Innovation Academy - University of Florida

Course Descriptions

Creativity in Context

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.


Creativity 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.


Principles of Entrepreneurship

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


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.


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.


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.


Making Ethical Decisions

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.


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.


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.