MODULE I: ICT SKILLS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION (36 HOURS)
Data, information and knowledge – Various file formats – Networking - Internet access methods: Broadband connections, Dial-up connection – Academic search techniques: Favorites and bookmarks, search engines, subject directories, Wikis - Evaluating Web Sites - Creating a cyber presence: Instant messaging, Podcasts, Blogs and Vlogs, Webcasts, E-mail, Group Communication – Social networking – Academic web sites – Copyrights and patents - Plagiarism and how to detect it - IT in education - Educational software - Reference software – Academic services: INFLIBNET, NICNET, BRNET – Online libraries – E-journals – E-content development - IT in publishing – IT in film and media – Artificial intelligence – Virtual reality – Virtual classrooms – EDUSAT - Presentation software – Speech-recognition software – Machine translation - Documentation software - Language computing tools in Indic languages
MODULE II: SOCIAL INFORMATICS (36 HOURS )
Digital society and its challenges – IT and development – Free software movement: Open Source Software, Linux – New opportunities in the IT industry – IT industry threats: Theft, Spam, Cookies, Adware, Spyware, Malware, Phishing and internet hoaxes, Hackers, Trojan horses – Computer safeguards – Cyber ethics – Cyber security: Firewalls, other security measures – Privacy issues – Cyber laws – Cyber addiction – Information overload – Proper usage of computers – Internet and mobile phone – e-waste and green computing – Impact of IT on language and culture
MODULE III: WRITINGS ON INFORMATICS (18 HOURS )
Various essays dealing with informatics and its role in the society
4. CORE TEXT
Alan Evans et al. Literature and Informatics: Technology in Action. Pearson Education.
Normans: the last invaders –William the Conqueror –the reforms of Henry I- Feudalism- the Angevin kings - the struggle between the church and the state, St. Thomas Becket – the universities of Oxford and Cambridge–the Guilds - Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades- the Magna Carta- Henry III – Simon de Montfort, and the Parliament- Edward I, annexation of Wales, Scotland and Ireland – Edward II and Edward III – The Black Death, The Hundred Years War, The Peasants Revolt – the effects of these on society and literature- The Wars of the Roses – Chaucer and the growth of the East Midland dialect into standard English – Growth of drama and stage performances- Chaucer’s contemporaries- John Wycliffe and the Lollards.
Module Three : Brittannia Rules the Waves 36 hours
The Tudor Dynasty- benevolent despots – Renaissance – maritime discoveries – the scientific temper and scientific inventions- flamboyant Henry VIII, Reformation- religious persecution- Thomas More, Erasmus, Thomas Cromwell-The Book of Common Prayer- Elizabeth I- Shakespeare – nest of singing birds- Francis Drake- peace and prosperity- The Stuarts and the Divine Right Theory- The Authorised Version- The Civil War- Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate – John Milton- the Jacobean playwrights – Restoration- Caroline writers- The Whigs and Tories- Queen Anne and the expansion of colonialism – The Glorious Revolution
Module Four : A Precious Stone Set in the Silver Sea 18 hours
The United Kingdom today- Physical features of the British Isles, geography, demography – Customs and practices – myths and legends – the growth and development of the English language –the position held the UK in today’s world
1.Trevelyan, G. M. Illustrated English Social History (Vol 1-6). England: Penguin, 1968.
2.Churchill, Winston. A History of the English Speaking Peoples (Vol 1-12). London: Cassel and Co., 1966.
3.Nehru, Jawaharlal. Glimpses of World History. New Delhi: Penguin, 2004.
4.Alexander, Michael (ed.) A History of English Literature. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007.
5.Sampson, George (ed.) A History of English Literature. Delhi: Foundation, 2004.
6.Thorndike, Lynn. Encyclopedia of World Civilization (Vol 2). Delhi: Shubi Publications, 1990.
7.Yeats, W. B. Writings on Irish Folklore Legend and Myth. London: Penguin, 1999.
8.Warner, Marina. From the Beast to the Blond. London: Vintage, 1995.
4. CORE TEXT
Susan Varghese. Evolution of Literary Movements: The Shapers of Destiny. Current Books.