ECE 27900 - Sophomore Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) - Now Runs as ENGR 27920


THIS COURSE NOW RUNS AS ENGR 27920 Lectures will be drawn from a pool of 36 different lectures; so students can register for VIP courses as many as three times and still see new lecture material each semester. Together, the VIP courses in ECE create a vertical project track under which students work in multidisciplinary teams on long-term engineering projects. Each team consists of a mix of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Projects of at least one year in duration are intended to solve real problems that are defined in consultation with advisors who are Purdue faculty members, graduate students, or representatives of industry or the end-user population. Students are encouraged to participate in a VIP team for two or more semesters. Projects that serve customers from community service or educational organizations will be conducted within the EPICS framework rather than VIP.

Course Details

Variable Credit

This is an experiential learning course.

Counts as:

  • CMPE Special Content Elective
  • EE Elective - Special Content

Normally Offered:

Each Fall, Spring


Sophomore Standing in Engineering.

Catalog Description:

This course provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to explore and develop comprehensive applications of electrical and computer engineering technologies, especially as they relate to active research areas of Purdue faculty members. Students will learn about the underlying research, and will work on teams to formulate applications of the research that address real-world needs. Students will attend a weekly lecture that provides an introduction to a broad range of applicable technologies and development tools -- some associated with the activities of specific teams, and some addressing topics of more general value to students enrolled in the course.

This is a repeatable course and may be used as EE elective credit. The supervising instructor must be an ECE faculty member.

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Lecture Outline:

Weeks Lectures
1-15 All students in VIP have one common lecture hour each week which will address topics that include design, research, documentation and technical writing, communication, leadership and teamwork, ethics, project management, and intellectual property. Students registered for ENGR 17911 would be expected to participate in five (5) lectures

Lab Outline:

Week Major course milestones
2 Team Organization and Semester Planning
3 Personal Semester Goals
4 Project Proposal (new projects); Project Demonstration (continuing projects)
5 Review of Individual Documentation
8 Peer Evaluation and Self Assessment
9 Progress Report
11 Poster Presentation
15 Final Project Presentation, Team Report; Review of Design Notebooks; Peer Evaluation and Self Assessment

Assessment Method:

Each student will be required to keep his or her own design notebook. Students will be evaluated individually and as part of their team on the basis of their design notebooks, midterm and final design presentations, homework assignments that will be collected and graded, and final oral examinations conducted by faculty team advisors.