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The Open Electives (2019-20)—Semester VI

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 this academic year. 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 4th November 2019.

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. 

Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering

1. AAE 3282: Introduction to Avionics and Navigation Systems

Introduction to aircrafts, introduction to flight mechanics and flight dynamics of an aircraft & UAV, introduction to Avionics in aircraft & spacecraft, displays, HMI, I/O devices and power, packaging, ARINC and DOD types, system cooling, EMI/EMC requirements, aircraft power systems, inertial sensors and inertial navigation systems, multisensor navigation systems, Kalman filter basics & Mechanization, elements of navigation systems, satellite navigation systems, NAVSTAR Global Positioning Systems, Global Orbiting Navigation Satellites Systems, radar & landing systems.

The topics are really interesting but in my experience, the faculty handling it was too lenient. We barely had any classes. So if you’re not from electronics background, you might have to learn a lot of things on your own.”

2. AAE 3284: Automotive Pollution and Control

Introduction, analysis of pollutants, pollution from Spark Ignition engines, pollution from Compression Ignition engines, Fuels for Spark Ignition and Compression Ignition engines, engine variants, alternative fuels, Biomass Energy, Direct Energy conversion methods

Syllabus is majorly theoretical. Fairly a scoring subject as in most places it’s just use of common sense.  The contents aren’t interesting unless you wish to pursue the automobile field. Quantity wise, a lot of study material is provided but it’s not difficult to cover.”

Biomedical Engineering

  1. BME 3284: Rehabilitation Engineering

Introduction to the rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology: principles of assistive technology assessment and rehabilitation engineering. Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology: rehabilitation concepts, engineering concepts in sensory rehabilitation, motor rehabilitation and communication disorders.
Orthopedic Prosthetics & Orthosis in Rehabilitation Technology: fundamentals of design of upper and lower extremity prosthetic and orthotic devices, applications.
Mobility Aids: Mobility aids for the blind, discussion of design and function of robotic aids, wheelchairs.
Sensory Augmentation & Substitution: visual, auditory and tactile sensory augmentation & substitution. Conversion Aids for Non-vocal Physically Impaired Persons: characteristics of nonvocal physically impaired persons, design considerations for conversion aids, biofeedback in communicative disorders, artificial larynx.
Principles and Applications of Electrical Stimulation: artificial electrical stimulation of nerves and muscles, applications. Conceptual frameworks, Education and Quality assurance.

Computer Science and Engineering

1. CSE 3281: Database Management Systems

Introduction, relational model, database design and the E-R model, SQL, relational database design, transaction management

2. CSE 3283: Essentials of Industrial Computing

Object-Oriented Programming, analysis of algorithms,
System Development Methodology: Evaluation of software, software development models, requirement analysis and design, software construction, software testing and software quality.
Introduction to Web Technologies: Internetworking concepts, architecture and protocol, the World Wide Web, web applications, security in applications and issues in web-based applications.

3. CSE 3286: Linux Basics and Programming

Introduction, General-Purpose Utilities, The File System, Handling ordinary files and file attributes, Debugger, Shell and Process, Filters, Essential Shell Programming/Essential System Administration

4. CSE 3288: Principles of Software Engineering

The Problem Domain, The Software Engineering Challenges, The Software Engineering Approach. Software Process, Desired Characteristics of Software Process, Software Development process models. Software Requirements, Problem Analysis, Requirement Specifications, Functional Specification with Use Cases, Process Planning, Effort Estimation, Project Scheduling and Staffing, Software Configuration Management Plan. Design Principle, Module Level Concepts, Design Notations and Specifications, Structured Design Methodology, OO Analysis and OO Design, OO Concepts, Unified Modelling Language, Programming Principle and Guidelines, Coding Process, Testing Fundamentals, Black Box Testing, White Box Testing, Testing Process. 

5. CSE 3293: iOS Mobile Application

Introduction to iOS, Xcode, Swift, Mobile application development, Basics of Swift programming language, MVC pattern, Swift data structures, Control flow, Methods, Error handling, Building blocks of mobile applications, Human interface guidelines, Creating views, Basic UI handling, User interactivity and advanced UI concepts, Gestures, Basic iOS animations, Persistence and documents, Quality assurance and deployment.

Chemical Engineering

1. CHE 3282: Industrial Pollution Control

Symbiosis between man and environment, Nutrient and hydrologic cycles, Types of pollution, Legislation to environmental pollution, Phases involved in establishment of plant monitoring and control system, Evaluation and characterization of wastewater, Treatment methods, Concept of Zero Liquid Discharge, Sludge treatment and disposal , Solid waste management, Noise pollution and control, E-waste: sources and effects, e-waste management, Ambient air and stack gas sampling, Analysis of air pollutants, Plume behaviour, Meteorological factors affecting air pollution, Equipment for control and abatement of air pollution, Pollution from automobiles: control mechanisms.

Department of Chemistry

1. CHM 3282: Fundamentals of Industrial Catalytic Processes

Adsorption and Catalysis: Physisorption and chemisorption, adsorption isotherms, factors influencing adsorption, adsorption of gases by solids, adsorption from solution, introduction to catalysis, energetics, catalytic cycles
Solutions and Solubility: Ideal and non-ideal solutions, Raoult’s law, thermodynamics of solutions, vapour pressure and boiling point composition curves, distillation behaviour of completely miscible and immiscible liquid systems, azeotropes
Colligative Properties: Determination of molar masses from vapour pressure lowering, osmotic pressure, boiling point elevation and depression of freezing point, Vant Hoff’s factor
Colloids: Types of colloids, preparation and purification of sols, general properties, optical, electrical, and kinetic properties of sols, stability of sols, application of colloids
Emulsions and gels: Types, preparation, properties, and their application

2. CHM 3283: Sustainable Chemical Processes and Products

Introduction and principles of green chemistry, Examples, Atom economy, carbon efficiency, life cycle analysis, sustainable products, process and synthesis catalysis and green chemistry, examples of fine and bulk chemicals production, catalysts for clean technology.
Application of ecofriendly approach to waste treatment. Cleaner production processes, clean synthesis in lab Scale, industrial examples, use of ecofriendly energies. Bio-pesticides, polymers & pharmaceutical products.
Electrochemical synthesis, Alternate reaction media using water and other green solvents, ionic liquids & supercritical fluids; phase transfer catalysis.


Electronics and Communication Engineering

1. ECE 3285: MEMS Technology

Introduction, surface micromachining, MEMS transduction and actuation techniques, micro-sensing for MEMS, basic Bio-MEMS fabrication technologies, LIGA process, RF MEMS, microfluidic devices and components for Bio-MEMS, introduction to MEMS simulation tool

2. ECE 3287: Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic

Neural networks, multi-layer feed-forward classifiers, dynamical systems, unsupervised learning methods, introduction to kernel methods, fuzzy logic, linguistic variables, fuzzy IF-THEN rules: Fuzzy propositions, implications, fuzzy logic and approximate reasoning, fuzzy rule base, the structure of fuzzy rule base and properties of a set of rules, fuzzy inference engine, fuzzifiers, de-fuzzifiers, design of fuzzy rule-based system, Hybrid Systems

Print and Media Technology

  1. PMT 3286: Publishing Science

    Publishing and its process, Types of Publishing, Media – Writing for mass media, styles of reporting, editorials, features.
    Components of a story, Design & Editing – Significance, techniques and functions. Editing tools and symbols for mass media. Advertising Key Principles for promotional writing, Specialized reporting for Science and technology.
    Publishing Laws – Types of Publishers, Legal Issues – Intellectual Property Rights, Copy Rights, Trademark, Privacy Policies, Licensing, Memorandum of Understanding.
    Plagiarism and other malpractices. Electronic media versus print media. Case study. Recent advances and future trends in publishing.

“Publishing science goes through the nitty-gritty of writing and reporting for mass media. Varying from reporting styles, specialized reporting for tech as well as editorials. The subject also includes editing tools. Modules also touch upon advertising and promotional writing.  This elective also introduces you to the legalities involved in publishing. You will get to study Publishing laws, International Property Rights, Copy Rights, and Privacy Policies etc.”

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

1. ELE 3282: Electric Drives

Components of electric drives, factors affecting the choice of drives, dynamics of electrical drives, fundamental torque equation, speed-torque conventions, multi-quadrant  operation of electric drives, load torque components, nature and classification of load torque, equivalent moment of inertia, steady-state stability, load equalization, motor power rating, thermal model, classes of motor duty, introduction to thyristors, characteristics, power converters: AC to DC, DC to DC, AC to AC, DC to AC – DC Drives Systems – characteristics, starting, speed control, braking – AC Drives Systems

2. ELE 3284: Energy Auditing

Energy: Energy Types, Needs, Scenario, Security, Environmental Impact, Costs, Material & Energy Balance, Consumption Pattern, Sankey Diagram, Energy Policy, Information Systems, Energy Conservation Act 2001,
Energy Audit – Purpose, Scope, Types, Methodologies, Reporting, Instruments, Energy Auditor Responsibilities.
Energy Management – Energy Management principles, Strategy, Benchmarking, Energy Manager Responsibilities.
Performance Assessment- Boilers, Steam Systems, Furnaces, Insulation & Refractories, Cogeneration, Waste Heat Recovery, Transformers, Motors, Compressors, Refrigeration Systems, Fans, Blowers, Pumps, Cooling Towers, Illumination Systems, DG Sets.
Energy Economics – Economic analysis of investments, Simple payback method, return on investment, net present value, internal rate of return, life cycle costing, energy performance contracts and the role of ESCOs.

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  1. MME 3285: Introduction to Alternative Fuels and Applications

    Introduction: Introduction to alternative fuels
    Availability of different alternative fuels for SI and CI engines, properties of potential alternative fuels, liquid fuels in SI engines, liquid fuels in CI engines, gaseous fuels in SI engines, gaseous fuels in CI engines, electrical vehicles

2. MME 3288: Introduction to Operations Research

Introduction: Definition, Phases, Applications, Advantages and Limitations of Operations Research.
Linear programming problems, Transportation problem: Formulation, Generating initial solutions, 
Testing the solution, Assignment problem, Job sequencing problem, Game theory, Queueing theory, Critical Path Method (CPM), Project Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)

3. MME 3294: Thermal Treatment of Metals and Alloys

Phases in solids and phase diagrams: Phases-Single phase and Multiphase, Gibb’s phase rule, Solid solutions and types, Intermediate phases, Types of equilibrium diagrams (only binary), Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium cooling, Analysis of phase diagram to determine Composition and amount of phases involved. Invariant reactions (Euctectic, Peritectic and Eutectoid) and congruent melting alloy phase, Iron-carbon systems, Heat treatment processes: Annealing, Normalizing, Hardening, Tempering, Hardenability, Thermal treatments for hardening, Steel specification, classification and heat treatment of steels and cast iron, Heat treatment and application of non-ferrous metals and alloys

Humanities and Management

  1. HUM 3306: Introduction to Philosophy, Religion, and Culture

Notions of Philosophy, the origin and development of Philosophy.
Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Indian Philosophy.
Comparative Religion, Western Philosophy.
The relevance of Philosophy, branches of Philosophy, methods of Philosophy.
Philosophy and other branches of Study, Some Problems of Philosophy, Themes of Philosophy.
Mind and Body, and the Problem of Universal Change/Movement time and place, Existence of God and Evolution, Indian Culture, Social Ethics, Logic and Scientific Methods, Philosophy of Language.

“It’s quite fun and relaxed- you just need to keep some concepts in mind. Plus, you need to write regularly. For end semesters, you need to read 2 books apart from the ones you’re through with. There isn’t much to study for sessionals.  For regular assignments, you have to maintain a portfolio.  He’ll regularly give you topics to write on, and more drafts result in more marks. This was the scheme for us, but he was trying to get it changed to no sessionals or assignments and allocate the entire 50 marks for the portfolio. The end sem was all writing. Highest was 36 this time. Only one person gets an A+, and he got it at 78-79.”

2. HUM 3307: Creative Writing

Various literary/prose forms and their characteristics, techniques and strategies for reading, nuances of language and meaning in reading and writing.
Writing Exercises: techniques and strategies of writing creatively, critical concepts and terms in literary writing, writing exercises, creative writing output.

“The faculty was brilliant, and we were taught no theory at all. He would come to class and read out a few pieces of writing and explain different styles. The exams had questions that asked us to write a story with a given plot, another one was to rewrite the given passage in third person or first person. For internal marks, he asked us to submit assignments and graded us on the basis of those. It’s the perfect OE to take if you like to write.”

3. HUM 3308: Graphic Novels: History, Form, and Culture

Part I- The History of Comic Books, developing a Medium Defining comic book, relationships between comic books and other forms of sequential art, the (continental) roots of comics as an art form, the ways in which comic strips and pulps contributed to the emergence of the comic book.
Part II- The Maturation of the Medium, influence of the underground movement, ways in which mainstream publishers began to address more relevant topics, the proliferation of independent comics, the increase in the profile and prominence of the medium due to ambitious projects; Creating the Story; Experiencing the Story
Part III- Comic Book Genres, Genres, and Characterisation

“Surprisingly enough, it has given me literature I’ll hold in high regard throughout my life.”


  1. MAT 5284: Mathematical Modelling

Mathematical modelling through systems of ordinary differential equations of first order, Prey-Predator model Mathematical modelling through systems of ordinary differential equations, modelling in medicine (A model for diabetic mellitus)
Modelling on population dynamics, mathematical modelling through differential equations.
Modelling of economics and finance through difference equations, population dynamics and generation of models through difference equations, modelling in probability theory, examples
Optimisation models

“It’s an interesting subject if you’re into math and quite easy too. They cover topics like basic differential equations, difference equations, game theory, probability, and lpp. It’s pretty easy to score. The teacher knows the subject but has a little difficulty clearing doubts. But he gives notes in class i.e. writes stuff on the board and explains the concept while he teaches. Make sure you write notes.  If you like math you’ll enjoy it.”

2. MAT 5283: Applied Numerical Methods

Matrix Algebra: Solutions for linear system of equations. Direct methods: Gauss elimination method, Gauss Jordon method, Crout’s (LU decomposition) method, iterative methods, Jacobi Gauss-Seidel and successive overrelaxation methods.
Computation of inverse of a matrix: Jordan method, Triangularization method, Choleski’s method, partition method.
Eigenvalue & Eigenvectors: Given’s method for real symmetric matrices, Jacobi’s method for real symmetric matrices. Power method Numerical. Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations: Single step methods, Runge Kutta method. Adam Bashforth’s predictor-corrector method, Milne’s predictor and corrector method.
Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations: Finite difference approximation to derivatives of Parabolic, elliptic, explicit finite difference method, the implicit method

“The professor made us solve all kinds of problems from related topics. And you can approach him with doubts anytime you like- he is strict during class but that’s to ensure he has the entire class’ attention at all times. As long as you know the method to solve the question, he gives the marks you deserve. The course is related to Runge Kutta methods, Euler’s equation and other kinds of iteration methods. If you really like maths, then this subject is fun, plus it has lots of application in the engineering field.”

The professor incharge was Mr. Byju who was well-informed and wrapped up the course pretty quickly. The subject is not that hard to comprehend, but is very tedious. It involves rigorous calculations so don’t even think about this OE if you can’t play around with numbers. Its slightly harder to score due to the intense competition. Assignments are on similar bases as your core subjects. This subject helps out if you are in mechanical and take up subjects such as CFD. If you have a inclination and acumen towards math, definitely go for this subject. If you are slightly hesitant about your maths skill you have better options to look around at.”

3. MAT 5286: Stochastic Processes and Reliability

Static probabilities, Dynamic probability, Markov chains, transition probabilities, Chapmen Kolmogorov equations, classification of states, chains of Markov process, the stability of Markov systems, limiting behaviour, random walk, Poisson Processes assumptions, Queueing System, general concepts, Model M/M/I and M/M/S, steady-state behaviour, transient behaviour, Wiener processes and Gaussian processes.
Differential equations of a Wiener process, Kolmogorov equations, Ornstein-Unlenbick Process,
Reliability Theory, system reliability

“The course is really good, and everything that’s written in the course plan is delivered in time. Scoring wise, the topics are easy, with a few formulae and derivations. The derivations may be hard to understand initially but the end result is easy to remember, as long as you have the basics of probability and statistics at your fingertips. Topics covered are statistics, probability, queuing theory, Markov process/chain, birth-death process, and reliability analysis, among others. The faculty is efficient and not very strict about attendance or coming late to class. The overall difficulty of the course is moderate. The end sems and sessionals were numerical, reasoning and derivations, with a few conceptual questions sprinkled in.”

4. MAT 5282: Applied Linear Algebra

Finite dimensional vector spaces, subspaces, linear independence, bases and dimension, sum and intersection of subspaces.
Algebra of linear transformations, range and null space of a linear transformation, inner-product spaces, metric spaces and Banach spaces, Gram Schmidt orthogonalization, linear operators and their adjoint, self-adjoint, unitary and normal transformations, polar decomposition.
Matrix algebra, simultaneous equations, Eigenvalues, characteristic vectors, Cayley Hamilton theorem, minimal polynomial, application of Eigenvalues to solve simultaneous difference and differential equations.
Quadratic forms and their classification constrained optimization, computational methods of linear algebra

“The topics included were matrix algebra, simultaneous equations, Eigenvalues, application of Eigenvalues to solve simultaneous difference equations, constrained optimization, and computational methods among other things. Faculty-wise, I didn’t find the subject to be as enjoyable as expected. The professor just stuck to the course plan strictly and the overall teaching method was very average, according to me. The class was filled with 8.5+ CGPA holders from different branches, so I think the subject had a high GPA requirement.”

5.MAT 5285: Optimization Techniques

Formulation, linear programming, Simplex method, Penalty case methods, two-phase method, dual simplex method, duality theory, transportation problem, Vogel’s approximation method, MODI method, assignment problem (Hungarian method)
Project Management: Networks, project planning and control using PERT and CPM, project crashing, game theory, Minimax principle, games with mixed strategies, Dominance theory, solution using Linear programming.

“Handled by senior faculty who had excellent command over the subject, the class was interactive. He discussed each topic in detail and then wrote everything on the board, including the procedures. However, he expected students to be very punctual and disciplined in class and set lengthy question papers which needed a lot of practice in order to get good grades. As for the subject, it’s quite fun to learn, basic maths used with lots of calculations. Be careful about silly mistakes, though,  they can make your entire solution go wrong. The class is common for both B.Tech and M.Tech students and is mostly filled with toppers. For those who are interested in solving real-life problems and good at quick math, it’s pretty easy.”

6. MAT 5281: Applied Graph Theory

Graphs and subgraphs: walks, paths and connectedness, distance as a metric, degrees, regular graph, cubic graphs, bipartite graphs, self-complementary graphs, operations on graphs, externals graphs, degree and sequence
Applications of the theorems: Havel and Hakimi, Erdos and Gallai, cut points, bridges and blocks, trees and their characterization, centre and centroids, block-cut trees, spanning trees, independent and cocycles. Connectivity and line connectivity, Whitney’s Theorem, Reversibility, Planarity, colourability, matrix representation of graphs, Algorithms

Master of Computer Applications

1. MCA 3281: Introduction to Linux and Shell Scripting

Introduction to UNIX/LINUX Operating System: Introduction to Operating system concepts, Linux Overview, kernel and shell, using Unix, input and output, redirection, scripts, pipes, pagers, getting help. Processes and Devices: Process status, Foreground and background, process control, signals, Process Utilities (ps, kill, wait, sleep), Environment variables, Global and local variables, Executable scripts, Job control, Command history list, Running job at a specific time, Running programs periodically, big programs, Timing a program, running programs in order, Quotes and escapes, Devices, backquotes. File Systems, File commands, Linux Editors, Command mode, Regular Expressions and filters, SED, Shell and Shell Scripting, Advanced shell programming, Pattern Scanning, Utility (AWK), Program Control Structures, Bash Shell Features.

2. MCA 3282: Introduction to Data Analytics

Introduction: Introduction to data science, the need for data analytics. Datasets, Databases and Data warehouse: Introduction to data sets, Relational databases, Structured Query Language (SQL), Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Data warehouses and data marts, Online analytical processing (OLAP) Data Modeling: ER modelling, Dimensional modelling, other types of data. Data Analysis and Visualization: Data Exploration, ETL tools, Data scrubbing, statistical analysis, data quality, statistical analysis and visualization, Market Basket Analysis Predictive Analytics: Classification, Regression models, Clustering data, Forecasting models. Applications in Data Analytics: Case studies, Business Intelligence, Supply Chain Analytics, Decision making, Optimization, Big Data Analytics, Time series, Spatial Data Analysis and mining.

Civil Engineering

  1. CIE 3285: Contract Management

Introduction to contracts: Definitions, Essentials for a legally valid contract, Salient features, Discharging, Documents for an Engineering Contract, Types of contracts based on − tendering process, economic consideration, tasks involved. Main and Sub Contracts: features, merits, demerits, applicability. Tendering process: Definitions, List of Documents, EMD, SD. Preparation and submission of documents and its opening. Evaluation of Tender and Award of contract.
Issues in tendering process: Pre – Registration, Pre – Qualification, Nominated Tendering, Rejection of Tenders, Repeat Orders, Revocation of Tenders, Unbalanced Bidding, Cartel or Collusion in Tendering. Administration: Responsibilities (Duties and Liabilities) of Principal and Contractor, Monitoring and Quality control/assurance, Settlement of claims − Advances, Bills, Extension for time, Extras & Variations, Cost Escalations. Security Deposit, Retention Money, Performance Bond, Liquidated Damages, Penalties, Statutory Requirements, Social Obligations/Responsibilities, Labor Welfare, Reports, Records, Files.
Breach of contract: Definition and Classification, Common Breaches by – Principal, Contractor, Damage Assessment, Claims for Damages, Quantum Merit, Force Majeure. Dispute resolution. Conciliation. Dispute Resolution Boards (DRB). Litigation.
International contracts: International Competitive Bidding, Domestic Preference, FIDIC Documents, Conditions, Currency of Bid and Payment, Escalation in Foreign Currency, Financing of projects, Applicable Law and Settlement of Disputes, International Arbitration.

“It’s quite irrelevant to our regular course. Our faculty was good and explained things really well. She would show us the documents which are involved in agreements and contracts etc.  A lot of theory is involved. You can score a good grade if you are a theory kind of person.”

2. CIE 3286: Earth Science

The Earth and the Solar System: Milky Way and the solar system, Modern theories on the origin of planetary bodies, Earth’s orbital parameters, Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, Geological Time Scale, Space and time scales, atmosphere and oceans, Radioactive isotopes and their applications in earth sciences, stratigraphy, Theories about the origin of life and the nature of fossil record.
Earth’s gravity and magnetic fields and its thermal structure.
Earth Materials, Surface features and Processes, Interior of the Earth, Deformation and Tectonics, Oceans and Atmosphere, General weather systems of India, Environmental Earth Sciences, Energy resources.

“The course content was kind of interesting, familiarity with the basics of geography helps. Quite a lot of free periods and an easy to score subject. Putting in effort one night before the exam can get you through. If someone takes an interest in geography and geology, it’ll be a cakewalk.”

3. CIE 3281: Environmental Management

The context of environmental management, an overview of the state of the global environment, the earth’s natural systems, sustainability and sustainable development– a Case study.
Introduction to the evaluation tools, environmental management system (EMS), organizational barriers, management responsibility, elements and extent of application, EMS structure.
Environmental Ethics, Laws, International Environmental Legislation, Indian Scenario, International Policy, sectoral allocation.
Environmental Impact Assessment –Purpose, Objective, Scope, steps, usage, EIS, SEA, Difference between EIA and SEA, case study.
Life Cycle Assessment Components of LCA, measuring environmental impact, strategic framework for LCA and LCA-a tool for sustainability, case study.
ISO 14000-Background, series, business and standards, voluntary, elements of EMS-environmental policy, planning, implementation and operation checking & correction action and management review, case study. Auditing Scope and objectives, standards for auditing, registration, implementing the audit, procedures, benefits, environmental auditing as a management tool, case study.
Newer concepts of corporate environmental management product design for the environment, product stewardship, principles of clean production, packaging, sustainable procurement, the social responsibility function of corporations, eco-labelling, ecological and carbon footprints (ISO 14064-65)–case study. Environmental Economics and environmental design-application.

Instrumentation and Control Engineering

  1. ICE 3282: Programmable Logic Controller

Evolution of PLC: Introduction, Architecture of PLC, components of PLCs, programming a PLC, bit logic operations, Timers & Counters, Special Instructions, Analog PLC Operations & Networking of PLC and applications of PLC.
PID Instructions, Levels of Industrial control, Types of Networking, Bus Networks.
Protocols: Profibus, Modbus overview of each bus with an application
SCADA & DCS: Architecture, different networking, layers of control, application with a case study.

“An easy subject to score in if taught properly. Programmable Logic is a balance of both theory and ladder diagrams which is a new method of diagrammatic coding. The coding aspects involve finding logical solutions to problem statements. The theory part can get tedious to study, but it is easy.  Depending on the faculty, you can either breeze through the problem statements or find it hard at first.”

2. ICE 3283: Virtual Instrumentation

Introduction to LabVIEW: Software environment, front panel, block diagram, palettes, loops, structures and tunnels, arrays, clusters, plotting data.
Modular Programming: Modular programming in LabVIEW, creating an icon, building a connector pane, displaying subVIs and express Vis as icons or expandable nodes, creating subVIs from sections of VIs, opening and editing subVIs, placing subVIs on block diagrams, creating stand-alone applications.
Strings and File I/O: creating string controls and indicators, string functions, editing, formatting and parsing strings, configuring string controls and indicators, basics of file input/output, file I/O VIs.
Instrument Control: GPIB communication, hardware and software architecture and specifications, instrument I/O assistant, VISA, Instrument Drivers, Serial Port communications.
Data Acquisition: Transducers, signal conditioning, DAQ hardware configuration, DAQ hardware, Analogy I/O, Counters, Digital I/O, DAQ assistant, selecting and configuring a data acquisition device.
IMAQ Vision: Vision basics, image processing and analysis, particle analysis, machine vision, machine vision hardware and software, building a complete machine vision system.

Your result in this subject largely depends upon how well your faculty teaches you. The concepts may be a bit difficult to grasp at first.  A vested interest in the modules would probably work in your favour for an A.”

Information and Communication Technology

1. ICT 3284: Networking with TCP/IP

Introduction to Computer Networks and layered Architecture: Definition, uses, classification of networks, network topology and topography, layers, protocols and services, ISO/OSI reference model, an overview of TCP/IP architecture, MAC, application protocols and TCP/IP utilities.
IP Addresses
Internet Protocol
Internet Control Message Protocol
Internet Group Management Protocol
User Datagram Protocol and Transmission Control Protocol
Stream Control Transmission Protocol
Unicast Routing Protocol
Application Layer: Principle of network applications, the web and HTTP, DNS, TELNET

2. ICT 3285: Machine Learning

Mathematical Preliminaries: Review of linear algebra, probability theory review, overview of convex optimization, hidden Markov models, multivariate Gaussian distribution, Gaussian processes.
Introduction: Basic concepts of machine learning, some day to day examples of machine learning.
Supervised Learning: Supervised learning setup, LMS, logistic regression, perceptron, exponential family, generative learning algorithms, gaussian discriminant analysis, naive Bayes, support vector machines, model selection and feature selection, ensemble methods: bagging, boosting. Evaluating and debugging learning algorithms.
Learning Theory: Bias/variance tradeoff, union and Chernoff and Hoeffding bounds, VC dimension, worst case (online) learning, practical advice on how to use learning algorithms.
Unsupervised Learning: Clustering, K-means, EM, mixture of Gaussians, factor analysis, PCA (Principal Components Analysis), ICA (Independent Components Analysis).
Reinforcement Learning and Control: Markov Decision Processes (MDPs), Bellman equations, value iteration and policy iteration, linear quadratic regulation (LQR),  LQG, Q-learning, value function approximation, policy search, reinforce, POMDPs.

3. ICT 5052: Cyber Security   

Introduction to Information, Network and System Security, Encryption techniques, Message Integrity and Message Authentication, Digital Signature, Key Management, User Authentication.
Web security model: Browser security model including same-origin policy, Client-server trust boundaries.
Session management, authentication: Single sign-on, HTTPS and certificates. Application vulnerabilities and defences: SQL injection, XSS, CSRF.
Client-side security: Cookies security policy, HTTP security extensions, Plugins, extensions, and web apps, Web user tracking, Server-side security tools, e.g. Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) and fuzzers. Cybercrime, Cybercrime investigation, Laws and ethics

4. ICT 5053: Game Theory and Applications

Introduction, Mathematical Preliminaries: Probability theory, Linear algebra, Linear programming and duality, Mathematical analysis, Computational complexity classes.
Non-Cooperative Game Theory: Extensive Form Games, Strategies Form Games, Dominant Strategy Equilibria, Nash Equilibria, Matrix Games, Bayesian Games
Cooperative Game Theory: Two Person Bargaining Problem, Coalition Games, Shapely Values.
Mechanism Design: Social Choice Functions, Incentive Compatibility and Revelation Theorem, Auctions

Department of Physics

1. PHY 3284: Radiation Physics

Radiation Sources: Fast electron sources, heavy charged particle sources, sources of electromagnetic radiation, neutron sources.
Radiation Interaction: Photoelectric and Compton process, pair production, interaction of heavy charged particles, stopping power, energy loss characteristics, Bragg curve, particle range, range straggling, stopping time, energy loss in thin absorbers, interaction of fast electrons, absorption of beta particles, the interaction of gamma rays, gamma-ray attenuation, interaction of neutrons, neutron cross section, neutron-induced nuclear reactions.
Radiation Detectors and Instrumentation: Semiconductors diodes, JFET-MOSFET, integrated circuits, OPAMP and their characteristics, the differential amplifier, operational amplifier systems, pulse amplifiers.
Principles of radiation detection and measurements
Industrial uses of nuclear measurements

Mechatronics Engineering

  1. MTE 3285: Product Development and Marketing
    (Syllabus will be updated soon)

Inter-Institute Electives

1. IIE 5201: Health Economics (As per Time Table through Skype)
Coordinated by Biotechnology


Economics: Understanding Economics, Efficiency, Rational decisionmaking, Opportunity costs, Supply and demand, Price discovery,
Health economics: Defining health, Human capital, what does supply and demand mean in the context of health? Arrow on the uncertainty and
welfare economics, The Moral hazard, DALY and QALY, Efficiency: The production possibility frontiers. The production function for health care.
Health policy, Defining equity, Standards of healthcare provision Epidemiology, The Healthcare sector, The demand for health, Disease prevalence, The pharmaceuticals market, Cross country case studies.

2. IIE 5202: Digital Medicine (As per Time Table through Skype)
Coordinated by Biotechnology


Present day practice of medicine. Limitations of scalability in the presentframework. Introduction to computing, algorithms, big data, semantic
web, mobility. Communication-WAN/LAN, 3G/4G and 5G. Patient/Electronic Health records. Experience with these records elsewhere Wearables, the physics of data capture. Practical demonstration of wearables Genomics, an introduction. Computational genomics including the software. Imaging –an introduction-ionizing and non-ionizing. Imaging software and science of diagnosis. How all the four 4 pillars-PHR/EHR, Wearables, Genomics and Imaging come together with software as the glue to change the world of medicine.

3. IIE 3209: Introduction to Polish Language and Culture (5:30-7:30 pm at MIT)
Coordinated by DES

4. IIE 3204: Gandhian and Peace Studies (Monday-Wednesday 6-7 pm)
Coordinated by DGPS

5. IIE 3210: Yakshagana Appreciation (Thursday and Friday 6-7:30 pm)
Coordinated by DGPS

The course aims to introduce students Yakshagana art and prepare them for the appreciation of its nuances.
Unit 1: Yakshagana a historical overview – genesis and evolution, different types.
Unit 2: Yakshagana as an art, theoretical basis, themes and stories.
Unit 3: Dance – different styles, demonstration
Unit 4: Music and songs- varieties of instruments their purpose, Bhagavathike (singing)
– songs and their compositions demonstration.
Unit 5: Dialogue (Arthagarike) – language in Yakshagana
Unit 6: Costumes and makeup–nature and nuances of costume colour and characterization.
Stage and lighting, Contemporary issues and trends
The assessment will be based on assignments such as research paper, presentation and a test.

6. IIE 3205: Medical Emergency and First Aid
Coordinated by MCON

Introduction to First Aid: Principles, First aid kit and equipment, Emergency drugs, Scene assessment, Safety and identifying hazards, Patient assessment, Basic Life Support and AED, Triage, Extrication/stretchers,  Ambulance. For the below emergencies, the syllabus includes the assessment, causes, symptoms, and management of given emergencies.
Respiratory emergencies: Hyperventilation syndrome, Foreign body aspiration, Chocking.
Gastrointestinal emergencies: Hematemesis, Abdominal trauma/injuries.
Musculoskeletal emergencies: Dislocations, Soft tissue injury, Broken bones, Neck and spinal injuries, Polytrauma, Crush injuries, Bandaging.
Dental, ENT and eye emergencies: Fractured tooth, Tooth avulsion, Ruptured tympanic membrane, Foreign body in the ear, nose, throat and eye, Epistaxis, Eye trauma, Ocular burns, Retinal emergencies.
Renal emergencies: Renal colic, Renal trauma, Retention of urine.
Nervous system emergencies: Headache, Fainting/ syncope, Head injury, Stroke, Seizures.
Haematological emergencies: Bleeding disorders.
Endocrine emergencies: Hypoglycemia, Hyperglycemia, Alcoholic ketoacidosis.
Toxicologic emergencies: Bites and stings, Anaphylaxis, Alcohol poisoning, Drug poisoning, Organophosphates, Heavy metals, Food/ mushroom poisoning, Inhalation poisoning.
Environmental emergencies: Burns, Cold exposure, Heat exposure, Drowning and near-drowning, Diving emergencies, Lightening.
Pediatric emergencies: Foreign body aspiration, Seizures, Poisoning, Pediatric Trauma, Burns.
Psychiatric emergencies: Substance abuse disorder, Depression and suicide, Anxiety disorder, Sexual assault, Violence management.
Obstetrical emergencies: Postpartum hemorrhage, Amniotic fluid embolism.

7. IIE 3207: Nutrition and Health
Coordinated by WGSHA

Module 1: Fundamentals of Nutrition, Macro and Micro NutrientsCarbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids, Vitamins and minerals, Super/Functional Foods, Processed/Convenience Foods.
Module 2: Balanced Diet, Weight Management, Nutrient Labelling, Fad Diets, Eating Disorders.
Module 3: Sports Nutrition: Exercise and training concepts, Components of basic exercise prescription, Recommended Nutrition and caloric intake for various sports, Macronutrients and fluids, Ergogenic aids, Doping, Diet and Physical Activity Analysis Software

8.  IIE 3202: Introduction to Indian Ethics and Epics
Coordinated by DOP Manipal

9. IIE 3208: Introduction to Sanskrit Computational Linguistics
Coordinated by DOP Manipal


  1. BIO 5052: Introduction to Biofuels and Biopolymers

Renewable energies and significance of biofuels, feedstocks for various biofuels, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of biofuels, ethanol from fermentation and comparison of different technologies, diesel from Jatropha, waste cooking oils, and Microalgae, biogas and biological hydrogen, and basic concepts of microbial fuel cells; introduction to biopolymers, Biopolymers vs. Synthetic polymers; Synthesis of biopolymers such as Starch, Hemicellulose etc, Commercially available biopolymers, uses of biopolymers, Manufacturing technologiies, Fillers & Reinforcement,
Market & Economics, Biodegradability.