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Description of program and modules


1. The Logistics Institute Asia Pacific
In NUS, students need to read 5 modules (2 core and 3 electives). In Semester 3, students will undertake a 6-month internship program and work on an industrial project. For self-financing students, who cannot secure an internship program with a logistics company, they will have the opportunity to work on a research project as an alternative to the Industrial Project.

SEMESTER 1
In Semester 1, students will undertake a total of five modules at NUS, of which two are compulsory core modules and the rest electives. The following is a list of NUS approved elective modules offered by other faculties to Double Masters candidates. For more information, please refer to the NUS Bulletin 2011/2012 (Modules; Other Multidisciplinary/Special Programmes)

CORE MODULES (2)


BDC5101 Deterministic Operations Research Models Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-3-8 Host Department: Decision Sciences This module is a first thread in the quantitative decision making and provides the basic quantitative background for courses in finance, operations management, and supply chain management. Operations Research (OR) has been applied extensively in such diverse areas as financial planning, logistics, and supply chain management, public service, health care, manufacturing, telecommunication and military, to name just a few. In this module, deterministic operations research models relevant to business decision making will be covered. The emphasis is on model building, solution methods, and interpretation of results. Topics covered include: linear and non-linear programming, dynamic programming, integer programming, heuristic problem-solving methods and other interesting OR topics. Computer packages for OR modelling may be used.

IE5004 Engineering Probability and Simulation Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-3-4 Pre-requisite(s): Nil Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Industrial & Systems Engineering This module aims to provide engineers with a practical treatment of probability. Apart form the fundamental framework, examples showing how various concepts and techniques can be adapted to solve practical problems will be discussed. An introduction to simulation techniques such as the Monte Carlo method together with stochastic modelling are also included.

Electives (Please select 3)


CS5220 Databases and the Web Module Credit: 4 Workload: 2-0-0-6-2 Cross-listing: Nil Host Department: Computer Science This course covers novel application of database concepts and techniques to the processing, dissemination, and integration of data on the Web. Students will learn about the research issues and state-of-the-art techniques that arise from the intersection of database and Web technologies. Topics to be covered include Web technologies (XML, specification languages such as DTD and XML Schema, query languages such as XPath, XQuery) and the application of database technologies (query optimization and evaluation techniques) to manage and process data in Web-based applications. CN5173 Downstream Processing Of Biochemical & Pharmaceutical Products Module Credit: 4 Workload: 3-0.5-0-1.5-5 Preclusions: CN4231 Cross-listing: Nil Host Department: Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering The objective of this module is to familiarize students with the downstream section of a bioprocess for the production of biochemical and pharmaceutical products. The module first discusses drug requirements for different applications, and an overview of the downstream processes involved in obtaining an acceptable product quality. The general characteristics and fundamental principles of unit operations encountered in each of the major section of a downstream train are then discussed in detail: removal of insolubles, product isolation, high resolution techniques and product polishing. The current state of the research in some unit operations is also highlighted. The concepts covered are finally applied to a lab project. This module is targeted at graduate students who are interested in biopharmaceuticals production.

CN5174 Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-4-3 Prerequisite(s): Students should have taken topics in Biochemical Engineering, Bioseparations, and have a strong interest in GMP manufacturing for biologics to benefit from this specialised module. Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering The objective of this module is to introduce students to current Good Manufacturing Practice specifically applied to large scale biologics manufacturing of biologics such as monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, and recombinant proteins. Topics covered include introduction to GMP guidelines, e.g. FDA, EU and ICH, quality assurance, documentation, audits, training and product recalls. Issues such as facility and equipment design covering materials and personnel flow will be discussed, followed by materials handling, sampling, quarantine and packaging. Then validation of equipment used in the process, such as IQ, OQ and PQ, cleaning validation and computer validation will be covered. Finally quality control of processes, testing of materials, environmental monitoring equipment, business models and development will be taught. This is followed by a visit to a GMP plant to crystallise the concepts. This is a postgraduate module targeted at students who are interested in GMP biologics manufacturing.

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DSC5211A Supply Chain Coordination and Risk Management Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 2-1-0-5-2 Prerequisite(s): Knowledge in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management Knowledge of Calculus and Probability Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Decision Science This course aims to expose students to the techniques for the design, control and operation of a robust and efficient supply chain. We will focus on two of the important topics in supply chain management: supply chain coordination and supply chain risk management. Our objective is to provide our students further understanding on these two selected topics by discussing a variety of related issues and modeling/analysis tools. We will not only introduce the students a variety of recent developments and business insights in these two topics but also teach the students how to conduct analysis to gain these insights.

DSC5211B Analytical tools for Consulting Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 0-3-0-6-1 Prerequisite(s): Any introductory course in Statistics Cross-listing(s): Host Department: Decision Science

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Business analysts and consultants hold strategic positions within the knowledge-oriented firm. They play a major role in making the Supply Chain, Marketing, Finance and HR departments more efficient, customer-centric and profitable. The course prepares participants for the work environment and the diverse challenges faced by business analysts and consultants. Specifically, they will develop analytical models and gain experience with software used in the industry to garner insights into contemporaneous managerial challenges such as optimization of resources, pricing, business expansion decisions, risk management etc.

EC5342 International Trade Module Credit: 4 Workload: 2-1-0-2-5 Prerequisites: Undergraduate major in Economics Cross-listing: Nil Host Department: Economics This course surveys and studies the various theories of international trade and applies them to the analysis of current trade problems. The topics covered include theories explaining trade patterns, the effect of trade on national welfare and welfare of groups within a country, trade policy, international economic integration and so on. The target group of students are those who had background in economics and would like to have more in-depth knowledge of trade theories and current trade problems.

ECA5101 Microeconomics Module Credit: 4 Workload: 2-1-0-4-3 Preclusions: EC5151, EC5101A Cross-listing: Nil Host Department: Economics This course is designed to provide students with a sound understanding of modern microeconomic theory. It will cover the aspects of microeconomic theory that are required to analyse contemporary economics issues and to create new models to explain the behaviour of individuals, firms, and markets, and to evaluate economic policies. The topics will include consumer and producer theories, analysis of risk and uncertainty, game theory and its applications in economics, general equilibrium, market failure and welfare economics. The course considers the problem of incomplete and asymmetric information in market interactions, including the issues of moral hazard, adverse selection, and signaling. The impact of government policies on economic activities will also be examined.
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ECA5102 Macroeconomics Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 2-1-0-2-5 Pre-requisite(s): Preclusion(s): EC5152, EC5102A Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Economics The subject covers topic in modern Macroeconomic Theory and Policy at the advanced level. The emphasis will be laid on recent advances in the theories about long-term growth and short-term business cycle, and in the related empirical and policy debates. The growth theory includes neoclassical growth models (particularly the Ramsey and overlapping-generations models), and various endogenous growth models with knowledge spillovers, human capital and R& D investment. We also consider income distribution, convergence, income ranking, and population ageing in the growth models. The business cycle theory includes the real business cycle model and various New Keynesian models. The policy issues include national debt, social security, and monetary policies. It helps students understand the frontier debates in macroeconomics.

ECA5103 Quantitative & Computing Methods Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 2-1-0-2-5 Pre-requisite(s): Preclusion(s): EC5253, EC5304 Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Economics This is an applications-oriented introductory level module for students who do not have a sufficient training in econometrics. Students who have already completed modules at this level can opt for higher level econometric modules. Students will be provided with hands-on training in computer software such as SAS, EViews and Excel. The module covers probability distributions and statistical inference, matrix, algebra, simple and multiple linear regression models, diagnostic testing, dummy variable regressions, time series econometrics including co-integration and error correction models. ECA5333 Financial Markets & Portfolio Management Module Credit: 4 Workload: 2-1-0-2-5 Preclusions: EC5274/EC5333. In addition, candidates who have passed EC4209/EC4333 or its equivalent may, with the approval of the Head of the Department, be exempted to read module EC5274/ECA5333. For these candidates, the requirements of EC5274/ECA5333 as a prerequisite for other modules will then be waived. Cross-listing: Nil Host Department: Economics This module is to offer a broad overview of financial assets traded in the money, options, and stock markets. It includes valuation of bonds and securities, analysis of options and futures contracts, asset pricing models and some applications. ECA5334 Corporate Finance Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 2-1-0-2-5 Pre-requisite(s): EC5274/EC5333 Preclusion(s): EC5269, EC5334 Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Economics This module provides a theoretical and practical treatment of corporate financial theory for students who have completed an introductory course in financial economics. Topics covered in this course will include: an overview of financial management; comparisons of financial and real investment; capital budgeting and valuing real assets and real options; risk and return of assets; capital structure and dividend policy and mergers and acquisitions; applications of portfolio management techniques in corporate finance.
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ECA5341 International Trade and Finance Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 2-1-0-2-5 Pre-requisite(s): Preclusion(s): EC5211 Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Economics This module develops the analytical tools required for understanding various issues that arise in the international economy. It is divided broadly into two sections, the first focusing on the real side of the economy while the second introduces money, covering upon economy macroeconomics. The emphasis in this module is to teach the workhorse models of the discipline, with reference to the empirical data, so that the student will have the ability to apply the tools to conduct research.

IE5121 Quality Planning and Management Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-3-4 Pre-requisite(s): Nil Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering This module focuses on the planning, organizational and human dimensions of quality management. It begins with an overview of the fundamental nature of quality, followed by a coverage of the strategic importance of quality in industry and the implementation of total quality management. The organisational and human dimensions include the application of basic management theories to the planning, management and improvement of quality. The measurement techniques, unique to assessing human performance and their role in quality improvement, will also be discussed.

IE5123 Reliability Engineering Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-3-4 Pre-requisite(s): IE5004 Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering This module introduces the basic concepts and methods in reliability and maintenance engineering. It treats components and systems reliability, failure data analysis and reliability testing. Topics related to reliability improvements are also dealt with. The maintenance aspect of this module includes maintenance management from a systems viewpoint, optimization of equipment availability, optimal replacement policies and warranty analysis.

IE5203 Decision Analysis Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-3-4 Pre-requisite(s): Nil Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering This module teaches the necessary analytical knowledge and practical skills for improving decision-making processes in engineering and business environments. This I achieved by providing a paradigm based on normative decision theory and a set of prescriptive tools and computational techniques using state-of-the art software with which a stake holder can systematically analyse a complex and uncertain decision situation leading to clarity of action. Topics from utility theory and influence diagrams modelling to multi-attribute utility theory and analytic hierarchy process are covered.

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IE5208 Systems Approach to Project Management Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-4-3 Pre-requisite(s): Nil Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering This module presents ideas of systems analysis and project management in a manner which demonstrates their essential unity. It uses the systems development cycle as a framework to discuss management of engineering and business projects from conception to termination. The module is divided into three interrelated parts: systems analysis and project management, project selection and organizational behaviour, and systems and procedures in project planning and control.

IE5211 New Product Management Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-2-5 Pre-requisite(s): Nil Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering This module introduces students to new, emerging concepts in the management of new product development. The entire new product development process, from the initial idea generation and screening phase to the final commercialization and monitoring phase, is examined. Project selection models, project organisation, interdepartmental interface, technical and marketing issues are included in the topics discussed. Materials will be drawn from reallife industrial practices and state-of-the-art research findings. Lectures, case study readings and discussions will be used.

IE5405 Inventory Systems Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-3-4 Pre-requisite(s): IE5004 Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering This module introduces inventory theory and its application to the management of inventory systems. Many of the models developed will be for the single item, single stage inventory system, considering both stationary and time-varying conditions. There will be some coverage of multistage inventory systems and multiple-item problems under constraints. IS5002 Foundation In Management Of IS Module Credit: 4 Cross-listing: Nil Host Department: Information Systems The purpose of this module is to test students on essential knowledge in the management of information systems. The students will be tested on classical MIS issues such as the contribution of IS to decision making, IS diffusion and implementation, IS strategy, and IS and business processes. If a particular student wants to be tested on specific MIS knowledge outside of this list (e.g., user psychology of IS, system development methodology, economic contributions of IS), he/she can propose a list of topics to the graduate division committee. The request will then be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

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IS5112 Knowledge Systems and Management Module Credit: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-3-4 Prerequisites: CS4251 Cross-listing: Nil Host Department: Information Systems Students will learn a broad and in-depth understanding of knowledge management, arguably one of the most interesting and powerful IT concepts. Knowledge-intensive organisations are distinguished by their flatter organisation structures and decentralised decision-making processes. Managing these organisations is different from managing traditional organisations. At their core lies a particular knowledge-intensive thinking which concentrates specifically on intellect and reflection. Processes of learning and knowledge management are integrated into the fabric of the organisation. Traditional managerial activities take on new interpretations and meanings, thereby re-conceptualizing the role of management. Case studies form a major part of this module.

IS5123 IT and Supply Chain Management Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-3-4 Prerequisite(s): CS3250 Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Information Systems Students learn how to deploy IT to enable and facilitate supply chain management among organisations. Topics include: overview of a supply chain, coordination difficulties, pitfalls and opportunities, tradeoffs between inventory and service, and performance measurement. Students will learn about the role that IT plays in supply chain network design, global supply chain management, the interface between manufacturing and distribution, and supplier management. The module will also explore the approaches (e.g. strategic alliances) and tools for designing and redesigning products and processes for supply chain management as well as current industry initiatives for IT in supply chain management.

IS5152 Decision Making Technologies Module Credit: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-3-4 Prerequisites: ST2334 Cross-listing: Nil Host Department: Information Systems Decision making technologies can support decision making in the financial, operational, marketing and other areas. Efforts have been directed at finding new machine learning (ML) techniques for decision making and their possible application in solving practical problems. ML techniques such as artificial neural network methods have been proven to be powerful tools for decision making. Applications include credit rating, bankruptcy analysis, foreign exchange rate predictions and many others. The techniques covered in this course include neural networks for classification/ regression/ clustering, genetic algorithm for optimisation, decision tree methods, support vector machine and data mining.

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LI5101 Supply Chain Management Thinking and Practice Modular Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Nil Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: TLI Asia Pacific A good supply chain involves an integrated end-to-end management of material flows from sources of supply through plants to customers, as well as an efficient information system of monitoring the flows and improving operational efficiency. Given the global context in which supply chains are to be managed, there is also a need to appreciate the financial management and operations. The objective of the module is to lead students into developing correct perspectives and thinking skills needed to manage a supply chain. The topics to be covered include evolution of supply chain thinking, components of a supply chain, principles and value of good SCM, SCM operation and coordination, different practices of SCM, technology in SCM.

LI5201 Special Topics in Logistics Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-1-0-0-6 Pre-requisite(s): Nil Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: TLI Asia Pacific There are many emerging areas in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The practice in logistics is still evolving to include new technologies and applications, as well as improved methods of solution and algorithms of seeking out solutions. Some areas of immediate interest include: humanitarian logistics, logistics security and hospitality logistics. This module enables students to be kept abreast with latest developments in some specific area in logistics and to learn a special area or application of logistics by an eminent visiting professor to TLIAP. LI5202 Special Topics in Supply Chain Management Modular Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: TLI Asia Pacific There are many emerging areas in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The practice in Supply Chain Management is still evolving to include new technologies and applications, as well as improved methods of solution and algorithms of seeking out solutions. Some areas of immediate interest include: Cold Chains, Retail Chains and RFID application in supply chain management. This module enables students to be kept abreast with latest developments in some specific area in supply chain management and to learn a special area or application of supply chain management by qualified senior practitioners to TLI - Asia Pacific in a seminar series format.

TP5027 Transport & Freight Terminal Management Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-0-7 Pre-requisite(s): CE4 standing or higher Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Civil Engineering The module will highlight critical issues and themes concerning the development of sustainable transport infrastructure systems including the planning components of the sea and air transport terminal systems, the cost-benefit analysis of economic impacts of ports and airports, and the roles of ports/airports in the supply chain. The planning and management of infrastructure capacity and operations, and design parameters in terminal facilities will be examined. The increasingly important place of information technology in port/airport operations will also be evaluated.
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TP5028 Intermodal Transportation Operations Modular Credits: 4 Workload: 3-0-0-0-7 Pre-requisite(s): CE4 standing or higher Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil Host Department: Civil Engineering The module will critically examine the dimensions of an integrated inter-modal transport system in relation to the changing logistics and supply chain practices of procurement, production and distribution. Themes and issues studied include the analysis of inter-modal choices using the total cost concepts in distribution, the international-domestic interface, advanced technologies in inter-modalism, the role of government in inter-modal integration. The module will also introduce simulation analysis for multi-modal operations, including building, calibration and validating models, output analysis and application programming interface.

2. Georgia Institute of Technology


Students will spend their Semester 2 at Georgia Institute of Technology. They will complete 8 modules, of which 5 are compulsory modules and 3 are electives. Of the 3 electives modules, 2 will be undertaken during a short special summer term, just a little while after the spring semester. The following is a list of approved elective modules offered by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in Georgia Institute of Technology. For more information, please refer to the NUS Bulletin 2010/2011 (Modules; Other Multi-disciplinary/Special Programmes)

SEMESTER 2
CORE MODULES (5)
ISYE6201 - Manufacturing Systems Modular Credits: 3 Lecture: 3.00 Pre-requisite(s): ISYE 6650 and ISYE 6669 (Deterministic Opt & Probabilistic Models) Topics include analysis of flows, bottlenecks and queuing types of operations, inventories, aggregate planning, lot sizes, lead times and pull production.

ISYE6202 - Warehousing Systems Modular Credits: 3 Lecture: 3.00 Pre-requisite(s): ISYE 6669 Topics include design and analysis of materials handling systems, warehouse layout, order picking strategies, warehousing inventories, warehouse management systems, integration of production and distribution systems.

ISYE6203 - Transportation & Supply Chain Systems Modular Credits: 3 Lecture: 3.00 Pre-requisite(s): ISYE 6669 Topics include supply chain characteristics, site location, mode selection, distribution planning, vehicle routing, demand management, replenishment management, geographic information systems, and real-time control issues.

ISYE8803 - Special Topics Modular Credits: 3 Lecture: 3.00 Special topics in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
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ISYE8900 - Special Problems in ISYE Modular Credits: 1 to 21 Lecture: 1.00 to 21.00

Electives Modules
(take 1 during Spring Semester and 2 during the short Summer Term) ISYE6225 - Engineering Economy (General Module) Modular Credits: 3 Lecture: 3.00 Pre-requisite(s): ISYE 3025 and ISYE 4231 This course aims to equip students with the knowledge of advanced engineering economy topics, including economic worth, economic optimization under constraints, risk and uncertainty, foundations of utility theory.

ISYE6227 - Financial Engineering (General Module) Modular Credits: 3 Lecture: 3.00 Students learn the core concepts and advanced techniques for economic decision analysis of capital investment and for managing and valuing project risk. Students also learn the basic terminology, concepts and issues relevant to financial engineering and management.

ISYE6230 - Economic Decision Analysis (General Elective) Modular Credits: 3 Lecture: 3.00 Pre-requisite(s): ISYE 6669 Equivalent to NUS core modules BDC5101 Deterministic Operations Research Models) This course aims to equip students with the knowledge of preferences and utilities, social choice, equilibrium concepts, non-cooperative and cooperative game theory, price mechanisms, auction mechanisms, voting theory, and incentive compatibility.

ISYE6414 - Statistical Modelling and Regression Analysis (General Elective) Modular Credits: 3 Lecture: 3.00 In this course, topics covered include review of basic statistics, simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, building regression models, generalised linear model, one-factor & multi-factor ANOVA, randomisation & DOE and 2k full and fractional factorial.

ISYE 6644 - Simulation (General Module) Modular Credits: 3 Lecture: 3.00 This course aims to equip students with the knowledge that covers modelling of discrete-event dynamic systems and introduces methods for using these models to solve engineering design and analysis problems. The course covers modelling of discrete-event dynamic systems and introduces methods for using these models to solve engineering design and analysis problems. Topics covered include introduction to simulation models, languages and methodology; modelling with Arena, a comprehensive simulation package with animation capabilities and finally statistical aspects, including input analysis, random variate generation output analysis, and variance reduction techniques.

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SEMESTER 3
3. Internship
In the third semester, students have to take a 6-month internship program at their respective sponsoring company and undertake an industrial project. For those self-financing students, who cannot secure an internship program with a logistics company, they will have the opportunity to work on a research project as an alternative to the Industrial Project. Compulsory Module (1) LI5001: Research Project (8MC) LI5002: Industrial Project (8MC) Host Department: TLI Asia Pacific

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