Civic project

Course Director(s): Julie Fortin, Hervé Vaillant


The citizenship projects are undertaken during the students’ 1st year. The aim is initiate students in piloting a project through action. Students will thus work in teams (approx. 6 to 10 students) carrying out the project in response to a customer demand. The team must identify and respond to the customer’s needs, leading to a concrete realisation of the project after following the different project management phases (drafting project specifications, establishing the planning schedule, budget management, communication). While succeeding with the project remains an objective in itself, the learning efforts of the students and assessments will relate essentially to the management of the project and the team work.
The students are expected to commit themselves fully to the project, and will be able to choose their theme. These themes can be linked to science, social issues, humanitarian projects or culture. The projects should allow students to open up to others, to be confronted by various actors, to discover inter-culturality and to integrate a social, citizenship or solidarity dimension.

Free choice of project themes (3 should be formulated by the students during the month of October).
The groups will be formed during November.

Links between the other projects / multi-disciplinary projects / internships

At the end of the project students will be asked to produce, individually, a summary of 2 to 3 pages referring to the management of the project, the team work and the inter-personal relations within the team and with the different actors of the project.

Their perceptions will be used to adapt fresher courses in Communication techniques and Project Management.

Positioning within the overall programmee

A 1st year project which allows project teams to be initiated into aspects of project management and the concrete realisation of a client demand, internal or external to the School.

Teams will be subject to a real situation and to the reality of partner structures in the field in which they will work, immersing themselves in a world from which they are more or less distanced (associative, educative, popular education, etc.)

The civic project project will allow students to combine their field experience with engineering skills, such as: adaptation, creativity, coordination, planning, audacity, spirit of synthesis, self-assessment, analytical and critical thinking, conflict management, communication, etc. Basically and in concrete terms the aim is to understand the meaning of these skills.

It could be pertinent at the start of the Creation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship project to benefit from the Experience Feedback reports to identify the analysis that prior teams will have made on their project.

Key words

Project Management, communication, team work, field work, social and citizenship action


Number of teaching hours



Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the unit, the student will be capable of:

Classification level


Identifying the objectives and stakes of a project


3. Apply




Drafting the project specifications


3. Apply




Identifying and mobilising the human and material resources necessary to successfully carry out the project


3. Apply




Preparing and managing a meeting


3. Apply




Managing the planning schedule and budget of a project


3. Apply




Defining project evaluation indicators


3. Apply




Self-assessing personal and collective achievements during the realisation of a project


4. Analyse




Learning assessment methods

Percentage ratio of individual assessment

Percentage ratio of group assessment

Written exam:





Project submission:





Individual oral exam:





Group presentation:






Individual presentation:





Group practical exercise:





Individual practical exercise:





Group report:






Individual report:








Other(s):Functioning and implication of the team in the project (also taken into account will be individual participation and commitment in the form of a coefficient multiplier 40%

Programme and content

Type of teaching activity

Content, sequencing and organisation

Role play


Communication Techniques

Intervention of a quarter of the year’s group.

Objectives :

  • Initiation and support for the development of communication and human relations
  • Development of personal human skills: self-confidence, autonomy…
  • Development of collective relationship skills: communication ….
  • Initiation in conflict management and mediation

Guest speakers :

  • Marie-Odile Blanc from the consultancy firm, Blanc Vert
  • Gisèle Rivière Terrolle from the consultancy firm, Rivière Compagnie
  • CCSTI la Rotonde

Duration : approx. 23 hours

Practical situation experience through role plays, case studies, mini theatre staging …

Students will experience the situation with their project team and will attempt to apply the exercise to their project.


(inter)active Amphitheatre


Project management

Intervention of a quarter of the year’s group.

Initiation in project management with the acquisition of engineering related skills

  • Drafting project specifications
    • Identifying the issues, objectives and the outcomes of a project
    • Responding to a need, a customer order
    • Identifying and listening to different actors and stakeholders in a project
    • Identifying and assessing project progress indicators
  • Managing time and resources (human, material and financial) of a project
  • Organising the work and working in a team
  • Adapting to others and a given situation
  • Preparing and managing a meeting
  • Drafting the minutes of a meeting
  • Drafting a project achievement report
  • Communicating project results

Speaker : Rémi Dieulouard

Duration: approx: 20 hours

The summary report of project management drafted at the end of December will be used for this activity. The external speaker will use these perceptions from the students to identify what they have retained from undertaking the Inter-disciplinary project. .


Role play


  • Project monitoring management committee

2 minutes of project presentation with « Flash Actu » and self-assessment (180°)

  • Competition run by the financial audit firm, Ernst & Young

2 minutes of project presentation

Prizes awarded to the 3 or 4 best projects



Explor'Mines : Final project presentations in the form of stands open to all the School and external guests