Year 2

Year 2 IS Modules

for AY2018 and earlier cohorts

Level 2 IS prescribed modules aim to develop skills in communication, cultural intelligence  and and critical thinking of contemporary issues. Check out some exciting electives in Arts and Humanities, Business, Design and Science and Technology categories. With four exciting categories of interesting modules to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

(Please note that not all electives will be offered in all semesters.)

Year 2: Prescribed Modules

CQ @ Work

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a critical capability in today’s multi-cultural global business environment, merely being aware of differences in culture is not enough. There is often an inability to communicate effectively across that cultural divide. The exact same message can be perceived in vastly different ways and with entirely different meaning. Through real-world case studies and learner-centered methodologies, students will be sensitized to the challenges of interacting and working in new and unfamiliar settings, be it in organizations on home-ground or in a different country. The take-away from this module is the ability to cope with varied organizational environments and a mind-set ready to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Exploring Contemporary Issues: Business and Society

This module explores political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental issues where business and society intersect in the current context of economic globalisation and industrial revolution. Current issues will be analysed from two different perspectives, first from the point of view of a business corporation or a company, whose primary concern would be whether these issues offer opportunities or pose a challenge to internationalising efforts.

Second, from the point of view of society whose well-being and quality of life are profoundly affected by business activities and technological developments affecting the ways companies operate and conduct itself. Students will also learn how businesses can be more socially responsible and propose ways in which business and society can co-exist to enhance the mutual benefits to each other. At the end of this module, students will have a deeper and more holistic understanding of the mutual impacts of business and society in shaping the world we live in today and their underlying issues.

Year 2: Electives Modules

With four exciting categories and numerous interesting modules to choose from, the possibilities are virtually endless! Check out these exciting electives in Arts and Humanities, Business, Design and Science and Technology.


Driven by globalisation, today's business environment is changing at a dizzying pace and throwing up many challenges to professionals. These modules help you develop the skills needed to thrive in this environment.

Starting a Business (Oct)

Have you always liked the idea of making your own decisions and being in control of your life? You will enjoy such freedom by starting your own business and being a boss! This module provides you with some foundational knowledge in business. You will learn how to identify business opportunities, market your products, run the operations and figure out your finances. Even for those who may not be thinking of embarking on the entrepreneurial journey, this course will be beneficial as it provides insight into how businesses work.

Understanding Financial Statements (Apr)

Join us on a treasure hunt for undervalued companies in the stock market. Whether you are striking it out on your own or doing your own investment, it pays to understand financial jargon and stay ahead of the competition. In this module you will learn basic accounting concepts, key components of the company’s financial statements and the tools and techniques for analysing financial statements. Understanding Financial Statements is particularly useful for aspiring entrepreneurs and/or equity investors.

Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities modules are designed to help you think critically and communicate confidently, while developing a broader perspective. You can also enhance your knowledge of other cultures by choosing to learn a foreign language or sink your teeth into various media-related modules.

Basic Conversational Korean

Annyeonghaseyo! Don’t you wish you could enjoy K-Pop and Korean movies and drama series in their original language? Learn Korean with the School of IS. You will acquire speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and learn useful vocabulary and grammar patterns needed in everyday conversation. In addition, you will learn to read and write in Hangeul (Korean alphabet). Come explore this colourful language and find out more about the rich Korean culture.

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Learn about the impact of scale, colour, texture and space in the process of creating something functional and artistically pleasing. You will be guided by experts to understand the principles of design while you experience creating your own masterpiece.

Introduction to Interior Design

This module operates like a design studio/laboratory and makes constant connections to the world we live in. You will participate actively in a communal creative environment of observing, exploring, presenting, critiquing and reviewing interior designs and environments. References to real life projects and site visits will enable you to appreciate how design is transformed into reality. You will also develop a keen sensitivity to design and aesthetics.

Fashion and Design:The Singapore Skin

This module initiates you into the world of fashion and design. You will be guided to develop design concepts that are representative of Singapore through exploring our cultural diversity, iconic landmarks, food, and flora and fauna. Working with patterns/motifs, you will learn to translate concepts and ideas into fashion items/garments that have market potential through various techniques. No prior art training is necessary.

Exploring Art and Design

This hands-on module lets you work with different media such as ink, pencil, charcoal, galvanised wire, paper or clay to produce prints, drawings, collages, paintings and sculptures. The objective is to give you a platform to explore the potential and limits of materials in terms of perspective, spatial depth, pattern and design. You will also discover the synergy between design and artistic sources. No prior art training is necessary. Please be prepared to spend $15 to $20 on individual art materials for this module.

Exploring Photography

This is a hands-on module that covers basic photography skills. You will be taught technical and aesthetic basics, including camera functions, compositions, optical properties, lighting and decisive moments. You will plan & shoot photographs and critique your own work and that of other students.

Note: Your own digital camera is required for this class.

Gamification: Turning Work into Play

This module enables you to apply game strategies and game concepts for gamifying business and consumer processes to achieve pre-determined objectives. You will acquire a broad based understanding of gamification concepts through designing games mechanics & games dynamics, applying the psychology of play, infusing elements of fun and chance, optimizing rewards and incentive systems to be aligned with business or social objectives. You'll get to understand the psychology of play, analyse player demographics, understand gamification success elements and conceptualize gamification strategies for social, consumer & business applications. Case studies cover how some famous consumer brands (eg. Nike, Starbucks, Pepsi, McDonalds, Lufthansa) successfully leveraged on the power of gamification to further achieve brand objectives across various industries ( eg. Food & Beverage, Airlines Mileage, Tourism & Hospitality, Health & Fitness)

Science and Technology

Every day, we see huge advances in science and technology that have tremendous implications for the world around us. To help you keep pace with these changes and understand their impact, choose a module from Science and Technology.

Year 2 Modules for AY2019 students​​

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