Open Electives (VII Semester) 2022


Choosing an Open Elective in the 7th semester can be as daunting as any of the previous semesters. It is imperative that you choose the right subject with the perfect balance of being interesting and at the same time, doesn’t take a toll on your academics. Here is an article that provides you with the list of Open Electives and will help you make a better and more informed decision.

Editors’ Note: The information provided here will be updated as and when more of it becomes available.

AAE 4305: Introduction to Farm Machines and Earth Moving Equipment

If you have watched Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime and wondered how those complicated machines are used for farming work, then this is the elective for you. The course teaches students about the working principle of a variety of earthmoving machinery and the safety methods.

Course Summary: Introduction, an overview of engine components, Lubrication, Cooling system, Supercharger and Turbocharger, Types of transmission system, construction of hydro shift transmission, final drive, power take-off shafts, Power steering system, integral and linkage-type, planetary steering system, types of brakes, Classification of earth moving equipment’s, constructional details of Dozers, Loaders, Shovels, Excavators, Rippers, Trenchers, Dredgers, Drag Line, Clamshell, Scrapers, Motor Graders, Rollers, Compactors, Material handling Systems, Types of tractors, tractor attachments, tillage equipment’s, undercarriage unit of earthmover, Suspension system, Tyres, maintenance and safety of earthmovers.

BIO 4305: Body, Mind and Medicine

This elective explores how many cultures perceive the human body and its evolution. It also discusses how people’s subconscious and conscious minds influence them and how various medical methods interpret ailments.

Course Summary: Explanation of the human body and its evaluation of the present form. How different cultures interpreted the human body: energy centres, energy chakras. Explanation of mind and different aspects of it. Subconscious, conscious mind and their effect during the different stages of human growth. How it has reached the present form. Interaction of mind and body and its effect on human development and growth. The different interpretations of the human body by allopathy medicine, Ayurveda medicine and Chinese medicine.

BME 4306: Nanomedicine

This elective deals with teaching students about the fundamentals and application of nanomedicine and how it helps in preventing & treatment of diseases.

Course Summary: Fundamental concepts in nanotechnology, fundamental concepts in the cell, molecular and tissue biology, nano-particles and their synthesis, nanotechnology platforms, characterisation of nanomaterials, nano-pharmaceuticals, nano-bio sensors and diagnostics, the role of nanotechnology in biological therapies, nano-devices for medicine and surgery, application in orthopaedics, cardiology, microbiology, ophthalmology, imaging, the role of nanotechnology in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, nano-toxicity,  case studies in nano-medicine

CHE 4304: Introduction to Petroleum Engineering         

The aim of this elective is to give non-chemical engineering students an understanding of the oil and gas industry. With this course, students will understand the geopolitical and economic significance of the petroleum and fossil fuel industry.

Course Summary: Overview and history of the petroleum industry; Petroleum reserves, production, and consumption statistics of the world; Crude oil origin, exploration, drilling; Crude composition, characterization, and classification; Reservoir properties and drive mechanisms; Enhanced Oil Recovery; Fundamentals of refinery major operations and processes; Refineryproducts and test methods.

CIE 4301: Air and Noise Pollution

The aim of this course is to make students aware of the effects of air and noise pollution and the classification of it. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand how to best control air & noise pollution.

Course Summary: Definition, sources, classification, Behaviour of air pollutants, Meteorological variables, stability conditions, plume rise and stack height, Effects of air pollution, Sampling, analysis and control, Global effects of air pollution, Noise Pollution, Air and noise legislations

ECE 4307: Intelligent Instrumentation System

Course Summary: Transducer review; Automation system; sensors and actuators; PLC; Virtual instrumentation; Lab VIEW; Introduction to intelligent controllers. Design and development of real-time ON/OFF controller – P-I-D controller design – Building an autonomous embedded system in integration with Embedded target – Development of AI-based Vision system using Lab VIEW – assignments 

ECE 4308: Computational Intelligence and Environment Sustainability

Course Summary: Introduction to Computational Intelligence: Computational Intelligence Implementations, Modelling and Optimization, Applying Computational Intelligence to Data Mining, Performance Metrics and Analysis. Introduction to Environmental Sustainability: Need and concept of sustainability, Global warming, Ozone layer depletion, Conservation and Management of Resources for Development, Environmental issues and sustainable development. Computational Intelligence and GIS: Remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Application of GIS in Earth sciences, Geographic coordinates, QGIS Spatial and Temporal Analysis. Artificial Intelligence methods in GIS applications,  application of Computational Intelligence in Environmental Prediction: Computational Intelligence in time series forecasting, Climate change and terrestrial ecosystem modelling, Rainfall prediction and prediction of meteorological parameters, Water quality prediction, weather and water resource forecasting.   

ECE 4309: Applications of Signal Processing

Course Summary: Basics of multi-modal signals, types of signals in real-time applications, image perception, image representation, image and video processing, basics of sound speech and processing, time and frequency domain analysis of speech, an overview of pen computing and processing, applications of gesture recognition, case studies with different domain such as aviation, automation like driverless vehicles, gesture-controlled robots, handwritten data analysis, recommendation systems for digital marketing, speech controlled devices for home automation, concepts of real-time applications such as surveillance video processing, face recognition, face tracking.

ELE 4306: Renewable Energy

This OE is an in-depth course on renewable resources and you may not be able to depend on just rote learning for your assignments. Moreover, as global warming effects are starting to threaten life on earth, this seems to be a valuable course to study today.

Course Summary: 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

ELE 4307: Utilization Of Electrical Energy

Course Summary: Traction – Traction Drives – DC and AC Traction Drives, Power semiconductor controlled drives, DC and AC traction employing polyphase AC motors, diesel-electric traction. Electroplating: Preparation of work for electroplating, Electro-extraction, and the electrolysis of water. Electric Welding: Resistance welding, spot, seam, butt, projection and flash welding, Power supply, Arc welding, Carbon arc and metallic arc welding, Control of current in welding transformers. Electric Heating: types, modes of heat transfer, resistance heating, resistance ovens, Design of heating element, Temperature control, Induction heating, Core type furnace, Coreless Induction furnace, indirect induction oven, High-frequency eddy current heating, Dielectric heating, Arc furnaces.

ICE 4306: Virtual Instrumentation

Course Summary: Architecture of a virtual instrument, Virtual instruments V/s Traditional instruments, Advantages of VI, Graphical programming, Creating Virtual Instruments using LabVIEW-Loops, Arrays, Clusters, String and file I/O, Graphs, Data Acquisition, Common Instrument Interfaces, Current loop, System buses, Interface buses, VISA, Image acquisition and processing, Design of ON/OFF controller for a mathematically described processes using VI software

ICE 4307: Farm Automation

Course Summary: Farm mechanization, sources of farm power, renewable energy sources, IC engines, tillage, sowing, plant protection, intercultural operations, harvesting, threshing, biomass management techniques, watershed concept and theory, soil erosion, measures, hydrological cycle, irrigation methods, devices, Water conveyance systems, Water harvesting, aquifer and its types, the interaction of water resources with the changing environment, engineering properties of biological materials, heat and mass transfer, devices for cleaning, grading, milling and storage of farm produce. Drying and dehydration, function and features of greenhouse. Resource conservation management, precision farming, automated irrigation scheduling, variable rate seed and chemical applicators, robotics, Rainfall-runoff prediction models, watershed modelling, climate change impact analysis on bio-resources, drying characteristics, storage or process kinetics, simulation and modelling in tillage implements.

MED 4303: Packaging and Design Development

This course is for someone interested in designing and making a product look appealing and remain long-lasting. Can tend to be a slightly boring subject but a great opportunity for design enthusiasts!

Course Summary: Packaging in modern society, packaging and marketing, designer’s role, designer’s qualifications, design as an aspect of marketing, packaging specifications and quality assurance, paper, paper board and structural design – types of paper and paper board, working with paper and boards, folding cartons, corrugated containers – designing and manufacturing, testing corrugated containers, stacking strength, plastics and flexible packaging: natural plastics, development of synthetic plastics, chemistry of plastics, classification of polymers, techniques used to mold and shape plastics, uses of plastics, designing with plastics, rigid packaging – glass making, producing glass containers, types of glass containers, decorating glass containers, designing a fragrance bottle, phases of designing a bottle, cans, tubes and aerosols, designing cans, metal tubes, plastic tubes, and the aerosol can, environmental implications of packaging – solid waste disposal, packaging regulations – weight and measures, food regulations, cosmetic regulations, tamper evident packaging, other laws and regulations, recycling of packaging, latest trends in packaging – advancements in package designing tools, smart packaging technologies, aseptic packaging, advancements in packaging machineries

MME 4304: Introduction to Alternate Fuels and Applications

This is a course that enforces the importance of alternative fuels, engines and all about their uses and benefits. It will involve a lot of rote learning but is a rather chill OE.

Course Summary: Introduction to alternative fuels, Need for alternative fuels – Availability of different alternative fuels for SI and CI engines. Properties of potential alternative fuels, Liquid Fuels for S.I. Engines, Requirements of fuels for SI engines-Different Techniques of utilizing alternative liquid fuels—Blends, Neat form, Reformed fuels – Manufacturing, Storage and SafetyPerformance and emission characteristics of alternative liquid fuels, Liquid Fuels in C.I. Engines, Requirements of fuels for CI engines different techniques for their utilization- Blends, Fuel modifications to suit CI engines, Dual fuelling, Ignition accelerators and other additives, Gaseous Fuels in S.I. Engines, Gaseous Fuels in C.I. Engines, Electrical Vehicles. 

MME 4308: Thermal Treatment of Metals & Alloys

This course is all about the different uses and applications of different metals. A fine course for someone interested in metallurgy. It will involve a lot of deep learning of the processes but an overall interesting course.

Course Summary: Iron-Carbon equilibrium diagram, Lever rule, isothermal transformation diagram, heat treatment of steels, phase transformations. Heat treatment processes, annealing, normalising, hardening, tempering, hardenability, determination of hardenability – Grossman’s critical diameter method, Jominy end quench test, Factors affecting hardenability. Carburizing, post carburizing treatments, cyaniding and carbonitriding, nitriding, plasma nitriding, boronizing & chromizing, flame hardening, induction hardening, electron beam hardening, laser hardening. Controlled rolling, ausforming, isoforming, marstraining, cryoforming, thermomechanical annealing, thermomechanical treatment of non-ferrous alloys. Steel specification, classification and heat treatment of steels and cast iron. Heat treatment and application of aluminium alloys, titanium alloys, copper alloys, defects, causes and remedies in heat treatment.

MTE 4304: Industrial IoT

This course introduces a learner to the industrial internet of things and the various aspects that bring it together. It delves into the details of each topic to provide a thorough understanding of the subject.

Course Summary: Introduction to IIoT, Sensors and Actuators, Introduction to PLC, Industrial Process Automation, Networks and Protocols, Database-System Applications, Introduction to security. 

CSE 4301: Essentials of Industrial Computing

The perfect course for someone interested in perfecting their algorithms and software development knowledge. It helps in polishing your coding skills.

Course summary: Introduction, Programming techniques, Introduction to object-oriented concepts, Advanced concepts in object-oriented technology, Object-oriented design methodology, Introduction to Analysis of algorithms, Code tuning techniques, Analysis of algorithms, Analysis of some well-known algorithms, Intractable problems, Evolution of software, Software development models, Requirement analysis and design, Software construction, Software testing and software quality, Introduction to Web Technologies, Internetworking concepts, Architecture and protocol, The World Wide Web, web applications, Security in applications and issues in web-based applications. 

CSE 4305: Principles of Soft Computing

Soft computing is artificial intelligence-based computational technique. Soft computing is the use of approximate calculations to provide imprecise but usable solutions to complex computational problems. This course is great for an AI enthusiast.

Course Summary: Artificial Neural Networks: Definition, Benefits of Artificial Neural Networks, Human Brain, Terminology, Neuron Models, Activation Functions, Network Architectures, Learning Process, Types of Learning: Error-correction, Memory Based, Hebbian, Competitive, and Boltzmann Learning. Types of Neural Networks: Feed Forward Neural Network: Single Layer Perceptron, Limitations, Multi-Layer Perceptron, Back Propagation Algorithm, Practical Considerations, Radial Basis Function Network. Recurrent Networks: Hopfield Network, Recurrent Multi-Layer Perceptron, Second Order Networks, Learning Algorithms. SelfOrganizing Map, Neural Network Applications. Fuzzy Logic: Fuzzy Logic Applications. Pattern Recognition, Control Engineering, Image Processing. Genetic Algorithms.

IIE 4305: International Business Management

Course Summary: Historical perspective of international business, international business environment, Modes of entering international business, Cross-Culture and dynamic market understanding, Differences in Culture, Theories of international business, World Bank, World trade organisation, Multinational Corporations and their involvement in International Business, Tariffs and quotas, Balance of Payment Account.

IIE 4306: Brand Management

There is no information regarding this OE. It will be updated as it is made available.

IIE 4311: Lifestyle Modification and Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Course Summary: Principles and concepts of lifestyle modification and various complementary and alternative therapies, Demonstrate skill in performing different yoga asanas, guided imagery/progressive muscle relaxation, meditation & Pranayama, reflexology, massage therapy, aerobics, laughter therapy.


Written by Sriya Mistry and Vaibhav Atreya for MTTN

Edited by Parva Mehrotra and Suhani Kabra for MTTN

Updated by Aayush Niraj and Advaith Gurunath for MTTN

Featured image by Chirag Bansal for MTTN

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