Title: Innovation Readiness: Cultivating an Innovation Mindset
Credits: 5 (4 lecture; 1 quiz section)
Coordinator: Payman Arabshahi, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Goals: To teach innovation processes and models, the human side of technological innovation, trending technologies, engineering grand challenges, dealing with risk and ambiguity, and lessons from case studies of engineering high-tech companies.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to:
Textbook: L. Keeley, H. Walters, R. Pikkel, and B. Quinn, Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs, Wiley, 2013. ISBN #: 978-1118504246.
Prerequisites:Sophomore or junior standing.
Course Structure: The class meets for two lectures a week, each consisting of one hour and 50-minutes. Homework is assigned biweekly for a total of 5 assignments over the quarter. Quiz section work constitutes a significant focus of the class and is organized into smaller groups, which meet weekly for fifty minutes. Quiz section assignments are given weekly for a total of 9 assignments over the quarter.
Grading: Midterm Project (30%), Final Project (30%), Quiz Section Assignments (20%), Homework (20%).
ABET Student Outcome Coverage: This course addresses the following outcomes:
H = high relevance, M = medium relevance, L = low relevance to course.
(2) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors (M) The midterm and final projects, as well the quiz section and homework problems are phrased in terms of societal impact and welfare, and design innovation within realistic constraints such as cost, usability, market acceptance, user experience, and manufacturability.
(3) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences (H) Midterm and final projects are oral presentations in class, emphasizing clear descriptions of the problem, project goals, and methodologies used, together with user/customer discovery, testing, and validation.
(5) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives (H) The midterm and final projects are addressed by teams of 2-3 students who must organize themselves, perform task allocations, and develop a work breakdown structure. Quiz section exercises may be team efforts as well.
(7) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies (M) Part the course focuses on performing assessments and due diligence on new technologies which involves researching them, as well as coming up with innovative ideas as solutions to technological or societal problems. Students are responsible for learning this on their own.
Prepared By: Payman Arabshahi
Last Revised: 03/10/2019