|Advance Elective Modules (AEMs) are for secondary school students who would like to experience and benefit from hands-on and project-oriented learning in a polytechnic. Our AEMs will provide exposure practice-oriented learning approaches adopted in polytechnics. AEMs are typically 30-hour (4 days) courses conducted by our lecturers to help students discover their strengths and interests in a variety of fields.
If you are a Secondary School educator, you might like to consider signing your upper secondary school students up for our wide-ranging courses.
We offer the following modules:
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|AEM Code||AEM Title|
||Customer Service and Communications
Customer Service and Communications (AEMNYBZ001)
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of customer service and the roles of communication and inter-personal skills in the delivery of good customer service, handling of dissatisfied customers, and service recovery.
||Be Cool & In Control
Be Cool & In Control (AEMNYBZ002)
This highly interactive module will enable students to understand where and how conflict originates, examine coping mechanisms and learn about ways to resolve arguments and conflicts peacefully and more effectively. There is a strong emphasis on practice and application using experiential learning methods like role play, and self-assessment.
||Starting Your Own Food & Beverage Business
Starting Your Own Food & Beverage Business (AEMNYBZ003)
This module will equip students with a broad overview of the food & beverage industry and understand the basic concept of food & beverage business. Using a few example of local, regional and international cuisine as case study to plan for a complete meals menu and at the same time understand the importance of cost control in the planning. Students will also be taught the fundamental requirements of an entrepreneur.
||The Robotic Mouse
The Robotic Mouse (AEMNYEG001)
This module aims to equip the students with a good understanding of the application of intelligent chips. Topics covered include input sensors like photodiodes, output drivers like motors and programming of intelligent chips. Illustrations on the applications of the electronics components will be used to stimulate the interest of the students and enhance their understanding. This module complements and helps reinforce relevant topics in O-level Design & Technology and Physics subjects.
||Creative Product Design
Creative Product Design (AEMNYEG002)
This module equips students with the essential knowledge of product innovation process with coverage on the application of Computer Aided Design tools for design and development of components and products. They will also be introduced to the concept and technique of basic additive manufacturing /3D printing.
||Creative Robots (Design and Build)
Creative Robots (Design and Build) (AEMNYEG003)
This module equips students with the essential knowledge in Robotics. It covers the applications and theories of basic electronics and control in Robotics, working with hand tools and understanding common mechanical components used in Robotics. Students are required to design and build a robot at the end of the course.
||Solar and Clean Energy
Solar and Clean Energy (AEMNYEG004)
Through a practice-oriented and hands-on approach, this module aims to provide the students with a good understanding of the applications of solar and clean energy. The topics covered include solar energy and clean energy such as wind power and fuel cells. Basic electronics knowledge required to develop applications of these clean energy sources are also covered. Besides projects, experiments will also be conducted on solar energy, wind power and fuel cell.
||Applications of Renewable Energy
Applications of Renewable Energy (AEMNYEG005)
This module equips students with the essential knowledge in the applications of renewable energy. It covers the theories and applications of various forms of renewable energy including solar, biofuels and fuel cells. Students are required to design and construct a renewable energy application at the end of the course.
Aerospace Systems (AEMNYEG006)
Through a practice-oriented and hands-on approach, this module will provide the students with a good understanding of aerospace systems, flight theory and aerospace electronics, e.g. radio systems and control, electrical power and flight systems. They will also gain an insight into Aviation and Aerospace industries. They will learn in an engaging way through a varied range of stimulating activities with flight simulators and a project on building an aero-model.
||Technology for the Futuristic Smart Homes
Technology for the Futuristic Smart Homes (AEMNYEG007)
A practice-oriented and hands-on approach is adopted for the module. The students will learn in a fun-filled way through the practical and project sessions that involve using wireless and sensor technologies for creating systems for tracking, sensing, monitoring and helping us make faster and better informed decisions.
||Nanomaterials and Applications
Nanomaterials and Applications (AEMNYEG008)
This module provides students with an introduction to nanotechnology and advanced material science. It will highlight the role these scientific disciplines can plan in designing and developing a world of the future. The fundamental basis of materials and their applications in nanotechnology will be discussed and we will focus on how this knowledge can be applied to develop advanced products. Students will have the opportunity to synthesize nanomaterials and use them to fabricate nano-enhanced devices.
||Mobile Devices and Applications
Mobile Devices and Applications (AEMNYIT002)
This course is designed as an introductory module for students to appreciate the different technologies in mobile computing and to acquire the fundamental practical concepts. It introduces the key concepts and features of mobile devices and some of the in-trend programming techniques used to build applications running on mobile devices. It covers popular mobile operating environment such as Windows Mobile & J2ME, as well as SMS & MMS development. Wireless risks and security will also be introduced to the students for their awareness.
||Cyber Security and Forensics
Cyber Security and Forensics (AEMNYIT005)
Students will learn essential InfoSecurity concepts and their applications as well as infosecurity law and ethics. They will proceed to learn essential elements of infosecurity technology including cryptography concepts, applications as well as access control techniques such as authentication and authorisation. Students will be introduced subsequently to basic internet protocols and its vulnerabilities followed by wired and wireless network security including the use and configuration of personal firewall, Intrusion prevention system (IPS) and etc. Prevention of malware, such as virus, worm, spyware and etc., in Microsoft Windows system will be taught next with techniques to secure the applications such as web browser. The course ends with digital forensic concept and application of software tools to reinforce the students' understanding.
||Financial Literacy with IT
Financial Literacy with IT (AEMNYIT006)
This module raises awareness amongst the Singapore youth on the many financial products & services that are relevant to them and what they can do to better manage their finances. Students will be exposed to the essential banking products and services as well as mobile banking technologies and delivery channels. They will learn how to compute interest, present financial charts, and analyse data for decision support through financial applications and games.
||Social Media In Action
Social Media In Action (AEMNYIT007)
This module introduces students to the various social media platforms. The students will learn the concepts and features of the different social media platforms. They will create rich media contents for an engaging social media site for social networking and collaborative learning.
||Problem-Solving, Visualise and Manage School Projects Using IT
Problem-Solving, Visualise and Manage School Projects Using IT (AEMNYIT008)
As part of their holistic education experience, secondary school students are frequently tasked with project work for the different subject areas. To help the students deliver their project work more effectively and efficiently, problem-solving skills and the use of technological tools will be introduced for the conduct of school project work, targeting specifically at the efficient collation of data, planning and scheduling of tasks, effective collaboration within a team as well as the use of visualization techniques for presenting the findings effectively. To simulate what students will encounter in real life project work, new constraints, requirements and considerations will be introduced into the project. Students will thus develop the confidence and persistence in working with difficult problems, as well as the ability to communicate and work with others to achieve a common goal or solution.
||Creative "STEM" Applications
Creative "STEM" Applications (AEMNYIT009)
Learning in the 21st century needs to be relevant and current. Despite the increasing use of technology among students, IT and Robotics are not commonly taught. However, an interactive and engaging robot that brings programming off the computer and into real life will allow the students to have a fun and valuable learning experience. Implications of using IT and robotics in the curriculum extend far beyond motivation and engagement. This is because the complementary problem-solving and creative thinking skills acquired in these areas can help students be more successful at the workplace, and in life. There are two projects in this module. In the IT-focused project, students are tasked to design a user interface for a mobile application that is both user-friendly and exciting to use. In the robotics-focused project, students will strategize and execute a plan to race their robots in a competition.
||The Fascinating World of Microbiology
The Fascinating World of Microbiology (AEMNYMS001)
The fascinating world of microbiology will be introduced to students. Students will discover & explore the diverse range of micro-flora that exists in Singapore and learn how to isolate, identify and preserve these micro-organisms. In addition, they will be introduced to microbial fermentation by making their own fermented food product. They will also be exposed to the world of genetic engineering and will learn how to introduce new genes into bacteria.
||Food Science and Culture
Food Science and Culture (AEMNYMS002)
Students will be acquainted with different aspects of food science such as sensory evaluation, properties of food, food microbiology and chemistry. Nutrition and marketing will also be taught. Over and above this, the evolution of some Singapore local delights will be discussed.
||Healthcare in Action
Healthcare in Action (AEMNYMS003)
This 30-hour module provides an overview of the roles of and services provided by the different healthcare professionals. It also equips the students with the fundamentals of nursing with an emphasis on the provision of basic care for the adult and infant.
Drug Discovery (AEMNYMS005)
This module equips students with basic knowledge of drug discovery process and its associated laboratory techniques. The program also highlights the value of the biodiversity in Singapore through a field trip to one of Singapore's Nature reserves. Students will enjoy the challenges of collecting plant samples and testing for bioactive agents from plant extracts.
||The Pharmacy Trail
The Pharmacy Trail (AEMNYMS006)
This module equips students with a broad overview of what pharmacy is all about, using paracetamol as an example. It covers drug discovery and testing, the fundamental basis of physiology, pharmacology and extemporaneous preparations. Students will have the opportunity to produce various dosage forms of paracetamol. In addition, they will also be attached at a retail drug store where they can learn about the retail operations and observe the patient counseling skills involved in the sale of a pharmaceutical product.
||Chemistry In Action
Chemistry In Action (AEMNYMS008)
This module allows students to explore and gain an understanding of chemistry-in-action in four different contexts, namely in living cells and systems, in food, in natural products and in medicine. Taking this approach the concepts of chemistry can be explained using daily examples and phenomena which are familiar to the students. Students will also have the opportunity to carry out experiments that are investigative and analytical in nature.