Course Descriptions

INV 101: Exploring Innovation

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed for students who are interested in finding out more about innovation, especially as it relates to startup businesses. The course will introduce ways of stimulating creativity, emphasize working in diverse teams and problem-solving to increase speed and decrease risk when it comes to innovation and new business opportunities. Students will 1) learn what is innovation and how to use a simple metric to identify innovation, 2) see/hear about applications of innovation in a variety of fields, 3) learn how to make smart decisions for investing in innovation.
INV 101 is used as a portal to the Innovation Engineering curriculum and can be used to start Undergraduate Certificate or Minor in Innovation Engineering. This course is typically used as an elective in other programs.

INV 121: Fundamentals of Innovation Engineering

Credits: 3

GenEd: Social Contexts & Institutions, Artistic & Creative Expression

Prerequisites: none

Regardless of one’s field of study, students need to be able to identify problems and generate solutions, communicate these solutions effectively, and test and implement them successfully. Innovation Engineering is a tool set and a system, that incorporates these skills and teaches students how to rapidly innovate and solve everyday problems. This course is designed to provide a complete overview of the Innovation Engineering system. INV 121 introduces students to core skills from the three core Innovation Engineering courses (INV 180 – Create, INV 280 – Communicate, and INV 392 – Commercialize).

INV 180 CREATE: Innovation Engineering I

Credits: 3

GenEd: Social Contexts & Institutions

Prerequisites: INV 121

The first course in Innovation Engineering will provide a systematic approach to creativity, the foundation for students to understand how to generate innovative ideas in any field. The course gives students the theories behind and practice using tools to generate meaningfully unique ideas. These tools engage creative stimulus, diversity, and mining for technology and economic, social and cultural trends. The course will examine case histories that demonstrate how social and cultural contexts and human institutions have been influenced by innovative individuals who have realized original ideas in practice.

INV 282 COMMUNICATE: Innovation Engineering II

Credits: 3

GenEd: Demonstrated Writing Competency

Prerequisite: INV 180

Combines elements of several disciplines: the clarity of professional writing, the precision of technical writing, and the expressiveness of creative writing. Attention to narrative power of visual imagery as well as text; emphasis on authentic writing, writing as a method of prototyping, and technology translation. Students learn to communicate the benefit, the uniqueness, and the credibility of a concept. Students work with innovators to explore and translate the benefits of technical and specialized ideas to a target audience.

INV 392 COMMERCIALIZE: Innovation Engineering III

Credits: 3

Gen Ed: Quantitative Literacy

Prerequisites: INV 180 and INV 282

So you have an exciting idea: how do you quantify its risks and benefits? How can you reduce the unknown quantities in your process of creating and realizing? Students learn to apply principles of the scientific method and design experiments for evaluating ideas and making them real. Students perform rapid test cycles using Fermi estimating, forecasting and statistical analysis to determine the feasibility, sustainability or profitability of ideas.

INV 401 SYSTEMS: Innovation Engineering IV

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: INV 180, INV 282, and INV 392

In this course, students will learn how to apply the tools and strategies learned in earlier courses into a system approach to innovation. Through this process, students will learn to lead systems for building alignment, collaboration and capacity to generate and implement new ideas in a wide range of organizations. The course will also cover the fundamentals of systems thinking, tools for measuring the performance of a system, and practice developing innovation strategies.

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