Design Your Own Course (DYOC)

Design-Your-Own-Course (DYOC) empowers you in your learning journey by giving you the flexibility in planning your studies without disruption to your existing structured disciplinary studies. It is an option for you to pursue interests outside your disciplines, broaden your knowledge, and encourage you to see “learning” as a lifetime endeavour.

These three modules are currently offered by the Office of Student Affairs: 

  • DMY1401TSG Effective Coaching and Engagement: Principles and Practice complementary to the Teach Singapore initiative
  • DMY1401PSP Peer Supporting Peer is tailored for Peer Student Supporters

DMY1401TSG Effective Coaching and Engagement: Principles and Practice

Modular Credits: 4 Unit (CS / CU) 

This module is designed for student mentors who are keen to cultivate a deeper awareness of the social problems faced by beneficiaries and their families. It requires your academic and practical engagement with social issues to cultivate a broad orientation and deepened responsibility towards these issues. You will also be responsible for developing and practising coaching approaches and relationship building skills to support and inspire your beneficiaries to maximise their potential.

On completion of this module, you would be able to: 
- analyse the important structural and life-course dimensions of the social problems faced by beneficiaries and their families 
- identify the key principles of coaching behaviour 
- list key principles of coaching in relation to your coaching contexts 
- list verbal and non-verbal strategies to build rapport for foundation to effective learning relationship 
- show the competencies to design contracting terms to enable rapport building before coaching. 
- demonstrate the effective use of the GROW model to frame your approach to coaching. 
- demonstrate the effective use of the feedback competencies in the coaching situation. 

Application for AY2021/22 Semester 1 is closed. Stay tuned for more information.


DMY1401PSP Peer Supporting Peer

Peer support has become an important part of the pastoral ecosystem that promotes the mental well – being of students. This module will empower more students with knowledge, skills and empathy to be the first line of assistance to reach students with mental health issues who may not have access to or may not need professional help. This would reduce the escalation to more serious mental health conditions and high – risk behaviours among the university students. Trained peer supporters can offer emotional support and direct those in need to professionals if required.

This module is fundamental for students who want to acquire basic listening skills and practical helping skills to support their peers-in-need. Lessons will incorporate opportunities for self-discovery, understanding of stress and common mental health issues and the practice of empathy and peers supporting skills. Students will engage in MOOCs, workshops and other experiential learning activities to deepen and hone their peer support skills. Students will be required to document their personal reflections, implement a group project and complete peer support duties.