Courses

Semester I English and Technical Communication (2 credits)

This course is aimed to equip students of engineering with effective oral and written communication. The course develops the verbal skills of the students with emphasis on learning grammatical concepts and syntactical strategies. The course emphasis is on grooming the students and their personality by focusing on written and spoken English and Communication. The importance of the course to a budding engineer will be in the form of

  • Being able to analyze communication situations and audiences to make choices about the most effective and efficient way to communicate and deliver messages.
  • Delivering effective presentations in contexts that may require power point, extemporaneous or impromptu oral presentation.
  • The ability to write grammatically correct business documents using appropriate business style.
  • The ability to express thoughts with clarity and accuracy, both verbally and in writing.

English and Technical Communication Lab (1 Credits)

The English and Technical communication course is further reinforced by hands on experience through the English and Technical Communication Lab. In this lab the students will practice writing grammatically correct sentences and develop the ability to express thoughts with clarity and accuracy. They will learn the proper use of rules of grammar in writing and produce logical sequenced and more coherent letters or documents. They will learn using new words and build their vocabulary steadily and systematically by following the exercises. Students will be groomed to develop the art of speaking logically, confidently and pragmatically, involving understanding work ethics, manners and correct use of body language.

Sem III – Interpersonal Dynamics Values and Ethics (3 credits)

This course is designed to help students understand the importance of values in their development as professionals and responsible citizens. This starts with developing an understanding of their own needs and wants what they ‘really want to be’ in their life and profession. This understanding of oneself then leads to understanding others better so that effective personal and professional relationships can be built. The moment a student enters the workplace they are confronted with organizational values and ethical dilemma. This course helps facilitate the students to understand harmony at all the levels of human living, and live an ethical and happy life. Through this course the students will be able to become conscious of their value system and its impact on their future. The will learn to appreciate the relationship between values and skills, happiness and accumulation of physical facilities, the Self and the Body, Intention and Competence of an individual, etc. Understanding the value of harmonious relationship based on trust and respect in their life and profession they are better able to ensure harmony in society and nature. This leads to being able to distinguish between ethical and unethical practices, and start working out the strategy to actualize a harmonious environment wherever they work.

Sem IV-Finance and Accounting (3 credits)

This course is designed to help an engineer understand the theoretical framework and issues of accounting and corporate finance and apply the concepts in practice so that one can make an optimal decision on sustainable basis, not only for the firm but also for the society in-large. After completing the course, the student will be able to prepare financial statements and analyze them. Through this they will learn to assess the effect of corporate decisions on the value of a firm. The analysis of projects, in terms of its financial needs and financial performance will be possible for the student. As professionals they will then make optimal financial decisions on sustainable basis, not only for the firm but also for the society at large.

Sem V – Project Management and Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

This course is designed to lay the foundation for a firm understanding of project management concepts and principles. It acquaints the students with the complexity and challenge of managing public or private projects with stringent schedules and limited resources. In addition to project management, this course also covers basic entrepreneurship concepts and framework. This leads to developing and systematically applying an entrepreneurial way of thinking that will allow the students to identify and create business opportunities of commercial value. The students will firstly learn to distinguish between management of projects and operational activities. Screen and select projects, assess the costs, people, time and quality associated with the projects comes next. Learning to apply quantitative tools and techniques for risk management, budgeting and scheduling comes next. Knowledge about government programs and policies w.r.t. entrepreneurship and also the parameters to assess opportunities and constraints for new business ideas is part of this course. This helps to discern the factors that can deem the idea successful and viable and write a business plan

Sem VII – Indian Constitution (Audit course)

The course will present to you the way Indian political system has been working and the way it shapes institutions in India. This course is not about legal provisions and technical details of Indian constitution. It is about how institutions are shaped through interaction with actual politics. The course will introduce you to the idea of political system and the account of the making and working of constitutional institutions. This course responds to the curiosity about why a particular arrangement in the constitution was adopted and why not some other, how the institutions grow in the company of actual politics.

Sem VI & Sem VIII- Electives (3 credits)

Human Resource Management

The objective is to familiarize the students with various functions of Human Resources Management and emphasize on the integration Human Values with the organization with particular reference to India. Also, the course provides basic knowledge of functional area of Human Resource Management. It also provides the essentials of human resource management for all future managers whether or not their career orientation lies in human resources. Accordingly, the emphasis in this course is away from the nitty-gritty of HRM techniques and on the general issues that confront all managers in an organization.

Business Analytics

Analytics has been defined as the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Analytics is more than just analytical methodologies or techniques used in logical analysis. It is a process of transforming data into actions through analysis and insights in the context of organizational decision making and problem solving. Analytics includes a range of activities, including business intelligence, which comprises standard and ad hoc reports, queries and alerts; and quantitative methods, including statistical analysis, forecasting/ extrapolation, predictive modeling (such as data mining), optimization and simulation.

Human Rights for Technocrats

Engineers, broadly, see themselves as problem solvers who create artifacts and objects to serve humanity. Successful engineers invariably end up as managers of some sort. With this view, traditionally, engineering curricula have always had a humanities component. Students may or may not see themselves as “advocates”, or as human rights advocates, but would be united by a common motivation to explore new and alternative approaches to bringing about change. The course will deepen understanding of the usefulness of human rights analysis and tools in different contexts, including those where human rights are not usually the frame of reference. The course will examine key ethical, strategic, and legal dimensions of human rights work. Students grapple with tough questions that confront every human rights practitioner, including: How can human rights be harnessed to successfully influence and change behaviour? The course is designed to encourage students to critically evaluate the human rights movement while learning core advocacy, litigation, and problem-solving skills to responsibly advance social justice.

Quality Management

Quality Management (QM) is a participative, systematic approach to planning and implementing a constant organizational improvement process. Its approach is focused on exceeding customers’ expectations, identifying problems, building commitment, and promoting open decision-making among workers. This course is specially designed for engineers to quip them with understanding of Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing and the like.

Internet Marketing

This course aims to develop the student’s understanding on how the internet has become a necessity in modern business, and discover how this medium can assist in marketing. It examines the fundamental principles associated with the strategic adoption, implementation, use and evaluation of internet in organizations. Essentially, the focus is on how the internet can serve as an invaluable resource for the strategic business and competitive advantage.

Strategic Management

The concept of strategic management is important in the study of management because it explains in detail the interaction of organizations with their surrounding environment. The importance and impact of one on the other is brought out very well in this subject. It also explains how various components of an organization are brought together to form a meaningful whole and how the proper combination of components leads to success. Policy and strategy formulation and implementation together cover the total contribution of a manager to the success of an organization.

International Human Resource Management

IHRM refers to the development, recruitment, selection and management of international employees either abroad or in the home country. The concept of IHRM has become increasingly important with the rise of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) operating across many countries and continents (Hollinshead and Leat, 1995).

Another prominent factor is that IHRM, in addition to the basic functions of HRM (such as training and development, health and safety, compensation… etc.), also includes employee training through cross-cultural communication workshops and seminars to overcome cultural barriers and to facilitate cooperation across cultures (Downling et al. 2013).

The main factors which affect IHRM are legal, political, economic and cultural (Aswathappa, 2008). The legal and political factors determine how (if at all) an organisation could access a foreign labour market or employ foreign nationals in their home country. The economic dimension is important in case the organisation wants to exploit wage differences by moving operations or productions abroad. Finally, possibly the most influential factor, culture must be considered as it could ultimately determine the outcome of employing culturally different people to achieve organisational objectives. And thus the current engineer could benefit from the course as he has to work as face a diverse cultural environment.

Contemporary India In Globalized Era: Challenges Of Democracy And Development

The course introduces students to contemporary India with special focus on challenges of democracy and development and main vectors that are moulding India’s course in today’s globalised era. The course begins with an overview of India’s emergence from colonial trappings and its progression in past decades to acclaim a global stature in world affairs. The course deliberates on major issues of Indian foreign policy, especially the problem of peace and security in the globalised world. The overall aim of the course is to develop a broad and yet nuanced understanding of prospects and challenges of contemporary India in the twenty-first century.

International Business Management

This course is developed to understand different issues of International Business. It analyses how different environment affects the business of a Multi National Company. It leads to understanding the importance of different theories of explaining international trade and businesses. The role of International Institutions in promoting and stabilizing the international integration is studied. All this would help design a suitable strategy for international trade, for a firm, depending upon the economic conditions of both home and host countries.

Understanding India: Literary Reflections

This course is designed to help students understand societal dynamics as depicted in literature. It leads to appreciation of literature on one hand and knowledge of workings of society on the other. The course specifically deals with migration. An attempt is made to recognize the impact of displacement on individuals. It explores social, economic, cultural and geographical contexts and its relevance for a holistic living. It also looks for roots and connections in literature with focus on environment and peace in society. An effort is made to access the impact of gender on migration and to define identity and what it means in the modern context.

English (Audit Course)

The Department also offers an Audit Course in English during first semester, especially for those students who need additional support.

Additional courses offered by the Department :

Research Methodology (For Ph.D scholars)

Construction Financial Management (M.Tech, Civil Engg.)