All students take up an Applied Subject in SST.
SST offers a range of O-Level applied subjects to cover different interests and these subjects are recognised for admission to Junior Colleges or Polytechnic.
The O-Level applied subjects offered in SST are: Biotechnology, Computing+, Design Studies and Electronics. Students can also opt to take up two Applied Subjects, Computing + and Electronics, under the Engineering + programme. The school will continue to explore with MOE and the tertiary partners to offer other applied subjects in years to come.
The Biotechnology course is a multi-disciplinary science that engages knowledge in biology and technological applications to improve human lives and the environment.
The subject uses knowledge from a variety of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, bioinformatics, genetic engineering and manufacturing processes. The subject of biotechnology is distinct from biology; while biology studies basic processes of living organisms, biotechnology is the application of biology to solve problems and improve lives.
Students will learn principles and applications of various areas of biotechnology such as cell culture technology, microbial biotechnology and recombinant DNA technology. This subject helps students develop good laboratory skills and a research mindset. It also provides students with the foundation for further studies in biotechnology, biomedical science and other related fields.
The Computing+ course in SST equips students with computational thinking and creativity to analyse and solve problems. Computational thinking is a problem-solving process involving analysis, pattern finding, abstraction and algorithmic design. Students use these processes to develop programmes to deal confidently with complex and open-ended problems.
Students who learn computing can apply the thinking skills across the curriculum and begin to see a relationship between subjects as well as real-life applications beyond the classroom. For example, they may use their skills to figure out the rules for binomial expressions, map the entire human DNA experience or analyse a poem in the study of metre and rhythm, tone and diction.
Computing+ is an applied subject taken in the upper secondary. Students from SST are further challenged beyond the O-Level Computing curriculum through additional (+) modules.
Learn more about Computing+ through our e-publications here.
Design Studies (DS)
The DS course equips students with knowledge and skills of the design field through design thinking, design process and fundamentals of three design disciplines: visual communication design, interior and exhibition space design, and architectural design. The course aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the positive relationships among design, humanity, art, technology, business, culture and economic development. As such, it cultivates an awareness of the role of design in shaping one’s experience of visual communication, space, objects and the environment.
Students will develop creative and innovative mindsets, critical thinking and analytical skills through design activities; and acquire the ability to critique design works and generate creative design solutions. Students will also acquire competencies in visual and oral expression and communication, as well as digital design techniques for presenting design concepts. Design projects foster students’ responsibility, confidence and sense of efficacy.
The Electronics course aims to equip students with a sound understanding of basic electronics and provides ample opportunities for students to hone their creative and problem solving skills. Topics include fundamentals of physics and electricity, types of resistors, voltage and current sources, Network Theorem and analysis, capacitors, light-emitting semiconductors, sensors, output devices, bipolar junction transistors and project management.
Students will experience learning through the practical application of electronics to the design of authentic gadgets and products. Examples include the building of a transistor organ, rain detector, sound-activated ballet dancer, universal electronic timer, heat sensor, line-follower robot, and two-way electronic intercom system.
The World Economic Forum believes that connected devices will outnumber people worldwide. These electronic devices, commonly known as the internet of things (IoT), come in many forms and applications. By 2025, the number of IoT devices is projected to exceed 40 billion, fuelled by continued technological advances and the plummeting costs of computing, storage and connectivity to spread to all aspects of daily life.
Programming is a must for every Electronics Engineering field except hardware design field. But knowing programming will help the hardware engineer also to create hardware better. IoT requires engineers who can manage the confluence of electronics and programming.
Computational thinking is a set of skills that involve expressing problems and their solutions in ways that a computer could execute. Increasingly, the SST alumni have reiterated to the school on the importance of programming and computational thinking in augmenting their university specialisations. External scans with students from UCLA Berkeley, Stanford and even the local universities have further validated the value of SST offering Engineering+ (Electronics and Computing) as a course option.