Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems)

Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems)

Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems), is a four-year direct honours degree programme, also known as SEEMS. SEEMS is a multidisciplinary degree programme that brings together the fields of mechanical, electrical, electronic, and computer engineering with a holistic approach to system development. Systems engineering focuses on the design, development, implementation, and life-cycle management of complex interconnected systems. The SEEMS programme specifically focuses on the engineering of complex mechanical systems that are controlled by microprocessors and microcontrollers.

Students of this programme will understand the larger context of hardware and software engineering and will be able to solve complex problems through an integrated and multidisciplinary approach.

SEEMS is a joint degree programme offered by Singapore Institute of Technology and DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore.

The Programme's Mission and Vision
Vision: To be the leading programme in Systems Engineering in Singapore.
Mission: To nurture individuals to excel at the multidisciplinary Systems Engineering challenges in the industry.

The Programme Educational Objectives
The Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs) are closely aligned with the SIT DNA. Graduates of the programme, after working three to five years, are expected to:

  • Solve practical Systems Engineering problems through an integrated and multidisciplinary approach based on high ethical and professional standards using high-level engineering skills and knowledge.
  • Exploit novel Systems Engineering concepts in managing today’s ever-changing engineered systems through change management and lifelong professional development.
  • Create value through innovation and leadership in the industry by transforming life-cycle processes of complex and interconnected systems.
  • Serve the community through effective communication, interpersonal and project management skills for partnership across disciplines to make improvements in the social, economic and environmental aspects.

Traditional approaches to engineering education focus individually on the different sub-disciplines of mechanical, electrical, electronic or computer engineering. Systems engineering transcends these boundaries and looks at integrating systems from diverse disciplines to produce functionality not achieved by a single discipline. Systems engineering enables the development, analysis and management of multidisciplinary systems with a broad range of applications. Its methodologies address real-world complexities such as uncertainty, constraints, multiple objectives, and interactions among various parts or subsystems that constitute the whole. Trained systems engineers use sophisticated methods to develop and effectively manage engineered systems in today’s complex and interconnected world.

Provisional Accreditation of the programme has been granted by the Engineering Accreditation Board.

Career Opportunities
Career opportunities in systems engineering are driven by increasing globalisation and technological advancements. As Singapore and the world continue to develop more interconnected devices and systems, the need for engineers with both component- and system-level knowledge will increase dramatically.

SEEMS graduates will be uniquely prepared to address these increasingly complex system design and development tasks. Potential entry-level position titles for new SEEMS graduates include: Systems Engineer, Design Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Project Engineer, Software Engineer, Software Analyst, Embedded Systems Engineer and ElectroMechanical Engineer. Graduates of this degree programme have the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in industries such as transport, marine, defence and precision engineering.

Eligibility and Exemption

Diploma holders from any of the five local polytechnics and A level / IB Diploma graduates are welcome to apply.

Applicants with local polytechnic diploma may be granted exemptions from individual modules on a case-by-case basis, depending on the content of previous modules completed and grade earned.

A-Level / IB Diploma Prerequisites:
Obtained a pass in one of the following H2 or HL subjects (Mathematics, Physics or Computing); or a pass in H1 or SL Mathematics

Study Trip

The Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) is mandatory for SEEMS students. Students will spend one trimester at DigiPen Institute of Technology’s U.S. campus, and attend lectures, labs, and industry seminars. Students will interact with American professors and mentors while experiencing life in a different culture.


Year 1
SEM 1000 Computer Environment

This course provides students with a detailed examination of the fundamental elements on which computers are based. Topics covered include number systems, representation of numbers in computation, basic electricity, electric circuits, digital systems, logic circuits, data representations, digital memory, computer architecture, and operating systems. Operational code and assembly languages are discussed, examined, and used in the context of a microcontroller environment such as an autonomous vehicle. The laboratory component of the course aims to demystify the behavior of a computer environment by providing a hands-on exploration of the topics discussed in class lectures. Students will design, create, and debug basic analog and digital circuits, write assembly code and process interrupts for a microcontroller that will implement intelligent behavior for an autonomous vehicle.

SEM 1101 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1

This course introduces the calculus of functions of a single real variable. The main topics include limits, differentiation, and integration. Limits include the graphical and intuitive computation of limits, algebraic properties of limits, and continuity of functions. Differentiation topics include techniques of differentiation, optimization, and applications to graphing. Integration includes Riemann sums, the definite integral, anti-derivatives, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

SEM 1401 Computer Aided Design

This module aims to introduce the use of computer-aided design (CAD) in the context of engineering design. Principles and methodologies of engineering design are briefly covered, and students will learn to visualize and sketch their design concepts in 3D.

Communication of engineering designs through graphical representations, including orthographic and isometric drawings, as well as design annotations according to relevant standards are introduced. Principles of 3D modelling and component assembly in CAD systems are covered.  Students will apply the principles through the use of a CAD software in creating 3D models, assembling components and drafting engineering drawings in project tasks. In addition, geometric modelling, computer-aided engineering and Design-for-X will be introduced as a background context of CAD.

The proficiency of students in performing CAD tasks will be assessed through assignments and project tasks, while their knowledge learnt will be validated through quizzes. There is no final examination in this module; students will consistently learn, practice and perform assessment tasks throughout the module.

SEM 1402 Engineering Fabrication

This module aims to introduce various topics on the fabrication of engineering components.  Material properties and product attributes are covered before introducing material removal processes. The programming of computer numerical control in machining is taught and applied in a project. Students will learn the processes of additive manufacturing and apply them in laboratory. 3D CAD models created by students in the SEM1401 CAD module will be printed the project. Assembly and joining methodologies such as mechanical fastening are covered. Students will apply the knowledge learnt in this module on a series of project tasks, in conjunction with the tasks of the SEM1401 module. Assessment will be through quizzes and team-based project tasks, including fabrication and assembly of a system.  

SEM 1501 C Programming

In presenting the C programming language, this course serves as a foundation for all high level programming courses and projects. It provides the fundamentals of programming, including control flows, such as statement grouping, decision-making, case selection procedure iteration, and termination test and basic data types, such as arrays, structures, and pointers. Additionally, it intensively discusses the lexical convention, syntax notation, and semantics of the C programming language.

SEM 1901 Composition

This course focuses on generating and discussing ideas for composition and engages in all stages of the writing process, with emphasis on the development and application of critical thinking skills. The primary focus of the course is developing the ability to construct, write, and revise argumentative/persuasive essays. Assignments may also include other types of writing, such as narrative, descriptive, and comparative essays.

Course assignments include three written tasks and a presentation. Students are also assessed on class participation and general attitude (e.g. punctuality and attentiveness).

Below is the list of topics covered in the course:
•    Understanding writing as communication
•    Knowing the writing process
•    Using strategies for pre-writing and drafting
•    Understanding texts through critical reading and thinking
•    Developing paragraphs and essays
•    Using rhetorical patterns: comparison and cause-effect  
•    Constructing an argument: logos, pathos, ethos; logical fallacies
•    Writing clearly: coherence and cohesion; grammar and mechanics
•    Making a poster presentation: use of text and visuals; preparation and delivery


SEM 1001 System Engineering Project 1

This is the first in a series of projects in which students work in teams to research, design, implement and test a functional system that interacts with other systems and meets specified requirements.  Students must document their processes and give presentations on their progresses.

SEM 1102 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2

This course builds on the introduction to Calculus in SEM 1101. Topics in integration include applications of the integral in physics and geometry, and techniques of integration.  The course also covers sequences and series of real numbers, power series and Taylor series, and calculus of transcendental functions.

SEM 1301 Digital Electronics 1

This course focuses on digital circuit design. Topics include combinational and sequential logic, logic families, state machines, timers, digital/analog conversion, memory devices, and microprocessor architecture. Integral to this course are hands-on laboratories where students design, build, and test many of the circuits presented in lecture.

SEM 1502 C++ Programming

This course is a continuation of High-Level Programming I (CS 120)/C Programming (SEM 1501). It introduces the C++ language with particular emphasis on its object-oriented features. Topics covered include stylistic and usage differences between C and C++, namespaces, function and operator overloading, classes, inheritance, class and function templates, STL lists and vectors.


SEM 1601 Systems and Software Engineering

This module consists of three parts: Systems Engineering, Systems Thinking and Software Engineering.

Systems Engineering: A systemic multi-disciplinary approach based on Systems Engineering (SE) is used to realize complex engineered systems. Focus is on defining stakeholder needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem of manufacturing, operations, performance, test, cost and schedule, training & support, as well as disposal. Different disciplines and specialty groups are integrated into a team effort to form a structured development process that proceeds from concept to production to operation. Both the business and the technical needs of all stakeholders are considered with the goal of providing a quality product that meets their needs.

Systems Thinking is used to perform deep analysis of problems. The wider context surrounding a problem is examined closely to facilitate the creation of solutions with the greatest leverage and least unintended consequences. Techniques in Systems Thinking are used to solve complex engineering problems within Systems Engineering.

Software Engineering: Software is fundamental to most engineered systems. Software often shapes the system structure; drives much of its complexity; strains its verification; and affects much of the cost and schedule of systems development. A disciplined approach employing industrial methodologies and notations is used to model software systems development from different perspectives.


SEM 1902 Interpersonal and Work Communication

Students explore how their culture, gender, economic status, age and other personal characteristics influence their workplace communication. The course explores verbal and non-verbal communication skills in a global work environment. Students learn written communication techniques most effective for use in the technology workplace. Additionally, students explore and practice negotiation skills, both internally and externally at their workplace.

Year 2
SEM 2002 System Engineering Project 2

This module is based on the practical application of Electro-Mechanical skills and knowledge. Students are required to apply what they have learnt so far to integrate Electrical, Electronics, Computation (EEC), and Mechanical (Mech.) systems to create a complete Electro-Mechanical system.

SEM 2103 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 3

This course extends the basic ideas of calculus to the context of functions of several variables and vector-valued functions. Topics include partial derivatives, tangent planes, and Lagrange multipliers. The study of curves in two- and three space focuses on curvature, torsion, and the TNB-frame. Topics in vector analysis include multiple integrals, vector fields, Green’s Theorem, the Divergence Theorem and Stokes’     

SEM 2201 Motion Dynamics

This calculus-based course presents the fundamental principles of mechanics, including kinematics, Newtonian dynamics, work and energy, momentum, and rotational motion.

SEM 2302 Digital Electronics 2

As a continuation of Digital Electronics I, this course has an emphasis on programmable logic. Topics include advanced state machine design techniques and an introduction to hardware description languages (such as Verilog and VHDL). Lectures are reinforced with hands-on laboratory work involving complex programmable logic devices and field programmable gate arrays. Students are expected to complete a final project that utilizes programmable logic design.


SEM 2602 Systems and Project Management

This module provides in-depth examination of theories, techniques, and issues in Project Management within a Systems Engineering context. Students will learn the concept and processes of project management, so that they can apply the knowledge into managing their current and future projects using scientific methodologies. The topics include the project management process groups, project integration management, project scope management, project stakeholder management, project time management, project cost management, project quality management, human resource management, communications management, procurement management and project risks management etc. Computer tools will be introduced to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Students will apply the knowledge learnt in this module on a serials of case studies and project tasks. Assessment will be through quizzes and team-based project tasks.

SEM 2003 System Engineering Project 3

This is the second part of a 2-trimester project in which students work in teams to research, design, implement and test a functional system that interacts with other systems and meets specified requirements.  Students must document their processes and give presentations on their progresses.

SEM 2202 Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics

This calculus-based course presents the fundamentals of fluid dynamics, oscillations, waves, geometric optics, and thermodynamics.

SEM 2303 Electric Circuits

This course covers analog circuits. Topics in the course usually include the following: passive components, series and parallel circuits, two-terminal networks, circuit reduction, impedance analysis, waveform measurement, operational amplifiers, passive and active filters, circuit step response, and circuit analysis using Laplace transforms. Integration of analog subsystems into digital circuits is emphasized. Additionally, students are expected to learn how their analog and digital circuit designs are affected by capacitive and inductive effects.

SEM 2403 ElectroMechanical Design

This module aims to introduce the methodologies and applications of machinery design, from sensors and controls to mechanical power transmission. Based on design requirements, students will learn to design and specify various components of electromechanical systems. The proficiency of students will be assessed through project tasks, while their knowledge learnt will be validated through quizzes.


SEM 2603 Requirement Engineering and Systems Architecture

This module introduces requirements engineering and system architecting in the context of systems engineering.

The descriptors and processes of requirements engineering (RE) are introduced. Descriptors include the construct, attributes and characteristics of well-specified requirements. The processes of RE that are of iterative and recursive nature are discussed. Applicable information items are defined. A class test will ascertain the knowledge gained by the students. Students as requirements engineers are to perform a series of RE project tasks, and to present the outcomes of the tasks.
Linked to the RE topics, this module also introduces the descriptions of system architectures (SA), including concerns, viewpoints and models. The processes of defining SA such as partitioning and allocation are covered. A class test will ascertain the knowledge gained, and students as system architects are to conduct the processes of defining a SA description, and present the outcomes of the tasks.


SEM 2700 Career Planning and Development

The module equips student with the necessary career skills in starting and growing a career as an engineer. It prepares the students to apply for their first IWSP position. The first part of the course provides the students with the experience of going through the entire process of job search, from submitting their job application letter and resume, to attending a mock job interview session. The knowledge and skills, acquired by the students through this module and the IWSP, would form a valuable source for them to draw from as they look for their first full-time job upon graduation and as they plan their career. The second part educates the student on the responsibilities of an engineer in professional practice, and familiarizes the student with the rules and regulations regulating the practice of professional engineering.

SEM 2104 Linear Algebra

This course presents the mathematical foundations of linear algebra, which includes a review of basic matrix algebra and linear systems of equations as well as basics of linear transformations in Euclidean spaces, determinants, and the Gauss-Jordan Algorithm. The more substantial part of the course begins with abstract vector spaces and the study of linear independence and bases. Further topics may include orthogonality, change of basis, general theory of linear transformations, and eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Other topics may include applications to least-squares approximations and Fourier transforms, differential equations, and computer graphics.

SEM 2105 Differential Equations

This course introduces the basic theory and applications of first and second-order linear differential equations. The class will emphasize specific techniques such as the solutions to exact and separable equations, power series solutions, special functions and the Laplace transform. Applications include RLC circuits and elementary dynamical systems, and the physics of the second order harmonic oscillator equation.

SEM 2203 Electricity and Magnetism

This calculus-based course presents the basic concepts of electromagnetism, including electric fields, magnetic fields, electromagnetic forces, DC and AC circuits, and Maxwell's equations.

SEM 2304 Embedded Microcontroller Systems

This course covers topics needed to build the hardware and software for embedded devices. Core topics include microcontroller and microprocessor systems architecture, embedded system standards, and inter process communication protocols. Additional topics may include: performance measurement, peripherals and their interfaces, board buses, memory interfaces, other modern communication protocols, and system integration.

SEM 2503 Advanced C/C++

This course builds on the foundation created in the first two High Level Programming courses [CS120/CS170]. Topics in the C/C++ programming language are presented in greater detail. Such topics include advanced pointer manipulation, complex declarations, function pointers, mixing C and C++ code, class and function templates, operator overloading, efficiency, STL containers and generic algorithms.

SEM 3802 The Engineer and Society

The module aims to introduce the societal, ethical and environmental aspects relevant to professional engineering practices. It exposes students to company structures, engineering standards and regulations, company strategy and supply chain, engineering economics, and productivity management. It also provides students exposure to sustainable development & sustainability assessment, environmental sustainability of engineering solutions. In addition, it covers ethics and conduct in professional engineering work, ethical principles and framework for decision making.


Year 3
SEM 3700 Integrated Work Study Programme

The IWSP is an integral part of applied learning as it provides an opportunity for students to integrate what they have learnt in the classroom to what is practiced in the real world, and vice-versa. The extended period of IWSP with students performing real work also provides an opportunity for companies to evaluate the suitability of students as potential employees. In effect, the IWSP is equivalent to the probation period. The student will also have many opportunities to immerse in the industry’s business and culture and decide if this is a good industry to work in. Besides producing practice-oriented graduates, IWSP will also be the platform through which students will be challenged during their work attachment stint to initiate innovative projects under the guidance of SIT’s IWSP Supervisors and Company appointed Work Supervisors. Through such projects, students will have the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for the projects they have identified. In this way, the IWSP will be a key platform that contributes to the inculcation of the SIT-DNA in every student.

Year 4
SEM 4004 Capstone Project 1

This is the first semester of a year-long systems engineering project. In SEP 300, students work in teams to design, build, program, document, and test an interactive embedded platform.

Students are expected to create an electromagnetically controlled mechanical system with a microcontroller and integrate it with other systems. Projects may also integrate storage, input, sensors, and displays into their devices. Students are expected to develop team- management skills, presentation skills, and critical design processes.

SEM 4107 Probability and Statistics

This course is an introduction to basic probability and statistics. Basic topics from probability theory include sample spaces, random variables, continuous and discrete probability density functions, mean and variance, expectation, and conditional probability. Basic topics from statistics include binomial, Poisson, chi-square, and normal distributions; confidence intervals; and the Central Limit Theorem.

SEM 4305 Control Systems

This course presents mathematical methods of describing systems, with a focus on linear negative feedback control systems. Topics covered typically include signals and systems, Laplace and Fourier transforms, block diagrams, transfer functions, time-domain modeling, and stability analysis.

Work is done analytically and numerically with examples from computer, electrical, and aerospace engineering, communications, and mechatronics.

Additionally, students are introduced to the implementation of feedback control in embedded systems.

SEM 4504 Data Structures

This course introduces the classical abstract data types (ADT) in computer science. ADTs provide the hierarchical views of data organization used in programming. Among the topics covered are the algorithms and primitives of the data structures for arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, hash tables, and graphs. In addition, the course provides an introduction to algorithm complexity and notation.

SEM 4605 Systems Modelling and Simulation

This module looks at the representation and manipulation of system models for analysis.

Student Learning Outcomes:

» model systems using the IDEF0 notation;

» structure a system of interest in terms of model- based artefacts;

» model a system using the SysML notation;

» model a system of interest for subsequent simulations and “what-if” analysis.

SEM 4005 Capstone Project 2

This is the second semester of a year-long systems engineering project. Students work in teams to design, build, program, document and test an interactive embedded platform. Students are expected to create an electromagnetically controlled mechanical system with a microcontroller and integrate it with other systems. Projects may also integrate storage, input, sensors, and displays into their devices. Students are also expected to develop team management skills, presentation skills, and critical design processes.

SEM 4404 Robotics

This course examines the theoretical and practical foundations of mobile robotics. Fundamental topics from structural design, sensors, actuators, motors, and artificial intelligence are covered individually. Systems-level concepts of human interface, distributed robotics, requirements engineering, and ethics are covered in an integrated manner.

SEM 4608 Large Scale Systems

This module looks the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of large-scale systems. Case studies are used to illustrate the practical aspects of systems engineering methodologies within large-scale systems.

Student Learning Outcomes:

» describe large scale engineering systems;

» explain the rationale behind the design and implementation of existing large-scale systems;

» describe the complexity behind the structure of large-scale systems;

» recommend improvements to existing large-system design and implementation.

SEM 4607 Systems Integration, Verification and Validation

This module looks at the integration of systems components, sub-systems and systems into a system of interest.

Student learning outcomes:

»   integrate different systems to operate effective as a whole;

»   define effective interfaces between different systems for subsequent interactions;

» verify and validate requirements after system integration;

»   describe and apply different systems verification, validation and testing techniques.

SEM 4606 Risk and Decision Analysis

This module looks into the analysis of risks and decision making during system development.

Student Learning Outcomes:

» analysis the risks involved in adopting a particular system design;

» estimate and analysis the cost involved in operating a designed systems;

» apply systems decision process;

»  define and analyse problem space and associated solution systems for effective solutions.

SEM 4610 Model-Based Systems Engineering

This module looks at the formal application of modeling to support Systems Engineering life cycle processes and activities. Modules are used to capture, analyse, share, and manage the information associated with system development. Leveraging an MBSE approach to SE is intended to result in significant improvements in system requirements, architecture, and design quality; lower the risk and cost of system development by surfacing issues early in the system definition; enhance productivity through reuse of system artefact’s; and improve communications among the system development team.

Campus Location

10 Dover Drive
Singapore 138683

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Singapore Polytechnic
510 Dover Road, Singapore 139660