NIT Rourkela Syllabus BTech Literary Foundations Method and Geners












                     (Faculty I/C: Prof(Mrs.) S. Mohanty )

The course aims to sensitize the students to the richness and beauty of English literature

and to foster a deeper understanding of people’s way of life as reflected through

literature. Students will be exposed to a variety of periods and genres that will develop

their critical thinking processes, the ability to analyze and reason carefully, the ability to 4

organize and present materials coherently both in written and oral forms, and the ability

to understand and manage other people  – all practical skills that allow scope for

improved professional communication. The four  principal genres to be discussed are

drama, fiction, verse novel and short stories.

Essential Reading:

1. W. Shakespeare, Macbeth. John Wiley & Sons; The Manga edition, 2008

2. H. Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird. Warner Books; 1st edition, 1988.

3. Vikram Seth, The Golden Gate. New Delhi: Penguin Books India (Pvt.) Ltd, 1986

4. Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies. Delhi: Harper Collins India, 2000

Suggested Reading:

1. J. L. Badaracco, Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership

through Literature, Harvard Business School Press, 2006

2. A. Simmons, The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through

the Art of Storytelling , Basic Books: US. 2002

3. R. Lebow and R. Spitzer, Accountability: Freedom and Responsibility without

Control , Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc. 2002

4. William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ (Modern Critical Interpretations) (Hardcover). 

Harold Bloom (editor), 1987

Foundations of human behaviour; Individual differences: Genetic and Environmental

influence; Abilities, Skills and Intellectual competence: Biographical characteristics;

Ability-Job fit; IQ and job success ; Personality characteristics; Assessment of

personality, Predicting Career success; Attitude and job satisfaction; Perception and

Decision making in individual and groups; Social perception and Attitudinal biases at

work ; Motivation and work performance; motivational problems; Cultural differences,

Environmental and Organizational change; Stress and Well being: Sources of Stress,

Workplace Stress, Consequences: Preventive and curative Stress Management ;

Emotion and Moods: Emotional labour and pay; Emotional Intelligence; EQ and job

success ;  Organizational  Learning: Thinking, Problem solving and creativity;

Psychometric Tests and assessment.

Essential Reading:

1. S. P. Robbins, Organizational Behavior, Prentice Hall, 9th edition, 2002.

2. D. L. Nelson and J. C. Quick, Organizational Behavior: Foundations, Realities &

Challenges, South Western College Publishing: Thomson Learning. 3rd Ed,


Suggested Reading:

1. C. T. Morgan, R. A. King, J. R. Weisz and J. Schopler, Introduction to

Psychology , McGraw-Hill, 7



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