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Courses - Spring 2022
IDEA
Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
IDEA247
Introduction to Peer Innovation Coaching
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: IDEA247 or IDEA250.
Formerly: IDEA250.
Additional information: Learn more about this course at https://go.umd.edu/PICapp.
Learn design thinking tools and mindsets to create change in meaningful ways, develop an ability to coach others, and cultivate your curiosity in this dynamic, hands-on course. You'll encounter new approaches to learning from others, synthesizing qualitative data, visualizing your ideas, and navigating ambiguity (among others!) while working on a semester-long project using the design thinking process. This course will ultimately prepare you to be an Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Peer Innovation Coach (PIC). PICs guide learners on campus across majors, departments, and groups, and off campus across industries and organizations to experiment with innovation mindsets, tools, and processes, like design thinking. PICs come from all programs and majors on campus, and learn how to use coaching as an effective change-making and leadership tool in their skill set. No prior experience or knowledge of design thinking or coaching is needed.
IDEA258A
Special Topics in Innovation; Becoming a Design Thinker: Mindsets and Tools for Innovation
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This introductory course allows students to try on the behaviors of a creative problem-solver, leveraging the methods and tools of design thinking, a human-centered innovation process. This is a highly experiential, often experimental course. All majors are encouraged to enroll.
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IDEA258C
Special Topics in Innovation; Designing Ethical Campaigns
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Have you ever wondered how to strategically contribute to a cause you care about and how to convince others to care as well? Throughout the semester students will be able to apply their knowledge to designing a campaign that can make tangible differences, but stay true to their core values. We will explore various scenarios and hold discussions on ethics to help you better understand the different components of running an ethical campaign. Our assignments and activities will allow for students to have hands-on engagement with different target audiences at UMD to create and test their own ethical campaigns.

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A student-led course through Student-Initiated Courses (STICs) @ UMD: http://stics.umd.edu/ Click here to learn more about STICs.
IDEA258D
Special Topics in Innovation; Explorations in Design
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students are given the opportunity to apply their unique backgrounds to the realm of design. They will engage in hands-on learning with real world applications to incorporate design thinking into everyday life. By exploring each stage of the design process (from ideating to prototyping), students will develop a final project to pitch at the end of the semester.

A student-led course through Student-Initiated Courses (STICs) @ UMD: http://stics.umd.edu/ Click here to learn more about STICs.
IDEA258U
Special Topics in Innovation; Introduction to UI/UX Design
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
What does "User Experience" mean? It was a term coined by cognitive psychologist and designer Don Norman in the 1990s on the cusp of the new digital era; however, the field in practice has existed long before that. Unfortunately, due to its over use and misuse, the pure concept of UX has become lost in the weeds and details of all of its components and methods. In this course, we will take a deep look at the true meaning of UX as simply "a user's experience" and what that means for you as both a designer and a user. You will learn about core UX principles and methodologies from both an academic and practical standpoint and be challenged to apply what you learn in classroom workshops and assignments. Finally, you will be asked to think both inside and outside the bounds of technology to find innovative solutions to real world design problems.

For more details about the course, visit here.

A student-led course through Student-Initiated Courses (STICs) @ UMD: http://stics.umd.edu/ Click here to learn more about STICs.
IDEA379A
Advanced Topics in Innovation; Design your Purpose
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
What do you want to do once you graduate? That is the question we tackle in this course. Throughout the semester, you'll use design thinking and lean startup skills and mindsets to explore your personal and professional development goals and explore potential career paths. Using empathy, brainstorming, and prototyping tools, you'll design potential futures for yourself and test them to see if they are a good fit for you.
IDEA430
Creating your Own Venture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Learn to apply design thinking, jobs to be done theory, organizational behavior and lean methodology to create your own startup. Students will be in placed in teams, given an experienced mentor and will compete to win seed funding at the end of the course in a pitch competition. No entrepreneurship experience or idea necessary.