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EINV Curriculum

Core Courses

 

EINV 201: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Content: Examines the key elements of entrepreneurship and managing innovation. Innovation is conceived as a creative problem-solving capability that can be applied to a wide variety of market opportunities and social and institutional challenges. Students will be introduced to key entrepreneurial skills, including identifying appropriate business models and markets and the need to make imperfect decisions.

Faculty: Goebel, S.

Prerequisites: None.


Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”


Usually offered: Annually, fall and/or spring semester.


Semester credits: 2.

 

EINV 241: Methods and Applications of Entrepreneurship

Content: Lecture and practicum in the fundamentals of entrepreneurial activity, taught in partnership with outside experts. Composed of short courses covering finance, marketing, and operational and revenue models used by for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. Students will employ and become conversant in these skills of entrepreneurial thinking and design. The class will have the opportunity to participate in the Oregon Angel Fund, reviewing and making real investment decisions. 

Faculty:  Goebel, S, Newman, B.

Prerequisites: None.


Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”


Usually offered: Annually, fall and/or spring semester.


Semester credits: 4.

 

EINV 261: Entrepreneurial Leadership

Content: Theories, research, and models of effective (as well as failed) leadership and teamwork. Students will complete a number of experiential projects to evaluate and develop their own leadership and teamwork skills. Leaders from corporate, startup, and nonprofit organizations will periodically join the class to discuss their experiences.

Faculty: To Be Announced.

Prerequisites: EINV 201 or EINV 241.


Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”


Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.


Semester credits: 4.

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Electives 

 

EINV 244: Internship/Practicum

Content: Opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning by applying entrepreneurial thinking and academic concepts within for-profit and nonprofit organizations. May be repeated for credit.

Faculty: To Be Announced

Prerequisites: None.


Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.


Semester credits: 1-4.

 

EINV 270 Design Thinking: Principles in Practice

Content: Exploration of the often messy and unpredictable process of developing solutions to user-focused problems. Students will work collaboratively within a project-based format to explore the
rigors of innovative problem-solving. Topics range from entrepreneurial approaches to value creation and social transformation; course includes a weekly two-hour lab session and provides a distinctively subjective, student-centered learning opportunity through immersion in need-identification, ideation, and uncompromising experimentation.

Faculty: Michael Olich

Prerequisites: 

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”

Usually offered: Annually, spring semester. 

Semester credits: 4

 

EINV 280: Communicating a Vision: Messaging for Impact

Content: Examines existing best practices in verbal communication, creative expression, and audio-visual presentation and production. Students will apply these practices in a series of exercises focused on individual and group communication, developing the ability to employ entrepreneurial thinking and principles to communicate innovative ideas to a variety of audiences. Projects include public speaking exercises, written and oral presentations tailored to different audiences, and audio-visual advertising and promotional content production. Case studies will be used to examine successful marketing campaigns for innovative products and services as well as alternative strategies and failures. We will emphasize habits and barriers to effective communication, strategies that promote creative expression, and how entrepreneurial methods empower successful messaging. 

Faculty: Sebok, B.

Prerequisites: EINV 201 or EINV 241.


Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”

Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.


Semester credits: 4.

 

EINV 290: Technologies of the Future

Content: Through lectures, assigned readings, and hands-on activities, students learn about the parallel and synergistic processes of scientific discovery and engineering innovation. Open-ended projects give students experience in mutualistic teaming, technology transfer, product development, and marketing, as well as opportunities to learn and apply methods inherent in effectual entrepreneurial activities. Team-based laboratory projects focus on the process of technology transfer (utilizing scientific research in commercial product development).

Faculty: Autumn, K.

Prerequisites: EINV 201 or EINV 241.


Restrictions: Sophomore standing required, unless section number is preceded by an “F.”

Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.


Semester credits: 5.

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