Higher Engineering Mathematics (EMA3001) Frequently Asked Questions
No. Higher Engineering Mathematics is a Special Elective subject. Unlike Elective subjects, it is not a requirement for graduation.
Four. This translates to 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials each week. However, students are advised put in about 8 or more hours per week of study outside class, whether in groups or individually.
Intermediate Calculus. The content is adapted from Year One Engineering Mathematics taught in local universities. HEM is a bridging module for university mathematics that prepares graduates from TemasekEngineeringSchool for university education.
Students who are strong in Mathematics and intend to pursue a university degree in the field of engineering or science (this includes the Mathematical Sciences).
There are two groups of students to be invited:
Group 1: Students who obtained an A grade (or above) for all engineering
AND obtained clear pass for all other subjects
(including CDS subjects) during semester 1.1 to 2.1.
Group 2: Students who obtained an A grade (or above) for engineering
mathematics 1 and 2 with a “B+” grade in engineering mathematics 3
AND obtained clear pass for all other subjects (including CDS subjects)
AND the cGPA is above 3.50 during semester 1.1 to 2.1.
If the students are exempted with Engineering Mathematics 1, the requirement in Engineering Mathematics 1 will not be applicable for this case and we will look at the grades of Engineering Mathematics 2 and 3.
Eligible students will receive invitation letters from Temasek Polytechnic School of Engineering. Students who wish to take up the subject will need to submit the reply slip to the General Office (GO) of Engineering School by the stipulated deadline.
The invitation letters will be sent out to your mailing addresses that you have registered with TP soon after the semester 2.1 results are released.
HEM will be offered to qualified students in year 2.2. However, if the diploma in which you are pursing has MP/SIP at semester 2.2, you will be invited to study at year 3.1.
Generally HEM has not been offered to students at year 3.2 since year 2009 onwards, However, from Oct 2011 semester, we are considering to invite students who are at other levels if the students meet the eligibility requirement AND have not taken HEM before.
HEM is assessed in similar ways as other engineering mathematics subjects.
Yes. However, since this is a Special Elective subject, it will be reflected on a separate page from other subjects.
Currently HEM result is not part of admission requirement set by local universities. However, having done well in HEM gives you some advantage when you apply for exemption from certain mathematics foundation modules.
No. You are not allowed to repeat the subject if you have taken before.
In this case you could choose another CDS so that you can take HEM; if this is not possible then you should continue with your CDS and drop HEM. Please bear in mind that CDS count towards your graduation requirement while HEM does not.
If you intend to pursue a university degree in engineering or science, this module will prepare you for university mathematics, which is often a challenge for polytechnic graduates. Students who are allowed to take up the module are deemed to have the aptitude to handle HEM, despite its deep content. You can excel in HEM when you are able to allot sufficient time for study; this usually means that you:
You have the first three weeks of the semester to decide whether you want to continue with the subject. If you decide to drop the subject, write an email to either Mr. Fu LingChen (email@example.com) or Dr. Rudy Sabarudin (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the end of week three. Please use “Drop Higher Engineering Mathematics” in your email subject and provide your full name and matriculation number.
Students will NOT be allowed to drop the subject after the third week else an F grade will be awarded in the transcript
Updated: September 2011