Self-Management and Social Intelligence

A short course offered by the Department of Industrial Management, Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya

Time: 17.00 – 19.00 on Every Wednesday

Commencement: 6th March 2019

Course manager: Dr. Chathura Rajapakse

Internal Resource Personals:

  • Mr. Indika Thilakaratne
  • Ms. Mahikala Niranga

Audience: Level 01 undergraduates following the B.Sc. degree in biological/physical sciences of the Faculty of Science



The fresh undergraduates who join the university today are the future leaders of the country. A notable characteristic of the world’s leaders is that they are experts at self-management. Self-management refers to the ability of an individual to regulate their emotions and resulting behaviors in ways that society considers acceptable[1]. Appropriate self-management can help students perform better both in the university as well as on the job once they are graduated. Aligned with the socio-emotional skills specified in the Sri Lanka Qualifications Framework (SLQF), this course equips students with necessary non-technical skills, attitudes and mindset which help them to live a better social, academic and professional life.

Course Objectives

This course is designed and delivered with the objectives of;

  • directing students to engage in active learning towards a vision on life
  • Supporting students to enjoy a balanced and successful academic and social life
  • Implanting the seeds of non-technical skills to become a more employable graduate
  • Producing more responsible and self-aware leaders

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the students shall be able to;

  • have a clear vision on life
  • take leadership in delivering the tasks assigned
  • think innovatively and critically to solve problems
  • have a positive attitude and a good set of values
  • be responsible in his/her actions
  • appreciate the diversity of the world and create effective social relationships
  • proactively work on building a career
  • be a beautiful human being, colleague and a friend


This course module comprises of a range of topics covered over a span of 15 weeks as follows.

  1. Vision for life
    1. Know yourself
    2. Personal branding
    3. Plan your career
  2. The art of living
    1. Attitude and values
    2. What make you unique?
    3. Live happily
  3. Professionalism
    1. Punctuality and time management
    2. Respect
    3. Ethics
  4. Think out of the box
    1. Creativity
    2. Problem solving skills
  5. Together we win
    1. Leadership
    2. Working as a team
    3. Networking and social skills
  6. Communication and conflict management
    1. Effective communication
    2. Sources and causes of conflicts
    3. How to resolve/manage conflicts
  7. Health is Wealth
    1. Balanced mind and heart
    2. Stress management
  8. Be beautiful
    1. What is ‘beauty’
    2. Does beauty matter?
    3. See the ‘beauty’ inside
    4. Harnessing the inner beauty
  9. Look decent
    1. Table etiquettes
    2. Grooming for the occasion
  10. Entrepreneurship
    1. Digital transformation
    2. Social entrepreneurship
    3. Making a startup


This module will be delivered as classroom discussions, group activities, field visits and seminars[2].



50 participants will be selected from the students following the level 01 of B.Sc. degree in physical or biological sciences in the Faculty of Science, based on their expression of interest and a subsequent screening test. The selection criteria will be set with the objective of having the right audience on board with required diversity. The selection panel’s decision will be the final decision on the selection.



The participants will be evaluated based on their contribution to the activities, personal diary and attendance



A completion certificate will be offered by the faculty upon successful completion


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