Summer Tracks Information

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The GEM Trailblazer Short Term Summer Programme will be offering 5 tracks in 2019, with new modules available 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

(Updated 15 October 2018)

Apart from Track 1, students can take a maximum of 2 courses within each track or across different tracks. However, students need to check the course schedule to prevent any clashes in timetable between courses.


Programme Duration

6-week programme: 24 June – 2 Aug 2019 (check-in on 19 June 2019)

4-week programme:  1 July – 26 July 2019 (check-in on 26 June 2019)


Track 1: Chinese Language and Cultural Studies ​

Dates1 - 26 July 2019

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 

ET9132​​  1 - 12 Jul 2019
E​T913115 - 26 Jul 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.

Description of courses offered under the Track​ ​


Entrepreneurship Accounting & Finance

(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


Entrepreneurship & Marketing for New Ventures

(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​1 - 26 July 2019

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​ ​


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.


(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 
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.​


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


Tabletop Game Design I

(3 AUs)​​​​                                                                        

​This course 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.  


Learning Outcome/s

By the end of the course, participants would have:

1. an exposure to a good range of game mechanics used in modern designer boardgames.

2. experience in drafting, testing and proofing a tabletop game design workflow process.

3. experience in crafting their own (perhaps first) tabletop game prototype.

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

  • 24 Jun - 2 Aug 2019 (6-week programme)
  •   1 Jul - 26 Jul 2019 (4-week programme)

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.

Description of courses offered under the Track​ ​



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: 24 Jun to 2 Aug 2019


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: 24 Jun to 2 Aug 2019



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:  24 Jun to 2 Aug 2019


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:  1 to 26 Jul 2019



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: 1 to 26 Jul 2019



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:  1 to 26 Jul 2019


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: 1 to 26 Jul 2019



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:  24 Jun to 2 Aug 2019


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: 1 to 26 Jul 2019



Analytics I:

Visual &




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: 1 to 26 Jul 2019



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: 1 to 26 Jul 2019


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Track 5: New Technologies, New World         

Date​1 - 26 July 2019 (4 weeks)

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.

Description of courses offered under the Track​ ​


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 ​

​Course dates:  1 to 26 Jul 2019



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,

Course dates:   1 to 26 Jul 2019


Introduction to Energy

(3 AUs)

​This course aims to provide students with an overview on energy technology and the 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  1 to 26 Jul 2019
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.


Course dates:   1 to 26 Jul 2019



Standards and Laser in 3D Printi​ng

(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 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:   1 to 26 Jul 2019



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.

pre-requisite:Basic Python programming

 Course dates:   1 to 26 Jul 2019



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.


 Course dates:   1 to 26 Jul 2019


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