Each BI degree is comprised of the major courses, the Innovation Core, a Cross Disciplinary Core, and some general education course.
The Innovation Core is 24 Credits that are geared toward innovation and entrepreneurship; a key component is multi-disciplinary long-term team activities over the sophomore, junior and senior years. Teams are expected to include students from all years, and may include graduate students. These teams have dynamic membership and team member roles will change on a regular basis. An innovation core includes courses on innovation, entrepreneurship, business and IP law, and policy. Students develop an “innovation portfolio” throughout the program that documents and highlights their roles and contributions in these various courses. This unique common core and experiential learning component are part of what makes the Bachelor of Innovation™ family so unique.
|Course ID and Name||Description|
|ENTP 1000 Introduction to Entrepreneurship||Designed to provide an introduction to the process of turning an idea into a successful startup business. Covers basic aspects of a successful business and introduces the student to the processes for creating a potentially successful business plan. Students will also learn to assess opportunities for venture/value creation, to address/identify risk in the startup process and develop presentation skills to convince others of the potential success to implement the business entity.|
|INOV 1010 The Innovation Process||Overviews the key components in the innovation process and examples of major innovations throughout history. Examines the interdisciplinary nature of innovation. Includes group exercises focused on improving team dynamics, brainstorming, conceptual-block busting and other creativity and problem solving activities.|
|BLAW 2010 Business and Intellectual Property Law||Examines the legal significance of ideas, innovations, and start-up organizations. A focus on the issues of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, and brand protection. Coverage of essential contracts and agents.|
|INOV 2100 Technical Writing, Proposals and Presentations||Technical writing course. Replaces ENGL 2090 for Bachelor of Innovation majors. Addresses five major types of technical writing: project reports, funding proposals, magazine and trade articles, technical reports, and journal articles. Includes peer review and critical assessments of others’ writings.|
|INOV 2010 Innovation Team: Analyze and Report||Sophomore level course emphasizing team projects, research, analyzing data, and reporting. Teams are expected to meet outside of class hours, possibly with sponsor companies. Meets concurrently with INOV 3010 and INOV 4010.|
|INOV 3010 Innovation Team: Research and Execute||Junior level continuation of the teams course sequence with advanced participation in team projects including research, design, and execution. Teams are expected to meet outside of class hours, possibly with sponsor companies. Meets concurrently with INOV 2010 and INOV 4010.|
|INOV 4010 Innovation Team: Design and Lead||Senior level continuation of the teams course sequence with emphasis on design and leading team projects. Teams are expected to meet outside of class hours, possibly with sponsor companies. Meets concurrently with INOV 2010 and INOV 3010.|
|ENTP 4500 Entrepreneurship and Strategy||Capstone course for the Bachelor of Innovation. Basic knowledge of finance and accounting, marketing, operations, and management is assumed. Topics include understanding the entrepreneurial process, assessing opportunities, selecting a start-up team, financing entrepreneurial ventures, writing and presenting business plans, and new venture and competitive strategy. Utilizes lectures and case studies as well as coaching teams in the creation of a business plan and public presentation for an innovative new business or nonprofit organization.|
To demonstrate just one of the unique way in which there courses are presented, here are two videos created in INOV 2100. Most Technical Writing courses involve presentations, but they rarely involve Karaoke. Why Karaoke you ask? Because it allows the first presentation to focus on presentation skills, rather than content. We get to content later in the class. That same class has students working with partner companies on real proposals — we’ve helped our partner companies win more than $4million in funding.