EPICS Courses

Students that enrolled in the EPICS courses will learn the following:

  • Discipline Knowledge: Ability to apply material from their discipline to the design of community-based projects
  • Design Process: An understanding of design as a start-to-finish with a strong emphasis on sustainability and maintenance as they’re delivering the products to real clients
  • Lifelong Learning: Ability to identify and acquire new knowledge as a part of the problem solving/ design process
  • Client Awareness: Ability to identify client needs and work to develop solutions that effectively address those concerns
  • Teamwork: An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams and an appreciation for the contributions from individuals from multiple disciplines.  Unlike other classes, EPICS students will be joining projects in various states of completion introducing a different team dynamic than typical courses
  • Communication: An ability to communicate effectively with others from varying backgrounds. This includes communicating clearly in writing, as a speaker, and while using interpersonal communication skills
  • Ethics: Developing and delivering projects for real clients will require students to continue to advance the importance of professional ethics and responsibility as their projects will have real world impacts
  • Social Context: An appreciation of the role that their discipline can play in social contexts

Using the service-learning model, human-centered design and social entrepreneurship framework; students will complete project assignments for the EPICS sequence of classes that can be characterized as follows:

  •    FSE 104: EPICS GOLD I – Feasibility and planning.  One credit.
  •    FSE 494: EPICS in Action – Design and build.  One credit.  Repeatable for multiple semesters.

Projects are intended to be at least one year in length, meaning that ongoing student participation in EPICS classes – even for four years – is encouraged. EPICS projects are performed without charge for not‐for‐profit host organizations such as a community organization, school, or government entity. Student teams are multi‐disciplinary, comprised of a mix of freshmen through seniors.

“EPICS is a great way to get plugged in at ASU. As engineering students, it’s easy to get caught up in our studies. But really, the college experience is so much more than that. EPICS allows you to join with other students who have the same passion for making a difference. It’s also a great way to learn how to apply what you are learning in the classroom and apply it to real world problems. The lessons learned and connections made in EPICS can greatly benefit students as they move forward.” Billy Walters, Mechanical Engineering

“Through EPICS I was able to meet new people and gain experience working on a real world project. As a community college transfer student, getting plugged in right way was extremely important to me. Because of my experience I was able to get a summer internship, and now work part time with them during the semester.”  Student Survey Feedback, fall 2014

“I’ve always had a keen interest with the engineering field, but taking EPICS just showed me how computer science can be implemented into giving back to the community.”  Student Survey Feedback, fall 2014