Curriculum Overview

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ISTD core courses, shown in green, are offered every year in Term 4 and 5. These are mandatory courses for all ISTD students. The six subjects aim to equip students with basic computational and mathematical tools needed for problem solving using computers and to instil algorithmic thinking.

Electives, shown in blue, provide the opportunity for students to customise the ISTD degree according to their interests and future careers.

Electives refer to both track electives and technical application electives.

Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) are essential component of an SUTD degree.

Students are required to take a HASS elective every term from Term 4 onwards.

All engineering pillars have a set of elective subjects associated with different applications streams, which gives greater focus and depth, and promotes inter-pillar interaction. Students will be able to take technical application electives in focused areas such as Global Issues, Transportation, Manufacturing Systems, Information Systems and Enterprise Systems.

It is mandatory for all ISTD students to take at least one technical application elective in either Term 6, 7 or 8.

The capstone is a culminating project that allows students to use the skills they have learned in ISTD in a real world industry or research project. The capstone projects often focus on interdisciplinary applications, solved by a team of students chosen appropriately from different pillars.

From AY2017 onwards, students who have, and maintain a CGPA of 3.5 or above (and passed all Freshmore subjects) are eligible to enrol for an additional course in Term 5, 6 or 7. Subject to the prerequisites and timing of the course, students may use this flexibility to take an additional HASS or elective course.

The following diagram depicts the typical sequence of courses in the ISTD curriculum.

Each column from left to right represents the Spring (Jan-Apr), Summer (May-Aug) and Fall (Sept-Dec) terms respectively. The Freshmore terms (1,2,3) are shown in grey. SUTD students choose their pillar at the end of Term 3, and begin their pillar studies in Term 4. ISTD core courses are indicated in green, electives in blue, and HASS electives in orange.