Employment Communication A Lab based course

By Prof. Seema Singh   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 5359
Employment Communication: A Lab based course is intended as Finishing School for Undergraduate students of Colleges / Professional Institutes who are soon to join the workforce. It is possible that some of these students might have completed Courses or trained on Professional Communication / Soft / Communication Skills, the fact is that there is still a genuine need for intensive practice so as to put up a stellar performance during the three stage process of Employment Communication.In the first stage (CV writing) students will be trained to write impressive CVs aimed to grasp the attention of organizations / employers they would like to work with. In the 2nd phase, students will be taught the basics strategies of cracking Group Discussions (GDs) to demonstrate their Team working abilities; and also that they can emerge as leaders while still maintaining the Group /Project goals of the organizations. In the third and final stage, post a short & lucid theoretical lecture on how to tackle Interview Questions, students will undergo practical Personal Interview Sessions so as to get a feel of the real scenario and reduce the fear factor.In conclusion, the objective of the proposed course (on Employment Communication: A Lab based course) is to prepare students to effectively train & confidently prepare to enter the workplace.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : All Final year UG level students of the Engineering, Humanities, Science, Commerce, Management disciplines preparing for Employment to join the workplace
PREREQUISITES : Must be enrolled in the UG Course & preferably in the Final year of their Course of study
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Most Private and Government Companies (including Maha-Ratna, Mini-Ratna & Nava-Ratna), Private concerns , and companies in PPP mode
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 12 Mar 2021
Exam Date : 21 Mar 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Module I : Course Introduction & Verbal Communication 
Module II : Non Verbal Communication & Cross Cultural Communication 
Module III : Body Language & Listening Skills 
Module IV : The Employment Process & CV Writing 
Module V : The Cover Letter, CV Writing Lab & Group Discussions (GDs) 
Module VI : Group Discussion (GD) Lab & Introduction to Interviewing 
Module VII : Personal Interviews (PIs) & PI Practice Lab 
Module VIII : PIs, Student Speak, & Course Wrap-up

Books and references

Strategies for Engineering Communication – Susan Stevenson and Steve Whitmore, 20022. Group Discussion:Theory & Technique – Harnack, Fest and Jones3. The Art of Winning at Interviews –Nagasudha Ravinuthala, 20054. The Skills of Interviewing: A guide for Managers and Trainers – Leslie Rae, 20065. Making Successful Presentations: A Self-Teaching Guide – Terry C. Smith, 19846. Professional Presentations –Malcom Goodale, 20057. Presenting With Power:Captivate, Motivate, Inspire and Persuade – Shay McConnon, 20028. Secrets of Power Presentations –Peter Urs Bender, 19919. Giving Presentations – Jo Billingham, 200310. The Heartful Presenter- Heartfulness Institute, 2017

Instructor bio

Prof. Seema Singh

IIT Kharagpur
I joined the IIT Kharagpur as an Assistant Professor (English) during 2003 December. Prior to that I worked for seven years in the Royal University of Bhutan as Senior Lecturer in English. Set against this background, I diversified further and guided Research Scholars in Managerial Communication, Indian Writing in English, and Subaltern Literature. In 2007 December, I floated the PG Core Course on English for Thesis Writing which is now the compulsory for all PhD Research Scholars & MS students as well. Apart from the regular UG core course on English for Communication, I also engaged with the PGDBM & PGDBA students of the VGSOM, IIT Kharagpur. I am connected with the recruitment process at the Staff Selection Commission, Eastern Region Kolkata, as well as the Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India. I have been Guest Faculty at the IIM Raipur and continue to be called for several Short-Term Courses and Management Development Programmes as Guest Faculty in various Colleges / Training centres / Institutes across the country.Currently, I am Associate Professor of English at the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences where I teach, train, and research in Soft Skills. My academic engagements are complemented by my deep practice and training in Meditation. As on date, I have conducted more than 56 voluntary (& totally free of cost) Meditation workshops at various levels for aspirants starting from school students (age 15+) till the corporate executives.Presently, my career aim is to improve and develop upon my current skill set and expand my personal repertoire to continue adding to the greatness & glory of my Institute as well as contribute my might to Skill India.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 21 March 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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