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95-859 Innovation & Technology

  • 6 units

This course explores the fundamentals of creative thinking and the development and application of innovative solutions to problems, as well as how innovative ideas create opportunities in a competitive marketplace.

The course focuses on:

  • self-assessments of how each of us view innovation, and what our role in the innovation process is;
  • the innovation "skill set" that everyone needs;
  • how we think and make decisions, and how we can be more creative at both;
  • innovation leadership, applied to the self, others, and the team;
  • culture and innovation, and how to realize and use different backgrounds and approaches;
  • communicating innovation: getting others "on board;"
  • the metrics of innovation: because just because it's innovative doesn't mean that it's good.

Course Outcomes:

  • Students will understand the difference between innovation and mere improvement;
  • Students will understand how to think creatively, with tools and techniques that they will be able to apply throughout their careers;
  • Students will be introduced to how the innovation process is viewed differently from culture to culture;
  • Students will learn to apply "everyday innovation" as a way of looking at things ontologically.