MICRO-CREDENTIALS

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SO WHAT IS A MICRO-CREDENTIAL?

Micro-credentialing is the latest buzzword in the world of education and skills development as it has revolutionised the way people learn. It is a term that encompasses various forms of certifications, including ‘nano degrees, ‘micro masters, ‘credentials’, ‘certificates’, ‘badges’, ‘licenses’ and ‘endorsements’ that are awarded by educational institutions, professional bodies, or even businesses that act as a visual representation on the learners’ resume to demonstrate the skills they have mastered. As the name implies, micro-credentials focus on a much smaller volume of learning than the conventional awards, which allow learners to complete the required study over a shorter duration, in their most developed form, micro-credentials represent more than mere recognition of a smaller volume of learning. 

This definition underscores several key elements of micro-credential like:
  • Digital certification
  • Knowledge skills or competency
  • A specific area or field of development
  • Component of accredited programmes or stand-alone courses
  • Serves professional, technical, academic, and personal development interests of learners.

WHY OUR MICRO-CREDENTIAL?

Micro-credentials represent an alternative approach to career and professional development whereby an individual’s skills, achievements, and accomplishments get to be recognised. Hence, micro-credentialing comes in as an alternative that allows them to take small, bite-sized courses that can be completed in a matter of hours or weeks. The ever-changing workforce Industries are now re-strategizing themselves to keep abreast with the latest developments. Thus, a way to do that is to ensure their talents are well equipped with industry-driven knowledge and qualifications which are mapped against the organisational capabilities and resources.

The employability of a candidate lies in their ability and capabilities to manoeuvre in this competitive environment. Hence, identifying the skill gap in the preliminary stage allows candidates to equip themselves with a suitable micro-credential programme. Micro-credentials are not here to replace a full-time degree or masters programme, earning these additional credentials on top of their existing degree could be one of the easiest ways to improve and update themselves with the latest skills leading to better career advancement and promotion opportunities. It’s definitely an extra edge having both the academic qualification and micro-credential.

The higher education sector is moving towards the same path as the industry players. Henceforth, a greater focus is placed on employability and skills development. King’s College shares the same innovative mindset where students are enrolled in Kings Career Advantage from the moment they step in. It’s a set of value propositions embedded in all our Diplomas programmes, which encompasses an industry-driven curriculum, stackable micro-credentials, and graduate employability certification. What more can one ask for when you can get it all at Kings College!

WHAT MAKES OUR MICRO-CREDENTIALS UNIQUE?

We designed our micro-credentials to be flexible so that anyone can take them, whether it’s for academic purposes or for professional development.

Upon completion of courses, students will be awarded digital badges.

  • The benefits of micro-credential courses differ from one individual to another.
  • Students may consider enrolling for a micro-credential course for different objectives, whether it is taking courses as a standalone or as a component of an accredited diploma programme.
  • For those planning to take multiple courses at once, advice will be provided by the academic counsellor depending on the workload.

Recognized Digital Certification

Upskill or reskill yourself with our micro-credential courses and get a digital certificate as part of your professional/academic development. 

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A Sampler of Diploma Programme 

Get a glimpse of the requirements and expectations of the overall diploma program experience at Kings College when you enrol in our micro-credential courses.

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Credit Exemption Eligibility

Upon completion of courses, students have the option of continuing to the courses’ respective diploma programmes along with eligibility for credit exemption

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PROGRESSION PATHWAY

With the demands of the 21st century, lifelong learning has become a more important means to survive in the ever-changing environment of the working industry.

SPM / Equivalent Qualifications

Enroll in Micro-Credential Course

Attend & Complete Coursework

Take Final Examination

Receive Digital Certification Upon Completion

Progression to Diploma Program with Credit Exemption

MICRO-CREDENTIAL COURSES THAT PROMOTE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS

With the demands of the 21st century, lifelong learning has become a more important means to survive in the ever-changing environment of the working industry.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

MCDIS-2163 Information Technology Driving License – ITDL

The course encourages learners to become effective and discerning users of IT. It helps them to develop a broad range of IT skills, knowledge and understanding. Learners study the structure and use of IT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, learners gain an understanding of IT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also learn about the wider impact of IT on society in general.

Learning Outcomes:
* Define the function of the hardware component, the types of computer software and the database concept used in current computer systems.
* Discuss the impact of the IT environment on social issues, security, privacy and ethics.
* Demonstrate the task using computer applications – Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel.
* Illustrate the concepts of data communications and network technology using transmission media.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Information Systems: DIS2163–Introduction to Information Technology
* Diploma in Business Administration: IT2123–Introduction to Information Technology
* Diploma in Hotel Management: IT2123–Computer Applications

MCDIS-2464Certificate in Cyber Security – CiCS

Computer security is a branch of computer technology whose objective of computer security includes protection of information and property from theft, corruption, or natural disaster while allowing the information and property to remain accessible and productive to its intended users.

Learning Outcomes:
* Explain the principles of security and the need for security in information systems.
* Apply techniques and tools for secure system deployment and operation.
* Plan security work and projects independently and in teams.
* Discuss the types of security in different fields of security. (e.g. Physical security, software security, network security, web security, etc.)

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Information Systems: DIS2464–Information Systems Security

MCDIS-2323Certified E-Commerce Associate – CEA

This syllabus covers the basic principles of E-Commerce, including the critical role played by the Internet in this context. Other areas covered are The concept and method of implementation of the business transaction operations between consumer and supplier; The security aspects to be considered in adopting E-commerce, The basic technology necessary; Advantages and challenges in conducting E-commerce.

Learning Outcomes:
* Explain the importance and potential of E-commerce using information systems, technological aspects of the internet and web infrastructure to support E-commerce.
* Outline legal and ethical aspects, issues and strategies in implementing E-commerce.
* Discuss the concepts and method of transaction in E-commerce.
* Apply the business models such as B2B and B2C.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Information Systems: DIS2323-E-Commerce
* Diploma in Business Administration: BS2453-E-Commerce
* Certificate in Business Studies: BS1253-ECommerce

MCDIS-2253Google Network Support Associate – GNSA

This course introduces the student to the concepts and terminology of data communications and networking. It includes topics on communication models, network protocols, standards, LANs, WANs, the Internet, intranet and networking applications. The emphasis will be to develop an understanding of the underlying principles of data communications and networking. This course will also provide a full overview of computer networking from the fundamentals of modern networking technologies and protocols to an overview of the cloud to practical applications and network troubleshooting.

Learning Outcomes:
* Explain the Internet layering model and the function of each layer.
* Understand all of the standard protocols involved with TCP/IP communications.
* Use conversion tools digital/analogue data to signals and understand their constraints.
* Learn network services like DNS and DHCP that help make computer networks run
* Use redundancy codes and retransmission schemes to detect and correct errors.
* Illustrate the circuit switching, virtual-circuit switching, and datagram switching.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Information Systems: DIS2253–Data Communication

MSDIS-2273 Microsoft Office Applications Practitioner - MOAP ACCESS

The course covers database conceptual modeling, various aspects of relational model such as constraints, languages, and design, database design theory and methodology, data storage and indexing issues, transaction processing concepts, distributed database.

Learning Outcomes:
* Explain the important terminology widely used in the environment of database development.
* Use suitable techniques for development of a relational database model such as normalization, entity relationship etc.
* Demonstrate the conceptual, logical and physical database system.
* Discuss the packages to develop physical relational database system for some chosen application.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Information Systems: DIS2273–Database Management System

MCDIS-2474Certified AI Associate - CAIA

This course will be a survey of the field of Artificial Intelligence. It is an applications course, and will focus on problems in the field of AI and techniques and algorithms for solving those problems. Students will not be expected to have any prior knowledge of AI, but they will be expected to have good programing skills and a grasp of basic theoretical techniques for analyzing computer algorithms.

Learning Outcomes:
* Identify various areas comprising the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) (e.g. Searching, rule-based system, learning, intelligent agents, etc.).
* Discuss some advanced topics in AI and apply AI concepts, features and techniques to solve a problem.
* Choose appropriate knowledge representation for different domain problems.
* Use appropriate techniques for searching and write program to implement AI techniques to solve a problem.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Information Systems: DIS2474-Artificial Intelligence

MCDIS-2284Google IT Automation with Python Professional - GITAPP

Python is a language with a simple syntax, and a powerful set of libraries. It is an interpreted language, with a rich programming environment, including a robust debugger and profiler. While it is easy for beginners to learn, it is widely used in many scientific areas for data exploration. This course is an introduction to the Python programming language for students without prior programming experience. This module will cover data types, control flow, object-oriented programming, and graphical user interface-driven applications. The examples and problems used in this course are drawn from diverse areas such as text processing, simple graphics creation and image manipulation, HTML and web programming, and genomics.

Learning Outcomes:
*Explain the context of software development.
* Demonstrate math functions to produce outputs and Boolean logic to work with data.
* Apply flows using conditional statements and function.
* Write a basic Python programme.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Information Systems: DIS2284-Python Programming

MCDIS-2294Certified Cloud Technology Associate - CCTA

An introduction to data storage – related technologies used in cloud computing. Topics include data storage for cloud, Big Data, mobile, social media, and software – defined data centers. Provides a strong understanding of cloud computing concepts, technology, and architecture in support of storage technologies and prepares students for advanced concepts, technologies, and processes. This course investigates the existing concepts of Cloud Computing from the standpoint of technology resources and an internetworking perspective. The concepts that will be explored involve how Cloud Computing has matured, the growth of Cloud Computing and how the strategies that surround Cloud Computing have added to business agility. The course will study the vastness of Cloud Computing, the services that Cloud Computing offers, and several vendor case studies on their methodology that drives Cloud Computing.

Learning Outcomes:
*Explain the advantages and disadvantages of various cloud computing platforms.
* Demonstrate the performance, scalability, and availability of the underlying cloud technologies and software.
* Identify security and privacy issues in cloud computing.
* Apply a real-world problem using cloud computing through group collaboration.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Information Systems: DIS2294 Cloud Computing Management

MCDIS2524Certified Java Programmer - CJPL1

After having completed this course, the students will be capable of developing their own Java programs based on a simple problem description. They will have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Java class library to find required information themselves. They are expected to reach a level of competence enabling them to easily learn other, similar programming languages.

Learning Outcomes:
*Identify the concept of Object Oriented such as Inheritance, encapsulation, abstraction, polymorphism, constructors, and method overiding/overloading.
* Demonstrate GUI (Graphical user interface) based system using AWT (Abstract Windowing toolkits) or Swing API.
* Use the right event handles interfaces/adapter classes using java.awt.event package.
* Write a programme to handle runtime exceptions/errors.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Information Systems: DIS2524-Object Oriented Programming

HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

MCDHM-2233 Hospitality Customer Service

The aim of is to provide students with an overview or the range of functions which keeps customers satisfied with the functions of the hotel.

Learning Outcomes:
* Outline the strategies for managing service expectations and experience.
* Discuss the delivery and quality of customers service.
* Demonstrate the role of service professionals.
* Use new approaches in the staffing, marketing, and management of the service system for improved customer service.
* Communicate the issues raised by customers and take the necessary action in the making of a happy customer.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Hotel Management: DHM2233-Hospitality Customer Service

MCDHM-2243Food And Beverage Management

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the operational aspects of a food serving outlet while giving them the opportunity to develop and apply theories, concepts and skills in a practical environment for an effective operation of a Food and Beverage operation with real-life anecdotes from industry professionals in order to reinforce the principles of good service. This course also aims to empower students in the area of responsibility, communication skills and effective ways to address challenging and creative ideas in order to enhance the relationship in all food operating areas.

Learning Outcomes:
* Demonstrate food and beverage skills, techniques and methods in the restaurant ranging from table service to controlling food and beverage cost.
* Interpret the necessary expertise for control, billing and accounting procedures for the efficient and effective management of a food service operation.
* Apply professional knowledge and skills at the restaurant.
* Use the interpersonal skills required in order to work as a member of a food and beverage service team.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Hotel Management: DHM2243-Food and Beverage Management

MCDHM-2263Housekeeping Management

This course will provide students of accommodation services with the necessary knowledge of technical matters relevant to the various services, with the necessary practical details relevant to each service, with a knowledge of the factors determining the types and standard of service to be provided and with a knowledge of particular supervisory and management techniques relevant to accommodation services.

Learning Outcomes:
* Plan the tasks and responsibilities, as well as the inter/intra departmental relationships required of the housekeeping department.
* Discuss the documentation and procedures required in managing housekeeping department.
* Demonstrate safe, sanitary and efficient cleaning procedures for various housekeeping tasks.
* Apply safety standards when performing housekeeping tasks.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Hotel Management: DHM2263-Housekeeping Management

MCDHM-2253Front Office Management (Room Division Management)

This module will equip learners with knowledge and skills required to work as part of a Hotel Front Office team. Students will develop knowledge and skills required for handling guest arrivals and departure as well as to be able to understand the importance of using correct communication when interacting with guests. In addition students will through practical activities develop confidence in handing guest requests and dealing with challenges that typically arise during a guests stay or during check out.

Learning Outcomes:
* Summaries the organization of hotel and department organization.
* Applies the techniques to operate front office, reservation, registration and departure in a hotel.
* Communicates the services that guest request.
* Discuss the revenue control management in room division.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Hotel Management: DHM2253-Front Office Management

MSDHM-2153Hygiene And Safety (The Safe Food Handler)

Food safety and sanitation is critical in retail food establishments because this may be the last opportunity to control or eliminate the hazards that might contaminate food and cause food borne illness. It is important to know how to handle these ingredients safely and how to prepare food such a manner that reduces the risk of contaminated food being served to the customers and sanitation practices in food outlets establishments.

Learning Outcomes:
* Explain the importance of food safety in the food service industry.
* Identify the characteristics of pathogens, symptoms, incubation, source of food involved and the preventive measures taken in keeping food safe.
* Discuss the criteria that should be used when selecting materials for functional areas of food establishment.
* Outline the food safety management system to be implemented in the food service.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Hotel Management: DHM2153-Hygiene and Safety

MCDHM-2513Hospitality Entrepreneurship (Cloud Kitchen Start-Up)

Students will be provided sufficient information that they are able to develop an understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship in society and the different forms of entrepreneurial activity revolving the hospitality industry.

Learning Outcomes:
* Outline the constitutes a business plan with focus on cloud kitchen as a star-up.
* Discuss SWOT analysis and be able to gather data on cloud kitchen.
* Explain the products and services in the hospitality industry with focus on cloud kitchen concept.
* Apply cloud kitchen start-up costs and operating expenses of the venture.

Exemptions & eligible to Continue to:
* Diploma in Hotel Management: DHM2513-Hospitality Entrepreneurship
* Diploma in Business Administration: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the Entry Requirements?

Students need to meet the minimum requirements for the courses*
OR possess appropriate APEL(A) certification.

Upon completion, students can continue to any diploma programmes, provided they meet the minimum entry requirements of the respective diploma programme of their choice.

Students only need to complete a minimum of 5 years of formal education to enroll in our micro-credential courses.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Formative and summative assessments will be carried out based on student’s coursework and final examination.

How Do I Learn?

Our micro-credential courses are designed to be delivered through an online blended learning experience with synchronous and asynchronous lectures.

Synchronous components consist of online face-to-face lecturers while the asynchronous components consist of pre-recorded lectures and learning materials such as videos and notes.

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