Entrepreneurship Course List
 
Entreprenuership Courses
Accounting for Reporting and Control MGMT 7740
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Startup

This course introduces theories and practices of financial as well as managerial accounting. The financial accounting sessions provide an overview of external financial statements. The managerial accounting sessions focus on how accounting information is used in the internal managerial decision making process within a firm as well as cover cost accounting, budgeting, and performance evaluation tools.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall and Spring
Acquisition and Venture Analysis MGMT 7210
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup, Technological

Recent years have seen an accelerated commitment to growth and asset reallocation through acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Indeed the accounting profession is taking a fresh look at how these deals are accounted for in the firms' financial statements. The rate of deals is exponential and covers the full spectrum from established industries to high technology, computer, biotechnology, and internet firms. Topics covered in this course are reasons for acquisitions, valuing, and structuring a transaction. Determining the currency to be used, achieving strategic and organizational alignment, takeover defenses, and post-deal integration. Students study a recent transaction of their own choosing and prepare an oral and written report focusing on those aspects that made the deal successful.

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: MGMT 6020 or permission of instructor.
Course Details
Advanced Corporate Finance MGMT 6380
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political

The overall objective of this course is to study advanced corporate finance issues and test empirically the stock market reaction to financing decisions and the issuance of securities. Corporate finance topics include shareholder value and economic value added concepts, as well as corporate governance issues. Financing decisions include venture capital and initial public offerings, seasoned equity offerings, stock splits, corporate bonds and bank loans, stock listings on foreign exchanges. Other topics are mergers and acquisitions, pension fund management, financial analysis and planning. Real stock prices and case studies are used to apply the theoretical concepts.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MGMT 6020 and MGMT 6030.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
David Goldenberg
 
Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory I ENGR 4710
School of Engineering Subject(s): General Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

Theory and laboratory experimentation in selected modern manufacturing technologies. Topics include robotics, injection molding, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines, metal processing systems, nondestructive testing (NDT), and industrial safety.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Steve Derby
Sam Chiappone
Larry Ruff
Derby > 518.276.6991
Chiappone > 518.276.8295
Ruff > 518.276.6441
  derbys@rpi.edu
chiaps@rpi.edu
ruffl@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory II ENGR 4720
School of Engineering Subject(s): General Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Startup, Technological

Students are organized into "companies" to design, manufacture, and sell products based on the technologies of ENGR 4710. Individual projects for in-depth studies of one or more of these technologies. Additional topics include marketing and development of technical writing and oral presentation skills.

Credits: 3 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: ENGR 4710.
Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Sam Chiappone
Larry Ruff
Chiappone > 518.276.8295
Ruff > 518.276.6441
  chiaps@rpi.edu
ruffl@rpi.edu
Advanced Technology Seminar ARCH 4810
School of Architecture Subject(s): Architecture In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

Introduction to architectural research and emerging technologies as an essential component for changing architecture. A survey of people and organizations involved in research, design, prototyping, and use of emerging technologies. The emphasis is on exploring how emerging technologies impact architectural design and construction. Current issues and ideas are identified by the class and are explored in a series of student-organized in-depth seminars with leading designers, scientists, and inventors.

Credits: 2 Offered: Fall
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Business Implications of Emerging Technologies MGMT 6060
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Economic, Startup, Technological

This course investigates the business dimensions of major technological advances, highlighting how industry structures and organization, the dynamics of competition, patterns of innovation, operational decisions, and financial investment are all influenced by various types of technical breakthrough. Students also get to explore the interplay between emerging technology development and commercialization. The challenges associated with intellectual property protection and utilization, as well as the socio-economic and ethical dimensions of new technology adoption, are explored. Each year, a different set of key technologies will be examined and analyzed.

Credits: 3
Business Issues for Engineers and Scientists ENGR 4100/6100; ITEC 4300/6300
School of Engineering Subject(s): General Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup, Technological

Investigates business-related considerations in successfully commercializing new technology in a new venture or within an existing enterprise: market and customer analysis, beating the competition, planning and managing for profitability, high-tech marketing and sales, and business partnerships and acquisitions. Not a general management course; focuses explicitly on what is relevant for engineers and scientists working in a commercial environment. For junior/senior undergraduate or graduate students.

Credits: 4 Under, 3 Grad Offered: Fall
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Carl Pavarini
518.276.6620
  pavarc@rpi.edu
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Carl Pavarini
518.276.6620
  pavarc@rpi.edu
Case Studies: Investigations into Architectural Knowledge ARCH 4690
School of Architecture Subject(s): Architecture In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Social

"The best instructor of all is a building which is being pulled down." (John Willis Clark, "On the Construction of the Vaults of the Middle Ages," 1842). Buildings embody cultural knowledge. Their forms and spaces are invested with traces of habitation and beliefs through the employment of materials that are wrought by craft and technology. It is the intention of this course to teach how to investigate buildings in order to reveal the technological and cultural knowledge that is embedded within them. In this course, a select number of significant buildings are "disassembled" through intense questioning, and their artifactual significance is probed through careful analysis.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: ARCH 4140, ARCH 4330 and ARCH 4560; A pre-or corequisite to ARCH 4300.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Mark Mistur
  mistum@rpi.edu
Communication Internship COMM 4300/6300
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Communication In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

This course is designed for communication majors who wish to incorporate field experience in their educational programs. Students work with local business, industrial, civic, or educational organizations in positions where they can observe communication processes and apply written, interpersonal, and public communication skills to the solution of real problems.

Credits: 4 Under, 3 Grad Offered: Fall and Spring
Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Roger Grice
518.276.2828
  gricer@rpi.edu
Computer Information Systems MGMT 4140
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

This course provides the undergraduate management student with an introduction to the concept and components of computer-based "management information systems" (MIS) and their integration into organizational processes to gain competitive advantage. This course will examine approaches for developing and using information systems in support of business processes. Topics include: the impact of computer-based information systems on organizations; the basic technology components of modern information systems; the process by which information systems are created and changed; and selected management and technology issues

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall and Spring
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Lei Chi
518.276.2768
  chil2@rpi.edu
Corporate Entrepreneurship MGMT 6700
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Social

Organizations that increase their capacity for entrepreneurship build a foundation for long term competitiveness. This course examines how organizations can build management systems to enable entrepreneurial activities while simultaneously addressing current operational concerns. This tension differentiates the corporate entrepreneurial challenge from the start-up venture. The course focuses on both the organizational and project levels, studying how organizations can build an entrepreneurial capacity, and how project champions can ensure their projects are effectively evaluated, supported, and managed.

Credits: 3 Offered: Spring
Course Details
Creating and Managing an Enterprise I MGMT 6040
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Political, Startup

This course is designed to help students understand the critical challenges and tasks associated with developing, growing, and managing a successful business. Students learn how to lead and manage an enterprise as well as gain a fundamental understanding of each functional department required to operate a business and how each fits into the greater scope of the business organization.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Shyam Kumar
Robert Albright
Robert Veryzer
Kumar > 518.276.2961
Albright > 860.548.5481
  kumarm2@rpi.edu
albrib@rpi.edu
Creating and Managing an Enterprise II MGMT 6050
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup

This course builds upon the principles learned in Creating and Managing the Enterprise I within the context of start-ups, internal new ventures, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and other organizational forms. Success in creating and managing any business is contingent upon careful analysis and management of five key segments- people, product, market, finances, and competition. Students have an opportunity to put into practice the latest management theory while balancing the resources and constraints of these five segments.

Credits: 3 Offered: Spring
Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Shyam Kumar
Jason Kuruzovich
Kumar > 518.276.2961
Kuruzovich > 518.276.2332
  kumarm2@rpi.edu
kuruzj@rpi.edu
Creativity & Information Technologies ITEC 2961
School of Information Technology Subject(s): Information Technology In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

Where do creativity, innovation, culture and technology collide’ In this course we will explore creativity by planning, designing and realizing individual and collaborative creative projects. We will also study the working process of artists and innovators, to develop an understanding of creativity in a broader context.

Course Details
Current Problems of American Industry ECON 6140
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Economics In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political

An advanced analysis of current problems confronting major American industries, regulated and unregulated. Recent changes in growth patterns, market structures, and pricing policies are examined. Considerable emphasis is placed on emerging trends in technology and public policy, which are likely to affect significantly the future of these industries.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: ECON 2010 and ECON 4140 or permission of instructor.
Course Details
Design Development ARCH 4300
School of Architecture Subject(s): Architecture In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

A technology-based design studio emphasizing the materialization and making of architectural design projects. The integration of building code requirements for fire protection, life safety, accessibility, building environmental systems, structure, construction, and materiality is central to effectively achieving design intent. Students become aware of how these affect and inform design decisions. They learn to integrate technology, systems, and materials in the comprehensive resolution of building design and gain exposure to construction documents and design documentation. Construction and site visits are an integral part of the studio as is an integrated electronic media seminar on CAD applications. Students must coregister for ARCH 4540, a concurrent two-credit course that introduces codes, the regulatory process, agreements, contract documents, building design cost control, and administration. This course maybe taken any time after ARCH 4250.

Credits: 6 Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: ARCH 4250, ARCH 4330. ARCH 4740 may be taken as a prerequisite or corequisite. It is recommended that ARCH 4740 be deferred one semester for students studying abroad only (ex: China) and take ARCH 2360 as a corequisite.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Mark Mistur
  mistum@rpi.edu
Design of Mechanical Systems MANE 4260
School of Engineering Subject(s): Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

This course acquaints students with all the phases of the design process from recognizing the need through a detailed conceptual design. Students work in teams on a semester-long project with the assistance of faculty consultants. The design projects require students to draw upon their engineering background, experience, and other pertinent resources. Oral and written presentations are required. This is a communication-intensive course.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: Senior standing
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Mark Steiner
518.276.6626
  steinm2@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Richard Alben
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Achille Messac
 
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Mark Steiner
518.276.6626
  steinm2@rpi.edu
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Richard Alben
 
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Scott Miller
 
Design Studio ARCH 2200
School of Architecture Subject(s): Architecture In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

Design studio introducing students from all disciplines to general design through a series of short projects. The projects stress critical and creative thinking and invention, interdisciplinary collaboration, observation and perception, communication and visualization. Students will begin open-ended investigations using sketching, photography, model making, and computing.

Credits: 4 Offered: Summer and Fall
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
David Riebe
 
Design, Innovation and Society STSS 1620
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Science and Technology Studies In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Social

The course will cover fundamental concepts in the social sciences that are relevant to design and innovation; an introduction to ways of thinking about technology, design, values, and society; basic concepts relevant to innovation in the global economy; and an introduction to entrepreneurship with a focus on social entrepreneurship and triple-bottom-line or "social" businesses.

Credits: 4
Course Details
Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing I MGMT 7050
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Startup, Technological

This course immerses students in the practices and activities that lead to the creation of innovative new products and services. Through a team-based learning experience, students generate an idea for a new product or service and follow the development process from conception through planning for commercialization. Through lectures, cases, and practical exercises, students learn how to overcome hurdles inherent in new product and service development. Students apply this knowledge in all phases of product development, including concept testing, product design, production planning, and market strategy. The project undertaken in this course provides student teams with an opportunity to create a new venture that may then be carried forward utilizing Rensselaer's technological resources such as the Incubator Program and Rensselaer's Technology Park.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Chris McDermott
Jeffrey Durgee
McDermott > 518.276.4861
Durgee > 518.276.6588
  mcderc@rpi.edu
durgeej@rpi.edu
Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing II MGMT 7060
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup, Technological

This course immerses students in the practices and activities that lead to the creation of innovative new products and services. Through a team-based learning experience, students generate an idea for a new product or service and follow the development process from conception through planning for commercialization. Through lectures, cases, and practical exercises, students learn how to overcome hurdles inherent in new product and service development. Students apply this knowledge in all phases of product development, including concept testing, product design, production planning, and market strategy. The project undertaken in this course provides student teams with an opportunity to create a new venture that may then be carried forward utilizing Rensselaer's technological resources such as the Incubator Program and Rensselaer's Technology Park.

Offered: Spring
Course Details
Spring , 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Chris McDermott
Jeffrey Durgee
McDermott > 518.276.4861
Durgee > 518.276.6588
  mcderc@rpi.edu
durgeej@rpi.edu
Drug Discovery Laboratory CHEM 4340
School of Science Subject(s): Chemistry In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Technological

In this laboratory associated with CHEM-4330, students will reduce to practice the chemical and biological aspects of high-throughput screening used to discover lead molecules. Colorimetric and fluorescence plate readers will be used in 96-well plate format to generate enzyme inhibition data for small libraries of organic molecules. Students will use these inhibition data and published X-ray structural data to develop a pharmacophore model and rationalize a structure-activity relationship.

Credits: 1 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: CHEM 4330 or concurrent with CHEM 4330.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Mark Wentland
 
Econometrics ECON 4570
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Economics In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political

A basic course in the theory and methods of quantitative economics; specification of mathematical models; single and simultaneous equations; least squares and other estimation methods; testing of hypotheses; identification, aggregation, time series analysis, lagged variables, etc. Application to economic problems in such areas as demand, costs, production function, technological change, innovations, etc.

Credits: 4 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MATH 2010 or equivalent, ECON 2010 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Ken Simons
518.276.3296
  simonk@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Economic Analysis of Technological Change ECON 4110
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Economics In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Social, Startup, Technological

An examination of the economic considerations that influence the creation and assimilation of new products and processes, and of the impact of technological change on the structures and evolution of the American economy and environment. Topics include productivity growth, the organization and management of industrial research and development, the interaction between technological change and industrial structure, diffusion of innovations, and technological unemployment. This is a communication-intensive course.

Credits: 4 Offered: Offered on availability of instructor. Prerequisite: ECON 1200 or permission of instructor.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
James Adams
 
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus James Adams
518.276.2523
  adamsj@rpi.edu
Economics and Institutions MGMT 7730
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Startup

Main course objective is to introduce students to basic economics principles and establish economics as a managerial decision-making framework. The course will draw on economic analysis of such concepts as cost, demand, profit, competition, pricing strategy, and market protection and tie them to operational business decisions.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Yawen Jiao
518.276.2612
  jiaoy@rpi.edu
ECSE Design ECSE 4900
School of Engineering Subject(s): Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

A capstone design course. Provides all ECSE majors senior design experience by engaging them in client sponsored projects. The students work in multidisciplinary teams, jointly responsible to the faculty, the client liaison, and to each other for project management, execution and reporting. Contemporary design tools and practices are emphasized. Senior standing required.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: Corequisites: ECSE 4010 and senior standing.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Junichi Kanai
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Biplab Sikdar
 
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Junichi Kanai
 
Engineering and Public Policy CHME 4961/6964
School of Engineering Subject(s): Chemical Engineering In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political

This course introduces advanced undergraduates and graduate students to issues at the interface of science, technology, public policy. Students will explore perspectives in the policy decision-making process - agenda setting, problem definition, qualitative and some quantitative formulations, mathematical methods for analysis of options, implementation and evaluation of policy outcomes. The course will also introduce strategies for policy design and evaluation in the regulation of novel substances and new processes. Several case studies emphasizing the interactive relationship between the policy community and the Chemical Process Industries will be examined throughout the course; including topics such as risk assessment, manufacture of industrial chemicals, food products, and pharmaceuticals, process and product safety, air and water quality, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. Health and economic consequences of policy and regulation, as well as its potential to spur technological change, are discussed.

Credits: 4 Under, 3 Grad
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Lealon Martin
518.276.3327
  martin5@rpi.edu
Entrepreneurial Finance MGMT 6260
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup

The overall objective of this course is to understand how entrepreneurs and investors create value, noting that their interests do not always coincide. This involves learning about topics which trace out the "venture capital cycle": opportunity recognition; valuation and evaluation; negotiation; structuring financing contract; managing investment; exit strategy. This course is structured into three modules: valuation, private equity market, and harvesting entrepreneurial value.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall
Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Mark Hubbard
  hubbam2@rpi.edu
Entrepreneurship Environments of the Video Game Industry MGMT 4962
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

Builds an entrepreneurial perspective into gaming environment emphasizing: the importance of entrepreneurship in today’s world; opportunities for new ventures in the industry; the network of business professionals in the industry; the necessity for developing an entrepreneurial mindset to succeed.

Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Andrew Corbett
518.276.2223
  corbea@rpi.edu
Entrepreneurship in Plastic Materials
School of Science Subject(s): Chemistry In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

How plastics are developed and commercialized in start-up companies and large corporations for commodity and specialized industrial application. Emphasizes the development of ideas and understanding on the intellectual properties and entrepreneurship of new plastic materials.

Course Details
Instructor(s)
Chang Ryu
518.276.2060
  ryuc@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Environment and Politics IHSS 1966
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Science In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Political, Social, Sustainable

This course focuses on contemporary environmental issues, highlighting different perspectives on these issues and different ways that facts, experience, ideology, and science shape environmental perspectives. A series of dedicated assignment modules help students develop various facets of entrepreneurial thinking and apply it to solving environmental problems.

Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Kim Fortun
518.276.2199
  fortuk@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Dean Nieusma
518.276.6381
  nieusma@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Financial Management II MGMT 6030
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup

This course, built on the Economic & Financial Analysis I, provides a conceptual framework whereby accounting, corporate finance and investment decisions can be viewed and understood in a unified context of risk and return as it is applicable to all types of businesses and organizations. The course prepares students for future specialized courses in advanced accounting, corporate finance, financial institutions and markets, investment theory, and entrepreneurial finance. The contemporary issues covered in this course include risk and diversification; asset pricing models; capital structure and financing alternatives; dividend and stock repurchases; corporate governance; mergers, acquisitions and takeovers; financial distress and reorganization; and different international financial topics.

Credits: 3
Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus John Teall
518.276.3336
  jteall@jteall.com
Instructor website
Foundations of Innovation Management MGMT 6969
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

The path from the generation of new ideas to the creation of new technologies, products and services - i.e. the innovation process - has radically changed in the last ten years or so. Innovation in the 21st century will be global, multidisciplinary, open, and collaborative. It is evident that to innovate, companies will increasingly need to tap the Global Brain-the vast creative network of customers, suppliers, independent inventors, academic researchers, scientists, etc. that lies outside company boundaries. Terms such as "crowdsourcing", "communities of creation", "innovation network", "open source", and "innovation jam" have entered the modern business lexicon and imply the significance of collaborative innovation models. Understanding the foundations of such global, collaborative innovation is important for your future too - whether you are an engineer, scientist, architect, software developer, business manager, IT consultant, or an artist - as it would enhance your ability to be an effective participant in the emerging global innovation network. This new course will introduce the important concepts and practices that underlie innovation management in the 21st century. In exploring the different issues, we will intentionally adopt a broad perspective so as to appeal to students majoring in varied disciplines-from science and engineering to humanities and architecture. We will explore the different entities (or 'actors') in global innovation networks (including 'innovation capitalists', 'innovation broker', etc.) and the different collaboration models that companies and independent inventors can participate in. Much of the course will be conducted through lectures, case discussions, and student presentations.

Credits: 3
Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Satish Nambisan
518.276.2230
  nambis@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Fundamentals of Accounting for Decision Making MGMT 2300
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Startup

An introduction to financial accounting and managerial accounting. The financial accounting includes preparation of the three primary financial statements: the income statement, the balance sheet, and the cash flow statement. The introduction to managerial accounting includes profit-volume relationships, cost systems, evaluation and control, and budgeting.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall and Spring
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Yawen Jiao
518.276.2612
  jiaoy@rpi.edu
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Carol Chiarella
  chiarc2@rpi.edu
Global Strategic Management of Technological Innovation DSES 6470; MGMT 6610
School of Engineering, School of Management Subject(s): Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems, Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Technological

The course helps develop an understanding of and the method for managing technology as a strategic resource of the firm. In doing so, an understanding of the process, roles, and rewards of technological innovation are developed. Integrating the strategic relationship of technology with strategic planning, marketing, finance, engineering, and manufacturing are covered. Governmental, societal, and international issues are briefly covered. The course uses a variety of cases, readings, reports, and lectures.

Credits: 3 Offered: On sufficient demand Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Course Details
Graduate Design Studio ARCH 2600
School of Architecture Subject(s): Architecture In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

Design studio introducing students to general design through a series of short projects. The projects stress critical and creative thinking and invention, interdisciplinary collaboration, observation and perception, communication and visualization. Students will begin open-ended investigations using sketching, photography, model making, and computing.

Credits: 6 Offered: Summer and Fall
Course Details
Graphic Design for Corporate Identity COMM 4730
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Communication In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Startup

This course examines historical and modern visual communication symbols in relationship to a company's overall industry and marketplace identity. The course focuses on design processes relative to the dissemination of consistent visual information. Projects will include an identity program for a fictitious company. The course study is structured as a design studio and is aimed at exploring unique methodologies of ever-changing media marketing tools.

Credits: 4 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: COMM 2610 or permission of instructor.
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Heroes, Leaders, and Innovators MGMT 6010
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Political, Startup

This course provides an introduction to the "heart and soul" of managerial leadership, teamwork, and innovation by focusing on the behavior and characteristics of those exceptional individuals whose impact extends far beyond their own persona-inside and outside of business. Leaders/innovators are those whose vision, creativity, and charisma allow them to transform their organizations and to change the lives of large numbers of persons. Using a combination of case studies and simulations, the course offers a weeklong immersion experience into the mindset, actions and concerns of true business innovators.

Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Jeff Durgee
Pier Abetti
 
Human Resources in High Performance Organizations MGMT 4860
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Social, Startup

This course provides an overview of human resources principles and practices in business organizations. Students are given tools for understanding how people are managed on a day-to-day basis. Topics include: the recruiting and hiring process; self-, peer-, and managerial evaluations; training and development; and legal issues related to the work setting and the job-search process. Students come away with an understanding of the difficulties and challenges associated with workforce management. This course utilizes a combination of lecture, discussion and experiential exercises.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall and Spring
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Tammy Kimble
 
Industrial and Management Engineering Design DSES 4270
School of Engineering Subject(s): Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

This course provides a capstone and professional experience. Student teams work on independent projects in any field of industrial and management engineering approved by a faculty adviser. Typically, projects involve a manufacturing and service sector client who provides the student with an opportunity to gain an actual industrial experience. Memos, progress reports, and a final written and oral report are submitted to the project adviser and client. This course is a writing-intensive course.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Kent Hsu
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Mark Steiner
518.276.6626
  steinm2@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Kent Hsu
Mark Steiner
Steiner > 518.276.6626
  steinm2@rpi.edu
Industrial and Management Engineering Design DSES 4270
School of Engineering Subject(s): Decision Sciences In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

This course provides a capstone and professional experience. Student teams work on independent projects in any field of industrial and management engineering approved by a faculty adviser. Typically, projects involve a manufacturing and service sector client who provides the student with an opportunity to gain an actual industrial experience. Memos, progress reports, and a final written and oral report are submitted to the project adviser and client. This course is a communication-intensive course.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
 
Information Systems DSES 4530
School of Engineering Subject(s): Decision Sciences In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

This course surveys information-systems technology for the management of enterprise information as a resource. Topics include elements of system design life cycle, database concepts, and decision support. Managerial and technical dimensions of information systems are blended in a framework for IS systems. Additional topics include telecommunications, artificial intelligence (including expert systems), and structured design. The implementation, operation, and maintenance of information systems are also discussed. Projects are required.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: CSCI 1190 or equivalent.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Cheng Hsu
  hsuc@rpi.edu
Information Technology Strategy EMBA
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

In a netcentric world, information technology (IT) and corporate strategy are intertwined; IT makes possible new strategies, and the execution of the firm's strategy often depends on its ability to implement and manage IT. While IT is a ubiquitous part of the most organizational processes, management of the IT function is typically departmentalized and requires specialized technical knowledge. This course will examine these and other challenges to the strategic management of IT.

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Winter, 2009 Instructor(s)
Jason Kuruzovich
518.276.2332
  kuruzj@rpi.edu
Interactive Technology: Designing for the Future COMM 4963
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Communication In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Startup, Technological

Explore cutting edge ideas in interactive, multi-media design, websites, games, mobile computing, wearable computing and more. Students work in teams on a project and research the market. Entrepreneurs in interactive technologies visit class, review projects and offer feedback on design and marketing.

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Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Patricia Search
518.276.6470
  searcp@rpi.edu
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International Economics and Globalization ECON 4190/6190
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Economics In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup, Sustainable

This course investigates the significance of economic globalization, covering the following topics: international trade and financial flows, technological innovation and intellectual property, technology transfer, national government and transnational corporations, natural resources, health and the environment, impacts on selected industries and countries, and roles of the world trade organization and international monetary fund. The major controversies surrounding globalization are identified, and alternative arguments are evaluated based on available evidence.

Credits: 4 Under, 3 Grad Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: ECON 1200 or permission of instructor.
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International Finance MGMT 6360
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political

Course analyzes trends and themes in international financial management, especially how financial management and corporate strategies are carried out in international environments. Topics include foreign exchange markets and risk management, analysis of operating and transaction exposure, international financial markets and banking, international financing and investment. Working capital management and capital budgeting of multinational corporations. Case studies are used.

Credits: 3 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MGMT 6020 and MGMT 6300.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Bill Francis
518.276.3908
  francb@rpi.edu
Internet Marketing MGMT 4965/6965
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

Technology is vital link in how modern corporations identify, acquire, transact with, and keep their customers. This course provides an introduction to both the technology infrastructure most relevant to the customer relationship as well marketing issues which result from the application of computers and communication networks.

Credits: 4 Under, 3 Grad Offered: Spring
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Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Jason Kuruzovich
518.276.2332
  kuruzj@rpi.edu
Introduction to Engineering Design ENGR 2050
School of Engineering Subject(s): General Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Social, Startup, Sustainable

A first course in engineering design which emphasizes creativity, teamwork, communication, and work across engineering disciplines. Students are introduced to the design process through a semester-long project which provides a design-build-test experience. Oral and written communication are important elements of the course. The course meets with ENGR 1010.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Prerequisite: ENGR 1100 and ENGR 1200. Corequisite: PHYS 1200.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Lawrence Ruff
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Achille Messac
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Bill Mielke
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
James Lu
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Bill Foley
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Casey Goodwin
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Sastry Sreepada
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
John LaGraff
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Jeff Morris
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Mark Anderson
518.276.2733
  anderm8@rpi.edu
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Mark Anderson
518.276.2733
  anderm8@rpi.edu
Introduction to Engineering Design: Developing World Technologies ENGR 2050
School of Engineering Subject(s): General Engineering In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Social, Startup, Sustainable

An integration of global innovation and entrepreneurship with engineering and design. A section of Introduction to Engineering Design that works on designing appropriate technologies for the developing world. Students can take their designs one step further by helping villagers in Langui, Peru create business and revenue-generating opportunities based on local materials and student technologies.

Credits: 4 Prerequisite: ENGR 1100 and ENGR 1200. Corequisite: PHYS 1200.
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Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Lupita Montoya
518.276.2532
  lmontoya@rpi.edu
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Introduction to Technological Entrepreneurship MGMT 4520
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

An introductory course for initiating a new business venture and developing it into a self-sustaining and profitable enterprise. Provides understanding of the process whereby a person decides to become an entrepreneur, screens opportunities, selects an appropriate product/market target, and obtains the necessary resources. Also, provides the theoretical and practical knowledge for the preparation of formal business plans for the development of new products, processes, and services and for the financing of new enterprises.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall and Spring
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Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Lois Peters
518.276.2977
  peterl@rpi.edu
Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship MGMT 4510/6640
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Startup, Technological

This course focuses on three key goals: providing increased insight into the cognitive foundations of entrepreneurship, offering practice in applying creative thinking to the task of formulating ideas for new products or services, and presenting basic information about the organizational process of commercializing such innovations. These goals will be achieved through a combination of assigned readings, in-class exercises, and individual and team projects. In addition, the course will include contributions from guest speakers who will share with the class their own experiences and expertise.

Credits: 4 Under, 3 Grad
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Lois Peters
518.276.2977
  peterl@rpi.edu
Inventor’s Studio MANE 4220
School of Engineering Subject(s): Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Social, Startup, Sustainable, Technological

Students work in teams to continue design and development work on approved projects that started in other courses such as Introduction to Engineering Design. New projects can also be proposed by students. Emphasis will be on completing the design, building an improved prototype, applying for patent protection, and licensing the design. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Oral and written presentations are required. This is a communication-intensive course.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: ENGR 2050 or permission of instructor.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Burt Swersey
518.276.6983
  swersb@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Burt Swersey
518.276.6983
  swersb@rpi.edu
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Investment Analysis II MGMT 6330
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political

Advanced study in investment analysis, decision making, and practice. Emphasis on bond market analysis and bond portfolio management, including asset-backed securities, high-yield bonds, venture capital, and derivative securities. Topics include bond pricing, the term structure and risk structure of interest rates, duration concepts and immunization strategies, analysis of embedded options in fixed income securities. Application of strategies to real data set.

Credits: 3 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MGMT 6320 or permission of instructor. This course available to Hartford students only.
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ITEC Capstone Experience ITEC 4100
School of Information Technology Subject(s): Information Technology In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

Students work on collaborative projects to design innovative IT solutions which address a specific problem or area of need in the student's field. Students work to identify a problem and research viable solutions. They go on to propose, design, and prototype their IT solution learning best practices for IT project management, communication, and user-center design, This course serves as the culminating experience for the undergraduate IT program. Restricted to ITEC majors. This is a communication-intensive course.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: ITEC 2210 and ITEC 4310. This is a communication-intensive class.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Greg Hughes
 
Legal Aspects of E-Business and Information Technology MGMT 6750
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

Legal, regulatory, and public policy issues related to e-commerce/e-business, the Internet, and information technology are explored through an analytic, critical thinking approach. Topics include: e-contracts, digital signatures, B2B and B2C agreements; ownership, protection, and exploitation of intellectual capital including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets; regulatory issues; ISP and Web site liability including defamation; copyright infringement, securities regulation, and criminal acts; policy issues including privacy, security and encryption, and obscene materials. Global e-commerce will be explored.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall
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Lighting Leadership Seminar LGHT 6780
School of Architecture Subject(s): Lighting In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Political, Technological

A series of topics and case studies to prepare students for leadership roles in the lighting industry. Topics relate to product innovation and factors influencing changes of policy and processes in the lighting industry and involve lecture and discussion sessions and reading assignments. Case studies examine selected topics in greater depth, using actual situations to illustrate interactions of technology and business forces.

Credits: 4 Offered: Spring
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Russell Leslie
Mark Rea
518.687.7100
  leslir@rpi.edu
ream@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Lighting Workshop LGHT 6760
School of Architecture Subject(s): Lighting In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

The Lighting Workshop is a research and design studio integrating scholarship, technology, design, policy, and communication in an intensive, project specific context. The course includes a number of topics, selected each year by faculty. These topics are selected to emphasize scholarship; require a variety of written and verbal presentation techniques; increase synthesizing skills in design, applications, and visualization software; and require teamwork and individual efforts. The Lighting Workshop emphasizes studio and seminar work supplemented with lecture, class discussions, and individual and group research, design, writing, and reading assignments.

Credits: 4 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: LGHT 4230.
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Instructor(s)
Russell Leslie
Mark Rea
518.687.7100
  leslir@rpi.edu
ream@rpi.edu
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Making Business Happen MGMT 6530
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Political, Startup

Analyze the process of identifying prospective markets and customers, developing channels, defining the value proposition, selling products and services, and managing a sales force. Learn about tools ranging from customized consultative sales to commodity brokering, customer relationship management systems to trade press articles. Develop the skills to effectively listen, recognize opportunity, verbally persuade, handle objections, and prospect. Develop an understanding of customer needs, approach strategies, and effective presentations.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Michael Boskin
  mbmail3@gmail.com
Managerial Finance MGMT 2320
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Startup

An introduction to corporate financial analysis and decision making. This course covers the following topics: financial statement analysis, valuation principles, risk and return analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, and dividend policy.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: MGMT 2300 or permission of instructor.
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Managing on the Edge: Corporate Innovation for the Coming Years MGMT 7070
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup

This course investigates the challenges of managing and leading organizations in situations characterized by their non-linear, unpredictable nature. Students will be challenged to develop innovative responses and solutions, drawing upon the full array of knowledge, skills, and insights they have gained from their two years of MBA study. Along with learning to deal with risk and uncertainty, the soon-to-be MBA graduates will be prepared for addressing the increasing degrees of fluidity and turbulence found in today's business, economic and competitive environments.

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Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Jonathan Story
518.276.3905
  storyj@rpi.edu
Marketing Communication Design COMM 4650
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Communication In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Startup

This course examines communication design for marketing purposes. It evaluates the effectiveness of designs for information, persuasion, education, and administration. Discussions on denotation and connotation, gestalt theory, and semiotics aim to investigate how theory influences design and the political, social, and cultural dimensions of visual language. In a term-long project, students analyze how design from an entrepreneurial perspective can provide marketable solutions to communication problems.

Credits: 4 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: COMM 2610 and COMM 4570.
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Marketing Research MGMT 4470
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

A course on identifying and solving marketing problems through the systematic gathering and analysis of market information. Course focuses on careful definition of marketing problems, specification of information needs, sampling theory, research design, statistical methods, and marketing management implications. A major project involving marketing research for an off-campus "client" is a key part of the final grade.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MGMT 4430.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Anna Cui
518.276.6649
  cuis@rpi.edu
Microcomputers and Applications MGMT 2510
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

An introduction to the fundamentals of microcomputer technology and its application in management and information systems. Topics include hardware, software, communications and elements of the system design life cycle, database concepts, and data processing. Students build systems using spreadsheet and database packages.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Jason Kuruzovich
518.276.2332
  kuruzj@rpi.edu
Modeling and Analysis of Uncertainty ENGR 2600
School of Engineering Subject(s): General Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

Appreciation and understanding of uncertainties and the conditions under which they occur, within the context of the engineering problem-solving pedagogy of measurements, models, validation, and analysis. Problems and concerns in obtaining measurements; tabular and graphical organization of data to minimize misinformation and maximize information; and development and evaluation of models. Concepts will be supported with computer demonstration. Applications to problems in engineering are emphasized.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: MATH 1010.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Thomas Willemain
518.276.6622
  willet@rpi.edu
NEEP Senior Design Project I MANE 4380
School of Engineering Subject(s): Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

This is the first of a two-semester sequence for seniors intended to be a "capstone" design project where students have the opportunity to utilize the broad range of their undergraduate experience in an interdisciplinary design project. Projects are selected to provide interaction between nuclear engineering and engineering physics majors to provide exposure to cross-fertilization of ideas and team interaction, which simulates anticipated future professional experience. The product of each design project is a comprehensive report or design proposal having both global and detail completeness. Under some circumstances, the project may involve development of cost information necessary to effect construction and may actually involve construction and commissioning of the designed apparatus.

Credits: 1 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Yaron Danon
 
Networks, Innovation, and Value Creation I MGMT 6080
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Economic, Startup, Technological

This course considers the evolving new models of value creation and business growth being introduced across different industries and examines such critical issues as product and process technology strategy, operational innovation, IT strategies and infrastructures, networks and organization, and finance. Utilizing a series of case studies from across a range of industry networks, students will have a chance to learn how companies can participate in such networks and what unique business resources and capabilities they can employ to enhance their probability of commercial success.

Credits: 3
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Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Thiagarajan Ravichandran
Ravi > 518.276.2035
  ravit@rpi.edu
Networks, Innovation, and Value Creation II MGMT 6090
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Economic, Startup, Technological

This course focuses on the execution and implementation issues arising from the growing role of networks as the organizing concept for business value creation. Topics include analyzing the different opportunities, how and where value can be created, the alternate value creation roles a firm can assume in the value creation process, an examination of the varying economic rents that can be generated, the organizational resources and capabilities that are needed to be effective, and the implications for the overall strategy of the firm.

Credits: 3
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Thiagarajan Ravichandran
 
Operations Research Methods DSES 4600
School of Engineering Subject(s): Decision Sciences In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Economic

An introduction to commonly used methods of deterministic and stochastic operations research. Topics include linear programming, simplex algorithms, duality, linear networks, integer programming, dynamic programming, goa1 programming, location models, exact and heuristic solution procedures for integer and sequencing problems, queuing theory, Markov chains, multi-criteria decision making, and decision analysis.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: ENGR 2600 and Math 1020.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Charles Malmborg
518.276.2935
  malmbc@rpi.edu
People-Centered Design Research
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Social

Principles from the social sciences and design fields to enable recognizing opportunities for innovation. Blended with entrepreneurship class modules to complement the design research and learning in helping to apply multi-disciplinary and innovative thinking to solutions.

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Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Linda Caporael
518.276.8519
  caporl@rpi.edu
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Practicum in Management MGMT 6840
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Social, Startup, Sustainable

This practicum provides students with the opportunities to put their knowledge to work in a field project in their area of concentration, including entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, information systems, production and operations management, environmental management policy. Projects are conducted in collaboration with companies in the Rensselaer Incubator Center, the Technology Park, and the Capital Region. Project teams make presentations before a panel.

Credits: 3 to 6 Prerequisite: All first year MBA courses and faculty adviser approval.
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Practicum in Technological Entrepreneurship MGMT 6670
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup, Technological

Provides students with opportunities to learn, by practical fieldwork, how successful new technological ventures are created, developed, and financed. Students work in small teams with guidance from experienced entrepreneurs. Business plans are developed, and a formal report to a sponsoring company is required.

Credits: 3 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MGMT 6620.
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Principles of Technological Entrepreneurship MGMT 6620
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Startup, Technological

An introductory graduate course in initiating new technology-based business ventures and developing them into self-sustaining and profitable enterprises. Examines the process whereby a person decides to become an entrepreneur, screens opportunities, selects an appropriate product/market target, and obtains the necessary resources. Provides the theoretical and practical knowledge for the preparation of formal business plans. Students enrolled in the full-time MBA program cannot use this course on the Plan of Study. This course is intended for students enrolled in the part-time MBA, M.S. in MGT or those seeking degrees in other schools at Rensselaer.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall
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Product Design and Innovation Design Studio I IHSS 1610
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Science In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Social, Technological

The first design studio in the Product Design and Innovation Program introduces students to general design through a series of short projects. The projects stress creative thinking and invention, observation and perception, communication and visualization, sketching, photography, model-making, and especially open-ended exploration.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Burt Swersey
Swersey > 518.276.6983
  swersb@rpi.edu
Product Design and Innovation Design Studio II ENGR 2020
School of Engineering Subject(s): General Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Social, Technological

This design studio focuses on the product development process with an emphasis on problem definition and the impact that the designer has on the final outcome. Students are exposed to basic social science methods of observation and the role they can play in discovering and defining problems. Students are expected to develop a design from initial definition through actual use. Development of individual design skills in design development, presentation, and portfolio building are also emphasized.

Credits: 4 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: ARCH 2200, Design Studio, or permission of the instructor.
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Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Langdon Winner
Mark Steiner
Steiner > 518.276.6626
  steinm2@rpi.edu
Product Design and Innovation Studio III IHSS 2610
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Science In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Sustainable, Technological

This studio design course focuses on an enriched sense of problem definition through an emphasis on the reach and interconnectedness of technology, and the conditionality of design selection criteria. Its design exercises, readings, and discussion press beyond marginal substitutions toward a broadened sense of possibility from, for example, "hypercars" and human-powered homes to small-scale local agriculture and extreme ecological living systems. This is a communication-intensive course.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: PDI I or PDI II or permission of instructor.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Dean Nieusma
518.276.6381
  nieusma@rpi.edu
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Product Design and Innovation Studio V STSH 4610
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Science and Technology Studies In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

PDI studio 5 focuses on an enriched sense of program and user needs definition through methodologies of the humanities and social sciences. Studio projects, presentations and readings explore the relation of race, class, and gender to technology, and the potential of design to address societal problems. The course has often focused on incorporating information technology in educational tools for low-income primary school students.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: ARCH 2200, ENGR 2020, IHSS 2500, and ENGR 2050.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Ron Eglash
518.276.2048
  eglash@rpi.edu
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Product Design and Innovation Studio VI ENGR 4961; IHSS 4961
School of Engineering, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): General Engineering, Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Science In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Startup, Technological

The objective of Design Studio 6 is to build a fundamental knowledge base in the relationship between products and markets. Whereas other studios focused on developing product or service innovations, this course will focus on moving a product from innovation to market based on various design and analysis exercises. The course will include market analysis, financial estimating, marketing planning, and elements of advertising, all taught through hands-on projects.

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Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Dean Nieusma
518.276.6381
  nieusma@rpi.edu
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Product Realization MANE 6880
School of Engineering Subject(s): Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup, Technological

Concepts and tools that enable engineers and business leaders to jointly make sound business/technology decisions in moving from ideas and designs to real products will be taught using lectures, cases and a major project that will enhance the change of success of a new venture business. Topics: Disciplined Toll-Gate Processes, Customer Contract, Technical Risk Management, Design Decisions, Quality Management, Sourcing, Product Launch.

Offered: Spring Prerequisite: Engineering B.S. or MGMT 6040 and MGMT 6050 or MGMT 6620 or permission of the instructor.
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Professional Development Workshop III MGMT 7250
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political

This course is the last in a three part series of Professional Development Workshops that teach practical skills in laboratory settings, in the context of Leadership, Followership, and Membership. Over the first three semesters, the MBA cohort student will be exposed to professional skills training, distinguished speakers, and critical leadership development. This third workshop will concentrate on building leadership skills through exercises, personal and professional awareness, and group interactions and exercises.

Offered: Fall term of the second year of the MBA cohort for five days prior to semester start. Prerequisite: MBA cohort.
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Annie Virkus
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
James Reed
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Catherine Persoon
 
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Tracy Schierenbeck
 
Professional Leadership Program ADMN 4050
Archer Center for Student Leadership Subject(s): Administrative In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Political, Startup

A student interested in becoming a leader needs to bridge the gap between school and the workplace. The Professional Leadership Program (PLP) was designed to help selected juniors and seniors begin this transition. (1) Access their own professional strengths and interests; (2) Explore and develop their ability to engage and motivate others; (3) Learn to function in the evolving context in which a leader operates; leader/follower/facilitator. The skills developed as a participant in the PLP combined with the strong technical base they are building will help the student more effectively transition into the new workplace. Since the professional world has become more technical, industry needs new leaders who can create solutions to the world’s pressing problems. The PLP will help students succeed in this dynamic environment by moving beyond the limits of the traditional classroom. The Professional Leadership Program fosters an awareness of the critical intersection between technology and people; how the use of one affects the performance of the others.The PLP will help strengthen the student’s leadership skills and, at the same time, teach them to leverage those skills as a potential leader in the business world.

Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: Interview and Invitation
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Catherine Persoon
518.276.2119
  persoc@rpi.edu
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Catherine Persoon
518.276.2119
  persoc@rpi.edu
Proposing and Persuading WRIT 4550/6550
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Writing In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup

Make things happen: start a business, raise funds, solicit work, support research, win a place on a conference program, take initiative, change the way things are done around here. This course will teach students how to write proposals that persuade. Students will learn to turn situations into occasions for proposing, write a variety of proposals, locate Request for Proposals, develop a workplan for feasible projects that come in on-time and on-budget, use networks to strengthen proposals, detail a budget, and edit for clarity and grace. This is a communication-intensive course.

Credits: 4 Under, 3 Grad Offered: Fall (alternate years) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or successful completion of a writing course.
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Public Service/Professional Careers Internships STSS/STSH 4800
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Science and Technology Studies In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Political, Social

This course offers an insight into the public policy process from the vantage point of a part-time internship in the public or private sector as well as an opportunity to explore a career option before actually embarking upon it. The following is a partial list of the large number of possible internships: airport planning, architecture, banking, biological research, clinical psychology, computer science, consumer protection, corporate management, engineering, environmental planning, geology, local government, materials and mechanical engineering, noise pollution abatement, personnel management review, premedical, public finance and taxation, public health management, public relations, social work, state legislature, stock market, transportation planning, and urban planning.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: STSH 1110/STSS 1110; IHSS 1960; first year studies course or permission of instructor.
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Research and Development Management MGMT 6600
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

The course deals with the responsibilities of and operating problems faced by managers of research and development. The following areas are included: technology forecasting, technology planning, selection and evaluation of R&D projects, resource allocation, planning, control, and measuring results of R&D. Particular attention is given to creative problem solving, motivating and managing creative individuals, barriers to innovation, and organization alternatives for R&D, including matrix and project organizations.

Credits: 3 Offered: Spring
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Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Pier Abetti
 
Research Design Seminar ARCH 6810
School of Architecture Subject(s): Architecture In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Economic, Technological

The principal objective of this seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of research design. Research design includes: 1) identifying and selecting focused research problems/opportunities/ideas; 2) documenting the state of the art in the selected research area; 3) identifying the critical resources and settings to carry out the research; 4) designing the research program including strategies and tactics for carrying out the research. It is hoped that the knowledge gained in the RD Seminar will assist students in the development of their own individual thesis proposals.

Credits: 2 Offered: Fall
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Jonas Braasch
518.276.3864
  braasj@rpi.edu
Seminar in Economic Theory MGMT 6280
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup

This course covers the tools and concepts used in microeconomic analysis and will study the behavior of the basic building blocks of a market - consumers and firms and different market structures and their welfare properties. These models help with understanding the functioning of a capitalist market system and provide a useful framework to analyze various policy interventions. This course also provides a foundation for studying public finance, game theory, labor economics, etc.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall
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Social Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Communities STSS 4962
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Science and Technology Studies In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Political, Social, Sustainable

This course has five main objectives: 1) to introduce students to community-level thinking about solutions to the twinned global problems of sustainability and injustice; 2) to provide a basic map of the many organizational and financial innovations in the area; 3) to introduce students to the literature on social innovation/social entrepreneurship and to provide a basis for additional research, work, and entrepreneurship in the field; 4) to provide students with some hands-on experience in the basics of designing social enterprise organizations (either nonprofits or privately held for-profit businesses); and 5) to help students explore how they might integrate work in the social innovation/NGO sector into their careers or into voluntary activities so that their future lives and careers are more meaningful.

Course Details
Instructor(s)
Dan Walczyk
518.276.2397
  walczd@rpi.edu
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Instructor(s)
Michael Jensen
518.276.2843
  jensem@rpi.edu
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Social Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Communities STSS 4300
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Science and Technology Studies In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Political, Social, Startup

This course has three main goals: 1) to introduce students to community-level thinking about solutions to the twinned global problems of sustainability and injustice; 2) to introduce students to the literature on social innovation/social entrepreneurship and to provide a basis for additional research, work, and entrepreneurship in the field; and 3) to help students explore how they might integrate work in the social innovation/NGO sector into their careers or into voluntary activities so that their future lives and careers are more meaningful.

Credits: 4 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: Any course with an STSS, STSH, MGMT, or ECON designation.
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Starting Up a New Venture MGMT 4530/6630
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup

An understanding of the critical issues related to starting up a new business is gained through team-based experiential learning. Small teams of students develop a comprehensive business plan that can be used to raise money for a new or relatively new venture. The business plans are eligible for submission to the Rensselaer Business Plan Competition. The experiential learning process is enhanced through team meetings with faculty and/or course advisers and through oral presentations to the entire class.

Credits: 4 Under, 3 Grad Offered: Fall and Spring
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Susan Sanderson
518.276.2933
  sandes@rpi.edu
Strategy and Policy MGMT 4870
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

This is a course that integrates the functional fields of management. The first part of the course focuses on the tools and discipline commonly used in strategy formulation. The second part focuses on the implementation of strategy in a variety of contexts

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall and Spring Prerequisite: MGMT 4860; recommended senior standing.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Andrew Corbett
518.276.2223
  corbea@rpi.edu
Strategy, Technology, & Competition I MGMT 7030
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Social

This course covers the fundamentals of business and corporate strategy, integrating these concepts into an environment of technological change, competition, and entrepreneurship. The course includes the following areas of emphasis: concepts of strategy, industry environment, resources and capabilities of the firm, organization and systems of the firm, the dynamics of competitive advantage, strategic alternative analysis, and strategies in different contexts. The course uses business cases and a project to enrich the theoretical concepts.

Credits: 3
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Shyam Kumar
518.276.2961
  kumarm2@rpi.edu
Strategy, Technology, and Entrepreneurship MGMT 6660
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

This is part two of the two-course sequence that begins with MGMT 6650. This course is about strategy implementation and fundamental concepts in implementing strategy both at the corporate level and the business unit level.

Credits: 3 Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MGMT 6650 or permission of instructor.
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Structure of Industry: Competition, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Policy ECON 4140
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Economics In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Political, Technological

Acquaints students with the structural characteristics and philosophical foundations of enterprise and industry. Several important industries are considered from the viewpoint of market structure, conduct, and performance. Such concepts as the corporation, entrepreneurial outcomes, technological innovation, private property, and public policy toward business are examined to orient the student to contemporary industrial activity.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: ECON 1200 or permission of instructor.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Ken Simons
518.276.3296
  simonk@rpi.edu
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Sustainable Building Design Metrics ARCH 4961
School of Architecture Subject(s): Architecture In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Social

A review of current and anticipated metrics associated with sustainable building design will be covered as well as changes in the building industry will be discussed. A review of how sustainable design practices can mitigate the climate change in a positive way will also be addressed. An understanding of energy terminology is useful for this course.

Credits: 1
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Oliver Holmes
 
Systems and Synthetic Biology
School of Science Subject(s): Biology In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

An interdisciplinary focus on developing skills to understand the dynamics of the biochemical processes in cellular biology combined with an understanding of how an entrepreneurial mindset and traits can help solve relevant real-world problems.

Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Cynthia Collins
Agung Julius
Collins > 518.276.4178
Julius > 518.276.6993
  ccollins@rpi.edu
agung@ecse.rpi.edu
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Systems Modeling in Decision Sciences DSES 6610
School of Engineering Subject(s): Decision Sciences In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

Survey of decision science methodologies in the context of technical and economic decision problems. The course seeks to develop a conceptual understanding of these methods and basic implementation skills. Students will learn how to apply decision science methods from problem recognition and data development through problem formulation and computer solution.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: DSES 4140 or permission of instructor.
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Technology and Competitive Advantage MGMT 6650
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Startup, Technological

A capstone sequence in policy and strategy aimed at developing students' understanding of the relationship between business strategy and technology. The process of converting technological opportunity into competitive advantage is viewed from the perspective of both large, established companies and new ventures.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: Course is taken towards the end of the program.
Course Details
The Design Lab
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Startup, Technological

Groups of students work in an engineering-centric lab setting to design and engineer ideas for corporate sponsors. Entrepreneurial thinking is also applied to help focus on the feasibility of creating market relevant solutions.

Course Details
Instructor(s)
Mark Steiner
518.276.6626
  steinm2@rpi.edu
Transatmospheric Vehicle Design MANE 4850
School of Engineering Subject(s): Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Technological

Introduces all elements of the Transatmospheric Vehicle (TAV) design process from proposal preparation through detailed specification and prototyping. Students are organized into design teams to develop a solution to a TAV system's problem of practical interest by drawing on their background in aerospace engineering science, machine design, and manufacturing methods. Topics include problem definition and requirement analysis, design specifications, concept development, reliability, consideration of alternative solutions, materials considerations, engineering prototyping, and presentation skills. Writing-intensive assignments help develop communication skills.

Credits: 3 Offered: Fall
Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Matthew Oehlschlaeger
518.276.8115
  oehlsm@rpi.edu
Typography COMM 4570/6570
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Communication In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Startup

This course teaches the principles of typesetting text effectively for hypothetical and real-world communication. Students practice selecting typefaces, point-sizes, leading, line-length, color, justification, layouts, kerning and tracking for printed and digitized type. An RPI-sponsored, entrepreneurial component allows student teams to conduct typographic makeovers for real-world clients and individual students to explore typographics innovation for real-world audiences.

Credits: 4 Under, 3 Grad Offered: Spring Prerequisite: COMM 2610.
Course Details
Fall, 2009 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Audrey Bennett
518.276.8129
  bennett@rpi.edu
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Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus Audrey Bennett
518.276.8129
  bennett@rpi.edu
Instructor website
Venture Capital Finance MGMT 4540
School of Management Subject(s): Management In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Economic, Political, Startup

This course covers the theory and practice of venture capital financing of entrepreneurial firms. Topics to be discussed include the structure and governance of venture capital funds, venture capital financial contracting, valuation of entrepreneurial firms, staging, syndication, capital structure, and exits (IPOs, acquisitions, secondary sales, buybacks and liquidations). International differences in venture capital markets will also be studied.

Credits: 4 Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MGMT 2320.
Course Details
Spring, 2010 Instructor(s)
Ezra Zask
 
Women Leaders/Feminist Entrepreneurs
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences In Course Catalog:No
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Startup, Women

This course focuses on case studies that include women entrepreneurs from all walks of life. It encourages thinking on the design of feminist technologies.

Course Details
Instructor(s)
Linda Layne
518.276.6615
  laynel@rpi.edu
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Writing in Organizations COMM 4000/6000
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Subject(s): Communication In Course Catalog:Yes
Entrepreneurial Topic(s): Design, Economic, Social, Startup, Technological

Writing in Organizations prepares students to design effective memos, reports, and web pages for audiences both within and outside organizations, including organizational decision makers, clients, and prospective customers. The course will help engineers, scientists, managers, entrepreneurs, architects, and designers to create documents that reflect organizational problem-solving and decision-making processes, so that writers can help not only to inform but also to guide and shape these processes for their readers, thereby helping them to make better choices and decisions. It will be useful for aspiring entrepreneurs who will need to do many writing tasks in creating and building a new organization.

Memos and reports will follow conventional memo and report formats, with emphasis upon organizational contexts, decision-making processes, and key words and concepts focused upon organizational needs and situated strategically in executive summaries, topic or main-idea sentences, oral presentations, "elevator pitches," and the like. The course will include an introduction to basic web-design principles and practices, implemented in either web-based or paper-based products, via planning mechanisms such as storyboards, depending upon students' prior experience and preferences.

Learning Outcomes
Upon satisfactory completion of the course, graduate and undergraduate students will be able to:

  • Create documents consistent with "Rensselaer's Communicative Competencies,"
  • Design effective organizational memos, reports, and Web pages or storyboards for audiences both within and outside organizations,
  • Design and use structures of argument appropriate to organizational memos and reports, including problem-solving and decision-making structures,
  • Design and use information structures and design processes appropriate to Web-based documents,
  • Use a selection of current web applications, following current W3C web standards, and
  • Write standard English prose and cite sources in conventional forms and formats.

In addition, graduate students will be able to:
  • Design effective research reports in standard formats with notes and bibliography following the style sheet specific to their field of study.

Credits: 3
Course Details
Spring, 2011 Instructor(s)
Course Syllabus James Zappen
518-276-6467
  zappenj@rpi.edu
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