In today’s competitive global economy, jobs are increasingly multi-disciplinary in nature as employers demand more productivity from their workers. To help meet this challenge, Temasek Polytechnic introduced a new initiative in 2008 for incoming freshmen specially designed to help you attain an additional certificate whilst you are pursuing your three-year diploma here with us. Together with your Temasek Polytechnic diploma specialisation, these subjects will equip you to handle projects of varying disciplines, giving you an edge over the competition when you graduate.
Our Diploma Plus Programme comprises a series of subjects which have been grouped in clusters according to their fields of study. Each subject cluster consists of four fundamental subjects in that given field. If you do well in the first semester of your freshman year and rank in the top 15% in your diploma course, you'll be able to obtain an additional certificate in a field outside of your diploma course of study by completing the four subjects in a specific subject cluster. The subject clusters are:
Globalisation has made it increasingly necessary for people to be more receptive to the prospects of working outside Singapore as well as working across cultures and nationalities. There is now a greater need to increase awareness, deepen understanding, hone competencies and skills necessary for people to function more effectively in multi-cultural contexts.
Through the subjects in this cluster, you will acquire a heightened awareness and appreciation of linguistic and cultural differences, better understand global events and issues as well as enhance the quality of cross-cultural interactions on both a personal and professional level.
You will be allowed to choose one of the following:
You will be allowed to choose one of the following:
 This subject is conducted during the vacation term and the cost of the overseas study trip (for Global Citizenship) or overseas community project (for Sustainable Community Development) is borne by the student. If students are unable to travel, students may choose cross-disciplinary subjects that are conducted during the semester.
 This subject is conducted during the semester. For Sustainable Community Development, students will be working on local community projects.
* The subjects offered are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
This cluster offers you four subjects: Basic Financial Accounting, Fundamentals of Management, Introduction to Marketing and Introductory Economics. In whichever industry you’ll be pursuing your career in the future, be it related to Applied Science, Design, Engineering, Humanities or IT, you’ll most likely operate within a business environment. The accounting and management knowledge that you will acquire in this cluster will provide you with a basic understanding of how businesses manage their financial, human and other resources. Introduction to Marketing focuses on the tools used by marketers to develop the appropriate mix of product, promotion, price and place; while Introductory Economics examines the concepts of scarcity, demand and supply, market competition and market power. The four subjects will develop in you a business-oriented mindset to complement the specialized skills and knowledge that you will acquire in your diploma.
This subject provides you with an understanding of the general framework of the accounting discipline. You will learn basic knowledge of accounting concepts including preparing, understanding and analysing accounting records and simple financial reports for small and medium-sized enterprises. You will have opportunities to apply the knowledge to real world situations.
This subject equips you with the basic understanding of key management functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling. You will also gain an understanding of the impact of the key environmental factors on business, the importance of corporate social responsibility, business ethics and international management.
This subject provides you with an understanding of the basic concepts of marketing. It focuses on the tools used by marketers to develop the appropriate marketing mix like product, promotion, price and place; and includes key topics like environmental forces and market segmentation. This subject is useful because it teaches you how to market your company’s products and services successfully.
This subject equips you with basic microeconomic concepts and the necessary analytical skills for understanding the business environment. You will apply concepts such as the demand and supply model, elasticity, pricing strategies and growth strategies to the day-to-day business decision-making of individuals and firms. You will also learn problem-solving and process skills that will allow you to understand how economic variables affect business decision-making.* The subjects offered are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
Design surrounds us in our daily life. Design inspires and shapes our lives. The discipline of design involves a gamut of qualities involving observation skills, artistic & cultural sensitivity, intellectual discourse and technical competence, acquired and honed over time. The ‘Design Fundamentals’ cluster offers you an appreciation of these qualities through subjects such as Freehand Drawing, Colour and Composition, Ideation and Design in Culture. The experience afforded through these four subjects is the starting point for further study, discovery and exploration into the deeper facets of the design discipline.
This subject introduces basics in colour and composition theories and their application in art and design. It provides an appreciation of such basic theories by understanding the role of primary colours as a catalyst to how colour schemes are derived, and how they are applied in two and three-dimensional compositions.
This subject introduces the factors behind cultural formation, and explores human expression in its various forms. It explores human behaviour and production, and some key issues in social development such as geography, history, politics, psychology and gender. Through an examination of objects and artefacts, from early tribal rites and rituals to contemporary fashion and trends, you will develop an awareness and appreciation of culture in shaping societies’ needs, wants and desires.
This module emphasises drawing through observation, using basic drawing media. It provides experiences gained from exploring and viewing the physical environment and development of the drawn image. The drawing sessions will be generally based on freehand drawing, placing special demands on seeing/perception (eyeballing), scale, composition and perspective.
This subject introduces you to some idea generation, analysis and synthesis techniques within a problem-solving framework. Through these techniques, you will explore and develop fluidity of thought as well as an analytical mind. This subject introduces visual literacy where you develop your personal visual language to communicate a great variety of concepts. You will also develop and demonstrate your aesthetic awareness and design sensibility.* The subjects offered are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
Digital technologies have transformed our lives. In this digital age, these digital technologies serve as a medium to connect people, content and intentions. Whether you are studying or working, you need to be highly digitally literate in order not to be left behind. Through a series of four engaging hands-on subjects, you will acquire the relevant knowledge and skills to conduct research, evaluate information resources, create effective visuals and user interfaces and write effective web content for new media such as websites and blogs. This cluster of cross disciplinary subjects will equip you with the necessary digital literacies to give you a competitive edge over others.
Informatics & ITWith the phenomenal information explosion brought about by Internet technologies, the ability to critically evaluate information resources on the Internet becomes an important skill. In this module, there will be practical experience of evaluating actual Internet resources using identified criteria for research purposes. The topics covered include categories of Internet resources, Internet search facilities, evaluation criteria for different Internet resources, citation, copyrights and Internet communication etiquette.
This subject provides you with an understanding of the importance of digital media processes and techniques. It equips you with the ability to use digital equipment for various production methods and explores the use of various design systems (eg. Corporate Identity, Grid Structure, Golden Section and Colour systems) to create effective visual presentations. This subject will enable you to create effective visuals using appropriate tools and techniques. It covers the fundamental concept and design systems for digital media production.
This subject introduces you to the fundamentals of human computer interaction principles and usability evaluation techniques. Particular emphasis will be paid to applied and quality control aspects of the subject. There will be practical experience of usability evaluation processes that can be applied. The topics covered include the history of human factors in technology, human computer interaction principles, interface design guidelines and two usability evaluation techniques.
In this subject, you will explore the differences between writing for print purposes and writing for the Web. You will learn how to organise information for Web viewers, learn how to chunk text for easy reading and design pages that can be easily scanned. Whether communicating in the public or personal realms, texts are impactful artefacts and you will be sensitised to the issues like social responsibility and privacy when writing for the new media like websites, blogs, podcasts and vodcasts.* The subjects offered are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
This cluster equips students with current and applicable skills and knowledge related to the business know-how of how to start a new venture. The cluster not only caters to entrepreneur to-be but also to students who recognise the importance of an entrepreneurial mind-set for their future career in whatever industry they move on to.
The cluster offers coverage of entrepreneurial interests such as ideas generation, canvassing for start-up funds with effective business plan writing, e-testing of business ideas through the various internet platforms and social media, and being a socially responsible citizen or netizen in contributing back to the society.
The subject will cover idea generation techniques and its applications to propose and improve solutions for products or services currently lacking in the market. It will also provide a general overview of intellectual property laws and business ethics, and their impact towards innovation.
Students will experience the positive results of an innovative culture in class by engaging themselves in a process-driven environment during ideation stage. Students will be guided to construct a simple model to demonstrate the feasibilities of their ideas in a potential startup enterprise.
This subject engages students from different disciplines who have an interest to be the next generation of e-entrepreneurs. In working through the project, students will learn the necessary skills and develop an entrepreneurial experience by setting up an internet business. The e-testing process allows a student to understand the importance of conducting market testing of the products or services offered before bringing them to the market, thus minimising the risk of a business failure.
The subject involves understanding of various enterprise start-ups in a social environment in contrast with an all-for-profit business venture. It comprises knowledge of social enterprise works, necessary skills of starting up a business, mobilizing available resources, identifying market opportunity and assessing market potentials of a business in a social context. This subject would encourage enterprising students to create a social impact for societies and to fulfill their future learning needs in a business start. Students will also study opportunities and challenges in working and communicating with beneficiaries of social communities and also propose business ideas to achieve a triple bottom-line objectives – Profit, People, Planet
This subject is designed for students from various disciplines who have the passion and desire to develop their own businesses. It provides a comprehensive knowledge of management, marketing, finance and e-business operations. This includes an understanding of how to design & develop a new business plan, develop marketing strategies, obtain capital resources for a new business enterprise and manage the cash flow of a startup business.* The subjects offered are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
With the government’s emphasis on investing in research and development in the Life Sciences and related spin-off industries, graduates from the Business, Engineering, IT and Design disciplines are working alongside scientists in these multidisciplinary industries. The content coverage for the subjects indicated in the ‘Life Sciences Fundamentals’ cluster provides basic understanding and appreciation of the importance and impact of life sciences on mankind in areas such as human nutrition and diseases, drug and medication, gene cloning and genetically modified food. The ‘Life Sciences Fundamentals’ offers you four subjects such as Basics of Nutrition, Life Sciences and You, Over The Counter Medication and Human Health and Diseases so as to enable you to make better informed decisions in your personal life and that of the community.
From April 2017 onwards, this cluster is only available to ENG and HSS students.
This subject introduces the key nutrients found in food and their role in relation to health. Nutritive values of various types of food will also be discussed.
This subject is designed to create an awareness of the life sciences, its applications and impact on the lives of people. It will cover the current developments in the different areas of the life sciences as well as the related legal, social, moral and ethical issues and implications.
This subject provides you with the fundamental and up-to-date information on human health and disease. It covers the common non-infectious diseases and infectious diseases as well as their diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
This subject provides you with an overview of over-the-counter (OTC) medication and equips you with an understanding of responsible and proper self-medication for common minor ailments.* The subjects offered are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
Students taking this cluster will be equipped with basic entrepreneurial skills; the know-how to manage start-ups. Armed with these skills, students will be put through projects that are of an interdisciplinary nature; thus stretching their capability across disciplines. These projects will provide sufficient scope and depth for them to experiment with their ideas and realize their business aspirations. To augment all these, the additional edge of understanding innovation principles will also give them a good grounding on how to explore and expand their spirit of enterprise.
This subject engages you from different disciplines in a project that has entrepreneurship perspectives and objectives. In working through the project, you will develop entrepreneurship process skills, and ultimately create a potential/ proposed business entity.
The subject aims to equip you with the process skills for purposeful, systematic innovation through a comprehensive approach so as to prepare you for the fast-paced changing entrepreneurial environment. Starting with the aim to improve a product design, you will be brought through the process of user observations/interviews, brainstorming, product refinement/redesign and gathering feedback for validation of your designs and future enhancements.
Throughout the process, you will be required to develop process maps, document and capture your learning and develop a framework for innovation based on what you have gone through.
This subject covers the important aspects of planning the various activities of a project, allocating necessary resources, calculating the project costs, and implementing and controlling the progress of the project until completion. Software will be used in the subject to enhance your learning.
This subject is designed to equip you with basic concepts and techniques which are essential for starting up and running a small enterprise. It describes the entrepreneurial traits and the various methods and legal forms needed for setting up an enterprise. The business tools of marketing, finance and human resource management are explained. You may apply your knowledge in the creation of a business plan based on an original business idea.* The subjects offered are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
Psychology is a fascinating study of human behaviour and mental processes that will help enhance your people skills. Research has shown that high intra-personal and inter-personal intelligence are traits of highly successful people most valued by employers. With this in mind, this cluster of subjects has been specially designed for you to acquire useful knowledge of psychology that adds value to your career and personal aspirations. Through this series of Psychology subjects, you will explore the motivations and causes behind people’s thoughts and behaviour, acquire basic helping skills in everyday situations and at workplaces, gain an appreciation of global and cross-cultural contexts as well as understand how psychology is applied at workplace settings to enhance motivation, efficiency and health & safety at work – all being skills and knowledge that are highly sought after in this fast-paced era of globalization and rapid change.
Psychology booksThis subject introduces you to the five major areas of psychology: cognitive (learning and memory), developmental (intelligence & personality), physiological (motivations, emotions and stress), social (conformity, authority, friends & groups) and abnormal (disorders and treatment). By the end of this subject, you should be able to understand yourself and others better.
This subject provides opportunities for you to explore the fundamentals of counselling as well as discuss the primary theoretical perspectives and contemporary issues that influence the counselling profession. You will be equipped with helping skills that you can actively apply into helping people around you.
This subject will give you a better understanding of how different cultural settings influence the way people think, behave, value and perceive things. It will raise awareness and create sensitivity on how culture shapes and influences a variety of areas ranging from individual development to socialization and work.
This subject introduces the application of psychology theories, concepts, research and intervention to the world of work. The content of this subject will focus on both the theoretical and practical aspects of applied psychology at the workplace, namely personnel, organisational psychology and human factors. It also covers topics such as personality, attitudes, working in groups & teams, workplace health, design, delivery & evaluation of training programs, and human factors at work.* The subjects offered are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
Students who had done well in their “O” level Chinese and English have an alternative pathway to the Diploma Plus Programme. They are eligible to sign up for:
The China Studies cluster aims to meet the industry need for graduates who are bilingual and bicultural, and to give TP graduates an edge when they seek employment, especially with corporations that have dealings with the China market. It provides students with a competitive edge in the future for the industries that require China-savvy workforce. This cluster also allows students to experience the working environment in China and tap onto the China connections.
Students who meet the minimum requirements of EL B3 and CL A2 will be invited to take up the China Studies cluster.
 This subject is conducted during the vacation term. Students will spend up to three weeks (minimum two weeks) in China for a work attachment. The cost of the overseas attachment is borne by the student, with partial subsidy from the Polytechnic. This is a compulsory subject.
* The subjects offered and information provided are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
As the Diploma Plus Programme involves additional workload, it is meant for those who are performing well in their diploma course of study. The Diploma Plus Programme is thus offered only to the top 15% of freshmen in each diploma based on their Year 1 Semester 1 results. For the main cohort of students, it would be good for them to focus on and do well in their diploma course of study, which comprises TP core subjects, diploma core/ elective/ option subjects and three Cross-Disciplinary Subjects (CDS) required for graduation.
Freshmen who have performed at the top 15% of each diploma course will receive an email sent to their TP email account on the day of the release of Semester 1 Main Examinations results inviting them to apply for the Diploma Plus Programme. If you decide to take up the invitation, please follow the instructions given in the Diploma Plus invitation email.
Diploma Plus information is available on the microsite and more information is also available during the briefing. However, if you have missed the briefing, contact your school reps for more details. Their contact details are available under <contact us> tab.
If you missed the Diploma Plus briefing, do read through the FAQ section for more information that was presented during the briefing. You may also want to consult your school rep for specific questions regarding the Diploma Plus Programme which are not covered in the FAQ.
The Diploma Plus cluster selection is done at TP Online Student Services, similar to your CDS selection. Only clusters for which you are eligible are open for your selection. You will be able to indicate up to three preferred clusters for the Diploma Plus Programme.
If you miss the online selection period, you may select your cluster during the Add & Drop week in semester 1.2. The process can be done at HSS General Office, East Wing Level 3 from Monday to Friday. However, cluster availability is subject to vacancies for the cluster.
Of the three preferred clusters that you have indicated, one will be allocated to you based on the time stamp (first come, first served), ranking of choices and availability of cluster places.
All students who are eligible and have signed up for the Diploma Plus Programme will commence their programme from the second semester of their freshman year.
If the Diploma Plus cluster includes subjects similar to your diploma core subjects, you will not be allowed to select the cluster. This is to avoid overlapping of subjects taken.
The number of subjects taken in a semester depends on each Diploma’s allocated workload and progression path. There is a possibility that as Diploma Plus students, you might exceed your max learning hours per day or CU per semester. For details on your diploma progression path, please approach your school reps.
For students in the China Studies cluster, please approach Centre for Transcultural Studies (CTS) rep for your progression path.
No extra fees are required for the Diploma Plus Programme, but you may be required to pay for some materials, field trips and/or residential stay, depending on the subjects in your allocated cluster.
If you are not allocated any clusters due to oversubscription or non-selection, or you want to change your cluster, you can approach HSS General Office (East Wing, Level 3) to change (i.e. add, drop or switch) the cluster, which is subject to availability. This Add & Drop period usually happens in week 1 of semester 1.2.
Commitment is required of students who sign up for the Diploma Plus Programme. As additional resources are devoted to provide you with the Programme, you will be expected to complete all 4 subjects in your allocated cluster.
However, if you find it difficult to cope with the additional workload of the Diploma Plus Programme, withdrawals will be allowed on a case-by-case basis and there is no penalty. Withdrawals can only be done during Add & Drop week of each semester.
To obtain a certificate, you should focus on completing the four subjects in your allocated cluster within the three years of your diploma course of study. If you have completed the four subjects in your allocated cluster and are coping well with all other core/ elective/ option subjects required in your diploma, you are allowed to take other Cross Disciplinary Subjects, subject to approval from your Course Manager.
The cumulative GPA will be calculated using the “best three out of X CDS taken” rule at the end of the semester in which you complete the 4th CDS. The cumulative GPA (cGPA) calculated in the earlier semesters will include all CDS taken. Results of all completed CDS, inclusive non-Diploma Plus CDS, will be reflected in your examination transcript.
You will not be able to continue in the Diploma Plus Programme if you fail any of the subjects twice in your allocated cluster because it is unlikely that you will have enough time to complete the Programme. However, the subjects you have already passed in the Programme will be reflected in your examination transcript and they will count towards your fulfilment of the Cross-Disciplinary Subject requirement for graduation. The ‘best three out of X CDS taken’ rule will not apply for cGPA computation if you withdraw from the Programme.
The Diploma Plus Programme Certificate validates your specialisation in the cluster which you have taken. This certificate would be helpful when you apply for jobs or further studies after graduation.
Students will receive the Diploma Plus Programme Certificate on Graduation Day. A letter of completion will be provided, sometime in early January, for students who have completed their 4 cluster CDS by Semester 3.1. Please contact your school reps for more details on collection of this letter.
It is possible to change your subjects for TransCultural/Cross-Cultural Studies cluster. You have to drop your allocated subject and add the subject which you want to take during the Add & Drop period of each semester at HSS General Office (East Wing, Level 3). However, the change is subject to availability of places in the subject.
No, for TransCultural/Cross-Cultural Studies cluster, you can only take TransNational Studies and Global Citizenship or Sustainable Community Development as a Vacation Term CDS. Other Vacation Term CDS are not included in this cluster.
Students in the TransCultural/Cross-Cultural cluster will be contacted via email to indicate their interest (if any) in taking Vacation Term CDS. Even though you may have chosen your subject during the Diploma Plus cluster selection (end of semester 1.1), you will still need to confirm your choice.
The choices available are:
Yes. If you have completed a Vacation Term CDS (e.g. TransNational Studies) for your TransCultural/Cross-Cultural cluster but your timetable reflects the same CDS for the semester that follows, you need to drop the subject that is reflected in your timetable during the Add & Drop week of each semester.
Teo Kee Boon
Chuah Soon Soon
Jeremy Ong Qide
Foo Chek Yang
|Innovation & Entrepreneurship||I&ED||
|Life Sciences Fundamentals||ASc||
Tan Lay Khee
Siti Rohana Kasbol (ENG subjects)