Architectural Technology & Building Services T29

Infuse DIGITAL architecture with SMART systems design and sustainability and voila! — you get the best of both technology and design that creates a future-ready built environment to combat climate change and environmental degradation.

You will learn the process of designing an integrated high-performance building using technology such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) for virtual design, software simulations for performance evaluation and automation (smart) systems for efficient management. You will also get to experience how technology is used in sustainable architecture and systems design, in line with today’s digital economy.

You will be eligible for the Associate Singapore Certified Energy Manager (ASCEM) certificate jointly administered by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) as well as a wide array of university courses, both locally & globally.

 

Your Journey

Year 1

Get an insightful and exciting experience of various aspects of the built environment through field trips, overseas trips and digital architecture lab sessions, for a concrete understanding of basic design and engineering concepts.

Year 2

Be trained by our multi- disciplinary team of lecturers, comprising Architects, Engineers, or Energy & Green Mark Managers, to develop industry-specific technical competence.

Year 3

Graduate as an all-rounded professional with relevant management skills.  Specialise in your area of interest and display your skillsets through internships, major projects, competitions and practical industry collaboration, for an impressive portfolio.

Digital Architecture
This is the only local polytechnic course that nurtures specialised Virtual Building Design skills through software such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and bioclimatic simulations for conceptualising efficient designs and assessing building performance.

Sustainability
In line with the Building & Construction Authority’s “Green Building Masterplan”, modules in this course emphasise sustainable design, energy efficiency and quality living, which address national and global issues such as climate change and resource constraints.

Smart Systems
Knowledge of mechanical and electrical (M&E) systems is coupled with hands-on learning of automation (smart) technology for powerful data analytics, so as to optimise energy performance and achieve the best indoor environmental conditions for occupants.

Singapore has set a vision of becoming a global leader in green buildings with special expertise in the tropics and sub-tropics.  This gives an indication of the enormous job opportunities and demand for building professionals in the decades ahead.

You can look forward to rewarding careers in the digital team of architects and M&E engineers, green building consultancies, as well as energy service and building-automation companies, as:

  • BIM Software Modeller (Architectural Engineer / Technologist)
  • Simulation Specialist  (Building Performance)
  • Singapore Certified Energy Manager / Auditor
  • Smart Systems Officer (Building Automation)
  • Environment & Sustainable Design Consultant
  • Engineering Consultants (Mechanical / Electrical)
  • Facility Manager

Our comprehensive list of industry-specific part-time and post-diploma courses will offer you the best of both worlds as you pursue your career and further your studies.


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Minimum 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.

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
Any one of the listed subjects^ Grades 1-6
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA -

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.

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

TP Fundamentals Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
ECS1005

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. You will also be taught to consider the Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) when writing and delivering oral presentations.

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ECS1006

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. In all aspects, the principles of applying Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will be covered.

12
ECS1007

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. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will also be applied when engaging in verbal and written communication.

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 civic-minded individuals.

12
EIN1001

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised fields or beyond. You will first learn the Design Thinking framework, where you will 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. Finally, you will acquire commercial awareness through the LEAN Startup framework of idea crystallisation, prototype building, customer testing and validation, refinement of business model canvas, and crowdfunding or crowdsourcing avenues.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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EGS1002

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.

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EGS1003

This subject explores the concepts of identity, diversity and inclusion at the workplace. It examines the relationship between identity and diversity, the benefits and challenges of diversity and the strategies that promote inclusion and inspire collaboration in a diverse workplace. Examples of the elements of diversity covered in this subject include nationality, generation, ethnicity and gender.

13
EGS1004

Students will examine the meaning and responsibilities of being a Global Citizen, in order to contribute towards a more equitable and sustainable world.? In addition, students will learn how sustainable solutions can support community development, and, execute and critique a community action plan that addresses the needs of a specific community/cause.

13
EGS1005

This subject provides a platform for an understanding of culture and heritage through modes of expression. Students will be introduced to global and local cultures via everyday objects, places and human behaviour seen through time and space. Students will explore issues and challenges in culture and heritage sustainability in community, national and global contexts.

13
TGL1001

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.

13
ESI3001

The on-the-job training nature of the programme allows you to gain some industrial experience. Through this programme, you will be exposed to the work environment so that you can better appreciate and understand the problems and issues at the work place. The content and scope of learning varies from organisation to organisation.  However, it is envisaged that after the programme, you would have, in general, developed your communication and interpersonal skills as well as the right work ethics, and also become more mature, confident and independent, and have a more realistic expectation of what a working environment is like.

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* Students must choose to take either one of these three subjects or TGL1001 Guided Learning.

Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
EBD1005

The module introduces the principles of architectural drawing and visualisation using relevant building information modelling (BIM) tools for representation.  You will learn to apply these tools to develop schematic building designs based on local building regulations, construct 3D-BIM models with architectural elements and prepare documentation for planning submissions.

14
EBD1006

This module will introduce “climate-responsive” building design including the adoption of passive design strategies such  as building orientation and space layout to facilitate natural ventilation and daylighting, as well as vernacular architecture strategies, innovative bioclimatic architecture strategies and sustainable material selection.

13
EEE1001

This subject provides a good foundation in DC and AC network analysis. You will learn the basic principles of electric circuitry and how to apply circuit theorems to analyse DC and AC networks.

16
EGB1001

This subject covers the fundamentals of the built environment, focusing specifically on the local building sector. Topics covered include building components, building services commonly found in a building, basics of space planning and the Green Mark scheme that governs the environmental design and performance of buildings.

14
EMA1002

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.

14
EMA1003

This subject teaches pre-calculus techniques required for an engineering course. It trains you in engineering problem-solving approaches using the appropriate mathematical tools. Topics such as simultaneous equations, matrices, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers and vectors will be covered.

14
ESC1004

This subject covers a spectrum of fundamental physics laws and concepts applicable to the scope of engineering physics. It covers a few core areas including Mechanics, Energy, Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism, Waves & Optics and Materials. This subject provides a foundation for a further in depth study of the various engineering disciplines.

13
ESE1006

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.

14
ESE1008

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.

 

13
EBD2010

This module advances the use of building information modelling (BIM) tools in building design and project coordination.  You will apply your knowledge in the design development stage of your design project according to the local code of practice, and prepare documentation of drawings for the purpose of project coordination.

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EBM2005

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.

24
EBM2006

This subject equips you with the knowledge of Building Management System (BMS) and associated technologies. It covers building management tools, heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) control, and energy management system, while focusing on the components, functions, and control strategies for the chiller plant and air-handling systems. It also deals with facility and maintenance management programmes, including the application and integration of building management tools in an intelligent building.

24
EBT2008

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that allows collaboration among building professionals so that they can efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. This subject equips you with the practical BIM modelling skills for creating the virtual models of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. In addition, essential knowledge about these systems, such as its working principles, system diagrams interpretation and the energy optimisation techniques will also be covered.

24
EBT2009

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.

24
EGB2002

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.

24
EGB2005

This subject provides in-depth knowledge about modelling and simulation concepts in green buildings. Starting with climate analysis and the passive design aspects of a green building, you will be taken through hands-on stage-by-stage simulation tasks to demonstrate the impact of solar geometry on a building’s façade and its indoor spaces. The simulation includes site analysis, solar radiation analysis, shading design, overshadowing, airflow and the envelope thermal transmittance value (ETTV) of a building’s facade. You will also study about ventilation using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software.

24
EBD3006

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.

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EBM3005

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.

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EGB3004

This is a project-based subject in which you will learn about the integration of architectural design and various building engineering systems throughout the lifecycle of a building – from conceptualisation, design development and construction, to the operation of the building.  You will also learn about the compliance with the different building codes, the “Green Building” rating systems and estimated project cost.  This module will give you an understanding of how to link the different aspects of a project together and to communicate with the different role players, thereby giving you a clear perspective of both theory and practice in the built environment industry.

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EMP3002

The Major Project gives you an opportunity to integrate and apply your knowledge in a practical learning situation. Besides research, design and project management skills, the emphasis will also be on innovation, creativity, teamwork and enterprise.

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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. 

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
EED3009

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.

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EED3010

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.

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EED3011

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.

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EED3012

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.

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Graduation Requirements

Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamental Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects 84 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed 120 credit units