Summer Refresher Courses 2014

(The details of the refresher course for 2015 will be updated here shortly.)

Students sometimes do not have sufficient depth in their understanding, skills, and abilities in a subject even after doing the course as part of the curriculum. This may be due to insufficient attention given to the course during the semester due to multiple courses, the quality of instruction, pace of learning, etc.  This weakness makes it harder for students to fully understand and appreciate the advanced topics/courses and often continue doing poorly in them as well. It has been observed over the years that students getting admission into graduate programs come from different backgrounds. To help incoming students overcome their weaknesses and to acquire the pre-requisites at the required level, IIIT-D has taken unique initiative by introducing the concept of summer refresher courses for incoming M.Tech students.

The aim of a refresher course is to strengthen the understanding and skills of a student in some core areas. Thus, any weakness in these areas does not become a hurdle in the students’ progress in advanced courses.  A refresher course assumes that the student has done a course, but needs to refresh the key concepts and practice better. These courses will help incoming graduate students with the revision of key concepts; overcome their weaknesses, and preparing them for the upcoming semester work. Current M.Tech and B.Tech students are also encouraged to enroll, if they want to strengthen their foundations in these courses.

Refresher courses are planned during summer vacation and are of 5/6 weeks duration. This summer, refresher courses at IIIT Delhi will be run from June 16th to July 28th, 2014. They are mostly guided self-study – where a student is asked to study every week specific material and do specific assignments, and possibly take some quiz/test.

Refresher courses are run by senior students (under the supervision of a faculty coordinator) who are good in the subject being taught. These student instructors guide the students in the course on weekly study, assignments, tests, etc.

This summer (2014), the following courses will be offered for the incoming M.Tech CSE students:

  1. Operating System (OS) – 5 weeks (16th June  - 21st July 2014)
  2. Data structure and Algorithm (DSA) – 5 weeks (16th June  - 21st July 2014)
  3. Database and Management system (DBMS) – 5 weeks (16th June  - 21st July 2014)
  4. Introduction to C  – 4 weeks (1st July  - 28th July 2014)

M.Tech ECE students (General) can do either of the two or both the courses. These courses will run in parallel and
Common instructions are as follows:

The following courses will be run for the incoming M.Tech ECE students:
For M.Tech VLSI stream is:

  1. Digital Design including HDL (Verilog) –  2 weeks (16th June  - 29th June 2014)
  2. Spice using LTspice – 1 week (30th June  - 06th July 2014)
  3. Introduction to C  –   4 weeks (1st July  - 28th July 2014)

For M.Tech CSP stream is (with special emphasis on MATLAB):

  1. Signal and Systems – 2 weeks (16th June  - 29th June 2014)
  2. Vector Calculus – 1 week (30th June  - 06th July 2014)
  3. Linear Algebra  – 2 weeks (7th July  - 21st July 2014)

M.Tech ECE students (General) can do either of the two or both the courses. These courses will run in parallel.

Common instructions for enrollment are as follows:

  1. You must have an email id under domain of “Gmail”. If you don’t have then kindly signup.
  2. Please login on backpack using IIIT-D email id or gmail id to access the courses webpages.
  3. Please maintain internet connectivity because all communication(notifications, submissions etc.) will be via mails.
  4.  If you are a current B.Tech or M.Tech student at IIITD and wish to enroll in any course, please register for the same between June 5 to June 12 on backpack.

Implementation

Each course will be conducted by student instructors under the guidance of faculty coordinator. Student instructors will be the senior students of IIIT Delhi who have shown competency in respective courses during their studies. Each course will contain majorly three parts:-

   I)   Online Course Material (mainly videos) on Backpack.
   II)  Assignments (and optional practice exercises) for enhancing students learning for the course.
   III) Tests at the end of course.