Open Electives (IV Semester) for 2023

Our college understands the need for a student to venture beyond the confines of their branch. It may arise out of the state of saturation reached from learning only about machines or coding, or out of sheer curiosity. While we can teach ourselves everything from the internet, it can be argued that there’s no substitute for formal, classroom teaching.

The Open Electives offered by the college are brilliant avenues for learning something new. You can take up Intercultural Dynamics to mould you into a global citizen, or Astronomy, for your fascination for outer space; the choice is entirely yours. There’s something for everyone.

Editor’s Note—the information provided here will be updated as and when more of it becomes available.

Introduction to Automobile Engineering (AAE 4302)

This elective comprises the study of various engines and their construction, electrical systems, alternate fuels, safety, economics and quality of an automobile. Though overloaded with theory, this OE has the bandwidth that any petrolhead will find intriguing. 

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Introduction- Engine classifications, Cylinder arrangements, Engine components, Valve operating mechanisms, valve timing diagrams, fuel supply system, Battery ignition system, types of cooling and lubrication system, classification and working of the clutch system, design of clutch components, Sliding and constant mesh gearbox, Calculation of power, gear ratio and tractive efforts, Propeller shaft, Differential, Steering mechanism and geometry, types of the suspension system, types of brakes, calculation of brake torque and stopping distance, Starting and lighting circuit.

Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (AAE 4303)

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 learning about the history of flight, the fundamental principles, dissecting aircraft anatomy and the basics of aerodynamics. The syllabus consists of a brief introduction to the aircraft Industry and progresses onto flight dynamics and mechanics. 

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Introduction and Overview of The History of Flight, Fundamental Thoughts, Ballooning, Basic/Constructive Principles of Fluid Mechanics-Bernoulli’s Theorem and Control Volume Approaches, The Sources of all Aerodynamic Forces, Equation of State for a Perfect Gas, Specific Volume, Anatomy of Aircraft and Space Vehicles, Standard Atmosphere, Hydrostatic Equation, Relation between Geopotential and Geometric Altitudes, Basics of Aerodynamics, Airfoil Nomenclature, Lift, Drag and Moment Coefficient, Elements of Airplane Performance, Astronautics, Basics of Propulsion.

Introduction to Bioinformatics (BIO 4303)

The textbook definition of Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information. Computers are used to gather, store, analyse 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. This elective bridges the gap between Programming and Biology and then integrates the two. 

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

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.Testimonial—The general opinion about this OE isn’t too positive; with students stating that while the subject is interesting, the faculty handling the elective isn’t the most inspiring. Additionally, reference material for this subject is rather sparse.

Biomedical Instrumentation (BME 4301)

Biomechanics is a lucrative choice for students who have an inclination towards the medical sciences. It may include visits to the Department of Physiotherapy at SOAHS. This subject is relatively easy to score in, and the course consists of basic biology (muscular and skeletal system). It then moves on to the fundamental Physics behind human movements.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Biomedical transducers: Classification and Selection; Pressure Transducers: Resistive, capacitive, Inductive transducers & Piezo-electric, Photoelectric transducers & its types; Thermal transducers & its types; Electrodes & Amplifiers: Principles of working and their characteristics, Half- cell potential, Types of electrodes, Electrode-Electrolyte model, Amplifiers for biomedical instrumentation; Physiological Signals & Measurements: Basics of ECG, EMG, EEG, PCG, blood pressure & blood flow and the instrumentation for measuring these signals; Cardiac Pacemakers: Types of pacemakers, Modes of triggering, Pacemaker power supplies, pacemaker codes; Defibrillators: AC and DC defibrillators, Types of electrodes and their features, cardioverters; Lasers: Basic principles, types of lasers and their medical applications; X-ray systems, Fluoroscopic system, principles of tomography; Electrical Hazards & Safety: Safety code standards, Micro and Macro shock and its physiological effects, Methods of electrical safety.

Testimonial—If 10th-grade biology came easily to you, this course is easy to get through. The subject involves a lot of diagram-making and is theory-intensive. A low CGPA cut-off and easy papers make this OE a rather underrated choice. However, one caveat would be the need to keep your class notes complete, since the slides don’t cover all that is taught in the course.

Introduction Of Materials in Medicine (BME 4304)

No data released for the above yet, we will be updating this shortly.

Analytical Methods and Instrumentation (CHM 4301)

If you’re the Breaking Bad chemist, this elective is not for you. Electron Magnetic Resonance, Nuclear Magnetic resonance, spectroscopy, chromatographic techniques and electro-analytical methods are some of the mind-boggling topics taught in this elective. 

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Spectroscopic methods of analysis—Introduction to spectroscopy – Energy concepts, properties of EMR, General features of spectroscopy, Types of molecular spectra, Interaction of EMR with matter, Instrumentation, Application. Microwave spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Infrared spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy.
Chromatographic Techniques—General concepts, Classification, Column chromatography, HPLC, Instrumentation, Applications, Thin layer chromatography, Experimental techniques, Applications, Advantages and disadvantages, Gas chromatography, principles, instrumentation and applications
Electroanalytical methods—Conductometric titrations – basic principles, Applications in titrations involving weak and strong acids and bases, Potentiometric titrations- Fundamental principles, Applications involving neutralization, redox, precipitation and complexation types

Testimonial—With a low CGPA cut-off and a relaxed faculty that understands the needs of the students, this course is an attractive choice. With a little bit of meticulousness when it comes to note-making, you could score an easy A.

Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS (CIE 4305)

Geographic Information Systems deal with fundamental theories of geography, and the different techniques involved in reading, storage, analysing 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 are covered in this elective. 

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Introduction, basic concepts of remote sensing, orbits, concepts of spatial, radiometric and temporal resolution, Remote sensing data product and its purchase, visual interpretation, Fundamentals of GIS, Components of GIS, Raster and Vector Images, Remote sensing an GIS application, Triangular Irregular Network (TIN) and Digital elevation models (DEM), In-class GIS Lab.

Testimonial—The faculty that handles it is extremely passionate about the subject and thrives off of student interaction. Exams are quite easy to crack, and the slides are adequate to prepare from.

Strength of Materials (CIE 4306)

This elective deals with topics related to torsion, deflection and stress on bodies. An extension of the first-year Materials of Solids (MOS) course, this can be fun to be studying if one has an interest or need. It is relatively easy to score. This subject is exciting if you have a good teacher and an aptitude for it. 

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Stress, Simple stress, strain, Hooke’s law, Factor of Safety, Poisson’s Ratio, Compound bars, Temperature stress and strain, Engineering constants, Volumetric strain, Strain energy. Shear force and bending moments in beams in cantilever, simply supported, overhanging beams with concentrated load, uniformly distributed load, uniformly varying load and externally applied moment. Stresses in beams—Theory of simple bending, shearing stress in beams, Principal stresses—Stresses in a uniaxial & biaxial member, principal plane and principal stress. Beam deflection—slope and deflection at a section for different types of beams and loads using double integration method and Macaulay’s method. Torsion—Analysis of torsion of circular bars, shear stress distribution, Columns and struts: Classification of columns, the strength of columns, end conditions, Euler’s formula, Rankine’s formula. Thin and thick cylinders- circumferential and longitudinal stress in thin cylinders, lame’s theory for evaluation of stresses in thick cylinders.

Essentials of IT (CSE 4302)

Essentials of IT talks about how a computer works. The syllabus covers computer hardware concepts. It then moves on to memory management, file management and the different algorithms involved in data storage along with a little bit of SQL in the end. It is said to be comfortable and scoring for those who wish to pursue their career in the IT industry as it gives you a solid base.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Fundamentals of Computer Architecture, Organization of a Simple Computer, Execution of Instructions, Input/Output Devices, Measurement of CPU Performance, Operating System Concepts, Memory Management, Process Management, Basic Concept of Multiprogramming, Multitasking and Multiprocessing, Interprocess Communication, File Management and Device Management, Disk Scheduling, Introduction to DBMS and Entity-Relationship Modelling, Converting ER diagram to Schema, Introduce Functional Dependency and Basics of Normalization, Introduce three Normal Forms, SQL, Data Definition Language (DDL) statements, Data Manipulation Language (DML) statements and Data Control Language (DCL).

LINUX Programming (CSE 4303)

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Introduction to Linux, using the shell, shell variables and commands and creating a shell environment. File system, understanding the basics, metacharacters and operators, understanding file permissions, pattern matching with examples and programs. Understanding the system administration, exploring administrative commands. Editing files with vim, vi editors. sed and awk programming with command-line syntaxes. Managing  running processes, managing foreground and background processes. Shell programming, understanding shell scripts and text manipulation programs. Source code management and git version control, basic Linux system administration.

Programming in JAVA (CSE 4308)

This OE serves as an introduction to JAVA and explores its applications including but not limited to applets and web-based programming. The syllabus covers classes and objects, accepting user inputs, abstract class, interface and inheritance, file handling, multi-threading and applets. Even though Programming in JAVA is rumoured to be one of the more challenging electives, you cannot argue that it has a high demand and scope.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Java Programming Fundamentals, Introducing Data Types and Operators, Program Control Statements, Introducing Classes, Objects and Methods, More Data Types and Operators, A Closer Look at Methods and Classes, Inheritance basics, Member Access and Inheritance, Constructors and Inheritance, Interfaces- Interface Fundamentals, Creating and Implementing Interfaces, Packages- Package Fundamentals, Importing Packages, The Exception Hierarchy, Exception Handling Fundamentals, Throwing an Exception, Multithreading Fundamentals, The Thread class and Runnable Interface, Creating Threads, Synchronization, Using I/O, Byte Streams and Character Streams, Introducing JavaFX GUI Programming, Exploring JavaFX

Python Programming (CSE 4309)

For all the right reasons, the course on C# got replaced with this new one a few years ago. Python is one of the easiest languages to learn and is equally powerful. With a vast array of libraries, you can use Python for web scraping, web development, natural language processing, or machine learning. Python Programming is an introductory course that covers the basics, after which you’ll be capable of applying the language to do cool stuff. Though, just like any other CSE-offered course, be wary of the professor or the grading.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Getting started with python scripting, Using the file system, Reading and writing files, Numerical Computing In Python, SciPy package, Classes and object-oriented programming, Data types as objects, Graphical user interfaces, Regular expressions, Network, web, and database programming: Accessing databases in Python, Network programming in Python, Creating a Python web application, Sample project—creating a message wall, Web frameworks creating a model to add database service – using SQLite; Cloud computing: google app engine and web services: What is cloud computing, levels of cloud computing service, what is AappEngine, The sandbox and the App Engine SDK, Choosing an App Engine framework.

Testimonial—Easy marks if you already know Python. If you’re interested in learning the subject, would recommend using YouTube instead. Classes are quite often theory-driven with very minimal coding. Assignments are decent but will require a bit of studying if you’re new to code. 

Basics of Building Automation Systems (ECE 4301)

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Overview of Digital Controllers, Network and Communication protocols, Introduction to Building Management Systems, General BMS architecture, Communication Systems and standards for BMS. Application of internet for Automation and Management. Introduction to HVAC and Optimal control methods for HVAC Systems. Lighting Control Systems and protocols. Security and Safety Control Systems such as Access Control and Fire Alarm Systems. System Integration and Convergence. Energy Management, Green Building (LEED) concept and examples.

Consumer Electronics (ECE 4302)

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 not to injure yourself while working.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Microphones, headphones, hearing aids, and loudspeakers. Digital disc storage technologies, iPods, MP4 players, home audio systems. TV communication system, composite video signal, need for synchronizing and blanking pulses, LCD, LED and plasma TV, cable TV and DTH. Basics of the telephone system, caller ID telephone, intercoms, cordless telephones, cellular mobile systems. Automatic teller machines, facsimile machines, digital diaries, safety and security systems. Digital camera system, ovens, washing machines, air conditioners and refrigerators.

Testimonial—This subject is pretty rote-learning intensive—be prepared to memorise a lot of facts. There are no real drawbacks to the subject apart from the fact that it’s all theory, so, the classes might be a bit of a drag.

MATLAB for Engineers (ELE 4303)

MATLAB code is essential in today’s world for generating models in the electrical industry. This elective teaches you about the 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. 

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

MATLAB desktop, workspace variables and types, creating and calling functions, 2D & 3D plots, control flow statements, introduction to Cody Coursework platform, introduction to live script environment, symbolic computation using MuPAD app, linear regression analysis using Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox, interpolating & extrapolating set of data, generating, importing data from various data tools, introduction to Simulink, solving ordinary differential equations in Simulink, introduction to Simscape, development of graphical user interface with GUIDE tool and app designer tool, creating MS Windows executable applications, installing support packages of external hardware, external hardware interface using MATLAB editor, Simulink and app designer.

Testimonial—If you have prior experience with coding it’s a course you can breeze through. Otherwise, with a little studying, you’re good to go! The faculty in charge of this subject is great and explains the concepts immaculately.

Renewable Energy (ELE 4306)

A new open elective on the roster, its addition is indicative of the growing relevance of renewable energy in today’s world.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Energy sources and their availability – Solar Energy – solar radiation and measurements, solar energy storage, – Solar Photo-Voltaic systems design – Wind Energy – estimation, Maximum power and power coefficient, wind energy conversion systems – design considerations and applications – Energy from Bio-Mass – Sources of bio-mass, Biomass conversion technologies -Thermo-chemical conversion and Biochemical conversions, Anaerobic digestion and Fermentation, Bio-gas generation Pyrolysis and Liquefaction, Classification of Gasifiers, Energy plantation -Energy from the Oceans – Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, Open and Closed Cycle plants, Site selection considerations, Origin of tides, Tidal energy conversion systems, Wave energy conversion systems – Hybrid Energy Systems.Energy sources and their availability – Solar Energy – solar radiation and measurements, solar energy storage, – Solar Photo-Voltaic systems design – Wind Energy – estimation, Maximum power and power coefficient, wind energy conversion systems – design considerations and applications – Energy from Bio-Mass – Sources of bio-mass, Biomass conversion technologies – Thermo-chemical conversion and Biochemical conversions, Anaerobic digestion and Fermentation, Bio-gas generation Pyrolysis and Liquefaction, Classification of Gasifiers, Energy plantation -Energy from the Oceans – Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, Open and Closed Cycle plants, Site selection considerations, Origin of tides, Tidal energy conversion systems, Wave energy conversion systems – Hybrid Energy Systems.

Communicative English (HUM 4301)

(For lateral entry students only)

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

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

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; Dynamic 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; Correspondence: formal/informal letters and emails.

Indo-European Intercultural Dynamics (HUM 4304)

An elective about the challenges of Intercultural Communication that deals with the effects of culture on society. From cultural metaphors to intercultural business communication, the role of languages in influencing various cultures, every aspect of this subject seems thought-provoking at best.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

The challenges 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, Nonverbal Language in Intercultural Communication, Cultural influence on interpersonal communication, Intercultural Dynamics in the multicultural organizations.

Testimonial—Mr. Praveen Shetty has the most engaging classes, being the one who started the course himself. It’s a great experience to fall in love with different cultures as one learns about them as this course progresses. Without a doubt, it’s a rare combination of great insight and easy grades. From performing skits in class, to various group tasks and engaging in discussions. This course is recommended by all who choose it.

Interpretation of Literary Texts (HUM 4305)

An elective that involves breaking down works of literature and analysing 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.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Texts-static, dynamic, cryptic and delphic; Language of literature; Form and structure; Literature versus popular fiction; Text and discourse; Authors and critics; Theories and approaches to literary texts; Formalism, Structuralism, Marxism, Feminism, Deconstruction;
Ideational functions and textual Functions; Class, gender and textuality; Race and nationality; Genre, phonological deviations –sound patterns and figures of speech; Pragmatic approach to literature; Understanding syntax, Lexical and syntactic analysis of literary texts; Point of view in literary texts and foregrounding; Prediction and making sense of a text; Stylistic analysis of a novel; Kinds of meaning, Rhetorical structure; Pragmatics and discourse analysis; Interpreting cohesive devices and complex functional values; Stylistic approach to literature; Elements of
literary style; Stylistic analysis of selected short stories, Poems, Novels and Plays; Genre, the plot setting, characterization, tone and themes; Stylistics and its implications on narrative techniques; Intertextuality and conceptual blending; Identifying patterns in the texts; Meaning-making process in literature; Imagery, metaphor as a mode of thought; Coherence and Cohesion; Context, turn-taking and Adjacency Pair; Proforms, Discourse markers, Lexical cohesion and presupposition; Recognizing text organization; Critical texts, Shared assumptions on critical texts; The role of schema and the concept of speech acts in literary texts.

Testimonial—Marks are easy to score if you read the material before exams, not much to learn except a few definitions and quotes and a general understanding of each topic. Attendance is not that strict. Resume-wise, we did cover phonetics and language parsing in the course. Furthermore, in my current internship as a Speech/NLP intern, the basic knowledge helps only to an extent.

Public Speaking (HUM 4306)

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

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-Informative speeches – designing and delivery. Persuasive speeches – designing and delivery- Impromptu speeches – designing and delivery -Special occasion speeches- designing and delivery, Presentations – planning and execution -Types of presentation – Informative-Planning and delivery – Persuasive – Planning and delivery – Motivational – Planning and delivery, 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

Analytical Writing (HUM 4313)

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

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 Reasoning, 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.

An elective that deals with essay writing, letter writing and paraphrasing with emphasis on vocabulary and sentence structure. This course has very little theory and is known for being scoring. 

Testimonial—Easy papers, little to no prerequisite knowledge, and a relaxed faculty. What more could you ask for from an elective! Before you make this subject your first choice, however, do bear in mind that the CGPA cut-offs for this course tend to go above the 8.5 mark.

Commonwealth Literature (HUM 4314)

An elective that is quite similar to “The Interpretation of Literary Texts,” this elective is an in-depth study of the nations under the Commonwealth and their accrual advantage during the era of the British Empire.

Women’s Writing (HUM 4317)

No data released for the above yet, we will be updating this shortly.

Industrial Instrumentation (ICE 4303)

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Measurement System, Classification of transducers, Temperature and Pressure measurement, Level and Thickness measurement, Flow measurement-Variable head type, variable area type, Mass flowmeters, Measurement of Thermal conductivity, velocity, acceleration, pH and Force, Semiconductor sensors, Optical sensors.

Sensor Technology (ICE 4304)

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Basic sensor technology, characteristics, Capacitive and Inductive Sensors, Displacement Sensors, Temperature Sensors, Force/Torque Sensors, Humidity and Moisture Sensors, Acoustic Sensors, Flow Sensors, Occupancy-Motion Detectors, Acceleration and Vibration Sensors, Chemical and Biosensors, Optical and radiations Sensors, Introduction to Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and Applications

Design and Development of Web Applications (ICT 4302)

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 the above-mentioned scripting language.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Introduction to Internet and Web. Basic components of a web page and fundamental concepts of languages required for Client-side scripting and Server-side scripting: HTML markup for the structure of the simple page, text, creating links, adding images, table markup and forms. CSS for presentation: Orientation, formatting text, different selectors, colours background plus even more selectors, box model, padding, border, positioning, layouts, transitions, transformation and animation. Java script data types, control structure, DOM, arrays, objects, event handling. PHP introduction, control statements, arrays, objects, functions, connecting to MySQL database.

Fundamentals of Data structures and Algorithms (ICT 4303)

Data Structures like stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, heaps and hash tables will be introduced and elaborated on. Easily one of the most important courses for the non-CSE/ICT folks as this plays a role in placements. A data structures course will be a feather in your hat as an engineer no matter what your major is.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Introduction to algorithms, Arrays: Elementary operations, Applications, Performance Analysis, Sparse matrix representation, Transpose of sparse matrix, Stacks operations, Arithmetic expression conversion and evaluation using stack, Queue Operations, Singly-linked Lists, Circular lists, Doubly linked lists, Trees, Binary Tree traversals and different operations, Binary search Tree, Heaps, Graph Abstract type: Representations and elementary operations, Sorting and searching techniques, Analysis of algorithm.

Testimonial—This course has been described as a bit of a double-edged sword—if done well, it is one of the most useful courses for a non-CS branch student, and if not, it can prove to be a harrowing experience. Some topics are hard to follow, and the faculty sets difficult papers.

Introduction to VR and AR Technologies (MCA 4302)

Introduction to Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality is a course specially designed for those who see themselves working in the niche industry. 

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Introduction of Virtual and Augmented reality, Definition and scope, A Brief History, 3 I’s of Virtual Reality A Short History of Early Virtual Reality, Early Commercial VR Technology, VR Becomes an Industry, Components of a VR System, Displays In augmented reality Multimodal Displays, Audio Displays Haptic, Tactile, and Tangible Displays, Displays, Visual Perception, Requirements and Characteristics, Multiple Models of I/O Gesture Interfaces Three-Dimensional Position Trackers, Navigation and Manipulation Interfaces, Gesture Interfaces. Output Devices, Haptic Display, Graphics Displays, Sound Displays. Computer Vision for Augmented Reality, Natural Feature Tracking by Detection, Incremental Tracking, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, Outdoor Tracking, Computing Architectures for VR, The Rendering Pipeline, Workstation-Based Architectures, Distributed VR Architectures, Geometric Modeling, Kinematics Modeling, Physical Modeling, Behavior Modeling. 

Testimonial—Mostly theory-based, with very little practical knowledge involved. You’ll run through the basics of what Ar Vr comprises in the theory. The hardware part involves coursework on Vr headsets, graphic pipelines, and the flow of creating a 3D environment from the ground up. Choose this course only if the syllabus piques your interest. 

Fundamentals of Advertising (MED 4301)

The course talks about the history and evolution of advertisements, the making of advertisements, social and moral responsibility of advertisements, among other things. The elective delves into both Indian and foreign advertising agencies and how they have an impact on 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.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

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, the role of advertising in the national economy, types of advertising agency and types of services offered, the structure of ad agencies, creativity in advertising, appeals & execution styles, planning & development, creative process & tactics, media planning, advertising media – television networks, magazines, newspapers, radio, selection and buying media time & space, support media – internet, interactive media, out-door, in-store, direct mail, miscellaneous and transit advertising, advertising campaign, corporate advertising, case studies. 

Testimonial—You do have to study for both sessionals, but the endsems will require a little more studying because it has many ppts to cover. Attendance was not particularly strict. Complex studying isn’t needed, but you have to remember stuff, using anagrams etc.

Energy Engineering (MME 4301)

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.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Steam power plant: Different types of fuels used for steam generation, Strokers, Different types, 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. Applications of diesel engines in power field, Parts and auxiliaries of diesel engines, Layout of a diesel power plant. Hydroelectric plant, Hydrographs, Flow duration and mass curves, Storage and pondage in power plants, Penstock, Water hammer, Surge tanks, Gates and valves, General layout of hydel power plants. Principles of the release of nuclear energy in nuclear power plants, Fusion and fission reactions, Nuclear fuels used in the reactors, Multiplication and thermal utilization factors, Elements of a nuclear reactor, Radiation hazards, Shieldings, and Radioactive waste disposal. Solar radiation at the earth surface, Radiation measuring instruments, working principles of solar flat plate collectors, solar pond and Photovoltaic conversion. Photosynthesis, photosynthetic oxygen production in biomass system, Energy plantation, Biogas production, Classification of biogas plants, Factors affecting biogas generation, Thermochemical conversion on biomass, Types of gasifiers. Properties of wind energy, Wind velocity and power from wind, Types of wind machines and their characteristics, types of windmills. Fundamental characteristics of tidal power, Harnessing tidal energy and limitations. Principle of working of ocean thermal energy, Rankine cycle, Limitations of OTEC. Geothermal energy conversion working principle, Types of geothermal stations, Limitations. 

Testimonial—A lot of reading and learning is involved. The faculty explains things well; however, the exam papers are usually challenging and tricky. Easy to score marks—most of it is theory-based. Attendance—our teacher was chill, depends on who you get. Whose resume does it look good on? Mechanical engineers looking for a job in the core industry/ backend work. Endsems and Sessionals are both graded moderately.

Introduction to Composite Materials (MME 4305)

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Introduction: Definition, Classification, Types of matrices & Reinforcements, Characteristics & Selection, Fiber composites, laminated composites, Particulate composites, Prepregs, Sandwich construction. Glass, Carbon and Advanced fiber manufacturing methods, Applications, Advantages, Disadvantages and Properties. Micromechanical analysis of a lamina: Introduction, Derivation of stress, Strain, Modulus of elasticity of fibre-reinforced composites. Rule of mixture, Problems to find density, Mechanical properties of composites by using Rule of mixture.
Manufacturing of polymer composites: Description of the method, Advantages, Disadvantages and Application. Open and closed mould Processing, Hand-lay-up technique, Spray up process, Bag molding, Filament winding, Pultrusion, Thermoforming, Injection moulding, Resin Transfer Molding, Sheet Molding Compound, Dough Molding Compound, Thick Molding Compound, 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’s, Construction. Potential future applications of composites.
Metal matrix composites and ceramic matrix composites: Reinforcement, Matrix materials, Characteristics and Selection, Base metal selection, Applications.

Introduction to Robotics (MTE 4305)

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.

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Introduction: Definition of robots, definition and factors affecting the control resolution, spatial resolution, accuracy and repeatability, specification of a robot, actuators and sensors, drives and transmission systems used in robotics. Spatial descriptions and transformations: Descriptions, operators, transform equations. Introduction to Lie algebra and Rodrigues’s rotation formula and Quaternions. Manipulator kinematics: Link description, manipulator kinematics, actuator space, joint space, and Cartesian space, kinematics of two industrial robots, frames with standard names. Introduction to kinematics of parallel manipulators, Closed-loop constraints, four-bar mechanism, Stewart platform. Inverse manipulator kinematics: Pieper’s solution when three axes intersect. Manipulator dynamics: Introduction, acceleration of a rigid body, mass distribution, Newton’s equation, Euler’s equation iterative Newton-Euler dynamic formulation. Trajectory generation: Path description and generation, joint-space schemes Cartesian-space schemes. Linear control of manipulators: Introduction, feedback and closed-loop control, second-order linear systems, control of second-order systems, trajectory-following control, continuous vs. discrete time control, modelling and control of a single joint.

Testimonial—Recommended only for those genuinely interested in the subject. The course may feel a bit dry and difficult to study since there is a gulf between the expectations and reality of robotics.

Mechatronics Systems (MTE 4306)

An Overview of the Course Material from the Academic Handbook:

Mechatronic Engineering: Introduction, Mechatronic Systems, Modelling, and Design – Coupled Design, Mechatronic Design Quotient, Design Evolution, Evolution of Mechatronics, Application Areas. Basic Elements and Components: Mechanical Elements: Mass, Spring, and Damper. Fluid Elements: Fluid Capacitor, resistor. Thermal Elements: Thermal capacitor, and resistor. Mechanical Components: transmission, lead screw and nut, and harmonic drives. Passive Electrical Elements and Materials, Active Electronic Components, Light Emitters and Displays and Light Sensors. Modelling of Mechatronic Systems: Dynamic Systems and Models, Transfer Functions and Frequency-Domain Models, Equivalent Circuits and Linear Graph Reduction, Block Diagrams, Response Analysis, Computer Simulation. Signal Conditioning: Impedance characteristics, Amplifiers, filters, Modulators and Demodulators, Analog-to-Digital Conversion. Sensors and Actuators: Potentiometer, Resolver, Encoders, Proximity Sensors, Tactile Sensors Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Electrical Actuators. Microcontrollers: Microcontroller Architecture, Input / Output Hardware, and Programming. Case Studies in Mechatronics Robotics Case Study, Hydraulics Based Case Study, Electrical Based Case Study, Pneumatics Based Case Study.

Compiled by Lasya Lakshmi, Prattusha Mukhopadhyay, Agnihotra Bhattacharya, and Nethraa Kannan for MTTN

Updated by Aayush Niraj for MTTN


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