The course aims to cause an enhanced awareness about the significance of soft skills in professional and inter-personal communications and facilitate an all-round development of personality. Hard or technical skills help securing a basic position in one's life and career. But only soft skills can ensure a person retain it, climb further, reach a pinnacle, achieve excellence, and derive fulfilment and supreme joy. Soft skills comprise pleasant and appealing personality traits as self-confidence, positive attitude, emotional intelligence, social grace, flexibility, friendliness and effective communication skills. The focus of this course is on interpersonal and management skills.
CORE/ELECTIVE: It can be used as a core or elective course
UG/PG: Both for UG and PG students
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisite is required. Background knowledge of MOOC Course on "Developing Soft Skills and Personality" is preferred.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All industry/companies/organisations will recognize and value this course and recommend this for their employees and trainee programs.
15453 students have enrolled already!!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Dr. T. RAVICHANDRAN is presently a Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. He has written about fifty research articles/book chapters, supervised six doctoral theses, edited a special issue on Cyberpunk Literature for the Creative Forum Journal, and published a book on Postmodern Identity. He is a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship (2014-15) for his research/teaching at Duke University, North Carolina, USA. He is honored with Champa Devi Gangwal Chair Professorship at IIT Kanpur. In his distinguished twenty-five years of teaching career, he has taught various courses in English Language and Literature. His NPTEL Video and Web courses on Communication Skills are well-acclaimed nationally and internationally. His NPTEL MOOC on Developing Soft Skills and Personality became hugely popular and well-received by about fifteen thousand participants from India and abroad.
Week 1 :
Highlights of Developing Soft Skills and Personality Course-1-24
Highlights of Developing Soft Skills and Personality Course-25-48
Definitions and Types of Mindset
Secrets of Developing Growth Mindsets
Week 2 :
Importance of Time and Understanding Perceptions of Time
Using Time Efficiently
Don’t Say “Yes” to Make Others Happy!
Week 3 :
Types of People
How to Say “No”
Gaining Power from Positive Thinking-1
Gaining Power from Positive Thinking-2
Week 4 :
What Makes Others Dislike You?
What Makes Others Like You?-1
What Makes Others Like You?-2
Week 5 :
Week 6 :
Humour in Communication
Humour in the Workplace
Function of Humour in the Workplace
Money and Personality
Week 7 :
Health and Personality
Managing Health-1: Importance of Exercise
Managing Health-2: Diet and Sleep
Love and Personality
Week 8 :
Ethics and Etiquette
Managing Mind and Memory
Care for Environment
Highlights of the Course
SUGGESTED READING MATERIALS:
Dorch, Patricia. What Are Soft Skills? New York:Execu Dress Publisher, 2013.
Kamin, Maxine. Soft Skills Revolution: A Guide for Connecting with Compassion for Trainers,Teams, and Leaders. Washington, DC: Pfeiffer &Company, 2013.
Klaus, Peggy, Jane Rohman & Molly Hamaker.The Hard Truth about Soft Skills. London:HarperCollins E-books, 2007.
Petes S. J., Francis. Soft Skills and ProfessionalCommunication. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-HillEducation, 2011.
Stein, Steven J. & Howard E. Book. The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success.Canada: Wiley & Sons, 2006.
CERTIFICATION EXAM :
The exam is optional for a fee.
Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
Exam for this course will be available in one session on both 28 and 29 April.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.
Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of Best 6 out of 8 assignments
E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IITKanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.