Competency-Based Curriculum for PMP



NUS Pre-Medical Programme (PMP): Competency-Based Curriculum

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have defined eight competencies, which focus on the sciences basic to medicine and their corresponding learning objectives for premedical science education.

The NUS Pre-Med Committee then identified the following list of modules, which forms the competency-based PMP curriculum for our NUS PMP students.

Competencies Recommended modules which can meet the respective competencies
Writing & Communications

EG1413/ES1513 Critical Thinking & Writing
ES1501X Academic Expository Writing
ES2331 Communicating Engineering
SP1202 Communicating with the Academy
ES2007S Profession Communication

Competency E1

Apply quantitative reasoning and appropriate mathematics to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.

BN2102 Bioengineering Data Analysis
CN3421 Process Modelling and Numerical Simulation
MA1505 Math 1
MA1506 Math 2
ST1232 Statistics for Life Sciences

Competency E2

Demonstrate understanding of the process of scientific inquiry, and explain how scientific knowledge is discovered and validated.

BN3402 Bio-Analytical Methods in Bioengineering
CM1191 Experiments in Chemistry 1
CM1502 General and Physical Chemistry for Engineers
CM2142 Analytical Chemistry
EG1108 Electrical & Computer Engineering
EG1109 Statics & Mechanics of Materials
LSM1401 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
LSM2201A Experimental Biochemistry 
LSM2202A Experimental Molecular & Cell Biology
LSM2203 Experimental Microbiology
LSM3231 Protein Structure and Function
PC1431 Physics IE
PC1432 Physics IIE

Competency E3

Demonstrate knowledge of basic physical principles and their
applications to the understanding of living systems.

BN2101 Principles of Bioengineering
BN2201 Quantitative Physiology for Bioengineers
BN2202 Introduction to Biotransport
BN2401 Biosignals Processing
BN2203 Introduction to Bioengrg Design
BN3101 Biomedical Engineering Design
BN3201 Introduction to Biomechanics
BN3501 Equilibrium & Kinetic Bioprocesses
BN4202 Biofluids Dynamics
BN4402 Electrophysiology
CN4241R Engineering Principles for Drug Delivery
LSM1104 General Physiology
LSM3243 Molecular Biophysics
PC1421 Physics for Life Sciences

Competency E4

Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of chemistry and some of their applications to the understanding of living systems.

CM1401 Chemistry for Life Sciences
CM1501 Organic Chemistry for Engineers

Competency E5

Demonstrate knowledge of how biomolecules contribute to the
structure and function of cells.

LSM1101 Biochemistry of Biomolecules
LSM1401 Fundamentals of Biochemistry

Competency E6

Apply understanding of principles of how molecular and cell assemblies, organs, and organisms develop structure and carry out function.

BN4301 Principles of Tissue Engineering
BN4403 Cellular Bioengineering
LSM2103 Cell Biology

Competency E7

Explain how organisms sense and control their internal environment
and how they respond to external change.

BN2201 Quantitative Physiology for Bioengineers
BN2202 Introduction to Biotransport
LSM1104 General Physiology
LSM1202 Human Anatomy

Competency E8

Demonstrate an understanding of how the organizing principle of
evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of life on earth.

LSM1102 Molecular Genetics
LSM3252 Evolution and Comparative Genomics

1. Report of the AAMC-HHMI Committee 2009