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  BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE,PilaniPilani CampusInstruction Division  _ Please Do Not Print Unless Necessary SECOND SEMESTER 2013-2014 Course Handout Part II Date: 16/01/2014In addition to part-I (General Handout for all courses appended to the time table) this portion gives furtherspecific details regarding the course. Course No.: BITS C393 / GS F243Course Title: Current AffairsInstructor-n-charge: S. K. CHOUDHARY1. Scope and Objective of the course: The objectives of thecoursearetoinstill in students the habit of keeping themselves updated on a host of issues that relate not only to an individual but the society atlargeand also to inculcate among the studentsthe skills of reading, understanding, interpreting and forming an opinion on national and internationalevents and issues of different nature and of various domains. 2. Text Book: Hartley, J. Understanding News . London: Routledge. 1991 (2 nd Edn.). 3. Reference Books: (i) Fink, Conrad C. Writing Opinion for Impact  . Delhi: Surjeet Publications. 2005.(ii) Wallace, Michael J. Study Skills in English. New Delhi: CUP Foundation Books Pvt. Ltd. 2007. 4.Course Structure:Lecture.No.Learning ObjectivesTopics to be coveredReferenceUnit 1-2Current Affairs-An overviewIntroduction to, Importance andscope of Current AffairsCh. 13-4To understand various domains of current affairsDomains of Current Affairs-Political, Social, Religious,Scientific, Developmental, etc.Ch. 3  BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE,PilaniPilani CampusInstruction Division  _ Please Do Not Print Unless Necessary5-6To understand the importance of reader as well as writer’sbackground in interpreting anyevents/issues/newsIssues in Current Affairs-Controversial, Non-controversial, NeutralCh. 47-9To explore the possible sources of current affairsSources of Information inCurrent Affairs-newspapers,Magazines, Posters, Pamphlets,Manifestoes, Recentlypublished books,etc.10-14To develop the skills of readingand understandingReading: Skimming & Scanning;Extensive vs. Intensive;comprehensionSupplementarymaterials15-16Reading and conceptualizingmeaning of events/issues/newsUnderstanding current issues,events and informationCh. 217-18Exploring implicationsInterpreting current issues,events and informationCh. 819-22Opinion formation and role of ideologyOpinion formation-factors andmaterials influencing opinionformationCh. 923-24Neutralizing ideological biasBalancing opinionCh. 1025-26Presentation of views/opinionExpressing opinionCh. 9 & 1027-30Interacting/ listening / formingideas/opinionGuest Expert lectures andinteractions31-40Reading, discussion, formation andpresentation of opinionsPractical 5.Evaluation Scheme:EC.NO.EvaluationComponentWeightageDurationDate, TimeRemarks 1Mid SemesterTest2090 mts 3/3 4:00-5:30 PM Open Source(based onpreviousweek’s  BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE,PilaniPilani CampusInstruction Division  _ Please Do Not Print Unless Necessary Newspapers) 2Quiz2050 mtsCB3ClassAssignments*254Comp Exam353 Hrs 6/5 AN Close Book 6.*Class Assignments: Assignment: Oral-10 &Written(Home Take)-15 7. Chamber Consultation Hour: To be announced in the class. 8. Notices: The notices concerning the course will be displayed on the Languages Group and FD-I noticeboards. 9. Make-up Policy: The make-up for an evaluation component will be given only in genuine cases. However, thestudent has to contact his/her instructor for his/her approval. In these matters his/her decisionshall be final. Instructor-in-chargeBITS C393
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