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Physical Education and Sports Science

Academic Group

  • Thank you for visiting us at Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) Academic Group (AG).

    We are a vibrant department at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU).  We started as the College of PE in the year 1984, transited to School of PE in 1991, and established PESS in 2000. We have evolved over the years in response to the changing landscape in PE and sports to stay relevant. However, our commitment and dedication in delivering high quality training and education for pre-service and in-service teachers in Singapore remain unchanged. At PESS, we have developed a clear vision to be the leading teacher-training and research centre for PE and Sports Science in the region and beyond. Our mission is to develop trainee teachers in areas of competence and expertise in teaching PE as a major subject. We have a group of dedicated and committed faculty members, with diverse backgrounds and expertise to deliver quality academic programmes, and provide quality learning environment and experience for our students.

    Our pre-service programmes include the Bachelor of Science (Ed) in PE, Post Graduate Diploma in Education in PE, and Diploma in PE. We aim to equip our students with the necessary values, skills and knowledge to promote an active and healthy lifestyle through PE and sports. Currently, we have more than 200 students in the pre-service programmes. We also work closely with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to offer short courses tailored to meet the demands of practicing PE teachers for professional development. We also offer postgraduate programmes for PE teachers and sports practitioners to upgrade their professional knowledge. The Master of Science programme (Exercise and Sports Studies) is the only masters by coursework in Singapore providing training in this field.  In addition, the interest in research (MSc and PhD programmes) is also growing steadily over the years. Lastly, the Sport Science & Management (SSM) programme under the umbrella of NTU is also under our purview. The demand for this programme has been high. Currently, we have 296 students enrolled in this programme.

    As a research-intensive university, our faculty members have published in high quality journals, served on editorial boards of major journals in their respective fields, and also supervised undergraduate and graduate students. Most of their work has also informed practices in schools and the sports industry. PESS has a growing research programme with five priority research areas of pedagogy and coaching in PE and sports, exercise physiology, sports psychology, motor skills, and biomechanics. We are constantly looking for experts from the local and international fraternity to strengthen our AG so that we can provide quality education for our students.

    PESS has developed strategic and research collaborations with a number of local organisations (e.g. MOE, Sport Singapore, and various National Sports Associations) and overseas universities.  The applied nature of the curriculum focus ensures that our students are well equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the industry’s needs.

    We have received many visitors from different parts of the world to get acquainted with our achievements, and explore research collaborations. We are looking forward to receiving more visitors from overseas to establish long term partnerships. I look forward to welcoming you to visit us, to be our student or our collaborator so that we can innovate together for a better future!

    Head,
    Physical Education and 
    Sports Science
    HeadPESS_KohKoonTeck

    Associate Professor
    Koh Koon Teck

  • The Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) academic group of the National Institute of Education offers a variety of programmes in teacher education specialising in physical education. PESS aims to develop student teachers in areas of professional competence and expertise in teaching physical education as a major subject.

    The three initial teacher training programmes not only provide theoretical and practical courses in Physical Education, but also the knowledge and skills for student teachers to teach other academic school subjects.

    In addition, there are also graduate programmes and in-service courses offered to PE teachers & educators in related fields who would like to enhance their career and research.

  • We welcome the following staff:

               

    Name of Staff

               

    Appointment

               

    Commencement Date

               

    Office Location


    Mr Yam Jia Wen


     Research Assistant


    09 Oct 2018


    5-B1-02


    Dr Teo Wei Peng
     
    Assistant Professor  15 Oct 2018 5-03-18

    Meet our:

    Faculty Members 

    Research and Support Staff

  • Human Bioenergetics Laboratory

    Motor Behaviour Laboratory

    Sports Biomechanics Laboratory

    Sports Facilities

     

    Human Anatomy Lab 

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    NIE5-02-04

    Biochemistry Lab

    L1020004
    NIE5-02-03

    • Medical fridge and freezer

    • YSI 2300 STAT PLUS & YSI 1500 lactate analysers

    • Accusport and Lactate Pro portable lactate analysers

    • Haemoglobin meter

    • Kodak analyser

    • Compound microscope

    • Magnetic stirrer

    • Adams nutator and centrifuge

    • Mini-photometer and Hawksley and Hettich micro-haematocrit measuring apparatus

    Exercise Physiology Lab

    L1020006
    NIE5-02-02

    • Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry unit

    • Bod Pod body composition analyser

    • Orca and Quark b2 metabolic carts

    • Portable K4 b2 gas analysers

    • Cosmed spirometer

    • Motorised treadmill (Quinton and Cosmos)

    • Non-motorised treadmill (Médical Développement, Techmachine)

    • Vertisonic vertical jump apparatus

    • Hand-grip and back-lift dynamometers

    • Digital and manual blood pressure monitors

    • Polar heart rate monitors

    • Triaxial accelerometers

    • Harpenden skinfold callipers and associated specialised exercise and physical activity assessment software

    Motor Behaviour Lab

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    NIE5-B1-07

    To find out more about our research projects and laboratory equipment, visit MBL. 

    Sports Biomechanics Lab

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    NIE5-B3-01

    To find out more about our research projects and laboratory equipment, visit SBL.

  • Physical Education & Sports Science (PESS) has a vibrant research culture involving all academic staff who actively pursue major research grants - the result of a major interdisciplinary collaboration with the Ministry of Education. 
    Applied psychology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, health and wellness, pedagogy and sports studies are well-established research fields and motor-control/development and coaching are emerging as strong contenders.

    Ongoing Staff Projects (as of 2018)

    Applicants who are keen to pursue a Higher Degree programme by research in physical education or sports science should first contact PESS directly (Programme Leader: Ast/P Masato Kawabata) to establish feasibility as well as an appropriate research supervisor before submitting their application to NIE.

    Current Higher Degree Students' Projects 
    (as of Nov 2018)

  • In recognition of Mr. E.W. Barker’s contributions to the sports scene in Singapore, The E.W. Barker Professorship was launched by President S.R. Nathan on 27 August 2002. 

    The E.W. Barker Professorship aims to promote and foster collaborative research among stakeholders - PESS, Sport Singapore, the Singapore Sports School, Singapore Sports Hub, local schools and other universities.  

    The E.W. Barker Professor will share his or her expertise with athletes, teachers, coaches, and academicians in physical education and sport.

    These are the E.W. Barker Professors to-date:
     

    10b Laurence Chalip

    Professor Laurence Chalip 

    10th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    11 - 22 March 2019

    Area of Expertise: 

    Sport Policy;

    Sport Management;

    Sport Tourism

    Current Engagement: 

    Professor,
    School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism,
    George Mason University,
    USA

     

    9 Neil Armstrong

    Professor Neil Armstrong

    9th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    14 – 22 Mar 2016 

    Area of Expertise:

    Paediatric Physiology

    Current Engagement:

    Professor of Paediatric Physiology, School of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Exeter, UK

     

    8b Theodore Angelopoulos

    Professor Theodore Angelopoulos  

    8th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    24 Aug – 20 Sept 2015

    Area of Expertise:

    Physiogenomics related to Human Performance and Health

    Current Engagement:

    Professor & Chair, 
    Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences,
    University of Vermont,
    USA

     

    7 Clyde Williams

    Professor Clyde Williams

    7th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    4 – 15 Mar 2013

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport & Exercise Physiology

     

    Current Engagement:

    Emeritus Professor of Sports Science, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences,
    Loughborough University,
    UK

     

    6 Stuart Biddle

    Professor Stuart Biddle

    6th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    9 Jan – 3 Feb 2012

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport & Exercise Psychology

    Current Engagement:

    Professor of Physical Activity and Health, Institute for Resilient Regions,
    University of Southern Queensland, Australia 

     

    5 Paul Schempp

    Professor Paul Schempp

    5th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    7 Feb – 4 Mar 2011

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport Pedagogy

    Current Engagement:

    Professor,
    Department of Kinesiology (PE),
    College of Education,
    University of Georgia,
    USA 

     

    4 Jean Cote

    Professor Jean Cote

    4th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    15 Feb – 13 Mar 2009 

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport Coaching

    Current Engagement:

    Professor and Director,
    School of Kinesiology and Health Studies,
    Queen’s University,
    Canada

     

    3b Rabindarjeet Singh

    Professor Rabindarjeet Singh

    3rd EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    27 Aug – 21 Sep 2007

    Area of Expertise:

    Sports Nutritionist

    Current Engagement:

    Professor,
    Faculty of Medicine,
    AIMST University,
    Semeling,
    Malaysia  

     

    2 John Lyle

    Professor John Lyle

    2nd EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    7 – 25 Aug 2006

    Area of Expertise:

    Coach Education

    Current Engagement:

    Professor of Sport Coaching,
    School of Sports,
    Leeds Beckett University,
    UK 

     

    1 Peter Terry

    Professor Peter Terry

    1st EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    1 – 28 Apr 2005

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Current Engagement:

    Professor and Director,
    Research Training and Development,
    University of Southern Queensland, Australia

     


  • For the period 1 July 2017 to Current

    S/N Award Winners Award Year of Award
    1 Prof Michael Chia Friend of MCCY 2018 Award 2018
    This award is given out in appreciation and to honour the recipients for their leadership, passion, service and dedication. The awardees work tirelessly to champion their respective domains.
    2 Assoc Prof Chow Jia Yi NTU Nanyang Education Award 2018
    The Award recognizes the dedication and achievements of faculty members who displayed excellent teaching practices and enriched the learning experiences of NTU undergraduates and NIE Trainee Teachers.
    NIE Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award 2017
    This award recognises the dedication and achievements of faculty members who display excellent teaching practices and enrich the learning experiences of their students.
    NIE Excellence in Service Award 2017
    The Excellence in Service Award recognizes the high level of quality service provided by our staff, through their professionalism, commitment and dedication.
    3 Assoc Prof Veni Kong NIE Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award 2017
    This award recognises the dedication and achievements of faculty members who display excellent teaching practices and enrich the learning experiences of their students.
    4 Assoc Prof Teo-Koh Sock Miang NIE Long Service Award 2017
    The Long Service Award is presented to our colleagues for their loyalty, commitment and continuous long service to the institute.
    5 Assoc Prof Stephen Burns NTU Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award – Honoured Faculty in 2017 2017
    The award is in recognition for teaching excellence and the impact that teachers have on their
    students.
    6 Asst Prof Leng Ho Keat IGI Global Patricia Cranton Outstanding Scholars Program Award 2017
    The Outstanding Scholars Program honors editors and authors of outstanding merit, encouraging discoverability and connecting researchers with the greater global community.
    7 Asst Prof Tiago Barbosa NIE Excellence in Research Award 2017
    The NIE Excellence in Research Award accords the highest recognition within NIE to staff who have made outstanding contributions in extending the frontiers of research and knowledge.
    Portuguese Swimming Coaches Association - Best Oral Communication at Annual Congress 2017
    8 Senior Lecturer Mohammed Azhar bin Yusof NIE Excellence in Service Award 2017
    The Excellence in Service Award recognizes the high level of quality service provided by our staff, through their professionalism, commitment and dedication.
    9 Senior Lecturer Leong Lai Keun NIE Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award 2017
    This award recognises the dedication and achievements of faculty members who display excellent teaching practices and enrich the learning experiences of their students.
    10 Teaching Fellow Roskhaider bin Mohamed Saat National Day MOE Long Service Award 2017
    The long service award is presented in recognition of officers' services to MOE and Singapore

  • City and Country: TAIPEI, TAIWAN ROC
    Date: 22 to 24 Nov 2018
    Staff:
    Asst/P John Komar
    Title: 21st International Conference on Mechanics in Medicine and Biology (21st ICMMB)
    Purpose of Visit: Presenting at the conference of the Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics.


    City and Country: TAIPEI, TAIWAN ROC
    Date: 21 to 24 Nov 2018
    Staff: A/P Veni Kong 

    Title: 21st International Conference on Mechanics in Medicine and Biology (21st ICMMB)
    Purpose of Visit: Keynote speaker.


    City and Country: VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
    Date: 19 to 21 Nov 2018
    Staff: Asst/P Teo Wei Peng
    Title: The 28th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology
    Purpose of Visit: Co-Chair and Host.
    More details can be found here.


    City and Country: ROUEN, FRANCE
    Date: 12 to 16 Nov 2018
    Staff:  Asst/P John Komar
    Title: Winter-School on Collective Behaviours and Performance Analysis
    Purpose of Visit: Give a lecture and 2 tutorials on the use of tracking data to assess individual performance within teams.
    More details can be found here.


    City and Country: NINGBO, CHINA
    Date: 1 to 3 Nov 2018
    Staff: A/P Veni Kong 

    Title: The 3rd Academic Forum on Sports and Health Science of China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics
    Purpose of Visit: Keynote speaker.
    More details can be found here.


    City and Country: SINGAPORE
    Date: 31 Oct to 1 Nov 2018
    Staff: A/P Koh Koon Teck 

    Title: CoachSG Conference 
    Purpose of Visit: Invited speaker.
    More details can be found here.



    City and Country: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
    Date: 24 to 25 Oct 2018
    Staff: A/P Koh Koon Teck
    Title: 2018 KNSU International Conference & Asia-Pacific Conference on Coaching Science
    Purpose of Visit: Invited to talk about the coach education system in Singapore.
    More details can be found here.


    City and Country: XI'AN, CHINA
    Date: 19 to 21 Oct 2018
    Staff: Dr Nicholas Aplin
    Title: 2018 International Conference on Sports History and Culture, Sport on the Silk Road: East meets West
    Purpose of visit: Presenting an address on sport in Singapore in colonial times.
    More details can be found here.


    City and Country: JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA 
    Date: 18 to 20 Oct 2018
    Staff:
    A/P Veni Kong
    Title: 7th Asian Society of Sport Biomechanics Conference
    Purpose of visit: Keynote speaker.
    More details can be found here.



    City and Country: IKSAN CITY, SOUTH KOREA
    Date: 11 to 12 Oct 2018
    Staff: A/P Koh Koon Teck
    Title: 2018 30th International Sport Science Congress
    Purpose of Visit: Invited to talk about positive youth experience and coaching practices in sport.
    More details can be found here.


    City and Country: IKSAN CITY, SOUTH KOREA
    Date: 11 to 12 Oct 2018
    Staff: Dr Chung Ho Jin

    Title: 2018 30th International Sport Science Congress
    Purpose of Visit: Presented on Physical Education Teacher Training in Singapore.

    More details can be found here.


    City and Country: TORONTO, CANADA
    Date: 2 to 6 Oct 2018
    Staff: Asst/P Masato Kawabata
    Title: The Association for Applied Sport Psychology's 2018 Annual Conference
    Purpose of visit: Presenter.
    More details can be found here.


    City and Country: LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM
    Date: 2 to 3 Oct 2018
    Staff: A/P Stephen Burns, A/P Swarup Mukherjee, Asst/P Yang Yifan
    Title: NTU-Loughborough University Symposium
    Purpose of visit: Participated in a joint symposium between NTU and Loughborough University examining the value of exercise for medicine, performance and health, and injury prevention.


    City and Country: SELANGOR, MALAYSIA
    Date: 25 to 26 Sep 2018
    Staff: A/P Koh Koon Teck
    Dr Chian Lit Khoon, Dr Lin Yen-Chun, Mr Tan Shern Meng
    Title: 5th International Conference on Movement, Health & Exercise and 
             4th ASEAN Conference on Physical Education & Sport 
    Purpose of visit: A/P Koh was an invited speaker at the conference.
                               Dr Chian, Dr Lin and Mr Tan presented at the conference.
    More details can be found here.



    City and Country: BANDUNG, INDONESIA
    Date: 25 to 26 Sep 2018
    Staff: Asst/P Masato Kawabata
    Title: The 3rd International Conference on Sports Science, Health, and Physical Education
    Purpose of visit: Delivered a keynote address at the conference.


    City and Country: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
    Date: 10 to 14 Sep 2018
    Staff: A/P Veni Kong 

    Title: 36th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports 2018
    Purpose of visit: Oral presentation.



    City and Country: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
    Date: 29 to 30 May 2018
    Staff: Mrs Goh-Leong Lai Keun
    Title: G-ACE International Conference 2018
    Purpose of visit: Invited to share about dance education in Singapore.
    More details can be found here.
  • Introduction

    Passing the Physical Proficiency Test (PPT) is one of the pre-requisites for admission to teacher-education programs specializing in Physical Education offered by the National Institute of Education. The PPT comprises five components: Agility Run, Badminton, Gymnastics, Possession Game and Swimming. Candidates are required to pass all five components to pass the PPT. Details of each component are provided below.

    PPT component: Agility Run

    The aim of this component is to assess the candidate's agility using the Illinois Agility Run. To pass this component, candidates must complete the pre-determined course within the given timings:

    Males: Less than or equal to 18.1 seconds.

    Females
    : Less than or equal to 21.7 seconds.

    Click here for the Agility Run video.

    PPT component: Badminton

    The aim of this component is to assess the candidate's hand-eye coordination while using an implement (i.e., badminton racket). To pass this component, candidates must demonstrate the ability to maintain a rally (i.e., adjusting one's position on the court to receive the shuttle and hitting the shuttle over the net).

    Click here for the Badminton video.

    PPT component: Gymnastics

    The aim of this component is to assess the candidate's ability to demonstrate coordination and posture while performing three compulsory tasks and one selection task. The three compulsory tasks are forward roll, backward roll and arabesque. For the selection task, candidates may perform either the cartwheel, handstand or headstand. To pass this component, candidates must perform each task as described:

    Forward roll: Start from a standing position, roll forward using the shape of a round-tuck, and finish with control in a standing position.

    Backward roll
    : Start from a standing position, roll backward using the shape of a round-tuck, and finish with control in a standing position.

    Arabesque
    : Start from a standing position, extend the back leg with pointed foot as high as possible by tilting the torso slightly forward from the hip socket to allow the leg to lift higher (i.e., parallel with the floor), and extend arms out to the sides as well, parallel to the floor. Maintain balance for 1 second before coming out with control.

    Cartwheel
    : Start from a standing position, turn in lateral rotation, demonstrating a transfer of body weight from feet, onto hands by swinging one straightened leg up and off the floor, pushing off the floor with the other foot, and back to both feet to land with control.

    Handstand
    : Start from a standing position, balance on the hands in the inverted position for 1 second, and come out of the balance with control.

    Headstand
    : Start from a standing position, balance on the hands and head in the inverted position for 1 second, and come out of the balance with control.

    Click here for the Gymnastics video.

    PPT component: Possession Game

    The aim of this component is to assess the candidate's ability to maintain and regain possession of the ball in a game similar to Netball. To pass this component, candidates must demonstrate the ability to adjust one's position on the court to receive or intercept the ball, and pass and receive the ball successfully.

    Click here for the Possession Game video.

    PPT component: Swimming

    The aim of this component is to assess the candidate's ability to swim. To pass this component, candidates must swim continuously for 25 meters using one of the following recognized swim-strokes: backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly stroke and front crawl.

    Click here for the Swimming video.

    PPT fee

    The PPT fee is S$10.70 (inclusive of GST; non-refundable).
    Only credit cards are accepted (i.e., Visa or MasterCard) at the online fee payment platform.
    After completing the online application and fee payment, candidates must print the payment receipt for verification during PPT day.

    Day of PPT

    1.00pm - Verification of candidate's photo identification document(s) and payment receipt; late-comers will not be entertained
    1.20pm - PPT briefing for candidates
    1.30pm - Start of PPT
    4.30pm (estimated) - End of PPT

    Note to PPT candidates

    Do familiarize yourself with the PPT components before the test.
    Do be punctual; late-comers will not be entertained.
    Do bring along your photo identification documents (e.g., NRIC or passport) and payment receipt for verification.
    Do bring along your swimwear and goggles for the Swimming component.

    PPT results

    PPT results will be emailed to candidates no later than 2 weeks after the test. Ensure that your email address is entered correctly during the online application. Do email us if you do not receive your results after 2 weeks.

    For candidates who passed the PPT, the results are valid for 2 years from the day of the test.

    Request for review of PPT results will not be entertained.

    Enquiries

    For any further enquiries, do email us.

    Details of upcoming PPT

    Date of PPT

    Venue of PPT

    Printing of receipt

    To be confirmed

    NIE, Block 5

    (Getting to NIE)

    View/print your receipt here.
     
     
     
     

     
     
     
    Updated on 09 Oct 2018.
  • The PESS+Issues is a bi-annual newsletter that aims to inform staff and students about the happenings at the Physical Education & Sports Science (PESS) Academic Group.  It is devoted to updates on research, teaching, services as well as celebration of successes in PESS.  

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  • Physical Education and Sports Science

    National Institute of Education
    Nanyang Technological University
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    Tel: (65) 6790 3719
    Fax: (65) 6896 9260
    Email: pess@nie.edu.sg