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Course Descriptions

Artificial Intelligence Fundamentals

An overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI), approaching the concept from its origins to expectations for the future. The course will focus on various AI technologies, how to build Machine Learning models, and how to apply AI tools to solve real world problems. Some of the concepts that will be introduced in the course are types of AI and Machine Learning, Hacking and the IoT, AI today and its outlook for the future.

Creativity & Design Thinking for Innovation

Examines the theoretical groundwork and evolution of psychologically-based research on dimensions of the creative person, process, product and press. This foundation frames the applied learning in the course and offers the necessary background for subsequent coursework in the Innovation Academy minor.

Note: This course requires a C or higher to register for IDS1359 – Innovation in Action

Engineering Entrepreneurship

Engineering Entrepreneurship introduces engineering students to the concepts and practices of technological entrepreneurial thinking and entrepreneurship. Using lectures, case studies, business plans and student presentations, the course teaches life skills in entrepreneurial thought and action that students can utilize when starting technology companies or executing research and development projects in large companies.

Engineering Leadership

Engineering Leadership is designed to introduce engineering graduate students to the concepts, theory and practice of engineering leadership; effective written and oral communications and presentations; engineering leadership characteristics, individual differences and self-awareness; developing and building teams; managing change, conflicts, and crises; and understanding real-world ethics and core values.

Ethics, Data & Technology

This course offers an introduction to ethical issues in data science and data driven technology. Theoretical discussions of ethics are paired with concrete issues emerging from the use of data driven technologies to make real-world decisions. Discussion topics include racial bias in machine learning, the black box problem for machine learning, mass surveillance and privacy, technological unemployment, and moral responsibility for autonomous weapons systems.

Ethics in Innovation

This course provides a ground in ethical theory and practice in careful reasoning about moral issues with a focus on changes and their consequences. That focus includes two distinct components. The first is an examination of selected topics involving change so as to assess the responsibilities and rights of both those who might initiate such changes and those who are subject to their consequences. The second is an examination of those social and environmental conditions that make a difference as to how people make moral decisions with an eye towards thinking about how to facilitate better decisions and subsequent behavior.

Fostering Innovation Through Leadership

This course provides a foundation in ethical theory, careful reasoning, and decision-making, with a focus on changes and their consequences. Students will assess the responsibilities and rights of both those who might initiate change and those who are subject to its consequences. Students will examine how social and environmental conditions influence moral decision-making, and will learn how to facilitate and improve those decisions and subsequent behavior.

Innovation Academy Senior Project

The IA senior project course is designed for IA undergraduate students in the final year of their program. Senior Projects are designed to build on skills acquired in the earlier IA minor courses and emphasize situations and challenges that exist in the “real world.” Specific learning goals and course objectives vary across disciplines but each senior project course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate a range of professional competencies and communication skills. By incorporating computer simulations, case studies, research projects, etc. students are better able to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, a learning goal frequently adopted following curriculum review.

Innovation in Action

Focuses on the development of creative problem-solving strategies through completion of an innovative project. Students will build upon their work from Creativity-in-Context by developing, testing, and refining a prototype. Student groups present their projects at an event called Catalyst for peers, faculty & staff, and business leaders.

Prerequisite: C or higher in IDS1940 – Creativity & Design Thinking for Innovation

Principles of Entrepreneurship

Practical, hands-on understanding of the stages of entrepreneurial process. Focus on the decision-making process within a start-up company.

The Venture Accelerator

This course is a team-based, experiential program focused on the start-up process. It will include lectures, readings, discussions, workshops, and a team-based project. Each team must deliver weekly lessons learned presentations, complete business canvas updates, and prepare a final presentation. Individuals must attend class and complete online quizzes.