'Life Skills I' is a course offered in the third semester of B. C. A. (Bachelor of Computer Applications) program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri.

Soft skills and its importance: Pleasure and pains of transition from an academic environment to work-environment. Need for change. Fears, stress and competition in the professional world. Importance of positive attitude, self-motivation and continuous knowledge upgradation.

Self Confidence: Characteristics of the person perceived, characteristics of the situation, Characteristics of the Perceiver. Attitude, Values, Motivation, Emotion Management, Steps to like yourself, Positive Mental Attitude, Assertiveness.

Presentations: Preparations, Outlining, Hints for efficient practice, Last minute tasks, means of effective presentation, language, Gestures, Posture, Facial expressions, Professional attire.

Vocabulary building: A brief introduction into the methods and practices of learning vocabulary. Learning how to face questions on antonyms, synonyms, spelling error, analogy etc. Faulty comparison, wrong form of words and confused words like understanding the nuances of spelling changes and wrong use of words.

Listening Skills: The importance of listening in communication and how to listen actively.

Prepositions and Articles: A experiential method of learning the uses of articles and prepositions in sentences is provided.

Problem solving; Number System; LCM &HCF; Divisibility Test; Surds and Indices; Logarithms; Ratio, Proportions and Variations; Partnership; Time speed and distance; work time problems;

Data Interpretation: Numerical Data Tables; Line Graphs; Bar Charts and Pie charts; Caselet Forms; Mix Diagrams; Geometrical Diagrams and other forms of Data Representation.

Logical Reasoning: Family Tree; Linear Arrangements; Circular and Complex Arrangement; Conditionalities and Grouping; Sequencing and Scheduling; Selections; Networks; Codes; Cubes; Venn Diagram in Logical Reasoning.

TEXTBOOKS

  • A Communicative Grammar of English: Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik. Longman, London.
  • Adair J (1986) - "Effective Team Building: How to make a winning team", London, U.K: Pan Books.
  • Gulati S (2006) - "Corporate Soft Skills", New Delhi, India: Rupa& Co.
  • The Hard Truth about Soft Skills, by Amazone Publication.

REFERENCES

  • Quantitative Aptitude, by R S Aggarwal, S Chand Publ.
  • Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning, R S Aggarwal, S Chand Publ.
  • Data Interpretation, R S Aggarwal, S Chand Publ. 4. Nova GRE, KAPAL GRE, Barrons GRE books;
  • Quantitative Aptitude, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
  • More Games Teams Play, by Leslie Bendaly, McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
  • The BBC and British Council online resources
  • Owl Purdue University online teaching resources
  • The Farlex Grammar Book - Online Teaching Resources
  • English Page - Online teaching resources and other useful websites.