Nanyang Technological University

Summer Tracks Information

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​GEM Trailblazer Short Term Summer Programme will be offering 5 tracks in 2017 with new modules coming up in Track 3, 4 and 5.  

 

Track 1: Chinese Language and Cultural Studies 
Track 2: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Asia
Track 3: Creative Design and Media (7 New modules! )
Track 4: Success in the Globalised Marketplace (4 New modules!)
Track 5: New Technologies, New World (2 New module!) 



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..

 
 

Please CHOOSE only 1 Course from each of the following Group​​​+*


Course Grouping Schedules​
*Please note that there will be classes every Alternate Fridays​, dates are as stated
*Subjected to changes. Last updated 2 Jun 2017
​Group A​​​​​​Mon/Wed 9am-1pm (Weekly) + Fri 9am-1pm (7 & 21 Jul)
Group B​Tue/Thu 9am-1pm (Weekly) + Fri 1.30pm-5.30pm (7 & 21 Jul)
​Group CMon/Wed 1.30pm-5.30pm (Weekly)Fri 9am-1pm (14 & 28 Jul)
Group D​Tue/Thu 1.30pm-5.30pm (Weekly)Fri 1.30pm-5.30pm (14 & 28 Jul)
Mon- Monday Tue- Tuesday Wed- Wednesday Thu- Thursday Fri- Friday


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Track 1: Chinese Language and Cultural Studies ​

Date:                      ​ ​3 to 28 July 2017


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 2017, Mondays to Fridays, 9.30am to 5.00pm, at the NTU Yunnan Campus.

​Description of courses offered under the Track ​

 

​CF9001

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.

              


 

CF9001

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 Asia 

Date:                        ​Term 1 - > 15 May to 26 May 2017
​Term 2 - > 4 to 16 July 2017


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 four 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 over 2 terms: either Term 1 (May) or Term 2 (July), Mondays to Fridays, at the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre in NTU.

Students have the option to take a minimum of two courses (6AUs) and a maximum of four courses (12AUs), subject to approval by home university. 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. 

Note: Business students may be exempted from this course if they have taken a similar course at their home university and obtained a B grade and above for the course (proof of transcript is required)


Course dates: Term 1: 15 May to 19 May 2017 |
Term 2: 4 to 8 July 2017

Course 2: ET9132

Entrepreneurship Accounting & Finance

(3 AUs)

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

Note: Business students may be exempted from this course if they have taken a similar course at their home university and obtained a B grade and above for the course (proof of transcript is required)


Course dates:
Term 1: 22 to 26 May 2017 |
Term 2: 11 to 16 July 2017



 

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Track 3: Creative Design and Media 

Date:                       ​3 to 28 July 2017

 

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 proficiencyis required for students taking any of the courses in this track. 

​ ​Description of courses offered under the Track​ ​


 

Course 1: HZ9205

Exterior Worlds - Writing for Film

(3AUs)

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.

 

 
Course 2: HZ9202
 

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.

 

​Course 3: HL2020

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


Course 4: CS0204

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.

 

Course 5: CS2044

Photojournalism

(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.    

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Course 6AAA18E

 Drawing
 
(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 cannot draw but would like to learn to. 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 
 
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Course 7: 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.

 
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​​​Course 8: AAA18K 
 
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.​


 

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Course 9: AAA28Q 
 
Interactive Art

(3 AUs)​​

Interactive art provides an insight to one of the disciplines of art where it engages viewers via electronics and sensors. By using electronics and embedding into the artwork, it enhances the engagement experience of the viewer. Students will be able to understand basic electronics and how 
to create simple circuits that work. These circuits, range from flasher, to buzzer, light sensor and also amplifier. They will understand how to read electronic designs and be able to create physical functional circuits. These circuits will then be embedded into their artwork creating an engaging and interactive artwork.
 
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Course 10: AAE28B
 
Introduction to Children's Literature 
 
(3 AUs)
 
​This course explores major forms and genres in children’s literature, focusing on important traditions, themes and conventions, and considering their relevance to the linguistic and imaginative development of young readers. Participants will read a wide range of children’s literature, including fairy tales, poetry and picture books, and contemporary Children's novel from the West, Asia and other parts of the world. Through the course, to appreciate, critically read, select and use/teach children’s literature.

 

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Course 11AAR10C
 
Singapore and the Region in Literature
(3 AUs)
 
​This module will explore cultural and historical connections and shared ethnic traditions in the literatures of post-independence Southeast Asian nations and Singapore. Using translated works as well as writing in English, students will look, for example, at the literary treatment of immigrant identities. It could also look at the modern woman’s struggle against Asian patriarchal cultures and consider similarities and differences in these nations’ literary constructs of modernity and their engagement with the outside world.

 

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Course 12: 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.

 


 

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

Dates:                     ​Term 1 -> 8 May to 16 June 2​​017
​Term 2 -> 19 June to 28 July 2017


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 in 2 terms. 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: Term 1: 8 May to 16 June 2017 /  Term 2: 19 June to 28 July 2017

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: Term 1: 8 May to 16 June 2017 / Term 2: 19 June to 28 July 2017

 

​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


 

Note: Students taking this course in Term 1 are advised not to take BU8101.


Course dates: 
Term 1: 8 May to 16 June 2017

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: Term 2: 3 to 28 July 2017

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: Term 2: 23 to 30 June 2017 (1 week intensive course)


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Course 6: AAH33J 
 
The 19th century world of Southeast Asia​
 

(3 AUs)​​

 

The course hopes to, as an extension of the introductory course, probe into several themes of interest, such as on empire building, diaspora as well as the subaltern and “middling” world, in island Southeast  Asian history. Specific primary sources such  as memoirs, travelogues and contemporary histories written during the  period, will serve as stimuli, hand-in-hand with secondary interpretations to bring students back into the world of the past in this region. At the center of Southeast Asia, a fieldtrip walk will be undertaken, based on an 1860 map of Singapore, to relive the environ of one of the most bustling settlement in the region. At the end, it is hoped that students will gain a deeper appreciation of Southeast Asian history in the 19th century.
 
Course dates: Term 2:  3 to 28 Jul 2017
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​​​Course 7: 
AAM18G 
 
History of Mathematics I​
 
(3 AUs)​​​

The historical development of certain fundamental concepts in mathematics from Ancient Times until around 1000 AD will be introduced by means of a series of case studies. Each case study will highlight the contribution of a particular famous mathematician of history, including their personal motivation and the socio-cultural context in which they were working. Open to both mathematics and non-mathematics majors, this course is aimed at students with an interest in mathematics.​


Course dates: Term 2:  3 to 28 Jul 2017​

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​​​Course 8: 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: Term 2: 3 to 28 Jul 2017
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​​​Course 9: 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: Term 2: 3 to 28 Jul 2017

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Track 5: New Technologies, New World         

Date:                        ​3 to 28 July 2017


Conducted by the world's most cited and published professor, Dr Chua Chee Kai, Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing and Bioprinting. 

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:  Term 2: 3 to 28 Jul 2017         


 

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:  Term 2: 3 to 28 Jul 2017        


 

​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: Term 2:  3 to 28 Jul 2017
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Course 4 :
EE8084
 
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:  Term 2: 3 to 28 Jul 2017


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​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:  Term 2: 3 to 28 Jul 2017​​​

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