ID - Innovative Design

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.) Courses numbered 800 to 999 = graduate.

ID 500.  Design Thinking Process   (1).

Today organizations of all sizes are looking to be more innovative, deliver unique, high-quality user experiences and even disrupt their industry. This course looks at techniques and approaches to innovation design past and present, but focuses on the process of design thinking. Design thinking takes a human-centered approach to problem solving and can be applied to nearly any situation including new ways of looking at products and services, consumer markets, user wants and needs, team functions and building, company alignment, strategy, and more. Course purpose is to help students learn, understand and appreciate the process of design thinking. Focuses on techniques for developing empathy and understanding, effectively defining a problem, exploring ideas, rapid prototyping and testing. Students observe and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to discover user insights, improve user experiences, innovate new products and services, create team alignment, and overall problem solving. Intended for students with diverse interests and nontechnical backgrounds.

ID 500H.  Design Thinking Process   (1).

Today organizations of all sizes are looking to be more innovative, deliver unique, high-quality user experiences and even disrupt their industry. This course looks at techniques and approaches to innovation design past and present, but focuses on the process of design thinking. Design thinking takes a human-centered approach to problem solving and can be applied to nearly any situation including new ways of looking at products and services, consumer markets, user wants and needs, team functions and building, company alignment, strategy, and more. Course purpose is to help students learn, understand and appreciate the process of design thinking. Focuses on techniques for developing empathy and understanding, effectively defining a problem, exploring ideas, rapid prototyping and testing. Students observe and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to discover user insights, improve user experiences, innovate new products and services, create team alignment, and overall problem solving. Intended for students with diverse interests and nontechnical backgrounds.

ID 501.  Design Thinking Facilitation   (1).

Looks at various techniques and approaches to facilitating teams in the design thinking process, understanding stakeholders, dealing with a variety of personality types, and handling group dynamics and conflicts. Intended for students with diverse interests and nontechnical backgrounds. Prerequisite: ID 500.

ID 501H.  Design Thinking Facilitation   (1).

Looks at various techniques and approaches to facilitating teams in the design thinking process, understanding stakeholders, dealing with a variety of personality types, and handling group dynamics and conflicts. Intended for students with diverse interests and nontechnical backgrounds. Prerequisite: ID 500.

ID 502.  Design Thinking Implementation: Design Challenges Level I   (2).

Using design thinking processes, students are assigned to teams to tackle one or more design challenges provided by a Fortune 100 company to innovate new ideas and solutions. (Design challenges vary by semester.) These challenges are more involved than those in ID 501. Each team works through the challenge, develops ideas, prototypes, evaluates and redesigns as needed to reach a final solution which is presented by the team. Intended for students with diverse interests and nontechnical backgrounds. Prerequisite: ID 501.

ID 503.  Introduction to Branding   (1).

Looks at companies that have developed successful brands and what can be learned from them. Topics include: what branding really is, how branding can impact sales short-term and long term, who really owns the brand, and how companies manage their brands. Intended for students with diverse interests and nontechnical backgrounds. Prerequisite: ID 500 or 500H.

ID 504.  Building a Brand Strategy   (1).

Looks at how to position companies for long-term success by developing a well thought out brand strategy. Using the tools learned in ID 503, students work on developing a strategy for a new startup company. Students collaborate in teams, but ultimately turn in an individual company brand strategy. Intended for students with diverse interests and nontechnical backgrounds. Prerequisite: ID 503.

ID 505.  Design Thinking Implementation: Design Challenges Level II   (2).

Using design thinking processes, students are assigned to teams to tackle one or more design challenges provided by a Fortune 100 company to innovate new ideas and solutions. (Design challenges vary by semester.) These challenges are more involved than those in ID 502. Each team works through the challenge, develops ideas, prototypes, evaluates and redesigns as needed to reach a final solution which is presented by the team. Intended for students with diverse interests and nontechnical backgrounds. Prerequisite: ID 502.

ID 506.  Leadership Development for Innovation   (3).

Examines what makes or breaks a great leader, not just in companies, but in life. Studies the six “C’s” of leadership: character, charisma, commitment, competence, communication and courage, and how each one can enhance or take away from leadership ability. Intended for students with diverse interests and nontechnical backgrounds.

ID 752.  Product, Service, and Process Prototyping   (3).

Provides an overview of prototyping concepts with the specific intent of help innovation design degree students identify various methods of successfully demonstrating the potential of their ideas. Intended for students with diverse interests and nontechnical backgrounds.

ID 840.  Innovation in Practice   (1-6).

Independent study course for students undertaking the Master of Innovation Design or other related programs. Built around experiential enrichment related to the broad topic of innovation. Topics such as intellectual property, branding, pitching, wire-framing, prototyping and funding are discussed in a group setting and may include guest speakers and/or visits to local companies. Repeatable for credit, but only 3 credit hours may count toward plan of study. Graded S/U.

ID 841.  Project   (1-6).

Independent study course for students undertaking the project development/creativity option for completion of the Master of Innovation Design. A project is a substantive piece of creative work involving primary and/or secondary development, which serves to demonstrate mastery over the discourse, methods and content of at least one academic, creative or professional field. Requires students to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired over the course of the graduate career. Project must be designed and completed under the supervision of a graduate faculty supervisor and at the supervisor's discretion, may be reviewed by additional faculty advisors. Repeatable for credit. Limit of 3 credit hours can be applied to plan of study. Graded S/U.

ID 842.  Thesis   (1-6).

Independent study course for innovation design degree students undertaking the research and writing of a master's thesis. A thesis is a substantive piece of scholarship or creative work involving primary and/or secondary research, which serves to demonstrate mastery over the discourse, methods and content of at least one academic, creative or professional field. Requires students to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired over the course of the graduate career. Thesis projects must be designed and completed under the supervision of a graduate faculty thesis supervisor and, at the supervisor's discretion, may be reviewed by additional faculty advisors. Repeatable for credit. Limit of 6 credit hours can be applied to the plan of study. Graded S/U.