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UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM

The University's Core curriculum is crafted to provide all technology students with learning experiences designed to engage them on the larger issues associated with technology and technological advancement, to provide them with interaction skills relevant to the modern technological workplace, and to help them develop the thinking and learning habits of lifelong learners.



CORE OBJECTIVES: BACHELOR'S DEGREE

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of several current legal issues applicable to technology fields
  • Demonstrate the application of strategies useful in information research.
  • Be able to articulate and apply the roles and requirements for successfully managing a technology-based project
  • Successfully serve on a team that manages a technology project from concept to completion.
  • Produce a Portfolio/Capstone of complete, complex works representative of the technology major being studied.
  • Apply a diverse set of thinking approaches in appropriate contexts to technology-based and interaction-based situations to produce successful outcomes.
  • Articulate and apply knowledge of future studies techniques to understand potential emerging technology environments and their impacts.
  • Articulate at least four of the ethical challenges that face a globally diverse, technology-connected society.
  • Produce and present an innovative senior project.
  • Successfully apply knowledge from the discipline being studied through internship.


CORE COURSES: BACHELOR'S DEGREE

LAW370 - Legal Issues in Technology
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): ENG101
This course addresses typical legal and business issues in the multimedia field. Rights granted under copyright, principles of fair use, trademarks, intellectual property law, trade secrets, unfair competition, disclosure and privacy laws are covered. Students explore these legal topics with focus on electronic media.
MGT112 - Project Management in a Technology Environment
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): none
This course covers every aspect of managing a project in a technology environment, from assembling the right team to figuring out a schedule, estimating needed resources and monitoring its progress. This course will cover determination, examination and critiques of current practices in project management with an emphasis on the use of technology to support project development. Also included are real-life project management problems such as the following: how to get results when there is no direct authority over participants, what to do when team members don't follow through, how to handle differing departmental agendas and how to balance regular work with additional responsibilities. Communication skills will also be emphasized.
PRO102 - Professional Skills Development
Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite(s): none
This course is designed to develop life-long learning strategies and provides the basic skills for success in the educational, professional and personal environment. Specific topics explored are personality profile analysis, developmental styles,conflict resolution skills, group problem solving and learning style analysis. Collaboration and group skills development will be emphasized.
PRO211 - Student Innovation Project
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): none
The purpose of this course is to develop students as technologists. Students will explore and critically analyze a potential and emerging topic for a thesis and shape their ideas into a form that represents a clear set of thinking to be used as the basis for developing their innovation. In creating a topic document based upon these investigations, students will demonstrate the ability to communicate technology ideas to others and increase the likelihood that the idea will take form and find a relevant application in society. The course will culminate with the composition and approval of the student’s topic paper. The topic paper will include an abbreviated introduction of the innovation, short prior art identification and general methodology.
PRO483 - Student Innovation Project II and Portfolio Presentation
Credits: 3.00
Pre-requisite(s): PRO211 and Instructor Approval
This course completes the Student Innovation Project (SIP) and portfolio process, providing guidance and structure for the formal presentation of the student's work. Students will passionately and clearly articulate their SIP and portfolio work through public presentations. Students entering this class are expected to have completed all works included in their portfolio and have met all requirements for entry into this class, including a completed Innovation Brief, a completed project or working prototype, and engagement in the pipeline process.
TCH150 - Technology and Society
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): None
TCH150 introduces students to essential elements of the historical, contemporary and possible future interdependencies of technology and society. These elements are discovered through readings, discussions and forecasts related to technological development. This course provides students with tools necessary to understand the role technology plays in society and to prepare students for interaction within a technology-driven world. Technology will be recognized as a driving force in cultural revolutions and as a foundational concept of human development. The course will consider rapidly changing technologies in modern society, the problems associated with these changes and the effects of these technologies on modern culture.
TCH301 - Ethics in Technology
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): ENG101
TCH301 is designed to introduce students to essential concepts necessary to evaluate the ethical implications and potential impacts of the use of new technology within human society and culture. Students will explore modern ethical dilemmas in technology, looking at multiple aspects of how the introduction of technology redefines law and values.

Choose 3 credits minimum from the following:

INT350 - Internship
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): sponsor approval
An internship is considered a supervised, practical experience that is the application of previously learned theory. Employers/sponsors work with the student to meet specific objectives and/or learning goals and provide special mentoring or networking opportunities. In exchange, the intern helps the employer/sponsor in meeting overall work goals for the agency/company. Students completing 3.0 credit internships must work a total of 150 hours, or 10 hours per week for 15 weeks.
INT400 - Internship
Credits: 6.00
Prerequisite(s): sponsor approval
An internship is considered a supervised, practical experience that is the application of previously learned theory. Employers/sponsors work with the student to meet specific objectives and/or learning goals and provide special mentoring or networking opportunities. In exchange, the intern helps the employer/sponsor in meeting overall work goals for the agency/company. Students completing 6.0 credit internships must work a total of 300 hours, or 20 hours per week for 15 weeks.

CORE OBJECTIVES: ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE

  • Apply strategies useful in information research.
  • Produce a topic paper on an innovation within a technology discipline.
  • Apply a diverse set of thinking approaches in appropriate contexts to technology-based and interaction-based situations to produce successful outcomes.
  • Articulate and apply knowledge of future studies techniques to understand potential emerging technology environments and their impacts.
  • Successfully apply knowledge from the discipline being studied through internship.


CORE COURSES: ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE

PRO103 - Professional Skills Development
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): None
This course promotes personal and professional skills among technology-focused students, and presents students with an introduction to common practices and standards at the University. Students will discover, critically examine, and strategically practice a variety of skills-including project management, time management, team building, intellectual discourse, problem solving, collaboration, and self-reflection-that are vital to professional and personal development. Individual and group assignments and projects will challenge students to seek appropriate contexts for these skills in their chosen disciplines and technology-rich environments
PRO211 - Student Innovation Project
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): none
The purpose of this course is to develop students as technologists. Students will explore and critically analyze a potential and emerging topic for a thesis and shape their ideas into a form that represents a clear set of thinking to be used as the basis for developing their innovation. In creating a topic document based upon these investigations, students will demonstrate the ability to communicate technology ideas to others and increase the likelihood that the idea will take form and find a relevant application in society. The course will culminate with the composition and approval of the student’s topic paper. The topic paper will include an abbreviated introduction of the innovation, short prior art identification and general methodology.
TCH150 - Technology and Society
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): None
TCH150 introduces students to essential elements of the historical, contemporary and possible future interdependencies of technology and society. These elements are discovered through readings, discussions and forecasts related to technological development. This course provides students with tools necessary to understand the role technology plays in society and to prepare students for interaction within a technology-driven world. Technology will be recognized as a driving force in cultural revolutions and as a foundational concept of human development. The course will consider rapidly changing technologies in modern society, the problems associated with these changes and the effects of these technologies on modern culture.

AND choose 3 credits minimum from the following:

INT350 - Internship
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): sponsor approval
An internship is considered a supervised, practical experience that is the application of previously learned theory. Employers/sponsors work with the student to meet specific objectives and/or learning goals and provide special mentoring or networking opportunities. In exchange, the intern helps the employer/sponsor in meeting overall work goals for the agency/company. Students completing 3.0 credit internships must work a total of 150 hours, or 10 hours per week for 15 weeks.
INT400 - Internship
Credits: 6.00
Prerequisite(s): sponsor approval
An internship is considered a supervised, practical experience that is the application of previously learned theory. Employers/sponsors work with the student to meet specific objectives and/or learning goals and provide special mentoring or networking opportunities. In exchange, the intern helps the employer/sponsor in meeting overall work goals for the agency/company. Students completing 6.0 credit internships must work a total of 300 hours, or 20 hours per week for 15 weeks.