Innovation and Design

The Yale-NUS minor in Innovation and Design is a collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS)’s Innovation and Design Programme (iDP), which is offered by the Engineering Design & Innovation Centre (EDIC) of the Faculty of Engineering. The minor provides Yale-NUS students the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of design thinking and engineering to solve a practical problem.

Programme Description

Limited spaces are available for each Yale-NUS cohort as this minor is a special collaboration between Yale-NUS College and NUS Faculty of Engineering.

Yale-NUS students in the minor will be able to:

  1. Identify and solve problems in complex, uncertain situations;
  2. Think critically and creatively through the society/design/technology nexus; and collaborate with others from different disciplinary backgrounds;
  3. Apply the knowledge and skills learned for the conceptualisation, implementation and realisation of an engineering design solution to solve a practical problem;
  4. Develop professional skills such as communication, project management, and teamwork.

The minor is strongly interdisciplinary. It focuses explicitly on experiential learning in small groups.

To achieve the minor, students will be required to complete coursework and project-based modules comprising three NUS iDP modules (total 20 MC) and one Yale-NUS module (5 MC). The NUS modules do not require prerequisites or prior technical knowledge.

NUS EG2201A. User-Centred Collaborative Design (4MC)

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of design thinking and can be taken in Semester 2 of either Year 1 or 2.

NUS EG2301. Case Studies in Innovations (4MC)

This module introduces students to innovation in the design thinking framework. Students will devise conceptual solutions to a problem through several group projects. This module can be taken in Semester 1 of either Year 2 or 3.

NUS EG3301R. Design Centric Programme (DCP) Project (12 MC)

This module focuses on the conceptualisation, implementation and realisation of an engineering design solution to solve a practical problem. It provides an avenue for students to experience an integrated design process where technology plays a central role. This year-long module starts in Semester 2 of Year 2 through to Semester 1 of Year 3.

One Yale-NUS module (5MC) approved by the Yale-NUS faculty coordinator

The student will propose to the faculty coordinator how the selected module aligns with the 12 MC DCP project. The Yale-NUS module can be from the Sciences, Humanities or Social Sciences, and should either directly apply the ideas of design thinking or provide background knowledge for a problem to be addressed with design thinking. This module may not be double counted toward the Yale-NUS major.

Students undertaking this minor will not be able to select or qualify for another Yale-NUS minor.

Our Faculty

Contact Info

Application deadlines will happen in Week 7 of Semester 1 each year. For more information on the minor and its selection process, please contact the faculty coordinator at shaffique.adam@yale-nus.edu.sg

We are delighted to launch this minor in collaboration with the Innovation and Design Programme (iDP) at NUS Faculty of Engineering. The highlight of this minor is the year-long design project, where small interdisciplinary teams will use the principles of design thinking – a highly successful ideation and prototyping process – to address real problems in healthcare, urban mobility, sustainable cities, smarter living, intelligent systems, and immersive reality. Whether it be designing a virtual reality first aid training course or an autonomous haze-monitoring drone, this minor will teach students transferable skills regardless of their major, and we hope that such experiential learning in small groups will be profoundly meaningful for the students. Please keep an eye out for application deadlines that will happen in Week 7 of Semester 1 each year, and feel free to reach out to me or anyone else in the team if you are considering this minor.

Application Process

Students may apply for this minor as part of the Module Preference Exercise (MPE) in Week 7 of Semester 1 each academic year. Priority is given to first-year students who will follow the “regular sequence” shown below. If there are spots remaining, these would then be opened up to second-year students the following year who would follow the “compressed sequence”.

Note: When the programme begins for the first time, the full quota for the Class of 2024 will be available to second-year students, in addition to the regular quota for the Class of 2025 for first-year students.

 

Regular Sequence – Class of 2025 (and subsequent cohorts)

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2
YEAR 1 Apply for minor during MPE NUS EG2201A. User-Centred Collaborative Design
YEAR 2 NUS EG2301. Case Studies in Innovations NUS EG3301R. Design Centric Programme (DCP) Project
YEAR 3 NUS EG3301R. Design Centric Programme (DCP) Project X
YEAR 4 X X
  • Yale-NUS 5 MC module can be taken during any semester after minor declaration.

Compressed Sequence

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2
YEAR 1 X X
YEAR 2 Apply for minor during MPE NUS EG2201A. User-Centred Collaborative Design

NUS EG3301R. Design Centric Programme (DCP) Project

YEAR 3 NUS EG2301. Case Studies in Innovations

NUS EG3301R. Design Centric Programme (DCP) Project

X
YEAR 4 X X
  • Yale-NUS 5 MC module can be taken during any semester after minor declaration.