AEM 4375 - Advanced Design & Innovation
Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only (no audit).
Prerequisite: AEM 3110 , AEM 5110 or relevant coursework/experience. Permission of instructor required.
This engaged learning course builds on AEM 3110 /AEM 5110 /NBA 5180 Design & Innovation by providing students with an opportunity to apply lessons and theories of design research, process and strategy to a client-based project. Serving as a Grand Challenge capstone course, the class will work with a social enterprise client, and under that rubric, the class will tackle issues and challenges such as new product, service or business model development; organizational structure and growth; and external threats and opportunities. Working in multidisciplinary teams with real deadlines and deliverables with an external partner, students will use a design toolkit and mindset for creative problem solving specifically related to a Grand Challenge. This collaboration will allow students to immerse themselves in a professional setting in which they will be exposed to the relevant industry and players, explore business opportunities, and develop innovative concepts and propose solutions.
Outcome 1: Students will be able to apply qualitative and ethnographic design research techniques in a client-based project.
Outcome 2: Students will be able to hone visualization and storytelling methods to synthesize and communicate data and concepts.
Outcome 3: Students will be able to use the iterative process for problem solving: generating, testing, and refining ideas, products, business models, etc.
Outcome 4: Students will be able to practice working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams.
Outcome 5: Students will be able to model innovative concepts at the intersection of design and business.