Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services), MEngTech and BEng (Hons)

Programme Overview

The Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (SIE) (Building Services) programme is developed in consultation with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore. The programme encompasses all the necessary engineering disciplines that are required for the building services industries in Singapore. Students will go through rigorous academic training that is conducted by highly qualified professors and senior managers from the industry, and will read modules which are highly relevant to the building services industries.

Curriculum
The SIE (Building Services) programme aims to groom students to be both practice-oriented and industry-ready. Students will be trained in the areas of Efficient Energy Management, Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

One major highlight of the programme is the eight-to 12-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) which will equip students with the practical training much desired by employers. During the IWSP, students will be involved in the day-to-day operations and will confront challenges just like an employee of the host organisation.

Students who perform well in the BEng (Hons) programme may proceed to take the Master of Engineering Technology degree (MEngTech) which will have a strong emphasis on human factors, systems engineering and project management.

Students who opt for the MEngTech will also take on a Capstone project formulated on actual working experience during the IWSP. The project may revolve around innovative solutions to existing processes. In line with the government’s initiatives on clean energy and safety at the workplace, students may also be able to obtain professional certifications in Green Mark Certification, Fire Services Safety Management and Workplace Safety and Health.

Accreditation
Accreditation of the programme will be sought with the Engineering Accreditation Board.

Career Opportunities
Statistics from government agencies and employment trends point to a great demand for graduates trained in building services focusing on green buildings, HVAC and BIM. SIE (Building Services) graduates, well-equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills, will assimilate with ease into the building construction and services industries.

Eligibility and Exemption

Diploma holders from any of the five local polytechnics and A-level graduates are welcome to apply. Students with relevant engineering background ie. Diploma in Aerospace, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Civil, Environmental and Electrical Engineering may apply for exemption of modules up to a maximum of two trimesters. For students with non-relevant engineering background, i.e. Diploma from other engineering disciplines, exemption of modules will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Study Trip

Regional Immersion In Sustainable Engineering (RISE) will create opportunities for you to visit key infrastructure facilities and projects in the region. You will gain first-hand experience in communicating with engineers, designers and operators who are working on various phases of a project such as those in design and construction. The meticulous maintenance schedule that can eliminate any incipient breakdown of the systems will also be explored. RISE is an eye-opener that will enrich students' learning experience.

MODULE SYNOPSIS

Year 1
SIE1001 Mechanics of Engineering Materials

Introduction to the fundamental principles of statics and mechanics of materials. Force and moment equilibrium in three dimensions using free body diagrams and vector algebra; stress, strain, and deformation response of deformable bodies to axial, torsional, flexural, and combined loadings; material properties and selection criteria; and failure modes of materials and structure.

SIE1002 Engineering Math I

Foundational engineering math such as Basic complex numbers; vectors/matrices; limits/continuity

SIE1003 C Programming

Fundamental concepts procedural programming using the C programming language; Data types; Control structures; Functions; Arrays; Files and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging.

SIE1004 Measurements and Sensor Technology

Temperature and velocity measurements devices. Fundamental and applications of flow meters; Dynamic characteristics of thermal sensors. Introduction to MEMS. Sensors and Actuators technology. Strain gauge techniques. Measurement techniques based on ultrasound principles.

SIE1007 Dynamics of Machines

Analysis of 3-dimensional planar kinematics and planar kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Physical concepts such as velocity and acceleration (relative to moving and fixed reference frame), translation, and rotation, force and moment, work and kinetic energy, linear/angular impulse, and momentum.

SIE1008 Engineering Math IIA

Foundational engineering math such as basic calculus methods involving derivatives and integration, with practical emphasis on various applications requiring derivatives and/or integration

SIE1009 Heat Exchanger and Heat Pump

Characteristics of fluids; Viscosity and compressibility of fluids; Vapour pressure; Surface tension; Pressure and velocity relationships; Speed of sound and compressible flow; Temperature and ideal gases; Laws of Thermodynamics; Basic mode of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation, Heat exchangers.

SIE1012 Construction Drawing for Building Services

3-dimensional visualization and spatial reasoning; Engineering sketching; Basic descriptive geometry; The fundamentals of orthographic projection; Basic building structure; Parametric and feature-based solid modelling; Assembly modelling; Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Drawing convention and presentation of 3-dimensional geometry on 2-dimensional media. Use of software on the computer workstation as the major graphical analysis and design tool

SIE2004 Materials Selection for Engineering Structure

Fundamental concepts of materials science and engineering; Effect of structure on properties of engineering materials; Effects of processing on structure, properties and uses of engineering materials.

SIE1011 Regional Immersion in Sustainable Engineering (RISE)

RISE will create opportunities for you to visit key infrastructure facilities and projects in the region. You will gain first-hand experience in communicating with engineers, designers and operators who are working on various phases of a project, such as in design and construction. The meticulous maintenance schedule that can eliminate any incipient breakdown of the systems will also be explored. RISE is an eye-opening programme that will enrich your learning experience.

Year 2
SIE2001 Engineering Math IIB

Foundational engineering math such as Partial differentiation; Multi-variate integrals and differentiation

SIE2011 Fluid Mechanics

The subject is intended to equip students with the basic knowledge in fluid static and dynamics in buildings and in building services. Emphasis will be on applications of the piped/ducted system, open channel flow, flow around buildings and structures, potential flow, boundary layers and compressible flows.

SIE2012 Electrical Systems

Review of the fundamental Circuit Principles, Kirchhoff’s Law, Thevenin’s and Norton’s Theorem; Transient Response of Circuits, Low and High voltage systems. Apply the design approaches and principles for power distribution in and around buildings. Understand the requirements for safety, efficiency and reliability of electrical installations according to Singapore standards and regulations.

SIE2013 Water System Engineering in Built Environment

Equipping student with the knowledge required in designing water supply, drainage, sanitation and sewage systems in buildings. Developing student competence in making relevant decision complying with engineering requirements on the systems. Singapore standards on these systems are covered.

SIE2014 Energy Distribution Management in Buildings

Recognize and apply the design approaches and principles for power distribution in and around buildings and to understand the requirements for safety, efficiency and reliability of electrical installations in supply rules, regulations and codes etc. Fundamental principles on smart metering and control, intelligent building and energy management are covered.

SIE2006 Engineering Math III

Foundational engineering math such as Sequences and Series; First and Second Order ordinary and partial differential equations

SIE2007 Land Transport Discovery Course

Introduction to Land Transportation Engineering; Applied Mechanics; Reciprocating Engines; Material Properties, Failure Modes and Diagnosis; Fluid Power Systems including industrial site visits

SIE2009 Aerospace Engineering Discovery Course

Historical Perspective of Aerospace Engineering; Overview of Aerospace Clusters; Introduction to Aerodynamics; Introduction to Propulsion; Overview of Aircraft Support Systems; Introduction to Aircraft Structure; Introduction to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) including industrial site visits

SIE2015 Building Services Engineering Discovery Course

Overview of building services engineering; Introduction to Acoustic Engineering (noise reduction); Introduction to Fire Engineering; Overview of HVAC system; Introduction to refrigeration; Introduction to Clean Energy including solar and wind turbine

SIE2016 Effective Communication

Writing Process; Effective writing styles; Plagiarism; Writing procedures and instructions; Describing change and development; Organization patterns in comparison and contrast; Organization patterns in cause and effect; Feasibility and recommendation reports; Presentation skills; presentation materials preparation

Note: This module is only applicable for students admitted from AY2015 onwards.

SIE2017 HVAC I

Equipping students with the abilities in designing air conditioning systems for buildings, including the heating and cooling load characteristics of buildings and performance characteristics of the air-conditioning systems. The system design and the part-load performance of the systems will be emphasized.

SIE2018 HVAC 2

Equipping students with the knowledge required in designing water systems in providing heating and air-conditioning for buildings. Design must be based on high energy efficiency of buildings and air-conditioning systems

SIE3001 Group Design Project I

Students are required to work on a group design project of technical nature in the Building Services Engineering. For example, typical projects are:
1) Energy Conservation in Buildings 
2) BIM project

SIE2019 BIM for M&E

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a new three-dimensional modelling technology that allows the building professionals of various disciplines to explore the building project digitally, before it is built. BIM can help to bring about greater integration and collaboration among the developers, designers, builders and fabricators across the construction value chain. Students will be able to obtain the relevant knowledge and skills that are required to set up a Company BIM Deployment Plan and BIM Project Execution Plan.

SIE2020 Building Energy Simulations and Assessment

To promote greater use of building energy simulation to underpin low energy building consumption and efficient HVAC system designs. To deepen student’s understanding about the fundamental engineering principles and numerical methods employed in BIM. To provide student with hands-on experience with performing building and system performance simulations.

SIE2021 Facilities Management using BIM

To understand the use of BIM in facilities management. To understand the use of buildings as an operational resources and how to manage them as functional assets. To learn how BIM impacts on facilities management workspace layout. Components of occupancy costs, procurement and management of support services are included.

SIE2901 Career and Professional Development

This module aims to equip the student with the knowledge of the rules and regulations regulating the practice of professional engineering in mechanical engineering and to increase the student’s awareness of his or her responsibilities in a professional engineering environment. Centre to the module is the development of the student’s knowledge in addressing professional ethical issues and the student’s awareness of how his or her professional skills such as leadership and communication skills are important in the practice and can be enhanced through continuing professional development. In addition, the student will undergo training on job applications and job interviews.

Year 3
SIE3012 Integrated Work Study Programmes

IWSP provides students with the opportunity to undertake real work, allowing them to integrate theory and practice and develop deep specialist skills in their chosen field. Held over the span of 8 to 12 months, the structure of the IWSP will be unique and distinct for each degree programme to cater to differing needs of the industry. Our employers are our partners in education. Designed to be more in-depth than a traditional internship or industrial attachment, students participating in the IWSP are expected to undertake real work in the companies they are employed in for the programme. This will allow SIT students to gain real work experience and is meant to augment theory with actual practice.

Year 4
SIE3013 Fire Engineering Fundamentals

To provide students a detailed theoretical basis of fire physics and reaction kinetics in combustion process and fire dynamics in a building fire. Using thermochemistry, thermal decomposition of fuel, dire development, the burning properties of materials and fire design in building and fire services systems.

SIE3014 Fire Safety Management*

Learning codes of practices for fire engineering design including basic water-based fire engineering systems for buildings. Design gas protection systems, fire detection and alarm systems. Basic passive protection systems in building will also be covered.
* This course is similar to the Fire Safety Specialist Course currently offered by SCDF Academy.

SIE3015 Automation and Control in Building

Students will have to understand the building automation (BA) system in modern buildings. This will enable them to better judgement in design mechanical and electrical systems. Network of building automation and intelligent building (IB) systems and their respective configurations will be covered. The dynamics performance of building processes/systems, control fundamentals and building process control are examined in detail. Finally, control strategies for better energy efficiency and building environmental performance are included.

SIE3016 Work Place Safety and Health*

*The course curriculum is identical to that defined by Workplace Safety and Health Council, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore (MOM). Construction Safety Course for Project Managers (CSCPM).

SIE3002 Group Design Project II

Students are required to work on a group design project of technical nature in the Building Services Engineering. For example, typical projects are:
1) Energy Conservation in Buildings 
2) BIM project

For students who proceed to Master of Engineering Technology

Energy Optimisation Focus

SIE4016 Acoustic Engineering

This course enables students to acquire the latest knowledge on acoustics and vibration technologies and the related design for buildings. Basic theories of building acoustics, noise suppression and control and frequency analysis are covered.

SIE4003 Wind Energy and Industrial Aerodynamics

Introduction to industrial aerodynamics and wind engineering with main characteristics of natural winds; Characteristics of velocity profiles and atmospheric turbulence; Elements of wind-building interaction and design significance; Turbine aerodynamics and mechanics for energy generation

SIE4017 Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor environmental quality is a multidisciplinary subject and is one of the key objectives in healthy building design, e.g. hospital, shopping malls and schools. Major mass-balance and transport models are introduced to control and monitor the indoor air quality. Various design and operation of air cleaners are considered and Smart management concept will also be introduced.

SIE4018 Lighting Technology for Building Services

This module encompasses a wide range of lighting systems and their applications in illuminating buildings indoors and outdoors. Students will be trained to identify, analyse and evaluate basic components and features in lighting systems.

SIE4019 Renewable Energy

Knowledge in renewable energy resources and their existing and potential applications are introduced. Major design and operation of different renewable energy application systems will be examined in detail. The environmental impact associated with conventional fossil fuels and their replacement by other clean energy sources, e.g. solar, tidal wave and wind will also be explored in depth.

SIE4001 Capstone Project

[Individual project with a minimum duration of 12 weeks (one trimester)]

Students will have to propose an individual project based on their work experience during IWSP. The nature of the project must be technical and have strong industrial relevance. This can be either a study on improving a maintenance process or design of a component that can be used to enhance machine efficiency.

Human Factors and Systems Engineering Focus

SIE4011 Human Factors and Error Management

Introduction to human factors in areas of error-reduction and risk management; Effects of physical environment and mental state on human performance; Effective communication in managing workplace hazards and human errors

SIE4012 Systems Engineering

Introduction to systems engineering as a field in managing complex engineering projects over life cycle; Overview on work-processes, optimization methods, risk management tools and change management; Techniques to evaluate reliability, logistics and coordination issues; Integration of various tools and techniques

SIE4013 Logistics Management

Introduction to basic knowledge in areas of logistics and logistics management; Importance of network structures and network flow orientation; Overview of different logistical functions and their management strategies

SIE4014 Change Management

Introduction to change management and its application; Techniques and processes in change management, e.g. Lewin’s Change Management Model, McKinsey 7S Framework, Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model and Stakeholder Analysis and Management; Case Studies

SIE4015 Project Management

Introduction to project management and its philosophy; Core principles of project management; project management techniques, e.g. process improvement, benchmarking, cause and effect, etc.; project management implementation and benefits

SIE4001 Capstone Project

[Individual project with a minimum duration of 12 weeks (one trimester)]

Students will have to propose an individual project based on their work experience during IWSP. The nature of the project must be technical and have strong industrial relevance. This can be either a study on improving a maintenance process or design of a component that can be used to enhance machine efficiency.

Human Factors and Systems Engineering Focus

Campus Location
SIT@Dover
SIT@Dover

10 Dover Drive
Singapore 138683

SIT@Dover
SIT@SP Building

Singapore Polytechnic
510 Dover Road, Singapore 139660