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DigiPen (Singapore) is dedicated to providing high-quality education in an encouraging and supportive environment. The Standard of Progress (SOP) aims to communicate the Institute’s minimum expectations of academic progress.

Trainees are required to read through and adhere to the SOP set by the Institute and refer to it as and when needed during the course of study.


Grading System

At DigiPen (Singapore), we are committed to providing a comprehensive and transparent approach to competency-based assessment. We understand that assessment plays a vital role in evaluating the skills and knowledge of our trainees, and that’s why we follow a structured system that ensures fairness and consistency in evaluating their performance. Our assessment system is competency-based, focusing on two distinct outcomes:

Competent (C): This indicates that a trainee has successfully demonstrated the required competencies in a particular course.

Not Yet Competent (NYC): This signifies that a trainee needs further improvement or has not met the required competency level in a specific course.


Assessment Process

DigiPen (Singapore) has an assessment process to evaluate trainees based on the learning outcomes of the education, training, and established competencies. This process includes a combination of assessment methods such as practicums, practical performances, and written assessments.

Modes of Assessment

Each course at DigiPen (Singapore) is evaluated through three modes of assessment:

  • Practicum: This assessment mode focuses on the practical application of acquired skills and knowledge. Trainees have the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in real-world scenarios relevant to the course, enabling them to apply what they have learned in a practical context.
  • Practical Performance: This assessment mode evaluates a trainee’s ability to apply practical skills and knowledge relevant to the course.
  • Written Assessment (Short Answer Questions): This assessment mode evaluates trainees through written examination, which consists of short answer questions, ensuring that they possess a strong theoretical foundation.

Timeline

Our assessment process is conducted in a well-structured manner as follows:

  • Day 1 to Day 13 - Classroom Learning: Trainees will undergo classroom learning and attempt practicum to gain a solid understanding of the course’s content.
  • Day 14 - Assessments: On this day, trainees will undergo assessments to gauge their competency.
  • Day 15 - Oral Enquiry/Classroom Learning: For trainees who did not demonstrate competency in Practical Performance and/or Written Assessment, an oral inquiry will be conducted. This process allows for additional clarification and learning to bridge any knowledge gaps.

Each course syllabus contains clearly defined course objectives, learning outcomes, course requirements, grading policy and allotment, and grading distribution. Trainees are made aware of the grading policy, performance standards, and grading distribution at the beginning of each course. The instructor measures the trainee’s achievement of the stated course objectives and learning outcomes based on the grading policy published in the course syllabus.


Attendance Policy

Classes are conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except for public holidays. Attendance is a graduation requirement and will be taken twice per day for the entire duration of the course.

DigiPen (Singapore) adopts an attendance policy requiring a minimum of 80% attendance for each course. All trainees are expected to be present in class and maintain full attendance across each course’s 15 working days. Missing more than three days could compromise the trainee’s understanding of the course, and a valid absence document must be submitted using the Excused Absence Form.

To fulfill the 80% attendance requirement, trainees who have been absent for four days, regardless of possessing a medical certificate (MC) or valid reasons such as hospitalization or reservist duties, must attend a make-up class.

Only one make-up class will be conducted per course, scheduled during the weekend before the course concludes (Refer to make-up class schedule).

Make-up class schedule

DateCourses

17 Feb. 2024 (Sat)

  • Programming Methodologies: Java
  • Programming Methodologies: Python

16 March 2024 (Sat)

  • Programming Paradigms Advanced Java
  • Programming Paradigms Advanced Python

13 April 2024 (Sat)

  • Databases for Data Analytics
  • Data Structures and Algorithms with Java
  • Data Structures and Algorithms with Python

11 May 2024 (Sat)

  • Databases and Data Modelling for Software Engineering
  • Databases for Data Analytics
  • Data Structures and Algorithms with Python

01 June 2024 (Sat)

  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics for Data Analytics
  • Data Visualization
  • Web Programming

29 June 2024 (Sat)

  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics for Data Analytics
  • Computer Networks and Network Security
  • Introduction to Machine Learning

20 July 2024 (Sat)

  • Backend Development with Java
  • Data Engineering: Big Data Technologies
  • Data Visualization

17 Aug. 2024 (Sat)

  • Data Engineering: Big Data Technologies
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Modern Full Stack Development with Java

Graduation Requirement

Trainees must maintain a minimum of 80% attendance and demonstrate competence in each course to receive a Statement of Attainment (SOA) issued by Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ). Trainees enrolled in the Technology in Finance Immersion Programme (TFIP) who received all eight SOAs will be conferred a Specialist Diploma in their specialization track by DigiPen (Singapore).


Academic Milestones and Termination

Trainees must meet two key requirements at the milestone for each course:

  1. Competency: Demonstrate competence in the course by meeting all assessment requirements.
  2. Attendance: Maintain a minimum of 80% attendance.

DigiPen (Singapore) places a strong emphasis on academic standards, and failing to meet these requirements may result in termination. Upon termination, self-sponsor trainees will be required to pay the full course fees for the course.

For TFIP trainees, DigiPen (Singapore) will notify the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF).


Withdrawal

Self-sponsor trainees are required to inform the Continuing Education Office via email about withdrawal from the program. The Institutional Withdrawal Form must also be completed, as well as any full course fees for the course.

For TFIP trainees, refer to the TFIP Trainee Agreement issued by the IBF.

Upon withdrawing from the program, the trainee shall immediately return all materials in the trainee’s possession relating to the program, whether created by the trainee, or other trainees or provided by the Institute.


Grievance and Appeal Process

Regarding Academic Matters

Trainees who would like to file an appeal against a decision regarding their academic results in the course or program should discuss the matter with their instructor. If a satisfactory resolution is unattainable, trainees may file an appeal to the Continuing Education Program Manager. If the resultant solution is still unsatisfactory, trainees may then escalate the matter to the Provost. Decisions made by the Provost are final. Please use the Academic Grievance and Appeal Form to file an appeal regarding academic matters. Please refer to the form for instructions.

Regarding non-Academic Matters

Trainees who feel that they have any other type of dispute with the Institute should speak with the Student Life and Advising Counselor. If a satisfactory resolution is unattainable, trainees may file an appeal to the Student Life and Advising Deputy Director. If the resultant solution is still unsatisfactory, trainees may then escalate the matter to the Managing Director. Decisions made by the Managing Director are final. Please use the Non-Academic Grievance and Appeal Form to appeal non-Academic matters. Please refer to the form for instructions.


Academic Calendar

The following is the academic calendar for TFIP 2023-24. The academic calendar will be updated for every TFIP run.

February

Thursday, 1 February 2024 - Classes Resume

10 February 2024 – 11 February 2024 - Chinese New Year*

Monday, 12 February 2024 - Chinese New Year* (No classes)

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 - Classes Resume

23 February 2024 – 27 February 2024 - Intersession – No classes

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 - Classes Resume

March

20 March 2024 – 22 March 2024 - Intersession - No classes

Monday, 25 March 2024 - Classes Resume

Friday, 29 March 2024 - Good Friday* (No classes)

April

Monday, 1 April 2024 - Classes Resume

Wednesday, 10 April 2024 - Hari Raya Puasa*

Thursday, 11 April 2024 - Classes Resume

17 April 2024 – 19 April 2024 - Intersession – No classes

Monday, 22 April 2024 - Classes Resume

May

Wednesday, 1 May 2024 - Labour Day* (No classes)

Tuesday, 2 May 2024 - Classes Resume

14 May 2024 – 15 May 2024 - Intersession – No classes

Thursday, 16 May 2024 - Classes Resume

Wednesday, 22 May 2024 - Vesak Day* (No classes)

Thursday, 23 May 2024 - Classes Resume

June

07 June 2024 – 11 June 2024 - Intersession – No classes

Wednesday, 12 June 2024 - Classes Resume

Monday, 17 June 2024 - Hari Raya Haji* (No classes)

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 - Classes Resume

July

04 July 2024 – 05 July 2024 - Intersession – No classes

Monday, 08 July 2024 - Classes Resume

Monday, 29 July 2024 - Intersession – No classes

Tuesday, 30 July 2024 - Classes Resume

August

Friday, 9 August 2024 - National Day* (No classes)

Monday, 12 August 2024 - Classes Resume

Tuesday, 20 August 2024 - Last Day of Classroom Learning

On-the-Job Training: 21 August 2024 onwards.

*The Institute is closed on all public holidays. If a Singapore public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as a public holiday.