Open Electives (IV Semester) for 2020

 

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

 

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.

 

ELECTIVE: Introduction to Automobile Engineering

OFFERED BY: Automobile

SUBJECT CODE: AAE 4302

This elective comprises of 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. 

Editor’s Note: Car enthusiasts, this is definitely the elective for you.

 

 

ELECTIVE: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

OFFERED BY: Aeronautical

SUBJECT CODE: 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 basics of aerodynamics. The syllabus consists of a brief introduction to the aircraft Industry and progresses onto flight dynamics and mechanics. 

Editor’s Note: For those with a fondness for flying machines.

 

 

ELECTIVE: Introduction to Bioinformatics

OFFERED BY: Biotechnology

SUBJECT CODE: 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. 

Editor’s Note: Definitely worth considering if you’re into data analysis, and are dealing with medical data.

 

ELECTIVE: Biomedical Instrumentation

OFFERED BY: Biomedical

SUBJECT CODE: 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.

Editor’s Note: This would be best suited for someone who is aiming to innovate in Medical Science.

 

ELECTIVE: Water Treatment Technology

OFFERED BY: Chemical

SUBJECT CODE: CHE 4303

The syllabus for Water Treatment Technology is curated keeping in mind 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. This course is designed for people who have an avid interest in chemistry. 

Editor’s Note: This course is beneficial for students hoping to research in Chemical Engineering fields in the future.

 

ELECTIVE: Analytical Methods and Instrumentation

OFFERED BY: Chemistry

SUBJECT CODE: 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 under this elective. 

Editor’s Note: If the physics behind Infrared rays and UV rays have always enthralled you, this elective might just be your pick.

 

ELECTIVE: Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS

OFFERED BY: Civil

SUBJECT CODE: CIE 4305

Geographic Information Systems deals with fundamental theories of geography, 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. 

Editor’s Note: Recommended for those who wish to work in Civil or infrastructure-related job profiles.

 

ELECTIVE: Strength of Materials

OFFERED BY: Civil

SUBJECT CODE: CIE 4306

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

Editor’s Note: Ask yourself if you liked MOS in your first year. If the answer is yes, then this OE is for you.

 

ELECTIVE: Essentials of IT

OFFERED BY: Computer Science

SUBJECT CODE: CSE 4302

Essentials of IT talks about how a computer works. The syllabus covers the 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.

Editor’s Note: If you are curious about what goes on inside your PC, then this is the elective for you.

 

ELECTIVE: Programming in JAVA

OFFERED BY: Computer Science

SUBJECT CODE: 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.

Editor’s Note: For those with an aptitude for programming

 

ELECTIVE: Python Programming

OFFERED BY: Computer Science

SUBJECT CODE: CSE 4309

For all the right reason, 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 which 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.

Editor’s Note: Once again, made for those who have an aptitude for coding

 

ELECTIVE: Consumer Electronics

OFFERED BY: E&C

SUBJECT CODE: 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.

Editor’s Note: Recommended if you love doing fieldwork.

 

ELECTIVE:  Analog & Digital Electronic Circuits
OFFERED BY:  EEE
SUBJECT CODE:  ELE 3281

Surely not for the faint-hearted, this course can be genuinely interesting for those with a knack for electronics. Gates, counters, flip-flops, MOSFETs, diodes, transistors and amplifiers are just a few of the words you’ll find flying around in the elective. Think you’re up for it?

 

ELECTIVE: MATLAB for Engineers

OFFERED BY: EEE

SUBJECT CODE: 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. 

Editor’s Note: The professors only give you a general idea, so be prepared to do a lot of individual hard work to succeed.

 

ELECTIVE: Advanced Communication Skills in English

OFFERED BY: Humanities

SUBJECT CODE: 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.

 

ELECTIVE: Indo-European Intercultural Dynamics

OFFERED BY: Humanities

SUBJECT CODE: 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 to influence of various cultures, every aspect of this subject seems thought-provoking at best.

Editor’s Note: The course is just as interesting as it sounds. If you’ve ever wanted to study about interacting in a diverse world, understanding various cultures, alternate views of reality or cultural stereotypes, then this subject is tailored for you.

 

ELECTIVE: Interpretation of Literary Texts

OFFERED BY: Humanities

SUBJECT CODE: HUM 4305

An elective which 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.

Editor’s Note: 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 rumours, he is pretty cool about attendance. For the avid reader in you, this subject is perfect.

 

ELECTIVE: Analytical Writing

OFFERED BY: Humanities

SUBJECT CODE: HUM 4313

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.

Editor’s Note: For anyone hoping to improve their writing skills.

 

ELECTIVE: Industrial Instrumentation

OFFERED BY: Instrumentation and Control

SUBJECT CODE: ICE 4303

This elective deals with the measurement system, basic principles of transducers, applications of temperature and pressure measurement, and miscellaneous measurements.

Editor’s Note: 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 4304

Sensor Technology deals with basic study in the field of sensors – IR sensors, proximity sensors, characteristics of sensors and laser classification.

Editor’s Note: If you are interested in the application of sensors in a project you’re undertaking, this might be the elective for you.

 

ELECTIVE: Design and Development of Web Applications

OFFERED BY: Information and Communication Technology

SUBJECT CODE: 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.

Editor’s Note: 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: Fundamentals of Data structures and Algorithms

OFFERED BY: Information and Communication Technology

SUBJECT CODE: 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.

Editor’s Note: If you’re hoping to get a head start in your preparation for placements, this is the course for you!

 

ELECTIVE: Introduction to Database with MYSQL

OFFERED BY: Master of Computer Applications

SUBJECT CODE: MCA 4301

MySQL is the standard tool used for Database Management when websites deal with massive end-user data. This course is for those who have a penchant for Database Management Systems or are just interested in venturing out of their comfort zones.

 

ELECTIVE: Introduction to VR and AR technologies

OFFERED BY: Master of Computer Applications

SUBJECT CODE: MCA 4302

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

ELECTIVE: Fundamentals of Advertising

OFFERED BY: Printing and Media

SUBJECT CODE: MED 4301

The course talks about the history and evolution of advertisements, 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.

Editor’s Note: Easily one of the most scoring and enjoyable electives availed here. For anyone who wants to understand the tactics behind a good advertisement.

 

ELECTIVE: Energy Engineering

OFFERED BY: Mechanical

SUBJECT CODE: 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.

Editor’s Note: An often underrated elective about appreciating the limited energy in the planet and harnessing it the best way we can.

 

ELECTIVE: Introduction to Robotics

OFFERED BY: Mechatronics

SUBJECT CODE: 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.

Editor’s note: For anyway who has always wanted to make their own robot.

 

ELECTIVE: Fundamentals of Astronomy and Astrophysics

OFFERED BY: Physics

SUBJECT CODE: PHY 4301

Even though your dreams of becoming an astronaut are almost over now, you can still venture the galaxies with this course. This subject has an extremely interesting course plan. Studying about properties of ordinary stars, stellar distances, colours, sequence, pulsars and about black holes-this elective is indeed as fascinating as it looks. From the Big Bang Theory to dark matter and cosmology, this elective has everything to stimulate your mind. Also, did we mention how incredibly scoring this course is?

Editor’s Note: For anyone who has ever had a fascination with space.

 

ELECTIVE: Physics of Materials

OFFERED BY: Physics

SUBJECT CODE: PHY 4302

This elective is divided into three parts- Nanomaterials, composite materials and semiconductors. It talks about every material, its deeper secrets, synthesis to characterisation and applications. The nanomaterials, plasma techniques, lasers, quantum dots, fullerenes and the 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.

Editor’s Note: If these sciences have always intrigued you, this elective is worth a try. However, the syllabus is vast.

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

Updated by: Naintara Singh and Rahul Alvares for MTTN

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