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A Comprehensive Guide to Open Electives- Semester IV

Picking an open elective can often put you in a pickle—you might end up with a subject well-tailored to your interests, or you might just end up staring wistfully at the stars as the lecture drones on. We have compiled a list of all the Open Electives offered in the fourth semester, sorted according to their respective parent streams. Click below on any of the steams to find out more!

Biotechnology

  1. BIO 3282: Introduction to Bioinformatics
    Introduction to Bioinformatics, Central dogma of biology, Digital code of life, database sequence search & Alignment, The evolutionary basis of sequence alignment, The modular nature of proteins, Optimal alignment methods, Substitution scores and gap penalties, Statistical significance of alignments, Structure file formats; Visualizing structural information, Motifs and Pattern, Protein structure prediction, Searching for trees, Rooting trees, Evaluating trees and Data, Phylogenetic software,  Phylogenetics on the web, Some simple practical considerations, Genome annotation, Comparative genomics, Genome compression.

“Bioinformatics is a pretty easy subject. Scoring because the syllabus isn’t that much, but our faculty wasn’t good, so we depended on YouTube videos to grasp concepts. I didn’t find the subject that interesting either. The syllabus entails genetic studies as far as I remember.”

“I was in Bioinformatics. It might be interesting to you if you’re into genetics and biology. Otherwise, the books you read will seem mildly vague and boring. A decent amount of cramming is required; some topics might seem confusing and hard.  Getting marks was not that hard in this OE.”

Computer Science Engineering
  1. CSE 3282: Essentials of IT
    Computer Hardware and Software concepts. Introduction to Operating System, the basic concept of multi-programming, multitasking and multiprocessing. Memory and Process Management, Scheduling Algorithms, Inter process Communication, Threads, Concurrency, Critical section, Mutual Exclusion, Deadlocks and prevention, File and device Management- I/O channels, interrupts. Relational Database Management System Concepts – Introduction to E-R modeling, notations, functional dependency, and basic Normalization techniques. Structured Query Language – DDL, DML, DCL statements. Concept of Order By, Group By, Having clauses and Aggregate functions. Joins – Introduction to the concept of independent and correlated sub queries, Views and Embedded SQL.

“Essentials of IT is a pretty scoring subject. You have OS concepts in it along with little bit of DBMS. PPTs are given. And if you are from in EEE/ECE, it will be beneficial during placements.”

“Essentials of IT is the OE I took and passed the subject with an A grade. One of the easiest subjects I’ve encountered and it’s mostly theory, so not much of a hassle. Plus it will help you with DBMS, and the questions asked are very easy.”

2. CSE 3292: Python Programming
“I felt the faculty wasn’t well acquainted with the syllabus. The end semester exam was very difficult and I would not recommend this subject to anyone who wants to score marks easily. But if you genuinely want to learn the language and don’t mind studying on your own, you can take it up.”

“Python as a programming language is comparatively easy – you don’t have to worry much about syntaxes and semicolons, and there’s an added feature for GUI and web development. These useful tools are mentioned at the end of the course plan and are allotted around 5-6 hours and the remaining 25 hours are wasted on simple topics like printing “HELLO WORLD” and looping. The faculty didn’t seem to be very familiar with the language. They read about what they have to teach before the class and if someone asked them queries related to the language, they were seen browsing through the books to look for the solution. We were provided with a few slides for the exams but some of them were totally incomprehensible.”

3. CSE 3290: Programming in Java
Object Oriented Programming, Byte Code Concept, Data Types, Variables and Arrays, Operators, Control Statements, Classes and Methods, Inheritance, String Handling, Packages, Access Protection, Importing Packages, Interface, Exception Handling, Using Try And Catch, Multithreaded Programming, File Handling, standard streams, Byte Streams, File Input/Output Streams, Character Streams, Serialization, Applets-Architecture, display methods, passing parameters Event Handling mechanisms, delegation modes, classes, Event Listeners, Adapter Classes, Inner Classes, AWT Classes, Window Fundamentals, Working With Frame Windows, Introduction to Databases: JDBC Connectivity.

“Programming in Java comprised mostly of theory with little to no programming. I hated the way our class was taught. Not having any programming made the course dry as dust. I had a very bad experience with it – I found the exams to be really difficult and my GPA took quite a toll thanks to this OE.”

“I would recommend you to take it if you already know Java at some level as the OE mostly consists of theory and getting marks would be immensely easy then. But if you don’t have any knowledge about the language, it might get pretty difficult to score – unless you burn the midnight oil and put an effort to study on your own.”

Mechatronics Engineering

  1. MTE 3283: Introduction to Robotics
    Definition of Robot; Types of Robots; Robot Configuration; Selection of Robots; factor affecting the control  resolution, Spatial resolution, Accuracy and repeatability, Specification of a robot, Robot arm/manipulator Kinematics, Types of Grippers; Force Analysis of gripper mechanism; Classification of Actuators; Actuators used in Robots – DC motors, Stepper motors, AC motors and Servo motors, Robot Transmission Systems; Sensors; Types and classification of robot sensors, Positional potentiometer, Velocity tachometer, Working of resolver, Optical encoder, Magneto resistive skin, Hall generator, Electromagnetic & Adhesive end effectors, proximity sensors; Tactile Sensing; Robot Vision.

“i had an avid interest in robotics, because of which I took this course, but I don’t recommend this to any robotics enthusiasts. The problem with the subject was that we had to study a lot of theory (definitions and things like that) when so much could have been done practically instead. I wasn’t satisfied with the skill level of the professor either.”

“Intro to Robotics was my OE of choice last semester. The subject itself is very easy and mostly theory based. What little numericals there are, are simplistic; gear ratio calculations, for example.The material has some very cool stuff in it, like how exactly a robot calculates movement. However, do remember that your grade will heavily depend on your teacher, and their decision to give out marks.”

Electronics and Communication

  1. ECE 3281: Consumer Electronics
    Audio system: Microphones, headphones and hearing aids, loudspeakers. CDs, DVDs, Blue-ray technology, iPods, MP4 players and accessories, home audio systems. Television: Elements of TV communication system, composite video signal, need for synchronizing and blanking pulses, picture tubes, LCD, LED and plasma TV fundamentals, principles of working of cable TV and DTH. Telecommunication systems: Basics of the telephone system, caller ID telephone, intercoms, cordless telephones, cellular mobile systems. Office electronics: Automatic teller machines, facsimile machines, digital diaries, safety and security systems. Home electronics: Digital camera system, microwave ovens, washing machines, air conditioners and refrigerators.

“It’s pretty easy, only if you’re good at memorising things. It’s very rote learning based. The teacher was quite nice and most of us got above 10 in sessionals and A as the overall grade. Most of the course was covered well in the Om Xerox notes. “

“The subject was interesting but we didn’t have a concrete syllabus and study material Our professor took random material from the internet and asked us to study from it. So the syllabus was not clear and didn’t follow the study plan. I’d say this course is very dependent on the faculty that takes it. ”

2. ECE 3282:  Electronic Product Design and Packaging
Industrial design: Product planning, creativity, product lifecycle and reliability, aesthetics, ergonomics, control panel organization, product detailing, product finishing. Thermal management: Introduction to thermal sources, heat calculations, heat transfer methods, heat sink selection, cooling methods in electronic systems. Packaging techniques: packaging technologies, ball grid arrays, flip chip, chip scale packaging. First level,  second level packages and third level packages. Noise in electronic systems and EMI: Design of low noise circuits. Interfacing of analog and digital systems. PCB design.  Sources of EMI, shielding of signal lines, ground loops, reduction techniques, reflections and crosstalk in digital circuits.

Chemical Engineering

  1. CHE 3281 Introduction to Chemical Engineering
    Chemical engineering and chemical technology. Chemical engineering: Origin, growth and role in chemical process industries. Chemical Process Industry: Definition, origin, growth and the present scenario. Concepts of unit processes and unit operations, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics applied to reactions. Systematic analysis of chemical processes: Need and basic considerations. Chemical engineers, the diversity of employment opportunities for them. A successful chemical engineer. Professional ethics. Intimate connections with physicochemical sciences, biological and biomedical sciences and other engineering streams case studies. Concerns of chemical engineering traditional areas: environment, energy and petroleum refining, polymer, pharmaceutical and food processing, bioengineering and biotechnology, health and safety. Concepts of scale-up, modelling and simulation. Dimensional analysis. Computers in chemical engineering. Nanotechnology. Grand challenges of engineering in the 21st century.

“It was mostly just numericals. Pretty interesting and the teacher was good and lenient- you’ll love it if you like stuff like stoichiometry and fluid mechanics.”

“It’s a mixed bag of the subjects of Chemical Engineering’s third and fourth semesters, so there was no in-depth study of any topic. Pretty easy, as far as chemical engineering goes.”

Physics

  1. PHY 3282: Physics of Materials
    Nano-materials:
    Introduction nanostructural materials  metals,  semiconductors and ceramics.Synthesis of nanoparticles inert  gas  evaporation  laser pyrolysis  sputtering  techniques,  plasma techniques.  Various Chemical  methods of synthesis. Functionalized metal nanoparticles- synthesis, characterization, organization and applications. Semiconductor nanoparticles- synthesis, characterization and applications of quantum dots. Magnetic nanoparticles- assembly and nanoastructures. Carbon nanotubes and fullerene as nanoclustures. Charaterisation of nanoaprticles and nanostructures Optical spectroscopy, Electron Microscopy,  Atomic Force Microscopy, X-Ray diffraction of nanoscale materials.
    Composite Materials: Introduction – Classification, Matrix materials, Reinforcing materials, micromechanics of composites – Density, Mechanical properties  prediction of elastic constants, Thermal properties  Heat capacity, longitudinal and transverse conductivity, thermal expansion coefficient, Mechanism of load transfer from Matrix to fiber. Strength, Fracture  and  fatigue: Tensile strength, Compression  Strength, Fracture modes in Composite.Polymer matrix composites, metal matrix composites, carbon reinforced composites  Fabrication and properties.
    Semiconductors: Crystal growth  Introduction, Methods – Bridgman, Czochralski, zone melting/refining techniques. Contact phenomenon- metal-semiconductor, semiconductor-semiconductor contacts. Preparation of semiconductor devices – Fabrication of junctions- wafer preparation, diffusion and ion implantation methods. IC technology: monolithic IC- masking and etching – elements of lithography- resist systems and patterning.

“Relaxed professor, easy subject. Just pay attention in class and that will be enough to get a good grade.”

“I found the course quite interesting. You learn about electron microscopy techniques and how to prepare composite materials and nanoparticles. The faculty is very good. It’s a very easy subject and it isn’t hard to get an A.”

  1. PHY 3281: Fundamentals of Astrophysics and Astronomy
    Introduction to astronomy and astrophysics. Properties of ordinary stars: Brightness of starlight; the electromagnetic spectrum; Colours of stars; stellar distances; absolute magnitudes; HR diagram. Stellar evolution: Formation of a star; the main sequence; stellar structure; evolution off the main sequence; planetary nebulae; white dwarfs. The death of high mass stars: Supernovae; neutron stars; pulsars; stellar black holes. Normal Galaxies: Types of galaxies; Dark matter in galaxies. Cosmology: The scale of the universe; expansion of the universe; open or closed universe; the big bang; the cosmic background radiation; big bang nucleosynthesis. Astronomical instruments.

“Initially slow-paced, the course picks up really quickly as the semester progresses. It is the perfect course for somebody fascinated by the stars, with an excellent faculty. Relatively easy to score, but you can expect your class to be filled with students having very high GPAs.”

Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering

  1. AAE 3281: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
    The first Aeronautical Engineers, Have an overview of the history of flight, Fundamental Thoughts, Ballooning, Apply basic/constitutive principles of mechanics of fluids –  Bernoulli and control volume approaches, the source of all aerodynamic forces, Equation of state for a perfect gas, specific volume, anatomy of aircraft, anatomy of space vehicle, The Standard Atmosphere, Basics of Aerodynamics, Aircraft Flight, Airfoil Nomenclature, Lift, Drag and Moment co-efficient, Infinite versus finite wings, Pressure coefficient, Elements of Airplane Performance, Stability and Control, Astronautics, Propulsion, Introduction, Types of Propulsion system.

“It’s a pretty easy course. They teach you only the basics and there wasn’t much to study for the exams either. Getting an A+ is quite difficult (even with 45+ internals and around the same in the end sem). It’s a good course, but if you are interested in Aerospace and want in-depth knowledge, I wouldn’t recommend it.”

“The course covers the basics of the structure and propulsion systems of aircrafts along with an intro to aerodynamics and rocket propulsion. The faculty is very lenient in terms of marking and attendance. Cut-offs will be very high for a good grade since almost everyone had 45+ internals. Students were mostly from Mechanical. The course was all basic theory, so it was mildly disappointing for anyone wanting to get real technical knowledge.”

2. AAE 3283: Automobile Engineering

Syllabus: Introduction – Engine classifications, Cylinder arrangements, working and constructional features of Engine components, Valve operating mechanisms, valve timing diagrams, fuel supply system, Battery ignition system, types of cooling and lubrication system, classification and working of clutch system, design of clutch components, Sliding and constant mesh gear box, Calculation of power, gear ratio and tractive efforts, Torque convertor and fluid coupling, Propeller shaft, Differential, Types of steering systems, Steering mechanism and geometry, types of suspension system, types of brakes, calculation of brake torque and stopping distance, Tires and wheel system, Starting system, Bendix drive, lighting circuit.

“It is really fun if you have an innate interest in cars. I got to learn about every major car part and the way they work. I didn’t have to study much as I knew a lot from before. My teacher was really good and helpful. Scoring was pretty easy for me.”

“The course covers the very basic subsystems of cars. For example: Suspension System, Engines, Power Transmission, Brakes, etc. It is relatively easy and interesting if you have a slight inclination towards cars. If I can remember correctly, there was only one equation in the entire syllabus. The course mainly has comprehensible theories and diagrams.”

Civil Engineering

  1. CIE 3282: Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS
    Introduction, Basic concepts of Remote sensing, Physics of Remote sensing Orbits, Concept of Spatial, spectral, radiometric and temporal resolution, Remote sensing data product and its purchase, Visual interpretation, Fundamentals of GIS, Objectives, Components of GIS, contributing disciplines and technologies, Raster , Vector, Exercise on Remote sensing and GIS application. Definitions of Triangular irregular network (TIN) and Digital Elevation Model (DEM), Indian satellite program, Launch vehicles, Exercise on Remote sensing and GIS application.

    “The subject is almost completely theory, with a few numericals- all in all, quite easy. Assignment questions were asked for sessionals as well as end sems. Our teacher was way too strict but a lenient checker.”

“The assignments were of good quality. The sessionals were quite simple if you have your concepts right. You have to rote learn some stuff too. The final was very easy. I’ve had 34 in my internals and I secured an A in my final grading. That puts my score in end sem somewhere over 45. Your experience with this subject would be great if you had some passion towards image processing and interest in space technology.”

2. CIE 3284: Air and Noise Pollution
This subject is offered as an Open Elective across many branches of Engineering at undergraduate level of B.Tech. Program. The student will be exposed to various effects of air and the noise pollution. He will be studying the metro logical variables Stability conditions, effects of air pollution on human, animals, plants and materials, global effects of air pollution like acid rain, Greenhouse effect, ozone layer depletion etc.  Topics like Sampling, analysis and control, Air-pollution due to gasoline driven and diesel driven engines different types of control methods etc. will also be taught on this subject. It gives knowledge of the negative health effects of Air and Noise Pollution and its quantification. Thus, this open elective brings an awareness make them practice environmental friendly lifestyle.

“It’s a lot of theory, with a few numericals scattered in. If you pay attention in class, especially during the numericals, it’s quite straightforward.  The faculty is good and they provided us with useful study material.”

“It’s tougher than it sounds, with the numericals being problematic. If you pay enough attention, though, and sort that out, it should be fine. The subject is scoring only after a little bit of effort.”

CIE 3283: Strength of Materials
Review of Basic Mechanics of Solids, Stresses due to bending, Stresses due to shearing force, Slope and deflection of beams, Torsion, solid and hollow circular shafts, power transmitted by shafts, stepped shafts, Variation of stress at a point, Bi-axial state of stress and strain, Cylinders, Stability of columns,Slenderness ratio, failure by buckling, Euler’s formula, Rankine’s empirical formula.

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  1. MME 3282: Energy Engineering
    Syllabus: Steam power plant – Different types of fuels used for steam generation, Equipment for burning coal in lump form, Stokers, Diesel Engine power plant – Method of starting diesel engine, Auxiliaries like cooling and lubrication system, Filters, Centrifuges, Oil heaters, Intake and exhaust system, Layout of diesel power plant. Hydro-electric plant:  Hydrographs, Flow duration and mass curves, Storage and pondage, Pumped storage plants, Low, medium and high head plants, Penstock, Water hammer, Surge tanks, Gates and valves, Nuclear Power Plant, Solar energy, Biomass energy, Wind energy, Ocean energy, Geothermal energy conversion, tidal energy conversion.

”It’s a very easy and scoring subject. It’s all about different turbines and things along that tangent- like working of turbines and a few numericals based on that.”

“In Energy engineering, we mainly studied lots of power plant layout and how it functions.  The numericals were very easy and there are few graphs (hydrographs etc). The subject is interesting, but lots to remember.”

2. MME 3284: Internal Combustion Engines
Syllabus: Introduction to IC engine, Analysis of air standard cycles, fuel air cycles and actual cycles. Modes of combustion, Stages of combustion in SI & CI engines, factors influencing the stages of combustion, normal and abnormal combustion, Control of abnormal combustion in SI and CI engines. Combustion chambers in SI and CI engines. Supercharging & Turbo-charging, Analysis of Modern developments in IC engines like Wankel engine, Electronic injection systems in SI engines. Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDI) engines, Multi point fuel injection. (MPFI) engines, dual-fuel engines and stratified charge engines. Introduction to engine Electronics, typical engine management systems, position, displacement and speed sensing, pressure, temperature and air measurement systems, exhaust oxygen sensors

“The course serves as a supplement to the BME subject. We had quite a bit of theory, with no numericals and too many diagrams and graphs to draw. Almost half of the graphs we learnt had the same waveform with minute variations. I took it because I wanted to understand the working of my bike more. And it certainly met my expectations, despite my low grades. I loved the subject yet I know many who didn’t. The teacher we had was excellent at his job. Being a frequent rider who had an interest in the subject, he made learning more fun. He also provided all the notes.”

3. MME 3281: Corrosion Engineering
Definitions, corrosive environments, consequences of corrosion, cost of corrosion, corrosion science and Corrosion Engineering, fundamental aspects of corrosion. Corrosion cell, cathodic and anodic reactions, types of corrosion cells, reference electrode, calomel electrode, pourbaix diagrams. Corrosion rate expressions, electro-chemical nature of aqueous corrosion, polarization, factors influencing corrosion rate. Types of corrosion, measuring polarization, anodic polarization, cathodic polarization, activation polarization and concentration polarization. Corrosion prevention, materials selection, alteration of environments, design, cathodic and anodic protection, corrosion inhibitors, coatings. Methods used to determine corrosion rate, weight loss measurements, linear polarization, Tafel extrapolation techniques.

“It’s all the basic concepts of corrosion, with a few chemical equations and diagrams. Quite scoring, plus the faculty is efficient and lenient. They tell you exactly what to study.”

4. MME 3286: Introduction to Composite Materials
Introduction to composite materials: definition, classification, types of matrices and reinforcements, characteristics and selection. Micro-mechanical analysis of a lamina. Introduction, derivation of stress, strain, modulus of elasticity of fibre reinforced composites. Manufacturing of polymer composites: method, advantages, disadvantages and application. Application developments in aircrafts, missiles, space, automobile, electrical and electronics, marine, recreational, sports equipment and construction. Potential future applications of composites. Metal matrix composites and ceramic matrix composites, reinforcement, matrix materials, characteristics and selection, base metal selection, applications.

Humanities and Management

  1. HUM 3309 Introduction to Psychology
    Syllabus: Meaning, Nature and Scope, Defining Psychology, Meaning of the term Behavior, Nature of Psychology, Scope of Psychology: Branches and fields of Psychology. Development of Psychology – Historic Sketch of Psychology, Modern Age of Psychology, Gestalt Psychology, Psycho Analysis, Contemporary Psychology. Systems of Psychology- The Nervous System, Nature v/s Nurture, Sensation and perception, States of Consciousness. Methods of Psychology – Classical Conditioning, Introspection Method, Naturalistic Method, Experimental Method, Differential Method, Clinical Method, Psycho Physical Method. Personality- Personality types, Personality Disorders, Abnormal psychology, Treatment of personality disorders. Thinking – Nature of Thinking, Types of Thinking, Language and Intelligence. Discussion, Presentation and Assignments. Industrial Psychology and its components, Personal Psychology, Human factors psychology, Human Relations Psychology, Organization Psychology, and Consumer Psychology. Scope of industrial Psychology, methodology, limitations of industrial psychology.

“It is a wide-ranging subject and the topics covered varied from clinical psychology to general human psychology. The lectures were pretty interesting and we had some of the most engaging and fascinating discussions – delving deep into the nature of sleep cycles and general psychological theories. We only had one assignment, where we were supposed to make a collage in groups. The papers were easy and mostly related to what was taught.”

“Psychology was easy but very competitive because everyone scored good marks. It got informal towards the end and classes were often cancelled. Most of what was taught was mainstream so even if we listened to bits and pieces in class, we could merge all of that and come up with answers easily. The course, in a nutshell, comprised mostly of general discussions than an actual introduction to psychology.”

2. HUM 3288: Film Studies
Syllabus: History of invention of motion pictures – Daguerre, Muybridge, Edison, Skaldanowsky Brothers, Lumieres; Evolution of film Lumieres, Melies, Porter, Griffith, Basic techniquesMise-en-scene, Mise-en-shot, Deepfocus Photography, Longtake, Continuity, Editing, Montage, German Expressionism; French Impressionism; Soviet Montage cinema; Hollywood cinema, Italian Neorealism; French Nouvelle Vague, Documentary, Directors Eisenstein, Kurosawa, Godard, Chaplin, Bergman; Mohsen Makmalbakf, Majid Majidi, Keislowski, Zhang Yimou, Kim Ki Duk, “New Wave” Cinema in India- Bengali; Malayalam; Kannada; Hindi, To be screened- Bicycle Thieves, The 400 blows, Rashomon, Wild strawberries, Battleship Potemkin, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The kid, Children of heaven, Hero, Ghatashraddha, PatherPanchali, Mathilukal.

“The course was fun and easy to score. We got to watch a lot of movies and analyse them based on music, camera angle, frames etc. Our teacher wasn’t very strict regarding attendance. Making a short-film as the final assignment was very satisfying, and I would recommend this course to anyone.”

“It is easy to score if you can write fairly as you have to write essays in the exams. You’ll enjoy it if you have an interest in movies. I learnt a lot about the various styles films use, and regarding how the modern movie industry is influenced by cultures and traditions. Watching movies to get marks is definitely a plus point to this course.”

3. HUM 3310: Indo-European Intercultural Dynamics
Syllabus: The challenge of Intercultural communication – interacting in a diverse world, understanding cultures, alternative views of reality, cultural stereotyping, foundational theories in Intercultural Communication-Edward Hall, Samovar, G Hofstede, understanding cultural dimensions and cultural stereotyping- collectivism/individualism, power distance, masculine/feminine, cultural metaphors, intercultural business communication competence – the role of language in intercultural business communication, non-verbal language in Intercultural Communication, cultural influence on interpersonal communication, intercultural dynamics in the multicultural organisations.

“Undoubtedly the most interactive course ever, where we learnt about a range of relevant skills from conflict resolution to business communication, all while taking part in fun role-play activities and group discussions. Praveen Shetty Sir really put his heart into the subject, and the experiential learning that takes place when you actually apply what you learn in the class, ensure that this course (and the easy A+) stay with you for life!”

“The OE was amongst the best hands down. Our professor sometimes brought in guest speakers also. We had to do really really fun activities in class and there was no such thing as pure theory class.  Very little to study. One should take it to learn a lot about how different cultures do the same things you do differently and what they mean.”

4. HUM 3293: Interpretation of Literary Texts
Syllabus: Language of literature: form and structure, lexical analysis, syntactic analysis, point of view, foregrounding, ideational functions and textual functions, pragmatic approach to literature, basic assumptions of stylistics, elements of literary styles, phonological deviations, sound patterns, figures of speech, English in Indian newspapers, setting up a literature self-access center.

“For Interpretation of Literary Texts, there is a good amount of theory. And no, you are not interpreting good texts like Shakespeare or learning the meaning of sentences in important works of literature. It’s all phonetics, semantics and theoretical linguistic analysis. The main reason to take this OE is that the professor teaching you is really good and getting marks is very simple. So much so that, A/A+ is a minimum. For the end-sem, study a little and you’ll score well.”

“The course stands true to its name and is based on different and eloquent ways of analyzing the text. A bliss for the literary-oriented cult and a mind blogging effort for the rest, it is easy to score marks being its takeaway. “

5. HUM 3289: German for Beginners
Syllabus: Text selections, dialogue and exercises which have been designed to give the absolute beginner grounding in the rudiments of the German language, as well as providing background information about the history, life and culture in Germany. Introduction to the German alphabet and the German language dialogues & conversations pronunciation – basic vocabulary lists – key points of grammar – background information about the history and culture of Germany – exercises on vocabulary, grammar and German culture – reading & listening comprehension.

“The course was really easy to score yet the competition was high because everyone scored. The syllabus is only of 40 pages and the paper is objective in nature, including the assignments – which made it a walk in the park for me. If you really want to learn the language, you’ll definitely enjoy it and score well.”

“The course covers about 3/4th of A1 – the basic level of German proficiency set up and awarded by the German embassy. The faculty is really good and cooperative. I felt this was one of the few OEs where students actually end up learning something.”

Print and Media Engineering

  1. PMT 3281: Fundamentals of Advertising
    Syllabus: Advertising Theory, Growth of advertising in India, advertising as a tool of communication, Functions of advertising, Benefits of advertising, Advertising as a Marketing Tool, Advertising as a PR Tool, Advertising Theories, Relevance to Indian Advertising, Role of advertising in National Economy, Types of Advertising Agency and types of services offered, structure of ad agencies, creativity in advertising, appeals & execution styles, planning & development, creative process & tactics, media planning, Advertising Medias – television networks, magazines, newspapers, radio, selection and buying media time & space, Support media internet, interactive medias, out-door, in-store, direct mail, miscellaneous and transit advertising, advertising campaign, corporate advertising, case studies.

“The professor I had was very well-informed who presented us with case studies from many advertisement firms. He also showed a lot of videos in the class. A few ex-students came and interacted with us. Assignments involved reports, making a radio commercial and pitching advertisement ideas for a product. The study material had about 15 presentations with an average of 50 slides which took substantial time to finish. The subject was easy to score and fun to learn, compensating for the hefty number of slides.”

“The faculty was really good and getting an A was easy for me. Mugging up wasn’t necessary as after reading the slides, I could write the answers in my own words. Much of our time was spent watching and analysing ads and how they appealed to the customers. I thoroughly enjoyed the subject.”

Instrumentation and Control Engineering

  1. ICE 3284: Sensor Technology
    Syllabus: Sensor Fundamentals: basic Sensor Technology, Sensor Systems, Sensor Characteristics, System Characteristics, Instrument Selection, Installation, Measurement issues and criteria, Acceleration, Shock, and Vibration sensors & Capacitive and Inductive Displacement sensors: Applicable standards, interfacing and designs. Electromagnetism in sensing, chemical and biosensors, Optical and radiation sensors, Nanotechnology – Enabled sensor: Possibilities, Realities, Applications, Wireless sensor technologies: principle, WSN architecture, power considerations, applications, Lifetime and sensor ownership, Smart sensor and TEDs.

“The questions came from whatever my teacher taught eliminating the need to refer other books. The topics covered were PIR interfacing, micro controllers, basic wired and wireless sensors. It was pretty easy to score. We had to make an interesting project for the last assignment and I really had fun with this course.”

“The course was very fascinating. They taught about different types of sensors, how they work and the components present in them. My branch is Computer Science and it had topics common to my subject Microprocessor so that was a big help.”

Biomedical Engineering

  1. BME 3282: Bio-Mechanics
    Syllabus: Introduction to Bio-Mechanics, Kinematic concepts for analyzing human motion, kinetic concepts for analyzing human motion, Linear and Angular Kinematics of human movement, Linear and Angular Kinetics of human movement. Application of Aerodynamics in Sports- Aerodynamic drag force, Effects of drag on the body and objects in sports, Aerodynamic Lift force, Effects of Lift on projected objects and the body, Lift force produced by Spin: The Magnus effect. Application of Hydrodynamics in swimming- Buoyancy and Floatation, Resistance and Propulsion, Resistive forces in swimming skills, propulsive forces in swimming skills, Swimming efficiency and Speed

“Bio-Mechanics isn’t as easy as a lot of the OEs out there. We used physics to analyse biological systems. For what it’s worth, studying regularly and paying attention in the class can get you good grades.”

“I got proper notes from my teacher, so I could understand and prepare for the exams thoroughly. The first sessional comprised of biology topics like muscles and tendons. After that physics took the driver’s seat. Bio-Mechanics is an interdisciplinary subject between biology and physics so take it only if you like both.”

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  1. ELE 3287: MATLAB for Engineers
    Syllabus: Introduction to MATLAB-Numeric, Cell, and Structure Arrays- Functions and Files-Decision-Making Programs-Linear Algebraic Equations-data processing and visualization-importing & organizing data – Advanced Plotting SIMULINK; System Dynamics; Model Building and Regression;curve-fitting and interpolation;ODE and PDESolvers; Simulation of linear models of mechanical and electrical systems using Simulink; data acquisition and analysis; building GUI; Converting MATLAB code to executable format; Project based learning building interactive applications(demos & mini-project).

“MATLAB is a useful elective and students from all the branches can benefit from the course. Our teacher was very helpful and could clear any query we had. The OE involved a mini team project, and all evaluations were conducted on a machine. We were even allowed to access the help pages of MATLAB during the exams. A representative from Mathworks came a couple of times to help us with our mini projects. Although my class was a bit competitive, the OE is for anyone who wants to spend the semester in a productive way.”

“This course is for anyone who wants to get well versed with the software. There is very little theory as we were made to bring our laptops to class. We had to make projects for our assignments and had to submit them online. The sessional and the end semester exams are held in the PSUC lab. We have to write the whole code and output in the answer sheet after execution. The papers are considerably lengthy and scoring is really difficult if you’re not an avid coder.”

2. ELE 3281: Analog and Digital Electronics
Syllabus: Operational amplifiers and applications – dc voltage follower, bridge amplifier, integrator, differentiator, low pass, high pass and band pass active filters, precision diode and clamp, log antilog amplifiers, astable, monostable and triangular wave generators, Schmitt Trigger, Analog multiplier – Phase locked loop and applications – Phase comparator, Voltage controlled Oscillator, Functional block Schematic of PLL, PLL applications in communication- Number systems- Conversions between Number Systems – Subtraction using 1’s and 2’s. Complements – Karnaugh maps, Logic gates Truth tables, Realization of Boolean functions using Gates, Universal Gates – Msi combinational circuits – Half and Full adders, magnitude comparator, Decoder, Encoder, Multiplier, ROM, PLA, – Sequential circuits – Flip Flops Synchronous and Asynchronous Counters, Design of counters , 74194 Shift Register IC based design.

Information and Communication Technology

  1. ICT 3282: Design and Development of Web Applications
    Web essentials such as Clients, Servers, and Communication. The Internet-Basic Internet Protocols HTML: Syntax of HTML document, HTML, HEAD, TITLE, BODY tags, The attributes of body tag such as, Background, BGCOLOR, VLINK, ALINK, TEXT. Creating headings and using attributes of it. Creation of paragraphs. Creation ordered, unordered lists and definition lists. Creating Hypertext Links, image maps. Creating FORMS and frames. Creating table Creating style sheets, cascading style sheets and user defined style sheets. Developing dynamic web pages using Document Object model (DOM). Using objects, and event model, Filters and Transitions and different functions. Creating dynamic web pages using PHP, Case study: Design a web page using above mentioned scripting languages.

“I felt the course wasn’t practical-based at all. Our teacher just kept reading the slides during the class. From providing countless wrong information to giving free marks, I say that the faculty isn’t well versed with this course.”