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Soft Skills II
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Foundation Core
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Soft Skills II' is a course offered in the fifth semester of B. Tech. programs 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 level III: 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.

Spacial aptitude: Cloth, leather, 2D and 3D objects, coin, match sticks, stubs, chalk, chess board, land and geodesic problems etc., related problems.

  • 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.
  • Quick Maths – Tyra.
  • Quicker Arithmetic – Ashish Aggarwal
  • Test of reasoning for competitive examinations by Thorpe.E. TMH
  • Non-verbal reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal, S. Chand
  • Books on GRE by publishers like R. S. Aggrawal, Barrons, Kaplan, The Big Book, and Nova
  • More Games Teams Play, by Leslie Bendaly, McGraw Hill Ryerson.
  • The BBC and British Council online resources
  • Owl Purdue University online teaching resources

Online Teaching Resources - The Grammar Book

Online Teaching Resources - The English Page and other useful websites.