Flexible Academic System for Temasek (FAST)
All courses at TP come under the Flexible Academic System for Temasek (FAST). This system provides you with greater flexibility in matching your interest and aptitude, while adapting your academic workload to suit your pace of learning.
In this academic framework, all diploma course structures have three main categories of subjects:
|TP Core Subjects||Diploma Subjects||Cross-Disciplinary Subjects|
|Compulsory subjects for all TP students. These develop the desired qualities as envisioned in the TP graduate profile.||Subjects specific to your diploma course. These provide students with the necessary technical training.||Subjects beyond your diploma specialisation. These provide students with the flexibility of studying other areas of interest outside their own areas of specialisation for personal and professional development|
Each subject is a distinct and self-contained unit of study. As such, you need only retake subjects that you have failed instead of repeating the entire year or semester of study. To give students a good foundation, some subjects include prerequisites and co-requisites that must be met before you are allowed to take the subjects. The Career & Course Advising Office at TP will provide you with academic advising to help you make your choices wisely in order to meet your academic and personal goals.
TP has obtained and will continue to seek accreditation, both at course and subject level, with other institutions. You will be able to gain credits from other institutions and use them towards meeting the minimum graduation requirements at TP. By the same token, you can also use the credits earned at TP to seek credit exemption for furthering your studies.
Learning Across Disciplines
In our effort to provide you with a holistic education at TP, you will be introduced to Cross-Disciplinary Subjects (CDS), or subjects beyond their diploma specialisation, as well as those that promote character building and a global perspective. The CDS are intended to ensure our students have a broad-based education when they graduate.
TP lecturers are recruited based on their proven track record in industry and their commitment to enhance student learning. All lecturers go through an intensive teacher-training programme that is conducted by the polytechnic’s Learning Academy. Lecturers use a wide repertoire of learning-teaching approaches which include the use of new technologies, interactive digital media and state-of-the-art facilities to help you learn as well as ignite your passion for learning.
TP believes that entrepreneurship is a mindset and discipline that must be embraced by both students and staff. In line with this, the Entrepreneurship Centre was set up in April 2004. Across the Polytechnic, entrepreneurial values are recognised, assimilated and developed in students. No matter which course of study or specialisation area you choose, you will be given the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial talent. At TP, entrepreneurship goes beyond classroom learning where experience is gained through real life projects and interaction with industry.
The Centre for Character Education seeks to help you lead a more meaningful and effective life by helping them develop vital character traits and providing you with training in making ethical decisions. It achieves these objectives through customised programmes and Cross-Disciplinary Subjects. Games and other experiential learning activities are often introduced in these programmes to facilitate learning and self-discovery in a fun and engaging way.
In the course of your study in TP, you will have many opportunities to engage in e-learning.You will acquire valuable skills in learning how to learn and how to create knowledge in an online environment. You will have the opportunity to be exposed to both independent and collaborative learning online. The flexibility of e-learning means that you will be able to study when you like and where you like in TP’s wireless environment.
Students can also look forward to using leading-edge specialised software applications and new technologies to enhance skills and understanding in the chosen field.