2nd year of the bachelor cycle : Info Spé
By building a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, preparing for future careers and offering the opportunity to gain initial international experience, the 2nd year is about strengthening scientific and technical knowledge and preparing to open up to the world.
In Year 2 «Info Spé», as in Year 1 «Info Sup», the curriculum is split into 5 modules.
Number of hours per year for each of the 5 modules in Info Spé
|Module||Subject||Number of hours SPE|
|Programming & Languages||184.5|
|French for Foreigners||34,5|
|Expression methods & techniques||69|
In addition to these hours, students need to work regularly, both for their theoretical classes and for projects. Each student may get advice from a tutor chosen among the upper-year students, and tutoring and revision classes are taught by teachers for anyone who wishes to get help in their personal work.
The school advises all students to gain experience as an employee or manual worker, so as to better understand their role as managers in the future. However, students may already carry out placements working as technicians as their skills at the end of the preparatory cycle are already high enough for many jobs to be offered to them.
The internship may last between 1 and 3 months, depending on the courses followed in the second semester, in France or abroad. Students studying in Northern countries finish the semester at the end of May, whereas those studying in Asia leave later and return in July.
What makes EPITA truly stand out is the opportunity it gives its French students to gain international experience as early as in the bachelor cycle. A course program is developed with partner universities to help students strengthen their basic scientific knowledge in a totally different cultural environment.
Open-mindedness, human enrichment, understanding of cultures and international networking.
Over 60 partner universities on every continent are ready to welcome you.
Applied open projects
After carrying out a very open project in their first year, the project carried out in second year is a lot more restrictive. Specifications are set, even though students can choose from a selection of topics. However, they necessarily have to develop «utility» software, in groups of four.
These topics include O.C.R. (optical character recognition) software, which converts a scanned picture to a Word, Html or other kind of document. Another example is utility software that converts a scan of a geographical map into a 3D model by analyzing contour lines and elevation numbers.
After honing their skills in 1st year, students are better organized and more efficient. This allows them to focus on another aspect of the project: group emulation. Because there is a restricted number of projects, several groups will work on the same one. As oral dissertations take place in the machine room, they can easily watch, find out how far along the other groups are and which development or ergonomic choices they made.
Even more than in first year, the project relies heavily on knowledge picked up from the other subjects studied:
- Technical aspect: image processing is needed for the projects, and mathematics are essential (matrix calculus,
- IT subjects: whether the aim is to organize data or to build a neural network, algorithmics is completely essential at this level of skill.
- As for programming, it is of course absolutely crucial.
- Finally, subjects such as English or French for Foreigners and expression techniques are major requirements for carrying out project reports and oral presentations.
Just like in 1st year, the best projects are chosen to be presented at the school’s Open Days. However, the projects are so technical that there is no point in presenting them at shows where their designers are not necessarily present to comment on them.