Exploring ChatGPT: An Introduction and Practical Applications

ChatGPT, OpenAI’s text-generating AI chatbot, has attracted worldwide attention. Based on the first introduced Generative Pe-trained Transformer (GPT), ChatGPT has been greatly changing expectations and practices in industries and daily life in a revolutionary way. This three-day course is designed to provide elementary learners and novices with a comprehensive understanding of the development, key concepts, capabilities, strengths, limitations, and the endless list of business use cases and applications of GPT. Learners will be guided through practical steps to interact with ChatGPT from hands-on exercises and finish a group project as the final assessment. By applying the knowledge and practical skills learned from this course, learners should be confident to discuss ChatGPT-related topics, identify opportunities for applying the new technology to drive business forward, and will be able to leverage ChatGPT with greater working efficiency in various tasks, such as data collection and analysis, research and information synthesis, programming and coding, and human-robot collaboration, regardless of their respective domains in care, digital, green economy or Industry 4.0 implementation related industries.

Course Details

Course Dates:
Currently not available.

Duration: 3 days
9:00am - 5:00pm


Who Should Attend

This course is open to anyone interested in related topics, regardless of their occupation or industry. However, it may be more suitable for the following groups:

  • Individuals in data or linguistics positions that involve tasks such as collecting information, conducting research, analyzing data, translating, creating content, and organizing information.
  • Aspiring data analysts, software engineers, or data scientists who want to utilize new technologies to improve their coding and programming skills.
  • Industry experts, managers, business owners, and executives who are curious about the benefits of ChatGPT for businesses and want to learn how GPT technology can help advance their careers and businesses.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • O level Mathematics Qualifications
  • Basic IT knowledge
  • Prior programming knowledge is preferred but not essential

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the basics of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing
  • Learn about the development and current trends of Large Language Models
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the capabilities and key concepts of GPT technology
  • Understand and describe the strengths and limitations of GPT
  • Perform interactions with ChatGPT and utilize GPT in their respective domains or daily life
  • Identify and discuss potential use cases and industry applications of ChatGPT
Day 1
  • Overview of Machine Learning and Neural Network
  • Introduction to Natural Language Processing (NLP), Language Model and Self-supervised Learning
  • Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) and Transformer
  • Intro to Large Language Model (LLM)
  • The development of NLP, LLM, and ChatGPT
  • Fundamental concepts in ChatGPT
  • Capabilities, strengths, risks and limitations of ChatGPT
Day 2
  • Getting started with ChatGPT
  • Hands-on exercises on Playground and GPT application programming interface (API)
  • Prompt Engineering: Intro, Few-Shot vs. Zero-Shot Learning, Chain-of-Thought (CoT)
  • Case studies of ChatGPT in real world
  • Discussions of industry and business applications
  • Advanced topics I : Short-term vs. Long-term Memory, solutions to token limitations
  • Advanced topics II: automatic finishing task, function-call, code interpreter, ChatGPT plugins
Day 3
  • In-class group project: group assignment and project instruction
  • In-class group project: group discussion and decision on project topics
  • In-class group project: group work and preparation
  • In-class group project: group project and presentation preparation
  • Final group project presentation and discussion
  • Debrief and closing remarks
  • In-class final group project and presentation
  • Attendance and class participation
  • In-class quiz and assignment

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee Subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of prevailing 9% GST. 



Lingyun Gu
Affiliated Full Professor

Lingyun Gu is currently the Chairman of IceKredit, an AI company specializing in the application of Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning to combat fraud in the financial sector. Simultaneously, he holds a full adjunct professorship at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, serves as a director of Bank of Guilin, and sits on the board of Nanjing International School. He earned a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Focusing on the field of AI, he has authored numerous papers in international journals and holds 51 invention patents in the United States and China. Dr. Gu is a recipient of the Ram Charan Management Practice Award by Harvard Business Review. With extensive senior leadership experience in building AI companies and TMT investment experience in top VC firms, he adeptly combines academic research with business practice.

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  1. Reporting of national statistics and conducting of holistic continuing education training research and analysis;

  2. Facilitate the conduct of the relevant surveys and audits in relation to the Course;

  3. General administration of the Course including but not limited to processing of the subsidy provided by SSG;

  4. Publicity and marketing of the Course or other Courses to be provided by SSG or SUTD Academy; and

  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

SUTD will have to claim the full course fee from participant who is unable to fulfil the SSG funding requirements stated below.

I agree to:

  1. Attend and complete all lectures, class exercises, workshops and assessments;

  2. Complete the Course feedback at the end of the Course;

  3. Complete the post Course survey sent about 3 to 6 months after class attendance; and

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  2. No refund is provided if written notification is more than 24 hours after course registration deadline. SUTD Academy reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant.

Replacement Policy

Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course by giving a 3-working day notice before the course commencement date to sutd_academy@sutd.edu.sg. Terms and conditions apply.

Registration Policy

  1. Course may be cancelled due to insufficient participants. SUTD Academy will not be responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption or loss of information) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from any course cancellation.

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  3. SUTD Academy reserves the right to change or cancel any course or instructor due to unforeseen circumstances. 

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  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  2. Individuals/employers are not required to submit an application for the MCES. Those pursuing SSG-funded programmes will be charged the appropriate subsidised fees by SUTD Academy if they are eligible MCES. Individuals/employers will only need to pay the nett fee (full course fee after SSG's grant).

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  2. SMEs will enjoy subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
    - Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
    - Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
    - Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

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This is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage every Singaporean to complete their post-secondary education. It also underscores the Government’s commitment to support families in investing in the future education of their children and to prepare them for the economy of the future. PSEA is not a bank account.

It is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is opened automatically for all eligible Singaporeans.

Account holders can use their PSEA funds to pay for their own or their siblings’ approved fees and charges for approved programs conducted by approved institutions.

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