ECE 37900 - Junior Participation in Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) - Now Runs as ENGR 37920


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:

  • EE Elective - Special Content
  • CMPE Special Content Elective

Normally Offered:

Each Fall, Spring


Junior 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 to satisfy 2 of the 3 required EE Advanced Laboratory courses provided the student has completed 2 of the 3 ECE 20000 level lab courses ECE 20700, 20800, and 27000 and is concurrently enrolled in the third ECE 20000 level lab courses. 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. During this hour, students will attend lectures that address a broad range of electrical and computer engineering technologies including topics that are relevant to the team projects and the development of applications based on these technologies. Lectures also address good design principles, project management, and project communications.

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 Design Notebooks
8 Peer Evaluation and Self Assessment
9 Progress Report
11 Midterm Project Review
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.