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Certificate in Innovation Transformation

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Objective/Vision:  UC Forward's Certificate in Innovation Transformation is a cross-college (CECH, DAAP, COB, ENGR, A&S) and multidisciplinary certificate program designed to help students acquire the skills and dispositions needed to develop innovative ideas that address market and/or societal needs and to bring those ideas to market at/after graduation,  through a combination of focused foundational courses and experiential learning activities.

Core courses within the certificate focus on understanding the processes of transformative innovation, with the goal of developing students who think creatively and critically and who are confident to take risks and be a force for change in their organizations and communities. The certificate program structure provides opportunities for students across the university to collaborate in multidisciplinary environments focusing on problem-solving and innovative approaches to market and societal needs.  Each student will conclude the certificate by taking a “capstone” course that requires that they finalize and present a portfolio illustrating the process and product of the transformative experience.   The portfolio will be developed and refined throughout the certificate experience.  In addition, the portfolio will provide an instrument for ongoing program evaluation and improvement.  Accordingly, a formal certificate in transformative innovation highlights our institutional success with collaboration that is a hallmark of UC, and builds upon the Co-Op experience.  This certificate mobilizes the strengths of our colleges and programs consistent with the goals of UC 2019. 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the certificate (CERT-INTR), students will:

  • Build relationships and partnerships with internal and external collaborators, including local innovators, entrepreneurs, and policy makers and/or faculty and students outside their discipline.
  • Identify and explain the process of transformative innovation: Ideation, Commercialization, and Being a Force for Change.
  • Work effectively in self-directed teams, demonstrating capacity to lead, follow, and motivate others.
  • Appraise their own individual strengths and weaknesses in the context of multi-disciplinary collaborations
  • Create powerful outcomes through recognition of the role of opposing value systems and paradigms
  • Use creative problem-solving skills to address market and societal needs.

Structure:

The certificate requires 16 credit hours of courses, including:

  • A required introductory course (INTR2099C:  Introduction to Innovation Transformation – 3 credit hours) and
  • A required capstone course (INTR4099: Summation Innovation Transformation – 1 credit hour). 

 

To complete the remaining 12 hours of coursework, students have the option of pursuing one of three strands (i.e., concentrations) or participating in a hybrid of all three strands.  Each strand has a core course that must also be taken.  In the hybrid strand the student is required to take two of the three core courses for each concentration.  

INTR2099C Introduction to Innovation Transformation serves as the entry point for all certificate tracks.  Upon completion of the Introductory course, students will:

  • Build relationships and partnerships with internal and external collaborators, including local innovators, entrepreneurs, and policy makers and/or faculty and students outside their discipline.
  •   Identify and explain the process of transformative innovation: Ideation, Commercialization, and Being a Force for Change.
  •  Work effectively in self-directed teams, demonstrating capacity to lead, follow, and motivate others.
  •   Appraise their own individual strengths and weaknesses in the context of multi-disciplinary collaborations.
  •   Create powerful outcomes through recognition of the role of opposing value systems and paradigms.
  •   Use creative problem-solving skills to address market and societal needs.

 

1.    Innovation & Ideation (DSGN6000: Introduction to Ideation and Innovation)

Course Description:

This mind-broadening course covers the front end of the design, from identification of a need to the evaluation of product concepts to meet the need.  Topics covered include the fuzzy front end of the design process, user-centered design, concept generation, creative thinking, competitive analysis & benchmarking.  Students will use information gained to complete a comprehensive project as a final project.

2.    Concept, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship (ENTR2001: Essentials of Entrepreneurship)

Course Description:

This course prepares entrepreneurs for the rewards and pitfalls of an entrepreneurial career choice.  The content focuses on the essentials of effective management of a start-up company.  These topics are also applicable to successfully creating a new product or service within an existing company and as a force for social change.  Understanding the positioning of a new company to meet the various marketing, financial, and technological challenges is of central emphasis as well.   The course integrates "real-time' decision-making for key management issues as students follow the development of a new venture. Through cases, exercises and discussion students apply course concepts to actual business scenarios in order to practice the broad range of skills required to start and build a company in today's complex world.

 

3.  Ideas as a Force for Change (OLHR4051: Leading Change – Ideas as a Force for Change)

Course Description:

The course addresses the environmental, social and economic components associated with innovation.  The program encourages students to exam the big picture and the minute scaffolding that encompasses all implementations of change.  Students will learn to examine their environment to successfully implement transformation.  All change is met with some form of resistance; this course will prepare our students by providing learning opportunities addressing “change agent” functions, convincing communication skills, and accountability expectations while considering local, regional, national and international interests. 

 

Students have 2 electives to take if they are pursuing the Hybrid concentration and 3 electives for the three core areas of concentration.  These courses will be determined in consultation with the UC Forward faculty advisor within each representing college.  Additional courses that could qualify can be found by searching for the T Attribute in One Stop (T = Transformational). The T Attribute signals that the course is taught like a UC Forward Course.   [1]  This will provide students with many courses that are specifically designed to work across disciplines.  There are many courses that will address students’ individual needs regarding their area of concentration that are not delivered with a multidisciplinary pedagogy.  The T Attribute serves as a sorting tool for course searches for individual certificate development.  

 

At completion all students are required to enroll in the final Summation Innovation Transformation course (INTR4099) which allows them to demonstrate their process and portfolio.  Through the certificate process students are able to work independently or in collaboration.  Each student will have a portfolio demonstrating his/her role in the group collaboration or their individual experience with innovation.  This is a one credit course that is designed to give students the opportunity to finalize the portfolio and concludes with a formal expo publicly demonstrating the process, product, and outcomes associated with the trans-disciplinary experience of the Innovation Transformation certificate.

 

Examples Based on Area of Concentration:

 

Innovation & Ideation UC Forward Student

  • INTR2099C:  Introduction to Innovation Transformation
  • DSGN6000: Introduction to Ideation and Innovation (Core Course)
  • BME 2050: Medical Device Dissection
  • BME 3050: Medical Product Design 1
  • BME 4050C: Medical Product Design 2
  • INTR4099: Summation Innovation Transformation course

 

This student is interested in medical device development.  The student will take the Ideation and Innovation course for the Innovation and Ideation strand.  The electives are all in the medical device concentration.  The student will then conclude the process with the summation course.  The student will present the portfolio and product development at the expo.

 

Concept, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship UC Forward Student

  • INTR2099C:  Introduction to Innovation Transformation
  • ENTR2001: Essentials of Entrepreneurship (Core Course)
  • 22-ENTR-4001: Introduction to Innovation
  • 22-FIN-4008: New Venture Finance
  • 22-BLAW-4035: Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
  • INTR4099: Summation Innovation Transformation course

 

This student takes the intro and summation courses with an additional core course in Entrepreneurship.  The student chose entrepreneurship as his/her area of concentration and then supplemented the experience with additional entrepreneurship courses.  This student is in education and would like to start a charter school.  This student feels that entrepreneurship training would give additional skill sets beyond the teacher training that takes place in CECH.  The portfolio presented to the summation course will demonstrate the students experience applying entrepreneurship and innovation to public education.

 

 

Ideas as a Force for Change UC Forward Student

  • INTR2099C:  Introduction to Innovation Transformation
  • OLHR4051: Leading Change – Ideas as a Force for Change (Strand Core Course)
  • DAAP 1011: Design, Art and the Built Environment
  • MES2045: Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies
  • POL2071: Politics of the Middle East
  • INTR4099: Summation Innovation Transformation course

 

This student is interested in Middle Eastern relations and the community benefits of art and architecture as a tool to nurture coexistence and communication.  The student takes the Force for Change core strand intro course and the electives are composed of courses in Middle Eastern studies, International Relations and Design, Art and the Built Environment.  The culmination of these diverse courses is to allow the student to develop a plan to address social needs through art and architecture.  

 

Hybrid UC Forward Student

  • INTR2099C:  Introduction to Innovation Transformation – 3 credit hours
  • ENTR2001: Essentials of Entrepreneurship (Strand Core Course)
  • DSGN6000: Introduction to Ideation and Innovation (Strand Core Course)
  • ECE2022: Child Guidance in Play-Based Contexts
  • 22-BLAW-4035: Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
  • INTR4099: Summation Innovation Transformation course

 

This student is interested in innovation, product design, and entrepreneurship for an early childhood toy.  The student is in the hybrid sequence taking two of the three areas of concentrations core courses along with the intro and summation courses.  The student then is supplementing with an Introductory Child Development course to have a better understanding of cognitive development in children to gain insight into market needs and product development.  The student is taking Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship to gain a better understanding of litigation concerns possibility associated with product recall.   Again, this student will demonstrate the experience in the summation course in a portfolio presentation discussing the process and product.

 

Collaboration While Earning Certificate: 

     Interested students should contact a UC Forward faculty member from their home college to learn more about certificate options and course planning:

Lindner College of Business              

Prof. BJ Zirger
BJ.Zirger@uc.edu

Prof. Tom Dalziel
Tom.Dalziel@uc.edu

McMicken Arts & Sciences
Prof. Stacie Holloway
Stacie.Furst-Holloway.uc.edu

DAAP
Prof. Steven Doehler
Steven.Doehler.@uc.edu

CECH
Prof. Carlee Escue
Carlee.Escue@uc.edu

CEAS
Prof. Jason Heikenfeld
Jason.Heikenfeld.@uc.edu

Prof. Mary Beth Privitera
privitmb@ucmail.uc.edu

Prof. Fred Beyette
beyettfr@ucmail.uc.edu

 

[1] Definition of a Transformation Course (T): Transformation courses are specially designed learning experience where students develop the disposition to work across disciplines. Students are encouraged to become trans-disciplinary team members who create new ways of thinking and doing.

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