LEVEL 3.1                                                   and skills to analyse the various parts of speech and
                                   This module requires students to have a deep                  China Immersion Programme                                   sentence structures of various kinds of modern Chinese
                                   understanding of the masterpieces of modern Chinese           Students will study at one university in China for one      texts in daily and academic life as well as in school
                                   fiction. Besides extensive reading on modern Chinese           semester in their final year. They will study six modules    settings. Besides, it also deals with the functions of
                                   fiction, students are also encouraged to explore               which will be taught by university lecturers there. This    rhetoric in literature and everyday life. It aims to enable
                                   the souls of famous modern Chinese novelists and              overseas programme allows students to be immersed           students to determine the linguistic structure of an
                                   understand the culture and the society revealed in their      in an environment that reinforces the learning of           expression and relate it to its meaning and rhetorical
                                   masterpieces.                                                 Chinese language and the appreciation of Chinese            effects.
                                                                                                 culture
                                   Elective                                                                                                                  Chinese Etymology & Modern Chinese Script
                                   Each student has the option to select one elective            LEVEL 3.2                                                   This module aims to equip students with a basic
                                   module in Level 2.2 based on his/her interests.                                                                           knowledge of Chinese etymology and the modern
                                                                                                 STUDENTS ON TEACHING BURSARY (MODULES                       Chinese script. It deals with the origin and evolution of
                                   Electives                                                     TAUGHT IN NIE)                                              the Chinese writing, the analysis of the structure, form
                                                                                                                                                             and meaning of Chinese characters, as well as the
                                   Web Design & Applications                                     Teaching of Civics & Moral Education                        reform movement of Chinese writing in later stages.
                                   This module gives students an appreciation of web             Students will be introduced to the use of various           Such knowledge will enhance their ability as Chinese
                                   design process, content development and new media             approaches to teach the module at the primary school        language teachers, especially when it comes to the
                                   skills. Students will familiarise themselves with the basic   level. Students will learn core values such as love         teaching of recognition of Chinese characters.
                                   principles of using computer software to design and           and humility, filial piety, harmonious family, courtesy,
                                   create websites and interactive multimedia content.           responsibility, compassion and loyalty. Important           STUDENTS NOT ON TEACHING BURSARY
                                                                                                 subjects like the cultural practices, values, places of     (CHOOSE ONE)
                                   Radio Production                                              worship, customs and traditions of the different races of
                                   Students will develop fundamental skills of critical          Singapore will be included in the module.                   Internship
                                   listening, writing and audio production to create                                                                         Students will be placed on a semestral internship
                                   effective productions for radio. They will have hands-        Use of Chinese in Teaching (Hanyu Pinyin)                   matching their abilities and interests.
                                   on experience in the audio production studio to learn         This module aims to develop the oral communication
                                   digital audio editing techniques. Students will also          skills of students for teaching purposes. Three main        Project
                                   expand their audio production skills to produce radio         sections will be emphasised: Phonetics, Speech Skills       Students work on independent career-related or
                                   drama, documentary and feature programmes.                    and Effective Classroom Communication. Errors in            research-related projects in their areas of interest.
                                                                                                 Mandarin pronunciation with regard to vowels and
                                   Video Production                                              consonants, the four tones and the change of tone with
                                   This module provides students with a basic theoretical        specific words will also be taught. Students will also be
                                   and practical introduction to video production                exposed to the practical knowledge and skills in Hanyu
                                   techniques and equipment, visual aesthetics, and              Pinyin, accurate pronunciation and standard Mandarin.
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                  The Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education                          ** The main medium of instruction for these subjects must be in
DIPLOMA IN




                                                                                                                                                                   DIPLOMA IN CHILD PSYCHOLOGY & EARLY EDUCATION (CPEE)
                                                                                             ENGLISH, except for a language subject.
                  (CPEE) was launched in response to a need for a

CHILD             more holistic training for professionals to work with
                  children of diverse needs and abilities. Students will
                                                                                             Successful candidates are required to pass a medical examination
                                                                                             before confirming acceptance to the course. Log on to www.np.edu.sg/
                                                                                             hms/courses/cpee for details on the medical/physical requirements.

PSYCHOLOGY &      also be taught fresh perspectives, knowledge and
                  skills identified as critical in meeting the needs of the                     CAREER PROSPECTS
EARLY EDUCATION   expanding early childcare and education sector.
                                                                                             CPEE graduates can work with children in various
(CPEE)            The course gives students a strong foundation in the
                  developmental psychology of young children and
                                                                                             settings, such as mainstream classrooms, special
                                                                                             needs schools or any child-related services and
3-YEAR COURSE     the principles underlying high quality early childhood                     industries. Graduates can also write and publish
                  education. In addition, the course is designed to                          materials for young children.
                  include field trips and hands-on practicum.
                                                                                               SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES
                  In their final year, two specialisations are offered. The
                  specialisation in Early Intervention allows graduates                      CPEE students may apply for Ministry of Community
                  to teach in an inclusive classroom, where special                          Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Scholarships
                  needs children are integrated with other children. The                     ($18,600 each), PAP Community Foundation (PCF)
                  specialisation in Writing and Publishing equips students                   ($18,600 each) and Lien Foundation Scholarships
                  with in-depth knowledge of creating publications for                       ($20,000 each).
                  children. In addition, students will go on an internship
                  or embark on a project as part of their specialisation.                    Each scholarship award covers full tuition fees,
                                                                                             textbooks, laptop allowance and monthly allowances
                                                                                             for the three years of study.
                    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                  To be eligible for consideration, candidates must
                  have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or
                  equivalent) results and fulfil the aggregate computation
                  requirements:

                  Subject                             ‘O’ Level Grade
                  English Language*                              1-6^
                  Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)**          1-6#
                  Any three other subjects**                      1-6

                  The aggregate computation for selection is based on grades obtained for
                  English, Mathematics, a Humanities subject (Grade 1-9) or Art / Music
                  (Grade 1-9) or Principles of Accounts (Grade 1-9) or a relevant OSIE /
                  Applied Subject (Grade 1-9) and two other subjects.

                  * Candidates must attain the required grade for English as a first
                  language.

                  ^ All applicants with a C5 or C6 in EL1 in the GCE ‘O’ Level examination
                  are given two years from the point of teacher registration to obtain a
                  B4 in English or a minimum band of 6.5 in the International Language
                  Testing System (IELTS).

                  # Interested applicants with a minimum of 5 GCE ‘O’ level passes,
                  including a minimum grade of B4 in EL1 but a D7 in Mathematics may
                  apply for the course through the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) @
                  www.np.edu.sg/aa/dae.html
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                                                        FURTHER STUDIES                                            Module Name                           Credit Units
                                                                                                                                                                           Specialisation Track:
                                                       CPEE graduates enjoy a customised degree at Ngee                                                                    Option 2 - Writing & Publishing
                                                                                                                   YEAR 1
                                                       Ann campus offered by Wheelock College Center for                                                                   Non-fiction Writing for a Child Audience            4
                                                                                                                   Level 1.1 (20 hours per week)
                                                       International Education, Leadership, and Innovation.                                                                Structure & Style in Creative Writing              4
                                                                                                                   Developmental Psychology and Learning (I)          4
                                                       They will complete the Bachelor of Science in Early                                                                 Visual Texts & the Children’s Book Illustration    4
                                                                                                                   Perspectives in Early Education                    4
                                                       Childhood Educational Studies and Leadership in two                                                                 Elements of Professional Writing                   4
                                                                                                                   The Professional Practitioner                      4
                                                       years, including a five-week immersion programme in          Written Communication Competencies                 4
                                                       Boston.                                                                                                             Level 3.2
                                                                                                                   Children’s Health and Socio-emotional Well-being   4
                                                                                                                                                                           Internship and/or Project                         25
                                                       The degree is internationally accredited by the             Level 1.2 (25 hours per week)
                                                       Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the       Developmental Psychology and Learning (II)         4    Notes:
                                                       New England Association of Schools and Colleges.            Language Development and Learning                  4    ^ For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)
                                                       Singapore citizens need to pay only a tuition fee of        Speech & Presentation Skills                       2    modules, please log on to www.np.edu.sg/is/.
                                                       $6,800 per year. Various scholarships are available for     Introduction to Children’s Literature              4
                                                       students in this degree programme.                          Technology for Teaching and Learning               4    IS Modules
                                                                                                                   Internship Programme (I)                           7    The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) delivers
                                                       CPEE graduates may enjoy exemptions for the                                                                         a broad-based curriculum, which nurtures a new
                                                       following programmes:                                       YEAR 2                                                  generation of professionals with multidisciplinary
                                                       • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)           Level 2.1 (22 hours per week)                           skills and an innovative and entrepreneurial
                                                          - Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies / Bachelor of      Psychology of Exceptional Children                  4   spirit to meet the challenges of a knowledge
                                                          Education                                                The Learning Environment &                          4   economy. IS offers both prescribed modules and
                                                       • Macquarie University (Australia) - Bachelor of Early                                                              electives to challenge boundaries. Prescribed
                                                                                                                   Behaviour Management
                                                          Childhood                                                                                                        modules develop students’ competencies in
                                                                                                                   The Child & the Creative Curriculum                4
                                                       • University of South Australia (Australia) - Bachelor of                                                           core areas such as Communication, Innovation
                                                                                                                   The Child & the Inquiry Curriculum                 4
                                                                                                                                                                           and Enterprise, Culture and Communication,
                                                          Early Childhood Education                                Environment & Social Awareness in Children         4
                                                                                                                                                                           and Personal Mastery and Development, while
                                                       • James Cook University (Singapore) - Bachelor of           Sports and Wellness^                               2    elective modules provide insights into Arts and
                                                          Business, Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Arts
                                                                                                                                                                           Humanities, Business, Design and Science and
                                                          (Psychology), Bachelor of Information Technology         Level 2.2 (27 hours per week)                           Technology.
                                                                                                                   The Inclusive Curriculum                            4
                                                       CPEE graduates may gain direct entry into the following     Collaboration with Families & Communities           4
                                                       programme:                                                  Curriculum Planning & Design                        4
                                                       • Flinders University (Australia) in partnership with       Global Issues and Singapore Perspectives            2
                                                         Social Service Training Institute (SSTI) - Bachelor of    Internship Programme (II)                          13
                                                         Education (Special Education)
                                                                                                                   YEAR 3
                                                       CPEE graduates also receive up to one semester’s            Level 3.1 (16 hours per week)
                                                       exemption at the National University of Singapore and       Specialisation Track:
                                                       Nanyang Technological University.                           Option 1 - Early Intervention (Special Needs)
                                                                                                                   Special Education                                  4
                                                                                                                   Childhood Disorder & Disabilities                  4
                                                                                                                   Early Intervention & Teaching Approaches           4
                                                                                                                   Psycho-educational Screening of Young Children     4
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LEVEL 1.1                                                  document with APA documentation style will also be           read and speak clearly and confidently. Story-telling
Developmental Psychology and Learning (I)                  taught.                                                      techniques and drama will also be incorporated.
This module examines the nature of human
development from ages zero to twelve. Students will        Children’s Health & Socio-emotional Well-being               Introduction to Children’s Literature
appreciate the holistic nature of development, the         This module examines the physical growth and                 This module will introduce students to twentieth century
biological foundation, pre-natal development, brain        psychological well-being of children in relation to          children’s literature and how it has reflected cultural,
research and major developmental theories in relation      nutrition and hygiene related conditions. It is also         social and ideological change. Students will examine
to physical growth and cognitive development. They         designed to help students understand health practices        the ways in which the child has been depicted in
will be introduced to child study and observation          that will enable them foster positive health and safety      literature, consider distinctive writers and illustrators of
techniques. Applications of theory to help their           behaviours for teachers and children. Students will be       the 20th century, learn to appreciate and critique prose
understanding of how children learn and its implications   equipped with basic skills and knowledge in stress           and poetry, as well as select age-appropriate books
on curriculum design will be included.                     management, and also in detecting and understanding          for young children. A study of television and drama is
                                                           child abuse and neglect.                                     included.
Perspectives in Early Education
Students will study early education from historical,       LEVEL 1.2                                                    Technology for Teaching & Learning
cultural, and contemporary perspectives. The module        Developmental Psychology & Learning (II)                     This module is designed to help develop the e-
covers the tenets of early childhood education,            This module emphasises self and social understanding,        competencies of students by equipping them with the
developmentally, culturally and individually appropriate   emotional development as well as the development             essential computing concepts and necessary skills to
practices and the role of play in the lives of children    of morality and self control in children up to twelve        use computer applications for information research,
zero to twelve years old. Models of approaches in          years of age. Students will also be introduced to the        organisation, collaboration and presentation. Students
education will also be examined. An overview of            development of gender differences and gender roles as        will be equipped with the basic skills and knowledge
education in Singapore; its desired outcomes; and          well as the theories and measurements of intelligence.       needed to use technology to extend learning within
the transition from pre-school to primary school will      Applications of theory to help students’ understanding       the classroom, as well as to integrate and enrich
be covered.                                                of how children learn and its implications on curriculum     the curriculum. Through a hybrid Problem-Based
                                                           design are included.                                         Learning approach (PBL), students are introduced to
The Professional Practitioner                                                                                           developmentally appropriate programming with the use
This module explores the roles of professionals            Language Development & Learning                              of media such as television, videotapes, audiotapes
working with children, families, other professionals       This module examines the psychology of language              and computers for early and middle childhood.
and agencies in the community. A range of issues           as it relates to children’s language and literacy
related to the profession will be examined, including      competencies in early and middle childhood. Factors          Internship Programme (I) *
the roles of educators, therapists and psychologists;      that support language acquisition as well as the social-     This module aims to extend student’s competence in
the stages of professional development; ethics and         cultural differences of families and school-based            relation to the practical aspects of working with young
code of conduct; self evaluation, reflective practice,      support will be introduced. Students will explore brain      children in early childhood settings. The practical
continuing education, life-long learning and advocacy.     research on language learning and the development            attachment will support students’ learning in the area of
                                                           of home language and bilingualism. Knowledge of              developmental psychology, professional practices, the
Written Communication Competencies                         developmentally appropriate literacy materials will guide    tenets of early education, the roles of a professional and
This module aims to develop students’ competence           students in designing learning experiences.                  issues related to safety, health, hygiene and nutrition
in writing for effective professional and academic                                                                      and the learning environment for children. Students will
purposes. Students will be introduced to the skills        Speech & Presentation Skills                                 engage in a child study project, observe and reflect on
and conventions of communicating with parents,             In this module, students develop their presentation skills   key aspects of the programme and assist in the daily
other professionals and customers. Foundational            that are integral to their academic and professional         routines of the school.
techniques for reviewing literature, such as analysing,    success. Students will learn how to deliver presentations
synthesising, expressing, organising and structuring       effectively using appropriate body language and content.     * This module will begin after the exam week of the
information are highlighted. The process of creating a     Students are also introduced to phonetics to help them       previous semester.
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                                                       LEVEL 2.1                                                   Environment & Social Awareness in Children                 be introduced to models and curriculum approaches
                                                       Psychology of Exceptional Children                          This module aims to equip students with the essential      to support children’s inquiry in a global society.
                                                       This module introduces students to exceptional              knowledge, skills and disposition in order to empower
                                                       competencies in children zero to twelve years old.          children from zero to twelve years old to become           Global Issues: Singapore Perspectives
                                                       This includes children with physical, mental, learning,     socially competent citizens of the global community.       This module helps young Singaporeans think through
                                                       behaviour, and sensory characteristics and special          Students will explore children’s thinking, understanding   a wide range of global issues and the direct effects
                                                       gifts and talents that make them different. Educational     and learning of history, geography, economics,             they have on young children and their development.
                                                       considerations as a result of individual differences will   environmental and social awareness. Planning and           Students will also contemplate the indirect effects and
                                                       also be introduced.                                         teaching of developmentally and culturally appropriate     possible long-term impact on children, especially those
                                                                                                                   environment and social studies experiences will be         in developed countries like Singapore. The module
                                                       The Learning Environment & Behaviour Management             included.                                                  will adopt a constructivist approach, giving students
                                                       A range of factors in the learning environment                                                                         opportunities to formulate, articulate and debate
                                                       and conditions that influence children’s behaviour           LEVEL 2.2                                                  viewpoints in order to make thoughtful decisions and
                                                       will be examined. Students will learn to conduct            The Inclusive Curriculum                                   informed choices, leading them to make greater strides
                                                       observations of children to understand the psychology       This module builds on students’ understanding of the       in both their personal and professional development.
                                                       of the child; reflect on the contributing factors and use    psychology of exceptional children from zero to twelve
                                                       developmentally appropriate guidance strategies to          years old. With the basic knowledge of individual          Internship Programme (II)*
                                                       modify behaviour and influence thinking.                     differences, students will identify educational needs      This module aims to extend student’s competence in
                                                                                                                   and develop strategies to assist exceptional children      relation to the practical aspects of working with young
                                                       The Child & the Creative Curriculum                         in mainstream classrooms. Behaviour management             children in early childhood settings. The practical
                                                       This module introduces students to the creative arts        techniques, classroom adaptations, curriculum              attachment will give opportunities for students to
                                                       for children. Theories related to creative and aesthetic    adjustments, collaboration with parents and strategies     observe, plan and implement learning experiences
                                                       development will help students understand the               to promote an anti-bias curriculum will be included.       for an individual child and a small group of six to
                                                       rationale for creative art-based integrated approaches                                                                 eight children based on the understanding of child
                                                       to learning. They will gain insights into children’s        Collaboration with Families & Communities                  psychology. Both structured and unstructured learning
                                                       thinking and their world by analysing their creative        This module will equip students with the knowledge         experiences will be designed with the aim to enhance
                                                       expressions. Students will also analyse the teacher’s       and skills needed to work with families and                and challenge children’s growing language abilities and
                                                       role in enhancing creativity as well as in planning,        communities. Students will recognise the importance        understanding of their world. Students will practise
                                                       implementing child-centred and age-appropriate              of the child’s family and will explore different models    child guidance and classroom management strategies,
                                                       activities for the creative arts.                           and strategies to help them connect with the home,         develop and test out learning strategies which
                                                                                                                   school and community. Policies and practices in            challenge children’s curiosity and desire to experiment,
                                                       The Child & the Inquiry Curriculum                          relation to children, families and the communities as      explore and discover.
                                                       This module gives students the knowledge and skills         well as theories on the changing family, family policies
                                                       required to plan, implement and evaluate learning           and support networks will also be introduced.              * This module will begin after the exam week of the
                                                       experiences for inquiry in early childhood settings. The                                                               previous semester.
                                                       principles and concepts, which underpin children’s          Curriculum Planning & Design
                                                       learning in mathematics and science from early to           This module aims to provide students with an overview
                                                       middle childhood, will be examined. Students will learn     of quality educational programmes. Strategies that
                                                       how to design developmentally appropriate activities        promote thinking will guide curriculum planning and
                                                       for young children with a diverse range of needs in         design. Students will review the different curriculum
                                                       a multicultural and multilingual society. Students will     models including the Preschool Curriculum Framework
                                                       be expected to adopt teaching strategies that nurture       in Singapore and develop skills in devising appropriate
                                                       problem solving and abstract thinking.                      learning outcomes for all children. Students will also
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                                                                                                                                                                                   DIPLOMA IN CHILD PSYCHOLOGY & EARLY EDUCATION (CPEE)
LEVEL 3.1                                                  SPECIALISATION TRACK 2:                                      LEVEL 3.2
                                                           WRITING & PUBLISHING                                         Internship and/or Project
SPECIALISATION TRACK 1:                                                                                                 The Internship Programme with professional
EARLY INTERVENTION (SPECIAL NEEDS)                         Non-Fiction Writing for a Child Audience                     practitioners acting as mentors enable students to
                                                           This module introduces the practice and theory of            acquire the work experience needed for their chosen
Special Education                                          writing non-fiction for children. Students will read a        areas of interest. The organisations involved are
This module introduces students to the field of special     range of theoretical texts, with particular emphasis on      selected for their capacity to allow students to learn
education. Students will examine the definitions,           the informative structure. They will become familiar         different aspects of work in the industry concerned.
approaches and the inter- and multi-disciplinary           with the working methodologies of practicing authors         The students learning outcomes are assessed by their
services of special education in Singapore and             and illustrators. They will explore a number of different    respective field mentors and academic supervisors.
internationally. Difference theoretical perspectives,      disciplines, such as writing non-fiction for young            Students could also work closely with industry
trends and latest developments will be examined.           readers as well as documentaries for children.               partners on projects that will benefit children, families
Policies and advocacy will be discussed and students                                                                    and the community.
will explore issues related to suitable educational        Structure & Style in Creative Writing
placements for children with special needs.                This module provides students with the opportunity
                                                           to write across three genres, including prose, poetry
Childhood Disorders & Disabilities                         and playwriting. Students will learn to apply literary
This module introduces students to the definitions,         techniques from other forms to their own work. Topics
symptoms and causes of selected disorders and              include voice, imagery, tone and characterisation;
disabilities which are usually first diagnosed in           elements of narratives, dramatic and lyrical forms; and
infancy and childhood, according to the DSM-IV-TR.         the study of contemporary works. Students will master
Development of typically and atypically developing         structure and style and understand how a variety of
children will be compared. The manner and extent           literary forms function.
in which such disorders and disabilities impact on a
child’s overall development will also be examined.         Visual Texts & the Children’s Book Illustration
                                                           This module aims to make students aware of and able
Early Intervention & Teaching Approaches                   to decode visual elements in picture books. Students
This module introduces students to the development         will be equipped with knowledge of illustrated texts
of the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) – a           for children from earliest times to the mid-twentieth
systematic plan that describes and prescribes the          century. Students will also study the relationship
learning needs for the exceptional child. Students         between words and images and the creation of meaning
will also be introduced to a variety of activity-based     through analysis and creation of texts in a variety of
strategies to help children with special needs develop     media. A study into typography will be included.
language, literacy, social and functional skills as well
as methods to manage their behaviours.                     Elements of Professional Writing
                                                           This module aims to guide students in preparing written
Psycho-educational Screening of Young Children             work for publication. Students learn to copy-edit their
This module provides an overview of the skills and         work to professional standards, select particular
techniques to screen and identify behavioural and          publications for shorter pieces of creative writing and
learning needs in young children with special needs.       select publishers. Students will also develop their
Students will also be introduced to standardised and       self-editing skills and their ability to critically review
teacher-made screening tools used for checking and         their own work with regard to its potential audience.
identifying behavioural and learning issues.               Preparation of book proposals will also be included.
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                  Ngee Ann is the first polytechnic to offer a full-time                     ^ All applicants with a C5 or C6 in EL1 in the GCE ‘O’ Level examination
DIPLOMA IN        Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECH).
                                                                                            are given two years from the point of teacher registration to obtain a
                                                                                            B4 in English or a minimum band of 6.5 in the International Language

EARLY CHILDHOOD   Designed to meet the rising demand for early childcare
                  professionals, ECH is developed and delivered in
                                                                                            Testing System (IELTS).

                                                                                            # Interested applicants with a minimum of 5 GCE ‘O’ level passes,

EDUCATION (ECH)   collaboration with the SEED Institute, the training and
                  consultancy arm of NTUC First Campus.
                                                                                            including a minimum grade of B4 in EL1 but a D7 in Mathematics may
                                                                                            apply for the course through the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) @
                                                                                            www.np.edu.sg/aa/dae.html
3-YEAR COURSE
                  Students are taught child development and play in the                     ** The main medium of instruction for these subjects must be in
                                                                                            ENGLISH, except for a language subject.
                  early years, child health and nutrition, and curriculum
                  design and assessment. They will also be equipped                         Successful candidates are required to pass a medical examination
                                                                                            before confirming acceptance to the course. Log on to www.np.edu.sg/
                  with the management and leadership skills required to                     hms/courses/ech for details on the medical/physical requirements.
                  successfully run an early childhood programme.
                                                                                              CAREER PROSPECTS
                  From the first year, ECH students are placed on
                  weekly attachments to childcare centres to work with                      ECH graduates will start their career as early childhood
                  young children alongside experienced teachers. Field                      educators and can become leaders or managers of
                  practicums are part of the assessment. In the final year,                  early childhood centres. They can also advance to work
                  students are required to engage in actual research                        as trained professionals in various agencies that offer
                  projects to improve teaching pedagogy, processes                          services for children and families.
                  and materials or the physical environment.
                                                                                              SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES
                  The ECH programme is a comprehensive programme
                  that offers a two-in-one diploma certification, which                      ECH students may apply for Ministry of Community
                  is fully accredited by the Ministry of Community                          Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Scholarships
                  Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), and the                             ($18,600 each), PAP Community Foundation (PCF)
                  Ministry of Education (MOE). ECH’s three-year                             ($18,600 each) and Lien Foundation Scholarships
                  curriculum will give students an advantage as it is                       ($20,000 each) Each scholarship award covers full
                  specially designed to encompass both teaching and                         tuition fees, textbooks, laptop allowance and monthly
                  leadership components.                                                    allowances for the three years of study.


                    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                  To be eligible for consideration, candidates must
                  have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or
                  equivalent) results and fulfil the aggregate computation
                  requirements:

                  Subject                             ‘O’ Level Grade
                  English Language*                              1-6^
                  Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)**          1-6#
                  Any three other subjects**                      1-6

                  The aggregate computation for selection is based on grades obtained for
                  English, Mathematics, a Humanities subject (Grade 1-9) or Art / Music
                  (Grade 1-9) or Principles of Accounts (Grade 1-9) or a relevant OSIE /
                  Applied Subject (Grade 1-9) and two other subjects.

                  * Candidates must attain the required grade for English as a first
                  language.
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 ACCREDITATION FOR                                           COURSE CURRICULUM                                    Module Name                             Credit Units




                                                                                                                                                                           DIPLOMA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECH)
 FURTHER STUDIES                                             Module Name                          Credit Units
                                                                                                                  YEAR 3
Enjoy a customised degree at Ngee Ann campus offered         YEAR 1                                               Level 3.1 (22 hours per week)
by Wheelock College Centre for International Education,      Level 1.1 (21 hours per week)                        Administration & Management of
Leadership, and Innovation. ECH graduates complete           Introduction to Child Development                4   Programmes for Young Children                      4
the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educational       Principles & Practices of Classroom Management   2   Teachers as Researchers                            6
Studies and Leadership in two years, including a five-        Speech Training (Basic)                          2   Current Issues and Research in Preschool
week immersion programme in Boston. The degree               Field Practicum 1.1                              3   Education                                          4
is internationally accredited by the Commission on           IT & Applications 1                              4   Adult Supervision & Leadership in
Institutions of Higher Education of the New England          Sports & Wellness^                               2   Early Childhood Settings                           4
Association of Schools and Colleges. Singapore citizens      Written Communication                            2   Child Assessment & Programme Evaluation            2
need to pay only a tuition fee of $6,800 per year. Various   Early Education: Philosophy and Practices        2   Financial Management                               2
scholarships are available for students in this degree
programme.                                                   Level 1.2 (22 hours per week)                        Level 3.2 (23 hours per week)
                                                             Child Development: Theory to Practice            4   Building Family and Community Partnership          4
ECH graduates may also enjoy exemptions for the              Creative Arts for Young Children                 4   Field Practicum 3.2                               13
following programmes:                                        Field Practicum 1.2                              4   Curriculum Design                                  4
• Queensland University of Technology (Australia)                                                                 Organisational Behaviour/                          4
                                                             Language Arts in the Early Childhood Years       4
    - Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies,                                                                        Human Resource Management
                                                             Play in the Early Years                          4
    Bachelor of Education                                    Professional Development I                       2
• Macquarie University (Australia) - Bachelor of Early                                                            Notes:
    Childhood                                                YEAR 2                                               ^ For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)
• University of South Australia (Australia) - Bachelor of    Level 2.1 (23 hours per week)                        modules, please log on to www.np.edu.sg/is/.
    Early Childhood Education                                Effective Communication                          2
• James Cook University (Singapore) - Bachelor of            Infant & Toddler Behaviour and Development       4
    Business, Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Arts       Designing Learning Environments                  4   IS Modules
    (Psychology), Bachelor of Information Technology         Field Practicum 2.1                              7   The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) delivers
                                                             IT & Applications 2                              2   a broad-based curriculum, which nurtures a new
ECH graduates may gain direct entry into the following       Mathematics for Young Children                   4   generation of professionals with multidisciplinary
programmes:                                                                                                       skills and an innovative and entrepreneurial
• Monash University (Australia) in partnership with          Level 2.2 (26 hours per week)                        spirit to meet the challenges of a knowledge
   Social Service Training Institute (SSTI) - Bachelor of    Psychology of Exceptional Children               4   economy. IS offers both prescribed modules and
   Social Work                                                                                                    electives to challenge boundaries. Prescribed
                                                             Developing School-Family-Community
• Flinders University (Australia) in partnership with                                                             modules develop students’ competencies in
                                                             Partnership                                    4
   Social Service Training Institute (SSTI) - Bachelor of                                                         core areas such as Communication, Innovation
                                                             Professional Development II                    2
                                                                                                                  and Enterprise, Culture and Communication,
   Education (Special Education)                             Field Practicum 2.2                          6.5
                                                                                                                  and Personal Mastery and Development, while
                                                             Environmental Awareness                        3     elective modules provide insights into Arts and
ECH graduates also receive up to one semester’s              Designing Developmentally Appropriate                Humanities, Business, Design and Science and
exemption at the National University of Singapore and        Curriculum                                     4     Technology.
Nanyang Technological University.                            Child Health & Nutrition                     2.5
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                                             LEVEL 1.1                                                 Written Communication                                         incorporated in the development of language and
                                             Introduction to Child Development                         This module equips students with the necessary                literacy acquisition in young children. Explanations of
                                             This module introduces foundational knowledge of          skills to handle different types of writing. Techniques       language development will be explored with reference
                                             the development of children from birth to eight years     of developing a paper, synthesising and structuring           to psychological theories.
                                             of age. The module emphasises the importance of           ideas will also be covered. Rules on plagiarism, citing
                                             observations in early childhood education. Students       and acknowledging sources and referencing will be             Play in the Early Years
                                             are expected to gain a critical understanding of the      highlighted.                                                  This module examines some of the theories that regard
                                             developmental needs of toddlers and preschoolers.                                                                       play as the medium of learning in early childhood and the
                                                                                                       Early Education: Philosophy & Practices                       value of play in children’s development. Students will also
                                             Principles & Practices of Classroom Management            Students will study early education from the historical       develop an understanding of the relationship between
                                             This module examines the essential elements of            and philosophical perspectives. The module will               play experiences and children’s motor development as
                                             classroom and behaviour management. Students will         introduce the tenets of early childhood education,            well as the role of the teacher in supporting children’s
                                             gain understanding of positive guidance strategies        developmentally, culturally and individually appropriate      play in the early childhood curriculum.
                                             and how it is applied in early childhood settings. In     practices for young children. Approaches and models
                                             addition, the role of the teacher will be explored.       of early childhood care and education will be examined        Professional Development I
                                                                                                       in the context of Singapore.                                  This module explores the multiple roles of teachers in
                                             Speech Training (Basic)                                                                                                 working with children, families, other professionals and
                                             This module introduces the use of speech for effective    LEVEL 1.2                                                     agencies in the community. A range of professional
                                             communication to a variety of audiences. It also trains   Child Development: Theory to Practice                         issues will be examined, including roles of the
                                             students to speak more clearly and confidently so          This module focuses on integrating developmental              practitioner; the stages of professional development;
                                             they can be good speech models for young children.        knowledge of children from birth to eight years.              ethics and code of conduct; self evaluation, reflective
                                             Students will be exposed to correct breathing and voice   Students will identify a range of influences and               practice, continuing education and advocacy.
                                             production techniques. There will also be practical       practices relevant to the development of the whole
                                             sessions to help students improve their diction and       child. Students are expected to describe the impact of        LEVEL 2.1
                                             stress, control their speech volume, vary their pitch     different cultures on young children’s development.           Effective Communication
                                             and intonation, and correct common pronunciation                                                                        This module explores the communicative roles
                                             problems.                                                 Creative Arts for Young Children                              of teachers and leaders in working with children,
                                                                                                       This module helps students to provide creative arts           colleagues and other professionals in the same or
                                             Field Practicum 1.1                                       experiences for young children from 0 to 8 years old.         related agencies in early childhood settings. This
                                             In this practical module, students are attached to        Students will encounter a variety of art experiences such     module focuses largely on helping students become
                                             a childcare centre to gain awareness and insights         as singing, playing percussion instruments, listening to      more effective communicators by applying techniques
                                             regarding functions and operations of the early           music, moving to music (dance), dramatisation, drawing,       that will help contribute to enhancing the effectiveness
                                             childhood setting. The students will be expected to       painting and other visual arts activities like craftwork.     of their communicative skills required in a workplace
                                             demonstrate skills in interacting with young children                                                                   environment. Students will be introduced to the
                                             through the various play and routine care activities at   Field Practicum 1.2                                           communication process and factors that contribute
                                             the centre.                                               In this practical module, students are attached to            to making a person an effective communicator – the
                                                                                                       childcare centres to implement simple small group             importance of listening, and the need for congruency
                                             IT & Applications 1                                       and individual child activities. Students will refine skills   in their verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
                                             This module will develop e-competencies by equipping      in interacting with young children through the various
                                             the students with the essential computing concepts        play and routine care activities at the centre.
                                             and necessary skills to use computer applications for
                                             information research, organisation, collaboration and     Language Arts in the Early Childhood Years
                                             presentation.                                             This module provides a detailed understanding of
                                                                                                       the components of language arts and how they are
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                                                                                                                                                                                   DIPLOMA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECH)
Infant & Toddler Behaviour and Development               behavioural and sensory characteristics that make            will take on the perspective of a leader in the early
This module explores the different theoretical           them different. The module also provides an overview         childhood setting. Students will learn how to design a
perspectives and practical experiences of a child’s      of legislation and programming issues involved in            programme that meets the needs of the children and
first three years. In addition, developmental and         working with exceptional children and their families.        encourage collaborative learning.
programming issues are addressed, including
adult/child interaction, the child’s attachment and      Developing School-Family-Community Partnership               Child Health & Nutrition
developmentally appropriate programmes.                  This module explores the dynamics of families and            This module is designed to help students understand
                                                         their roles in an evolving society. Students will have an    the basic needs on nutrition and health for young
Designing Learning Environments                          understanding of the interdependence between home            children. It covers the principles and applications of
This module focuses on developing a process of           and school and the importance of using the community         first aid, symptoms and signs of common childhood
designing a developmentally appropriate learning         as a network and resource. The module emphasises the         illnesses, provision of nutritional needs and how to
environment for young children. Students will be         teachers’ perspectives in using different approaches         respond to situations of illnesses, accidents and child
expected to select, organise, create and evaluate        and strategies for building bridges between the home,        abuse.
educational materials and environments for children.     school and community.
                                                                                                                      LEVEL 3.1
Field Practicum 2.1                                      Professional Development II                                  Administration & Management of Programmes for
In this practical module, students are expected to       This module aims to help students develop the oral and       Young Children
implement the knowledge and skills acquired at their     written skills needed for effective communication with       This module is designed to introduce students to
practicum childcare settings. This fieldwork covers the   their employer, colleagues and customers. Students           concepts in management and administration of
application of skills and knowledge in the care and      will also learn the different types of writing required in   programmes for young children in pre-school settings.
education of young children.                             their work and the skills to make their writing effective.   Students will obtain an overview of the general
                                                         They will also learn job search and interview skills and     operations of a childcare centre and kindergarten
IT & Applications 2                                      plan for continuing professional development.                that include financial management, legislation,
The module builds on the earlier “IT & Applications                                                                   safety and health issues, local policies and operation
1” with hands-on training in more advanced               Field Practicum 2.2                                          procedures.
multimedia production and web authoring tools. It        In this practical module, students are expected to
also develops students’ competence in IT applications    implement the knowledge and skills acquired at their         Teachers as Researchers
for administrative, classroom teaching, multimedia       practicum childcare settings. This fieldwork covers the       This hands-on module enables students to acquire
presentation, and management purposes.                   application of skills and knowledge in the care and          knowledge of different types of research in early
                                                         education of young children.                                 childhood setting and develop investigation and
Mathematics for Young Children                                                                                        research skills. Under the guidance of a project advisor,
This module explores the mathematical content and        Environmental Awareness                                      students will carry out a study project in areas including
methodology for teaching mathematics. The emphasis       The module examines the domain of science in our             early childhood development, curriculum, parenting
is 2-tiered: working out a sequential mathematical       environment. The Constructivist approach will be             issues, teachers’ development and management of
curriculum content appropriate for pre-schoolers aged    adopted and its teaching strategies as a base to             pre-school centre. This practical exercise requires
0 to 6 years old; and adopting teaching methodologies    understand how children construct knowledge.                 students to plan, implement and evaluate their project,
that nurture children’s mathematical thinking, helping                                                                present their findings and discuss the implication of
them to become problem solvers and abstract              Designing Developmentally Appropriate                        such findings.
thinkers.                                                Curriculum
                                                         This module takes students through two different
LEVEL 2.2                                                pathways. Firstly, students will learn the roles of the
Psychology of Exceptional Children                       teacher in planning and implementing an integrated
This module introduces students to exceptional           developmentally appropriate pre-school curriculum
children, including those with physical, mental,         for children aged 0-6 years old. Secondly, students
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                                             Current Issues and Research in Pre-School                  LEVEL 3.2
                                             Education                                                  Building Family and Community Partnership
                                             This module examines fundamental local and global          This module will examine the implications of changing
                                             trends and issues on children’s development,               family landscape and the issues faced by families for
                                             classroom practices, policies and professional             leaders in the early childhood settings. Students will
                                             development. Students will review prior learning,          explore strategies to build positive, interdependent and
                                             literatures and research to aid their understanding        reciprocal relationships between families, schools and
                                             of issues and controversies. Students gain a general       communities for the optimal development of children.
                                             understanding of research designs and tools through
                                             the use of secondary sources of information.               Field Practicum 3.2
                                                                                                        This module allows students to gain practical
                                             Adult Supervision & Leadership in Early                    experience in leadership and supervision in early
                                             Childhood Settings                                         childhood settings. Students will be exposed to the
                                             This module is designed to help students gain an           supervisory work in the centre and be able to discuss
                                             understanding of the meaning of leadership and             leadership skills and knowledge. Students will also
                                             its functions, and to recognise the fundamental            explore professional ethics, and develop a plan for
                                             differences between leadership and management.             their professional development.
                                             Various concepts and skills in relations to leadership
                                             will be studied and different theoretical models of        Curriculum Design
                                             leadership styles will be examined. Students will also     This module will help students to view curriculum
                                             explore the issues and challenges that leaders are         design from a leader’s perspective. Students will
                                             encountering in early childhood settings.                  experience the integration of their prior learning on
                                                                                                        play, observation and assessment, and reflective
                                             Child Assessment and Programme Evaluation                  practices in relation to developmental milestones and
                                             This module is designed to help students understand        inclusion of children with diverse needs. Students will
                                             the interrelationship between assessment, evaluation       utilise a planning and teaching cycle to bring together
                                             and curriculum planning. Students will examine             the different elements of curriculum design and explore
                                             the different methods and tools of assessment of           contemporary issues to enrich the programme as well
                                             young children’s learning and development; evaluate        as to infuse co-construction of knowledge in the early
                                             programmes and plan more effectively to meet the           childhood classrooms. The areas for change in the
                                             needs of young children.                                   early childhood classroom will also be explored.

                                             Financial Management                                       Organisational Behaviour/Human Resource
                                             This module aims to provide students with an               Management
                                             understanding of how to manage finances of an               This module gives students a basic understanding of
                                             organisation that provides early childhood care and        human behaviour in organisations. Students will also
                                             education. In addition students will learn about funding   develop competencies in staff management to ensure
                                             and how to procure funds; record financial transactions     that their organisations attract, employ and retain the
                                             and control income and expenditure.                        right people at all times to meet organisational goals
                                                                                                        and objectives.
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                  The Diploma in Psychology & Community Services              ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
DIPLOMA IN




                                                                                                                                                      DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOLOGY & COMMUNITY SERVICES (PCS)
                  (PCS) is a highly popular course that was launched

PSYCHOLOGY        in response to the need for professionals who are
                  trained in key areas in psychology. PCS graduates are
                                                                            To be eligible for consideration, candidates must
                                                                            have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or
& COMMUNITY       trained with strong analytical skills to provide varied
                  psychological services in mental health, special
                                                                            equivalent) results and fulfil the aggregate computation
                                                                            requirements:
SERVICES (PCS)    needs, rehabilitation and education settings.
                                                                            Subject                             ‘O’ Level Grade
3-YEAR COURSE     The course is strongly endorsed by the Ministry of        English Language*                               1-6
                  Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS),           Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)             1-7
                  National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and             Any three other subjects                        1-6
                  Workforce Development Agency (WDA).
                                                                            The aggregate computation for selection is based on grades obtained for
                                                                            English, Mathematics, a Humanities subject (Grade 1-9) or Art / Music
                  Students are given opportunities to work on projects      (Grade 1-9) or Principles of Accounts (Grade 1-9) or a relevant OSIE /
                  through industrial collaborations and internships         Applied Subject (Grade 1-9) and two other subjects.

                  with Singapore Prison Service, Police Psychological       * Candidates must attain the required grade for English as a first
                  Services Division, Health Promotion Board (HPB),          language.
                  Movement for the Intellectually Disabled in Singapore     Successful candidates are required to undergo a medical examination.
                  (MINDS), Asian Women’s Welfare Association                Psychiatric conditions may lead to non-acceptance into the course.
                  (AWWA), HealthServe and Family Service Centres
                  (FSCs).
                                                                              CAREER PROSPECTS
                  The course focuses on equipping students with             With their training in psychological knowledge
                  applied skills in counselling, behaviour modification,     coupled with applied skills, PCS graduates are
                  group facilitation, crisis intervention, research,        well-placed to become community development
                  communication and IT applications. Students will          executives, welfare and rehabilitation officers,
                  gain practical skills through experiential approaches     assistants in psychometric testing centres,
                  – overseas study trips, field visits and integrative       social work assistants, VWO programme and
                  projects.                                                 administrative executives, and early intervention
                                                                            and special needs aides or teachers.
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                                                    ACCREDITATION FOR                                         COURSE CURRICULUM                                   Module Name                             Credit Units
DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOLOGY & COMMUNITY SERVICES (PCS)


                                                    FURTHER STUDIES                                           Module Name                          Credit Units
                                                                                                                                                                  YEAR 3
                                                   The PCS diploma opens the door to higher-                                                                      Level 3.1 (24 hours per week)
                                                                                                              YEAR 1
                                                   level professional studies in varied fields such as                                                             Introduction to Psychometrics, Assessment
                                                                                                              Level 1.1 (24 hours per week)
                                                   psychology, social work, therapy, special education                                                            & Ethics                                           4
                                                                                                              Introduction to Psychology                      4
                                                   and counselling.                                                                                               Fundamentals of Crisis Intervention                4
                                                                                                              Introduction to Community Services              4
                                                                                                                                                                  Brain & Behaviour                                  4
                                                                                                              Introduction to Sociology                       4
                                                   PCS graduates may enjoy exemptions for programmes                                                              Abnormal Psychology                                4
                                                                                                              IT Applications for Behavioural Sciences        4
                                                   at the following universities:                                                                                 Community Psychology                               4
                                                                                                              Written Communication                           4
                                                   • The Australian National University - Bachelor of                                                             World Issues: A Singapore Perspective^             2
                                                                                                              Idea Jumpstart^                                 2
                                                      Psychology                                                                                                  Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) module^             2
                                                                                                              Sports & Wellness^                              2
                                                   • University of Adelaide (Australia) - Bachelor of
                                                      Psychological Science                                                                                       Level 3.2
                                                                                                              Level 1.2 (20 hours per week)
                                                   • Murdoch University (Australia) - Bachelor of                                                                 Internship and/or Project                         25
                                                                                                              Family & Relationship Studies                   4
                                                      Psychology                                              Lifespan Psychology                             4
                                                   • James Cook University (Singapore) - Bachelor of          Speech Communication & Cross Cultural               Notes:
                                                      Business, Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Arts      Practices                                       4   ^ For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)
                                                      (Psychology), Bachelor of Information Technology        Social Psychology                               4   modules, please log on to www.np.edu.sg/is/.
                                                                                                              Introduction to Statistics & Research Methods   4
                                                   PCS graduates may gain direct entry into the following                                                         IS Modules
                                                   programmes:                                                YEAR 2                                              The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) delivers
                                                   • Monash University (Australia) in partnership with        Level 2.1 (24 hours per week)                       a broad-based curriculum, which nurtures a new
                                                     Social Service Training Institute (SSTI) - Bachelor of   Health Psychology                               4   generation of professionals with multidisciplinary
                                                     Social Work                                              Personality & Individual Differences            4   skills and an innovative and entrepreneurial
                                                   • Flinders University (Australia) in partnership with      Managing Social Services                        4   spirit to meet the challenges of a knowledge
                                                     Social Service Training Institute (SSTI) - Bachelor of   Statistics & Research Methods II                4   economy. IS offers both prescribed modules and
                                                     Education (Special Education)                            Industrial & Organisational Psychology          4   electives to challenge boundaries. Prescribed
                                                                                                                                                                  modules develop students’ competencies in
                                                                                                              Idea Blueprint^                                 2
                                                   PCS graduates also receive up to one semester’s                                                                core areas such as Communication, Innovation
                                                                                                              Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) module^          2
                                                   exemption at the National University of Singapore and                                                          and Enterprise, Culture and Communication,
                                                                                                                                                                  and Personal Mastery and Development, while
                                                   Nanyang Technological University.                          Level 2.2 (24 hours per week)
                                                                                                                                                                  elective modules provide insights into Arts and
                                                                                                              Behaviour Modification & Intervention            4   Humanities, Business, Design and Science and
                                                                                                              Managing Disabilities                           4   Technology.
                                                                                                              Fundamentals of Counselling: Practice and
                                                                                                              Ethics                                          4
                                                                                                              Group Dynamics & Conflict Management             4
                                                                                                              Legal Frameworks for Families, Children
                                                                                                              & Youth                                         4
                                                                                                              Idea Launchpad^                                 2
                                                                                                              Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) module^          2
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 COURSE MODULES




                                                                                                                                                                                      DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOLOGY & COMMUNITY SERVICES (PCS)
LEVEL 1.1                                                    Lifespan Psychology                                           Personality & Individual Differences
Introduction to Psychology                                   This module studies the physical, cognitive, emotional        This module examines the concept of personality, its
This module introduces psychology as a science of            and social aspects of human development from infancy          major subsystems such as motivations and the self,
behaviour and mental processes. Students are given           through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old             and how personality develops. The aim is to provide
a broad overview of the different fields in psychology        age. The aim is to provide students with knowledge            students with a comprehensive introduction to the
and will learn to actively apply psychological insights      of progressive psychological changes that occur in            various theoretical approaches to personality.
to their lives.                                              human beings as they age, hence enabling students
                                                             to understand and respond to issues affecting human           Managing Social Services
Introduction to Community Services                           development.                                                  This module provides a fundamental intervention
This module introduces students to the wide array of                                                                       framework for working with individuals, families, groups
community services and resources that are available,         Speech Communication & Cross Cultural                         and communities. The aim is to provide students with
with special attention to the local context. Types           Practices                                                     the basic knowledge and skills in the development,
of services catering to different population groups          This module provides students with the skills to enable       management and implementation of programmes, as
(including children, youth, elderly, family, and people      them to communicate effectively across different              well as volunteer and case management. Students
with disabilities and special needs) will be explored.       cultures and recognise the value of the shared and            will also gain an understanding of the changing social
                                                             diverse aspects of different cultures. Students learn         landscape and its impact on social services.
Introduction to Sociology                                    to use verbal and nonverbal techniques and develop
This module stresses the influence of societal forces         confidence in cross-cultural communication.                    Statistics & Research Methods II
on behaviours and lives of individuals. The aim is to                                                                      This module builds on the statistical and methodological
provide students with an understanding of the social         Social Psychology                                             foundation course, Introduction to Statistics and
context of behaviours.                                       This module explores the nature and causes of                 Research Methods. The module aims to equip students
                                                             behaviour of individuals in relation to other people. The     with the knowledge and skills in conducting research
IT Applications for Behavioural Sciences                     aim is to provide an understanding of the mechanisms          in the area of psychology and community services.
This module develops students’ skills and abilities in       and processes by which social behaviours are shaped           Students are introduced to factorial experimental
using computer applications for organising, analysing        by various social, cognitive, environmental, cultural         designs and computer statistical packages for data
and presenting research data.                                and biological factors.                                       analysis. They are taught laboratory report writing
                                                                                                                           skills and will participate in class experiments as well
Written Communication                                        Introduction to Statistics & Research Methods                 as conduct a group research project.
This module introduces and trains students to develop        This module introduces students to basic statistics
the necessary skills to handle different types of writing.   and methods used in most social and psychological             Industrial & Organisational Psychology
Students become familiar with the conventions                research. Students will learn descriptive and inferential     This module enables students to acquire a basic
required in good writing. The module focuses on the          statistics, probability theory, the formulation of research   understanding of human behaviour in organisations
techniques for developing a paper and how to express         problems and the construction of empirically testable         and aims to provide a grounding of the different
structure and synthesise ideas.                              hypotheses, sampling, data collection techniques and          psychological perspectives used in the analysis of
                                                             research writing skills.                                      human beings in work and organisations.
LEVEL 1.2
Family & Relationship Studies                                LEVEL 2.1
This module examines the family and other types of           Health Psychology
relationships from a number of social and psychological      This module studies the interaction of biopsychosocial
perspectives. There will be highlights on specific            factors underlying physical and mental health and
issues/phenomena that affect the contemporary family         explores various health-related issues including
and social relationships, including the concerns of an       health behaviours, stress, coping and resilience,
aging population.                                            patient-provider relationships and implications and
                                                             management of chronic illness.
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                                                   LEVEL 2.2                                                   LEVEL 3.1                                                  to inform, educate and persuade audiences in
                                                   Behaviour Modification & Intervention                        Introduction to Psychometrics, Assessment &                community settings.
                                                   This module focuses on the fundamental techniques of        Ethics
                                                   behaviour modification in community service settings.        This module provides students with an understanding        LEVEL 3.2
                                                   Students also study intervention strategies that aim        of the important scientific knowledge and practical         Internship and/or Project
                                                   to eliminate maladaptive behaviours and to establish        professional skills in the areas of psychometrics and      Students will be attached to a community service
                                                   healthful behaviours.                                       psychological testing, and the ethics of applying such     agency, organisation or psychology clinic. Students
                                                                                                               knowledge and skills.                                      can also embark on an independent research project
                                                   Managing Disabilities                                                                                                  on an approved topic, including some fieldwork, under
                                                   This module introduces students to concepts about           Fundamentals of Crisis Intervention                        the supervision of academic staff.
                                                   differences and diversity through deconstructing            This module explores the psychological impact of
                                                   their notion of disability, and learning about conditions   a crisis or disaster, and the importance of timely
                                                   such as physical, sensory (hearing and visual               intervention. The aim is to ground students in the
                                                   impairment), and intellectual disabilities. It also         knowledge of the psychosocial needs of clients in crisis
                                                   examines multidisciplinary approaches in the                and beyond, chronic and acute trauma experiences,
                                                   assessment of and intervention for people with              and stress disorders. Students also study intervention
                                                   disabilities.                                               strategies to relieve stress and trauma, and techniques
                                                                                                               of stress inoculation appropriate for clients from
                                                   Fundamentals of Counselling: Practice & Ethics              different demographic backgrounds.
                                                   This module presents the basic workings of the
                                                   counselling process and identifies some core issues of       Brain & Behaviour
                                                   counselling. Topics covered include major theories and      This module provides a general overview of the structure
                                                   approaches of counselling. The aim is to help students      and functions of the brain and its role in determining
                                                   to develop a theoretical and ethical framework, as well     behaviour. Students develop an understanding of
                                                   as basic counselling skills.                                the biological basis of behaviours that enables them
                                                                                                               to analyse and respond to social and psychological
                                                   Group Dynamics & Conflict Management                         issues.
                                                   This module explores how an individual’s behaviour may
                                                   differ depending on his or her current or prospective       Abnormal Psychology
                                                   connections to a group. The aim is to equip students        This module examines scientific perspectives in
                                                   with theories and research findings aimed at improving       psychopathology. This module focuses on the theories
                                                   group effectiveness, and to build the skills required to    and research on the etiology and intervention for major
                                                   apply that knowledge in practical situations such as        psychological disorders and the description of their
                                                   managing conflicts in groups.                                signs and symptoms.

                                                   Legal Frameworks for Families, Children & Youth             Community Psychology
                                                   This module introduces students to the legal framework      This module introduces community analysis to identify
                                                   available for families, children and youth in Singapore.    problems and challenges, and promotion of individual
                                                   It includes the role of the judicial process in family      and community wellbeing through prevention and
                                                   disputes, and the protection of children, the youths        intervention efforts. Students will develop content and
                                                   and the aged. It also covers the roles of key partners      tools of communication for educational and advocacy
                                                   such as the police, healthcare professionals, voluntary     purposes, including the design and delivery of public
                                                   welfare organisations and government agencies in the        education campaigns and promotional communication
                                                   process of managing such social issues.

				
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