ENGR 37920 - Junior Participation in Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)

Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: 1 Credits: 2

This is an experiential learning course.

Counts as:
CMPE Special Content Elective
EE Elective - Special Content
EE Elective - Adv Level Lab

Normally Offered: Each Fall, Spring

Junior standing

Requisites by Topic:
ECE students take this level of VIP along with other 30000-level courses such as ECE 30100, 30200, 30411, 36200, etc.

Catalog Description:
This course provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in authentic and extended research and design projects related to active research areas of Purdue faculty members and national, international, and industry-sponsored design challenges. Students will work on interdisciplinary and vertically-integrated teams (first-year through seniors) with faculty and graduate student mentors to address these real-world research and design challenges. Students will participate in weekly lectures and professional development activities that include topics related to design, research, documentation and technical writing, communication, leadership and teamwork, ethics, project management, intellectual property, information literacy, and introduction to a broad range of applicable research topics, technologies and development tools.

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 all ECE 20000-level lab courses (ECE 20007 or 20700, 20008 or 20800, and 27000). The supervising instructor must be an ECE faculty member.

Required Text(s):
  1. iClicker.

Recommended Text(s): None.

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. an ability to apply engineering design to create a product1 that meets the specified needs of this engineering design experience with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. [2]
  2. an ability to develop and conduct experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions related to the development of the product of this engineering design experience. [6]
  3. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems arising from this engineering design experience by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. [1]
  4. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives associated with this design experience. [5]
  5. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences appropriate to this design experience in both a written report and oral presentation. [3]
  6. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies to complete the engineering design experience associated with this course. [7]
  7. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities associated with this engineering design experience and make informed judgments which must consider the impact of the product of this engineering design experience in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. [4]

Lecture Outline:

Week Major Topics
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.

Lab Outline:

Week(s) Topic
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 Individual Documentation; Peer Evaluation and Self Assessment