Curriculum at TDSI, NUS

Master of Science (Defence Technology and Systems)


The common curriculum, leading to Master of Science (Defence Technology and Systems) degree covers a broad range of topics in defence technology and systems including C3I, Sensors, Information Systems, Strike systems, Combat Platforms, Protection Systems and Logistics. Great emphasis is placed on systems thinking and systems approach in integrating multiple technological systems into a tightly networked system of systems. Students have to complete 9 coursework modules in NUS and an integration project at NPS (or at AFIT). The modules offered are shown in the table below:


Prerequisite Module:

DTS2701 Engineering Mathematics


Quarters 1 and 2: Mar to Sep, at NUS (Singapore)

DTS 5701 Large Scale Systems Engineering

Large Scale Systems Engineering deals with the complexities of large-scale systems. The Systems Approach and Systems Engineering methodologies are used by the students to understand the key issues in the planning, design and management of large scale systems. System engineering tools such as Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), engineering economy and the cost-benefit approach will be taught. In addition, project management skills and management of risk and safety in large-scale projects will also be covered. Modern management thinking on the Learning Organization will be learnt by the students from the book "The Fifth Discipline" by Peter Senge. They will learn about system dynamics through simulation (People Express) or game (Beer Game).

They will also learn about the characteristics of different types of organisations and the ecosystems they are in, especially the problems faced when different types of organizations interact with one another. Masterplanning and system architecting will also be taught. The last part of this course examines military large-scale systems, including large scale systems engineering in the SAF and the defence ecosystem.

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DTS 5702 C3 Systems Engineering

This module covers the study of C2 information processing and decision-making in the context of an adaptive combat organization, including the C4ISR systems infrastructure that supports it. Student familiarity is developed concerning system aspects and will be provided with an overview of basic computer hardware concepts, operating systems software and various network technologies.

Students will also learn about the operational constraints imposed on the commander by system technical parameters, including environmental factors, under both limited objective and major combat scenarios.

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DTS 5703 Operations Research

Operations Research (OR) originated from World War II as a response to the need for effective, efficient, and optimal operation of weapon systems and the deployment of military forces at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Since then, OR has evolved into a full-scale scientific discipline that is practiced widely by analysts and decision makers in industry, government, and the military.

The purpose of this module is to educate the participants, including military personnel, in the fundamental theory and practice of operations research for the understanding, structuring, and improvement of decision making, leading to improved performance of complex defense and non-defense operations and systems.

Topics covered include linear & non-linear programming, queuing theory, simulation, decision analysis and multiple attribute decision making, with emphasis on the development and manipulation of mathematical and computer models of complex organizational and operational systems. Examples will be drawn from the areas of resource allocation, logistics, force composition, human resources, operational planning & scheduling, weapon systems selection, etc.

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DTS 5704 Integrated Logistics Support

The concept of integrated logistics support in the design and maintenance of military systems is introduced in this module. The students will understand the operational requirements, systems maintenance concept, functional analysis, life-cycle costs, logistics support analysis, systems design, testing and evaluation, spare/repair parts management, logistics information technology, inventory management culture and commercial-sector best practices for the military.

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DTS 5705 Guided Weapons

This module covers the study of C2 information processing and decision-making in the context of an adaptive combat organization, including the C4ISR systems infrastructure that supports it. Student familiarity is developed concerning system aspects and will be provided with an overview of basic computer hardware concepts, operating systems software and various network technologies.

Students will also learn about the operational constraints imposed on the commander by system technical parameters, including environmental factors, under both limited objective and major combat scenarios.

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DTS 5709 Sensor Technology & Systems

This is a brief survey of military sensor technology. It introduces the student to effects of the propagation medium on sensor performance, the relationship between signals and noise, and the concepts of signature and signature control, as well as to the various sensor technologies involved in military applications of all kinds. It is designed to provide an early initial familiarization of the student with critical sensor concepts that are necessary for enlightened examination of both technology development and military planning. The physical principles underlying the sensor systems for various types of sensors as well as the limitations imposed by the atmosphere and operating environment on these systems and their communication links.

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DTS 5714 Interactive Simulation Systems

To train students on the use of interactive simulation systems and its enabling technologies and how it can be applied to defence applications.  The module covers the key concepts of Interactive Simulation Systems.  The aim is to provide students with an applied understanding of how interactive simulative systems are composed and applied to support civil-military applications, in the areas of operational analysis, experimentation, acquisition and training and simulation.  This will be done, in part, through case studies, tutorials and projects that will require students to demonstrate this understanding.

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DTS 5715 Information Assurance

This module covers the concepts of IT security. The purpose is to provide students with an applied understanding of Information Assurance in the Military/Defence domain and the various technologies involved. Students will learn the IT Security models, the security architecture, the infrastructure security, the considerations and constraints of host security, the security life cycle, the vulnerability assessment methods, threats and risk assessment and its usefulness. Students will also examine the security architecture of public key infrastructure and the use of it.

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DTS 5726 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering & Architecting

This module is an introductory module providing an overview of the topic and a flavour of the details which should be more fully explored in depth through other modules. It explains systems architecting, engineering, lifecycles, associated activities, products, applications, processes, models, methods and strategies. The module is intensive and challenges the students to think creatively.

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DTS 5728 Robotic Technologies for Unmanned Systems

Unmanned autonomous systems are playing an increasing important role in a broad range of applications, eg, self-driving cars, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), humanoid, etc. This module gives an overview of core robotic technologies that underlie these systems and selective details for their implementation. The course provides opportunities for students to participate actively and visit robotics laboratories at NUS.

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DTS 5730 Graduate Seminar in Defence, Technology and Systems

A graduate-level module, it provides an opportunity for the student to choose a topic pertaining to defense, technology, and systems, to select and critically read research publications on the chosen topic, and to organize and present a presentation on it to his fellow students and, perhaps, some interested faculty.

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Quarters 3 to 5: Sep to Jun, at NPS or AFIT

Integration Project


With effect from MDTS 2013 Intake, students need to complete at least 40 module credits, including the Integration Project. Modules offered may change from year to year.