Cert Courses in Computing

Certificate Courses in Computing


The Certificate Courses in Computing are short courses targeted at working adults who wish to plug their knowledge gap and stay relevant by keeping abreast of the latest technological developments.

Offered by the NUS School of Computing in partnership with NUS SCALE, each certificate comprises four to six modules and can be completed in 12 to 18 months.

Credits attained through completion of these certificate courses can be stacked towards the fulfilment of related Bachelor of Technology degree for candidates who are eligible.

Certificate Courses Offered

1. Certificate in Foundations in Computing (24 MCs)

This certificate course will enable students to attain the following:

  • Basic knowledge of computer science foundations and fundamentals including familiarity with common computer science themes and principles, high-level understanding of systems as a whole, understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of computer science and their influences in practice;
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities;
  • An ability to analyse the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organisations, and society.

The modules are:

  • TIC1001 Introduction to Computing and Programming I (4MC, Lab)
  • TIC1002 Introduction to Computing and Programming II (4MC, Lab)
  • TIC2001 Data Structures and Algorithms (4MC, Lab)
  • TIC1101 Professional, Ethical, and Social Issues for Computing (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TMA1001 Introductory Mathematics (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TIC1201 Discrete Structures (4MC, Non-Lab)

Modules are stackable towards the Bachelor of Technology degrees in Cybersecurity, Software Engineering and Business Analytics. 

For details of the modules, click here.

2. Certificate in Systems and Application Development (20MCs)

Students should complete the Certificate in Foundations in Computing before taking the modules here. After completing this certificate, students should attain the following:

  • Strong knowledge of computer science foundations and fundamentals, including familiarity with common computer science themes and principles, high-level understanding of systems as a whole, understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of computer science and their influences in practice;
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, components, or programme.

The modules are:

  • TIC2002 Introduction to Software Engineering (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TIC2301 Introduction to Information Security (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TIC2401 Introduction to Computer Systems (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TIC2501 Computer Networks and Applications (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TIC2601 Database and Web Applications (4MC, Non-Lab)

Modules are stackable towards the Bachelor of Technology degrees in Cybersecurity and Software Engineering.

For details of the modules, click here.

3. Certificate in Business Analytics Foundation (20 MCs)

Upon completion of this certificate, students should attain the following:

  • Strong knowledge of data analytics foundations and fundamentals, including familiarity with common analytics themes and principles, understanding of how to go about conducting data analytics, and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of data analytics and their influences in practice;
  • An ability to design and perform data analytics.

The modules are:

  • TBA2102 Introduction to Business Analytics (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TBA2103 Data Visualisation (4MC, Lab)
  • TBA2104 Predictive Analytics (4MC, Lab)
  • TMA2101 Calculus for Computing (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TMA2103 Probability and Statistics (4MC, Non-Lab)

Modules are stackable towards the Bachelor of Technology degree in Business Analytics. 

For details of the modules, click here.

4. Specialist Certificate in Institutional Analytics (16 MCs)

Students should complete the Certificate in Business Analytics Foundation before taking the modules here. Upon completion of this certificate, students should attain recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.

The modules are:

  • TBA2101 Building an Analytics Organisation (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • And any three from:
    • TBA3222 Marketing Analytics (4MC, Non-Lab)
    • TBA4230 Audit Analytics (4MC, Non-Lab)
    • TBA4204 Financial Analytics (4MC, Non-Lab)
    • TBA4215 Workforce Analytics (4MC, Non-Lab)
    • TBA4250 Healthcare Analytics (4MC, Non-Lab)

Modules are stackable towards the Bachelor of Technology degree in Business Analytics. 

For details of the modules, click here.

5. Specialist Certificate in Software Engineering (16 MCs)

Upon completing this certificate, students should attain the following:

  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;
  • Individual competence in applying sound principles and rigorous thinking to:
    • analyse an application problem
    • understand user’s requirement
    • formulate the problem in terms of computation requirement
    • conceive novel solution idea
    • design appropriate solutions that meet the requirement
    • implement the solution
    • evaluate the effectiveness of the solution.

The modules are:

  • TIC2701 Principles of Programming Languages (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TIC3001 Software Requirements Analysis and Design (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TIC3002 User Interface Design and Implementation (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • Either TIC4001 Software Engineering Practicum I (4MC, Non-Lab) or TIC4002 Software Engineering Practicum II (4MC, Non-Lab)

Modules are stackable towards the Bachelor of Technology degree in Software Engineering. 

For details of the modules, click here.

6. Specialist Certificate in Cybersecurity (16 MCs)

Upon completing this certificate, students should attain the following:

  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, components, or programme to meet the security needs;
  • An understanding of the processes and challenges that support the delivery and management of information security in an organisation;
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;
  • An ability to use the current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for information security practice.

The modules are:

  • TIC2101 Information Systems and Organisations (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TIC3301 Information Security Management (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TIC3302 Computer Systems Security (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • Either TIC4301 Information Security Practicum I (4MC, Non-Lab) or TIC4302 Information Security Practicum II (4MC, Non-Lab)

Modules are stackable towards the Bachelor of Technology degree in Cybersecurity. 

For details of the modules, click here.

7. Specialist Certificate in Digital Analytics (20 MCs)

Students should complete the Certificate in Business Analytics Foundation before taking the modules here. Upon completion of this certificate, students should attain the following:

  • Strong knowledge of data analytics foundations and fundamentals on the Internet platform, including familiarity with common web analytics themes and principles, understanding of how to go about conducting search engine optimisation, and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of data analytics and their applications on the Internet;
  • Ability to understand how to function effectively in teams to accomplish a common goal like application development.

The modules are:

  • TBA2105 Web Mining (4MC, Lab)
  • TBA3204 Web Analytics (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TBA3241 Social Media Analytics (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TBA4212 Search Engine Optimisation and Analytics (4MC, Non-Lab)
  • TIC2601 Database and Web Applications (4MC, Non-Lab)

Modules are stackable towards the Bachelor of Technology degree in Business Analytics. 

For details of the modules, click here.

Note:
  1. Course 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 will be available for admission application to the August intake.
  2. Course 3 and 4 will be available for admission application to the January intake.

 

Note:

Eligible Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents will enjoy a substantial tuition fee subsidy by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) if they:

  1. are at least 21 years old; and
  2. fulfil one of the following:
    1. have 2 years of full-time work experience; or
    2. have fully discharged full-time NS liability where applicable; or
    3. are currently employed on a full-time basis*.
    4. * Note: Part-time employment will not be considered as full-time work experience. A part-time employee is one who works for less than 35 hours a week, under contract of service with an employer.

For other enhanced subsidies, please click here for more information.

Admission Requirements

 
  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Fulfilled one of the following:
    1. have 2 years of full-time work experience; or
    2. have fully discharged full-time NS liability where applicable; or
    3. are currently employed on a full-time basis.
  3. Hold at least a polytechnic diploma or equivalent local/foreign qualification.

Except for Certificate in Foundations in Computing, the following admission requirements would apply to all other Certificate Courses:

  1. For applicants without relevant qualifications, 3 years of relevant work experience is required;
  2. For applicants without relevant work experience and/or relevant qualifications, must complete the Certificate in Foundations in Computing first before they can be considered for admission into these Courses.
Important Notes

A) Part-time diploma holders are eligible to apply. Such applicants will be required to complete a bridging course in Mathematics satisfactorily before admission to the Certificate Course.

B) Part-time employment will not be considered as full-time work experience. A part-time employee is one who works for less than 35 hours a week, under contract of service with an employer.

Application for Admission

Application Period
There are two application periods for each Academic Year (AY) i.e.:

  • August intake: application opens from December to January
  • January intake: application opens from May to June
The application period for the upcoming intake are: 
Intake Application Dates
 January 2020 Closed
August 2020 1 December 2019, 1:00am SGT
to
31 January 2020, 11:59am SGT
 

Application Fee
The application fee is $50 (excludes prevailing GST) per programme/course selected. Applicant may select up to a maximum of 5 programmes/courses per application and are allowed to submit only one application per intake.

Note:
  • Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • The University reserves the right to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.

Application Timeline 
For admission to
August 2020 Intake
Events
December 2019 to
January 2020
Application Period
Mid-March 2020 Release of application outcome (Direct offers)
March to April 2020 Commencement of Mathematics Bridging Course and Mathematics Test
End May 2020 Release of application outcome (after Mathematics Test)
Early July 2020 Closure of offer acceptance
Mid-July 2020 Online Registration Exercise
Early August 2020 Student Orientation & Networking
Mid-August 2020 Commencement of Semester

Note:
  • The above is the estimated application timeline and may be subject to change at our discretion.
  • An email notification will be sent to applicants once the application outcome is released. Please ensure that a valid email address has been provided during the application.
  • Applicants are required to access SCALE Online Application Portal to check the application outcome.
  • Acceptance of the admission offer can only be done via SCALE Online Application Portal.

Information to note before applying
  1. Applicants may be required by the Admission Committee to attend a compulsory Mathematics Bridging Course and sit for the compulsory Mathematics Test.

    Note: There will be no make-up arrangement if the applicant is unable to sit for the Mathematics Test on the scheduled date. Application will be considered as withdrawn if the applicant is unable to sit for the Mathematics Test as required.

  2. All 2½-year part-time local diploma holders are only allowed to apply for admission after successful completion of their local diploma. They must attend the Mathematics Bridging Course and sit for the Mathematics Test.


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12 February 2020