Open Elective 2014-2018 [Fourth sem]

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The Open Elective is a chance given by the college to delve deeper into the topics we have always wished to pursue, but haven’t been able to due to the restrictions provided by our respective courses. It is a way to know about other branches, and not only does a sound knowledge of topics diverse and different from your own stream enhance your capabilities, it also does help immensely in whichever field you work later. Ever secretly harbored the wish to be an astronaut, but found yourself pursuing a boring course in electrical instead? Always fancied learning what your Computer Science peers studied? Here is the chance. We bring to you a detailed description of all the Open Electives for the fourth semester so that you can make a well thought-out decision while selecting your open electives. MTTN acknowledges all the seniors who helped provide a deeper insight into how the course proceeds as well as some tidbits about the professor and how the elective helps in the long run. All the best!

ELECTIVE:  Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
OFFERED BY:
 Aeronautical
SUBJECT CODE:
 AAE 3281

One of the few courses available to hobbyists as well as those aspiring to work in the exclusive aircraft industry, this course is considered relatively “easy”. The aeronautics elective includes studying about the history of flight, the fundamental thoughts that go into it, ballooning aircraft anatomy and basics of Aerodynamics. The syllabus includes a brief introduction to the Aircraft Industry and progresses onto flight dynamics and mechanics. It provides an insight into the actual science behind the working of an aircraft, so for those of you who’ve harbored a passion for flying machines, but not enough to take it up as a profession, this is the perfect elective for you.

ELECTIVE:  Automobile engineering
OFFERED BY:
 Automobile
SUBJECT CODE:
 AAE 3283

This elective comprises the study of various engines and their construction, electrical systems, alternate fuels, safety, economics and quality of an automobile.

ELECTIVE:  Biomechanics
OFFERED BY:
 Biomedical
SUBJECT CODE:
 BME 3282

Biomechanics is definitely a lucrative choice to those who have a little inclination towards the medical side. This is a relatively new subject for MIT and SOAHS is the only other institute in Manipal that has a course related to it. It may include visits to the Department of Physiotherapy at SOAHS. With this subject being fairly easy to score in, the course includes basic biology (muscular and skeletal system) and progresses to basic physics involving human movements. It also deals with the mechanical laws governing movement of other living organisms. Definitely worth taking if you’re a fan of Biology.

ELECTIVE:  Introduction to Bioinformatics
OFFERED BY:  Biotechnology
SUBJECT CODE:
 BIO 3282

The textbook definition of Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information. Computers are used to gather, store, analyze and integrate biological and genetic information which have various applications in research fields. Some of the basics covered here are BLAST tools, Analysis of Gene Sequences, Gene Bank, Protein and DNA sequence Alignment, FASTA tool, Algorithms associated with the above mentioned topics. This elective bridges the gap between programming and Biology and integrates the two.

ELECTIVE:  Introduction to Chemical Engineering
OFFERED BY:  Chemical
SUBJECT CODE:
 CHE 3281

The syllabus is based on the kind of knowledge required in chemical industries, i.e. fuel cells, battery technology, Material Balances with and without Chemical Reactions, Energy Balances, Stoichiometry, Units and Dimensions. The course is designed for people who take an avid interest in chemistry. It is also very useful for the non-chemical Students hoping to research in chemical fields in the future.

ELECTIVE:  Air and Noise Pollution
OFFERED BY:  Civil
SUBJECT CODE:
 CIE 3284

This elective is for the student who wants to sit back, relax and study about the intricacies of air and noise pollution, different pollutants and its looming dangers in the environment. For the lover of Environmental Sciences, who uses the tried and tested formulae of writing pages on the environment to score marks and considers himself to have mastered the art of presenting passion for saving the environment, this elective is just made for you. It is all about air and noise pollution, and those same causes and effects we have been learning from ages hence.

ELECTIVE:  Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS
OFFERED BY:  Civil
SUBJECT CODE:
 CIE 3282

GIS or geographic information system deals with basic theories of geography, the different techniques involved in reading, storage, analyzing and modelling data and maps. GIS is playing an increasingly important role in civil engineering companies today.  A brief introduction to India’s satellite program and also how remote sensing can be used to detect natural disasters is covered in this elective. Recommended for those who wish to work in civil or infrastructure-related job profiles.

ELECTIVE:  Strength of materials
OFFERED BY:  Civil
SUBJECT CODE:
 CIE 3283

The elective deals with topics concerning torsion, deflection and stress on bodies. An extension of the MOS subject from the first year, this is a fun subject to be learning if one has an aptitude for it as it is a comparatively easier subject to tackle.

ELECTIVE:  Programming in C#
OFFERED BY:  Computer Science
SUBJECT CODE:
 CSE 3289

C# is a language used world-wide and this elective is very useful in the long run. However, most students who opt for C# have a basic understanding of programming so one needs to have skills adept for the understanding of this subject. It deals with the .NET framework, methods, classes, inheritance, Exception handling, and other basics of Object Oriented Programming. The professors do not teach from scratch as was the case in first year, so be sure of your coding skills before you opt for this language. Rest assured it is indeed very helpful especially if you wish to pursue a job in the software industry.

ELECTIVE:  Programming in JAVA
OFFERED BY:  Computer Science
SUBJECT CODE:
 CSE 3290

This serves as an introduction to JAVA and explores its applications including but not limited to applets and web-based programming. An overview of the syllabus that will be covered includes classes and objects, getting user inputs, abstract class, interface and inheritance, file-handling, multi-threading and applets. This is rumored to be one of the more challenging electives but has a great demand and scope.

ELECTIVE:  Essentials of IT
OFFERED BY:  Computer Science
SUBJECT CODE:
 CSE 3282

Essentials of IT essentially deals with how a computer works. The syllabus covers the computer hardware concepts and then moves on to memory management, file management and the different algorithms involved in data storage etc. Basics of SQL is also covered in the end. It is said to be easy and scoring for those who wish to pursue their career in the IT industry as it gives you the solid base required. If you are curious to know what goes on inside your PC, then this is the elective for you.

ELECTIVE:  MATLAB for engineers
OFFERED BY:  EEE
SUBJECT CODE:
 ELE 3287

MATLAB code is essential in today’s world for generating innumerable models in the electrical industry. This elective teaches about numeric, cell and basics of MATLAB programming, different decision making statements, ODE and PDE solvers, programming with Simulink, Project based learning and building interactive applications. It is an easy elective, provided that coding interests you, and the general concepts of electrical engineering are at your fingertips. The professors only give you a general idea, so be prepared to do a lot of individual hard-work to succeed.

ELECTIVE:  Electric Drives
OFFERED BY:  EEE
SUBJECT CODE:
 ELE 3282

This elective comprises components of electric drives, power convertors, AC to DC and vice versa. Torque, speed and position control systems, load torque and motor power ratings. It is a difficult elective, considering it is offered by the electrical department and should be opted for only if the pursuer is genuinely interested in this line of study.

 

ELECTIVE:  Energy Conversion Techniques
OFFERED BY:  EEE
SUBJECT CODE:
 ELE 3285

This is for the inspired Electrical Machinery fan, and this elective delves deeper into the concepts behind the working principle of Transformers, Ac generators, Induction Motors, Synchronous Motors, stepper motors and universal motors. Rest assured, this elective, as your Third semester E&E friends will warn you, is not an easy one, but it is very interesting. However if you are looking for an A or an A+ in your open elective, this one is not fetching you that grade.

 

ELECTIVE:  Introduction to communication systems
OFFERED BY:  E&C
SUBJECT CODE:
 ECE 3283

Basics of Communications, Networking, Communications Architecture and Protocols and the works. This is useful for those who wish to learn about anything regarding the physical transfer of data from one point to another and is recommended for those who wish to have a career in Communications.

ELECTIVE:   Consumer electronics
OFFERED BY:  E&C
SUBJECT CODE:
 ECE 3281

This course is aimed at those who wish to be involved in the installation and setting up of electronic equipment in practical scenarios. It also includes necessary precautions that you need to take in order to not injure yourself while working. Recommended if you love doing fieldwork.

ELECTIVE:  Microcontrollers and Applications
OFFERED BY:  E&C
SUBJECT CODE:
 ECE 3284

Microcontrollers and their Applications have always intrigued the fellow Electronics engineer. If you are interested in embedded systems, this elective deals with the different architectures in Microcontrollers, Serial I/O, the 8051 Microcontroller, Seven Segment display, LCD and case studies based on 8051. The new generation Electronics Industry thrives on Microcontrollers, and it is extremely useful in the long run. However this subject, as any other subject offered by this branch, is not easy and be prepared for a good deal of research in order to succeed in this subject.

ELECTIVE:  Electronic Product Design and Packaging
OFFERED BY:  E&C
SUBJECT CODE:
 ECE 3282

This elective involves the basic study of electronic product detailing and finishing. From product planning, to packaging techniques, design techniques, PCB, cross talk and shielding, this elective is custom-made for the Electronic Designer. If you have always dreamt of designing the aesthetic electronic appliance, this elective might give you a head-start.

ELECTIVE:  Building Automation Systems
OFFERED BY:  E&C
SUBJECT CODE:
 ECE 3288

Ever wanted to know the protocols that go into building Automation Systems? From BMS architecture, to Lightning Control Systems, Fire Alarm and Green building System this elective gives an overview of all these systems and protocols.

 ELECTIVE:  Fundamentals of Data structures and Algorithms
OFFERED BY:  ICT
SUBJECT CODE:
 ICT 3283

Data Structures like Stacks, Queues, Linked Lists, Trees, Heaps and Hash Tables will be introduced and elaborated on. They’re required for anything related to Computer Science/ Data Handling. Brilliant course for computer enthusiasts. Also, a data structures course will be a feather in your hat as an engineer no matter what your major.

ELECTIVE:  Computer Graphics and Animation
OFFERED BY:  ICT
SUBJECT CODE:
 ICT 3281

An easy elective, Computer Graphics and Animations involves a general study of 2D and 3D transformations, general projection transformations, introduction to curves and surfaces, basics of animation, filling, clipping and the basic theory for graphic algorithms. For the graphics enthusiast, this elective is worth trying for.

ELECTIVE: Design and Development of Web Applications
OFFERED BY:  ICT
SUBJECT CODE:
 ICT 3282

This subject offers Web essentials such as clients, servers and communication. It deals with syntax of HTML, developing web pages, VLINK, ALINK and various styles required to go along with it. Case studies include creating Web pages using PHP and designing a Web page using above mentioned scripting language. If you have always wanted to design your own Web Page, this elective will help you take your first step towards that idea. It is of excellent use in the long run.


ELECTIVE:
 Introduction to Industrial instrumentation
OFFERED BY:  Instrumentation and control
SUBJECT CODE:
 ICE 3281

This elective deals with the measurement system, basic principles of transducers, applications of temperature and pressure measurement, and miscellaneous measurements. For the instrumentation enthusiast this subject is quite the choice, but it involves a lot of learning and memory based study.


ELECTIVE:
 Sensor Technology
OFFERED BY:  Instrumentation and control
SUBJECT CODE:
 ICE 3284

Sensor Technology deals with basic study in the field of sensors – IR sensors, Proximity sensors, characteristics of sensors and Laser classification. If you are interested in application of sensor world-wide, this elective provides an insight into the use of various sensors and their applications in various field of Engineering.

ELECTIVE:  Corrosion engineering
OFFERED BY:  Mechanical
SUBJECT CODE:
 MME 3281

With rising GDPs come rising problems. One of them is the simple property of any natural material (especially construction material) to corrode over a period of time. This course aims to imbibe in an engineer, the knowledge of inhibiting and reversing corrosion in most materials. A must for students of Civil, Automobile and Aeronautical branches (especially in a diverse country like India), this course will mightily improve one’s CV and also help them later in the field when faced with designing certain structures/platforms.

 

ELECTIVE:  Introduction to Composite materials
OFFERED BY:  Mechanical
SUBJECT CODE:
 MME 3286

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of composite materials for high performance structures from the point of view of Aerospace engineering design, manufacturing, and repair. It is designed to address critical areas of composite technologies that focus on materials, manufacturing, mechanics, design, inspection, and repair.


ELECTIVE:
 Internal combustion engines
OFFERED BY:  Mechanical
SUBJECT CODE:
 MME 3284

This course studies the fundamentals of how the design and operation of internal combustion engines affect their performance, operation, fuel requirements, and environmental impact. Topics include fluid flow, thermodynamics, combustion, heat transfer and friction phenomena, and fuel properties, with reference to engine power, efficiency, and emissions. For those who aspire to work in the automobile industry as well as hobbyists alike, this course is a great option. Students from branches like E&C, IT etc. who could specialize in specific subsystems of automobile design may find this course especially helpful.

ELECTIVE:  Energy Engineering
OFFERED BY:  Mechanical
SUBJECT CODE:
 MME 3282

This might come across as boring, but it is one easy elective. This deals mostly with different fuels used for steam generation, to the caricatures of a diesel engine, auxiliaries like the cooling and lubrication system, heaters, and energy systems like Nuclear power plant, solar, wind and biomass energy conversions. This elective is all about energy transfer in the environment. So if you have always loved studying the environment sciences because it is easy and scoring, well this is the elective to go for.

ELECTIVE:  Fundamentals of advertising
OFFERED BY:  Printing and Media
SUBJECT CODE:
 PME 3281

Easily one of the most scoring and enjoyable electives availed here. Course plan includes the history and evolution of advertisements, making of advertisements, social and moral responsibility of advertisements etc. The elective delves into both Indian and Foreign advertising agencies and how they have an impact on the society at large. The professor is immensely responsible for making the subject an interesting one. At any rate, this elective is going to take you on a joyride.

ELECTIVE:  Introduction to Robotics
OFFERED BY:  Mechatronics
SUBJECT CODE:
 MTE 3283

Always fancied making a robot? This elective takes you right through the basics involved from sensors, to actuators, drives used in robotic systems, power, torque, robot configurations, and analysis of motors, robot dynamics, features and interactions. Learn to build your own robot!

ELECTIVE:  Film studies
OFFERED BY:  Humanities
SUBJECT CODE:
 HSS 3288

Did Interstellar blow your mind? Interested in knowing what went into its making? If yes, this is THE elective for the cineaste in you. This elective takes you deeper into the history of cinema and its making. The subject covers important multi-faceted aspects that make or break a film, its commercial and aesthetic facades and its technicalities. It also deals with the analysis of different genres of cinema, re-framing your mindset about aspects in movie-making. Having been taught by an excellent professor also in terms of attendance [wink;)] this elective might help you get the grade you much desire to fetch through your open elective.

ELECTIVE:  German for beginners
OFFERED BY:  Humanities
SUBJECT CODE:
 HSS 3289

Is learning a new language part of your bucket list? Well, this is the perfect chance to learn one from scratch and check it off. The syllabus covers basics of the language like Nouns, pronouns, adjectives, phrases etc. This course will give you an insight into the semantics of German.  By the end of the semester you will be able to converse in German. A very useful course for those wishing to work in countries where German is predominantly spoken. Generally opted by the smarter bunch, it’s difficult to score a good grade in this elective.

ELECTIVE:  Advanced communication skills in English
OFFERED BY:  Humanities
SUBJECT CODE:
 HSS 3281

*For Lateral entry students ONLY

This is one elective that is set aside for those who’ve missed out on this subject in first year i.e. the students under the lateral entry category. The elective covers important aspects in the English grammar, helps improve one’s presentation skills and vocabulary. It incudes interactive group discussion sessions and one requires to give a presentation towards the end of the semester.

ELECTIVE:  Interpretation of literary texts
OFFERED BY:  Humanities
SUBJECT CODE:
 HSS 3293

An elective which involves breaking down works of literature and analyzing them from a critical point of view with respect to the message being conveyed, the literary tools used to achieve such an end, and the extent to which the intended message is conveyed by an author. This is known to be one of the tougher courses in Humanities and the scoring is quite frugal. Being an arts course, it also barely has any practical applications in the job market. But if you’re a fan of the archaic texts and read books to bask in the pleasures of metaphors and other literary tools used in them, this course is for you. The professor might be a tad bit strict, but from the rumors he is pretty cool about attendance. For the avid reader in you, this subject is perfect.

ELECTIVE:  Intercultural Communication
OFFERED BY:  Humanities
SUBJECT CODE:
 HSS 3292

Well, it is just as interesting as it sounds. Ever wanted to study about interacting in a diverse world, understanding various cultures, alternate views of reality or cultural stereotypes? Then this subject is custom-made for you. From cultural metaphors to Intercultural Business Communication, role of languages to influence of various cultures, every aspect of this subject seems thought-provoking at best. Being a new elective introduced this year, this one is worth a try.

ELECTIVE:  Public Speaking
OFFERED BY:  Humanities
SUBJECT CODE:
 HSS 3305

This elective is as its title says. It enhances your public speaking skills and is worth taking up, since group discussions and public speaking skills are necessary at every genre of life today. It helps elevate your communication skills and is an elective worth giving a shot. If nothing else, you’re promised to be a great orator at the end of this course.

ELECTIVE:  Analytical Methods and Instrumentation
OFFERED BY:  Chemistry
SUBJECT CODE:
 CHM 3281

If you’re the fancy Breaking Bad chemist, this elective is not for you. Electron Magnetic Resonance, Nuclear Magnetic resonance, spectroscopy, Chromatographic techniques and Electroanalytical methods are topics diversely taught under this elective. If the physics behind Infrared rays, UV rays and potentiometric titrations has always enthralled you, this elective might just be your pick.

ELECTIVE:  Fundamentals of astronomy and astrophysics
OFFERED BY:  Physics
SUBJECT CODE:
 PHY 3281

That budding astronaut who was forced into the field of Engineering has a chance once again to delve into the deeper galaxies with this subject. This subject has an extremely interesting course plan. What with the idea of star gazing- studying about properties of ordinary stars, stellar distances, colors, sequence, pulsars and about black holes-this elective is as fascinating as it looks. From the Big bang theory, to Dark Matter and Cosmology this elective has it all to stir those killed dreams of going into outer space and experiencing life beyond.

ELECTIVE:  Physics of Materials
OFFERED BY:  Physics
SUBJECT CODE:
 PHY 3282

This elective is divided into three parts- Nanomaterials, composite materials and semiconductors. It is as it says- the physics of materials. Every material, its deeper secrets, its synthesis to characterization and applications. The nanomaterials, plasma techniques, lasers, quantum dots, fullerenes and optical methods used to test them form a basic portion of this elective. This subject also has matrices, polymers, elastics and other composites and a detailed study of different types of semiconductors. If these sciences have always intrigued you, this elective is worth a try. The syllabus is extremely huge nevertheless.

ELECTIVE:  Solid state Physics
OFFERED BY:  Physics
SUBJECT CODE:
 PHY 3285

Solid-state physics involves the study of rigid matter, or solids. The methods involved are quantum mechanics, and crystallography. If you have always wanted to know about the different types of solids-crystalline, and metallurgy, this subject may interest you. Do you recall studying the chapters like quantum physics and quantum mechanics in your first year? If you have always wanted to know more about those genres, this elective might help quench your thirst.

Compiled by: Lasya Lakshmi, Prattusha Mukhopadhyay

 

 

 

 

prattusha

A voracious reader and passionate writer, I am known to be the excellent communicator. A zodiac freak, I will always form impressions about you based on your star sign. Essentially curious, I love exploring places and from what I’ve been told, my expressions generally tend to give away too much. A T.V shows addict, my current goals include travelling the world and reading every book I can get my hands on.

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  • Curious

    Is gpa of 3rd sem also considered while allotting the subject?
    And if so, what about the ones who have to write the makeup to improve gpa?

    • prattusha

      Yes, it is the overall CGPA that is taken into account while alloting open electives. Your OE will be alloted before make-up results are out, so present 3rd sem GPA will be taken into account while alloting OE.

      • Archisman Dinda

        Before makeup results?
        That doesn’t sound fair. :O

        • prattusha

          Make-up results are scheduled to be out on 18th January. The classes will have begun by 11th.

          • Archisman Dinda

            Sounds fair. Thank you.

  • Sanchit Jain

    What about
    PHY310 Modern Optics
    PHY 322 Radiation Physics

    • prattusha

      The available course list lists out PHY 3281, PHY 3282 and PHY 3285 for fourth semester candidates which include astrophysics, physics of materials and solid state physics. Those have been covered by the article.

  • anonymous

    So is consumer electronics completely practical ? What about exams…. are they going to be theory or practical?

    • prattusha

      Consumer Electronics is going to be theoretical at best, and there is a lot of learning involved. Exams will be theoretical too.

  • anonymous

    Thank you for such a wonderful article. It was much needed as there was no information available regarding individual subjects anywhere.

    • prattusha

      Hope it helped! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    The syllabus for Sensor technology is not given in the handbook. Could you please give us more information in this aspect? Syllabus wise and the usual cut-off for the subject etc.

    • prattusha

      Mostly it deals with microprocessors and microcontrollers. Cut-offs don’t go very high.

  • Anonymous3

    Public Speaking is more theoretical or practical?Will there be an end sem exam(theoretical) for it?or practicals like speeches,gd and no end sem??

    • prattusha

      Public Speaking is a new elective. Much information is not available regarding its course plan and how the course proceeds. It will definitely involve practicals like GD, presentations, debates and extempore. Whether or not we will have an end sem, is yet to be known.

  • pratik

    can you tell about the cutoffs for different OEs. I wanted to know about film studies, astronomy and public speaking?

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