Common Business Programme (T01)

2019 Planned Intake: 345 JAE 2019 Last Aggregate Score: 16

One Choice – Many Possibilities

Have you set your sights on a business course but need some time to explore the many possibilities it offers?

Choose the Common Business Programme (CBP).

The CBP is a specially designed programme to help you gain a good understanding of foundational business subjects. Through a comprehensive education and career guidance programme, you will have the opportunity to discover your career aspirations before making a more informed decision. You will be able to choose your preferred business diploma towards the end of your first semester.

Diploma in Accountancy & Finance
Diploma in Business
Diploma in Culinary & Catering Management
Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management
Diploma in Law & Management
Diploma in Logistics & Operations Management
Diploma in Marketing


Notable Features

CBP provides you the opportunity to explore seven diplomas before deciding on your choice of diploma specialisation based on your personal strengths, aptitudes, interests and career aspirations.

This is one single option which offers seven different possibilities. The exposure to TP fundamental subjects and business foundation curriculum in the first semester will better guide you to the course you want to pursue.

Career Prospects

As this programme branches out into different diploma courses, it provides you with a strong foundation in business to start a meaningful career in the dynamic business landscape.

Depending on which diploma course you choose to specialise in after your first semester, you will find excellent job prospects in areas such as banking & finance, digital business innovation, human resource management, international business & entrepreneurship, digital and social media marketing, e-commerce, travel & tourism and culinary & pastry arts.

Further Education

While many of our graduates join the workforce or start their own business upon graduation, others move on to pursue their further studies, either locally or overseas. After completing your three years of studies in the polytechnic, you can also consider the Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) which is a work study programme under the SkillsFuture framework that enables you to deepen your acquired skills set. Find more details on SkillsFuture website.

To know more about the degree you can pursue and the advanced standing granted by the various universities, please click this link to access diploma to degree for guidance.

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 1-6
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
Any three other subjects, excluding CCA Grades 1-6


To be eligible for selection, you must also have sat for at least one of the following subjects: Art/Art & Design, Business Studies, Combined Humanities, Commerce, Commercial Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Higher Art, Higher Music, Introduction to Enterprise Development, Literature in English/ Chinese/Malay/Tamil, Media Studies (English/Chinese Language), Media Studies (Chinese Language), Music, Principles of Accounts.

Students opting to be streamed to the Diploma in Law & Management must fulfil the minimum entry requirement of grade 1 to 4 for O-level English Language.

*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).

Course Structure

Curriculum for Semester 1

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides you with an understanding of the core accounting principles underlying accounting practice; from the preparation of accounting entries to the financial statements of businesses. It also focuses on how various businesses report the results of their activities in the financial statements.


This subject covers fundamental computing and data analytics skills for businesses. A strong emphasis is placed in exposing students to office productivity tools which can aid in decision making as well as solving business problems through data manipulation, modelling and visualisation.


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.


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.


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.


The subject covers the fundamental principles of economics for understanding how individuals and firms make decisions. It will focus on the various aspects of the product market: demand and supply, elasticity, market competition, product differentiation. The subject includes an overview of macroeconomic indicators, the government’s macroeconomic objectives and policy tools.


This subject covers the key management functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling. The subject addresses the impact of environmental factors that affect business, the relevance of corporate social responsibility and business ethics, and international management in an organisation. It emphasises the roles, responsibilities and challenges faced by supervisors/ manages in an organisation.


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.


Graduation Requirements

Please refer to the respective diploma websites:




Tan Ping Eng, Nancy
Course Chair

Nancy has a Master of Social Sciences (Applied Economics) from National University of Singapore. Prior to joining Temasek Polytechnic as an Economic lecturer, Nancy had six years of working experience in marketing and leasing of retail and office space. Her work involved the negotiation of lease agreements with corporate clients.

In her free time, Nancy loves to travel and exercise.  She is passionate about keeping fit and healthy and often participates in group exercises and runs with friends and colleagues to build friendship and working relationships.

Tel: 6780-5811

Wong Nee Tat

Nee Tat specialises in Accounting, Economics and Management subjects. He possesses extensive business consulting and managerial experience gained from his previous positions as Director of Business Consulting, Assistant Vice-President of Strategy and Product Development, Senior Business Consultant, and Finance Manager.

He has consulted for many organisations in diverse industries in wide ranging areas. He has also published in numerous international refereed and local journals. His publications have been featured in The Business Times, The Straits Times, Today, and TV news.

A Chartered Accountant, Nee Tat holds an MBA from the Nanyang Technological University as well as a Master of Social Sciences (Applied Economics) and a good honours degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

Tel: 67806236

Kenneth Fong
Senior Lecturer

Kenneth has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Birmingham and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore, majoring in Economics.  Prior to joining Temasek Polytechnic, he had eight years of experience in the airline industry, working as an Administrative Officer in Singapore Airlines in areas of Marketing and Training.

As a Senior Lecturer in TP School of Business, Kenneth specialises in teaching Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, drawing from his extensive experience in the airline industry. He is also actively involved in the area of continuing education & training, as a lecturer as well as a programme coordinator.

Kenneth’s interests include economics and business research. In his leisure time, Kenneth enjoys sports like tennis, and is a keen travel photographer.

Tel: 67805810

Khoo Sor Hwa
Senior Lecturer

Sor Hwa graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration (Honours) from the National University of Singapore.  Before joining Temasek Polytechnic, she held management positions in DBS Bank, where her last held designation was that of Vice-President.

Sor Hwa contributed in Temasek Polytechnic in various management positions, and has experience in teaching subjects in the areas of banking, finance, management and economics.

An animal lover, she loves spending time with her family, reading and coastal walks.

Tel: 6780-6045


Tan Ee Ling
Senior Lecturer

Ee Ling has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master of Social Sciences in Economics from NUS. She has more than ten years of teaching experience in Economics and management related subjects. Besides teaching polytechnic students and working adults, Ee Ling is also involved in administration of test and exams matters for the school.

Prior to joining Temasek Polytechnic, Ee Ling has more than five years of experience in the field of human resource management. Specialising in the areas of recruitment and compensation and benefits, she has worked for bank and life insurance companies as HR Officer and has handled a large array of HR functions.

Besides teaching, her areas of interest include travelling and providing career advisement to students.

Tel: 67805870

Carmen Lee

Carmen has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics (1st Class Hons) from the University of Leicester, UK.  She stayed on to work in a London audit firm for 1 year before returning to take on an airline relationship manager role with Singapore Airport Terminal Services Ltd. Carmen then moved on to become an Assistant Director with the Ministry of Trade and Industry. She joined Temasek Polytechnic as a Section Head at the International Relations and Industry Services before her switch to pursue her passion in teaching at School of Business.

Carmen is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Behavioural Science with the London School of Economics and is particularly interested in the areas of decision making and behavioural change interventions. She hopes to be able to apply what she has learnt to help students make better decisions for themselves in their professional and personal capacities.

As a graduate of Temasek Polytechnic, Carmen feels that her lecturers have a big impact on her life through the care they have shown her and also in believing in her abilities. She hopes to be a source of encouragement and inspiration to her students just as they have been to her.

Carmen teaches Economics and Transnational Studies CDS.

Tel: 6780-6280

Hansen Yeong Meng Fei

Hansen holds a Bachelor in Arts and Science (Hons) degree from NUS, specialising in Economics and History, as well as a Master in International Political Economy from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at NTU. Hansen also received a Master in Education from Sheffield University.

Hansen has 3 years of working experience with Citibank and HSBC, specialising in cash operations, including foreign exchange and international transfers. At HSBC, he managed a team in Singapore and India responsible for cash movements from Singapore to all parts of the world.  

Hansen is deeply interested in global Economics and the manner in which knowledge from the subject allow learners to understand how the world works around them, and thereby making good choices to improve their lives. Hansen is also interested in the pedagogy of teens and young adults, especially in the relationship between their learning and outcome in their labour market entry.  

Tel : 67805809

Sharon Quek-Lee

Sharon holds an MBA with merit from the University of Manchester, Alliance Manchester Business School. She has also achieved double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Business Administration (majoring in Finance) cum laude in the USA as a full-time student within a record time of less than 3 years.

Sharon has more than 10 years of various corporate work experiences. She started her career as a Regional Treasury Analyst at the American Express Regional Treasury Centre. She then progressed on as a Research Strategist reporting to the Chief Strategist at Strategic Intelligence, a business research group. She was also in global business development as part of a Singapore-based mergers and acquisitions team at Fortis Inc., a financial group of companies based in the Benelux. It was after several more years of work in managing marketing and operations of investment products and investment education, culminating in her last position as an Associate Vice President of a wealth management group that Sharon decided it was time to give her wealth of knowledge gained back to society as a business lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic.

At Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Business, she teaches both the full-time students and part-time working adults in Economics, Finance and other Business subjects.

Tel: 67805874

Wong Lily

Lily has a Master of Social Sciences (Economics) and an economics honours degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She has more than ten years of experience in teaching economics at the diploma and undergraduate levels.

Pursuing a strong interest in economics and academic research, she spent several years as a research associate at INSEAD. Her research interests are in applied economics and game theory.  At INSEAD, she also has more than ten years of experience teaching microeconomics and statistics for MBA programmes.

Tel: 67806276

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School of Business

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