Design Your Own Module (DYOM)

Design-Your-Own-Module (DYOM) 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 four modules are currently offered by the Office of Student Affairs: 

  • DMY1401TSG Effective Coaching and Engagement: Principles and Practice complementary to the Teach Singapore initiative
  • DMY1401HL ‘P.E.R.K’: Re-Thinking Peer Leadership is designed with the Hall Junior Common Room Committee (JCRC) leader in mind.
  • DMY1401PSP Peer Supporting Peer is tailored for Peer Student Supporters
  • DMY1401ELC Experiential Learning Cycle is designed to complement the specialist outdoor education network disciplines (OE-Net).

DMY1401TSG Effective Coaching and Engagement: Principles and Practice

Modular Credits: 4 MC (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 in December 2021.

DMY1401HL ‘P.E.R.K’: Re-Thinking Peer Leadership

Peer leadership is a concept that is integral to positive peer based interaction at the University. This module adopts an experiential learning approach to shape students’ understanding and practice of peer leadership through Purpose, Engagement, Resilience and Kindness or ‘P.E.R.K’. P.E.R.K is a concept by University of Berkeley which identifies the four key pillars of happiness at work.

Students will engage in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), OSA-led workshops and hall projects where they will practise and hone their peer leadership skills and competencies such as conflict management and team effectiveness while adopting a P.E.R.K mindset. They will then document their practices and personal experiences into reflective texts. Beyond understanding the skills and leadership competencies associated with high performing peer leaders, students will re-think how soft skills influenced by P.E.R.K can combine and lead to more effective outcomes.

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.

DMY1401ELC Experiential Learning Cycle

Complementing the specialised outdoor education network disciplines (OE-Net), this module serves as an essential resource to students who seek to acquire more than just basic outdoor education skills. Students reap maximum benefit from the programme by participating in the areas of outdoor adventure, immersion in nature, experiential learning and facilitation training.

Students will engage in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), OSA-led workshops and run CCAs projects as Leaders where they will put their newly acquired skills and competencies to good use while creating meaningful impact within the NUS community. Students will be required to document their personal reflections through vlogs whilst initiating as well as curating projects and activities to enhance the wellbeing of the NUS community and/or the environment.