Summer Tracks Information

​The GEM Trailblazer Summer Programme will be offering 5 tracks in 2020.

 

Track 1: Language and Cultural Studies

CF9001
​Chinese Language and Cultural Studies
​LM9001
​Entrepreneurship Accounting & Finance


Track 2: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

​ET9131
​Entrepreneurship & Marketing for New Ventures
​ET9132
​Entrepreneurship Accounting & Finance


Track 3: Creative Design and Media

 

​HA2017
​Foreign Policy Analysis
​AAA18E
Drawing​
​AAA18G
​Tabletop Game Design
​AAA18H
​Painting with Oil
​AAA18J
​Painting with Watercolours
​AAA28D
​Arts Across the Borders
​AAR23C
​Film Studies
​AED28B
​Critical Perspectives on Education
​AED23H
Critical Perspectives in Assessment and Learning​


Track 4: Success in the Globalised Marketplace

 

​BU8101
Accounting: A User's Perspective
BU8201
Business Finance​
​BU8501
Marketing for the 21st Century
BU8502
Marketing Communications: An Integrated Approach
BU8542
Social Marketing: Making this World a Better Place
​BU8544
Marketing Health: Consumers' Pursuit of Wellness
BU8641
Cultural Intelligence: How to be an Explorer of the World
BU8642
Leadership in the 21st Century
BM2506
Digital Marketing - Connecting with Customers in Today's World
BC2406​
Analytics I: Visual and Predictive Analytics​
AB0602
Communication Management Strategies
AB1601
Organisational Behaviour and Design
AB3601
Strategic Management
​CS2400
​Foundation of Information Analytics


Track 5: New Technologies, New World

MA9030
Bioprinting: Principles and Applications
MA9031
3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
​MA9032
Standards and Laser in 3D Printing
MA9034
Managing Complex Systems Projects
EE8084
Cyber Security
​EE8086
Astronomy - Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology
EE4483
Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining
CZ1003
​Introduction to Computational Thinking
​CZ1016
​Introduction to Data Science


(Updated 1 June 2019)


Students can take a maximum of 2 courses within each track or across different tracks. However, students are required to check the course schedules here to prevent any clash in timetables between courses.

Programme Duration

6-week programme: 22 June – 31 July 2020

4-week programme: 6 July – 31 July 2020

2-week programme: 6 July – 17 July 2020; 20 July to 31 July 2020

 

 

Track 1: Language and Cultural Studies

Dates6 July - 31 July 2020

 

The Chinese Language and Cultural Studies course is ideal for non-native speakers who are interested to pick up basic Chinese language skills as well as gain insights into the Chinese culture, focusing more on the Overseas Chinese, highlighting the uniqueness of learning about the Chinese history and culture in Singapore as compared to learning in China.

The Chinese Language and Cultural Studies course consists of two parts:

•        Part 1: Chinese Language Study

•        Part 2: Chinese Cultural Studies

This programme is credit-bearing (3 Academic Units) and will be held over a four week period. The medium of instruction will be mainly in English.

 
​​CF9001 Chinese Language and Cultural Studies (3 AUs​)

Part 1 – Chinese Language Study (Beginners)

This course is suitable for non-native speakers who wishes to gain an insight into the Chinese Language. The course contents are designed to help students accumulate chinese vocabulary and basic conversational skills for daily usage.

At the beginners level, students will learn writing skills like basic strokes, character components and single-component characters. They can also expect to learn up to 260 Chinese characters, 40 grammatical points and 30 commonly-used sentences.

This course adopts an experiential learning approach that encourages students to participate in several assigned activities which will enhance their listening and conversation skills.


Part 2 -  Chinese Cultural Studies           

The Chinese cultural studies course aims to expose students to the history and culture Overseas Chinese, arranging a mass lecture “The Chinese Communities in Southeast Asia” that includes a visit to the Chinese Heritage Centre, NTU, and also an excursion to the Peranakan Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum.
​LM9001 Malay Language (3 AUs)

The course aims to provide students with the competence in understanding and using basic Malay. In order to familairise students with the target language, the requisite skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught, along with the rudiments of grammar. These are achieved through thematic and scenario-based learning which will equip students with the necessary vocabulary based on the prescribed themes.


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Track 2: Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

E​T9131 ​1 July - 12 July 2019
ET9132​
15 July - 26 July 2019

 

Offered by the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre, this track is designed to equip students with fundamental entrepreneurship competencies, business acumen and stamina to build and grow businesses. Consisting of two courses, it will cover topics such as entrepreneurship; creativity; writing business plans; business accounting; intellectual property; marketing strategy; risk evaluation; financial projection; securing finances; and managing team members.

The courses will be conducted from Mondays to Fridays at the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre in NTU.

Students are required to read carefully the pre-requisites for each course before applying.

​ET9131 Entrepreneurship & Marketing for New Ventures (3 AUs)

 

Learn about creativity, innovation and new venture creature in the field of  entrepreneurship. Be also exposed to entrepreneurship marketing where you will learn how to select, develop and evaluate new products, set prices and make the most efficient use of public relations and publicity.​

Course dates: 1 July to 12 July 2019

ET9132 Entrepreneurship Accounting & Finance (3 AUs)

Entrepreneurs need money to start and to grow their business. It is important for entrepreneurs to understand how revenue is generated, how to source for funds, how to control cash flow, how to assess the success of the company in monetary terms, and how to value a company for various purposes.

The focus of this course is to expose students to the various financial aspects relating to new ventures.

Course dates:  15 July to 26 July 2019

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Track 3: Creative Design and Media 

Date​s​6 July - 31 July 2020


This track consists of courses in creative writing, design and media.

Creative Writing courses focus on the various genres of poetry, prose and film as the students recreate and tell their own Asian and Singapore journeys through writing, editing, and new media production tasks. 

The courses in the Creative Design and Media track will be conducted over four weeks in July at the NTU campus. Each course carries 3 academic units (AU). Students can select up to two courses from the track. Proof of English proficiency is required for students taking any of the courses in this track. 

 
HA2017​ Foreign Policy Analysis (3 AUs)

 

This course will familiarize the students with the key concepts and theories in foreign policy analysis and the complexity of factors influencing foreign policy decisions, from state and non-state actors, domestic and international structures, to the variety of models, implementation strategies, instruments, drivers and challenges affecting foreign policy choices. The course will combine the discussion of the above topics with practical exercises involving the analysis of illustrative case studies (drawing from relevant historical and contemporary examples), promoting by these means students' engagement with current debates in the field while fostering at the same time their public presentation, argumentation and critical analysis skills.

AAA18E Drawing (3 AUs)

Drawing investigates the nature of drawing from the perceptual domain, using drawing as a vehicle for visual inquiry to record from observation. This course is for anyone who desires to learn the art of drawing but do not have the skills as yet. At the end of the course, participants will be able to draw anything they see.

In this course, students will learn to:
  • ​Recognise the differences between the 2 modes of our brain and employ strategies to consciously activate the visual-perceptual mode for seeing and drawing.
  • Demonstrate and apply drawing as a medium to make the process of seeing visible.
  • Draw confidently from observation through application of the 5 perceptual skills
AAA18J Painting with Watercolors (3 AUs)​
​This course aims to highlight the beauty and ephemeral qualities of watercolour painting. Students will be progressively taught various techniques to achieve different results. There will be an emphasis on hands-on practice as well as keynotes on how to appreciate the visual qualities of watercolour paintings.

Students will first be taught basic drawing and paintings skills, after which students are encouraged to take a more experimental and gestural approach to watercolour painting. 
AAA28D Arts Across the Borders (3 AUs) 
​A study focused on the discovery and understanding of the artistic heritage, psychogeography and sociocultural significances of a specific part of Singapore. “Borders” in this sense may comprise the historic, contemporary, architectural, cultural, social, political, psychic and imaginary boundaries that define everyday life in the area. A considerable part of the course will be spent doing experiential work (maps, photography, video itself). Course work will involve comprising Situationist-inspired interventions that take as starting point the ways that this particular quarter and its inhabitants perform.
AAR23C Film Studies (3 AUs)​​​​
​​This course aims to provide an introduction to film appreciation and analysis. As this course is offered by the English Language and Literature Academic Group, the focus of the course is on film as a construct of art and narrative, paying particular attention to aspects of film form, aesthetics and style. Due to the constraints of time, we will study primarily contemporary feature films from the year 2000.

The course is divided into two parts. Part One introduces the four elements of film, namely mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound that provide the basic vocabulary of film studies. Part Two studies filmic texts as visual forms of​ story-telling and explores the issues of representation and spectatorship. 
AAA18G Tabletop Game Design (3 AUs)​​​​
​This general elective introduces foundational mechanics in modern tabletop games and students get an opportunity to apply them to create their own tabletop game, serving a variety of purposes from conceptual prototyping, entertainment, education, or simply as a form of personal expression and interactive art-making.
            AAA18H Painting with Oil (3 AUs)​​​​
​This course aims to highlight the beauty and processes that goes into completing a oil painting. While there is a significant emphasis on practical hands-on exercises, a great component of the course is devoted to develop the visual literacy and aesthetical appreciation of students when they view paintings and artworks in general.
AED28B Critical Perspectives on Education (3 AUs)​​​​
​This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the broad concerns  and challenges in contemporary educational thought and practice. It  introduces students to some basic concepts and key concerns in education and hopes to stimulate critical engagement with students’  personal educational experiences and the important issues in  educational practice.

Topics that will be discussed include the history of education, contemporary beliefs about the values and purpose of education, and  issues concerning curriculum and pedagogy. The course will also explore  the challenges of tackling matters related to inequality and elitism  through education. In the process of exploring these issues, students will  reflect on what it takes to become a good teacher.
AED23H Critical Perspectives in Assessment Learning (3 AUs)​​​​
​​The goal of this course is to acquaint students with basic and generic ‘assessment literacy’. The course will be organised around five broad competencies of being ‘assessment literate’:

  • Understanding and communicating the purposes and criteria of assessment
  • Designing assessment appropriate for instructional decisions
  • Administering, scoring and interpreting the results
  • Planning assessment as part of an effective teaching-learning process
  • Recognising unethical, illegal and inappropriate assessment.


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Track 4: Success in the Globalised Marketplace

 

6-week Programme​22 June - 31 July 2020
4-week Programme6 July - 31 July 2020


Students who wish to gain all-round insights into the global skill sets required for today's competitive marketplace and corporate world will be able to select from a wide range of business and humanities courses in this track.

The diverse range of course includes leadership, cultural intelligence, business finance, marketing, accounting, negotiation and etc. This track will be offered over 4-6 weeks. Refer to the exact dates of each course below.

Students can select up to 2 courses from this track. Proof of English proficiency is required for students taking Business and Management Summer courses.

BU8501 Marketing for the 21st Century (3 AUs)

 

This course is designed for students who have chosen to specialise in disciplines other than business. This course will discuss the basic principles of marketing with a focus on its practice and how this understanding could potentially enhance the students' future performance in their chosen field.

A hands-on approach is expected of students and activities have been incorporated to encourage observation and enhance analytical ability. The course will require students to analyse businesses, lead discussions and present analysis and recommendations on selected organisations.

Course dates: 22 June - 31 July 2020

​BU8101 Accounting: A User's Perspective (3 AUs)

 

This is a basic course in financial and managerial accounting meant for non-accounting and non- business students. It exposes students to the environment of accounting and its role in providing useful information for decision making by various stakeholders of business organizations. By the end of the course, students should be able to appreciate the role, scope and value of information for managing business organizations towards achieving their goals.

Students will learn fundamental concepts and techniques in financial and managerial accounting, through solving business problems. In this course, students are treated to an understanding of a broad range of the underlying accounting concepts without the need to be involved in too much detail associated with the processes. Whilst non-accounting and non-business students need not have to prepare comprehensive financial statements, it would be beneficial for them to be able to understand, interpret, analyse and use them.

Course dates: 22 June - 31 July 2020

​BU8641 Cultural Intelligence: How to be an Explorer of the World (3 AUs)
​​Cultural Intelligence is the capability to function effectively across national, ethnic and organisational cultures. IQ and EQ are no longer enough. Culture intelligence is becoming a critical predator for success in the borderless world of the 21st century. 

This course will provide you with a conceptual framework for cultural intelligence, as well as a set of tools to navigate and explore the world.

Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020

BU8642 Leadership in the 21st Century (3 AUs)
​​This course aims to facilitate the learning of theoretical knowledge and practical skills (e.g. coaching, teambuilding, goal-setting, and conduct effective meetings).

This course aims to educate students on the leadership domain and unmask the essential skills a leader would require to be competent especially in the 21st century. A mixture of lectures, case studies, class activities, experiential exercises and assessment tools will be used in this course to facilitate students’ understanding of the leadership domain and prepare them to embark on their leadership journey in the 21st century.

Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020
BM2506 Digital Marketing - Connecting with Customers in Today's World (4 AUs)
​Digital technologies are capturing the imagination of people worldwide. Businesses, including the marketing discipline, are slow to capitalize on the potential gains afforded by these technologies. Specifically, misconceptions abound on what marketing through digital technologies, like social media, entails.

This course will provide an overview of conducting marketing through digital media and explore the consequences of deploying these. Marketing will be addressed through digital media starting with fundamentals of digital marketing and strategies for its management. Issues in implementing a digital marketing initiative will be reviewed. Social media marketing will be highlighted due to its current prominence. The course will sport trends and highlight opportunities for those wishing to enter this field. Students will be provided with training and hands-on experience.

Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020
AB0602 Communication Management Strategies (4 AUs)
​This course will prepare students for written and oral communication challenges in the rapidly evolving business environment. It will help students to present themselves confidently and professionally in the way they speak, write and participate in their chosen profession.

Apart from discussing strategies in relational and persuasive oral communication, special emphasis will also be placed on how written messages can be crafted and presented in a concise, structured and effective manner. Students will get opportunities to hone your presentation skills through video-taped assignments, as well as receive personalised feedback on your performance. Students will also gain from practice in crafting messages for a range of business contexts, including letters/email and longer documents like reports and proposals. 

The course aims to teach students about the theoretical frameworks, strategies and skills to:
  • Prepare and deliver impactful business presentations
  • Produce effective business writing and reports

Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020
BU8201 Business Finance (3 AUs)
This course provides non-business and non-accounting students with a broad understanding of the principles and practice of Business Finance/Financial Management. By the end of this course, students would have acquired sufficient finance knowledge to understand and appreciate how various financial decisions can have significant impact on the Profit/Loss and value of firms. They would also be familiar with pricing of stocks and bonds.

This is a basic course in finance with emphasis on the major financial decisions made by companies and the valuation of investments made by them. The course starts by examining the various forms of businesses and the importance of interest rates. Time value of money, and the linkage between risk and return, lays the foundation for evaluating the price of bonds and stocks. Students will learn and apply principles of capital budgeting (calculating the profitability of various projects and deciding which one to proceed) and capital structure (financing approved projects by issuing shares or bonds, or using retained earnings). The course concludes with the evaluation of whether a company should use extra cash to pay dividends or repurchase its own shares. 

Course dates: 22 June - 31 July 2020
BU8542 Social Marketing: Making this World a Better Place (3 AUs)
​Social marketing is the use of business marketing concepts and techniques to change behaviour for the betterment of society. The course is designed for students concerned about social issues and passionate about making a difference.  It exposes students to a myriad of social problems plaguing society and acquaints them with marketing concepts, tools and strategies to effect change. Students will work in teams to develop a social marketing campaign to address a social problem.

Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020
BU8544 Marketing Health: Consumers' Pursuit of Wellness (3 AUs)
​The health, beauty, and wellness industry is predicted to have a strong growth in the coming years. With the disposable income and life expectancy increasing, many consumers are willing to spend considerable amount of income on seeking and keeping health and beauty. Healthy lifestyle has become a global trend with many health-conscious followers. With the growing ageing population around the world, high quality healthcare services that provides patients a pleasant experience are in great demand. This course will provide an overview of conducting marketing in three sectors of the growing health industry:

  1. Consumer health and beauty products/services (e.g. healthy foods, gym membership, sports apparel, slimming treatment services);
  2. Healthcare services (e.g. services in hospitals, clinics, senior-living communities, pharmacies); and
  3. Health and wellness tourism (e.g. travel for medical exam, medical spa, spiritual experiences, mind-body connection).


Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020
            BC2406 Analytics I: Visual & Predictive Techniques (4 AUs)
​Most organizations are data rich and information poor. The large volumes of data in an organization are “oilfields” rich in information content that are pending extraction with the right tools and models. Analytics involves the art of data exploration, visualization, communication and the science of analyzing large quantities of data in order to discover meaningful patterns and useful insights to support decision-making. The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to various techniques available to extract useful insights from the large volumes of data. At the end of the course, students will not only see the substantial opportunities that exist in real world, but also learn techniques that allow them to exploit these opportunities. This course focus on the use of open source R software, which is one of the key analytics software used in various industries and a critical skillset required in the job market for analytics and data science professionals.

Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020
            ​AB1601 Organisational Behaviour and Design (3 AUs)
​This course aims to prepare you for the work life and develop their abilities to lead and manage people. The course helps you to understand behaviour in orgainsations; how people perceive things, what shapes their attitudes and drives their behaviour, and how to motivate them to strive for both personal and organisational goals. Only then can leaders begin to develop human capital, to influence and inspire their people to achieve organisational excellence. This course is also designed to provide a good grounded understanding of behaviour in organisations. Through the science of OB, participants will acquire the body of knowledge to develop key managerial and leadership competencies required to interact and work effectively with superiors, peers and subordinates. The design of assignments and classroom activities also aims to help you link theories to practices.

Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020
            AB3601 Strategic Management (4 AUs)
Pre-Requisite: Organisational Behaviour / Marketing

The Strategic Management course focuses on identifying and understanding the sources of superior firm performance through a process of analyses and syntheses. This entails an understanding of theoretical concepts and frameworks that would be taught in the course. You will learn to analyse the external and internal environments of the firm, fo
rmulate and execute different types of strategies with the considerations of ethics and good corporate governance. Strategic issues are examined from the perspective of a chief executive or general manager who should focus on how s/he can formulate effective strategies and develop the necessary resources and capabilities to achieve sustainable competitive advantage in a highly volatile and competitive global environment.

Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020
C2400 Foundation of Information Analytics (3 AUs)
​Today, many organisations generate and collect unimaginable quantities of data of all types. However, merely collecting lots of data is pointless. The critical step is to analyse the data so that it can be transformed into information and action. An important tool that enables this transformation to take place is statistics.This is the subject matter of this course. Statistics will be presented in a mathematically friendly and non-threatening manner. The course emphasizes conceptual understanding and practical application of the material, and not on exact keystrokes needed to accomplish specific statistical tests.

Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020
BU8502 Marketing Communications: An Integrated Approach (3 AUs)

The course is aimed at enabling students to learn in depth the development, implementation and evaluation of marketing communication (marcom) activities.  The course provides students with relevant knowledge about how businesses interact or communicate with the market.  In particular, because planning and executing marketing communication programs are typically the responsibilities of marketing executives, the course can help students to prepare for a job position that involves marketing communications.  It can help them deepen their understanding of marketing – in particular, what marketing communications involve and how marketing communications enable an organisation to achieve its objectives.

By the end of this course, you (as a student) would be able to:

  1. explain the nature, role and importance of marcom activities in marketing and the society;
  2. explain and distinguish the key concepts, theories and terminology in marcom management;
  3. determine which marcom tools provide better choices in different situations, and integrate different tools to achieve synergy;
  4. plan and develop detailed marcom strategies and programs;
  5. appraise the contributions of marcom activities to marketing and communication objectives; and
  6. formulate and manage marcom activities across countries.

Course dates: 6 July - 31 July 2020


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Track 5: New Technologies, New World         

 

Date​​6 July - 31 July 2020


This track introduces the world of 3D printing, bio-printing and their applications in the real world, with exciting courses on energy and cyber security being recently added.

MA9030 Bioprinting: Principles and Applications (3 AUs)

 

 

This course aims to provide a general understanding of Bioprinting - a multidisciplinary technology that merges the field of cell culture, biomaterials science and mechanical engineering. This is a new manufacturing paradigm that has huge potential impact in the development of advanced biological tissue models and medical therapeutic products.

The course will: 

  • Introduce tissue engineering and scoffolds for tissue engineering.
  • Explain various bioprinting processes and the materials used .
  • Teach about cell sources and 3D cell culture techniques.

Other topics covered includes computational design and simulation in bioprinting. Students will also attend a workshop on bioprinting.

MA9031 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (3 AUs)

 

This course will begin with an introduction and elaboration on the importance of 3D printing and a description of the process chain. It aims to:

  • ​​Provide a general understanding of Additive Manufacturing, or 3D Printing as it is more commonly known.
  • Equip students with all the 3D printing systems and technologies, their pros and cons. 
  • Cover the file format used in 3D printers. 
  • Cover a comprehensive range of applications and case studies
  • Describe the benching, growth and trends of the technology ​
MA9032 Standards and Laser in 3D Printing (3 AUs)
​This course aims to provide a general understanding of standards and measurement sciences in 3D Printing. Laser technologies used in 3D printing will also be introduced. Students will be equipped with the fundamental knowledge needed to implement 3D printing as a manufacturing technique for functional engineering applications upon the completion of the course.The course will:

  • Expose students to 3D printing process and their applications in the industry.
  • Provide fundamental knowledge of the important elements in working with 3D printing, such as data format, process monitoring and modelling, testing and characterization.
  • Promote understanding of benchmarking and metrology aspect in 3D printing
  • Allow users to understand laser and basic optics in 3D printing
MA9034 Managing Complex Systems Projects (3 AUs)
This course introduces the background and challenges of managing complex systems projects. These challenges include the global shortage of qualified and capable project and program managers to meet national development needs in implementing infrastructure, industrial and defence projects.


The course first looks into the fundamental differences between a complex engineered system project and a non-complex or complicated one. To deal with the challenges, the course explores the need for different mind-sets, capabilities, and a new set of theories, framework and approaches, in learning about and coping with complexity, uncertainties and emergent risks.  The importance of adopting systems thinking and systems engineering approaches will be emphasized in dealing with complex emergent issues and associated problems solving approach including complexity mapping and leadership.


Case studies on large engineering and infrastructural systems projects will be used to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the real-world challenges involved.  Managing Complex Systems Projects also acknowledges the interdependency between the disciplines of systems engineering and project management.


EE8084 Cyber Security (3 AUs)
​The course aims to provide students with basic appreciation and understanding of the underlying security issues and implications of the use of various networked systems and electronic devices in the modern cyber‐society from a user perspective.The course will:

  • Provide overview of information systems and devices in a global network environment, threats to information systems and devices, security models, and concepts for secrecy, integrity and availability.
  • Explore other topics of security concerns.
  • Evaluation of secure information systems, security requirements analysis, security management policies, security trends and emerging technologies
EE8086 Astronomy - Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology (3 AUs)
​​This course aims to equip students with key knowledge in modern astronomy and cosmology. Through the course, students will learn about the history of astronomy, navigating the sky, the origin and content of our solar system, and the evolution of stars and galaxies. Topics including the big bang, the geometry and structure of the universe, dark matter and dark energy, will be discussed to give students an overview of current ideas in modern cosmology and for them to ponder about our place in the universe. The course will also discuss exciting astronomical discoveries in recent time. During the course, students will also have opportunities to learn practical skills in solar observation and star gazing to supplement their learning of the course (weather permitting).
EE4483 Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining (3 AUs)
​The course is designed to introduce both:

  1. The traditional approach to machine learning using symbolic representations and manipulations, i.e., knowledge representations and problem solving techniques, and
  2. Techniques and application of machine learning techniques to data mining
​CZ1003 Introduction to Computational Thinking (3 AUs)
​Computational thinking (CT) is a problem solving process with the aid of computer; i.e. formulating a problem and expressing its solution in such a way that a computer can effectively carry it out. It includes a number of characteristics, such as breaking a problem into small and repetitive ordered steps, logically ordering and analyzing data and creating solutions that can be effectively implemented as algorithms running on computer. As such, computational thinking is essential not only to the Computer Science discipline, it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including math, science, engineering, business, finance and humanities.The aim of this course is hence to take students with no prior experience of thinking in a computational manner to a point where they can derive simple algorithms and code the programs to solve some basic problems in their domain of studies. In addition, the course will include topics to appreciate the internal operations of a processor, and raise awareness of the socio-ethical issues arising from the pervasiveness of computing technology.

Upon the successful completion of this course, you shall be able to:

  1. Describe the internal operation of a basic processor, how a program is executed by a computer and computing trends.
  2. Code basic programs based on the programming language used in the course.
  3. Formulate a problem and express its solution in such a way that a computer can effectively carry it out. (i.e. equip you with CT skills)
  4. Apply the CT concepts on case studies/problem-based scenarios  through hands-on practice of the CT processes.
CZ1016 Introduction to Data Science (3 AUs)
​​In today's era of Information, 'Data' is the new driving force, provided we know how to extract relevant 'Intelligence'. This course will start with the core principles of Data Science, and will equip you with the basic tools and techniques of data handling, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, data-based inference, and data-focussed communication. The course will also introduce you to the fundamentals of Machine Learning – prediction, classification, clustering, anomaly detection – to set the computational framework for Data Science. The goal is to motivate you to work closely with data and make data-driven decisions in your field of study. The course will also touch upon ethical issues in Data Science and motivate you to explore the cutting-edge applications related to Big Data, Neural Networks and Deep Learning. Python will be the language of choice to introduce hands-on computational techniques.

Learning Outcomes : By the end of this course, you (as a student) would be expected to be able to:

1.            identify and define data-oriented problems and data-driven decisions in real life

2.            discuss and illustrate the problems in terms of data exploration and visualization,

3.            apply basic machine learning tools to extract inferential information from the data,

4.            compose an engaging "data-story" to communicate the problem and the inference.


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