Course Title: 
Soft Skills II
Course Code: 
Year Taught: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

Soft Skills II is a course offered in the fifth semester of B. Tech. programs at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Course Outcomes

  • CO # 1 - Soft Skills - At the end of the course, the students will have the ability to communicate convincingly and negotiate diplomatically while working in a team to arrive at a win-win situation. They would further develop their inter-personal and leadership skills.
  • CO # 2 - Soft Skills - At the end of the course, the students shall learn to examine the context of a Group Discussion topic and develop new perspectives and ideas through brainstorming and arrive at a consensus.
  • CO # 3 - Aptitude - At the end of the course, students will be able to identify, recall and arrive at appropriate strategies to solve questions on geometry. They will be able to investigate, interpret and select suitable methods to solve questions on arithmetic, probability and combinatorics.
  • CO # 4 – Verbal - At the end of the course, the students will have the ability to relate, choose, conclude and determine the usage of right vocabulary.
  • CO # 5 - Verbal - At the end of the course, the students will have the ability to utilise prior knowledge of grammar to recognise structural instabilities and modify them.
  • CO # 6 – Verbal - At the end of the course, the students will have the ability to comprehend, interpret, deduce and logically categorise words, phrases and sentences. They will also have the ability to theorise, discuss, elaborate, criticise and defend their ideas.

CO – PO Mapping

PO/CO PO1 PO2 PO3 PO4 PO5 PO6 PO7 PO8 PO9 PO10 PO11 PO12
CO1               2 3 3   3
CO2                 2 3   3
CO3   3   2                
CO4                   3   3
CO5                   3   3
CO6                 3 3   3

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.

Problem solving level II: Time speed and distance; work time problems;

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.
  • Quantitative Aptitude by R. S. Aggarwal,S. Chand
  • Quantitative Aptitude – Abijith Guha, TMH.
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Cat - Arun Sharma. TMH


  • 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
  • www.the - online teaching resources online teaching resources and other useful websites