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Diploma in Psychology Studies (T48)

2018 Planned Intake: 70 JAE 2018 Last Aggregate Score: 10

TP’s Diploma in Psychology Studies will give you the foundations of understanding how people think, behave, communicate and interact with one another. There are many behavioural methods that psychologists apply to get to the bottom of the matter.

Delve into the many areas psychology from human development to counselling, and find out everything you need to know about yourself. The course lays a firm foundation in the essential disciplines within psychology. It also seeks to equip students so that they will be able to make practical applications of psychology in professional settings, such as the social services, special needs education and research sectors.

Students are given the opportunity to engage in industry projects and collaborations. These collaborations are facilitated by the Centre for Applied Psychology (CAP). For more information, please visit the CAP microsite.

Exciting career opportunities awaits

 

What you will learn

  • Foundation Psychology B: People in Contexts

    Research

    In this suite of subjects, students will learn the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake applied projects in the field. Students will learn to design studies, collect both qualitative and quantitative data, and conduct statistical analyses to interpret the collected data. This training will provide students with critical thinking skills and an empirical mindset to provide solutions for problems that they may encounter in the course of their future jobs, further education and in everyday life. Students will also be given the opportunity to collaborate on projects with our industry partners, and to apply what they learnt to solve real-world problems.
  • Social Services

    In this suite of subjects, students will be exposed to an overview of the social service sector in Singapore. Students will also acquire knowledge and skills in the areas of counselling and group work. These competencies will be exercised in their final year, where students apply what they have learnt in a real-world community project.
  • Special Project

    Special Needs Education

    Through the suite of subjects offered in the area of Special Needs Education, students will be informed on the latest issues and trends faced by individuals with special needs. Students will also be equipped with knowledge and skills in the areas of classroom management and behavioural interventions for individuals with special needs. In the final year of their diploma programme, students will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge in collaborative projects with our industry partners, while being immersed in a special education environment.
  • Psychological Concepts & Theories

    Through the diploma’s core subjects, students will learn about foundational psychological concepts and theories. The knowledge gained from these subjects will provide students with insights into human thoughts and behaviours, which will be useful for future careers in the areas of social services, special needs education, or any other careers that require in depth understanding of human behaviour and mental processes.

Diploma Highlights

  • This course lays a firm foundation in the essential disciplines within psychology. It also equips students to make practical applications of psychology in professional settings. 
  • It develops graduates with relevant knowledge, skills and attributes to take up jobs in key industry sectors, such as social service and special needs education. 
  • It provides a choice of specialisations with electives such as Abnormal Psychology, Assessment & Interventions in Special Needs Education, and Health Psychology. 

Graduates will be equipped with a solid foundation in the knowledge of human behaviour. They will also possess life skills (e.g. critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal communication), research skills, as well as domain-specific knowledge and skills to take on job roles in relevant industry sectors. 

Career Prospects

With Diploma in Psychology Studies:

  • Psychology Assistant
  • Social Work Associate
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Early Intervention Teacher
  • Autism Coach
  • Allied Educator (Learning Behavioural Support)
  • Learning Support Associate
  • Research Assistant
  • Paracounsellor
  • Student Support Assistant
  • Programme Executive (Social Services)
  • Care Staff (e.g. Children’s Home)
  • Youth Worker

 

With University Degrees in Psychology:

  • Psychologist (in a specialised field)
  • Social Worker
  • Research Officer
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Counsellor
  • Behaviour Therapist
  • Research Coordinator

 

Further Education

Advanced standing is normally granted based on good academic performance as well as subject to subject matching between the diploma course and the undergraduate course you wish to pursue at the university. Thus, graduates who do well in this diploma will stand a higher chance to pursue university degrees in psychology or related disciplines. Temasek Polytechnic has held dialogues with various universities to gain advanced standing for our graduates and have received favourable responses from these discussions. 

Please click on the Diploma to Degree pathfinder link below for the most updated list of local and overseas degrees with advanced standing arrangements.

diploma to degree finder

Entry Requirements

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 1-6
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-7
Any three other subjects, excluding CCA Grades 1-6

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

Applicants must have also sat for one of these subjects: Additional Mathematics, Art/ Art & Design, Business Studies, Chinese, Combined Humanities, Commerce, Commercial Studies, Creative 3D Animation, Design & Technology, Economics, Elementary Mathematics, Food & Nutrition, Geography, Higher Art, Higher Chinese, Higher Malay, Higher Music, Higher Tamil, History, Introduction to Enterprise Development, Literature in English, Literature in Chinese, Literature in Malay, Literature in Tamil, Malay, Media Studies (English), Media Studies (Chinese), Music, Principles of Accounts, Tamil.

* 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

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
GCS1006

Students will learn to research, validate information sources, plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. Students will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. 

12
GCS1007

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
GCS1008

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
GIN1001

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
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
GGS1002

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
GGS1003

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
GGS1004

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
GGS1005

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
GIP3005

This internship programme is a 12-week attachment to relevant organisations that will enable you to link and practise your learning with the real world. You will have opportunities to handle real problems and issues, and apply the concepts and skills that you have acquired in the course of your study.

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* Students must choose to take either one of these three subjects OR Guided Learning (TFS1006).

Diploma Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
GPS1001

This subject provides you with an overall perspective and understanding of psychology as a scientific study of mental processes and human behaviour. Fundamental concepts, theories and methodology in the study of psychology will be explored to enhance your understanding of the biological, cognitive and social bases of behaviour.

14
GPS1007

This subject builds upon your foundational understanding of statistical concepts and data analysis methods. It equips you with the knowledge, skills and techniques, as well as hands-on experience in the conduct of empirical and qualitative research in psychology and the social sciences.

14
GPS1020

This subject provides a broad introduction to the social services sector in Singapore, including the special needs education sector. You will be introduced to the social services landscape including the key agencies in the sector, as well as the issues and challenges faced within this sector.   

14
GPS1021

This subject aims to provide you with an overview of research methodology and statistical tools in the social sciences. This will include an introduction to the enterprise of scientific research, research ethics, and also rudimentary research methods and statistical concepts, in order to prepare students for more advanced research methods subjects.

14
GPS1022

This subject provides you with an introduction to the range of special needs and types of disabilities encountered in the special needs education sector. It equips you with foundational understanding necessary to build towards higher-order skillsets in the areas of classroom management and the development of interventions for people with special needs.

14
GPS2001

This subject equips you to address more complex research questions using an expanded range of research designs and statistical techniques. You will be given opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and techniques and employ statistical software to analyse and interpret data from a range of psychological experiments.

24
GPS2005

This subject is about the scientific study of the interactions between people and the social contexts they live in. Through exploring real-world social events and situations, you will gain a deeper appreciation of how people’s thoughts, emotions and behaviours are influenced by other people.

24
GPS2007

This subject examines theories and methodologies covered in developmental psychology. You will explore and gain a deeper understanding of how people change at each developmental phase as a result of interaction between innate factors and external experiences.

24
GPS2014

This subject involves seminars and workshops conducted for deeper study and inquiry into special topics exploring the application of psychology in specific settings such as personal, social and organisational settings. Supervised by staff or guest lecturers who are experts in their fields, the subject is designed to encourage research as well as the intensive study of specific topics and areas that could vary depending on resources and expertise.

24
GPS2017

This subject explores two main thematic areas of human information processing, namely, perception and cognition. You will explore topics such as sensory perception, attention, learning and memory, knowledge structure, language, judgment and decision making in order to enhance your understanding of how human beings perceive and process information.

24
GPS2021

This subject aims to provide an introduction to the field of counselling psychology. You will learn about the fundamentals of counselling and discuss the theoretical perspectives that guide the work of counselling psychologists. You will also explore contemporary issues that influence the counselling profession, including ethics, assessment and working with diversity, and to learn about special approaches and settings for counsellors.

24
GPS2024

This subject equips you with the knowledge and skillsets necessary to develop and carry out group work sessions in the context of the social service sector.

24
GPS2025

Psychology is not just a theoretical subject. It holds valuable and practical applications across a wide range of personal, interpersonal and professional settings. This subject allows you to apply previously learnt psychological techniques and research skills in a survey research project to better understand individuals in an applied setting. 

24
GMP3001

The major project is intended to complete your training by providing a real-world experience 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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GPS3016

This subject builds on skills and experience gained from earlier project work-related subjects. More opportunities will be provided for you to explore the various fields in psychology and apply psychological knowledge in greater depth. You will be required to conduct an experimental research project from a range of relevant topics.

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GPS3013

This subject provides you with opportunities to apply psychological knowledge, research methods and intervention strategies within industrial and organisational settings. You will explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of personnel and organisational psychology. Learn about how psychology can help people become more effective at the workplace. 

34
GPS3014

This subject helps you understand the ecological interaction between individual, group, organisational, community and societal factors and their effect on the health and affective well-being of all members of a community. It will also introduce you to the theories and paradigms of research and action, promotion of psychological resilience and prevention of mental health problems, based on community psychology perspectives.

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·       Social Services

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
GPS2010

This subject examines the impact of mental, emotional and behavioural factors that affect the onset, duration, recovery and prevention of physical illnesses. You will also learn to analyse health and disease issues using psychological principles and techniques in the context of an interrelated and diverse world.

24
GPS3003

This subject explores concepts and issues surrounding abnormal behaviour and illnesses. You will explore major theories on how physiology, cognition, developmental, social and other issues influence behaviour. You will also be provided with an overview of intervention methodologies and techniques commonly used in the treatment of maladaptive behaviours and psychological disorders.

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GPS3015

This subject focuses on raising awareness of the theoretical, psychological and developmental perspectives on deviant behaviour. In addition, it examines the psychological factors that relate to crime on a general level, specific offences and also specific offender and victim groups. You will learn to evaluate the contribution of psychology to the explanation of deviant behaviour in a multi-disciplinary framework. You will also gain an understanding of the Singapore prisons and rehabilitation system.

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·       Special Needs Education 

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
GPS2026

This subject presents an overview of the types of teaching and intervention approaches in managing people with different types of special needs. It also explores teaching strategies to support learners with various special education needs.  

24
GPS2027

This subject covers the different types of assessments, and guidelines for their use in the context of special needs education. The subject also explores different programming strategies and interventions to support learners with various special needs.

24
GPS3012

This subject will provide you with the opportunity to apply evidence-based strategies in developing appropriate interventions, training or educational materials in special needs education. You will work with an actual industry partner to meet a specific industry need in the special needs sector.

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To be eligible for graduation, a candidate from the Diploma in Psychology Studies must have attained a minimum of 120 credit units and meet the following requirements: 

  • Completed a minimum of 36 credit units of TP Fundamentals subjects
  • Completed a minimum of 72 credit units of Diploma Core subjects
  • Completed a minimum of 12 credit units of Diploma Elective subjects

Meet our lecturers

In the Diploma in Psychology Studies programme at TP, strong emphasis is placed on selecting the very best lecturers for our students! Our lecturers have diverse academic backgrounds and they possess a variety of relevant skills as well as a wealth of experience that benefit our students.

We are a group of passionate individuals who enjoy having fun and are interested in making learning a memorable experience for you! Read on to find out more about each of us!

lecturers


arthur foo

Arthur Foo
Degree in Psychology, James Cook University
Master of Applied Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Colorado State University (Candidate)


Arthur graduated with a degree in Psychology from James Cook University. He joined Temasek Polytechnic after working for 7 years in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). At NTU, he managed and executed a multi-year R&D project on Leadership Development, that was funded by the Ministry of Defence.

Prior to that, Arthur was a youth worker in a non-profit organisation specialising in at-risk youths. His areas of interests include attachment styles, resilience, and the neurological basis of behaviour. Arthur plays badminton in his free time and follows crime thriller dramas.

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chua ping tzeun

Chua Ping Tzeun
Honours Degree in Psychology, National University of Singapore
Master of Applied Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Colorado State University

Ping Tzeun has been lecturing in Psychology Studies at Temasek Polytechnic since 2008. Prior to that, he had worked as a Defence Psychologist with the Singapore Armed Forces, followed by a stint in applied R&D at the Nanyang Technological University.

Ping Tzeun's professional background is in Industrial-Organisational Psychology and he has undertaken roles in leadership development, training, and the design and delivery of assessment and feedback systems. He is accredited in a variety of assessment tools including the MBTI, FIRO-B, EQ-i and the Center for Creative Leadership's Benchmarks and Skillscope 360-degree feedback instruments. Ping Tzeun received his Honours degree in Psychology from the National University of Singapore, and his Masters degree in Industrial-Organisational Psychology with the Colorado State University. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, travelling and watching movies.

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debbie tan

Debbie Tan
Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Debbie received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, where she lived for more than 15 years. She has been teaching for more than 14 years before joining Temasek Polytechnic as a full-time lecturer. Both her educational background and professional experiences are eclectic, ranging from Literature to Interdisciplinary subjects and the Social Sciences.

Her professional experiences include teaching and training in a diverse range of subjects in various disciplines such as Language, Gender Studies, Asian Studies, Sociology, and Psychology at tertiary institutions such as the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada, the Singapore Institute of Management University (UniSIM), the Singapore Human Resource Institute (SHRI), and the Temasek Polytechnic. Debbie is also an active volunteer who has volunteered her time in a range of areas from nursing homes to the Changi Women's Prison.

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dennis tan

Dennis Tan
Diploma in Special Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore Bachelor in Business Administration, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Masters in Education (Special Education)

Dennis Tan started his career in the special education industry since 2007. He worked in Rainbow Centre as a special education teacher supporting children with special needs which include autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities. He joined Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2008 as a Special Needs Officer trained in autism studies at Autism Resource Center. He was deployed to Pathlight School to support children with autism during his course. While working in MOE, he pursued his post-graduate degree in Special Education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

Upon graduation, he joined Ngee Ann Polytechnic as an adjunct lecturer teaching subjects related to Special Education. He joined Temasek Polytechnic in 2012 and is helping to develop new subjects in early childhood intervention. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in special education at the National Institute of Education. His hobbies include swimming, sea sports, boating, and travelling.

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emil cheong

Emil Cheong

Degree in Psychology and Sociology, National University of Singapore 
Masters in English Literature, National University of Singapore 
Masters in Psychology, Nanyang Technological University
Masters in Guidance and Counselling, James Cook University



Emil has been teaching Psychology in Temasek Polytechnic since 2010. His interest lies in approaches for understanding and improving individual well-being, as well as interpersonal, intergroup, and intercultural relations. He completed his Masters’ in Psychology at Nanyang Technological University, and Masters' in Guidance and Counselling at James Cook University. He has also completed a Masters’ in English Literature, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology, from the National University of Singapore. Emil specializes in areas related to Counseling, Social, Personality, and Cultural Psychology.

Emil’s work experience includes working on education research at the National University of Singapore, and teaching Psychology at Nanyang Technological University and UniSIM (now called the Singapore University of Social Sciences). He has also interned as a school counselor working with a range of issues faced by youth. In his free time, Emil enjoys the company of close friends, spicy food, cats, coffee, movies, and music.

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fionna thong

Fionna Thong
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), National University of Singapore (NUS)
Masters in Applied Psychology (Counselling Psychology), National Institute of Education (NIE)


After graduating from NUS, Fionna followed her passion in working with people to work as a home based therapist for children with autism. Subsequently, she joined Singapore Prisons Service as a counselor working with female offenders in the areas of addiction and offender rehabilitation. It was through this experience that she decided to further her studies in Counselling Psychology at NIE, in order to advance her knowledge and skills in the area of counseling psychology.

She has also interned at counseling and family service centres, and worked on a diverse range of counseling issues. Fionna is interested in psychological testing and assessment, gender related issues in psychology as well as mental health related topics and issues. She is also passionate about artistic gymnastics and remains actively involved as an international technical official. In her free time, she enjoys reading and exercising.

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gabriella lai

Gabrielle Lai
Degree in Psychology, San Francisco State University
Masters in Psychology, San Francisco State University


Gabrielle Lai has been lecturing in TP since 2011. She has teaching experience both in preschool and tertiary educational settings in the USA. She completed her undergraduate and graduate study at San Francisco State University, and is specialized in the field of developmental psychology.

She is interested in the area of cognitive development of children, particularly in mathematical and language acquisition. She has conducted research studies in this field, and is still actively collaborating on more projects both locally and overseas. She enjoys reading non-fiction novels and satisfying her gastronomical cravings in her free time.

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izad

Izad bin Ghalid

Bachelor in Education (Special Education), Flinders University
Masters in Education (Special Education)

Izad embarked on his career as a SPED teacher in AWWA School in 2007. During his years of service, he worked with students from moderate to severe autism and multiple disabilities. He took up the appointment of the Head of ICT Department for 5 years in the school, where he collaborated with fellow educators to develop the ICT curriculum for the profile of students in the school as well as overseeing the infusion and implementation of ICT into daily classroom lessons.

After which, Izad moved on to work in an international school in Shanghai for a year. Izad completed his Bachelor in Education (Special Education) from Flinders University, South Australia and recently graduated with a Master in Education (Special Education) from National Institute of Education, Singapore.

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kek chee hui

Kek Chee Hui
Honours Degree in Psychology, National University of Singapore
Masters in Psychology, Nanyang Technological University


Chee Hui has been lecturing in TP since 2012. Before joining us, she was a part-time lecturer in NTU's Psychology Department and in UniSIM. Chee Hui had previously read psychology and graduated from the National University of Singapore with honours.

She then completed her Master's in Nanyang Technological University. Her research interests lies in Social Psychology and Cross-cultural Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hot yoga, and trekking/hiking.

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tan wah pheow

Dr Tan Wah Pheow
Honours Degree in Psychology, National University of Singapore
Masters in Psychology, National University of Singapore
Ph.D. in Psychology with a minor in Statistics, Iowa State University


Dr Tan graduated from National University of Singapore with Honours, and received his Ph.D. in Psychology with a minor in Statistics from Iowa State University in 2009. He is trained as a cognitive psychologist, and has conducted considerable research in the areas of visual attention, working memory and decision-making.

He is still actively collaborating with other researchers to conduct research in the area of cognitive psychology. Outside of his professional life, Dr Tan lives the double-life as a free-lance writer and has published his writings in various forms on different platforms. Other than psychology and creative writing, Dr Tan enjoys photography, reading both fictional and non-fictional works, and playing basketball in his free time.

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tessa

Tessa Goh

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Economics),
National University of Singapore

Masters in Applied Psychology (Educational Psychology),
Nanyang Technological University


Tessa is a Registered Psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), with years of experience practicing as a psychologist as well as teaching psychology. Tessa has worked in both community and clinical settings. She started her professional journey at a voluntary welfare organization that serves people with various disabilities and medical conditions. Subsequently, Tessa worked with children with developmental delays at KK Women's and Children's Hospital. She conducts diagnostic assessments and psychological interventions for children with autism, ADHD, and learning difficulties.

Tessa has taught diploma and degree courses in polytechnics and SIM-UOW. Her teaching interests include psychology, special needs, early childhood, and counselling. She has also been passionately involved in community projects in less developed countries such as Cambodia, China, and Indonesia over the years. She enjoys nature, music, reading, and playing squash.

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Contact Us

For Admission enquiries, please email: admissions@tp.edu.sg

For general enquiries, please contact:

School of Humanities & Social Sciences
General Office:  EW1A-03-111
Temasek Polytechnic
21 Tampines Avenue 1
Singapore 529757

  (65) 6780 6565
  (65) 6789 4080
  hsshotline@tp.edu.sg

Happenings

10th Anniversary of the Diploma in Psychology Studies

On 26 October 2018, 200 of our students, alumni, staff and ex-staff came together to commemorate a significant milestone - the 10th anniversary of the Diploma in Psychology Studies. The event started off with a buffet dinner alongside rich interactions among guests. This was then followed by a number of activities ranging from musical performances by our very talented students, to games ran by lecturers and a sharing by alumni reminiscing their time as former students of the diploma. The night ended with a cake, specially baked by an alumni, to mark the 10th year of our Diploma.

- Written by students from the Psychology Studies Interest Group (PSIG).

 

 

 

Student Research Awards 2017

The Singapore Psychological Society organizes the Student Research Awards ceremony annually. During the most recent awards ceremony, we are proud to announce that our students from the Diploma in Psychology Studies swept top awards in the Diploma category:

Award #1: Best Project & Best Writing

Research Title: Relationship between Sociocultural Factors and Prejudice towards Non-Locals in Singapore 

Award #2: Best Presentation

Research Title: Measuring Sense of Belonging and its Correlates

Award #3: Most Promising Research

Research Title: Media’s Influence on National Identity 

Award #4: Best Poster

Research Title: Priming and Intercultural Contact on Prejudice and Perceived Threat towards Immigrants and Migrant Workers 

The students presented their research in front of esteemed guests and students from other educational institution.  It was definitely a great day spent learning, growing and interacting with students, reviewers and supervisors who took the time to come down and support their students.

 

student research rewards 2017

 

Psychology Study Trip to Perth 2017

In April 2017, a study trip was conducted for students from the Diploma in Psychology Studies. The trip brought them to Perth, Australia, where they visited Psychology research centres and laboratories. They also attended sharing and interaction sessions with Psychology professors, practitioners, and university students. Through these activities, students were exposed to the various research areas and industry applications of Psychology in Australia.

 

perth

 

perth

 

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JENESYS Trip to Japan 2017

HSS has a close relationship with the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). In 2017, they invited 19 HSS students and a lecturer to participate in an educational trip under the JENESYS programme to Japan (Tokyo and Hakodate). Through various visits to cultural sites, places of interests, as well as interactions with the Japanese, our students have gained a global understanding of Japan’s economics, society, policy, and culture. The trip promoted mutual trust and friendship ties between Japan and Singapore, which also brings about a platform for future cooperation. 

 

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Our Students’ Internship Experience

All our final year students have to complete an internship with a relevant company. The aim of the internship is to give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to the workplace. We place students in a wide range of industries and companies. These include human / social service oriented companies, Special Education (SPED) schools, research organizations, consultancy companies and government organizations. Our past students have all enjoyed their internship experiences and have come back saying they really have learnt a lot from the experience.

Metta School

Metta School was set up to offer special education services for those with Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In my 12-week of internship at Metta School, I was attached to both the Psychology and the ASD teaching department. I was tasked by the psychologists to observe and provide an intervention plan for a student and was also concurrently tasked to aid the teachers in the Senior ASD programs (14-18 years old).

 Special Needs Education Modules offered in the diploma programme, such as “Psychology of the Exceptional Child”, were useful to me in my observations and aiding the ASD students in class. It helped me understand the behaviours I was observing and its impact on the child and the environment. The psychologists and various teachers provided me with more insight and hands-on assistance. They taught me how to adapt to the needs of each child, and when to intervene during a challenging situation. All the staff whom I had interacted with were kind, helpful. Getting this opportunity was a big stepping stone in my journey towards becoming a psychologist in such a field or becoming a Special Education teacher.

-  Lim Jia Ming


Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)

“My three-month internship with Central Youth Guidance Office (CYGO) under Ministry of Social and Family Development provided insights on the application of what I have learnt in my diploma to policy work. My internship allowed me the rich experience of marrying what I had learnt from the diploma to a work setting. For example, my work with CYGO involved collecting and handling data from voluntary welfare organisations. Data collection is nothing new in the diploma, but applying those skills in a government initiative and seeing how it informs policies is certainly a new experience! My internship provided me with experiences such as supporting focus group discussions and conducting data analysis. In addition, I was provided with opportunities to join meetings where inter-agency collaborations took place. In those meetings, I learnt how not just different ministries come together to enhance policies, but how the ministries in turn also helped improve the services delivered through community partners. In sum, internship provided me with the valuable experience of applying what I had learnt in the diploma in an entirely new context. This internship was both challenging and enriching!”

Nicole Leo

Singapore Children’s Society

Singapore Children’s Society is a social service organisation dedicated to bring relief and happiness to children in need. Being an intern at Singapore Children’s Society, we were exposed to many tasks that tapped on our knowledge of research. There is a high applicability of what we learn in school to what we do on the job, as we find ourselves revisiting the things we’ve done while studying the research modules. Our main task was to assist in an ongoing research study, which required us to help out with tasks such as contacting participants, conducting surveys, as well as entering data. Apart from this, we were also given the opportunity to help plan and run internal workshops. All in all, with the help and support from our supervisors and the staff members, we were able to develop new skills and enhance our understanding on research.

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