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HSS401A: Soft Skills And Personality Development

Course Description

Soft skills, unlike hard skills that are technical, tangible, measureable, quantifiable and assessable, are practical, imperceptible and subtle qualitative traits that determine the efficacy of human communication at professional and personal levels. While hard skills acquisition can be correlated with one’s intelligence quotient (IQ), soft skills development are intricately linked with one’s emotional quotient (EQ) and spiritual quotient (SQ). Hard skills can aid an individual secure a position, yet soft skills help the person retain it, achieve excellence and fulfil self-actualisation needs. Using academic as well as popular books, the course offers soft skills by integrating them at personal, professional, interpersonal and management levels. 

Course Content

Personal Skills

Self-Assessment; Identifying Strength & Limitations; Habits, Will-Power and Drives; Developing Self-Esteem and Building Self-Confidence, Significance of Self-Discipline

Understanding Perceptions, Attitudes, and Personality Types

Mind-Set: Growth and Fixed; Values and Beliefs

Motivation and Achieving Excellence; Self-Actualisation Need

Goal Setting, Life and Career Planning; Constructive Thinking

Professional Skills

Communicating Clearly: Understanding and Overcoming barriers; Cross gender/Cross Cultural communication, Strategic Communication.

Active Listening

Persuasive Speaking and Presentation Skills

Conducting Meetings, Writing Minutes, Sending Memos and Notices

Netiquette: Effective E-mail Communication; Telephone Etiquette

Body Language in Group Discussion and Interview

Interpersonal Skills

Enhancing Empathy, Showing Sympathy and Dealing with Antipathy; Gaining Trust and Developing Emotional Bonding

Ethics and Etiquettes (Social and Official Settings); Respecting Privacy; Civic Sense and Care for the Environment

Negotiating, Decision-Making, Conflict-Resolution, Five Styles

Emotional Literacy; Assertiveness versus Aggressiveness; Learning to Say “No.”; Learning to Appreciate and Give Praise; Presenting Bad News

Humour, Jokes and Anecdotes in Effective Communication

Management Skills

Managing Time and Beating Procrastination

Managing People: Leading and Working with Team (Co-ordination and Co-operation); Developing Accountability, Commitment and Responsibility; Behaving Conscientiously

Managing Stress and Maintaining Positive Outlook

Managing Health, Boosting Memory, Enhancing Study Skills

Managing Money and Love; Balancing Personal and Professional Life

Course Audience

Registered undergraduate IIT K students for the course HSS 401

Outcomes of this Course

(1) Full awareness of the major role soft skills play in professional and inter-personal communications. 

(2) The students, through experiential learning, develop an all-round development of personality.

(3) Behaviour modification in terms of overcoming bad habits such as procrastination, addiction and other unhealthy habits.

(4) Development of good habits such as time management, health and hygiene management, sleep management, conflict resolution, etc.

(5) Overall positive outlook about life and enhanced confidence in one's own abilities and consistent growth of individual capabilities.