Teaching & Learning
Teachers are an indispensable part of any educational institution, owing to the crucial role they play in imparting knowledge and honing the minds of students for a variety of challenges. St Joseph’s College of Commerce prides itself on having highly proficient teaching faculty who strive relentlessly towards upholding the values and beliefs of the institution. The faculty work towards creating an environment that is conducive to learning, by adeptly disciplining students and guiding them towards the right path for a brighter future.
The faculty members of St. Joseph’s College of Commerce have consistently proven their excellence and outstanding merit through their academic achievements and endeavours. Their research performance, teaching abilities and their valuable contribution to higher education have set an example for all. Apart from this, their earnest curiosity, determination and academic interests have driven them to achieve new milestones.
It is the institution’s constant endeavour to enhance and improve the teaching-learning process, by adopting innovative pedagogical methods. Every teacher is encouraged to combine traditional and innovative methods of teaching and learning. Although the teacher’s role is central in controlling and directing the activity involved in a pedagogical method, emphasis is laid on the experiences and experiments of the learners too. Subject specific research for students, simulation games, role plays, case study analysis, rural camps, rural exposure programmes, social visits, internship programmes, articleship programmes and industrial visits are some of the many innovative pedagogical methods adopted.
The faculty members of the college, in collaboration with industry experts and academicians of repute, are involved in development and revision of the curriculum for the programmes. The faculty bring in their teaching and research experience to develop and revise the curriculum,, and frame the syllabus. It is ensured that the curriculum matches the global standards and also satisfies the requirement of the industry. A holistic approach is taken in developing the curriculum which involves the three main objectives of the college: academic excellence, character formation and social concern.
The objective of the college is to find ways to extend the horizons of knowledge. As knowledge becomes specialized, it also becomes interdisciplinary in nature due the influence that disciplines have over each other in furthering research. The curriculum for all the commerce and business administration courses require students to do core papers in their respective fields of study. Apart from the core papers, students are offered open elective papers from other fields of study, including theatre arts and literature. This allows students to learn from different fields and blend them, to develop an understanding of the world we live in. Some of the core papers are also redesigned as interdisciplinary papers to enrich the understanding of the subjects. The Business Ethics paper is exemplary, as here literature is used to understand ethical concepts and applied in the context of business and commerce.
The industry demands skilled professionals who can adapt easily to the dynamic work environment. Classroom teaching equips the students with the necessary conceptual skills. The procedural skills required, especially in the field of commerce, require students to get an exposure to the industry practice. In this regard, the practice orientation for industry is introduced into the curriculum and brought to the students in a phased manner, across the span of their entire programme. In the first and second academic year, students are taken on industrial visits to familiarize them with the work processes. In the summer vacation after the second year, students are expected to do an internship of six weeks which are evaluated and graded by the college. The Masters programme has an internship semester in the second year where students work for an entire semester. They are guided, mentored and monitored by the faculty members. Such a practice orientation grounds the students to the work atmosphere and equips them with the necessary skills.
Student Research Engagement
Research orientation is included in the curriculum for the bachelor and master degrees. The Research Centre of the college, along with the subject teachers, guide and mentor the undergraduate and postgraduate students in research work. Research methodology paper is taught and as part of the curriculum, students are motivated to take up independent research projects. Student research in the form of case study and research papers are compiled, edited and published by the college. Students are encouraged to take up research in the field of commerce and business administration with an orientation to benefit the society at large.
Examination & Comprehensive Evaluation
At SJCC, student performance is evaluated in a comprehensive way. The end-semester examinations form seventy percent of the marks for a paper. The remaining thirty percent of the marks is awarded in the form of continuous internal assessment. The subject teachers conduct regular tests and allow students to make presentations in class, in order to evaluate student learning. The continuous internal evaluation allows teachers to go beyond traditional methods and adopt creative and innovative forms of testing the student performance. The exam code of ethics which consists of confidentiality in setting the question paper, prevention of any kind of malpractice during the examination, complete anonymity in the evaluation process, barcoding of answer scripts, is adhered to very strictly, in the institution. The integrity of the examination and evaluation process is maintained with great sanctity.
Technology in Teaching
An effective teaching-learning strategy has to involve the use of technology in all its forms. All classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors and the teachers make effective use of it to blend audio-visual content in classroom teaching. The academic performance of students, attendance records and engagement in co-curricular and sporting activities, can all be tracked by students, parents and the faculty using an online institutional portal.
Learning Management System
Learning Management Systems (LMS) provide a platform to the teachers and students to integrate various aspects of learning. Such a platform allows the students to track their learning levels, and the faculty to innovate in the teaching strategy. LMS like Moodle, Google Classroom and Edmodo are used by the teachers to provide instruction, conduct tests, supply reading materials and links to online content. Technology is used in an efficient manner to enrich the learning experience for students.
Development of online courses
The faculty members of the college are not just committed to classroom teaching but are also involved in developing online courses for the students of the college and outside. Online courses are designed by integrating video lectures delivered by our own faculty members, reading materials, daily and weekly tasks, examination and evaluation in a single online platform. This novel initiative of the college has garnered great appreciation from our own students and other colleges as well.
The institution adopts shared teaching for a few undergraduate course lectures. Shared teaching boasts many pedagogical and intellectual advantages: it creates a dynamic and interactive learning environment, provides faculty with a useful way of modelling thinking within or across disciplines and also inspires new research ideas. Two faculty members handle one course and both are responsible for planning and for execution of the lesson plan. Both the faculty are actively involved in class and engage in conversation with the class to encourage discussion among the students. Students also receive individual attention and help in this method of teaching.
In a flipped classroom method, the traditional classroom strategy is reversed. Instead of the teacher imparting knowledge in the classroom in the form of a lecture, the students are asked to prepare for the topic by reading, watching lectures on the internet, solving problems, and in the classroom a focused activity is conducted so that the students get to learn specific skills and begin to engage in conceptual thinking. This instructional strategy is student-centric and challenges the students to go beyond what is just required of the course.