Crime Scene Investigation

The ALP is intended to help students appreciate the relevance and value of academic subjects (e.g. Social Science, Mathematics) to the real world in order to develop stronger motivation and purpose for acquiring knowledge and skills. The emphasis is on the application of thinking skills, integrating knowledge across subject disciplines, stretching the imagination and applying these in real-world settings in society and industries. Some focus areas can include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Languages, Social Sciences, Business & Entrepreneurship and Life Skills.

Encouraged by the positive responses from the July 2018 Taster Modules, the school will roll out 6 learning modules under the ALP in Semester 1 of 2019. Synopses and outlines of these modules can be found under the “2019 Modules” tab. Students who opted for the ALP can use these information to select their desired modules in January 2019.

2020 Sem 1 ALP Schedule


Session Dates
1 20, 21 Jan
2 3, 4 Feb
3 10, 11 Feb
4 17, 18 Feb
5 24, 25 Feb
6 2, 3 Mar
7 9, 10 Mar
8 23, 24 Mar


Modules on Monday Modules on Tuesday
The Art of Music Production Entrepreneurship
Urban Farming The Energy Crisis


For any queries, please feel free to email Mr Wu Derui @


Ever dreamed of publishing a mobile app in iTunes or Google Play? Then wait no more! This module aims to introduce students to design innovation. With the help of MIT App Inventor, an interactive programming interface perfect for beginners at coding, this class will task the participants to come up with creative solutions to solve problems they observe around them! The coursework will involve learning the software, creating a mobile application on it and also understanding the entire process of design thinking, a technique which requires the inventor/designer to truly understand the problem before beginning to ideate on a solution.


Session 1 [2 hours]

  • Introduction to computational thinking
  • Overview of mobile app development workflow
  • Navigating the user interface of MIT App Inventor
  • Coding their first game app
  • Downloading the app on a smartphone

Session 2 [2 hours]

  • Introduction to variables
  • Event-based programming
  • Detecting touch-based inputs
  • Calculating & displaying a score text
  • Importing media

Session 3 [2 hours]

  • Introduction to human-centred design approach
  • Interview one another to discover challenges in everyday life
  • Learn about problem framing
  • Rapid ideation & wireframing of app prototypes
  • Understand the importance of user feedback & iteration

Session 4 [2 hours]

  • Demo of relevant code components based on students’ ideas
  • Work in pairs to develop their app prototype
  • Describe their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and their scope of work across the next 2 sessions

Session 5 [2 hours]

  • Review the apps with teams and get them to test with other students to get feedback
  • Document the feedback and iterate their app design & features

Session 6 [2 hours]

  • Demo of how to pitch an app
  • Prepare a pitch deck/website to showcase their app design journey and their final app prototype

A Look into Forensic Science


Forensic Science is the application of scientific theories in the resolution of legal disputes. The use of scientific concepts is of value here because of the ability of this subject nature to provide reliable, pertinent and mostly definitive information about a given case. In this module, students will learn to appreciate the basic principles behind forensic science, such as preservation and processing a crime scene, analysis of trace and contact evidence, and an introduction to the legal processes involved in forensic science. Students will also get to go for a learning journey to the Supreme Court of Singapore and take a look at how litigation cases are tried in Singapore.


Session 1 [2 hours]

Introduction to Forensic Science

  • Basic ideas surrounding Forensic Science
  • Locard’s Exchange Principle
  • Basics of processing a crime scene

Analysis of Evidence

  • Eye witness – Facial biometrics

Session 2 [2 hours]

Analysis of Evidence

  • Fingerprints
  • Forensic Chemistry
    • Indicators
    • Iodine fuming
    • Magnetic and fluorescent powders

Briefing on Project Work Task

  • Students will research on a particular forensic technique and present on a real case that involved the use of that technique to crack.

Session 3 [2 hours]

Analysis of Evidence

  • Blood spatter analysis and blood typing
  • Traces of blood
    • Leuco Crystal Violet
    • Luminol
  • DNA Analysis
    • DNA extraction and profiling

Session 4 [2 hours]

Analysis of Evidence

  • Yaw and skid marks
  • Fabric analysis
    • Microscopic examination
    • Burning test
    • Staining
    • Introduction to refractive indices of fabrics

Forensic Law

  • Introduction to the Evidence Act
  • Collection of evidence
  • Hearsay Rule
  • Corroboration
  • Opinion evidence
  • Burden of proof

Session 5 [3 hours]

Forensic Law and Sharing by Scientists

  • Learning journey with Forensic Experts Group, Singapore

Session 6 [2 hours]

Student Presentations

  • Each group of 3-4 students will be given 5-7 minutes to present their research findings with peer evaluation (rubrics provided), and 2-3 minutes for Q&A by teachers and peers.

Forensic Science in Singapore

  • Introduction to Attorney General’s Chambers, Health Sciences Authority Forensic Science Division and Singapore Police Force Crime Investigation Department
  • Examples of real cases in Singapore and the part Forensic Science played in the investigation process

Student survey and reflections

  • Students will be asked to reflect on the key learning points of the course and provide feedback for future use.


The main objective of this module is to equip students with an understanding on the knowledge and skills to be an entrepreneur. This module aims to provide both theory, as well as hands-on activities where students can experience the decision-making processes through the development of a business plan. Through experiential learning in an authentic setting, it is hoped that students would have greater insights on the various considerations and skill sets required for a successful entrepreneur in this fast-paced and changing world. Case studies relevant to the module discussion to deepen their understanding will also be structured as part of students’ learning. At the end of the module, students are to present their business plan to a panel for further improvement. For projects/business plans with a social cause, the project can be further submitted for funding consideration.


Lesson 1


Introducing basics of business:

  • How business ideas come about
  • Why so ideas work better than the others
  • The different types of business models



Identification of interest area &  Problem identification

Lesson 2


Brain storming session:

  • Following up from Lesson 1 on students’ area of interests and problem identification, groups are form to brainstorm ideas
  • The business canvas model template & considerations on assess feasibility of ideas will be taught. Students to work on brand personality, mission, vision of company, how to market (Role of group to be assigned)



Brainstorming business ideas and confirmation of one idea to work on for next lesson

Lesson 3


Setting up of online platforms (website wix, Instagram or facebook account) and think about their marketing strategies.


Students will be asked if they are interested to participate in the Prudential Young Trailblazers (Innovation and entrepreneurship Competition 2020)

6 March to 18 July

$200 per team (Registration fee to be paid by school)


Task: Mock website, social Media to be done up




Aim to send 2 teams to (have met up with the person in-charge , allow for us to register around February)


Lesson 4  Learning Journey to BlueSG


Lesson 5


Using Case study of BlueSG

  • Combined lesson with Energy Crisis on how businesses solve societal problems


Lesson 6


  • Learning to how to pitch
  • Do a 5mins video of their pitch.   


Task: to do up a video of their pitch
Lesson 7
  • Actual Pitching of business idea to panel of judges 


  • Final LJ for Entrepreneurship students


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This module aims to equip students with the competencies and dispositions for survival in situations where little or no access to resources critical to sustenance of life (e.g. trapped in a forest) is available. In the urban setting, the competencies and skills would enable one to improvise innovatively and adapt to the environment. Join this module to learn a wide array of skills like survival planning, field medicine, water filtration, making shelters and fire, etc. in a fun and authentic way, like you have never done before!


Session 1 (1.5 hours): Tinder Preparation and Starting a Fire

  • Using Fire Steel/ Magnesium Rod as Starter and Cotton Dressing Pads as Tinder
  • Using Regular 9V Battery as Starter and Cotton Dressing Pads as Tinder

Session 2 (1.5 hours): Improvised shelters with basic knots and lashings

  • The wedge
  • The wing
  • The A-frame

Session 3 (120 mins): Food Preparation

  • Sourcing for food
  • Determining if fruits/ leaves are edible
  • Outdoor cooking

Session 4 (2 Hours): Basic First Aid and Improvised Stretchers with Evacuation Techniques

Session 5 (2+ hours): Application of Skills

Session 6 (2+ hours): Application of Skills


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12… to quite a number of us, this song from Sesame Street still rings in our head today.

Counting seems almost intuitive and deceptively simple that we believe that we are already masters of this subject.

Is it really so?

In this module, we introduce different problems and puzzles that bring us on a journey of discovery: testing your counting skills and unravelling the principles behind counting efficiently.

Counting is used to calculate probabilities and possibilities which are applied in various fields such as forensic science, Chemistry, Genetics, risk-management, etc. Using counting, we will also decide for ourselves if it is worth taking part in various gambling schemes.


Session 1 (90 mins)

  • Counting numbers in a list
  • Idea of 1-1 correspondence in counting
  • The Addition Principle & Application [1]

Session 2 (90 mins)

  • The Addition Principle & Application [2]
  • The Multiplication Principle & Application [1]
  • The Multiplication Principle & Application [2]

Session 3 (90 mins)

  • Subsets and arrangements [1]: Combination
  • Subsets and Arrangements [2]: Permutation
  • Calculating interesting probabilities found in games and activities

Session 4 (90 mins)

  • Counting …Infinity?
  • Miscellaneous Problems [1]

Session 5 (90 mins)

  • Miscellaneous Problems [2]
  • Further Application and Related Topics


In this module, students will learn about how energy is produced and priced for consumption in the household and in industries. Students will be able to visit an actual power plant and learn about how electricity is produced. Students will also be given an insight into approaches that are being explored globally as well as in the context of Singapore to deal with the impending depletion of non-renewable energy sources. These approaches include studying photovoltaic physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics in the production of renewable and sustainable energy sources. Students will also learn about ways to conserve energy at home.


Session Topics Covered Learning Experience Remarks
1 Introduction to Renewable and Non-Renewable sources of energy
  • Introduction to various sources of energy
  • Singapore’s approach to energy – present and future
  • Energy efficiency
  • How energy is priced in Singapore and how the price is determined
  • Case Study of Open Electricity Market
  • Assignment – to investigate how much electricity is consumed in student’s household over 2 weeks.
Classroom session – to prepare notes’s-approach-to-alternative-energy


• To issue consent form for Learning Journey in Sessions 2 and 4.








Current practices of energy production for household and industrial use using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Industrial visit to an LNG power plant in Singapore as a follow-up to session 1. Sembcorp Power


2b Current practices of energy resource storage systems for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Industrial visit to SLNG Terminal.




3 Photovoltaic Physics and Solar Cells



  • Photoelectric effect – How light is converted into electricity at the atomic level
  • Principles of semiconductors – material used in solar cells
  • Limitations to photovoltaic cells – efficiency of photovoltaic cells, are photovoltaic cells really clean energy?
  • Solar  Panel Hands-on session


Classroom session – to prepare notes






Applications of alternative forms of producing electricity Visit to ecocampus @ NTU to learn more about the benefits and challenges of installing solar panels for the production of electricity as a follow-up to session 3.




4b Visit to BlueSG to learn more about how electric cars reduce emissions in Singapore Tel: 31637800


5 Tips on Conserving Energy in the Household
  • Review electricity consumption at home over past 2 weeks and teach tips to conserve energy


  • Household Electricity Demo Board – to investigate how a household circuit works and test consumption of various electrical appliances
Classroom session – to prepare notes
6 Nuclear Physics and Fission Energy


Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy


  • Radioactive isotopes that undergo nuclear fission + role of slow neutrons
  • Types of radiation – α, β, γ- radiation
  • Half-life – waste products of nuclear radiation – case study Fukushima
  • Binding energy curve – stability curve and link to fusion
  • Nuclear and coulomb forces in fusion and equations of fusion
  • Conditions required for commercial fusion and future of fusion
  • Advantages and disadvantages of nuclear fission and fusion
  • Demo on background radiation and myths debunking session about radiation
  • Discussion on the various types of energy learnt and how the programme has impacted their perspective on energy and the need for conservation



Classroom session – discussion based



History is about capturing the past to serve a present, or even a future need. Be it to uphold political legitimacy, to tell the story of a loved one from long ago, or to teach important civic values – history has held its place as an important tool, if not a vehicle for the transmission of knowledge. How will this change in the 22nd century? What value does the telling of history hold for the new age, an age filled with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity? How will our histories be transmitted in the next century? This module is intended to help students understand the history of history and its relevance in the 22nd century. Students will learn and appreciate the transmission of history, and how it has transformed from cave art, to books, to the use of photographs and even the use of videos. It is hoped that students will become keen tellers of the story of history and be able to use the skills learnt in storytelling, photography, and cinematography to serve them beyond the study of history.


Session 1 [1.5 hours]

  • What is this module about?
  • Who are Content Creators?
  • What tools do I need to create content?
  • What is a Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) Camera? What is a Mirrorless Camera?
  • How do I take good photographs with a camera?

Session 2 [1.5 hours]

  • How do I take pictures and make them look like the filters on Instagram?

Session 3 [1.5 hours]

  • How do I tell good stories with my photographs?
  • What is the history of history?
  • How do we tell stories?
  • What are important elements in transmitting historical stories?
  • Where are the historical stories of today?

Session 4 [1.5 hours]

  • What is the Chung Cheng spirit?

Session 5 [3 hours]

  • Learning Journey

Session 6 [2 hours]

  • Product Presentation


Learn how to produce your own records that other people will enjoy listening to. In this course, you will learn how to create emotionally moving recordings on almost any type of recording equipment, including your laptop or smartphone. The focus of the course is on mastering tangible artistic concepts while the equipment that you use is up to you. You will learn to develop the most important tool in the recording environment: your ears. By using deeper listening skills, you will learn to enhance every aspect of your own production.

Through this 7-week course, you will learn about yourself and your identity as an artist and producer. There is no necessity that you read music or play an instrument to take this module.



Session 1 [2 hours]

How to listen like a Producer:

  • Role of a producer
  • Different roles in music production: Musician, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Sound engineer
  • The reason behind why we listen to music
  • Listening technically versus listening with emotion
  • Kinesthetic observation
  • What makes an emotionally moving recording
  • Make your music sound like a professional record


Session 2 [2 hours]

Establishing your Identity, Vision, and Intention as a Creator

  • Building your identity, vision, and intention as an artist and producer


Session 3 [2 hours]

Tools & Strategies for an Effective Music Production Part I

  • Make better music using the concept of prosody (storytelling)
  • The structure of your song
  • Writing lyrics
  • Crafting melodies
  • The technique of repetition


Session 4 [2 hours]

Tools & Strategies for an Effective Music Production Part II

  • Arranging your music
  • Studio performance
  • Programming tracks
  • How to produce vocals


Session 5 [2 hours]

Defining the Sonic Signature of your Song

  • Recording your song
  • Understanding acoustics
  • Vocal miking techniques
  • Instrument miking Techniques
  • Layering of music
  • Blending technology and art


Session 6 [2 hours]

Music Production Capstone Project

  • Students will use this session to refine their production.


Session 7 [2 hours]

Music Production Capstone Project Presentation

  • Showcase and Reflections

Notes regarding music copyright:

  • cannot commercially exploit original works
  • Must have independent effort in the creation of the work
  • Must be not-for-profit
  • Safe to use for educational purposes and with audience connected to the school (students, teachers, parents etc.)
  • Can check with the legal department of MOE for further enquirers




In this module, students will learn about urban farming and examine its viability in Singapore.

With the school-based hydroponics system, students will be learning about how to set up a hydroponics system and grow and harvest their own vegetables. Through this, they will learn about, seed germination, factors affecting plant growth such as light, water and nutrients. An additional session on the growing of microgreens will allow students to readily apply what they have learnt to the home setting.

Students will embark on two learning journeys. The first learning journey to Singapore Food Agency which deals with food safety and security in Singapore will give students a broad overview of Singapore’s food supply. The second learning journey will give students a glimpse into a commercial urban farm and give students insight into the potential applications of their earlier learning.

The module will culminate in an exhibition in school where students will showcase their learning.


Session Topics Covered Learning Experience Remarks
1 Introduction to Urban Farming
  • Introduction to what urban farming is.
  • Why Urban Farming?
  • Soil vs hydroponics
  • Plant anatomy and growth (include germination differences in plant growth in soil systems vs hydroponics systems)
  • First planting session in the hydroponics system – setup hydroponics system
Classroom session – to prepare notes and slides

Hydroponics system  – set up prior to the session

Seeds and all necessary materials for the hydroponics session


Martian Video as a trigger: *If you are stranded on Mars, what would you need to survive?)

need solar panels or any other energy source, sunlight, water and oxygen and an enclosure


2 Sustainability of Urban Farming Sustainability issues related to urban farming

  • Carbon footprint
  • Water conservation
  • Labour
  • Food waste
  • Pest management(release of pesticide into environment)
  • Effect of traditional farming on land (eutrophication due to runoff)
  • Second planting session in the hydroponics system (leafy greens)


Classroom session – to prepare notes and slides

To grow: Basil, Mint, Mustard greens, Kale,










3 Learning Journey to SFA
  • Learning journey to learn about the agency for all food-related matters in Singapore.
  • As Singapore is primarily reliant on imported food, SFA is required to ensure a safe food supply for our country.  Farming is also part of their purview in Singapore to bolster our food supply.
As the lead agency for food-related matters, SFA’s mission is to ensure and secure a supply of safe food for Singapore. SFA works hand-in-hand with the industry and consumers to grow our three “food baskets” – Diversify import sources, Grow local, and Grow overseas, as well as ensure food safety from farm to fork. SFA also partners food businesses to strengthen capabilities, tap on technologies to raise productivity, undertake research to develop new lines of business, and catalyse industry transformation to ensure food security
3a Field Trip


Sky Greens


  • Visit to Sky Greens, the world’s first low carbon, hydraulic driven vertical farm.

Sky Greens is world’s first low carbon, hydraulic driven vertical farm. Using green urban solutions to achieve production of safe, fresh and delicious vegetables, using minimal land, water and energy resources. Sky Greens is the innovation hub of its holding company, Sky Urban Solutions Holding Pte Ltd, where continuous innovation in next generation of urban agriculture solutions take place.




4 Cost of Buying vs Growing
  • Analysis of cost of buying vs growing own vegetables/herbs
  • Points to consider:
  • Setup cost
  • Running cost
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Nutrient solution
  • Seeds
  • Time
  • Pest management
  • Growing of Microgreens
  • To compare growth of microgreens using plain water and water enhanced with commercially available growth activators and water enhanced with hydrogen peroxide.
Classroom Session


  • interactive activity to get students to compare buying vegetables and growing their own.
  • microgreens introduction slides.
  • microgreens trays and pre-soaked seeds to grow microgreens.
6 Showcase of Learning ‘Farmer’s Market’ exhibition to showcase students learning through the 6 weeks.

1)     Process of growing crops

2)     Key takeaways

a.       Sustainability of hydroponics

b.       Cost of buying vs Growing

3)     Ideas for uses of the crops

Sharing with the school community and also giveaways of the harvest and seeds to inspire members of the school community to grow their own food.