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Course code
Course Name
L-T-PCredits
2-0-2
Year of Introduction
HS210
LIFE SKILLS
2016
Prerequisite : Nil
Course Objectives
 To develop communication competence in prospective engineers.
 To enable them to convey thoughts and ideas with clarity and focus.
 To develop report writing skills.
 To equip them to face interview & Group Discussion.
 To inculcate critical thinking process.
 To prepare them on problem solving skills.
 To provide symbolic, verbal, and graphical interpretations of statements in a problem
description.
 To understand team dynamics & effectiveness.
 To create an awareness on Engineering Ethics and Human Values.
 To instill Moral and Social Values, Loyalty and also to learn to appreciate the rights of
others.
 To learn leadership qualities and practice them.
Syllabus
Communication Skill: Introduction to Communication, The Process of Communication, Barriers
to Communication, Listening Skills, Writing Skills, Technical Writing, Letter Writing, Job
Application, Report Writing, Non-verbal Communication and Body Language, Interview Skills,
Group Discussion, Presentation Skills, Technology-based Communication.
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: Creativity, Lateral thinking, Critical thinking, Multiple
Intelligence, Problem Solving, Six thinking hats, Mind Mapping & Analytical Thinking.
Teamwork: Groups, Teams, Group Vs Teams, Team formation process, Stages of Group, Group
Dynamics, Managing Team Performance & Team Conflicts.
Ethics, Moral & Professional Values: Human Values, Civic Rights, Engineering Ethics,
Engineering as Social Experimentation, Environmental Ethics, Global Issues, Code of Ethics like
ASME, ASCE, IEEE.
Leadership Skills: Leadership, Levels of Leadership, Making of a leader, Types of leadership,
Transactions Vs Transformational Leadership, VUCA Leaders, DART Leadership, Leadership
Grid & leadership Formulation.
Expected outcome
The students will be able to
 Communicate effectively.
 Make effective presentations.
 Write different types of reports.
 Face interview & group discussion.
 Critically think on a particular problem.
 Solve problems.
 Work in Group & Teams
 Handle Engineering Ethics and Human Values.
 Become an effective leader.
Resource Book:
Life Skills for Engineers, Complied by ICT Academy of Kerala, McGraw Hill Education
(India) Private Ltd., 2016
References:
 Barun K. Mitra; (2011), “Personality Development & Soft Skills”, First Edition; Oxford
Publishers.
 Kalyana; (2015) “Soft Skill for Managers”; First Edition; Wiley Publishing Ltd.
 Larry James (2016); “The First Book of Life Skills”; First Edition; Embassy Books.
 Shalini Verma (2014); “Development of Life Skills and Professional Practice”; First
Edition; Sultan Chand (G/L) & Company
 John C. Maxwell (2014); “The 5 Levels of Leadership”, Centre Street, A division of
Hachette Book Group Inc.
Course Plan
Hours
L-T-P
Contents
L
Need for Effective Communication, Levels of communication;
Flow of communication; Use of language in communication;
Communication networks; Significance of technical
communication, Types of barriers; Miscommunication; Noise;
Overcoming measures,
P
2
Listening as an active skill; Types of Listeners; Listening for
general content; Listening to fill up information; Intensive
Listening; Listening for specific information; Developing
effective listening skills; Barriers to effective listening skills.
I
2
Technical Writing: Differences between technical and literary
style, Elements of style; Common Errors, Letter Writing:
Formal, informal and demi-official letters; business letters, Job
Application: Cover letter, Differences between bio-data, CV
and Resume, Report Writing: Basics of Report Writing;
Structure of a report; Types of reports.
Non-verbal Communication and Body Language: Forms
of non-verbal communication; Interpreting body-language
cues; Kinesics; Proxemics; Chronemics; Effective use of body
language
Interview Skills: Types of Interviews; Ensuring success in job
interviews; Appropriate use of non-verbal communication,
Group Discussion: Differences between group discussion and
debate; Ensuring success in group discussions, Presentation
Skills: Oral presentation and public speaking skills; business
presentations,
Technology-based
Communication:
Netiquettes: effective e-mail messages; power-point
presentation; enhancing editing skills using computer
software.
Sem.
Exam
Marks
4
3
4
See evaluation scheme
Module
Need for Creativity in the 21st century, Imagination, Intuition,
Experience, Sources of Creativity, Lateral Thinking, Myths of
creativity
2
Critical thinking Vs Creative thinking, Functions of Left
Brain & Right brain, Convergent & Divergent Thinking,
Critical reading & Multiple Intelligence.
II
Steps in problem solving, Problem Solving Techniques,
Problem Solving through Six Thinking Hats, Mind Mapping,
Forced Connections.
2
2
Problem Solving strategies, Analytical Thinking and
quantitative reasoning expressed in written form, Numeric,
symbolic, and graphic reasoning, Solving application
problems.
Introduction to Groups and Teams, Team Composition,
Managing Team Performance, Importance of Group, Stages of
Group, Group Cycle, Group thinking, getting acquainted,
Clarifying expectations.
2
3
2
Group Problem Solving, Achieving Group Consensus.
III
Group Dynamics techniques, Group vs Team, Team
Dynamics, Teams for enhancing productivity, Building &
Managing Successful Virtual Teams. Managing Team
Performance & Managing Conflict in Teams.
Working Together in Teams, Team Decision-Making, Team
Culture & Power, Team Leader Development.
Morals, Values and Ethics, Integrity, Work Ethic, Service
Learning, Civic Virtue, Respect for Others, Living Peacefully.
IV
Caring, Sharing, Honesty, Courage, Valuing Time,
Cooperation, Commitment, Empathy, Self-Confidence,
Character
Spirituality, Senses of 'Engineering Ethics’, variety of moral
issued, Types of inquiry, moral dilemmas, moral autonomy,
Kohlberg's theory, Gilligan's theory, Consensus and
controversy, Models of Professional Roles, Theories about
right action, Self-interest, customs and religion, application of
ethical theories.
Engineering as experimentation, engineers as responsible
experimenters, Codes of ethics, Balanced outlook on.
The challenger case study, Multinational corporations,
Environmental ethics, computer ethics,
3
2
3
2
3
3
2
Weapons development, engineers as managers, consulting
engineers, engineers as expert witnesses and advisors, moral
leadership, sample code of Ethics like ASME, ASCE, IEEE,
Institution of Engineers(India), Indian Institute of Materials
Management, Institution of electronics and telecommunication
engineers(IETE), India, etc.
Introduction, a framework for considering leadership,
entrepreneurial and moral leadership, vision, people selection
and development, cultural dimensions of leadership, style,
followers, crises.
V
3
4
Growing as a leader, turnaround leadership, gaining control,
trust, managing diverse stakeholders, crisis management
Implications of national culture and multicultural leadership
Types of Leadership, Leadership Traits.
Leadership Styles, VUCA Leadership, DART Leadership,
Transactional vs Transformational Leaders, Leadership Grid,
Effective Leaders, making of a Leader, Formulate Leadership
END SEMESTER EXAM
2
2
2
EVALUATION SCHEME
Internal Evaluation
(Conducted by the College)
Total Marks: 100
Part – A
(To be started after completion of Module 1 and to be completed by 30th working day of the semester)
1. Group Discussion – Create groups of about 10 students each and engage them on a
GD on a suitable topic for about 20 minutes. Parameters to be used for evaluation is
as follows;
(i)
(ii)
(iii)
(iv)
Communication Skills
–
Subject Clarity
–
Group Dynamics
Behaviors & Mannerisms -
10 marks
10 marks
10 marks
10 marks
(Marks: 40)
Part – B
(To be started from 31st working day and to be completed before 60 th working day of the semester)
2. Presentation Skills – Identify a suitable topic and ask the students to prepare a
presentation (preferably a power point presentation) for about 10 minutes. Parameters
to be used for evaluation is as follows;
(i)
(ii)
(iii)
Communication Skills*
Platform Skills**
Subject Clarity/Knowledge
-
10 marks
10 marks
10 marks
(Marks: 30)
* Language fluency, auditability, voice modulation, rate of speech, listening, summarizes key
learnings etc.
** Postures/Gestures, Smiles/Expressions, Movements, usage of floor area etc.
Part – C
(To be conducted before the termination of semester)
3. Sample Letter writing or report writing following the guidelines and procedures.
Parameters to be used for evaluation is as follows;
(i)
(ii)
(iii)
Usage of English & Grammar
Following the format
Content clarity
-
10 marks
10 marks
10 marks
(Marks: 30)
External Evaluation
(Conducted by the University)
Total Marks: 50
Time: 2 hrs.
Part – A
Short Answer questions
There will be one question from each area (five questions in total). Each question should be
written in about maximum of 400 words. Parameters to be used for evaluation are as follows;
(i)
(ii)
(iii)
Content Clarity/Subject Knowledge
Presentation style
Organization of content
(Marks: 5 x 6 = 30)
Part – B
Case Study
The students will be given a case study with questions at the end the students have to analyze
the case and answer the question at the end. Parameters to be used for evaluation are as
follows;
(i)
(ii)
(iii)
(iv)
(v)
(vi)
(vii)
(viii)
(ix)
Analyze the case situation
Key players/characters of the case
Identification of the problem (both major & minor if exists)
Bring out alternatives
Analyze each alternative against the problem
Choose the best alternative
Implement as solution
Conclusion
Answer the question at the end of the case
(Marks: 1 x 20 = 20)

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