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 disciplines, via edX Massive Open Online Courses (better known as MOOCs), or by engaging the subject matter experts in NUS. DYOM provides an option for students to pursue interests outside their disciplines, broadening their knowledge, and encouraging them to see “learning” as a lifetime endeavour.

The DYOM scheme gives a student* opportunities to pursue self-directed learning, with up to 8 MCs allowed within the UE space during his or her Undergraduate candidature and will be graded on a ‘CS/CU’ (Completed Satisfactorily/Completed Unsatisfactorily) basisThe DYOM scheme is not applicable to students in the following student careers: Continuing Professional Education (CPE), Graduating (GD) & Non-graduating (NG) careers.

The maximum number of MCs that students can gain from DYOM scheme throughout candidature is subject to the condition that the sum of MCs for DYOM and IaaS (Internship-as-a-Service) modules is less than or equal to 8 MCs.

The options available:

  1. DYOM via MOOCs – Fully online learning where students can access edX courses via NUS Canvas or AI For Industry (AI4I)® via AI Singapore’s “AI Student Outreach Programme”
  2. DYOM via group work with supervision – a group of 10 or more students coming together to learn from a thesis advisor.

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

Click here for NUS news on DYOM: “NUS News about DYOM

How to embark on the DYOM journey

Objective: To empower students in their learning journey, giving them more flexibility in planning their studies without disruption to their structured disciplinary studies, since MOOCs are mostly self-paced and fully online.

Important information:

  • 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 Canvas to access the MOOC via single-sign-on, and to enroll in edX MOOC.

  • Students also have the option to pursue, AI For Industry (AI4I)®, an online course by AISG, via AISG’s “AI Student Outreach Programme” with effect from 21 November 2022. AISG, better known as AI Singapore, is a national AI programme supported by the National Research Foundation and hosted by the National University of Singapore. Students who have completed CS3244 Machine Learning, or IT3011 Introduction to Machine Learning and Applications Computer Science are precluded from doing AI For Industry (AI4I)® as DYOM. For course and registration details on AI For Industry (AI4I)®, please go to Canvas > Module Search.

  • A student who wants to count modular credits upon completion of a credit-bearing MOOC, will have to make payment upfront to edX (or AISG for AI for Industry (AI4I)® course).  Upon successful completion, the student may then produce his or her obtained Verified Certificate to request for reimbursement of course fees paid to edX (or AI For Industry (AI4I)®).

  • This will be capped at USD600 per student, and up to 8 MCs worth of Unrestricted Elective space. Only a maximum of 8 MCs, made up of DYOM and IAAS modules, will be considered for graduation.

  • Please note reimbursement is only for credit-bearing edX MOOCs completed under the DYOM scheme (i.e., reimbursement does not apply when there is no transfer of credits). Reimbursement application for AI For Industry (AI4I)® (for enrolment via AISG’s AI Student Outreach Programme from 21 November 2022 onwards) should be submitted directly to AISG while the application of credit transfer for AI4I® is done through EduRec. Students who have enrolled in AI4I via Canvas will continue to apply for reimbursement via EduRec.

  • Please note that full semestral tuition fees are payable in the final graduating semester, (i) even if DYOM edX MOOCs are the only remaining modules left in the graduating semester, or (ii) in the event that the credit transfers for MOOCs enrolled, taken and completed in the preceding vacation/term break or special term before the final semester are delayed and cannot be processed in time due to late submission of DYOM application by student.


To count the DYOM credits to current semester, submit your DYOM application from the start of the semester and latest by the last day of the examination period. (E.g., To count the DYOM credits towards Semester 1, submit the DYOM application latest by the last day of Semester 1's examination period). The NUS Academic Calendar can be found here.

Important timelines for Option A - DYOM via MOOCs:

Date/Period Item Remarks
Prior to start of semester Explore and decide which MOOC (edX or AISG) to study. Please make payment upfront for the course with verified certificate.

Start of semester till last day of exam period of the semester*(if you wish to count the DYOM credits to the current semester)

*Note: Please refer to NUS Academic Calendar for actual date.
Upon successful completion, to submit DYOM (edX) or DYOM (AISG) application via EduRec. Need to upload (verified) certificate and a copy of receipt to request for reimbursement.

- For students who enrolled in AI4I® via AISG’s AI Student Outreach Programme from 21 November 2022 onwards, please apply for reimbursement directly with AISG.
- Students who have previously enrolled in AI4I® via LumiNUS will continue to apply for reimbursement via EduRec.

You may choose to count the DYOM credits towards Special Term if you submit the completed application by the last day of Special Term (Part 2)

2 weeks after submission of DYOM application

Outcome of DYOM application

*Note: Those application submitted after last day of exam period will be processed later and DYOM credits will be counted towards the subsequent active semester/term.

DYOM module with relevant MC will be enrolled into student’s record accordingly.
• Semester 1: After exam period till 31 January of following year (inclusive)
• Semester 2: After exam period till 30 June (inclusive)
• Special Term: After Special Term Part 2 till 31 August (inclusive)
Black-out periods for processing of DYOM applications The processing of credit transfer and reimbursement for all DYOM applications will be put on hold during the stated black-out periods.

- For students who enrolled in AI4I® via AISG’s AI Student Outreach Programme from 21 November 2022 onwards, reimbursement is handled directly by AISG.
1 month after approval of DYOM application Reimbursement of payment.
(for edX MOOCs and AI4I® enrolled via LumiNUS only).
For AI4I® course enrolled via AISG’s AI Student Outreach Programme, please check with AISG on the time required for reimbursement of AI4I course fees.

Link to User Guides: 

  • How to use Canvas to search and register for credit-bearing MOOCs:
  • If you encounter any issues with edX in Canvas, please go to Canvas Student Help Desk and log in using your NUSNET ID and password.
  • Please click here for the DYOM (MOOC) Video and User Guides.
  • Please submit your DYOM (edX) or AI For Industry (AI4I)® application (after completion of edX MOOC with a Verified Certificate) via EduRec (Navigation: EduRec > My Homepage > Academics > Design Your Own Module).

  • Under this Option A, a student is required to meet the minimum semestral workload requirement regardless whether the student may be doing DYOM via MOOCs.
  • Please refer to information below on the equivalent MC(s) that can be obtained based on the MOOC’s workload hours. Do check the MOOC’s workload hours against the table before registering for an edX MOOC via Canvas (for DYOM Option A).
Illustrative only:


    Total effort

    MC equivalents

    4-6 hours for 4-6 weeks

    16-36 hours

    1 MC

    4-6 hours for 10-11 weeks

    40-66 hours

    2 MC

    6-7 hours for 12-13 weeks

    72-91 hours

    3 MC

    8-10 hours for 13-14 weeks

    104-140 hours

    4 MC

    10-12 hours for 14-15 weeks

    140-180 hours

    5 MC

    12-13 hours for 15-16 weeks

    180-208 hours

    6 MC

    13-14 hours for 16-17 weeks

    208-238 hours

    7 MC

    Up to a maximum of 8 MCs for efforts of 240 hours or more

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 network.

  • Once a group is formed (including the group thesis advisor), please appoint a student representative to log into myEduRec to submit an application [Navigation: Student 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.

Timelines (to register for DYOM group in Semester 2, AY2022/2023):

Date Item
Now – 22 December 2022 Form a group and get a thesis advisor
23 December 2022 – 2 January 2023 Application Period for DYOM (Group)
3 January 2023 – 8 January 2023 Processing of DYOM (Group) applications
9 January 2023 onwards Outcome of DYOM (Group) applications*

*Note: Pre-allocation of DYOM module codes could take place after Round 3 on the published schedule for Module Registration for Semester Two of AY2022/2023.

Link to User Guides:

  • 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 network.
    Click here to find out more about DYOM Learning Community.
  • Please click here for the DYOM (Group) Video and User Guide.

Questions about DYOM Scheme?

Please refer to this link for the Frequently Asked Questions on the DYOM Scheme (Answers by Service >> Student Matters >> DYOM).