Project Work is a subject that embodies MOE’s Framework for 21st Century Competencies and Student Outcomes. Competencies such as Critical and Inventive Thinking as well as Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills are taught through Project Work. The subject aims to provide students with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge from various disciplines and areas of learning, and critically and creatively apply it to authentic situations.It is the College’s mission for Every CJCian to be a ‘Thinker With A Mission and Leader With A Heart’. It is a core belief of the PW department at CJC that students can improve under the right environment and approaches. Department teachers value students' insights and feedback and seek to guide and prepare them for life's challenges via the learning outcomes of Project Work. Students acquire skills such as creative thinking, critical thinking, effective communication skills, collaborative learning, independent learning and research skills in order to prepare them for lifelong learning and the complexities of future work life.
Project Work is a compulsory H1 subject taken only in the first year of JC. In a group of four or five, students are expected to select one task out of two and develop the task into a full project. Being a school-based coursework subject, documents for Project Work are submitted at different stages throughout the academic year.
Students are expected to demonstrate the following skills in undertaking Project Work.
- Knowledge Application
Students are required make links across the different areas of knowledge and to generate, develop and evaluate ideas and information so as to apply these skills to their project task.
Students are required to demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively and to present ideas clearly and coherently to a specific audience in both the written and oral forms.
In addition, students are also expected to demonstrate their collaborative skills through working in a team to achieve common goals.
- Independent Learning
Students are to demonstrate ownership of their own learning process through their ability to learn independently, reflect on their own learning and taking appropriate actions to improve it.Students will be given support and guidance by their Project Supervising Tutors (ST) in the relevant research, thinking and writing skills necessary for meeting the curriculum objectives of Project Work. This will be done in stages, according to the different documents.
Project Work has the same curriculum hours as any other H1 subject. However, as a coursework-based and team-based subject, it is not uncommon for students to spend a significant amount of time outside of the school curriculum brainstorming, articulating, debating and reviewing their project both individually and in their group.
The assessment is administered by the Singapore Examination and Assessment Board (SEAB) and conducted jointly by MOE and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). The results constitute 10 points of the University Entrance Score (UES) to the local universities.
There are 2 compulsory papers for Project Work. The papers are as follows:
- Paper 1: Written Component
Each group is required to submit a piece of written work based on the task that they have completed. This component assesses candidates on their performance pertaining to knowledge application and written communication. Only a group mark is awarded for this component; this is to encourage the group to apply the skills that they have learned and to demonstrate their abilities in a final product.
(b) Insights and Reflections (10% - Individual Assessment)
Each candidate from the group is required to submit a written reflection. This component assesses individual candidate's ability to analyse and evaluate the ideas that have been generated as a group or individually in the process of completing their task. An individual mark is awarded for this component.
- Paper 2: Oral Component
Each candidate from the group is given an opportunity to present a part of the project orally to a target audience and answer a question posed to the individual candidate. The candidates will be assessed as individuals and as a group. Emphasis is placed on every candidate being able to display, individually, his ability to be clear and coherent in presenting his ideas and to address and engage an audience. A group mark is given to recognise the group's ability to be organised and coherent throughout the oral presentation.