Curriculum Structure


MT0002 Professionals in Society

[Lecture: 26 hr ; Tutorial: 13 hr ; Lab: 0 hr ; Pre-requisite: Nil ; Academic Unit: 3.0 ]

Learning Objective :

This course provides a general understanding of the society we live in and the professionals’ roles and responsibilities towards its well-being. The course covers a wide range of topics including the history of Singapore and the issues confronting it, the history of maritime industry, professional ethics and practices, international politics and globalization and contributions by maritime professionals towards society. The students are made aware of current issues at the time of their study.

Course Content :

Pre-independence history of Singapore; social and political development issues. Economic and industrial development issues. National cohesion and total defence. History of the maritime industry. Professional ethics and practices. Our neighbours and international relations. Challenges of globalization and the new economy. Contribution of the maritime professionals in the new millennium.

Course Outline :




History of maritime industry


Pre-independence history of Singapore


Social and political development issues


Economic and industrial development issues


National cohesion and total defence


Engineering ethics


Professional practices


Our neighbours and international relations


Challenges of globalization and the new economy


Contribution of maritime professionals in the new millennium


Topic(s) of current interest by external speaker(s)

Learning Outcome :

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
(a) How Singapore transited from being a 3rd world to a 1st world country and lessons to be learnt
(b) The role maritime professionals play in the development of Singapore and the future challenges
(c) Significance of professional ethics
(d) Significance of globalization and impact of the new economy

Textbooks :

Singapore: Journey into Nationhood, National Heritage Board: Landmark Books, 1998. (DS610.4.S617j)

References :

Lee Kuan Yew, From third world to first: the Singapore story: 1965:2000, memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Times Editions, 2000. (DSS598.S7L478f)​