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Module Overview

Are you interested to learn what it takes to be an effective problem solver? Do you know that problem solving skills are highly sought after by employers in the post-pandemic era? To solve problems, you need to search for novel alternatives beyond existing solutions. This module introduces you to Design Thinking, a user-centric mindset to look at problems and situations. You will embrace an experimental attitude to systematically and iteratively discover solutions that are not only useful but also feasible and viable. These skills are the core of optimal solutions to problems we face in our daily lives, be it at home or in the school environment. Join us in a journey in understanding what Design Thinking is.


This module will be conducted within a duration of 22.5 hours.


What You'll Learn

At the end of the module, students will be able to:


  1. Develop life skills such as empathy, listening and observation 
  2. Understand the concept of POV (Point of View) and how it can be used to help frame and reframe the problem 
  3. Frame a problem with user needs, context and insights using the HWE (How Might We) statement 
  4. Encourage expansive ideas generation using methodologies such as random stimuli, and mind mapping
  5. Explain the validity of the solutions generated with a structured feedback process ('TEST' stage), and apply the techniques required to create a low-fidelity prototype
  6. Develop teamwork and learn about pitching skills in groups and presentations


Assessment Components

Students will be assessed based on the following:


  1. Class Participation
  2. Assignments (Quiz)
  3. Pitching Presentation
  4. Presentation (Content & Prototype)


Completion criteria

Students are required to:


  • Fulfill at least 67% of the attendance and
  • Obtain a pass mark of at least 50% upon completion of the module.

Module Schedule & Registration

For details of the ApLM@Poly module runs and registration, please visit ApLM Portal.




Contact Details

ApLM@Poly is designed for MOE Secondary School students.

For module enquiries, please contact:

For general enquiries, please contact the overall coordinator:

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