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The Open Electives (2018-19)—Semester IV

Open Electives offer you the opportunity to take up a subject well-tailored to your interests, but making the right choice is not always an easy decision. To help you know your options and decide what’s best for you, we have compiled a list of all the Open Electives on offer. Watch this space for details including the syllabus of the subjects.

Allotment of Electives: The allotment of Open Electives will be done on the basis of CGPA and the seats available. There is no CGPA cut-off while applying for the OEs.

The option to enter OE preferences is now available on the portal. The last date for entering preferences is 25th November.

Note: This page will be updated with more information about the electives. While this list has been compiled using official sources, it might vary slightly with the options on SLCM. The discrepancies will be sorted soon.


  1. BIO 3282: Introduction to BioinformaticsSyllabus
    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 AlgorInterprocessprocess 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.”

  1. 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 RoboticsSyllabus
    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, Magnetoresistive 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 Engineering

  1. ECE 3281: Consumer ElectronicsSyllabus
    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.”

  1. ECE 3282:  Electronic Product Design and PackagingSyllabus
    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.
  2. ECE 3283: Introduction to Communication Systems

Introduction to Electronic Communication: A general model of communication systems- transmitter, communication channel, receiver, attenuation, noise and fading. Types of electronic communication, modulation and multiplexing, the electromagnetic spectrum and bandwidth. Telecommunication Systems: Basic telephone system, signalling tones, DTMF, cordless telephones, private branch Exchange (PBX), facsimile, paging systems, internet telephony, VoIP fundamentals. Overview of optical fiber communication: Types of optical fibers, Numerical aperture, Optical fibers as cylindrical wave guide. Attenuation and dispersion in optical fibers, losses due to scattering and bending, optical sources and detectors- semiconductor LED, laser diode, PIN and APD detectors. WDM, link power budget. Satellite communication systems: Principles of satellite orbits and positioning, satellite speed and period, angle of elevation, satellite subsystems-communication subsystems, telemetry, command and control subsystems, power subsystem. Earth station technology, multiple access techniques. Application of satellites – direct broadcast satellite, digital satellite radio, surveillance, global positioning system. Wireless communication systems: Concept of cellular mobile communication-frequency reuse, cell splitting, sectoring, macro and micro cell. Operation of cellular systems. Architecture of GSM systems. RADAR Systems: Introduction to radar systems, pulse radar, duplexer. Radar displays, radar beacons, MTI Radar. Wireless Technologies:  Wireless LAN, PAN and bluetooth, ZigBee and mesh wireless networks, WiMAX and wireless metropolitan area networks, RFID and near-field communications.

  1. ECE 3284: Microcontrollers and Applications

Introduction: Computer and its organization, programming system, microprocessor, evolution of microprocessors, address bus, data bus, control bus, tri-state bus, clock generation, connecting microprocessors to I/O devices, architectural advantages of microprocessors, data transfer schemes. Interrupt processing. Hardware: Architecture of Intel 8085, addressing modes, instruction set and programming. Peripherals: I/O and memory interfacing, programmable peripheral interface-8255. Interfacing-light emitting diode, seven segment display, digital to analog converter and analog to digital converter. Advanced Microprocessors: System design using microprocessor- case studies.

Chemical Engineering

CHE 3281: Introduction to Chemical Engineering

“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.”

Department of Chemistry

  1. CHM 3281: Analytical Methods and Instrumentation

    Spectroscopic methods of analysis: Properties of EMR, General features of spectroscopy, Types of molecular spectra, Interaction of EMR with matter, Instrumentation, Applications, Theory, Instrumentation and applications of Microwave, Raman, Infrared, UV-Visible, NMR spectroscopic techniques.
    Chromatographic Techniques: General concepts, Classification, Principles, Experimental techniques of CC, HPLC, TLC, GC and their applications
    Electroanalytical methods: Basic principles and applications of conductometric, potentiometric titrations.

Department of Physics

1.  PHY 3282: Physics of Materials


Nanostructural  materials – metals,  semiconductors  and  ceramics. Synthesis of nanoparticles–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-Classification, Matrix materials, Reinforcing materials, micromechanics of composites – Density, Mechanical properties –Thermal properties – Heat capacity, conductivity, thermal expansion, 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  methods – Bridgman, Czochralski, zone melting/refining techniques. Contact phenomenon. Preparation of semiconductor devices. IC technology: monolithic IC- masking and etching – elements of lithography.

“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.”

2.  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 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 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 EngineeringSyllabus
    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: Definition of Altitude, Hydrostatic equation, Relation between geopotential and geometric altitudes, Pressure, Temperature and Density altitudes. Aerodynamics: Basics of Aerodynamics. Aircraft Flight: Airfoil Nomenclature, Lift, Drag and Moment co-efficient, Infinite versus finite wings, Pressure coefficient, Elements of Airplane Performance – Equation of Motions for level flight, climbing flight, gliding flight, take-off and landing, Stability and Control. Astronautics: Introduction, Orbit equation, Space Vehicle Trajectories, Kepler’s laws, Space environment, Orbital Mechanics, Attitude dynamics and control. Propulsion: Introduction, Types of Propulsion systems.“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.”

  1. AAE 3283: Automobile Engineering

Introduction: Automotive Engine classification, Multi Cylinder Arrangements. Automotive Engine Parts: Cylinder Block, cylinder head, crank case, oil pan, cylinder liners, piston, arrangements to control piston slap, piston rings, connecting rod, crank shaft, valves and valve operating  mechanisms, valve timing diagram. Fuel Supply System: Fuel pumps for petrol engines, mixture strength requirements of S I engine, defects of simple carburetor and their remedies, types of carburetors, constant choke and constant vacuum carburetors. Ignition System: Battery ignition system, ignition advance methods, comparison between battery and magnetic ignition system. Cooling and Lubrication: Necessity, methods of engine cooling, Objects of lubrication, systems of engine lubrication, crankcase ventilation. Clutch System: Clutches- Purpose and requirements, single plate clutch, multiplate clutch, centrifugal clutch, fluid flywheel. Calculation for torque transmitted by plate and cone clutch. Clutch and Gear Box: Gear box – Purpose, sliding mesh, gear box, constant mesh, gear box, synchromesh gear box, epicyclic gear box & torque converter. Calculation power for propulsion of the vehicles, road resistance & tractive effort, relation between vehicle speed and gear ratio. Final Drive and Steering System: Propeller shaft and differential, Steering geometry, steering mechanism, steering linkages for rigid axle & Independent suspension systems.  Numerical problems related to conditions for pure rolling, turning circle radius. Braking System: Braking requirements, brake efficiency & stopping distance, fading of brakes, Types of Brakes: Drum and disc brakes, mechanical brakes, hydraulic brakes, servo brakes, air brakes, balance beam compensator. Numerical problems related to brake torque & minimum stopping distance with front wheel, rear wheel & four wheel braking, weight transfer & heat dissipation. Suspension System: Objects, types of suspension springs, leaf springs, coil spring & torsion bar.  Independent front suspension, telescopic type shock absorber.                       

“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 GISSyllabus
    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 for image processing and interest in space technology.”

  1. 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.

  1. CIE 3284: Air and Noise Pollution

Air Pollution: Definitions, Significance in general, Air pollutants, Sources, classification, emission, Behavior of air pollutants, chemical reactions in atmosphere, smog. Effects of air pollution: on human health, animals, vegetation, materials and atmosphere, Reactions of pollutants in the atmosphere and their effects, Meteorology variables, primary and secondary lapse rate, Inversions, stability conditions, general characteristics of stack plumes, estimation of plume rise and stack height. Industrial plant location and planning. Sampling, analysis and control: Measurement of gaseous and particulate pollutants, stack sampling, smoke and smoke measurement, Particulate emission control, and other removal methods like absorption, adsorption, precipitation etc. Control methods: different types. Global effects of air pollution: Acid rain, Greenhouse effect, Ozone layer depletion. Air quality and Emission standards, Air pollution act, Air pollution index. Noise Pollution: definitions, significance in general, sources, effects and control measures. Air and noise legislation.

“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.”

“The course is easy and basic, but not quite interesting. Deals with air pollution for most part of it. There’s a lot of mugging up and very few numericals. Notes or ppts were not provided as well and it wasn’t easy taking notes down in class either.”

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  1. MME 3282: Energy Engineering

Steam power plant: Types of fuels used for steam generation, Equipment for burning coal in lump form, Strokers, Oil burners, Advantages and disadvantages of using pulverized fuel, Pulverized fuel furnaces, Cyclone furnace, Coal and ash handling, Generation of steam using forced circulation, High and supercritical pressures.
Diesel engine power plant: Applications in power field, Method of starting a diesel engine, Cooling and lubrication system, Filters, Centrifuges, Oil heaters, Intake and exhaust system, Layout of diesel power plant.
Hydroelectric plant: Hydrographs, Flow duration and mass curves, Unit hydrograph and numericals, Storage and pondage, Pumped storage plants, Low, medium and high head plants, Penstock, Water hammer, Surge tanks, Gates and valves, General layout of hydel power plants.
Nuclear power plant: Principles of release of nuclear energy, Fusion and fission reactions, Nuclear fuels used, Multiplication and thermal utilization factors, Elements of nuclear reactor: Moderator, Control rod, Fuel rod, Coolant. Pressurized water reactor, Boiling water reactor, Sodium graphite reactor, Homogeneous graphite reactor and Gas-cooled reactor, Radiation hazards, Shieldings, and Radioactive waste disposal.
Solar energy: Solar extra-terrestrial radiation and radiation at the earth surface, Radiation measuring instruments, Working principles of solar flat plate collectors, Solar pond and Photovoltaic conversion.
Biomass energy: Photosynthesis, Photosynthetic oxygen production, Energy plantation. Biogas: Production, Classification, Factors affecting generation, Thermo-chemical conversion, Types of gasifiers.
Wind energy: Properties of wind, Wind velocity, and power from wind, Major problems associated with wind power, Types of wind machines and their characteristics, Horizontal and vertical axis windmills.
Tidal, Ocean and Geothermal energy conversion: Fundamental characteristics of tidal power, Harnessing and limitations. Principle of working of ocean thermal energy, Rankine cycle, Limitations of OTEC. Geothermal energy conversion working principle, Types of geothermal stations.

”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

Introduction to IC engines: Thermodynamics and classification. Idealized cycles and Process – Otto, Diesel cycles, Dual Cycle. Comparison of air standard cycle, Fuel air cycles and actual cycles, Sterling cycle.
Fundamentals of combustion: Introduction, Modes of combustion, Stoichiometry, Heat of formation, Adiabatic flame temperature, Chemical equilibrium, Ignition limits, Simple numericals.
Combustion in SI engines- Stages of combustion, Factors affecting the different stages, Rate of pressure rise, Normal and abnormal combustion and Combustion Knock. Design and operational factors for control of knock. Combustion chamber design.
Combustion Phenomenon in CI engines – Stages of combustion, Delay period physical and chemical delay period, Abnormal combustion in CI engines – Diesel knock. Factors affecting the delay period. Control of diesel knock.
Combustion chamber designs for SI and CI engines: Different combustion chamber designs in SI engines, DI and IDI combustion chambers in CI engines.
Supercharging and Turbo-charging: Purpose and limitations, Turbochargers types and turbocharging of multi-cylinder engines, Thermodynamics of supercharging, Simple numericals.
Modern developments in IC engines: Rotary (Wankel engine) combustion engine. Electronic injection systems in SI engines, Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDI) engines, Multi-point fuel injection (MPFI) engines. Dual fuel engines – Working principle, Combustion in dual fuel engines, Factors affecting dual fuel combustion, Stratified charge engines, 6-stroke IC engine.
Engine electronics: Introduction, 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

Introduction to corrosion: Definitions, Corrosive environments, Consequences of corrosion,
Cost of corrosion, Corrosion science and corrosion engineering, Fundamental aspects of
Basic concepts of corrosion: Corrosion cell, Cathodic and anodic reactions, Types of corrosion
cells, Reference electrode, Calomel electrode, Pourbaix diagrams.
Corrosion principles: Corrosion rate expressions, Electro-chemical nature of aqueous
corrosion, Polarization, Factors influencing corrosion rate.
Types of corrosion: Uniform corrosion, Galvanic corrosion, Dezincification, De-alloying,
Crevice corrosion, Pitting corrosion, Intergranular corrosion, Stress corrosion cracking and
Hydrogen damage, Corrosion fatigue, Fretting corrosion, Erosion corrosion.
Polarization: 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.
Corrosion testing: 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: Definition, Classification, Types of matrices & Reinforcements, Characteristics and selection. Composites: Fiber, Laminated, Particulate. Prepregs, Sandwich construction. Glass, Carbon and Advanced fiber manufacturing methods, Applications, Advantages, Disadvantages and Properties.
Micromechanical analysis of a lamina: Derivation of stress, Strain, Modulus of elasticity of fiber reinforced composites. Rule of mixture, Problems to find density, Mechanical properties of composites by using Rule of mixture.
Manufacturing of polymer composites: Description of method, Advantages, Disadvantages and Application. Open and closed mold Processing, Hand-lay-up technique, Spray up process, Filament winding, Pultrusion, Thermoforming. Molding: Bag, Injection, Resin Transfer, Sheet. Compound for: Dough Molding and Thick Molding. Machining and Joining, Tooling, Quality assurance – Introduction, Material qualification, Type of defects, NDT methods.
Application developments: Aircrafts, Missiles, Space, Automobile, electrical and Electronics, Marine, Recreational and Sports equipment. 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 3281: Communicative English (Offered for Lateral Entry Students only)
    Common Errors in English: Subject-Verb Agreement.Uses of Tenses / Sequence of Tense.Prepositions.Articles. Special Usages. Creative Writing Essay: Types of Essays, Argumentative Essay, Descriptive/Expository/Narrative Essays. Reading Comprehension. Non- detailed Text: Critical Evaluation, Group Discussions, Presentation Skills, Essay writing. Audio texts/speeches: Practice listening skills, summary, commentary, listening exercises. Video Speeches: Theme based speeches- motivational, informative, technical, and persuasive, discussions. Speech: Elements of a good speech, types of speeches, model speech, Speech exercises, individual presentations, peer and facilitator feedback. Formal/Informal communication. Communication Styles: formal and informal, standard English and variations in usages, examples, and analysis of faulty usages.

2. HUM 3305: Public Speaking

Introduction to Public speaking: voice modulation, sounds/accent (basics), articulation, anxiety management, logical arguments, concept of purpose, audience, smart use of body language. Types of speech: designing and delivery of informative, persuasive, impromptu, and special occasion speeches. Presentations: planning and execution, types of presentations-informative, persuasive motivational. Other forms of speaking: debates, seminars, panel discussion, group discussion, tall tales, turn coat. Art of Evaluation: Providing feedback- planning, designing and delivering constructive feedback, receiving feedback, making use of relevant feedback, techniques of providing feedback, speech analysis, role of the evaluator.

3. HUM 3282: Analytical Writing

Essay Writing:  Narrative-instructional and process narratives, descriptive, expository, argumentative- different components of argumentation. Critical Writing Strategies: summarizing, paraphrasing, synthesizing. Brainstorming Strategies: clustering, mapping, outlining, cubing, looping. Logical Reasoning: Inductive and deductive reasoning, logical fallacies. Mechanics of writing: punctuation marks, rules related to the use of quotation marks, rules related to acknowledging sources. Analyzing texts: tone, style, vocabulary and structure Use of graphics in the text. Mechanics of Thesis writing and Journal writing.

4. HUM 3310: Indo-European Intercultural Dynamics

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 learned 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.”

5. HUM 3293: Interpretation of Literary Texts

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.”

  1. HUM 3289: German for Beginners

    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 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

    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

    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, microcontrollers, 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.”

  1. ICE 3281: Introduction to Industrial Instrumentation

Biomedical Engineering

  1. BME 3282: Bio-Mechanics

Introduction. Kinematic concepts for analysing human motion, Linear and angular kinematics of human movement. Application of Aerodynamics in sports- effects of drag on the body and objects in sports, effects of lift force on projected objects and the body, lift force produced by spin. The Magnus effect. Application of Hydrodynamics in swimming: Buoyancy and floatation, resistive and propulsive forces, 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“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.”

  1. ELE 3281: Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits
  2. ELE 3285: Energy Conversion Technologies

Information and Communication Technology

  1. ICT 3282: Design and Development of Web ApplicationsSyllabus
    Internet Basics: Concept of Internet, evolution, Specification and establishment details.IP addressing, Internet domains, DNS, ISP, Intranets and extranets. Internet applications: E-mail, Telnet, FTP, Video conferencing. World Wide Web: Concepts, Web page: static, Dynamic, Active. Web page development phases Web Designing, Development and Publishing, HTTP, URL registration, browsers, search engines, Web server, Proxy serversHyper Text Markup Language: Introduction To HTML, WWW, W3C, Common HTML, Tags Physical & Logical,  basic tags like, changing background color of page, text color etc., Text formatting tags, <p><br>, <hr> tags, Ordered , Unordered and definition Lists Tags, Inserting image, text, image links, image maps.  Tables and Frames Forms: Introduction with text box, text area, buttons, List box, radio, checkbox etc. Cascading Style Sheets: Introduction To Stylesheet, types of style sheets- Inline, External, Embedded CSS, text formatting properties, CSS Border, margin properties, Positioning Use of classes in CSS, colour properties, use of <div>&<span>. Java Scripts: Intro to script, types, intro of JavaScript, JavaScript identifiers, operators, control & Looping structure, Intro of Array, Array with methods, Math, String, Date Objects with methods User defined & Predefined functions, DOM objects, Window Navigator, History, Location, Event handling, Validations On Forms, Filters and Transitions. PHP: PHP-Introduction to PHP, History, Web Brower, Web Server, Xampp, Syntax, Operators, Variables, Constants, Control, Structure, Language construct and functions, Arrays-Enumerated Arrays, Associative array, array, iteration, Multi-dimensional array, Array function, Date and Time functions. String and Patterns- Quoting, Matching, Extracting, Searching, Replacing and Formatting

“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.”

  1. ICT 3283: Fundamentals of Data Structures and Algorithms

Introduction: Performance Analysis and Measurements – Asymptotic notations, introduction to data structure, classification of data structure, Abstract data types. Arrays: The Array as Abstract Data type, Sparse Matrix – Representation, Transpose of a sparse matrix, Representation of multidimensional arrays, The String abstract data type- Pattern matching. Stacks: Definition, operations on stacks, implementations, Applications of stacks-Evaluation of Arithmetic Expressions, Conversion of arithmetic expressions, Recursion, Multiple Stacks Queues: Definition, operations, implementations, circular queues, applications. Linked Lists: Introduction to pointers and Dynamic memory allocation, Singly linked lists-Insertion, traversal and deletion operations, Circular lists, Dynamically Linked Stacks and Queues, Polynomial representation and polynomial operations using a singly linked list, Singly circular linked list, doubly linked lists. Trees: Introduction, Tree terminology, Binary trees,  Abstract Data Type, Properties, Binary tree representations, Binary Tree Traversal [both recursive and non-recursive] algorithms, Expression tree, Heaps, Binary Search Trees. Graphs: The Graph Abstract Datatype- Definitions and Representations, Elementary Graph Operations- Depth First Search, Breadth First Search, Connected components, Spanning trees. Sorting and Searching: Insertion Sort, Quick Sort, Merge sort, Heap sort, Shell sort, Linear search, Binary search.