Enge 2984in vents syllabus fall 2012

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Enge 2984in vents syllabus fall 2012

  1. 1. Innovation and the Technology Leader’s Mindset ENGE 2984, Fall 2012 Thursday, 11AM-11:50AM Design Lab, Lee HallInstructorCory HixsonEngineering Education Graduate Studenthixson@vt.eduMcBryde 619Office hours: by appointmentCatalogue DescriptionThis course encourages and challenges students to explore and develop the concepts and skills needed tobecome future innovators and technology leaders. Key components covered include: the characteristics ofsuccessful technology leaders and entrepreneurs; divergent thinking; dealing with uncertainty, confusion,and risk; validating assumptions; teamwork; and communication. Students will utilize group interaction withpeers and other VT/Blacksburg community members to enhance leadership skills, solve problems, analyzeopportunities, and develop innovative ideas. (1H, 1C)Prerequisites: NoneLearning ObjectivesHaving successfully completed this course, the student will be able to: • Recognize characteristics of successful technology leaders and entrepreneurs • Identify and evaluate sustainable opportunities that create value • Identify assumptions associated with an opportunity and develop tests to validate those assumptions • Describe the process that enables entrepreneurs with limited resources to transform a simple idea into a sustainable success • Apply fundamental aspects of entrepreneurial thinking across disciplines and as a means of personal empowerment • Apply science and engineering to societal issues • Apply techniques learned in the course to confusing and uncertain scenariosEvaluation of LearningEvaluation for the course consists of two components: • Active, engaged participation in course meetings and all associated activities: 60% • Completion of out-of-class assignments: 40%Course evaluation is on a pass/fail basis; according to university policy for undergraduate courses, a D orabove is equivalent to a Pass.ParticipationThis course is designed as a space for you to actively engage with innovation and technology leadershipprinciples as well as interact with colleagues at Virginia Tech and within the local community about topicsrelevant to innovation and technology leadership. Effective participation includes not only attendance at allcourse meetings but also • actively participating in all course activities; and 1
  2. 2. • professional (see below), collegial discussion with colleagues and guest speakers about ideas, course materials, and presentations.Because the evaluation that occurs during the course is dependent on your presence and my ability toobserve your engagement, it’s critical that you attend the course. Should you need to miss class for personalreasons, I’ll work with you to develop a plan to make up missed material.Out-of-class AssignmentsOut-of-class assignments are designed to support your ability to both achieve and demonstrate the learningobjectives. At a minimum, the out-of-class assignments for Fall 2012 include: 1. Engaging with community members and business leaders at VT and within New River Valley to examine ideas and opportunities. 2. Reporting the experiences and findings of the above interactions. 3. Completing out of class readings and/or watching videos required for in-class discussion. 4. Communicating original ideas and potential opportunities to engage classmates and external advisors.I will develop additional assignments as appropriate throughout the semester to insure that everyone has thescaffolding needed to achieve the learning objectives.PoliciesAccommodations: If you have special circumstances that require accommodations or adaptations tosupport your success in this course, please obtain an accommodation letter from Services for Students withDisabilities (540.231.0858 or ssd@vt.edu) as soon as possible. Your notification will remain confidential.Plagiarism: The University Honor Code applies to all work for this course; all work you submit must beyour own. Plagiarism is defined as "the copying of the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and passing same off as ones own, original work, or attempts thereof." It is academically dishonest, and often illegal, to present someone elses ideas or writing as your own. You cannot use even short phrases or parts of sentences obtained from other sources unless you properly document those sources. This documentation includes quotations, when appropriate, as well as notes, citations, and a reference list. It is also academically dishonest to submit your own previously written work for a current assignment or to submit an assignment in more than one class without the previous knowledge and consent of all instructors involved. Suspected cases of plagiarism will be reported to the Virginia Tech Honor System Review Board.You will be held accountable for furnishing upon request all sources and preliminary work (notes, roughdrafts, etc.) that you use in preparing written assignments. If you cannot produce these materials uponrequest, you cannot receive a satisfactory evaluation on the assignment. 2
  3. 3. Tentative ScheduleAll meetings and deadlines on this calendar are tentative and may change as the semester progresses. Illannounce changes in class and via email as needed; you are responsible for keeping up with these changes. Date Topic August 27 Welcome and Syllabus September 3 Divergent Thinking September 10 IH Lesson 1 – The Power to Choose September 17 IH Lesson 2 – Recognizing Opportunities September 24 IH Lesson 3 – Ideas Into Action October 1 Validating Assumptions, Validated Learning, & Lean Startup October 8 IH Lesson 4 – Pursuit of Knowledge October 15 IH Lesson 5 – Creating Wealth October 22 Value from the “Valueless” October 29 IH Lesson 6 – Building Your Brand November 5 IH Lesson 7 – Creating Community November 12 IH Lesson 8 – The Power of Persistence November 19 Thanksgiving NO CLASS November 26 Uncertainty, Confusion, and Risk December 3 Pitches and Lessons Learned December 10 Finals NO CLASSProfessional Behaviors – Some examples(Selected from Ruff, S. and M. Carter. (2009) Communication Learning Outcomes from Software Engineering Professionals: ABasis for Teaching Communication in the Engineering Curriculum. ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Oct. 18-21.San Antonio, TX. Session W1E). Solicit help, advice, or information. Listen actively; ask clarifying questions. Be nice to others, through words and tone. Read with comprehension and evaluate information to determine what is credible and relevant. Give opinions with a balance of confidence & humility. Manage non-verbal communication to avoid sending inappropriate messages. Adjust communication based on (non-verbal) reactions from the audience; solicit feedback about the effectiveness of communication. Deal constructively with conflict: debate/discuss/negotiate/collaborate productively and respectfully. Hear criticism as a constructive contribution to the outcome of a project [or discussion] (without getting defensive). Give criticism constructively and respectfully. Avoid complaining, by proposing a solution, fixing the problem, or remaining silent. Communicate charismatically; be passionate/animated in order to influence people. Communicate through transparency (make information openly available). Develop the flexibility to communicate in different roles within an organizations [i.e. the university]. 3
  4. 4. Inform managers and team members of potential problems before the problems become serious.Principles of CommunityThe Virginia Tech Principles of Community will guide all our interactions together this semester; above all, this class should represent an environment in which everyone is treated with respect and encouraged to learn and grow. To that end, the following principles define the basis of our work together:• We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.• We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.• We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and the University. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.• We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.• We pledge our collective commitment to these principles in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). 4

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