Diploma in

Biomedical Engineering

N60

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Bridging Engineering and Science

Combine both skills to develop medical equipment or healthcare device.

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Real-World Learning

Intern with hospital, multinational corporation (MNC) and research institute.

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Bright Career Prospects

Enjoy good career prospects in the promising healthcare and/or medical technology (medtech) industry.

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Level 1.1

Engineering Mathematics 1

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.

Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals

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.

Electrical Engineering Fundamentals

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.

Programming

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.

Integrated Real-world Project 1

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.

Innovation Made Possible

This module aims to help students discover and hone their innate ability to think creatively and come up with innovations to tackle problems close to their hearts. Underpinned by the Design Thinking framework, students will be sensitized to the process of user-centric problem solving. They will be introduced to concepts such as empathy, problem-definition, ideation, prototyping and testing through a practical approach featuring engaging out-of-classroom activities, just-in-time master-classes and a hands-on, “learning by doing” delivery format. Ultimately, the module will help students recognize that innovation is attainable and fun and develop creative confidence to explore new ideas in their studies and beyond.

Level 1.2

Engineering Mathematics 2

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.

Analogue Electronics

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.

AC Circuits

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.

Digital Fundamentals

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.

Integrated Real-world Project 2

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 (IS Module)

This module aims to develop written and spoken communicative competence in students by exposing them to a range of contemporary issues. Through researching on and discussing different topics from different disciplinary perspectives, students acquire lexis and syntax through critical reading and writing while developing awareness of self in society. The integration of critical thinking and analysis will enable students to articulate their thoughts and perspectives through oral presentations and written texts. The module will also develop an awareness of cultural intelligence with global viewpoints.

Sports & Wellness (IS Module)

This module helps you to learn a sport as a recreational activity to keep you fit and healthy. Team building and collaboration skills are developed as you network with other students. There are a total of 19 sports electives to choose from: Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Cheerleading, Dance Movement, Dancesport, Flag Football, Hip Hop, Life Saving / Swimming, Netball, Orienteering, Street Soccer, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Volleyball, Wellness Programme and Yoga. Outstanding students are awarded a Pass with Merit.

Course Curriculum (Year 1)

Module NameCredit Units
Level 1.1 (20 hours per week
Engineering Mathematics 14
Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals3
Electrical Engineering Fundamentals3
Programming3
Integrated Real-world Project 14
Innovation Made Possible3
Level 1.2 (22 hours per week)
Engineering Mathematics 24
Analogue Electronics3
AC Circuits3
Digital Fundamentals3
Integrated Real-world Project 24
Communication Essentials3
Sports & Wellness2

Level 2.1

Physiological Systems

This module provides the fundamental understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, which is an essential foundation to bridge science and engineering. The cardiovascular, neurological and respiratory systems are emphasized in this module while other systems in the human physiology are covered briefly.

Medical Electronics

This module intends to presents an understanding of electronic instrumentation and measurements with a focus on physiological signals. Troubleshooting, testing and construction of circuits will be part of student’s key learning and performance task in this module.

Embedded System

This module aims to equip students with a fundamental in microcontroller and embedded System. Students will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge through a series of practical projects and real-world applications. Students will be able to implement a microcontroller-based system and interfacing with various input/output components as well as sensors.

Integrated Real-world Project 3

This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt during the semester, deepen the skills in the previous semester and to lay the foundation for future modules by applying them to projects involving medical electronics. Students will work together to deepen the knowledge relating to prototyping sub-circuits using computer-aided design tools and also will be working individually to undertake the project development in various areas of medical electronics such as amplification and detection of electrocardiogram, heart sounds and optical heart rate detection. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply these skills and develop confidence for tackling projects in medical electronics at higher levels.

The Career and Professional Preparation 2 will be incorporated to equip students with skills necessary to seek and secure work. They will also be equipped to communicate their personal brand in a positive way. As students sharpen their communication skills, they will also learn how to market themselves effectively.

Level 2.2

Cell and Molecular Biology

This module aims to introduce cell and molecular biology concepts. It equips students with an understanding of eukaryotic cell biology, including fundamental chemicals necessary for life, structure and function of cells and organelles, cellular transport mechanisms, cell divisions, deoxyribonucleic acid replication, protein synthesis, genetics, principles of inheritance, cell-to-cell interactions and cell development.

Clinical Engineering

This module introduces the roles and functions of a biomedical engineering department in a healthcare establishment. It covers the regulatory and safety aspects of a hospital or clinical environment. Students will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to perform electrical safety testing, preventive maintenance and calibration on medical equipment. Basic analytical skills on healthcare data will also be taught.

Medical Instrumentation

This module introduces students to a broad range of biomedical equipment and prepares them to understand and work with common hospital-based equipment that can be diagnostic, therapeutic or clinical monitoring in nature. Students will be taught the principles, functions, features and limitations of these equipment. This will help them better understand and perform the required maintenance, testing and calibrations of these equipment.

Integrated Real-world Project 4

This module aims to facilitate students with practical image and signal processing knowledge relevant to medical and healthcare equipment. Through the module, students will be able to integrate the learning from this and other modules and apply image and signal processing skills in medical or laboratory settings. Through practice and research, students will also learn how to incorporate artificial intelligence to enhance the quality of care delivered in the healthcare industry.

This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and safety. The module will also imbue in students’ a safety-oriented mindset and develop students’ workplace safety and health (WSH) competencies and raise their safety awareness of self and their surroundings.

World Issues: A Singapore Perspective (IS Module)

This module takes a global approach to significant current and historical events. The aim is to enhance students' understanding of such events and issues in the context of Singapore, as well as challenge students to think critically about choices and decision-making vis-à-vis the nation state.

Course Curriculum (Year 2)

Module NameCredit Units
Level 2.1 (18 hours per week)
Physiological Systems4
Medical Electronics5
Embedded System5
Integrated Real-world Project 34
Level 2.2 (20 hours per week)
Cell and Molecular Biology4
Clinical Engineering5
Medical Instrumentation5
Integrated Real-world Project 44
World Issues: A Singapore Perspective2

Level 3.1

Biomechanics & Biomaterials

This module equips students to apply mechanical engineering principles to perform simple force analysis of the musculoskeletal system. It also provides an appreciation of the kinematics and kinetics of human motion. Rehabilitation engineering, including causation, orthopaedic and prosthetic interventions will be discussed. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of biological materials, biomaterials, implants and tissue engineering. This module complements the students’ training in electronics and electrical engineering.

Internet of Things

This module aims to equip students with a basic fundamental in the Internet of Things (IoT). Students will learn the system architecture of a typical IoT system with a good understanding of functionalities of its building blocks. They will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge through a series of practical exercises. Upon completion of the module, students will be able to implement a simple IoT system prototype with off-the-shelf equipment, platforms or services.

Healthcare Informatics

This module aims to introduce students the different aspects of Information technology as applied in the healthcare environment such as hospitals. Modern hospital systems have been integrated and connected to provide effective and efficient treatment. The involvement of information technology in healthcare is constantly of increased importance. Students will acquire knowledge on the acquisition, use, and storage of health information, electronic health records, clinical data workflow and processes, network infrastructures, and patient data privacy and security. Students will develop configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting skills for managing health information systems through laboratory sessions and activities.

Integrated Real-world Project 5

This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to project work. 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 develop ergonomic project work related to the wireless connectivity of medical devices in a healthcare environment.

This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and sustainability. It will develop students’ competencies in sustainable development, raise their awareness of sustainability in the context of society and the environment, and appreciate the impact engineering solutions may have on the environment.

Project ID: Connecting the Dots (IS Module)

This module aims to prepare students for an increasingly globalized and interconnected world where problems are multi-faceted and require interdisciplinary research and collaboration to solve. Using a project-based learning approach, students will have the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team to investigate and propose comprehensive recommendations for a pressing real-world problem affecting Singapore. They will be guided to step out of their disciplinary silos and effectively communicate and collaborate with peers from different backgrounds. Ultimately, the module seeks to develop independent learning skills and the ability to synthesize diverse strands of knowledge to solve a complex problem, while impressing on students the importance of being a responsible global citizen.

Level 3.2

6-month Internship (Local/Overseas)

The six-month internship will provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to work situations, and demonstrate problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills in a work environment. The programme enables students to hone their ability to work independently and in teams, while they take on one or more practical projects under the supervision of industry practitioners. The objective is to develop a professional approach to work based on the relevant code of practice.

Course Curriculum (Year 3)

Module NameCredit Units
Biomechanics & Biomaterials4
Internet of Things4
Healthcare Informatics4
Integrated Real-world Project 54
Project ID: Connecting the Dots4
Level 3.2
6-month Internship (Local/Overseas)20
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Biomedical Engineering (N60)

For Students with O-Levels

Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2019 JAE
6 to ​10


Planned Intake (2019​)
50

Entry Requirements

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-C

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

  • SubjectO-LEVEL GRADE
  • English Language1 - 7
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)1 - 6
  • Science (with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component)
    or Biotechnology
    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.

Candidates with severe vision deficiency should not apply for the course. Those with colour vision deficiency may be considered, subject to an in-house test.

 

 

 

 

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