1. Computer Programming - CO111 (4 credits)-
CO110 is the second of the 4 credit family. The course is really simple. You will be taught C programming from the archaic “Hello World”. You can refer any material for this course as it depends mostly on understanding the basics of C. Recommended books would be “Let Us C” by Yeshwant Kanetkar. Books by Gottfried and the legendary Dennis Ritchie are also good.
Quizzes are mostly MCQ’s based on a block of code which is generally tricky if you haven’t got your concepts right. Mid Sems and End Sems are based on theory and program writing (which may get a little bit clumsy if your paper is devoid of comments).
2. Computer Lab - CO110 (1 credit) -
Computer Lab likewise is decently tough. End Sems can be bad if you can’t debug your code in time. The plan of action for each lab session is teacher based and may vary. Basically you will have to code up basic programs to clear your concepts.
P.S—This is an advice from the seniors (: p ). If you have a scheduled a plan for the week for studying, use the time for CO 110 and CO 111 for studying a new language or for competitive programming.
3. Mechanical Engineering - ME 110 (2 credits)-
(For Computer Science, IT, E &C, E & E, Civil, Mining, Metallurgy, Chemical Engineering branches only)
Basics of Mechanical Engineering is a course for which you will require the tools you used for Board Exams- Rote Learning and Speed! Chill, it’s not that bad. Mechanical Engineering is completely based on understanding of concepts. You will encounter the mechanism of Engines, Refrigeration and Boilers. The course is replete with diagrams and formulae. You may land up learning everything but not answering to the point and losing the marks hence.
If you have understood the concepts, it will be evident in your answers. You will have 1-2 workshop sessions for lathe and drilling part. Exams are going to be well, seemingly endless. KR Gopal Krishna is enough. You may receive printed notes from your teachers too.
4. Chemistry –CY110 (3 credits)-
The syllabus is split into 2 parts, with 2 or sometimes 3 teachers teaching 1 section. Use the textbook Engineering Chemistry by Gadag and Shetty. For some chapters you may have to refer to other textbooks, available in the library. The problems are usually directly from Gadag and Shetty, so be sure to solve those.
5. Engineering Mathematics-MA110/MA111 (3 credits each)-
This is there in both cycles and the syllabus is common to both cycles. It’s only calculus, but a lot of it is really new. You should buy the book Thomas’ Calculus by Weir, Hass and Giordano or at least get the pdf. It will be used in both semesters and will quickly be out of stock in the shops in Surathkal.
If you want to borrow it from the library you will have to wait till the mid-sems at least for the library card. The book costs around Rs.800 (first-hand). It is good for theory but the problems are very basic. Refer to your class notes and those of others.
6. Engineering Mechanics-AM110 (3 credits)-
ApMech covers JEE mechanics (Statics only) at a slightly higher level along with a few new chapters. You can use the textbooks Engineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti and Mechanics of Materials by Beer and Johnston. For the quizzes Bhavikatti and the notes are enough. Usually the sums done in class will be from Beer and Johnston. Go through your class notes for sure before mid-sems and end-sems, the sums will use very similar concepts.
7. Chemistry Laboratory-CY111 (2 credits)-
Various titrations and some instrumental experiments are performed. The section is divided into 2 batches for this course and each batch has the lab on a different day of the week. A manual with information on each experiment including the theory, procedure and calculations is provided at the beginning of the semester for Rs.10. This is sufficient for the course, but bear in mind that twisted questions are asked in the theory tests for which just learning the manual by rote will not suffice.
8. Environmental Studies-CV110 (1 credit)-
This is a Mandatory Learning Course. You get either a Satisfactory (S) grade or an Unsatisfactory (N) grade. It doesn’t count towards your Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA). Teachers will either conduct lectures or divide the class into groups to make presentations (more likely).