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Semester II SPRING 2017

Details of courses
1 Course code BIO102
2 Course Title Introduction to Biology II: Molecular and Cellular Framework of
Biological processes
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator Nagaraj Balasubramanian (Coordinator), MS Madhusudhan
5 Nature of Course L- lectures alone
(Please mark the L&T- Lectures & Tutorials
appropriate one) P-Lab sessions alone
L&P- Lectures& Lab sessions
6 Pre requisites Compulsory course
7 Objectives (goals, type of This course aims to introduce second semester BS-MS students to
students for whom useful, several fundamental facts and concepts in biology. It is aimed to give
outcome etc) an insight on how organisms work at the single and multicellular levels.
This course, more than anything, hopes to spark your imagination and
thinking about how biological systems function and are regulated.
8 Course contents Basic Biochemistry/molecular biology:
(details of topics with no of 1. Water, Proteins, Carbohydrates, Nucleic acids, Lipids (~14
lectures for each) lectures)
Basic Cell Biology:
1. Prokaryots vs eukaryotes (introduction to microscopy and
cellular organization) (2)
2. Cell wall and cell membrane (2)
3. Cytoskeletal network, motor proteins, endomembrane system
and nucleus (4)
4. Interaction of cells with each and the environment (2)
5. The central dogma (2)
6. Cellular ageing (2)
9 Evaluation /assessment a. End-sem examination- 30
(evaluation components b. Mid-sem examination- 30
with weightage, Pl keep c. Quiz I and II - 20
equal weightage for end sem d. Assignments- 20
& mid sem exams)
10 Suggested readings Text Book(s)
(with full list of authors, 1) Voet, D., Voet, J.G (2010). Biochemistry, 4th edition, Wiley
publisher, year, edn etc.) 2) Harpers Illustrated Biochemistry (2009), 28th edition, McGraw Hill.
3) Campbell and Reece (2005). Biology, 7th edition, Pearson Publishing.
4) Raven, Johnson, Losos and Singer (2005). Biology, 7th edition,
McGraw Hill.
5) Alberts, Bray, Hopkin, Johnson, Lewis, Raff, Roberts and Walters
(2003). Essential cell biology, 2nd edition, Garland Science.
6) Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith
Roberts, Peter Walter (2007). Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th Edition,
Garland Science.

1 Course code BIO 122

2 Course Title Biology Lab II
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator Neelesh Dahanukar (coordinator), Sanjeev Galande, Nishad Matange,
Jeet Kalia, Tressa Jacob, Chaitanya Athale
5 Nature of Course L- lectures alone
(Please mark the L&T- Lectures & Tutorials
appropriate one) P-Lab sessions alone
L&P- Lectures& Lab sessions
6 Pre requisites None
7 Objectives (goals, type of This practical will cover biochemical, genetic and molecular basis of life.
students for whom useful,
outcome etc)
8 Course contents 1. Sugar estimation (Colorimetry)
(details of topics with no of 2. Lipid estimation (Titrimetry)
lectures for each) 3. Amino acid and chlorophyll (paper chromatography)
4. Protein estimation (spectrophotometry)
5. Enzyme assay and kinetics
6. Human genetic traits and blood grouping
7. Drosophila genetics
8. DNA isolation
9. Plasmid DNA isolation
10. Restriction digestion
11. Transformation
12. Protein expression
13. Polymerase Chain Reaction
14. Electrophoresis
9 Evaluation /assessment Evaluation will be done on a continuous basis based on the
(evaluation components performance of students and it will be reflected in the viva and lab-
with weightage, Pl keep diary evaluations. Students will have to write a lab-diary with detailed
equal weightage for end sem account of work done in the lab. Two viva will be conducted for each
and mid sem exams) student, one before the mid-sem exam and one before the end-sem
exam. A test will be conducted at the end of the semester to evaluate
basic understanding of the topic.
1. Viva I and lab diary = 30%
2. Viva II and lab diary = 30%
3. Test = 40%
10 Suggested readings Text Book(s)
(with full list of authors, 1. Plummer, D.T. (1988) An introduction to practical biochemistry. 3rd
publisher, year, edn etc.) edition. Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi.
2. Primrose, S.B., Twyman, R.M. and Old, R. W. (1994) Principles of
Gene Manipulation. 5th Edition. Blackwell Science, UK.
3. Strickberger, M.W. (2005) Genetics. Edition 3. Prentice Hall: New

1 Course code CHM102

2 Course Title Chemical Principles II
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Dr. Arnab Mukherjee (Coordinator)
participating faculty(if any) Dr. Aloke Das
Prof. K. N. Ganesh
5 Nature of Course L- lectures alone
(Please mark the L&T- Lectures & Tutorials
appropriate one) P-Lab sessions alone
L&P- Lectures& Lab sessions
6 Pre requisites Core course
7 Objectives (goals, type of The objective of this two-part course is to look at chemistry at the level
students for whom useful, of molecules and atoms, and make connections between the rules
outcome etc) governing such microscopic particles to what we observe in the
macroscopic world. In this second part, the focus is to introduce the
principles governing changes in matter.
Other goal is to introduce chemical principles to understand organic
8 Course contents 1. What governs the changes in matter? (1 hr)
(details of topics with no. of Thermodynamics in everyday life, System and surroundings,
lectures for each) macroscopic and microscopic systems
2. Probability, Distribution, and Equilibrium. (1 hr)
Probability distribution of energy equilibrium Le
Chateliers principle from probability
3. Heat and Work (First Law of Thermodynamics) (1hr)
Macroscopic and microscopic understanding of temperature,
internal energy, heat and work, Conversion of internal energy
into work and heat
4. Entropy as the driving force of the change (Second law) (3 hrs)
Everything is about entropy --- Entropy as the arrow of time --
Entropy postulate Microscopic definition of entropy --
Connection with thermodynamics Thermodynamic postulates
-- Maximization of Entropy Boltzmann distribution -- Partition
Function Average Property Measurement
5. Maximum Work and Engines (2 hrs)
Maximum Work Carnot Cycle Engine efficiency
6. Other thermodynamic potential (2 hrs)
Gibbs free energy, Helmholtz free energy, enthalpy, their
conversion, Maxwell relations applications
7. Review on rates of chemical reactions: Rate of reaction, Order
of reaction, Molecularity of reaction, Basic laws of kinetics: First
order kinetics, second order kinetics, half life. (1 hr)
8. Experimental determination of reaction order and rate (1 hr)
9. Study of fast reactions: Flow process, Relaxation method. (1
10. Simultaneous reactions: Opposing reactions, Consecutive
reactions, Parallel reactions (2 hr)
11. Temperature dependence of reaction rate: Arrhenius equation
(1 hr)
12. Mechanism of chemical reactions: steady state approximations
and transition state theory (2 hr)
13. Catalysis, enzyme catalysis (1 hr)
14. Unimolecular reaction: Lindemann mechanism (1 hr)

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

15. Carbon Compounds and Chemical Bonding: Valance bond

theory, shapes of orbitals; Hybridization/LCAO, Molecular
orbital theory; Hyperconjugation; Resonance; Tautomerism etc,
(1 hr)
16. Conformations of acylic and cyclic systems: Deviations from
bond angles, cycloporane, cyclobutane, strain energy etc, High
energy materials from cyclic strained systems, propellanes,
staffanes, cubanes etc. Natural product examples on cyclic
small rings, (natural product drugs, thymine photodimerization,
etc,); Renewable energy models from small strained cyclic
systems (examples, photoirradiation of norbornadiene,
tetramethyldioxetanes, light emitting examples etc)
(3 hr)
17. Stereochemistry: Importance of stereochemistry, Chirality,
Chirality in biomolecules (proteins, carbobydrates), drugs that
interact with chiral biomolecules, assigning chirality,
streochemical discriptors, R and S, E and Z notations, erythro,
threo; syn, anti notations. Interaction of chiral molecules with
light, optical activity. (3 hrs)
18. Organic Chemistry in day to day Life: For e.g. Cosmetics,
Artificial Sweeteners, Food additives, etc.
(1 hr)
9 Evaluation /assessment e. End-sem examination- (40)
(evaluation components f. Mid-sem examination- (30)
with weightage, Pl keep g. Quiz- (30)
equal weightage for end sem
and mid sem exams)
10 Suggested readings Text Book(s)
(with full list of authors, 1. Physical Chemistry: Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula
publisher, year, edn etc.) 2. Chemical Principles: S.S. Zumdahl (2009) 6th edition, Houghton-
Mifflin Company
3. Organic chemistry by Jonathen Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren,
P. Wothers Oxford University Press
4. Organic Chemistry by Solomon, John Wiley & Sons Inc; 2nd or 3
rd edition
5. Physical Chemistry, Donald A. McQuarrie and John D. Simon,
Viva Student Edition.

1 Course code CHM121

2 Course Title Physical Chemistry Practical Procedures
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Dr. Jeetender Chugh*, Dr. Pramod Pillai, Prof. BSM Rao and Dr. M.
participating faculty (if any) Musthafa
5 Nature of Course L- lectures alone
(Please mark the L&T- Lectures & Tutorials
appropriate one) P-Lab sessions alone
L&P- Lectures& Lab sessions
6 Pre requisites None
7 Objectives (goals, type of This course is designed to acquaint the students with the practice of
students for whom useful, experimental physical chemistry. The goal of the labs is to provide
outcome etc) modest introductions to the core area of scientific activity, which
would help the students to apply the principles of titrations,
thermodynamics, kinetics and spectroscopy presented in the physical
chemistry lecture course, in some illustrative experiments. Students
are encouraged to understand the interconnection between the
experimental foundation and the underlying theoretical principles and
appreciate the limitations inherent in both theoretical treatments and
experimental measurements. Students will gain familiarity with a
variety of measurement techniques, which will help them to
understand the methods to develop the laboratory skills and the ability
to work independently, instill good attitudes and habits towards
knowing the safe way of doing science.
8 Course contents 1. Acid Base Titration using pH meter
(details of topics with no. of 2. Acid Base Titration using conductivity method
lectures for each) 3. Depression in Freezing point
4. Potentiometric titrations
5. Optical Activity by Polarimetry
6. Kinetic Study of Ester hydrolysis
7. UV - VIS Spectrophotometry
8. Heat of Neutralization
9. Colligative properties of Solutions
10. Determine the radius from viscosity measurements
9 Evaluation /assessment The overall grade for the entire laboratory course is determined from
(Evaluation components the continuous evaluation. REMEMBER there would not be any
with weightage, Pl keep separate examination for this course. The respective evaluation
equal weightage for end sem components with weightage are mentioned below:
and mid sem exams)
Note Book Evaluation - 40 %
Daily Conduct - 10 %
Viva - 25 %
Exam - 25%

10 Suggested readings Lab Manual: The Laboratory manual is available from the chemistry
(with full list of authors, undergraduate laboratory from the respective instructor at the start of
publisher, year, edn etc.) the semester. This contains the details on the experiments including
the procedure, observation and the calculations of respective practical.
If you find any errors or think something is not explained adequately or
if you feel there is a need for improvements, you can let the instructors
know. Supplemental information may then be given to you and the
manual revised for the future use.

1 Course code MTH102

2 Course Title Multivariable Calculus
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Anindya Goswami
participating faculty
5 Nature of Course LT-Lecture and tutorial
6 Pre requisites Single Variable Calculus
7 Objectives This course is aimed at providing a concise introduction to the calculus
of the vector valued functions of several variables. It is useful for the
students who want to study topics like Analysis, Differential Equations,
Probability Theory, Differential Geometry, Applied Mathematics, etc.
The goal is to get the students acquainted with the basic notions of
partial and directional derivatives, multiple integrals, line and surface
integrals of functions of several variables.
8 Course contents Euclidean space, Pythagoras' Theorem, Distance between two points,
Functions on Rn, Limit and continuity of functions on Rn, Sufficient
conditions for continuity, Partial and directional derivatives, Total
derivative, Sufficient conditions for differentiability, Higher order partial
derivatives, Sufficient condition for change of order of differentiation,
Equation of tangent plane to a differentiable surface, Chain rule,
Jacobian Matrix, Taylor's Theorem, Implicit function theorem, Inverse
function theorem, Local optima, Lagrange multiplier, Curves, Line
integrals, Regular domain, Multiple integrals, Fubini's theorem,
Differentiation under the integral sign, Green's theorem, Path
independent integral. Number of lectures 45 (including tutorials)
9 Evaluation /assessment a) End-sem examination 35%
b) Mid-sem examination 35%
c) Quiz 30%
10 Suggested readings 1. Calculus Vol. II : Multi variable calculus and linear algebra with
applications to differential equations and probability by Tom
Apostol (Published by- John Wiley and Sons, 2005).
2. Mathematical Analysis by S. C. Malik and Savita Arora
(Published by- New Age International P.Ltd., 1992)

1 Course code PHY102

2 Course Title Waves and Matter
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Arijit Bhattacharyay
participating faculty(if any)
5 Nature of Course LT-Lecture and tutorial
(Please keep the appropriate
one only)
6 Pre requisites(if any) None
7 Objectives (goals, type of To undersyand wave mechanics in relation with properties of matter
students for whom useful,
outcome etc)
8 Course contents 1. Oscillators, damped oscillators and waves in various 1D, 2D
(section wise listing of topics and 3D systems 2. interference, reflection, refraction, beats
with no. of lectures for each) and resonance, 3. Fourier analysis 4. Electromagnetic waves, 4.
Crystal structures and waves. 5. Properties of matter and sound
9 Evaluation /assessment a. End-sem examination- 35%
evaluation components with b. Mid-sem examination- 35%
weightage, Pl keep c. Quiz- 30%
weightage for end sem
exam-30-40%,mid sem
exam-30-40% & continuous
10 Suggested readings Text Book(s)
(full list with authors, 1. Waves, F. S. Crawford,
publisher, year, edn etc. for (Berkeley Physics Course, Tata McGraw-Hill Ltd, 2008)
each) 2. Physics of Waves and Oscillations,
H. J. Pain, (Wiley, 2005).
3. Vibrations and Waves,
A. P. French, (MIT Press/CBS Publishers)
4. Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol II
(Addison-Wesley 1963/Narosa 2011)
Mechanics (Lectures on Theoretical Physics Vol 1),
1 Course code PHY 121
2 Course Title Experimental Physics Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism and Optics
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator (include Ramana Athreya (Co-ordinator)
participating faculty) Ashna Bajpai, M. S. Santhanam, Shivprasad Patil
5 Pre requisites (also mention Mandatory for 1st year BS-MS students (no pre-requisites).
if this is pre-requisite for a
later course)
6 Objectives (goals, type of Hands-on learning of basic physics principles through experiments, for
students for whom useful, students of all disciplines.
outcome etc)
7 Course contents A. Mechanics
(a) Oscillations (Harmonic and anharmonic motion)
(i) Physical Pendulum
(ii)Coupled Pendulum
(b) Elasticity of materials
(i)Torsional Pendulum
(ii)Young's Modulus
(c) Retarded motion
(ii)Euler's method to determine coefficient of friction
B. Electricity and Magnetism
(i)Faraday's and Lenz's Law in E&M (interdependence of E and B)
(ii)Helmholtz coil (Generating uniform B field)
(iii) Force of repulsion between magnets (Magnetic field and its spatial
(iv) Ballistic Galvanometer (Measurement of small currents/charges)
C. Optics
(i) Refractive Index of a glass prism
(ii)Inverse Square law of Light Intensity
8 Evaluation/ 1. 20% for Lab notebook with stress on real time data logging
assessment 2. 50% for viva voce of experiments.
3. 30% for final exam/viva.
(evaluation components
with weights)
9 Suggested Reading Art of Experimental Physics (by Daryl Preston)
Some suggested articles in the lab manual and articles in American J. of
Physics, Physics Education, Physics Today etc.

1 Course code HSS 102

2 Course Title Critical Reading and Communication
3 Credits 02
4 Course Coordinators Pushkar Sohoni, Aditi Deo
5 Nature of Course L+ T (lectures and tutorial)
6 Prerequisites None
7 Objectives (goals, type of 1) To develop critical reading, visual analysis, and thinking skills that
students for whom useful, will enable students to identify and evaluate arguments, evidence
outcome etc) provided, steps of reasoning, conclusions
2) To develop effective writing skills in terms of appropriate language,
organizational structure and sound content
3) To cultivate oral presentation skills applicable to a wide variety of
4) To understand natural sciences as part of society and explore their
relationships with humanities and social sciences
8 Course contents The course involves extensive reading of assigned non-technical articles
on variety of topics related to science and society
1. History of science&technology
2. Biographies of scientists
3. Interactions between sciences and humanities, particularly creative
art (e.g. science fiction; art-science creative collaborations)
4. Overlap of social sciences and natural sciences (e.g. economics and
evolutionary biology)
5. Social differences (e.g. class/ caste/ gender/ religion/ region/
language) and social institutions (e.g. nation/ politics/ religion) that
affect science
6. Research at the interfaceof natural sciences and humanities (e.g.
music from diverse disciplinary perspectives)
Students are expected to write short notes on variety of topics and
participate in discussions in the class room
9 Evaluation /assessment h. End-sem examination- 30%
i. Mid-sem examination- 30%
j. Project work/term paper- 20%
k. Quiz - 10%
l. Assignment/s and participation- 10%

10 Suggested readings Assigned readings will include excerpts from texts such as:The Two
Cultures (C P Snow); A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill
Bryson);Lilavatis Daughters: The Women Scientists of India (Rohini
Godbole and Ram Ramaswamy, eds.); and The Evolution of Physics
(Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld)

1 Course code IDC 102

2 Course Title Mathematical Methods
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Prasad Subramanian
participating faculty(if any)
5 Nature of Course LT-Lecture and tutorial
(Please keep the appropriate
one only)

6 Pre requisites(if any) None

7 Objectives (goals, type of This course will cover basic mathematical methods that are useful for
students for whom useful, basic sciences. It is expected to be useful for all BS-MS students.
outcome etc)
8 Course contents 1. A quick introduction to basic math used for data analysis
(section wise listing of topics 2. Fourier analysis Fourier series, Fourier transforms
with no. of lectures for each) 3. An introduction to differential equations
4. Basic vector calculus gradient, divergence, curl, etc
5. Complex numbers
9 Evaluation /assessment End-sem examination- 40%
evaluation components with Mid-sem examination- 30%
weightage, Pl keep Quiz- 30%
weightage for end sem Project work/term paper-
exam-30-40%,mid sem Assignments-
exam-30-40% & continuous
10 Suggested readings Text Book(s)
(full list with authors, Mathematical Methods for Physicists, Arfken, Weber and Harris,
publisher, year, edn etc. for Elsevier Academic Press, 6E, 2005.
Mathematical Tools for Physics, James Nearing
Other e-material will be provided on the course website