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Undergraduate Certificate in Product Innovation Course Descriptions

INNO 200: Intro to Innovation & Venture Creation

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. A seminar series focused on the discussion of pertinent topics related to product innovation and “technopreneurship.” Students will be exposed to numerous topics through guest speakers supplemented by readings and class discussion. Topics include conceptualization, patents, capitalization, venture formation, commercialization, market assessment, project management and product life cycle management. Offered every semester on Monday evenings from 5:00-6:00pm. 

INNO 221: Intro to Arts & Design Principles

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Restricted to non-arts students enrolled in the da Vinci Center Certificate in Product Innovation program. Introduces arts and design principles to students from non-arts disciplines.

INNO 223: Intro to Business Principles

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Open only to non-business majors in the da Vinci Center Certificate in Product Innovation program. Introduces business fundamentals to students from non-business disciplines. Particular focus will be concepts and issues in contemporary business.

INNO 225: Intro to Engineering & Technology Principles

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Open only to non-engineering majors in the da Vinci Center Certificate in Product Innovation program. Introduces engineering and technology fundamentals to students from non-engineering disciplines. Particular focus is the engineering problem-solving process as applied to open-ended problems. Students will be introduced to the different types of engineering, examine engineering and technology issues and apply the engineering problem-solving process. 

INNO 460: Product Innovation Project

Semester course; 3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Students from the School of the Arts, School of Engineering, School of Business and College of Humanities and Sciences work together on a semester-long product innovation project with a corporate sponsor under faculty supervision. Topics and activities may include project management, team building, concept generation and testing, market analysis, visualization, and prototyping.  Offered every semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45pm.