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Technology & Innovation

Courses in this strand focus on the impact of technology on human cultures and our lives. Courses in the technology and innovation strand are numbered 301.

Technology and Innovation Strand Course Descriptions Spring 2021: 

ELES 301-01 “Challenges for the 21st Century,” Dr. Ragan, MWF 1000-1050 (CRN 14459)
In this course, students will learn the process to design innovation to create a better future by exploring one of the fourteen Grand Challenges for the 21st Century. These challenges include providing access to clean drinking water, engineering better medicines, and enhancing virtual reality, just to name a few. By looking at case studies and examples, we will learn from the past and employ best practices for the future. Students will explore the consequences and value of specific innovation. We will begin with a preliminary design of a product or process within one of the 14 Grand Challenges. Students will learn to work within constraints to design for society. Students must consider societal implications and resource barriers. By analyzing the challenge and identifying the constraints and requirements, the student's product or process will be the groundwork for a capstone project team for further development.

ELES 301-02 “CAD for 3D Printing,” Dr. Skenes, TR 1100-1215 (CRN 14985)
In this course, students will be introduced to the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software SolidWorks and will learn how to employ this software to create high-quality parts to be produced via additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. Students will learn how to create virtual 3D parts and build assemblies of multiple parts. The advantages and disadvantages of different methods of 3D printing will be discussed, and practical concerns related to consistently successful 3D printing projects will be explored. Students who complete the course will have a greater understanding of how they can use 3D printing to independently create products for an entrepreneurial venture as well as the sustainable benefits 3D printing offers as a manufacturing method.

ENGS 301-01 “Literature of Social Design,” Dr. Lucas, MWF 1100-1150 (CRN 14665)

HISS 301-01, 02, & 03 “The Golden Age of Islam,” Dr. Wright, MWF 1100-1150 (Section 1 – CRN 14885) MWF 0900-0950 (Section 2 – CRN 14723) MWF 1300-1350 (Section 3 – CRN 14886)

NTSS 301-01 “Nanotechnology,” Dr. Le-Vasicek, MWF 0900-0950 (CRN 14685)
Nanomaterials, or materials with a dimension between 10-9 to 10-7 m, are an emerging technology that see commercial application in the fields of engineering, biology, physics, and chemistry. Nanomedicine is the application of nanomaterials for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. This course is designed specifically for students without a strong background in chemistry, and will begin by introducing an elemental knowledge of chemistry. Then, the unique properties of nanomaterials are explored. Current and emerging applications in diagnosis, treatment, and drug delivery are discussed in the final segment of the course.

Technology and Innovation Strand Course Descriptions Fall 2021: 

ELES 301-02 & 03, “Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship,” Dr Gray

ELES 301-02 TR 0800-0915 (CRN 15378), ELES 301-03 TR 0930-1045 (CRN 15379)

Description coming soon!

ENGS 301-01 & 02, “The Future Now,” Dr Livingston

ENGS 301-01 MWF 0900-0950 (CRN 14879), ENGS 301-02 MWF 1000-1050 (CRN 14880)

Description coming soon!

HISS 301-01 & 02, “The Gun & the Press,” Dr Boughan

HISS 301-01 MWF 0900-0950 (CRN 14957), HISS 301-02 MWF 1000-1050 (CRN 14975)

Description coming soon!

NTSS 301-01 MWF 1000-1050
(CRN 15011)

Additional course information coming soon!

SCSS 301-02 & 03, “Democracy & Technology,” Dr Collins

SCSS 301-02 MWF 1300-1350 (CRN 15472), SCSS 301-03 MWF 1400-1450 (CRN 15473)

Description coming soon!

 

    

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