PENS-315 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Cotture Samuel Denis Marcel, Leonardi Claudio, Meibom Anders, Trappitsch Reto Georg

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.


This course will allow students to engage in hands-on projects defined by themselves, in a dedicated workshop environment. Students work together in small groups on their own ideas, with access to a wide range of tools, materials, software, etc. - assisted by specialized coaches.



Workshop, creativity, hands-on, group work, interdisciplinarity

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

There is no special course requirement.

Anybody eliglible for Projeter Ensemble can choose the SKIL experience.


Recommended courses

Other relevant EPFL courses include, for example, "Prototyping" (CdH) and "Design Thinking" (CdH & CdM).

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a project from idea to realization
  • Specify the role of the team members and the team objective
  • Make a physical or numerical prototype
  • Define a planning to reach its goal

Transversal skills

  • Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.

Teaching methods

Personalized coaching in response to student needs and ideas.

Expected student activities

Hands-on realization of own ideas, for example in the form of prototypes, models, or methods. Students are expected to explore project ideas that go beyond their discipline.

Assessment methods

Each group will present the story of their project and its results.

This presentation will be evaluated and graded at the end of the semester.


In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: SKIL Student Kreativity and Innovation Laboratory
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 12 weeks
  • Project: 3 Hour(s) per week x 12 weeks

Reference week

13-14  GRC001  
14-15  GRC001  

Wednesday, 13h - 14h: Lecture GRC001

Wednesday, 14h - 17h: Project, other GRC001

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