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

Professional Grooming and Practices: Basics of Corporate culture, Key pillars of Business Etiquette. Basics of Etiquette: Etiquette – Socially acceptable ways of behaviour, Personal hygiene, Professional attire, Cultural Adaptability. Introductions and Greetings: Rules of the handshake, Earning respect, Business manners. Telephone Etiquette: activities during the conversation, Conclude the call, To take a message. Body Language: Components, Undesirable body language, Desirable body language. Adapting to Corporate life: Dealing with people.

Group Discussions: Advantages of Group Discussions, Structured GD – Roles, Negative roles to be avoided, Personality traits to do well in a GD, Initiation techniques, How to perform in a group discussion, Summarization techniques. Listening Comprehension advanced: Exercise on improving listening skills, Grammar basics: Topics like clauses, punctuation, capitalization, number agreement, pronouns, tenses etc.

Reading Comprehension advanced: A course on how to approach middle level reading comprehension passages.
Problem solving – Money Related problems; Mixtures; Symbol Based problems; Clocks and Calendars; Simple, Linear, Quadratic and Polynomial Equations; Special Equations; Inequalities; Functions and Graphs; Sequence and Series; Set Theory; Permutations and Combinations; Probability; Statistics.
Data Sufficiency: Concepts and Problem Solving.
Non-Verbal Reasoning and Simple Engineering Aptitude: Mirror Image; Water Image; Paper Folding; Paper Cutting; Grouping Of Figures; Figure Formation and Analysis; Completion of Incomplete Pattern; Figure Matrix; Miscellaneous.
Special Aptitude: Cloth, Leather, 2D and 3D Objects, Coin, Match Sticks, Stubs, Chalk, Chess Board, Land and geodesic problems etc., Related Problems

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.
  • Quantitative Aptitude by AbjithGuha, Tata McGraw hill Publ.
  • More Games Teams Play, by Leslie Bendaly, McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
  • The BBC and British Council online resources
  • Owl Purdue University online teaching resources
  • www.thegrammarbook.com online teaching resources
  • www.englishpage.com online teaching resources and other useful websites.