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Coordinated through the Institute of Business and Interprofessional Studies (IBIS), the Interprofessional Project (IPRO) course is an undergraduate general education requirement through which all of IIT's undergraduate students complete two semester-long, three credit-hour multidisciplinary team projects. These team projects are based on complex topics that integrate both technical and non-technical issues that reflect the diversity of the workplace: corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and university researchers. Teams may include students from all academic levels (sophomore through graduate school), and across IIT's professional programs (engineering, science, business, law, psychology, design, and architecture). Integration of both vertical (bridging academic levels) and horizontal (bridging professional programs) dimensions within a project team experience through a two-course, general education requirement is distinctive in higher education today. Approximately 35 team projects are completed each semester, organized as course sections involving about 350 students and 35 lead faculty.

The learning objectives established for students completing two interprofessional project courses broadly encompass the challenge of working effectively as members of a team or in a mutually-shared leadership role, including: (1) contributing specialized disciplinary expertise and analytical skills; (2) applying project management principles (setting goals, planning, organizing tasks, assigning responsibilities, identifying resources, scheduling, monitoring progress, synthesizing findings, drawing sound conclusions, and making recommendations); (3) communicating effectively through appropriate verbal, written, and visual formats; and (4) recognizing and addressing ethical, social, economic, legal, sustainable, and other critical issues as appropriate. Through these projects, students develop a unique portfolio of practical experiences that can have the tangible benefit of focusing their attention on career directions that best fit their aptitude and interest. Just as valuable, the grading, deliverables, and assessment process are designed to emulate the type of project responsibilities, cross-functional collaboration experience, and team process evaluation that professionals encounter during their careers.

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