Cornerstone Design@Mines

Intro to Design and Practice of Design (formerly EPICS) are one semester, three-credit design courses required for undergraduates at Mines. The centerpiece of both courses is an open-ended design problem that students must solve as part of a team effort. This provides the practice that students need to become more skilled in the process of technical design as it is practiced in the workplace. Both courses aim to build students’ confidence in applying fundamental design concepts in order to solve complex, open-ended problems.


Intro to Design (EDNS151)
Introduces a design process that includes open-ended problem solving and teamwork integrated with the use of computer software as a tool to solve engineering problems. The course emphasizes written technical communications and introduces the importance of effective oral presentations.

Practice of Design (EDNS251)
Builds on the design process, continuing with open-ended problem solving and also integrating teamwork and communications with the use of specific computer software tools to solve engineering problems. This course emphasizes oral presentation skills and builds on basic written communications skills introduced in Intro to Design.