Diploma in Business Practice
(Business Administration)

The Diploma in Business Practice (Business Administration) is designed to equip participants with a holistic education in business administration covering management, business environment, communication, and analysis.

Target Participants
Working adults who wish to enrol in a polytechnic diploma course and acquire the core knowledge and skills in business and management.

 Course Information

Course Date:

20 April 2020

Course Duration:

Part-Time / 2.5 years

This course consists of 5 Modular Certificates (MC). Students can complete all 5 MCs via day option OR evening option.

Course Frequency:


(Day Option)
2 times a week, 9am – 5pm on one weekday & 7pm – 10pm on one weekday

(Evening Option)
3 times a week, 7pm to 10pm on weekdays

Application Period:

04 November 2019 - 05 January 2020

 Course Fees

Course Fee Per Modular Certificate

Workfare Training Scheme (WTS)1 


SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents


Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above


Singapore Citizens aged below 40


Singapore Permanent Residents


Others & Repeat Students


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(nett fee payable inclusive of GST)
1Please refer to www.workfare.sg for more information on WTS
MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.
Fees payable is based on per MC.
The course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

 Career Opportunities

Graduates can move into junior executive positions in private and public sectors.

 Contact Us


Temasek SkillsFuture Academy 
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)

What You Will Learn

To be awarded the Diploma in Business Practice (Business Administration), participants are required to complete a total of 5 modular certificates (MCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each MC.

Modular Certificate in Communication & IT Skills

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject will help students learn the written communication skills that are vital for their success at the work place. They will learn how to prepare, plan and write investigative reports and present information relevantly and succinctly using appropriate visuals. They will also be taught to write appropriate emails, memos and letters for inter-office and intra-office communication.


This subject will help students develop effective oral professional communication skills that are essential in their working lives. They will learn how to plan, prepare and deliver oral presentations that are professional and audience-centered. In addition, students will learn the skills of conducting themselves professionally in a meeting.


This subject intends to equip working adults to be competent in using office automating tools. Emphasis is placed on creating hands-on training environment which enables participants to embrace business information technologies to function and contribute effectively in an increasingly technologically driven workplace. Participants will learn how to integrate useful advanced features of spreadsheet and database tools to support business operations.

Modular Certificate in Business Environment & Marketing

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This is a subject to equip students with the fundamental principles of economics for understanding the business environment. Students will study the various aspects of the product market: demand and supply, consumer theory, production and cost, market competition, market power, product differentiation, firms’ strategic behaviour and the macroeconomic environment.


Business organisations operate in an environment that is becoming increasingly complex and competitive. Survival and prosperity of businesses go to those which are best able to adapt to the environment. This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the political-legal, economic, social-cultural, technological environments of business. While the focus of the course is on the external environment, the module will also examine the company’s internal environment.


This subject provides an introduction to marketing concepts and practices. It covers the marketing process and tools including product, pricing, distribution, and promotion. An integrated approach will be employed to develop a range of skills such as strategic thinking, presentation, and personal selling which are needed to sense, serve and satisfy customer needs.

Modular Certificate in Business Analysis

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides an understanding of basic accounting concepts and processes, and their applications in businesses. It includes the double-entry system of bookkeeping, preparation of financial statements, accounting for assets such as cash and inventories and the importance of controls over these assets, as well as analysis of financial statements using ratios.


The subject provides students with an introductory survey of the applications of descriptive and inferential statistics in a business environment. It aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to: organise, analyse, interpret and present data related to a business environment, and apply basic statistical concepts to solve simple business-related problems. Students will be taught the various numerical measures such as describing data, basic concepts of probability, probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression and correlation analysis. Students will make use of scientific calculators and Microsoft Excel to solve statistical problems and the focus will be on interpretation of the statistical measures computed.


The subject equips participants with tools used in solving business problems and for decision making. Participants are taught how to identify the root causes of problems, select the problems to tackle, generate workable solutions and decide on the courses of action. Teaching contents include contemporary problem solving tools and critical/creative thinking skills that are fundamental to decision making. Participants walk away from this subject with a box of tools to solve problems and make decisions with confidence in a dynamic world of business.

Modular Certificate in Business Management

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides an understanding of the key functions of management and the practical issues confronting managers today. Topics include planning, organising, leading, controlling, international management and ethics and social responsibility.


This subject concerns the design and operations of systems to provide goods and services. The subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to plan, schedule and control activities that transform inputs into outputs. A set of well-developed operations management concepts such as aggregate planning, production strategies, service delivery, operations scheduling, project management, facilities layout and quality improvement tools will be covered. The subject will focus on the application of operations management concepts used in service and manufacturing industries.


This subject covers the general framework of the financial and cost management processes. It focuses on the use of accounting information for management planning, control and decision making through the understanding of costing and budgeting concepts.

Modular Certificate in People Management

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides participants with an understanding of the key determinants of human behaviour, at both the individual and group levels, in an organisation. It aims to develop the ability to use organisational behaviour concepts to improve personal, interpersonal and group interaction skills. Some of the topics are perception, motivation, reinforcement theory, group dynamics and conflict management.


This subject provides participants with an awareness of the importance of HRM in an organisation. They will get an understanding of the various human resource management functions, the impact of effective HRM practices on organisational and employee performance and the role of line managers in HRM. Some of the topics are recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, training and development, the People Developer System and compensation management.


This subject focuses on essential knowledge, skills and techniques required to provide service excellence and management of customer service. These will apply to frontline, internal support centre and contact centre environment. The module will also highlight the importance of ownership and empowerment in customer service. The module will study how organisational customer service philosophy impacts the entire customer service cycle.

Minimum Entry Requirements

‘O’ Levels
  • At least 3 ‘O’ Level passes in the following subjects:
    • English Language (EL1 or EL2) Grade 1 – 7
    • Any mathematics subject Grade 1 – 6
    • Any one other subject Grade 1 – 6
  • and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
Higher Nitec
  • At least 1 year of relevant working experience OR
  • GPA ≥2.0 and
  • At least 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec in Technology/Services

  • Higher Nitec in Technology/Services with at least 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Nitec in Technology/Services

  •  Nitec in Technology/Services with GPA ≥2.0 with at least 1 year of relevant working experience OR

WSQ Qualification

  • Relevant WSQ Qualification with at least 1 year of relevant working experience and WSQ Workplace Literacy SOA (Level 6) AND Workplace Numeracy SOA (Level 6)

 Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) at ANY of the following levels – Operations /Supervisory / Managerial

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

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Application Procedures & Enquiries

Submit on-line application via: https://cetoas.tp.edu.sg/Account/Logon

Temasek SkillsFuture Academy
Temasek Polytechnic
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)
21 Tampines Ave 1
Singapore 529757

Opening Hours
8.30 am to 7.00 pm (Mon to Fri)
Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Contact Details
Tel: 6788 1212
Email: tsa_acadcet@tp.edu.sg
URL: http://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa

Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.

Last updated 1 November 2017