Nanyang Technological University

Summer Tracks Information

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​GEM Trailblazer Short Term Summer Programme will be offering 5 tracks in 2018 with new modules coming up in Track 3, 4 and 5.  


Track 1: Chinese Language and Cultural Studies 
Track 2: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Track 3: Creative Design and Media 
Track 4: Success in the Globalised Marketplace 
Track 5: New Technologies, New World

Students may take a maximum of 2 courses within a track or across tracks. However, students need to check the course schedule to prevent any clashes between the courses..


Track 1: Chinese Language and Cultural Studies ​

Date:                      ​ ​2 to 27 July 2018

Delivered by NTU's Confucius Institute, this track is designed to equip students with basic Chinese Language skills as well as to expose them to the 5000-year-old Chinese history. It consists of 2 parts; Chinese Language and Chinese Cultural studies. It will be conducted over 4 weeks in July 2018, Mondays to Fridays, 9.30am to 5.00pm, at the NTU Yunnan Campus.

​Description of courses offered under the Track ​



Part 1: Confucius Institute Basic Chinese Language

(3 AUs)

The Chinese language course is specially designed for students with little or no background on the language to gain insights into the Chinese language.

The course contents are topic-based and help students to master basic conversational skills for daily usage. Basic reading and writing skills are also introduced to help students accumulate Chinese vocabulary and enhance their learning of the Chinese language. Through an experiential learning approach, students will have to perform several assigned activities to enhance their learning and understanding of the language.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and construct simple phrases,
  • Conduct basic conversations
  • Write basic strokes, character components and single component characters.
  • Learn up to 260 Chinese characters, 40 grammatical points and 300 commonly-used sentences.




Part 2: Chinese Cultural Studies

(3 AUs)

​The Chinese Cultural Studies course aims to expose exchange students to the interesting yet unique aspects of the Chinese culture found in Singapore. Students can enhance their knowledge of Singapore's Chinese Culture by understanding the developments of Chinese history in South East Asia and the aesthetic aspects of Chinese calligraphy, Chinese paper-cutting and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

As Singapore is a melting pot of the East and the West, students in this course will also be introduced to the Malay, Indian and other cultures to help them better appreciate multi-cultural Singapore.

Some field trips (e.g. to selected places of interest which has significant Chinese cultural heritage) will also be conducted to further one's appreciation for the Chinese culture. 

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Track 2: Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

ET9131    16 Jul - 27 Jul 2018
​ET9132 ​2 Jul - 13 Jul 2018

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  in July, Mondays to Fridays, at the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre in NTU.

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

Description of courses offered under the Track​ ​

Course 1: ET9131

Entrepreneurship & Marketing for New Ventures

(3 AUs)

Learn new concepts such as entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and new venture creation process. In addition, entrepreneurship marketing will be introduced whereby students 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: 
16 July to 27 July 2018

Course 2: ET9132

Entrepreneurship Accounting & Finance

(3 AUs)

​Learn basic accounting concepts, followed by financial concepts and tools relevant to entrepreneurs.

Course dates: 
2 July to 13 July 2018


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Track 3: Creative Design and Media 

Date:                       ​2 to 27 July 2018


Conducted by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 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. 

​ ​Description of courses offered under the Track​ ​



Exterior Worlds - Writing for Film


The aim of this course is to introduce students to the major principles of creating narratives for film and developing professional screenplays.

Students will:

  • Look at story structure, character, screenwriting formats and techniques
  • Complete a writing project with close mentoring from the facilitator
  • Be encouraged to develop scripts inspired by their experience here


This will be done within the context of the students' time in Singapore, with reference to the local film culture.


Pre-requisite: Students need to have good grasp of the English language.



Prose (Fiction) - Voyages in Fiction

(3 AUs)

The aim of this course is to encourage students to recognize the world as the potentiality of fiction. Students will

  • Generate new writing both inside and outside of the classroom;
  • Analyse published short stories in order to recognize their technique;
  • Critique their own stories in a fun and supportive workshop environment
  • Discuss the technical aspects of writing with an emphasis on how it feels like to be engaged with an idea and bring it to realization. 

 Pre-requisite: Students need to have good grasp of the English language.



World Poetry - Embodied Senses through Multimedia Ekphrasis

(3 AUs)


​This is a writing, editing and performance class focused on poetry.

In this course, students will

  • Write and read a variety of poems
  • Choose their favourites and make into an illustrated card-deck anthology
  • Collaborate to devise a group performance based on Uta-garuta game rules​


No previous visual art or performance experience is necessary.

Pre-requisite: Students need to have good grasp of the English language


Basic Media Writing

(3 AUs) 

​The aim of the course is to introduce students to the basics of good writing for the media. It will include writing for print publications, broadcast, commercial needs, as well as advertising and public relations. The main focus will be on news writing, as this is a good basis for examining all forms of media writing.

The course will also introduce to students the theory of communication, putting in place the WHY of writing. What they are hoping to achieve with their writing? How can it connect with the intended audience? It will cover the WHAT of writing for the media, looking at the essentials of accuracy, fairness, balance, brevity and responsibility. It will also introduce some principles of HOW media writing is done, from information gathering, to structure and style, to editing and polishing of the final text. This course is opened to all students.


Pre-requisite: Students need to have a strong grasp of the English language in order to complete the writing assignments from this course.




(3 AUs)

This course introduces:

  • Basics of still photography for use in mass communications
  • Employs latest digital photographic techniques, including digital still cameras and digital darkroom software on computers.
  • How journalism professionals can take their own photography, as well as work with professional photographers. 


The work outputs should be suitable for publication in newspapers, magazines, company publications, brochures, and digital slide-show presentations.

By providing a basic appreciation of photojournalism, this course should be of value to aspiring photojournalists as well as writers and editors seeking a broader visual awareness. This course is opened to all students.

Pre-requisite: Students with knowledge of DSLR cameras is preferred.  Students are required to bring their own DSLR cameras for this course.    


(3 AUs)

AAA18E 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 
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.


Communication Design
(3 AUs)​​


This basic introduction to design will equip students with the ability to understand Design better. They do so from ground up, by learning basic software handling in Photoshop and Illustrator. With hands on exercises and in class sessions, its will enable students to familiarize themselves with the right tools in creating the ideal design. Sessions in Design theories and looking at successful design references, would provide a brief historical timeline on the evolution of good Design. At the end of these sessions, students are more competent to better understand the various Design software tools and know which ones are the ideal ones to be used for any design task.​

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.



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.

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.




Designing from the Asian Point of View

(3 AUs)


This is a four week course for designers and design students who are practicing or studying graphics, product and interaction, a unique opportunity to design from Asia, seeking design ethos from the region, for the global society.

The aim of this course is to encourage the participants to discover a personal voice, as expressed through their work, that has been illuminated by an informed study and working within Asia. Key to this course is the open yet informed approach to understanding various Asian cultures and heritage and exploring how they can play a role in the growth and development of the designer as global citizen.


Pre-requisite: Preference is for students with background in Art / Design.




Animation: The Asian Perspective

(3 AUs)



This is a four week course for animators, filmmakers and designers. This class will combine teaching basic and advanced animation techniques combined with Asian design approaches for visual development and production design.

Different stages of prior knowledge to the field of animation can be accommodated individually: The course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as advanced animators. Students and professionals from the fields of animation, digital filmmaking, visual communication and interactive media can benefit from this course and its multifaceted approach.

The aim of this course is to enable the participants to strengthen their individual artistic voice that has been informed by the multi-cultural and cosmopolitan environment of Singapore and by working within Asia. Key to this course is the open yet informed approach to understanding various Asian cultures and heritage and exploring how they can play a role in the growth and development of the animator and designer as global citizen.






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Track 4: Success in the Globalised Marketplace - Business and Management Courses​

Dates:                      25 June to 3 Aug 2018

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 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.

Description of courses offered under the Track​ ​


Course 1: BU8501

Marketing for the 21st Century

(3 AUs)

This course is

  • Designed for students specialising in disciplines other than business
  • Discussing 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: 25 June to 3 Aug 2018

Course 2:​ 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.


Note: Students taking this course in Term 1 are advised not to take BU8601.


Course dates: 25 June to 3 Aug 2018


​Course 3: BU8601

Fundamentals of Management

(3 AUs)

​To function in an organisation, technical skills by themselves are insufficient; they have to be supplemented by management training.

This course is designed for non-business students and aims to equip them with the knowledge, skills and competence in various aspects of management. It encompasses the core components of management, which include the following:

  • ​The Management Process
  • The Role of the Planning
  • The Business Environment [Ethics & Diversity Management]
  • Planning & the Decision Making Processes
  • Management of Organisations
  • Different Forms of Organisational Control
  • Leadership & Team Management
  • Modern Communication Technologies in Business


Course dates:  25 June to 3 Aug 2018

Course 4: 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:  2 to 27 July 2018

Course 5: 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: 2 to 27 Jul 2018

​​​Course 6: 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:  2 to 27 Jul 2018

​​​Course 7: 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: 2 to 27 Jul 2018




Course 8: 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:  25 June to 3 Aug 2018

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Track 5: New Technologies, New World         

Date:                        ​2 to 27 July 2018

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 added recently.

The courses in this track will be conducted over 4 weeks at the NTU campus. Each course carries 3 academic units (AU).

Description of courses offered under the Track​ ​


Course 1: MA9031

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

(3 AUs)


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


  • ​​Provide a general understanding of Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing as it is more commonly known.
  • Equip the 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 ​

 Course dates:  :  2 to 27 Jul 2018         


Course 2: 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 to be exposed to the operation of a bioprinter.

 Course dates:   2 to 27 Jul 2018        


​Course 3: MA9001

Introduction to Ene​rgy

(3 AUs)

​This course aims to provide student an overview on the energy technology and present energy scenario with respect to demand, availability, environmental concerns, and description of the electricity system.

The course will:

  • Introduce briefly each energy source; covering both conventional and renewable sources
  • Touch on the challenges in energy storage and conversion
  • Share more about efficient energy utilization and energy conservation

 Course dates  2 to 27 Jul 2018
Course 4 :
Cyber Security
(3 AUs)


Introduction to cyber‐crimes and security issues in a cyber‐environment. System perspectives of information security: Issues and solution approaches. Concepts for secrecy, integrity and availability. Security solutions and models. Security planning & management. Security cases and technology trends.


Course dates:   2 to 27 Jul 2018


​Course 5: 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:

  • Exposure 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 modeling, testing and characterization.
  • Promote understanding of benchmarking and metrology aspect in 3D printing
  • Allow users to understand laser and basic optics in 3D printing


 Course dates:   2 to 27 Jul 2018

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