Open Elective 2013-2017 [Sixth Sem]

The Open Elective is one of the few instances in our engineering life when we get the chance to choose what we want to learn about; something outside of our own stream, our comfort zone. It’s an opportunity to inculcate some interdisciplinary education, so that we aren’t completely oblivious to the roles that other disciplines play in our lives. Ever wished to just learn about the teachings of Gandhi and Martin Luther King? Why, here is the chance.
We bring to you a detailed description of almost all the Open Electives for the sixth semester so that you can make a well thought-out decision. MTTN acknowledges all the seniors who helped provide a deeper insight into the course syllabus, as well as some tidbits about the professor and how useful the elective is for your resume. This list is not fully exhaustive, as you can see, and we’re working right now on getting verified information to you as soon as possible. Please bear with us, and All the best!

AAE 348 – Aircraft and Space Transportation System
The course syllabus is said to be mostly easy, so you can score well with minimal amount of studying. The professor is a nice fellow and lenient when it comes to attendance.

AAE 384 – Automotive Pollution and Control
This course has bits of thermodynamics and basic automobile engineering concepts. The faculty is largely good, and it’s easy to score once you grasp the concepts. It’s good for the CV if you’re going for an industrial job later on.

BIO 318 – Industrial Biotechnology

BME 330 – Bio-medical Instrumentation
The is one course that is chock full of theory. There is a lot of things to learn by-heart, but nothing too hard, and hence the cut-off goes really high. The faculty is okay, and gives good notes. Not a very useful subject overall.

CHE 324 – Industrial Pollution Control
This course has a lot of theory, and is mainly relaxed if you already have some basic knowledge of Environmental Science. Scoring is not hard at all, and the professor is really chill too.

CHM 328 – Fundamentals of Industrial Catalytic Processes   

CIE 342 – Environmental Management

This is one course which seems to be kinda laid-back, but is the exact opposite. There is a lot of rote learning involved. The professor is pretty good at the subject, so opt for this only if you’re really interested.

CIE 344 – Contract Management
This course describes the life cycle of a project contract and how it’s supposed to be carried out. It’s an easy and scoring elective. The faculty is sadly essentially average. Not very helpful for the CV.

CIE 354 – Earth Science
Earth Science is a lot like Environmental Science from the first year, with the presentations and everything. Professor Maddodi is the faculty for this subject, which probably tells you more than you need to know. Overall, an essentially tranquil course.

CSE 336  – Linux Basics and Programming  This is an incredibly easy and scoring course. The faculty is really great and will help you with the subject a lot. Even from the CV point of view, it’s extremely useful. If you’d like to learn a new programming language, do go for this.

CSE 338  – Web Programming
This course requires you to have some prior knowledge of scripting languages, so only opt for it if you’re already familiar with the basic tenets of programming. The professor is helpful, but scoring is a problem.

CSE 344  – Principles of Software Engineering
This subject is more like a course on Human Resources. There are a few concepts which you need to know, otherwise this course is pretty easy. Scoring should not be a problem.

CSE 348  – Essentials of Industrial Computing
This course gives you a good overview on computing and algorithms and cryptography. It’s a great elective for people thinking of going into computing later on. Scoring isn’t easy, and you have to give a lot of time to this subject.

ECE 348  – MEMS Technology
This course only barely brushes the basics of MEMS technology. The faculty is nice and lenient. Overall, one of the better electrical electives.

ECE 354 – Neural Network and Fuzzy Logic
If you find abstract logic really interesting, this is the perfect course for you; otherwise, It will require some amount of effort to score good in this. Faculty is just about okay which may be a deal breaker.

ECE 358  – Applications of Signal Processing

This subject deals with the classification of different signals and systems, digital to analog conversion, and the different applications of signal processing such as bio-medical signals and image processing.

ECE 360 – Introduction to Nano-science and Technology
An interesting course, but the faculty might not be so great. One of the more scoring courses in E&C, it is an introduction to the world of nano-tech and nano-robots. Not too hard if you pay attention in class.

ELE 352  – Energy Auditing and Management
This course is about the energy required on industrial levels and its efficient consumption. Requires prior knowledge about basic electrical engineering. Faculty has a firm grip on the subject.

ELE 354  – Microprocessor & Micro-controllers
This course is mostly about 8086 and some other microprocessors and micro-controllers. If you have prior knowledge of the basics of microprocessor architecture, this course is kinda easy, otherwise not. The professor is good.

HSS 304 – Financial Management   
One of the rather tough courses on the list, it requires a fair bit of maths and prior knowledge of statistics and economics. Only opt for this if you’ll be going for an MBA in the future. It’s definitely good for the CV, but not something you can finish off in a night.

HSS 326 – Marketing Management
Requires knowledge of statistics and also involves a lot of mathematics. Scoring is a bit frugal, as expected, but if as far as the CV is concerned this is a pretty good and well-structured course.

HSS 344 – Management Information Systems
This is one of the unique courses where you will see a blend of Management and Technical field. Very easy and scoring if you have IT/CS background. The faculty is also pretty chilled out.

HSS 357 – Project Management
This course has a pretty small syllabus. If you’re into rote learning, it’s very easy to get an A+ in this. CV wise it’s not really that useful, so only opt for this if you want a humanities subject. The professor is not that great.

HSS 359 – Enterprise Resource Planning
For this course, a lot of attention in class is required to properly understand the concepts. Scoring isn’t easy as the professors are fairly strict with the marks. But if you want to be in a corporate environment later on, it sparkles on the CV.

HSS 362 – Entrepreneurship
One course that is usually not really worth your time. More of a business course, and requires a surprisingly large amount of studying. Also, scoring good here is not that simple unless you’re down for mugging up huge chapters.

ICE 344 – Programmable Logic Controller
This course is purely about VHDL, and is 75% theory. Requires only minimum prior knowledge of logic gates and such for scoring good marks. The professor is level-headed, and gives a lot of free attendance. Helps in the CV if you’re hoping for an industrial job later on.

ICE 346 – Virtual Instrumentation
This course requires the use of LabView to solve problems and develop models of processes. Not really as tough as it sounds, and scoring here is pretty easy.

ICT 344 – Networking with TCP/IP
One of the most brilliant courses, it contains TCP/IP without the harder areas of the subject. The faculty might be good or bad, depending on your section, but they will give you marks nonetheless. Effortless to score in, you can study the whole subject in a single day too.

ICT 352 – Machine Learning
One of the most amazing courses, that teaches you the basics of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision/Pattern Searching. Easy to score if you’re logically sound. Faculty is one of the best around.

IIE 309 – Nutrition and Health

This is a new elective. This course aims to develop a basic understanding about nutritional balance in humans and demonstrate the consequences of deficient/excessive intake too. It also seeks to study the different socio-economical factors affecting food choices in humans.

IIE 310 – Lifestyle Modification & Complementary and Alternative Therapies
This is a new elective. It is perhaps the most unique one, in the fact that it includes yoga, meditation, pranayam, aerobics and even laughter therapy. Go figure. So if you need to chill, here’s an elective all about chilling.

IIE 311 – Formal Logic
This is a new elective. The objective of this course is to introduce the idea of Formal logic to the students, and help them to construct sound arguments and evaluate those of others too. It is expected to be a trifle frugal with the scoring.

IIE 307 – Introduction to Indian Ethics and Epics
Perhaps one of the easiest courses ever. Attaining high grades in this subject is really a problem, if you’re not into mythology and stories. The faculty is relaxed and enthusiastic. Doesn’t really reflect much on the CV.

IIE 308 – Gandhian and Peace studies
This is a new elective.

IIE 501 – Health Economics
This is a new elective. It takes a multi-disciplinary view of the economics and the business of healthcare, and the different factors that healthcare depends upon in our country. It is a fascinating course for those who wish to use cutting-edge tech to solve major healthcare problems.

IIE 502 – Digital Medicine
This is a new elective. The course deals with the presence of computers in the present-day practice of medicine, like wireless communication between patients, wearable technologies, etc. It also talks about how the four pillars- PHR/EHR, Wearables, Genomics and Imaging come together, with software acting as the glue, to change the world of medicine.

MAT 540 – Applied Graph Theory
A course which encompasses the basics of graphs and relations. Apart from mathematics this a subject heavily used for modelling in the areas of computer sciences,biology,social and information systems. The subject is purely theoretical peppered with derivations. Only opt if you wish to pursue research in the future. Cut-offs soar due to it’s ease.

MAT 542 – Mathematical Modelling

This course deals with the characteristics and classification of different mathematical models, by using first order algebra, differential equations and linear programming.

MAT 544 – Optimization Techniques
A course completely based on algebraic mathematics. This is a huge boost for your CV as it vouches your logic and problem solving abilities. Scoring is easy only if you listen in class. The professor has an excellent command over the subject.

MAT 546 – Stochastic Processes and Reliability

It deals with static and dynamic probabilities, the classification of different states, and the different processes and distributions associated with them. It also gives a brief overview about Reliability Theory and the Laws of Failure.

MAT 548 – Applied Linear Algebra
One of the easier maths based electives. The course mostly deals with matrices, but a prior knowledge of maths is helpful. The previous professor is easy-going, and scoring is also quite easy.

MAT 550 – Applied Numerical Methods
This is a scoring subject as it is purely formula based, but make sure you’re into maths before you take this. Scoring is a little difficult, but a little time spent on the subject will make it a breeze.

MCA 450 – Introduction to Linux and Shell Scripting
A highly recommended elective. If you’re interested in working with different operation systems, you will not regret taking this. The professor is adept and it’s easy to score too. Calls for knowledge of basic programming. An advantagous tool in anyone’s arsenal.

MCA 451 – Introduction to Data Analytics

In this course, the basics of Data Analytics is taught using various relevant case studies and hands-on exercises using tools such as WEKA and R. This is an elective only open to non-computer students. No prior coding experience is required for it.

MTE 354 – Product development and marketing

PHY 310 – Modern Optics

PHY 322 – Radiation Physics

This course deals with the different sources of radiation, and their detection through various instruments. It also deals with the study and measurement of their interactions with each other.

PME 344 – Publishing Science
Pre-requisite knowledge of printing technology might alienate some students, as it largely builds on that. Also requires a fair bit of effort to score as it is largely theoretical.

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