Common Engineering Programme (N71)

Why CEP?

  • Get more time to discover your interests before deciding on one of our eight diplomas 
  • Common foundational modules expose you to different engineering disciplines
  • Unique Induction Programme provides early industry exposure to help you make an informed course choice

About CEP

If you are keen on engineering, but unsure about which course suits you, the Common Engineering Programme (CEP) may just be the right fit. With the CEP, you will gain exposure to different engineering domains, so you can make a smarter course choice.

In your first semester, you will go through our unique Induction Programme, where you will benefit from industry visits and dialogues, and get career advice to help you in course selection. You will also build a strong foundation in mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering, as well as in mathematics and programming. Then, put your new-found knowledge into practice by working on an integrated real-world project that will boost your portfolio!

After your first semester, you will get to choose either the Electrical & Electronic Track or Mechanical Track and select an engineering diploma* to major in by the end of your first year. 

* Choose from our eight Engineering diplomas!

Overview of Your CEP Journey

CEP Journey

Further Studies

Click here to view the Further Studies options for AMS

Click here to view the Further Studies options for BME

Click here to view the Further Studies options for EE

Click here to view the Further Studies options for ECE

Click here to view the Further Studies options for ES

Click here to view the Further Studies options for MOT

Click here to view the Further Studies options for ME

Careers

Click here to view the Career options for AEG

Click here to view the Career options for AMS

Click here to view the Career options for BME

Click here to view the Career options for EE 

Click here to view the Career options for ECE

Click here to view the Career options for ES

Click here to view the Career options for MOT

Click here to view the Career options for ME

Entry Requirements

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-C

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject'O' Level Grade
English Language1-7
Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)1-6
Science 
(with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component)
or Biotechnology
or Combined Science
or Computing/Computer Studies
or Design & Technology
or Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics
or Engineering Science
or Physical Science
1-6

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-C Aggregate Type listed here (  33KB). This subject will be used for ELR2B2-C aggregate computation.

For students with other qualifications, please refer to the NP website for the entry requirements and admissions exercise period.

Candidates with severe vision deficiency, profound hearing deficiency, uncontrolled epilepsy and/or severe physical impairments, should not apply for the course. Those with colour vision deficiency may be considered, subject to an in-house test.


What You Will Learn

Electrical Engineering Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)

This module provides a foundation in electricity covering basic concepts of electrical circuits and the methods used to analyse them. The module emphasises the understanding of the basic electrical circuit laws (Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Voltage and Current Laws) and network theorems, and their application to electrical network analysis. Topics covered include fundamentals of electricity, network theorems, capacitance, electromagnetic induction and inductance.

Engineering Mathematics 1 (4 Credit Units)

This module is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills in mathematics required to solve basic engineering problems. Topics are introduced in an order that is intended to keep abreast of the application requirements in engineering modules. The emphasis in each topic is on simple applications and problem solving. Topics include algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, plane analytic geometry, matrices and complex numbers. Throughout the module, there is appropriate use of a Computer Algebra System.

Integrated Real-world Project 1 (4 Credit Units)

This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and further enhanced through relevant contextualization. Students will work in teams and undertake the project development underpinned by the design thinking approach. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects. Data analytics will be introduced using case-based approach and applied in the integrated real-world project.

Career & Professional Preparation I will be incorporated to give students a foundational introduction to their three-year diploma course curriculum and how it prepares them for industry. It will help them to embark on their three-year course with the end in mind, through guided reflection of their personal characteristics, and producing an overall game plan for their future education and career goals.

Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)

This module introduces students to the study of external forces in two dimensions and their effect on particles and rigid bodies that are at rest. Students learn the skills to analyse the forces acting on the bodies by drawing free-body diagrams and applying the conditions of equilibrium. Topics include forces and resultants, moments and couples, equilibrium and the concepts of plane friction. This module also aims to equip students with the skills to analyse problems of rigid bodies in motion. Only linear motion in two dimensions will be covered. Topics include kinematics and kinetics of linear motion.

Programming (3 Credit Units)

This practice-oriented module equips students with basic knowledge and skills in computer programming using a suitable high-level language. The main topics include basic computer programming concepts and fundamental programming constructs such as sequences, selection and repetition.

English Language Express* (Credit Units - NA)

English Language Express aims to give you a better grounding in the English Language and to strengthen the written and oral communications skills that you will need in your academic and professional careers. You will be engaged in writing, reading, listening and speaking activities that will develop your ability to speak and write grammatically, coherently and clearly. You will also hone your reading and listening comprehension skills.

Innovation Made Possible^ (3 Credit Units)

Electrical & Electronic Technology (3 Credit Units)

The aim of this module is to introduce the fundamental concepts of digital electronic devices and circuits. It intends to deepen the electrical fundamentals learnt in the first semester. Topics include AC circuit theory and transformer fundamentals, number systems, Boolean algebra, combinational logic design, applications of latches, flip-flops, counters and registers.

Engineering Mathematics 2 (4 Credit Units)

This module is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills in mathematics required to solve basic engineering problems. Topics are introduced in an order that is intended to keep abreast of the application requirements in engineering modules. The emphasis in each topic is on simple applications and problem solving. Throughout the module, there is appropriate use of a Computer Algebra System. Topics include trigonometry, differentiation and simple integration with applications.

Integrated Real-world Project 2 (4 Credit Units)

This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and understand the relevance and application of the modules learnt. Students will work in teams and undertake the project development underpinned by the design thinking approach. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects at the higher levels. This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and society. It serves to create awareness amongst students about the impact of engineering on society in general. In the process it introduces the application of cultural quotient (CQ) skills and mould students’ disposition to understand and collaborate across diverse cultures in real world settings.

Materials & Manufacturing Technology (3 Credit Units)

This module introduces students to properties of common engineering materials with emphasis on mechanical testing methods, heat-treatment, international standard specifications, and selection and applications of such materials. Topics include classification of materials, mechanical testing, alloying, steels, non-ferrous alloys, plastics, ceramics and composites. For manufacturing technology, students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills of manufacturing processes, including drilling, turning, milling, grinding, non-conventional machining, welding and assembly.

Thermofluids (3 Credit Units)

Students will learn the basic laws governing the behaviour of fluids under the influence of energy transfer. Topics include systems concept, temperature and pressure, fluid statics, fluid in motion, continuity equation, laminar and turbulent flows, ideal incompressible flow, Bernoulli’s equation, flow measurement and Pitot tube, external flow and application of thermofluid’s principles in simple engineering systems.

Communication Essentials^ (3 Credit Units)

Health & Wellness^ (1 Credit Unit)

AC Circuits (3 Credit Units)

This module provides students with basic knowledge of the fundamental principles in electric circuit analysis. The module extends DC network theorems to AC circuits which involve impedances such as capacitance and inductance. The module also includes analysis of simple AC series, parallel and series-parallel combination circuits, concept of AC power and understanding of power factor and its effect on electrical energy usage.

Analogue Electronics (3 Credit Units)

The aim of this module is to lay the foundations in analogue electronics. At the end of this module, students will acquire content knowledge and understanding on the basic concepts of analogue electronics and some applications.

Key topics covered in this module include operating characteristics, working principles and applications of discrete electronic devices such as various types of diodes, MOSFETs and BJTs. Practical circuits will be used to enhance and strengthen the learners’ knowledge so that they will acquire the relevant competencies to move on to more specialized modules.

Digital Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)

This module introduces the basic concepts of digital systems. It covers the basics of combinational and sequential logic circuits. Flip-flops and their application in counters and registers will also be discussed. This basic knowledge is essential for students to be able to understand, analyse, and design basic digital circuit system.

Engineering Mathematics 2 (4 Credit Units)

This module is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills in mathematics required to solve basic engineering problems. Topics are introduced in an order that is intended to keep abreast of the application requirements in engineering modules. The emphasis in each topic is on simple applications and problem solving. Throughout the module, there is appropriate use of a Computer Algebra System. Topics include trigonometry, differentiation and simple integration with applications.

Applied Mathematics 2B+ (5 Credit Units)

This module aims to provide students with the fundamental skills in applying mathematics to solve engineering problems. The emphasis of the teaching and learning is on applications and problem solving. Topics include additional techniques of differentiation and their applications, basic & further techniques of integration and their applications, ordinary differential equations, Laplace transform and applications, vectors and linear equations, matrices and applications. Materials on MOOC platform could be adapted in the module delivery.

Integrated Real-world Project 2 (4 Credit Units)

This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and understand the relevance and application of the modules learnt. Students will work in teams and undertake the project development underpinned by the design thinking approach. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects at the higher levels. This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and society. It serves to create awareness amongst students about the impact of engineering on society in general. In the process it introduces the application of cultural quotient (CQ) skills and mould students’ disposition to understand and collaborate across diverse cultures in real world settings.

Communication Essentials^ (3 Credit Units)

Health & Wellness^ (1 Credit Unit)