Minor in Computing and Data Analysis

The Minor in Computing and Data Analysis is open to all students in NTU except students from the School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE), IEM, students doing 2nd major in business analytics, students doing business analytics track in SPMS. There is a quota set by SCSE due to resource constraints.

It is designed for students who do not wish to become computer engineers/scientists but recognise the value of basic computing and data analysis knowledge and skills in complementing their selected course of study. Computing and data analysis require hands-on practice. The minor does not just advocate a theoretical approach to design and implementation but includes laboratory sessions/example classes for each of the courses.


A total of 15 AUs is required to obtain a minor in Computing and Data Analysis. To be awarded the minor, all students must complete five courses from the following list. CE/CZ1003 Introduction to Computational Thinking and CE9010 Introduction to Data Science are compulsory courses. All students must have successfully completed the requisite compulsory courses and satisfy the pre-requisites of their selected courses.

The AUs obtained for the minor courses can be counted towards fulfillment of Unrestricted Elective requirements. No monitoring will be carried out to explicitly retain or drop students from the minor programme. A student is expected to successfully accumulate the requisite number of AUs in order to be awarded the minor.

Existing students matriculated before 2017 will be allowed to read the new Minor in Computing and Data Analysis basket or continue with the Minor in Computing. The following 2 options will apply:
(a) Those who have taken both CE/CZ1003 and CE9010 will be awarded the new Minor in Computing and Data Analysis.
(b) Those who only take the CE/CZ1003 and CE1002 courses will be awarded Minor in Computing.

Curriculum* – Minor in Computing and Data Analysis

Courses in Computing Minor Basket Prerequisites Semester Offered
COMPULSORY (CE9010 and either CE/CZ1103 or CE/CZ1003 or CE/CZ1007)
CE/CZ1103 Introduction to Computational Thinking For student that has not taken "Introduction to Computational Thinking" or equivalent Semester 2
CE/CZ1007 Data Structures & Algorithms ** CE/CZ1003 or equivalent (e.g. BG2211, CH2107, CV1014, MS1008, MA1008, EE1005, RE1016 , BS1009, PS0001 ) Will be discontinued after AY20/21 Semester 1
CE9010 Introduction to Data Analysis1 Either CE/CZ1103 or CE/CZ1003 
and CE/CZ10112
Semester 2
CE/CZ1105 Digital Logic - Semesters 1 & 2
CE/CZ1106 Computer Organisation and Architecture CE/CZ1105 can be taken concurrently Semesters 1 & 2
CE/CZ1007 Data Structures & Algorithms​ ** CE/CZ1003
(For student that has not taken CE/CZ1007 as the compulsory course above)
Will be discontinued after AY20/21 Semester 1
CE/CZ2001 Algorithms

CE/CZ1007, CE/CZ1012, MH1812
CE/CZ1007 and MH1101/MH1801/ MH1811 and MH1300 and MH1301
(Students are still required to write in to SCSE-Enquiries@ntu.edu.sg to request for prerequisite waiver.)

Semesters 1 & 2
CE/CZ2002 Object Oriented Design & Programming CE/CZ1007 Semesters 1 & 2
CE2003 Digital Systems Design CE/CZ1005 Semester 2
CZ2004 Human Computer Interaction - Semesters 1 & 2
CE/CZ2005 Operating Systems CE/CZ1006 & CE/CZ1007 Semesters 1 & 2
CE/CZ2006 Software Engineering CE/CZ2002 can be taken concurrently Semesters 1 & 2
CZ2007 Introduction to Databases CE/CZ2001 can be taken concurrently Semesters 1 & 2
CZ3006 Net Centric Computing CZ1006 & CZ2002 Semesters 1 & 2
MH2500 Probability & Introduction to Statistics MH1100, MH1101
MH1800, MH1801
Semester 1
Total No. of AUs to obtain Minor: 15

*SCSE reserves the right to make changes
** Will be offered the last time in AY20/21 Semester 1 (to be replaced by CE/CZ1107)

1 CE9010 is mutually exclusive with CE/CZ4032. SCSE students who take CE9010 as a UE cannot count this towards the Elective Focus in Data Science
2 For CE/CZ1011, the equivalent is basics in statistics


1. I have been involved in some computing activities such as web design, database and office applications writing during my secondary school days and would like to hone my skills professionally. The Minor in Computing does not seem to offer specialized areas for me to pursue my interest. Would I stand a better chance to work in the ICT industry if I have a Minor in Computing and Data Analysis?
  The Minor in Computing and Data Analysis should provide a student with sufficient knowledge to work with basic ICT based jobs. The goal of this minor is to equip students so that they can work knowledgeably with their counterparts with Computing Major when they enter industry. This serves as an edge over others without the minor.
2. Is there any order for the non-compulsory minor courses that I should first take?
  Students must complete their compulsory courses before they will be allowed to take the non-compulsory courses. If students have done FE1008, they can apply to take CE/CZ1007 first before having to complete CE/CZ1003 first.
3. How will the minor enhance future employability?
  It is envisaged that this minor will provide an edge in competing for jobs in the future. In whichever major you are taking, there is a universal need for computing and data analysis tools and applications. Hence, an organization should view this minor as an added bonus in its employees.
4. I am majoring in business and would like to go into eCommerce. But I notice your Minor does not offer specialities in the area. How can the minor help me?
  The Minor in Computing and Data Analysis provides a technological basis for students. It will cover the technical aspects of computing and data analysis and how they can be harnessed to support eCommerce. It however will not focus on the business aspects of eCommerce.


5. Can I register for more than 1 minor course under the Minor programme in the same semester?
  Students are advised to restrict themselves to one minor course. However, if due to a lighter course load, a student has time for a second minor course, they may be placed on the wait-list during registration. Subject to vacancies available after other students are allotted their first minor course, allocation will be carried out on a first-come basis during the add/drop period.
6. If I inform the School that I am interested to do a Minor, can the School help me if there are clashes in my time-table?
  The School will schedule classes to suit the majority. It is ultimately the responsibility of students to register for the minor courses based on their schedules.
7. Will my performance in my major affect the status of the minor?
  SCSE will not query the status of the student's performance in the major. As long as the student is fulfilling the minor course requirements, SCSE will not terminate the student's registration in the minor course. However, you should monitor your own progress and if you are unable to cope with your major, you should drop the minor.
8. When is the best time to start?
  You can start taking the computing minor courses in your first semester at NTU.
9. Is this Minor programme eligible for all NTU students?

No. You can refer to this page for more information.

Declaration Period

  Start End
Minor Declaration 2 March 2020 (MON) 9.30 am 10 July 2020 (FRI) 10.00 pm
Minor Filing 2 March 2020 (MON) 9.30 am 12 May 2020 (TUE) 10.00 pm