Strategies for Innovation - University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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Strategies for Innovation Syllabus for TINV 4301/5301 cross-listed MUAP 4320/5320; IFSC 4302/5302

Instructors: Dr. Daniel Berleant, Dept. of Information Science Dr. Linda Holzer, Dept. of Music Course consultants: Dr. Gary Anderson, Dept. of Systems Engineering, retired Dr. Steve Edison, Dept. of Marketing, retired Class Meeting Time: Thurs 6 PM – 8:40 PM Classroom: EIT 218 Instructor contact information: Office Hours: by appointment Email: [email protected] Office: EIT rm. 562 Office Phone: 569-3488 Office: FA rm. 101-D Email: [email protected] Office Phone: 569-8436 Course Description: Prerequisite: Junior standing in your major. This is an upper-level course. Creativity is for everyone, not just those who work in the arts! Creativity, for the purposes of this course, is a way of seeing things fresh, and learning a skill set for creative thinking, planning, problem-solving, innovation, and collaboration. This course is intended to reach across disciplines. This interdisciplinary course draws on resources from the arts, business, science, and entrepreneurship, and will include readings, lecture, discussion, writing, and small group activities. Students will examine definitions of creativity, study examples of creative innovation in multiple fields, and consider the impact creativity has on life, learning, and work. Albert Einstein once remarked, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” How do creative thinkers and inventors at Disney Imagineering and Google do it? How did artists like Leonardo da Vinci and entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs do it? How do you increase your powers of creativity and innovation? Start with awareness that creativity is a skill set. This course explores tools for helping students develop and enhance creativity, and the ability to innovate. Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to: 1. Describe the value of creative processes and innovation to multiple disciplines; 2. Define a range of respected creative thinking and problem-solving techniques, and identify the contexts in which these are most likely to be successful; 3. Apply creative analysis, planning, and problem-solving techniques; 4. Collaborate with others in creative thinking exercises; 5. Choose and adapt creative analysis, planning, and problem-solving techniques to complete assignments and projects.

Required Materials: Blackboard. Course materials will be posted on Blackboard. Please check Blackboard at least twice weekly in the days before each Thursday’s class meeting. Excerpts (selected PDFs on Blackboard) from Organizing Creativity by Daniel Wessel from The Imagineering Way by Disney Imagineers from Critical Thinking Skills Success by Lauren Starkey from Brainstorming Toolkit by from Creative Thinkering by Michael Michalko, New World Library. Additional Resources. Selected TED talks, and other lecture videos. Your UALR Email Account. Check your UALR email regularly. This is the way the university communicates with students and faculty. Academic Integrity. It is expected that students will conduct themselves honestly in their work for the course. In general, be aware that academic dishonesty includes plagiarism, cheating, unauthorized collusion and/or duplicity, and all of these are punishable offenses, described on the web site for the Dean of Students. The work you turn in is expected to be your own original work done for this course. Any student found to submit work, without seeking and receiving permission, that was performed by someone else or was submitted as work for another course will receive an F on the work and may be reported to Dean of Students. Grading: Grading criteria will emphasize effort, involvement, and engagement. It is not necessary to already “be creative!” We will teach that. TINV 4301/ IFSC 4302/MUAP 4320: Homework, quizzes: 65% of semester grade Final report on individual project: 10% Presentation of individual project: 10% Presentation of team project: 5% Final Exam: 10% TINV 5301/IFSC