Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis

Summary

The Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis programme (GDipSA) is designed for non-IT graduates intending to craft a new career path in the IT industry. IT graduates and professionals who wish to advance their careers in their current field and recognise the need to equip themselves with the latest IT knowledge and skills to stay relevant may apply as well.

Application for the August 2018 intake will open on 2 January 2018.

This is a full-time one-year programme. For part-time option, you can explore the stackable graduate degree programme for Digital Solutions Development. This is a series of four certificates which will stack up toward the Graduate Diploma of Systems Analysis. Go to: NUS-ISS Stackable Certificate Programmes in Digital Solutions Development.

Next Intake: August 2018
Duration: Full-time 1 year
Application Deadline: 15 April 2018

Fees

Singaporeans

Subtotal S$9,928.93 
$9,400.00 - Annual Tuition Fee
$528.93  - Miscellaneous Fees

Singapore Permanent Residents

Subtotal S$13,678.93 
$13,150.00 - Annual Tuition Fee
$528.93 - Miscellaneous Fees

International Students with Service Obligation

Subtotal S$20,628.93 
$20,100.00 - Annual Tuition Fee
$528.93  - Miscellaneous Fees

International Students without Service Obligation

Subtotal S$37,078.93 
$36,550.00 - Annual Tuition Fee
$528.93  - Miscellaneous Fees

Programme Details

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Projects & Internships
  • Timetable & Exams
  • Fees & Loans
  • Admission & Application
  • Career Pathways

The GDipSA programme is best suited for non-IT graduates intending to craft a new career path in the IT industry. IT graduates who wish to advance their careers in their current field and recognise the need to equip themselves with the latest IT knowledge and skills to stay relevant may apply as well.

Having graduated over 40 batches of students, many of our graduates are now prominent senior IT professionals, who have benefited from this programme.

Students who embark on this hands-on programme will be exposed to lectures, workshops, laboratory sessions, projects and a 5-month internship. We have designed numerous projects into the programme. The aim is to equip them with the necessary foundation to code, test, implement and troubleshoot IT solutions covering web and mobile platforms. 

By the end of the programme, you will be equipped with sought-after technical skills and valuable soft skills.

Technical learning outcomes:

  • Gather user requirements
  • Systematically analyse and design feasible IT solutions
  • Select the right technology
  • Code, test and implement proposed solutions
  • Trouble-shoot problems

 

Non-technical learning outcomes:

  • Problem solving
  • Project management
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
Graduates of this programme may choose to upgrade your skills after gaining a few years of work experience in the IT industry. You will be fully eligible to take up a Master degree with NUS and universities. Our Master of Technology programmes, offered in full-time and part-time formats, are designed for working IT professionals and managers who wish to advance their knowledge and skills.

The GDipSA curriculum is designed with senior executives of prominent IT industry players, so you can be assured that the skills and knowledge taught are relevant and up-to-date. The IT industry in Singapore evolves at a fast pace and it is important to us that our students are equipped with leading edge skills and knowledge for their future IT careers.

These are the modules you will go through during the one-year programme

Methodology

Be guided to perform the tasks and produce the deliverables in the various phases of an application development life cycle taking into consideration of iOT, mobile and smart devices through on-the-job training in a project team.

  • Application Development Life Cycle

Technology

Be introduced to the various hardware and software components that make up a distributed computing infrastructure.

  • Distributed Computing Infrastructure

Databases

Learn the functions and purposes of databases in IT applications as well as the role and importance of SQL as a database manipulation, definition and control language.

  • SQL Programming

Programming – C# Suite

Build the foundation for programming.

  • Fundamentals of Programming using C#
  • Object Oriented Programming using C#
  • User Interface Development with Visual Studio.NET and C#
  • Developing Enterprise Systems with .NET Framework

Full stack Solution Development

Understand the development of web application using open source platform.

  • Programming with JAVAScript, AngularJS and NodeJS

Java Suite

Gain a clear understanding of Object Oriented Programming with Java as the vehicle.

  • Java Programming
  • Advanced Java
  • Building Enterprise Application using J2EE

Internet Application Development

Perform web application development using ASP.NET development platform.

  • Designing Internet application
  • Crafting the mobile-friendly user interface tailored for Internet platform
  • Internet programming with Microsoft .NET Framework

Project Management

Learn the various types of IT professions and the organisation structure of a typical company’s IT department.

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Project Planning and Control
  • Change Management and Control
  • Business Communication

Mobile Solution Development

Grasp mobile application development using HTML5 for Mobile Web and Android for Native App.

  • Designing mobile applications
  • Crafting the mobile user interface
  • Programming on HTML5 programming for Mobile Web and Android programming for Native App




Projects and internships provide opportunities for students to put into practice what you have learnt in the classroom, making your ideas come to life in the real-world.

Our projects span across the latest technology in IT

 Project  Learning Outcomes

Object Oriented Application Project

You will acquire hands-on experience in developing an extensively analysed and designed Object Oriented IT solution following the completion of the Application Development Life Cycle module.

  • Apply knowledge of Object Oriented programming language (C# or Java) to code and deliver these well-defined design specifications

Internet Project using ASP.NET and Web Services

In this project, you will design and build a virtual shopping cart application using the e-Commerce Application Life Cycle and the Internet programming techniques taught.

  • Apply user interface design technique for both Internet and mobile platforms
  • Apply Internet and mobile-web programming techniques to design and build a mobile-friendly and effective web application

Web Project with J2EE

Students are to develop a J2EE-based system that meets all required functionalities and caters for error handling; a mobile solution on Android platform to access useful subset of the system functionality.

 

  • Apply knowledge gained from Java Programming, Advanced Java and Building Enterprise Application using J2EE modules and Android programming

Application Development Project

This project simulates a real-life IT working environment and have students test your strengths in working closely as a project team.

 

  • Apply the project management, analysis, design, business communications and programming skills learnt
  • Capture requirements through user interviews based on the Project Objective Document (User Requirement Statement)
  • Produce a feasible design; code, test and implement solution on a distributed platform

Internship Project

During your 5-month internship, you will develop the versatility and flexibility to handle the unpredictable challenges of user requirements, project schedules and end product expectations of any real-life project.

  • Adapt quickly to new working cultures
  • Pick up new technical skills and domain knowledge where required
  • Propose feasible IT solutions, develop it, and deliver them to the satisfaction of users

5-month Internship

The 5-month internship is a crucial and prized component of the GDipSA programme. Here, students are assigned to companies to work in real-life settings. Students develop the versatility and flexibility to handle the unpredictable challenges of user requirements, project schedules and end-product expectations of any real-life project. They will learn to adapt quickly to new working cultures, pick up new technical skills and domain knowledge where required, and propose feasible IT solutions, develop and deliver them to the satisfaction of users.

Past internship companies our students have worked in include Accenture, Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), StarHub, OCBC Bank, IBM and more.

Read more on Internship & Placements

February Intake Timetable & Exams

August Intake Timetable & Exams

Aug Intake Timetable



To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis, students are required to:

  • Fulfil the minimum attendance rate
  • Complete all continuous assessments
  • Pass all exam papers
  • Attain the minimum Cumulative Grade Point
  • Complete the Industrial Attachment satisfactorily

For the past three intakes, our passing rate has been on an average of 91%.

The fees above are the Academic Year 2017 / 2018 (GDipSA Intakes 46 & 47).

Fees are correct at time of posting and are subjected to changes without prior notice. The University reserves the right to alter the fees at any time. Fees for subsequent years are under review.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore offers a tuition subsidy, known as the MOE subsidy. This subsidy will be administered automatically to eligible applicants. Read more about the eligibility guidelines.

For Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Resident students, the fees quoted are subsidised by the Singapore government, through MOE, and are exclusive of GST. The applicable GST will be subsidised by the MOE as well.

What is Service Obligation?

The Service Obligation scheme is only applicable to international students.

The service obligation will require you to work in Singapore-based companies for 3 years upon graduation. Singapore-based companies refer to local and international companies that have a base in Singapore that is registered with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) as well as companies of such local and international companies registered with ACRA that are based overseas.

The MOE subsidy is not eligible to applicants without service obligation.

Read more about the Service Obligation scheme.

What Do Miscellaneous Fees Cover?

Miscellaneous fees are typically levied on items that are either not covered or partially covered by tuition fee and grant/subsidy. All students, whether registered on a full-time or part-time basis, are charged the mandatory miscellaneous fees. These are due at the same time as the tuition fees. These fees help defray the costs of student activity, health services and insurance, campus shuttle service and other services.

Any queries about fees and payment, please contact us at issfinance@nus.edu.sg.

Loans and Subsidies

Students who require financing for their tuition fees may apply for the following:

  • Tuition Fee Loan
  • SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhancement Subsidy
  • SkillsFuture Credit

Read up more on the above loans and subsidies

Applicants must possess the following pre-requisites:

  • Bachelor's degree from a recognised university
  • Proficiency in the English Language (written and spoken)*
  • Some work experience preferred

(*) English Language Proficiency

Applicants who graduated from universities where English is not the medium of instruction should submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.

  • TOEFL : Paper-based test (580)
                 : Computer-based test (237)                 
                 : Internet-based test (85)
  • IELTS   : Result of 6.0

Note: Institution code of NUS-ISS for TOEFL is 2432

TOEFL and IELTS are only valid for five years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period for the coursework programme.

All applicants are required to take an aptitude test. Shortlisted applicants will also need to attend an interview. Foreigners are welcome to apply.

How to Apply

All applicants are required to apply online for our graduate coursework programme. Please note that you will be redirected directly to NUS’ Online Application System.

Step 1: Please click here to read the instructions before you proceed to apply online.

Step 2: Proceed to NUS’ Online Application System to apply

 

Step 3: Payment of Application Fee

Application Fee (non-refundable) – S$50.00 (inclusive of prevailing GST)

Note: Please pay your application fee (S$50.00) online via the Graduate Admission (GDA) System. Print out a copy of the payment receipt and attach it with your application as proof of payment.

Any further queries about payment, please contact us at issfinance@nus.edu.sg

Step 4: Submission Checklist

After submitting your application via the online Graduate Admission System, the completed online application form should be printed out and submitted to the School together with the supporting documents listed below. All documents which are to be submitted should preferably be in A4 size. All documents which are not in English must be accompanied by an official certified English translation. Omission of required information and documents may render the application void.

Supporting documents

  1. Online Application form (printed from the system after the online submission), duly declared and signed
  2. A recent coloured passport-sized photograph to be attached in the box provided in the Online Application form.
  3. Additional Information form (PDF format / MS Word format)
  4. A copy of the following documents :
  • Degree scroll
  • Detailed result transcript of academic records from each university or college attended
  • A copy of the TOEFL/ IELTS score report
  • A copy of citizenship certificate, identity card, passport or documentary proof of permanent residence status, where applicable
  1. Testimonials from the employer (where relevant)
  2. Proof of Payment of Application Fee (e.g. E-Receipt)

You will be asked to produce the originals for verification during enrolment (if your application is successful).


Please send the application form along with the supporting documents or submit them personally to:

Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis Course Administrator
Institute of Systems Science
National University of Singapore
25 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
(off Pasir Panjang Rd)
Singapore 119615

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Completed application forms must be submitted with the supporting documents and an application fee of S$50.00. Incomplete applications (e.g. those with insufficient documents or have not satisfactorily completed their requirements for the bachelor's degree by the stipulated deadline of submission) and applications received after the closing date, will not be processed.

Step 5: Checking your status of application

Applicants may check their application status in the Graduate Admission (GDA) System after the application deadline. 

Upon receiving both the online and hardcopy application, and verifying that the application package is complete, the status of the application will be updated to “physical application verified” two weeks from the application deadline.

Invitation to sit for the aptitude test & interview will be sent by email to the email address provided in the application form.

Application outcome will be made known two months from the application deadline via the GDA System. Applicants who did not receive their outcome status can contact us at isspostgrad@nus.edu.sg

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to be considered for admission for the following intake, are required to submit a new set of application together with all their relevant supporting documents.

Note:
Due to the large number of applicants seeking admission, we are sorry we will not be able to attend to enquiries on the status of applications or receipt of documents. If you are concerned about the delivery of your documents, you may wish to consider sending them via registered mail or courier.

Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.

Find your fit with new opened doors

There is opportunity in Singapore for most areas of IT. What you learn in terms of IT skills is not as important as what you do with it. It is the attitude and the ability to learn from mistakes, and to contribute back to the company that you work for that is likely to make more of a difference than specific IT skills.

There are two main paths for advancement in IT - either technical or management. Technical means you continue to deepen your technical area in a domain (such as system architecture, or software engineering, etc.) and you become an expert in those areas. The other is management, where you can focus on project management, outsourcing, etc.

Our internship companies often tell us that if we can give them good students as interns, it is very likely they will get a job offer at the end of the internship.

Upon graduation, you will be trained IT specialists and leaders in real-world operating environments, equipped with invaluable problem solving, solutioning, and critical thinking skills. This would make you highly sought-after candidates of dynamic and successful multi-national corporations and institutions.

Career Prospects

  • Chief Information Officer
  • IT Department Director
  • IT Architect
  • Project Manager
  • IT Consultant
  • Systems Designer
  • Systems Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Applications Engineer

GDipSA alumni are pursuing their careers at these global organisations:

  • Accenture
  • Citibank
  • CrimsonLogic
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
  • James Walter Thompson
  • KPMG
  • Microsoft
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • NCS
  • OCBC Bank
  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Singapore Telecommunications
  • Sony
  • STATS ChipPAC
  • STMicroelectronics

The NUS-ISS Career Services Office helps students to match jobs based on their skills and experience. There will be bi-yearly Career Fairs held for students and graduates to network with employers. However, successful employment will depend on the employers.

The average starting salary of an IT professional depends on the degree and your previous working experience. For fresh graduates with no work experience, the starting salary ranges from S$3,600 to S$3,800. Graduates with more than 3 years of work experience can expect a starting pay of S$4,000 and above.

The most important skill is to get the job done and be persistent. You need to be broad-based and the technology does not matter.

You can get some salary benchmarks from these sites:

Your Learning Journey

The curriculum, which is kept up to date with the latest IT developments, is put together in consultation with experienced practitioners from the IT industry.

Term 1

1ST Term

This unit lays the foundation for programming. During which, programming logic development using flow charts and pseudo codes will be covered in detail.

  • Programming C#
  • System Analysis and Design
  • 2 written exams
Term 2

2nd Term

The next phase aims to provide a clear understanding of web development on both ASP.NET and Java platforms. Technology aspects of mobile technology developed will be covered. Mobile Web application and Mobile Native Android application will also be included.

  • Advanced Web (ASP.NET) and Mobile-Web Application Design & Development
  • Java Programming and Android Application Development
  • User requirement gathering & presentation
  • Project management
  • 3 written exams
Term 3

Application Development Project

Teams will go through a complete application development life cycle to propose, develop and deliver an IT solution.

  • Application Development (AD) Project with end-to-end software development life cycle
  • Teamwork, project management, conflict management, user interview techniques
  • Delivery of working solution
Term 4

Internship

Experience first-hand what it is like to work in the IT industry and apply what you have learnt to solve real world problems.

  • Work on real IT projects in the IT industry
  • Preparation Workshops
  • Presentation & Report on internship journey

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