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Overview of Internet of Things

Course Fee: S$33 (including GST) Credit Unit: 1

About this course

This course explains the fundamental concepts and emergence of Internet of Things (IoT). The scope of this course includes technologies designed for individual to a macro view of IoT applied over a city-size landscape known as 'smart cities'.

The course also examines cities as entire ecosystems based on sensors that collect readings to monitor and manage the city-sized entities. While IoT smart technologies provide convenience, these also bring along various security/political/economic challenges. The course provides analysis of challenges, such as privacy and transparency issues. Finally the course provides country-specific case studies including the US, China and Singapore.

What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to

  • Discuss the devices and hardware necessary for the emergence of IoT.
  • Explain the IoT-facilitated connection between the physical real world and cyberspace.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using “smart” devices
  • Explain the importance of sensors in operating a smart city.
  • Discuss the different uses of big data.
  • Discuss how IoT is applied to social media technologies.
  • Discuss the different ways in which devices, software, apps and hardware associated with the IoT can be abused.
  • Explain the security fears in using the IoT and the associated issues of hacking and invasion of privacy.
  • Discuss the points for and against the idea of privacy.
  • Explain the importance of laws/regulations/courts in safeguarding privacy in the US.
  • Discuss Chinese plans for utilising IoT and big data and the differences in their approach from that of the US.
  • Discuss how IoT and its social/political/economic implications are being discussed in Singapore.


You must complete an online quiz with a passing score of 50% (i.e., 5 out of 10 questions). You will be given multiple attempts to achieve the passing score. The system will only capture the highest of the scores.

  • Start: April, 2019
  • Length: 4 hours
  • Price: $30
  • Course Provider: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education
  • Subject: Internet, things, smart
  • Language: English

Mr Reven Wee

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