Engineering 489C-68:  Innovative Product Design
Summer Quarter 2002 / 9:30-12:15 and 2-5 MTWRF / NH 122

This pilot multidisciplinary course is aimed to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in information technologies (IT).  Intrigued by the worlds most renowned product design firm, IDEO, the course will adopt a team approach in problem understanding and solving. The IDEO design and prototype development philosophy is presented in the course text. This is an intensive 3 credit hour course spanning a 3 week period. From day one, students will be given a real-world IT related problem to solve. Students will be organized into a hot team which consists of individual students from diverse disciplines. The hot team concept is to synergize ideas and the different perspectives from which the students may see problems and solutions. An interdisciplinary team of professors will act as mentors, facilitators and subject-matter experts from whom students can seek advice. The course focuses on a team-oriented problem-solving paradigm from which students have to conduct their activities throughout their innovative product design and prototype development. They will learn how to effectively use the following team concepts/strategies to solve the problem:

            Effective teamwork                                             Research and understanding
            Brainstorming                                                     Time, resource and project management
            Conflict-resolution                                              Prototyping
            Refinement

This course is a hands-on experience. At the end of the class, students are expected to present their design solution and prototype. Successful projects may continue and seek additional support for product development and commercialization.
 


INSTRUCTORS:  
 
     Dr. Box Leangsuksun         (318) 257-3291          box@coes.latech.edu                  NH 237         http://www.latech.edu/~box
      
Dr. Melvin Corley              (318) 257-2859          mcorley@coes.latech.edu            BH 249         http://www.latech.edu/~mcorley
     Dr. David Hall                    (318) 257-4127         dehall@coes.latech.edu                BH 255         http://www.latech.edu/~dehall
 


COURSE MATERIALS: 

  1. The Art of Innovation: lessons in creativity from IDEO, America’s leading design firm, Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman,  Doubleday, ISBN 0-385-49984-1
  2. The Deep Dive (ABC Nightline): the DVD, narrated by Ted Koppel, Jack Smith, 1999
  3. Real-life observations
     


GRADING:

        Daily Presentations                	10%
	Written Assignments/Early Prototypes 	10%
        Peer Evaluations	           	30%
        Faculty Evaluation 			10%
        Final Report                           7.5%
        Final Presentation                     7.5%
        Final Prototype                         25%
        

GRADING SCALE:

        A       90 - 100%       (highest degree of excellence)
        B       80 - 89%        (superior)
        C       70 - 79%        (average)
        D       60 - 69%        (minimum quality of work to receive course credit)
        F       < 60%           (failure)
Note: The lower limit in each grade range may be lowered slightly such that the division between letter grades occur at any large gaps in the grade spectrum. This adjustment will be determined only after the final averages are computed and may or may not alter the grade scale.



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