Hello again, for the third time! If you are still coming back looking for more survival guides, it means they are somewhere helping you. And I cannot be more glad!
Now that you are stepping into the 6th semester and, like me, the previous sem was a dark past that you don’t want to think about anytime soon. So without talking about that much, let’s straight dive into your next destination!
I am happy to report that 6th semester is relatively sunshine. There are two common subjects and one of them is interesting (which one? You will know yourself). There are PEs that is going to split you from your class and put you with folks from other section. If you are planning to take minors, then most of these folks would remain same and you will meet them more in the next semester.
Program Electives are a two-faced coin:
Good thing: One section, one faculty. This would put everyone studying that course on the same level with the same person teaching and correcting papers. Relative Grading will be much fairer.
Bad thing: No one can deny the fact that some PEs are easy-scoring while some aren’t. You might have to work harder for scoring a grade than your friend from other courses.
Also, prepare yourself a LOT of walking. I remember my Mondays being a campus tour – starting from AB1 for labs in the morning, my regular classes at IC, 1 PE at NLH and OE at AB5. (And those who choose to have their lunch at Annapoorna, good luck with that as well)
Alright, let’s start with the common courses.
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT [EEFM]
There are two humanities subjects which every branch will be having throughout these two semesters; one in each.
Half of the branches will study EEFM while the other half Essentials of Management or EOM. And, obvious to say, courses will be swapped the next sem.
Coming from the humanities branch (one known for the “chillest” of all subjects), one expects EEFM to not bother you as much as the other courses. Now while that is true, you also shouldn’t take it too lightly.
EEFM tests your mathematical ability and general patience. The answers will always be long, and often tricky to solve. But given that you solve them regularly [in classes or back at your place. There’s nothing really to teach in here once you know the methods], even that can be a cakewalk. I personally loved to solve these problems. Sessionals will be smooth but end sems can get intense.
Now once the course starts, a general doubt would come into your minds : “Should I use the compound table or memorize the formulas?”
My suggestion would be to stick firmly at one and practice with that one method. I chose the formula route
POWER ELECTRONICS [PE]
We all loved AEC, ASD so much right!? This one is a level up.
Yes, my tryst with Analog continues. I continue to actually generate interest in the course and the bigger grades continue to replicate that interest for me.
We had Patil Sir so I don’t need to say at this stage how good he is at teaching. The first sessional will be hard to go through as there’s as much theory as one can take. Things get interesting after that.
You will have the Ned Mohan book as reference but it won’t help you a lot. Stick to going the traditional way : be attentive in class and maintain your notes.
One thing I want to highlight here : When I say your notes, I really mean YOUR notes. Not photocopies from other’s notes. When you write it the way you understand, only then you will memorize it well. No amount of hogging will save you if you don’t do the self-help.
MEASUREMENT AND INSTRUMENTATION [MI]
Okay, so I have to do the rant business again.
This course was a let-down on many levels. Starting with the fact that the courses out of this seemed so much of an improvement over Sem 5.
The portion that they set out to cover is vast; and which switches from theory to numericals to diagrams to even derivations in a not-so-seamless manner.
I don’t have any better way to put this, but I have to say : Pramod Sir didn’t cover a very major part of the portion. The classes taken were very few and given the confusing nature of the syllabus, even that didn’t help.
Sawhney was to the rescue but I discovered it pretty late. Though the information given is too much to take in, it’s still IMO your best bet. I would advise buying the book ASAP so that you can track what’s been taught in the class and start right away.
Now that we are done with the common ones, let’s head on to your PEs. All the content here are from various sources and you will be briefed just as much as you would need.
One book, one course. Just refer to the book Soumya Ma’am suggests and you should be good.
CONTROL SYSTEM DESIGN
It’s basically your practicals for Linear Control Theory, a course you so much loved last sem (now whether that is a joke or not you decide). Lots of MATLAB involved. This course is so practical that even your end sem exams will take place in a lab. Not kidding.
POWER SYSTEM OPERATION AND CONTROL
Very interesting course but structure and pattern needs some work.
You need to learn the art of googling and finding the right content for your concepts
COMPUTER TECHNIQUES IN POWER SYSTEM ANALYSIS
The name says it all. Taught by RC Mala, it’s all about applying your PSA concepts in MATLAB and similar softwares. Questions can be challenging but interesting as well. The faculty is great so there is little you need to worry. But make sure you practice well.
DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHMS
Taught by Satyakam Sir (can’t say for sure he’ll take it this time)
Only basics were brushed through and Sir thoroughly guided us and made life (and question papers) much easy.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Contents are easy-to-grasp and you will have slides to help you all along. Nothing much to fret about. The classes will have lots of activities being done which will carry your internals.
There’s only your class notes to rely on, no slides or books. Direct questions will be asked form the notes. Concepts are easy to understand but the course is vast
EMBEDDED SYSTEMS DESIGN
Taught by Gururaj Sir. The buck pretty much ends there. All you have to do is be attentive in class!
Not much to study, and there’s much to score. Just be sincere towards the course and you will be rewarded!
LIGHTING SCIENCE : DEVICES AND SYSTEMS
This might as well be one of the easiest PEs. Your friends might envy you!
Numericals is not a bad word here. They will be very simple, formula-based which you can easily crack. The concepts are pretty basic as well.
SYSTEMS SIMULATIONS LAB
If you’ve read my previous guides, you pretty much know by now how my relations with labs actually are. So let’s not waste time here.
All the usual lab problems still persists : you are expected to do stuff which wasn’t even taught. You are supposed to write pages of MATLAB codes just out of the blue.
People with Control System Design as PEs will have an upper hand here as some of the stuff will be taught to them in the course. So better catch hold of them.
MEASUREMENT AND INSTRUMENTATION LAB
You will learn another crucial software : LABView. It’s all GUI based with Zero coding so I liked doing it. Another great part is that you can have the trial version and practice (for a limited period of course but you can find a way to extend it I’m sure) which I would recommend you doing.
The problems will be dealt fast and furious and you will be left bewildered most of the days not understanding anything. But try with all your might. That’s your only option.
Though I am not sure whether I have solutions for all assignments, but there are some to help. Again, I would advise you to solve them for yourself and use this as a reference because I am not sure of all the answers.
So, there you go. There’s nothing much you should worry about. At this stage of your engineering journey, you would hardly even care for your results. 5th sem had shattered all my hopes but it did make me strong and stop speculating about my grades and GPA.
The most important thing though : DON’T STOP STUDYING! Always give your best. Prepare for the exams for the knowledge and not the marks (Yeah, I’m sounding like Rancho from 3 Idiots but can’t help). Even with so many restrictions and roadblocks, EEE is an interesting guy you want to know more about, right?
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