Design Your Own Module

What DYOM is about, and the two available options

The idea of Design-Your-Own-Module (DYOM) was mooted in NUS to encourage our students to explore learning beyond their own disciplines, via edX Massive Open Online Courses (better known as MOOCs), or by engaging NUS teachers, NUS administrative staff or industry leaders.  This is similar to what established universities around the world have done, i.e., embracing self-directed education.  MOOCs were first introduced in 2006, but have become more popular of late.  Top universities have now incorporated MOOCs into their educational landscape, even providing their students with opportunities to complete certificate-bearing MOOCs from other top universities within their own curricular space.

Additionally, students may also explore doing DYOM in groups of 10 (or more), with supervision by NUS academics, skilled administrative staff, or industry experts.  The objective is to empower students in their learning journey, giving them more flexibility in planning their studies without disruption to their structured disciplinary studies.  It is an option for students to pursue interests outside their disciplines, broadening their knowledge, and encouraging them to see “learning” as a lifetime endeavour.

In sum, DYOM may be completed by a student from modular faculties/ schools*, within 4 Modular Credits’ (MCs) worth of Unrestricted Elective Modular (UEM) space during his or her candidature and will be graded on a ‘CS/CU’ (Completed Satisfactorily/Completed Unsatisfactorily) basis.  The options available:

  1. DYOM via edX MOOCs – Fully online learning where students can access edX courses via NUS LumiNUS.
  2. DYOM via group work with supervision – a group of 10 or more students coming together to learn from a supervisor.

*Exclusion: Medicine, Dentistry, LAW, Yale-NUS, SCALE

How to embark on the DYOM journey

Important things to know:

  • Students using edX for their personal study, course modules or DYOM will be able to access it via single-sign-on on NUS’s Learning Management System, LumiNUS.

  • For a completed edX MOOC (i.e., having a Verified Certificate to earn modular credits) to be captured in the student record, students will have to use LumiNUS as a platform to enroll in edX MOOC.

  • With the official launch of DYOM is AY2019/2020, please note that students will not earn modular credits for edX MOOCs completed before the new Academic Year 2019/2020 (officially begins after the orientation week).

  • When enrolling in edX to pursue a Verified Certificate, the student has to make payment upfront.  Upon successful completion, the student may then produce his or her obtained Verified Certificate to request for reimbursement of course fees paid to edX. This will be capped at USD300 per student and up to 4-MC worth of Unrestricted Elective space.

  • Please submit your DYOM (edX) application (after completion of edX MOOC with a Verified Certificate) via EduRec (Navigation: EduRec > My Homepage > Academics > Design Your Own Module). Please note reimbursement is only for edX MOOCs completed under the DYOM scheme.

  • Submit your DYOM (edX) application latest by the last day of the examination period to count the DYOM credits towards the current semester. (E.g., To count the DYOM credits towards Semester 1, submit the DYOM (edX) application latest by the last day of Semester 1's examination period.)

  • For enquiries relating to DYOM Credit Transfer, you may email to RO DYOM Credit Transfer (
  • A student is required to meet the minimum semestral workload requirement regardless whether the student may be doing DYOM via edX MOOCs.

Group formation and submission of an application:

  • Students can form their groups through many ways and means (e.g., own social network through residential living and learning);

  • Some students may wish to find like-minded folks (by a specific topic), can consider using Yammer – an online platform for students to connect, discuss, explore together. Click here to join Design-Your-Own-Module AY2019/2020 Sem2 network.

  • Once a group is formed (including the group supervisor), please appoint a student representative to log into myEduRec to submit an application [Navigation: Studseent Academics > Design Your Own Module].  A copy of the User Guide can be found here.

  • Upon approval of application, the relevant DYOM would be pre-allocated.

Important timelines:

Date Item
Now – 8 December 2019 Form a group and get a supervisor
9 – 22 December 2019  Application Period for DYOM (Group)
23 – 27 December 2019 Processing of DYOM (Group) applications
28 December 2019 onwards Outcome of DYOM (Group) applications

*Note: Pre-allocation of DYOM module codes could take place as soon as Round 1 on the published schedule for Module Registration for Semester 2 of AY2019/2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

User Guides
  • Option A: DYOM via edX MOOCs
    Option A:
  • Option B: DYOM via group work with supervision:
    User guide on Yammer (i.e., if you need help on group formation/ a platform for discussion):
    Option B:
    Click here to join Design-Your-Own-Module AY2019/2020 Sem2 network.
  • User guide on EduRec Form for DYOM Group:
    Please click here for the user guide.
  • User guide on EduRec Submission for Completed DYOM (edX)
    Please click here for the user guide.

For general enquiries relating to DYOM, you may email to Design Your Own Module
For enquires on edX in LumiNUS, please go to LumiNUS Student Helpdesk and log in using your NUSNET ID and password.