New diplomas respond to industry needs
From next year, new students will be spoilt for choice as the polytechnic offers six new courses for its next intake of students, on top of the 42 courses available.
The new courses are Diploma in International Business, Diploma in Optometry, Diploma in Advertising & Public Relations, Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education, Diploma in Chinese Media & Communication and Diploma in Clean Energy Management.
Diploma in International Business (IB)
On top of an IB elective offered to current third-year Business Studies students in the School of Business & Accountancy (BA), a new Diploma in IB will be offered to 40 BA students.
New modules, such as International Purchasing and Cross-Cultural Management, are taught in this new diploma.
Mr See Khay Soh, Senior Manager of BA, said, “Most of the other new modules, such as International Purchasing and International Marketing will deal with international markets where consumer preferences and corporate practices vary.”
Diploma in Optometry (OPT)
Aspiring eye care specialists can look forward to OPT offered by the School of Health Sciences (HS). NP will join Singapore Polytechnic as the only two polytechnics to offer this diploma in Singapore. There are 40 places in the new intake.
Dr Thomas Sim, Senior Manager and lecturer at HS, said, “The new diploma will emphasise hands-on optometry practice.”
According to Dr Sim, OPT will build on HS’s relations with hospitals and other health care industries.
Modules such as Ocular Anatomy & Physiology, Ophthalmic Pharmacology and Clinical Optometry will be taught.
Modules on research and statistics will also be included in the syllabus to train students to conduct research to advance the practice of Optometry.
Subjects like Paediatric Vision, Geriatric Vision, and Low Vision will be offered in the diploma.
Dr Sim shared that HS plans to run a full Optometry business in NP eventually.
“It’ll cater to NP’s needs in Optometry and include diagnostic centres for common eye disorders,” he said.
Diploma in Advertising & Public Relations (APR)
APR, a new full-time diploma course offered by the School of Film & Media Studies (FMS), will be the first course in Singapore to marry Advertising and Public Relations. There are also 40 places for the first intake.
The breadth and depth of both disciplines will be covered extensively, according to Ms Jenny Low, an Advertising lecturer in FMS.
Highlights of the course include modules such as Advertising & Brand Management and Corporate Relations, as well as a third-year capstone project.
Upon graduation, students can look forward to a career not only in Advertising or Public Relations but also in various sectors like Corporate Communications, Marketing Communications, and Marketing.
Diploma in Clean energy management (Cem)
CEM from the School of Engineering (SoE) will offer 11 new modules designed to meet the demand in the clean energy and energy management sectors of the industry. Only 40 vacancies are available.
Mr Yang Kian Gap, lecturer at the Electrical Engineering Division from the SoE said, that this will “be the first course” in SoE involving “lecturers from all the divisions”.
Modules such as Fuel Cell Technology and Clean Energy System Integration will be introduced to teach students how to create and conserve energy. Students will also gain an in-depth understanding of global warming and climate change.
They can also look forward to attachments with key industry partners, participate in eco-friendly activities and on-site learning of the operations of actual clean energy systems at SoE’s new Solar Technology Centre to be located next to Block 39.
Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education (CPEE)
A first in Singapore, the Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education is one of two new courses offered by the School of Humanities (HMS).
This course focuses on the developmental psychology of young children, especially those with special needs. There are 80 places in the first intake.
Third-year students will be able to specialise in either Early Intervention, which focuses on teaching children with special needs, or Writing and Publishing, which focuses on producing children publications.
“The course gives students more options and more job opportunities,” said Ms Lucy Quek, CPEE’s course manager.
Upon graduating, students can expect to find employment as a special needs teacher or in children-related industries.
Diploma in Chinese Media & Communication (CMC)
HMS’s other new course, CMC will cover Mass Communication topics in the Chinese language. There are 50 places available for the initial intake.
“CMC is designed for students seeking a career in the Chinese print, broadcast and interactive media,” said Mrs Choo-Yeo Cheh Hoon, Director of HMS.
“It’s launched due to the increasing demand for media professionals in the growing Chinese media market.”
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