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EPICS Design Notebook and Overview

Media File: EPICS Design Notebook and Overview

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The PowerPoints in this section were created as a three part workshop for EPICS students in a study abroad program. These materials cover the three primary types of writing EPICS students are expected to complete: a design notebook, a project charter, and travel writing.

The Design Notebook PowerPoint stress the importance of reliable, relevant and consistent documentation as the key to successful design notebooks and professional practice in general, as well as the basic guidelines of the assignment (in handout form).

The Project Charter PowerPoint, as well, covers the EPICS assignment guidelines. Additionally, it covers professional standards for such documents and offers guidelines for group writing.

The final PowerPoint briefly covers Travel Writing.

Additional materials including further guidelines and a conciseness exercise are also included.

A design notebook is used to record information acquired and ideas developed during the design process. It demonstrates individual accomplishments and work completed on a project. However, although the design notebook can provide details and information related to the project for future teams, the Project (Design) Documentation should be the primary source of the project information. Relevant information from the design notebooks should also be contained in the Project (Design) Documentation.

Design notebook contents: What goes in the design notebook?

Factoid: Thomas Edison completed over 2500 design notebooks in his lifetime.

Why keep a design notebook?

Factoid: In the U.S., patents are awarded based on evidence of "first to discover"; in most other countries, patents go to the "first to file".

Design notebook format

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