Service Learning Course Inventory

School of Engineering

School of Electrical & Computer Engineering1, Department of Freshman Engineering2, School of Mechanical Engineering3, School of Civil Engineering4, School of Consumer and Family Science5, School of Liberal Arts6.

EPICS Engineering Projects in Community Service                                                      cr. 2

1. EE 290 (1 cr.), EE 390, EE 490

2. ENGR 170 (1 cr.) 

3. ME 283 (1 cr.), ME 383, ME 483 

4. CE 296 (1 cr.), CE 396, CE 496

5. CDFS 390E

6. SOC 493

EPICS Co-Directors: Edward J. Coyle, Leah H. Jamieson, & William C. Oakes

Course Advisors: George Adams, Mark R. Bell, Patrice Buzzanell, Edward Coyle, Patricia Davies, Edward J. Delp, Fritz J. Friedlaender, Sue Husted, Leah H. Jamieson, Mark Johnson, Galen King, Richard Lesh, John C. Lindenlaub, John A. Nyenhuis, William Oakes, John Reid, Robert Schoenhals, John Spencer, John Starkey, Hannis Thompson, Gordon Wright, Ronald Wukasch

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Fall Semester, 2000                                                          Approximate # of students: 270

Course Description:

Together the EPICS courses create a vertical project track under which students work in teams on long-term engineering projects. Each team consists of a mix of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors and can have members from other Schools. 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. Projects are intended to solve real problems, and are defined in consultation with project partners from community agencies.

How service is integrated into this course:

Students experience design as a start-to-finish process by defining, designing, building and deploying real systems to assist a community service organization on projects that span several semesters. Students learn management and leadership skills and to work on a team. All EPICS students have a common weekly lecture. The Spring 2000 lecture/workshop series focused on team leadership and dynamics. Lecture attendance is required, and failure to attend affects a students grade. Students on a given project have a common lab section, write weekly reports, and make mid-semester and final presentations.

Project Titles and Abbreviations:

CLTPCE Communication and Learning Technologies in Pre-College Education

CW Constructed Wetlands

DEC Discovering Engineering Careers

HFH Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette

HHES Happy Hollow Elementary School Project

HPN Tippecanoe County Homelessness Prevention Network (Includes Agencies with below)

IDFC Indiana Division of Families and Children Project

IMS Information Management Systems for EPIC Team Support

IS Imagination Station

IWT Institute for Women and Technology

KES Klondike Elementary School

LARA Lafayette Area Reading Academy

LCC Automated Assistance Center Project (working with the Lafayette Crisis Center)

ODOS Office of the Dean of Students

SLAC Speech/Language and Audiology Clinic

TCHA Tippecanoe County Historical Association

WC-ECE Wabash Children's Center Project – Electrical & Computer Engineering Emphasis

WCGI Wabash Center Greenbush Industries

WC-ME Wabash Children's Center Project – Mechanical Engineering Emphasis

ZOO Columbian Park Zoo




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