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Diploma in Chemical Engineering (T33)

2018 Planned Intake: 150 JAE 2018 Last Aggregate Score: 15

Oil refinery giants, major manufacturers of petrochemicals and specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical giants all have a strong presence in Singapore. These companies, rooted in such diverse fields, have one thing in common — they rely on chemical engineers in all aspects of their operations. 

Chemical engineers are involved in the manufacture of products such as fuel, petrochemicals, cosmetics, plastics, processed foods and medicine so that we can enjoy and reap the benefits of scientific discoveries. They hold crucial responsibilities in the process industry such as running plant operations, designing reactors and process equipment, improving efficiency as well as looking into the safety and environmental aspects of processes. 

This course will equip you with knowledge and skills in chemistry and analytical chemistry, and laboratory techniques so that you will be well trained to do research and testing for the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry.  Moreover, you will be trained in chemical process technology, occupational safety and health, and environmental technology so that you will be able operate and optimise manufacturing systems that produces the daily products that we use in our daily lives. 

The extensive scope of this course will prepare you for higher education well. Besides local universities, students can enrol to SIT (Singapore Institute of Technology) for further studies. The University of New South Wales, University College of London, University of Adelaide and many top overseas universities also offer advanced standing to our graduates. You will have opportunities for local or overseas internships at MNCs and reputable institutions. 

 TP students and graduates from this course are responsible and inquisitive. They have a good understanding of process engineering and are able to perform their task well with minimum supervision. They also developed a good and happy relationship with our fellow employees.
—  Lim Kiah Siang
     Training Manager
     Petrochemical Corporation of
     Singapore (Pte) Ltd
Drive to better the lives of others using chemistry

 

What you will learn

  • Design, develop, invent

    Applied Chemistry

    You like Chemistry and you dream of using your knowledge of Chemistry to create new products or materials. Chemical engineering, in essence, is applied Chemistry. About 30% of our core curriculum is related to Chemistry, which is the highest for a course in TP. Further your interest in Chemistry through our Applied Chemistry Specialisation!
  • Just add water

    Chemical Processing

    Learn all the skills and knowledge in chemical processing that is required to join the Chemical Industry - whether it is designing a chemical reactor to produce perfumes, or fine-tuning (or optimising) a method to separate petrol from crude oil. The Chemical Industry is the HIGHEST PAYING manufacturing industry in Singapore!
  • Research Projects

    Producing Medicines

    Isn’t it cool to know that Chemical Engineers are the people who produce medicines and vaccines taken by you and me? Have fun learning the practices and processes that you should adopt when making medicines through our Pharmaceutical Technology Specialisation!

Notable Features

  • Strong emphasis on Chemistry
  • Promising job prospects in the high-paying Chemical Industry, prestigious Pharmaceutical Industry and emerging Water Industry.
  • Excellent further education opportunities with NUS, NTU and SIT

Academic Architecture

The Academic Architecture of the School of Applied Science emphasises the following:

  • Building a strong foundation core among first year students
  • Strengthening key concepts and skills in the diploma-specialised content among second year students
  • Enhancing applied learning for final year students

The Academic Architecture also aims to develop collaborative and self-directed learning skills for our students to be life-long learners through more real-life and applied learning experiences.  One notable outcome of this is the smooth transition of student interns into companies as employees.  

Elective Cluster Subjects

Students will be required to read an Elective Cluster offered by the School. The Elective Clusters to be offered by this course, and the subjects under these clusters, are summarised below:

COURSE

ELECTIVE CLUSTERS

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (T33)

Applied Chemistry

  • Water Chemistry                                             
  • Applications of Instrumental Analysis    
  • Materials and Nanotechnology                  

Chemical Processing

  • Petrochemical Technology                          
  • Plant Safety and Loss Prevention             
  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment           

Pharmaceutical and Biologics Technology

  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Biopharmaceutical Unit Operations        
  • Biosafety

Career Prospects

This course offers you the chance to join the Chemical Industry, which is Singapore’s LARGEST and BEST PAYING manufacturing industry; or the prestigious Pharmaceutical Industry.  Alternatively, if you like Chemistry or research, you can join any one of the many Chemistry or research laboratories in Singapore.

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries

  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Process Technician
  • Quality Control Officer
  • Safety Officer
  • Technical Sales Executive

Chemistry and Research Laboratories

  • Laboratory Technician / Officer
  • Research Assistant

Further Education

Graduates from TP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering will enjoy one of the best further education opportunities in Singapore as three degree programmes running at the Singapore Institute of Technology are directly related to the course.  These include two Chemical Engineering bachelor degree programmes offered by Newcastle University and the Technical University of Munich where students can obtain their bachelor degree  in just two years, and a new Pharmaceutical Engineering programme to be offered directly by SIT from 2015! 

In NUS and NTU, other than Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, our graduates can also apply to a whole range of degree programmes related to materials technology, environmental science and engineering, or any other general degree programme (e.g. arts, business). 

If you choose to study overseas, most of the top overseas universities offer advanced standing to our Diploma graduates. This means that you can complete your degree programme faster by up to two years. More information can be found by using our Diploma to Degree Pathfinder.


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.

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
One of the following Science subjects: Grades 1-6
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Physics/Engineering Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)/Physical Science
 
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA  

* Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/ Unified Examination Chinese (UEC) holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the relevant English Language subject (e.g. Bahasa Inggeris).

See also the minimum entry requirements for:


Course Structure

TP Fundamentals (TPFun) Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
ACS1005

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form.

12
ACS1006

In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms.

12
ACS1007

In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered.

12
GCC1001

This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.

12
AIN1001

This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility.     

12
LEA1011

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1012

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1013

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LSW1002

This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.

12
MCR1001

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
MCR1002

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
MCR1003

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
AGS1002

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.

13
AGS1003

You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.

13
AGS1004

This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.

13
AGS1005

Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.

13
TGL1001

This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.

13
ASI3028

This programme involves a compulsory attachment at a chemical or chemical-related company. It will enable you to apply knowledge and skills to solve practical problems and develop studies or product formulations. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills such as teamwork, safety awareness, written and oral communication skills.

316

Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
AMB1004

This subject investigates the important fundamentals of microbiology and its relevance to the food, biomedical and biotechnology industries. It covers the types of microorganisms, their cultivation and growth as well as their control.

13
ACE1002

This subject investigates the scientific principles and techniques which are the basic laws of chemical engineering thermodynamics. Further studies into the first and second law of thermodynamics, energy analysis, Gibbs free energy, phase equilibrium and chemical reaction equilibrium will be included.

14
ACE1006

This subject examines the scientific principles and techniques involved in material and energy balances which are the fundamentals of chemical engineering. Topics include the understanding of units, dimensional analysis and material balance with emphasis on application. Ideal and non-ideal gas laws, gas mixtures and psychometrics will also be studied in relation to engineering applications.

14
ACH1008

This subject covers basic concepts in organic chemistry which correlate the structure of organic molecules with their properties of the functional groups. Topics covered are classification of organic compounds, structure and properties of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, amines and stereochemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the applications of organic compounds and their derivatives, and their impact on chemical-related industries.

14
ACH1009

This subject covers the basic theory and practical knowledge of inorganic and physical chemistry. Topics include fundamentals of chemistry, atomic structure and chemical bonding, stoichiometry and equilibria concepts of a chemical reaction.

14
ACH1010

This subject covers theoretical and practical knowledge of inorganic and physical chemistry. Topics include ionic equilibria and calculations, chemical kinetics, chemistry of transition elements and electrochemistry.

14
AMA1006

This subject enhances your knowledge of the basic concepts of mathematics and applications in an engineering environment by adopting the problemsolving approach. Topics covered include the types of basic functions, composite and inverse functions, quadratic equations, remainder and factor theorems, partial fractions and basic Calculus.

14
AMA1007

This subject equips you with the basic applied mathematical concepts and techniques that are essential for your course of study. Topics include the application of statistics and mechanics. The section on statistics covers investigations into basic statistics, sampling distribution, hypothesis testing and analysis of variances. The section on mechanics includes investigations into statistics, kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, circular motion and impulses.

13
ACE2002

This subject provides you with the basic scientific knowledge related to environmental problems and environmental control technology. Topics include water treatment, air pollution, solid waste management, hazardous waste treatment technology, pollution control strategies and environmental monitoring in Singapore.

24
ACE2009

This subject covers health issues and safety at the workplace. The section on health examines the causes of occupational diseases and their respective controls (heat stress/ strain, ventilation, noise and industrial lighting). The section on safety explores topics like machinery safety, electrical safety, hazards of fire and explosion, housekeeping and material handling, personal protection equipment and legislation concerning occupational safety and health.

24
ACE2011

This subject is a development from basic engineering principles and covers both Newtonian and non- Newtonian flows, basic equations, fluid flow in pipes and fittings as well as fluidisation and filtration. It also covers the principles and operations of pumps, compressors and their performances. Practicals are included to enhance understanding.

24
ACE2012

This subject investigates the fundamental scientific principles and techniques in chemical engineering. Selected unit operations which involve diffusion and gas-liquid mass transfer (absorption and humidification), gas-liquid mass transfer (batch and continuous distillation) and liquid-liquid mass transfer (extraction) are discussed.

24
ACE2013

This subject examines the scientific principles behind the kinetics of chemical reactions and techniques which are the basic principles of chemical engineering.

24
ACE2014

This subject introduces the concepts and principles of productivity and how it can benefit organizations, in particular, the chemical, pharmaceutical and biologics industry.

22
ACE2015

This subject covers the basic concepts and principles of process control and instrumentation in chemical process industries. Topics include process measuring instruments, basic concept of process control and open and closed-loop control systems.

24
ACH2004

This subject provides the basic knowledge of the principles and applications of some instruments commonly used in chemical industries.

24
AMA2002

This subject, a continuation of Engineering Mathematics 1, equips you with the advanced concepts of engineering mathematics that can be applied to an engineering environment using a problem-solving approach. Topics include types of arithmetic and geometric series, convergence, matrices and transformations, trigonometry and differential equations.

23
AMP3008

This subject provides a framework for you to solve practical problems, conduct research work and/ or develop studies, through a self-managed project. The scope of the subject includes project proposal, investigative studies, analysis, interpretation of results, written report and presentation.

38

Diploma Subjects - Elective Cluster Subjects

Applied Chemistry

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
ACE3012

This subject provides key concepts of materials technology and their relevance to the chemical process industry. Topics include basic concepts of materials property, types of materials, materials corrosion and prevention, and nanotechnology.

34
ACH3005

This subject covers the basic principles and applications of some specialized instruments used in analytical laboratories as well as applications of data analysis, method validation, and test method development. It also provides an introduction to laboratory management guidelines and systems, as well as the technical requirements of an accredited laboratory.

35

Chemical Processing

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
ACE3004

This subject examines plant and process safety. Emphasis will be on risk assessment, hazard analysis and the concept of loss prevention in the chemical plant.

34
ACE3013

This subject covers the production of petrochemicals from various sources, the basic chemistry of petrochemicals, their usefulness and applications. You will also learn about raw materials and their building blocks and the various processes involved in the production of petrochemicals.

35

Pharmaceutical & Biologics Technology

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
APH3014

This subject provides the fundamental knowledge and applications of cGMP in the pharmaceutical and biologics manufacturing industries. An overview of cGMP, quality systems, documentation and record keeping, laboratory controls, validation and selfinspection are among the topics that will be covered.

34
APH3015

This subject provides an overview of biopharmaceutical processing. It also covers the fundamental knowledge, applications and legislative requirement of biosafety, biosecurity and risk assessment relating to management of biological and other hazards.

35

Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 40 credit units
Diploma Subjects
- Core Subjects
- Elective Subjects

71 credit units
min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 120 credit units

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