SIP for School of Applied Science
The School of Applied Science provides training in the field of chemical and life sciences. There is increasing emphasis on applied research in niche areas which include nutrition, biomedical technology, agribiotechnology as well as applications in the petrochemical and chemical industries. Most courses feature integrated problem-based and self directed learning so as to equip student with relevant knowledge and technical skills to meet the rapidly changing demands of the industries.
The Student Internship Programme enables our Applied Science students to gain valuable work experience in the relevant industries.
The length of attachment is between 12-20 weeks.
We strongly encourage employers to give our students real jobs and responsibilities within their organisations. Participating companies are required to submit a training schedule, describing the role of the SIP students.
Diploma in Applied Food Science & Nutrition
This course emphasises the fundamentals of food science, nutrition and relevant skills for application in the food, nutrition, foodservice and healthcare industries. The course will provide a broad-based education which covers the core knowledge of food science and nutrition in the first one and a half years of study.
Students can choose to specialise in areas of nutrition, food science or foodservice by taking the relevant electives from the fourth semester onwards.
Elective subjects in the area of nutrition include clinical nutrition and applied nutrition which provide relevant skills in nutritional assessment and nutrition/health education. Practical sessions in the area of dietary intake interviews and counselling will be incorporated.
Students interested in the area of food science will be offered subjects such as product development and advanced food science. These subjects allow students to gain specialised technical knowledge relevant to the needs of the food industry.
Student who major in foodservice will concentrate on developing their knowledge and skills related to quantity food production, food operation and foodservice management. Hands-on practical sessions will enable students to gain relevant skills in the operation and management of the foodservice business.
Diploma in Baking & Culinary
The course focuses on cultivating baking and culinary skills to develop high quality products that are safe, nutritious and consistent in quality. Students will undergo comprehensive and intensive hands-on training to make their learning a truly interactive experience through a curriculum that encompasses chemistry, microbiology, food safety, product development and baking/culinary technology. The integration of these diverse disciplines, complemented with a 10-week industrial attachment, will enhance their dynamic creative expression in international culinary presentations and equip them with a multitude of skill sets to create impact in food research and development.
Diploma in Biomedical Science
This three-year full-time diploma course is well integrated with industry-focused and practice-orientated training programmes that are designed to meet the demands of the biomedical science industries. The broad -based training programmes with strong emphasis in the specialised areas of biomedical sciences are catagorised into three options - the Biomedical Technology Option, Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmaceutical Technology Option in the second year of the course. More practice-oriented training in the form of internship programmes in the biomedical science industries or applied research activities led by our experienced and professional teaching staff would further help equip students with the relevant technical skills and knowledge. Students would also be trained in thinking skills, computer literacy and communication skills so as to prepare them to be competent technologists in the workforce upon graduation.
Diploma in Biotechnology
The three-year full-time diploma course is well integrated with industry-focused and practice-oriented training programmes that are designed to meet the demands of the life sciences industries. The broad-based training programmes with strong emphasis on the fundamental and applied sciences in cell and molecular biotechnology would enable students to cope with the demands of the continuous development of both biotechnology and biomedical science industries. Students will study in either one of the three options namely, Biomolecular Science, Veterinary Science and Agrotechnology. More practice-oriented training in the form of student internship in the biotechnology and biomedical science industries or applied research activities led by our experienced and professional staff would further help equip students with relevant technical skills and knowledge. Students would also be trained in thinking skills, computer literacy and communication skills so as to prepare them to be competent technologists in the workforce upon graduation.
Diploma in Chemical Engineering
This course provides graduates with relevant technical knowledge in process technology, occupational safety and health and analytical chemistry to support the continued growth of the chemical petrochemical and electronic industries.
Course emphasis is on process engineering, chemistry, laboratory techniques with practical knowledge in chemical processing technology, petrochemical and semiconductor technology. Subjects on health and safety are also incorporated into the curriculum. Also included are practical experiences in process control and inspection techniques as required by the relevant industries.
Industries feedback has indicated that science graduates with training in operations and management are highly valued. As such, the course also covers subjects such as Total quality Management and Facilities and Operations Management to enable graduates to have a good understanding of the operations of manufacturing and services organizations.
Diploma in Consumer Science & Technology
Launched jointly by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Institute of Education (NIE), the Diploma in Consumer Science & Technology (CST) is one of two diplomas that graduates will obtain after a four-year training programme under MOE·s Home Economics Teachers Training Scheme. The other, the Diploma in Home Economics Education, is awarded by NIE and will prepare CST graduates to become competent Home Economics teachers by training them in effective pedagogy.
The distinctive feature of this Diploma is its synergy of expertise from the Applied Food Science & Nutrition course offered by the School of Applied Science and the Apparel Design and Merchandising course offered by the School of Applied Science. This inter-disciplinary approach aims to equip students with the scientific and technical skills related to food science and nutrition, as well as the creative aspects of textiles and design.
Students will receive training in food chemistry, nutrition, food preservation, food quality control and human physiology. In their exploration of textiles and design, students are trained in textile manipulation, lifestyle sewing, pattern-construction and digital essentials, where two and three-dimensional drawings are introduced for designing apparel and textiles.
CST students also undergo modules on consumer resource management to gain a good understanding of consumer economics. Other skills such as communication, statistics and critical thinking form part of the basic training. These are conducted together with other students who are being trained to be technical professionals in the industry. The understanding of specialised areas will not be confined to learning in classrooms, but will include plant visits and field trips to the relevant industries.
Diploma in Veterinary Technology
This course focuses on establishing a good grounding in the basic and applied sciences essential for meeting the needs of the veterinary and biomedical research industries. The practice-oriented programme provides hands-on training with particular emphasis in the care and use of laboratory animals for scientific purposes other than veterinary diagnostics, pain and wound management, anaesthetic and surgical procedures as well as general animal care and management. Training in cell and molecular biotechnology in preparation for biomedical research is also emphasised in this course. Technical competency is further honed through a five month industry attachment either locally or overseas in the veterinary industry, research institutions or animal parks. Cross-disciplinary modules focusing on entrepreneurship, innovation, problem-solving and business fundamentals are also available as part of the holistic training programme.