Course Overview

Think you've got what it takes to manage establishments like Jewel Changi Airport and Gardens by the Bay? The Diploma in Facilities Management will ensure you are more than ready for this growing industry.

 

As the world's first diploma accredited by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) as an Associate Degree Programme, this course will give you a competitive edge globally. Our diverse course curriculum will equip you with the knowledge and skills in managing the amenities, aesthetics and functionality of major establishments. You will gain exposure to multidisciplinary subjects related to building sciences, business management and facility design and planning.

 

Industry-relevant certifications like BizSAFE Level 2 and 4 (Risk Management, Workplace Safety and Health Management) from the Workplace Safety and Health Council and Fire Safety Manager from SCDF will also prepare you for the workforce. Look forward to exciting career opportunities in facilities management or development teams in the airport, hospitality and tourism, leisure and entertainment, and business and finance sectors.

 

Join us on this journey and embark on an exciting future in the Facilities Management industry!

 

To download a copy of our 4-page course brochure, click here.

 

Get the opportunity to attain the below certification(s) throughout the course of your study:

  • BizSAFE Level 2 and 4 (Risk Management, Workplace Safety and Health Management) from the Workplace Safety and Health Council
  • Fire Safety Manager certification from SCDF
  • Digital Delivery Management Certification- Tier 4 (Provisional) from Building Smart Singapore

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Highlights

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

Subject
Grade

English Language (EL1)*

1-7

Mathematics (E or A)

1-6

Any one of the listed subjects^

1-6

Any two other subjects, excluding CCA

2022 Planned Intake
100
Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2022 JAE)
14 - 20

Note: Applicants should not be suffering from severe vision impairment.

* SPM / UEC holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the Bahasa Inggeris (English Language) subject.

^ List of acceptable subjects: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computing/Computer Studies, Design & Technology, Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics, Physics/Engineering Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry)/Physical Science.

Admissions Exercises

What You'll Learn

Kick start your facilities management journey by understanding the fundamentals of buildings and discover your competencies, interests and career aspirations through lab work, industrial visits and hands-on learning opportunities.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
EGB2002 Air Conditioning & Mechanical Ventilation

The Air Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation (ACMV) system is one of the most important systems of a building and represents a significant portion of its total energy consumption. Hence, an understanding of the operating principles of a typical ACMV system is critical to maximizing the overall energy efficiency of a building.

4
EBD2009 Building Information Modelling Collaboration

This subject emphasises the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software to design and develop building services systems that meet the intended objectives. You will learn the processes of incorporating established architectural models with Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) and Fire Protection systems and inter-disciplines collaboration work. The use of the as-built models and the information contained therein for BIM Facility Management (BIMFM) and other simulation tools such as energy modelling will also be discussed.

3
EBT2009 Electrical Design & Installation

This subject covers basic electrical design.  It includes the principles and design of low-voltage electrical systems in compliance with the relevant local statutory requirements, as well as good engineering practices. It also covers the different types of electrical installation methods and indoor artificial lighting design for buildings.

4
EMA1003 Engineering Mathematics 1

This subject introduces the concepts in algebra and trigonometry that are fundamental to an engineering course. Topics include expressions and equations, functions and graphs, trigonometry, complex numbers, matrices and vectors. These also constitute pre-requisite knowledge for a course in Calculus.

4
EMA1002 Engineering Mathematics 2

This subject introduces the basic concepts of calculus and statistical method to test a hypothesis. Basic concepts in calculus include limits, derivatives and integrals. Applications of the derivative and integrals in engineering will be discussed. Basic statistical method in hypothesis testing includes normal distribution, confidence interval of population mean and procedure to test hypothesis for a claim made about a population mean.

4
EBT1003 Facility Operations & Maintenance

Air-conditioning and ventilation, cold water distribution systems, electrical installations, lifts and escalators are the key systems in facilities operations. Knowledge of a system’s operation and its maintenance requirements are essential to facility management. Facility management is about the stewardship of existing facilities in a real estate to enable effective operation and better business performance, thus leading to a higher level of work satisfaction and increased productivity.

4
EBD2005 Security & Surveillance

This subject gives an overview of security and surveillance, including the entire process of security and surveillance design and integration. The main emphasis is placed on applying scientific and engineering principles for the design of the system and the use of component performance measures to establish the effectiveness of such systems when applied across various business sectors.

4
EBD1004 Virtual Design & Facility Planning

This subject develops your skills to visualise facility design and planning. You will learn facility planning concepts with the use of digital tools for visualisation, simulation and documentation. The knowledge gained can be applied to create virtual design projects in the built environment sector.

3
EFM1002 Workplace Safety & Health for Facility Management

This subject gives you an overview of a safe working environment in the area of facilities management. You will be equipped with the skills of identifying and reducing workplace related risks at source, and you will also be exposed to common practices taken in the industry to ensure a safe workplace.

4

Deepen your knowledge in building sciences and management. In addition to technology and spaces utilisation, you will also get the chance to venture into aviation or hospitality, expanding your career options.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
ESE1006 Computer Programming for Problem Solving

This subject covers the process of decomposing a problem into a sequence of smaller abstractions. The abstractions are implemented in software in a structured top-down approach. Software implementation includes the process of designing, writing, testing, and debugging program code.

4
EFM2004 Contract Management

This subject covers the knowledge of contract management that is aligned to the practices in the real estate industry.  Students will learn all aspects of contract management which include administration, procurement procedures, evaluation of services and products, tenant management, and service delivery.

4
ESE1008 Data Visualisation & Analytics

This subject covers the data analytics lifecycle, including gathering, cleaning, processing and visualising of data.  Exploratory data analysis methods, descriptive and predictive analytics, and the presentation of insights, will also be covered.

3
EBM3005 Energy Management & Audit

This subject covers two main areas: energy management and energy audit. For the former, the subject illustrates the intrinsic value and concept of energy management and the implementation consideration and steps involved. On Energy Audit, the emphasis is on energy audit methodology and procedures; and methods used to evaluate energy performance of buildings and its sub-systems. These will include use of energy performance benchmarks and comparison with acceptable practices and prevailing codes and regulations. Finally, the subject discusses the application of life cycle cost concept to evaluate the economic viability of proposals on improving energy performance.

4
EBM2005 Fire & Life Safety Management

This subject introduces the roles and responsibilities of a Fire Safety Manager for both commercial buildings and industrial premises. You will be exposed to the procedure adopted in running a fire command centre, the use of detection, protection and control systems, fire investigation and formulation of a fire emergency plan.

4
EBM2004 Project Management

This subject aims to provide an overview of the principles and concepts in project management and equip you with the theoretical foundation and skills in using project management tools. It emphasises the knowledge and practices which are widely applied in project management. Topics covered include the project management framework, project management processes and project management knowledge areas.

4
EFM3001 Sustainable Facility Management

This subject covers the roles of Facility Management (FM) in environmental sustainability. It will cover the integration of both areas so that you can see a connection between reducing carbon footprint and emission of the assets/properties under effective and thoughtful FM. It will also examine the policies and practices that FM should implement to achieve the said goals. The subject will describe the framework and strategies for achieving ‘greener’ results at the inception, design, construction to operational stage of a building. The subject will also provide an overview of the standards or rating systems that can be used to gauge the attainment of the sustainable goals.

4
Cluster Elective Subjects

Students to choose three subjects from any of these elective clusters

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
EAM3002 Airport Administration

This subject covers the fundamental concepts and principles involved in the organisational, and administration of modern international airports. Topics include airport performance, productivity and feedback systems, and airport-related commercial management, public relations, corporate/business planning, organisational structures, financial and accounting strategies, as well as revenue and expense sources.

4
EAM1001 Airport Operations & Management

This subject introduces the fundamental concepts and principles involved in the management and operation of modern international airports. You will learn about the principles of airport management and the various aspects of airport operations, including, airport terminal layout and planning, terminal signage systems, gate and baggage belt assignments, terminal contingency planning, airport emergency systems, airport support services and equipment, estate management and terminal landscaping.

4
EAT2006 Airport Systems

This subject provides an overview of the key facilities and systems in both the landside and airside of an airport. Topics covered in landside will include passenger check-in systems, the Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS) and the various airport IT support systems. Other topics include the operation of the fully automated baggage handling system, the People Mover System (PMS) and the Passenger Loading Bridges system. On the airside, topics covered include the causes of wear and tear of aircraft pavements, methods of assessing the condition of aircraft pavements, the programming of maintenance works and techniques of repairs and their compliance to international operational standards and requirements.

4

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
BHT1010 Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism

This subject provides an overview of the multifaceted nature of the hospitality and tourism industry. You will gain an insight into how the key sectors are organised and structured and how they relate to each other as an industry. The concept of tourism demands and tourism consumer behaviour will be introduced. Lastly, you will explore trends, issues and challenges facing the industry.

4
BHT2034 Business & Leisure Events

This subject covers the lifecycle of business events or MICE (meetings, incentive travel, conventions & exhibitions) and leisure events (festivals, sports and arts).  It introduces knowledge and skills involved in events operations with the support of digital tools.

4
BHT3026 Customer Experience Innovation

This subject covers the transformative role of tourism innovations in creating excellent customer experiences.  Topics will focus on the design of the customer journey for different hospitality and tourism businesses and its correlation to the value of the tourism product or service.

4

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
EBM2006 Building Management System

This subject covers the fundamental knowledge required in the design and operation of a Building Management System (BMS).  The concept of controls and monitoring with sensors and Direct Digital Controllers (DDC) will be introduced.  Control strategies for air-conditioning, BMS software features for facility management and energy management will also be covered.  

4
EBT2010 Smart FM & Asset Enhancement

The subject gives you an understanding on the nation’s Smart FM and Real Estate digital transformation roadmap and how the various digital technologies, e.g. smart sensors & IoT, machine vision, video analytics, AI & machine learning, big data analytics, AR/VR, IDD BIM & digital twin, solar PV etc. work in facilities management applications.  You will learn to develop plans to maximise value and minimise costs through value engineering perspectives.  You will also learn about materials and methods employed in sustainable refurbishment or retrofitting works, as well as the ability to capitalise on them.

4
ESE3013 Intelligent Automation

This subject will provide you with basic knowledge and hands-on digital transformation skills on rapid multi-experience application development and integration of users, tasks and systems towards enhancing productivity, human augmentation and automatic data-driven decision-making.   It will cover techniques on how to leverage on data from information systems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices for agile response and productivity. This subject will enable you to automate data-driven decision making through integration of advanced analytics and learning models to applications.

3

You are now ready to take on the world of facilities management by applying all the knowledge and skills you have learnt over the past two years. Get first-hand work experience in managing your preferred facility during your internship and let your innovative mind solve real world problems during your major project! 

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
EMP3002 Major Project

In this subject, you will work in teams to integrate and apply your skills and knowledge to implement your projects in a practical work-and-learn environment. Besides research, design, analytics, project management, communication and problem solving skills, the emphasis will also be on innovation, teamwork and self-learning. 

8
EBZ2006 Service Quality & Management

This subject introduces the key concepts and principles of Service Quality and Management. Topics covered include concepts of quality services, essential skills in customer services, principles and strategy of service management, methods for service quality measurements and service recovery.

4
EBD3006 Building Performance Modelling

This module covers the basics concepts of energy modelling methodology using an energy modelling software.  It will help you to understand how various building design strategies help to reduce the building’s energy consumption. Submission requirements for the “Green Mark” certification for both passive and active building design, as well as an evaluation and analysis of a building’s performance, will also be covered.

4
Special Electives

Students can opt to take Special Electives when offered. These optional subjects aim to stretch the students' potential to enable them to meet their aspirations. They are taken in addition to the diploma cluster elective subjects.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
EED3009 Special Project 1

The focus of this subject is on the application of students’ existing domain knowledge to develop a deliverable.  The subject will introduce new skills and knowledge specific to the project, as and when required.

2
EED3010 Special Project 2

This subject provides opportunities for students to apply the acquired knowledge and skills, along with their fundamental and in-depth knowledge from different subjects to designing, developing, and implementing a well-engineered project solution.

2
EED3011 Higher Engineering Skills 1

Higher Engineering Skills 1 and 2 aim to impart some special design and hands-on skills that allow you to acquire knowledge and skills that are not normally incorporated into a diploma programme. These Special Elective subjects will equip you with the skills and knowledge to participate in competitions and enable you to tackle real challenges.

2
EED3012 Higher Engineering Skills 2

Higher Engineering Skills 1 and 2 aim to impart some special design and hands-on skills that allow you to acquire knowledge and skills that are not normally incorporated into a diploma programme. These Special Elective subjects will equip you with the skills and knowledge to participate in competitions and enable you to tackle real challenges.

2

You will also take this set of subjects that equips you with the crucial 21st-Century life skills you need to navigate the modern world as an agile, forward-thinking individual and team player.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
ESI3001 Student Internship Programme

This structured programme is designed to link your learning with the real work environment. You will be placed in organisation(s) with opportunities to apply the concepts and skills acquired in the course of your study. Besides reinforcing technical concepts and mastering of skills in areas that you have been trained, the practical training will enable you to build important skills such as problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and to cultivate good attitude and a strong work ethic.

12
ETX1001 Effective Communication

This subject introduces the fundamentals of effective communication. It also covers how to communicate with and convince an audience through writing and speaking tasks. The skills in this subject will include the application of strategies for communication, appropriate vocabulary, language features, visual aids, tone and style. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework will also be applied when planning and engaging in written and verbal communication.​ There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

3
ETX1002 Professional Communication

This subject covers professional communication skills for the workplace and employability skills in the areas of career preparation. It covers communication and interpersonal skills, including effective virtual communication etiquette, and conducting oneself professionally in the workplace. In addition, essential career preparation skills such as resume writing and interview skills, needed to seek and secure work would be included. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework would also be applied when engaging in written and verbal communication. There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

3
GTP1301 Current Issues & Critical Thinking

This subject covers current issues, including diverse local and global concerns, that will impact lives and may have critical implications for Singapore. There will be opportunities to build competence through self-directed learning, communicate and collaborate in active discussions and objectively analyse issues using digital and information literacy skills and critical thinking scaffolds.

3
GTP1201 Career Readiness

This subject focuses on personal management skills. It develops an understanding of one’s career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It covers the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed in the workplace and achieve professional goals. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning methods, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

1
GTP1202 Career Management

This subject focuses on career management skills. It covers the importance of workplace readiness skills to adapt and respond to the changing job market environment. Career ownership and continuous learning for lifelong employability will be emphasised. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

1
EGS1002 Global Studies

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare students for an overseas experience. They will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, they will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment. The subject prepares students to be responsible global citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

3
TGL1001 Guided Learning*

The subject introduces students to the concepts and process of self-directed learning in a chosen area of inquiry. The process focusses on four stages: planning, performing, monitoring and reflecting. Students get to plan their individual learning project, refine and execute the learning plan, as well as monitor and reflect on their learning progress and project. The learning will be captured and showcased through a curated portfolio. The self-directed learning project will broaden and/or deepen a student’s knowledge and skills. Students will enhance their problem solving and digital literacy skills through this subject.

3
EIN1001 Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  Learners will be taught to apply the Design Thinking framework to develop problem statements, ideate and identify feasible solutions. Learners will be exposed to several tools for prototyping. In addition, commercial awareness will be imbued in learners through various innovation and entrepreneurship concepts or tools. This subject also prepares students to be self-directed lifelong learners who are digital and information literate. It nurtures communicative and collaborative citizens who can use objective analysis in problem-solving.

 

2
GTP1101 Leadership Fundamentals

This subject focuses on self-leadership based on the values of integrity, respect, and responsibility. Increasing awareness of self and others will lay the foundations for personal and relationship effectiveness. Consequential thinking, clear articulation of personal values and visions, emphatic listening, and collaboration in serving others are some of the essential skills covered in this leadership journey. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

2
GTP1102 Leadership in Action

This subject focuses on Service Learning as an experiential platform to apply the tenets of Self and Team Leadership. Service Learning will be the capstone project for this subject, which will require an analysis of the diverse needs of the community, collaboration with community partners and demonstration of learning, including key elements of empathy. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

1
LSW1002 Sports & Wellness

The subject enables students to build a good foundation for healthy living. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on practical sessions where they will experience and develop both physical and technical skills in their chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, students will be able to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will also be supplemented by health-related topics that span the dimensions of health, such as diet, nutrition, stress and weight management, to provide students with a holistic approach to healthy living.  This subject also prepares students to be self-directed and accountable for lifelong learning for good health.

2
TGS1001 Sustainability & Climate Action*

This subject introduces the topics of sustainability and explores how human societies can act to build a sustainable future. 

It focuses on:

  • impact of climate change
  • potential solutions
  • the future of green economy from global and local perspectives

This subject prepares students to be responsible global citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaborations.

3

* Students must choose to take either Sustainability & Climate Action or Guided Learning.


Graduation Requirements
Cumulative Grade Point Average
min 1.0
TP Fundamental Subjects
36 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects
77 credit units
Diploma Cluster Elective Subjects
11 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed
min 124 credit units

Career Prospects

You will have lucrative and exciting job opportunities in hospitality & tourism facilities such as airports, integrated resorts, events & convention centres, leisure & entertainment hubs as well as in business domains. Potential jobs for you include:

Course Review

“I was able to enhance my public speaking skills by participating in the Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) Conference and Safety Forum in my first year, and this has helped me in my current job.  My diploma has effectively prepared me for the next phase in my life!”

 

Rycelyn Ang (2021)
Home Team Officer
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

“This diploma gave me lots of relevant hands-on opportunities to help me understand my subject matter better.  The career talks by industry experts organised for us, also allowed me to explore the various career pathways available in the FM industry today”.

 

Tan Zi Qi (2021)
Course Gold Medal, 2021
B.Sc (Real Estate), NUS (2025)

“As President of the IFM student club, I really enjoy organising events for my fellow peers and working with my club mates. Besides helping to hone my leadership and communication skills, the role also allows me to make new friends at the same time!”

 

Coco Lum
Year 3 student (2021)
President, IFM Interest Group

Course Fees

PET Course Fee

Main

The table below shows the total subsidised fees (inclusive of GST) payable. 

ADMITTED IN SINGAPOREANS
(Age below 40 in the year 2021) 
SINGAPORE PERMANENT RESIDENTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
2021 S$2,987.50 S$6,117.50 S$11,150.70
2020 S$2,977.00 S$6,107.00 S$10,940.20

 

WHEN DO I PAY?

There are 2 semesters in each Academic YEAR (AY). The billing periods for AY 2021/2022 are:
Semester 1:  19 April 2021 – 17 October 2021 
Semester 2:  18 October 2021 – 17 April 2022

Fees are billed and payable by semester. They are usually payable in June for Semester 1 and December for Semester 2.

MORE DETAILS ON FEES AND FINANCE

View course fees for other intakes, subsidies, grants, bursary and awards at the Fees & Financial matters section. 

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