Engineering 489C-68: Innovative
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:
Research and understanding
Time, resource and project management
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
Dr. Box Leangsuksun (318) 257-3291 firstname.lastname@example.org
NH 237 http://www.latech.edu/~box
Melvin Corley (318) 257-2859 email@example.com BH 249
Dr. David Hall (318) 257-4127 firstname.lastname@example.org BH 255
- 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
- The Deep Dive
(ABC Nightline): the DVD, narrated by Ted Koppel, Jack Smith, 1999
- Real-life observations
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%
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
Each student will give a short presentation every day covering
one or two topics from the textbook.
The entire textbook will be covered during the first two weeks
of the course, and no presentations will be given during the third week.
Presentations will be graded using
Use the template (the same background and font) given in
this PowerPoint presentation.
An outline of the book is given
COURSE RESOURCES AND PURCHASES:
A list of resources available for the course are given
Additional resources can be purchased locally, but remember that
you must keep your receipt.
Purchases less than $50 are classified as petty cash (you can be
reimbursed in cash within a couple of days).
Purchases between $50 and $500 should be approved by one of the
faculty members. Reimbursement will be by check and will take a week or
Purchases over $500 must go out for bids. Given the short
duration of this course and the time required for the bidding process, the
prototype that you develop should probably not have any components that cost
more than $500.
If you have questions about purchases, please see Martha Stevens
in BH 208 ( 257-2938) or Sherry Jones in BH 212 (257-3364).
Take your receipts to Martha Stevens to apply for reimbursement.
The course will involve three stages of prototype development.
FIRST STAGE: Each student in the class will develop a prototype
individually which will be submitted on Monday, July 15.
SECOND STAGE: The entire class will develop a second prototype
which will be submitted on Friday, July 19.
THIRD STAGE: The entire class will develop a final prototype
which will be submitted on Friday, July 26.
A technician will be available to assist in the development of
the second and third prototypes.
Students are not encouraged to use power tools, as the
technician will be available to assist in fabrication. The student assumes all
responsibility associated with any injury that might occur as a result of
building the prototypes required for this course.
The technician, Kaylin Richardson, can be contacted at 513-2662
Peer evaluations will be performed on the final day of the class.
These evaluations will be confidential and will be used in computing an
individuals participation score (30% of course credit).
Click here for the evaluation
Each student will complete a course evaluation on the last day
of the course.
The course evaluation can be found at
FINAL REPORT AND PRESENTATION:
Details about the final report and presentation are given
Regular and punctual class attendance is expected, as outlined
in the University catalog.
A description of the problem as given in class is given