What is Expected?
Together, the courses EPCS 10100/10200, EPCS 20100/20200, EPCS 30100/30200, EPCS 40100/40200, and EPCS 41100/41200 create a vertical project track under which students work in teams on long-term projects that benefit the community. Projects center around engineering needs of the community partners, but may involve students from many disciplines as integral members of the team. Each team consists of a mix of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Most projects are of at least one-year duration. In general, students are expected to participate in a project team for at least two consecutive semesters, and students may participate for up to seven semesters.
All students on a given project have a common lab section that is scheduled for two hours per week. The scheduled class and lab times ensure that students will have a common time to meet; all students are expected to attend the lab session. Additional meeting and work times are to be scheduled by the project team members.
All EPICS students have a common scheduled lecture hour. The purpose of EPICS lectures is to provide opportunities for EPICS students to gain awareness of the broad range of skills needed by practicing engineers. A listing of the currently scheduled lectures is provided.
In addition to the lectures, there will be a set of Skills Sessions designed to teach EPICS students specific skills useful for their projects.
All team members are responsible for the progress of the project. Team members will be evaluated based on their individual contributions and on the overall performance of the team. Evaluation will be based on the design notebook, lecture attendance, the weekly reports, on a self assessment of accomplishments, on the formal project presentations and reports, and on the lab demonstrations. Senior design students will also be graded on their specific requirements. Each student will be asked to critique both his/her own participation in the project and that of all team members(peer evaluations). Input into the grading decisions will be collected from the project partner, advisors, TAs, and the team members themselves.
A dry run of the grading process, including self assessment, peer evaluations, project partner evaluation, and feedback, will be conducted at the middle of the semester.
You may gauge the level of effort appropriate for EPICS courses in terms of the time you typically spend outside of lecture/lab in your other courses. For example:
- If your EPICS registration is for 2 credits and if you typically spend 7.5 hours per week outside of class in a 3-credit course, then you should be spending an average of 5 hours per week outside the lecture and lab on your EPICS project.
- If your EPICS registration is for 1 credit and if you typically spend 7.5 hours per week outside of class in a 3-credit course, then in the 10 weeks when you do not attend lecture, you should be spending an average of 3.5 hours per week outside the lab on your EPICS project (2.5 hours representing 1/3 of 7.5, plus the 1 hour you are not spending in lecture).