IQP Learning Outcomes

The IQP is a general education requirement, not directly related to students’ majors.  WPI Faculty created the IQP to help students learn to solve real-world problems and make decisions with an understanding of and appreciation for the social and humanistic contexts of their work.  The IQP also is central to how WPI students learn to do research, write, and work in teams.  According to the faculty-approved learning outcomes, IQP students will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the project’s technical, social and humanistic context. (1, 7, 8)
  2. Define clear, achievable goals and objectives for the project. (6)
  3. Critically identify, utilize, and properly cite information sources, and integrate information from multiple sources to identify appropriate approaches to addressing the project goals. (7, 10)
  4. Select and implement a sound approach to solving an interdisciplinary problem. (7, 10)
  5. Analyze and synthesize results from social, ethical, humanistic, technical or other perspectives, as appropriate. (8, 9)
  6. Maintain effective working relationships within the project team and with the project advisor(s), recognizing and resolving problems that may arise. (5)
  7. Demonstrate the ability to write clearly, critically and persuasively. (4)
  8. Demonstrate strong oral communication skills, using appropriate, effective visual aids. (4)
  9. Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical dimensions of their project work. (9)  

Approved by the WPI Faculty in October 2006.

The IQP is an opportunity for significant intellectual and professional development that, done well, prepares WPI graduates broadly for successful and satisfying lives and careers.

The numbers in parentheses denote corresponding WPI curriculum-wide undergraduate outcomes adopted by the faculty on May 20, 2004.

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