Integrated projects curriculum

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What is the IPC?

The Integrated Projects Curriculum (IPC) in the Engineering Department integrates cognitive, affective, and behavioral education through a seminar series and project courses. Traditional course work continues as the essential backbone of the curriculum, providing specialization that narrows students' attention to foster depth of inquiry, and focuses their time and work to develop professional competencies. The IPC helps students learn how to use special knowledge to tackle real problems. Seminar discussions run parallel to project engagement, both informing the work of project teams and drawing on them for reflection. This curriculum builds on service-learning pedagogy, and it embodies the three modes of learning required for service-learning: content, engagement, and reflection.


The goal of the IPC is to provide BSE students with an organization-based learning experience that promotes excellence in the discipline and develops Christian vocational vision.

How is the IPC Related to the Collaboratory?

The IPC embeds the organizational structure, educational vision, and program strategies of the Collaboratory into a series of courses that both draw from and serve the rest of the curriculum. The Collaboratory coordinates with the IPC Manager to provide the following to Collaboratory-related IPC groups and projects:

  1. An organization-based multi-disciplinary learning environment that enables project continuity between academic years and generations of students.
  2. Volunteer students who provide leadership, administrative support, and project work above and beyond what is required of them by the IPC.
  3. Annual advisors and leaders workshops and a leaders class to equip leaders and advisors.
  4. Tracking of gifts and expenditures to generate financial reports for projects and groups.
  5. Information management resources:
    • Data server for document archiving and retrieval.
    • Cumulus image data base.
    • CiviCRM self-service mailing list data base.
    • Video editing station.
  6. Facilitate support by the Messiah College Development, Business, Public Relations, Admissions, ITS, and other offices.
  7. Logistical support to advisors seeking to build a case for meritorious service and scholarship through off-campus dissemination of IPC scholarship.


  1. Introduction to Engineering (ENGR102) orients students to the role of the IPC in the BSE program, and to the IPC-related Collaboratory Groups, preparing students to make in informed decision as they anticipate joining a specific Group.
  2. Groups Orientation (ENGR201) facilitates the process of joining a specific Group through a "job search" paradigm (see IPC Policies below). Once in a Group, students learn common skills related to project and team work, and in specific academic areas needed for their work in a particular Group.
  3. Project I-IV (ENGR 288, 388, 488, 489) is a mechanism for assembling a Group (collection of project teams) and assigning course credit to students. The Group and Project Teams are the focal point, not Project I-IV.
  4. Seminar I and II (ENGR 301, 302) use Project I-IV to contextualize discussion about the nature of engineering and technology, implications of Christian faith on engineering practice, and vocational planning.

IPC Policies

  1. Students join a specific Group at the beginning of Group Orientation (GO ENGR 201) by participating in a competitive job search process. More details can be found on the GO Job Search page.
  2. Students who take GO ENGR201 prior to their 4th semester may participate in Project I&II (ENGR288 & ENGR388) earlier than semesters 5 and 6. In such a case, a student may enroll in ENGR388 prior to being accepted into the Engineering Major.
  3. Third year students who have completed Project I&II (ENGR288 & ENGR388) who wish to work in the IPC for course credit may enroll in ENGR496 for 1cr. per semester.
  4. Students may change their IPC group with the following restrictions.
    • The change must take place prior to Project III (ENGR488)
    • Only one group change is allowed
    • The advisor for both the current and the proposed group must agree to the change


GO Job Search

Project Planning Flow

Project Planning Documents

IPC Project Reports



Project Status Presentation

General information on curriculum integration

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