• Department of English
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Languages
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Psychology
  • Flipped Learning

Department of English

Department of English at Al Shifa College of Arts & Sciences is one of the four Under Graduate programmes it is launched with. The Department’s mission is to bring up a generation which is culturally aware, emotionally stable and intellectually competent, with a capacity to be humane and inclusive.

The Department offers Bachelor of Arts with Functional English as Specialization. It also offers add on Certificate and Diploma programmes to further reinforce the students’ learning and to equip them with skills and capability to face the career front. These programmes are open to all students of the College. The Dept also has a writing Centre which aims to help the students, whatever their levels, to improve their writing skills. The Centre organizes writing workshops for the students of the college on different areas like Letter writing, Essay writing, email drafting, creative writing etc.

The quality of the Degree programme we deliver is strengthened by the additional certificate and diploma programmes listed for the interested takers. All these are conceived by taking into account the career prospects emerging in the subject and the skills and accessory qualifications required for the Degree holders to be qualified for the future careers . The following add-on programmes are offered by the Department of English for the interested students under different scheme.

Invited Student Talk Series

Invited Student Talk Series, a World Environment Day Initiative organised by the Department of English and Nature Club, was launched on 9 June ’21. The platform introduces literary works that dwells on works / authors that are ecocentric and attempts to promote pro-envioronment, pro-sustainability perspectives. UG/ PG students from across the country are the speakers in the series. The ISTS series has already covered 24 talks with 24 speakers from 20 different colleges, including NIT Trichy, Brennen College, Dharmadam, Farook College, Providence College for Women, Coonoor. The presenters as well as their mentors appreciate the opportunity as it gives wide exposure to the student community. The 25th talk is scheduled on 27 September ’21 with a special guest speaker.

Department of EnglishAdd on Course List 

Semester 1

Presentation Skills

This add -on Certificate course is meant to provide the fundamentals of making an effective presentation to the students including, preparation of the content of presentations, design, use of effective visuals, body language and English language skills for a presentation. Learners will be able to craft their presentations around essential objectives, present concepts and ideas with power and enthusiasm, design and present effective visuals, and employ techniques for polishing and mastering presentation delivery.

Communicative English

Essential language skills are necessary to transact during the day-to-day conversation. This course would help students in strengthening their command over daily conversational skills. It is designed to promote language competency of the students by encouraging them to engage in daily conversations and build confidence in using the language effectively. This will enable them to use the expressions in real life situations.

Semester 2

Grammar for Competitive Examination – collaboration with Farook College, Feroke, Calicut

Grammar for Competitive Examination course is aimed at training the students specifically to equip them with grammar skills required for various competitive exams. This course deals with the various sentence structures, parts of speech, tenses, vocabulary, cloze tests and reading comprehension which would help them advance in competitive exams the field like Banking, Insurance and other Government exams.

Essay Writing Skills- Level-I

The principal purpose of this course is to help the students to structure an essay in a logical manner, to familiarize them with proper sequencing of paragraphs, logical arrangement of topics and subtopics and the purpose and formulation of the thesis statement. The course will also focus on the proper use of connectives, identifying the purpose of each statement and effective formation of transition, conclusion, introduction and topic statements of an essay.

Semester 3

Conversational English

As a medium of communication, it’s necessary that a student is able to build a conversation with a starter, message transaction and proper closure. Conversational English is designed to develop advanced conversation skills among the students as it is the key to effective sharing of ideas and thoughts. The course would emphasize on advanced speaking skills so as to make them equipped to meet their professional needs as well.

Accent Training – collaboration with Vimala College (Autonomous), Thrissur. 

Accurate pronunciation and proper accent are the keys to effective handling of the language. The course is aimed at providing the students accent training by expert hands. They will be taught the importance of accent, accent patterns and fundamentals of accent with the aid of Language Lab. At the end of the course the learner will be able to speak with greater authority and confidence, reduce anxiety related to accent and improve speaking skill.

Semester 4

Social Media Communication

The course is designed to address the increasing needs of communication of students in electronic and social media due to phenomenal increase in the use of digital media. This will cover those areas that will enhance students’ quality and standards in language expression while transacting on social media. Skill to Prepare and send mails shall also be acquired by the students at the end of the course.

Public Speaking – collaboration with JCI Manjeri (Junior Chamber International)

Good public speakers always stand out in crowd and public speaking plays a large role in the professional world. Public speaking skills enhances reputation and boost self-confidence. This course will help the students with training in how to face the audience, fight nerves, pace their speech and deliver the ideas effectively to become a self-assured and compelling speaker.   

Department of Commerce

One of the founding Departments of the College, Dept of Commerce has as its goal contributing to the Nation a band of youth who will be informed in their subject, exposed to the multiple fields within Commerce and Management and capable of relating themselves to varied perspectives and knowledge around.

The Department offers two Undergraduate programmes since 2020: Bachelor of Commerce with Taxation and Finance as specializations. Under the Department, the students are rigorously coached simultaneously to excel attitude and aptitude wise. While focusing strongly on the academics, the students are motivated to involve in co-curricular and extension activities. They are made aware of the institutions of renown in their fields and people of repute too. Student presentations and projects are genuinely supported by the Dept. leading to bringing out earnest involvement among the learners in what they explore. The faculty works on improving their confidence levels and levels of self awareness. Most importantly, they are slowly taught the art of learning to learn, which is the key ability the students need.

The quality of the Degree programme we deliver is strengthened by the additional certificate and diploma programmes listed for the interested takers. All these are conceived by taking into account the career prospects emerging in the subject and the skills and accessory qualifications required for the Degree holders to be qualified for the careers to come. At Dept. of Commerce, we offer the following add-on programmes for the interested students under different schemes:

List of Add on Courses

Semester 1 

Banking Services 

The course has been designed to expose students to the understanding of commercial banking and its technicalities. Commercial banking is a complex business activity that involves various financial operations and intermediation. Moreover, it operates under government regulations. The course aims to expose students to the intricacies of banking business and to help them in understanding the main regulations required to be followed in such a business.

Semester 2 

International Financial Reporting Standards – collaboration with Centre of Excellence, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Autonomous), Kochin, Kerala

Diploma IFRS is useful for commerce students intending to work in an environment requiring accounting and reporting using IFRS/ Ind AS. Diploma in IFRS is designed to develop an individual’s knowledge of IFRS, providing an understanding of the concepts and principles which underpin them and their application in the international marketplace, thereby helping students prepare for work in the IFRS environment.

Research Methodology – collaboration with Research Department of Management, Lead College of Management, Palakkad, Kerala.

Research Methodology course is framed to enable undergraduates to perceive the basics of research and to promote research aptitude through minor studies. The course is planned in such a way that it helps the students gain insight into the fundamentals of research and learn terms related to research methodology. At the end of the Course, the ward would have attained the basic knowledge of formulating a problem and resolving it through the proper application of the Methodology.

Semester 3  

IT Applications in Commerce – collaboration with Postgraduate Department of Computer Science, Sullamussalam Science College, Areacode, Kerala.

The IT Applications in Commerce is an add-on course designed to give students additional knowledge on various aspects of information technology in integration with commerce. The course provides insight regarding how to integrate commerce, management, entrepreneurship, business communication with information technology. This course structured to introduce all the important aspects of IT applications and prepare students to fit in the field of commerce and industry.

Investment Management and Digital Trading 

Investment management and digital trading course covers the structure of financial markets, aspects of digital trading, security analysis, portfolio management, digital trading, and regulations which are necessary for accurate decision making while investing. The course also provides basic knowledge about investment analysis and portfolio management.

Semester 4

Computerized Accounting with Tally 

At present, almost all firms follow computerized accounting, and hence an employee who is to be appointed in the finance and accounts sections is expected to have sufficient knowledge in computerised accounting. The course is designed with the latest version of Tally ERP 9 and it covers inventory management, accounting vouchers and GST. 

Fundamentals of Logistics Management – collaboration with Dept of Commerce, MES Asmabi College, Kodungalloor, Kerala.

Logistics is one of the most important functions in business today. Any business that ships items cannot succeed without logistics. Successful logistics provide a competitive edge against other organizations. The course will explore topics such as how logistics work, product distribution, transportation management, supply chain and inventory control. The fundamentals of supply chain management and customer relationship management too will form part of the course.

Department of Economics

The Department of Economics is part of ACAS from its inception in 2020. The Department works towards creating a class of graduates firmly rooted in the fundamentals of Economics and capable of understanding and analyzing problems which spring up time to time, relating to world of Business and Economics.

The Bachelor of Economics programme offered by the Department is rightly complemented by papers from Sociology and Psychology. In line with the philosophy of the College, the theoretical input provided will be strongly backed up by real life applications. The students will be made to be alert to evolving local, National and Global economic scenario and emerging issues will be made part of the classroom experience.

The Economics Association will step in to organize activities which will give additional participative and leadership opportunities to the Students. Together these will provide the students an extra edge in deeply understanding and critically analyzing the economic and allied issues.

The quality of the Degree programme we deliver is strengthened by the additional certificate and diploma programmes listed for the interested takers. All these are conceived by taking into account the career prospects emerging in the subject and the skills and accessory qualifications required for the Degree holders to be qualified for the careers in the future. At Department of Economics, we offer the following add-on programmes for the interested students under different schemes:

Department of Economics Add on Course List 

Semester 1 

Diploma in Banking Services 

The course has been designed to expose students to the understanding of commercial banking and its technicalities. Commercial banking is a complex business activity that involves various financial operations and intermediation. Moreover, it operates under government regulations. The course aims to expose students to the intricacies of banking business and to help them in understanding the main regulations required to be followed in such a business.

Semester 2 

Sustainable Tourism-Collaboration with Amal College of Advanced Studies, Nilambur, Kerala. 

The course on Sustainable Tourism provides an insight into the sustainable practices and opportunities in the field of tourism and focus on dealing with Responsible Tourism. Through this course students are made aware of the diversified nature of environment and given examples of protective and conservative practices to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future, while promoting and Tourism.   

Data visualisation and Interpretation

Data visualisation and Interpretation offers support to students to build career in Applied Economics and provides an opportunity to enter the growing field of Data Science. This course focuses on the visualisation and presentation of data dealing with table and diagrammatic presentations. Through this course students get in hand experience on making various representations of information or data while using different visualisation tools.

Semester 3  

Quantitative Tools in Economics 

Quantitative calculations are essential for the measurement of variables in Economics. This course offers early interventions to equip the students with quantitative techniques and to develop specific quantitative skills. Through this course students get exposure to understand various quantitative tools for data collection and its measurements.

Semester 4

Certificate course on Fin. Tech 

Fin. Tech stands for Financial Technology. This course offers the learners exposure in the development of technology and its practices in the financial area and an opportunity to apply the skills in respective domains. The content of the course enables the students acquire capacity for technological interventions in personal and commercial finance. Recent developments in technology integration in financial practices will form a significant part of the course.  

 

Department of Languages

The College offers second / additional language in two streams: Malayalam and Arabic. These Departments play a key role in the totality of learning experience of the students as they reach all the students of the campus, cutting across disciplines. The competence of the students in their mother tongue and a foreign language (Arabic), will be an excellent add on when they move out of the campus after completion of the programmes. Both these Departments arrange an array of events which will enhance their skills of communication. The faculty also makes use of literatures of these languages to make them culturally sensitive and emotionally inclusive.

Thanimalayalam, the Malayalam Club, leads such activities which include book introduction sessions, reading competitions, dramatizations, interaction with writers and artists, debates on matters of contemporary significance.

The Arabic Club steps in with events that lend additional exposure in language skills, giving the leadership to the students.

Department of Sociology

Sociology is offered as a complementary subject for the Economics Programme at the College. Though a complementary course, the activities of the Department is not limited as such. It operates with a pan-college agenda. Since Sociology s a subject cuts across disciplines, in a number of ways, the Dept connects to all other subjects and students. This also contributes to the creation of a holistic learning experience too.

Department of Psychology

B Sc Psychology Programme at ACAS is a three-year degree programme with Human Physiology and Psychological Statistics as complementary subjects. The experience of doing psychology at ACAS will stand out as it is underpinned by exposure to the evolving trends and structured career awareness interventions for personal career inclinations and the preparedness for it. ACAS offers all UG programmes with add-on programmes which aim at upskilling, career-readiness and a suite of events to expose them to real-life challenges and work-related demands. Our collaborations with leading institutions of repute also guarantees a quality graduation experience. The collaboration we have with KIMS-Al Shifa Super Speciality Hospital , an Al Shifa Venture, puts our Psychology programme entirely in a different category in terms of training and output.

Psychology is also offered as a complementary subject to the B A Economics students during the first and third semesters.

List of Add on Courses

Semester 1 

Community Intervention 

The add-on course on Community Intervention is aimed at giving an introduction to the field of community psychology, including constructing projects, working with non- governmental organizations, and fieldwork, and learning about government projects to support people with mental health issues. The students will be able to understand how psychologists work with different communities around us.

Semester 2 

Fundamentals of Sports Psychology 

The Fundamentals of Sports Psychology course serves as an introduction to sports psychology as a whole. This course covers fundamental ideas in sports psychology such as mental toughness, team cohesiveness, leadership, motivation, aggression and mental imagery. The sports psychology course will cover both theoretical and practical issues during this course period.

Semester 3 

Basics of Forensic Psychology 

The add-on course on Forensic Psychology will help better comprehend the methods employed in the discipline, the functions of forensic psychologists, and the reach of forensic psychology in India. A general overview of forensic psychology is provided in this course. The sessions will also include discussions of notable forensic cases.

Semester 4 

Computer Applications in Psychology 

Students will learn about computer data utilised in psychology, SPSS software for psychological research purposes, data entry in psychological settings, and other fundamental applications that will be employed in their professional area through Computer Application in Psychology course. The training is designed to cover both theoretical concepts and practical applications. Through this course, students will be able to learn about different online resources for psychological research.

Semester 5 

ICD Classifications of Psychopathology

Students will gain familiarity with the psychiatric diseases based on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) through this course. Students are made familiar with the fundamentals of psychotic and neurotic spectrum disorders, how to handle challenges, and the fundamental therapies used for a range of psychological conditions. This curriculum includes a hospital visit as well.

Semester 6 

Consumer Psychology

The Consumer Psychology add-on course will prepare students to learn about the processes used by clients and customers to select, purchase, use, and discard products and services. Students will learn about the basic techniques used in consumer psychology and theories that are related to consumer psychology.

Flipped Learning

ACAS applies the flipped Learning methodology in the delivery of its content to the students. Over the period of 3 years, the complete teaching process will be in the flipped mode which promises an active, applied learning environment for the learners. This globally applauded approach offers a number of advantages to the learners. It promotes increased learner participation, autonomy, skill development and promotion of application of higher order thinking skills. In addition, it provides the students an opportunity to use the digital tools for learning and exploring. Since the Flipped Mode is a blend of online and face-to-face approaches, certain advantages of both could be combined in this mode. Al Shifa College of Arts and Science will be a hub which promotes Flipped Classrooms and faculty training and collaborations in this direction are on top of our agenda. A series of workshops and expert sessions are planned for the current academic year and more updation in this direction will be done by the Faculty Development Centre of the College.

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