Modules Offered

GEK/GEM/GEH Modules

The following modules are crossed listed with GEK codes, and therefore not offered to students matriculated in AY2015/16 and beyond.
 
GEK1520/PC1322
GEK1519/PC1327
GEK1521/PC1326

 

Code Title MC Sem I Sem II Sp Sem
Science of Music
4
Bernard TAN
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Understanding the Universe
4
Cindy NG
Abel YANG
Physics in Life Sciences
4
-
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Computation and Machine: Ancient to Modern
4
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NG Siow Yee
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A Brief History of Science
4
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Banas, KRZYSZTOF
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Einstein's Universe and Quantum Weirdness
4
Phil CHAN
Phil CHAN
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The Emerging Nanoworld
4
-
Andrivo RUSYDI
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Great Ideas in Contemporary Physics
4
-
Thomas OSIPOWICZ
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Modern Technologies in Health & Medical Care
4
CHAN Taw Kuei
CHAN Taw Kuei
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How The Ocean Works
4
-
Chammika UDALAGAMA
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Clean Energy and Storage
4
Nidhi SHARMA
-
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Physical Questions in Everyday Life
4
NG Siow Yee
-
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Remote Sensing for Earth Observation
4
Avijit GUPTA & LIEW Soo Chin
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Sky and Telescopes
4
Abel YANG
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The Art of Science, The Science of Art
4
-
Johan R. C. van der MAAREL
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Taming Chaos
4
LAI Choy Heng
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Radiation - Scientific Understanding and Public Perception
4
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CHUNG Keng Yeow & LIM Hock
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Brief Description of Modules

GEK1519/PC1327 Science of Music

This module aims to establish clear relationships between the basic elements of music found in virtually all musical cultures and their underlying scientific and mathematical principles. Musical scales which are the foundation of western musical culture as well as many other musical cultures will be discussed, with their evolution viewed from both western and non-western perspectives. The scientific and technical basis for the development of musical instruments of different musical cultures such as the piano, as well as their acoustical characteristics, will be examined. The module also looks at contemporary technologies in music such as digitization which has profoundly affected how the music of virtually all musical cultures is propagated.

 

GEK1520/PC1322 Understanding the Universe

The first part of the module covers the observations of celestial objects and their influences on the ancient cultures. Students will learn how calendars and astrology were developed, and how the fundamental laws of nature were discovered. The second part covers the use of telescopes and space missions to explore the universe. Discoveries of stars and galaxies and their impact on mankind's perceptions of the Universe will be explored. Students will learn how Earth formed as a planet that develops and sustains life. There will be a discussion on the latest developments in searching for Earth-like extraterrestrial objects, and explore their impacts on the societies.

 

GEK1521/PC1326 Physics in Life Sciences

Life science is the science that deals with phenomena regarding living organisms. It includes branches such as biology, medicine, anthropology and ecology. Physics on the other hand, studies the fundamental relationship between matter, energy, space, and time. Many people may consider them to be in different regimes and require different mindsets to work on. But as both disciplines advanced, it became increasingly clear that the interactions between them are far more pervasive and fundamental than one might expect. For example, the field of biophysics has risen since the 1950s, and it has vastly changed how biologists look at living systems or study biology. It proved that the mindsets of biology and physics can join together to provide deeper insight into the phenomenon we call life. We will base the material on the basic laws of physics, and discuss how they are interwined with all kinds of life science and daily life phenomena, from cells to ecosystems and from Earth to outer space. Through reading this module, the students would be able to think deeper about the daily phenomena around them, and understand better the foundation of life on Earth.

GEH1017 Computation and Machine: Ancient to Modern

Why computers are so ubiquitous nowadays? What rule the computer is playing in scientific query and discovery? What was it like before the age of digital electronic computer? This module brings us back to antiquity from ruler and compass, abacus, mechanical calculator and all the way to modern electronic digital computer. It is intriguing to see the methods of computations in ancient Babylonian, Greek and Roman times, and in Chinese and Arabic cultures. For the modern digital era, we discuss how computer does calculations, how the instructions or algorithm are given to computer, and why the binary number system is used. Finally, we speculate the role quantum computer will play in the future.

 

GEH1018 A Brief History of Science

Nowadays it is all too easy to take basic science laws and theories, such as Newton's law of gravitational attraction or evolution for granted. The impact of research breakthroughs on society at the time of their development is being forgotten, as they come to be taken for granted. Even Science students tend to be unaware of how modern concepts have arisen, what their impact was at the time and how they changed the world. This course is intended to explain the history and significance of scientific developments on societies and how perceptions of the world have changed as a result.

 

GEH1027 Einstein's Universe and Quantum Weirdness

Einstein's Ideas of our Universe and his Quantum contributions has greatly impacted the human societies. Students will also be enthused with the historical and philosophical development of Relativity and Quantum Theories. Einstein's relativistic thinking eventually leads to the creation of navigational systems that are used in transportation and communication, both by the military as well as hand phone consumers. The construction of nuclear plants is made possible by the relativistic results of mass and energy conversion. Einstein's Photoelectric discoveries also pave the way for modern cameras in the ubiquitous mobile devices. The quest for new quantum particles at the colliders by huge collaborations among many countries gave birth to the World Wide Web and the internet Culture.

 

GEH1028 The Emerging Nanoworld

This module will acquaint students with the rapid development of the nanoworld with insights into the impact of this emerging technology on our society, environment and human life. The essence of nanoscience and technology lies in the understanding and manipulation of molecules. The advances in these fields are expected to significantly influence our lives in the spheres of medical, engineering, ethical and environmental issues. This module will discuss the potential benefits and challenges of novel nanotechnologies. How does nanotechnology affect society and human interaction? How will nanodevices and nanomaterials change our lives in the future?

 

GEH1029 Great Ideas in Contemporary Physics

Human society is facing major challenges in meeting the requirements of a technological age. Internet is ubiquitous and so are a variety of devices, all of which are based on utilizing the semi-conductor. Another pervasive technology is that of GPS. The module will focus on de-mystifying these technologies and show how the principles of science are indispensable in the functioning of these technologies. For example, the semi-conductor will be shown to be the result of quantum mechanics. Nuclear energy, with emphasis on fusion as possible source of clean energy, and GPS will be shown to an application of the theory of relativity.

 

GEH1032 Modern Technologies in Health & Medical Care

The human race has entered an epoch where life span has increased significantly. During the twentieth century, life span has increased from around 50 to over 75 years mainly due to antibiotics, vaccinations, and improved nutrition. However this increase in lifespan has brought to the forefront a rise in many age-related diseases. These diseases, which include cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer?s disease, Parkinson?s disease, are now a focus of health care in the 21st century. This course describes many of these diseases, and their diagnosis and treatment using advanced technology found in modern hospitals. The course also provides an insight into the scientific principles underlying these new and powerful technologies.

 

GEH1033 How the Ocean Works

About three-quarters of the surface of our home, the Earth, is covered by an ocean of water! The ocean is inseparably intertwined with human settlements. Day in, day out, directly, indirectly - from the air that we breathe to climate change, trade, politics or social holidays - the presence and the influence of the ocean is undeniable on the human society. We will discuss how the ocean is connected to our lives, how the various ocean phenomena affect our lives and our attempts at controlling and exploiting the ocean. Students will gain an appreciation of the scientific principles involved. This course will also help us make educated decisions about our environment and our ocean, so that future generations may also enjoy the majesty of our blue planet, as we do now.

 

GEH1034 Clean Energy and Storage

Modern civilization, which on the one hand boasts of having discovered the behaviour of subatomic particles, has also to its credit the impending intensified energy crisis and global warming. The urgent need to address these challenges has now become obvious. The course will acquaint students with the role of scientific development towards understanding the current global energy crisis and global warming. Emphasis will be given on how scientific progress has helped us in understanding the principle and development of various clean energy and storage technologies, their potential and applicability in present day scenarios and in shaping future energy systems.

 

GEH1035 Physical Questions from Everyday Life

This module demonstrates the application of physical science to everyday situations besides to excite the curiosity and imagination of the students and bring out their awareness of the many marvels that surround them. Students will develope a deeper knowledge and a greater appreciation towards apparently mundane events of their daily life. Everyday phenomenon relate to physical concepts will be discussed in the context to real-world topics, societal issues, and modern technology, underscoring the relevance of science and how it relates to our day-to-day lives. During the module, students will select and discuss their own apparently mundane event and present their topic accordingly.

 

GEK2503 Remote Sensing for Earth Observation

Images of the earth are not only beautiful to look at but also useful for learning about the earth and its state of health. In this module, students will be exposed to different types of images of the earth and their applications, especially in Southeast Asia. Major topics to be covered include types of remote sensing systems, image processing and information extraction, and applications such as global monitoring, biophysical observations, environmental management and natural hazard monitoring. This module is for students who enjoy viewing images of the earth and want to understand such images and their uses in earth science and environmental applications.

 

GEK2508 Sky and Telescopes

The objective of this module is to provide a practical introduction to the skies and optical equipment. Students will learn the movements of celestial objects, their properties and telescopic instrumentations. In addition, there will be astronomy field trips, observatory visits and students will learn how to read star charts, operate telescopes and take astro-photographs.

 

GET1014 The Art of Science, The Science of Art

It often seems the worlds of science and art are unrelated: Logical truth versus emotional imagination. Still, science and art have much in common. Science has caused paradigm shifts in artistic expression while art is used for engineering design and communication of scientific knowledge. In this module, students will be introduced to the use of materials and technology related to architecture, sculpture, painting, photography and imaging. The use of technology for dating and attribution of objects of art as well as the use of visual art for scientific illustration and design will be examined. Knowledge of the scientific principles of various forms of visual art will also be explored. The module aims at the development of some artistic skills for illustrations of scientific concepts and engineering designs. This module will help students to better express their thoughts through artistic expression and appreciate visual art.

 

GET1015 Taming Chaos

Human perception, both introspective and regarding the external world, often seems to offer a most fundamental contrast, that between chaos and order. Some new insight has been achieved regarding the boundary between these two realms over the last 50 years. The objective of this module is to show how this came about, and that many natural phenomena, such as the great variety of snowflakes, the red spot on Jupiter or the shape of broccoli, can be understood by investigating simple repetitive elements that obey certain often very simple rules.

 

GET1024 Radiation - Scientific Understanding and Public Perception

This module aims to equip students with the essential knowledge to make intelligent assessments on the potential risks and uses of radiation in our modern society. After introducing the physics behind various forms of radiation, we will look at how these radiations are used in medical diagnosis and treatment and other applications. Some controversial issues in these applications will be raised and debated. The health effects of high and low levels of radiation will be presented based on scientific evidence thus dispelling some of the negative misconceptions of radiation and irrational fear of it. The social and political dynamics in electricity generation through nuclear power plants in various countries will also be discussed.


Prerequisite & Preclusion(s): please refer to NUS Bulletin Online