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Calhoun Honors Discovery Program Courses

Fall 2022 Courses

CHDP students presenting their project

COMM 2754H: Topics in Communication about Technology Innovation

CRN 83135 OR CRN 83136 (all first-year students are required to choose 1 section)
1st Module: Collaboration and Networking (Asynchronous) 
1 Credit 
Instructor: Katie Walkup

In Collaboration and Networking, we will become more aware of collaboration tendencies, project management techniques, and strategies for personal and group accountability when working with others. In alignment with your work in the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program, we will also learn how to seek out and apply for professional networking opportunities. 

CRN 83137 OR CRN 83138 (all first-year students are required to choose 1 section)
2nd Module: Professional Writing (Asynchronous)
1 Credit
Instructor: Katie Walkup

Professional Writing will help you learn about common genres of writing you'll do in the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program and in the workplace, including reports, presentations, and evaluations. We will learn how a rhetorical perspective, or analyzing a document's purpose, audience, and design, can be useful for accomplishing workplace writing tasks. 

CRN 83139 OR CRN 90553 (all first-year students are required to choose 1 section)
3rd Module: Visual Communication (Asynchronous)
1 Credit
Instructor: Katie Walkup

In Visual Communication, we will expand our awareness of elements of visual communication, with a particular focus on design of images and presentation themes. We will learn about important concepts in visual communication, including principles and elements of design. We will synthesize lessons in branding, storytelling, color, and typography with a rhetorical perspective, or understanding how design can be used to achieve a given purpose for a given audience.

UH 2814 Topics in Social Science in Technology Innovation for Societal Impact

CRN 90232
1st Module: Operations Management
(Asynchronous)
1 Credit
Instructor: Michael Kretser

In this course, CHDP students who are non-business majors will be presented with an overview of concepts and solution methods related to operations management. This is a five-week module course intended to teach students foundational knowledge and skills in business operations analysis. This course should help build students’ interdisciplinary education by providing them with a business operations perspective that they can incorporate in their Calhoun Honors studio projects. Topics include: the relationship between operations management and the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program’s CSIM model, quality management and statistical process control, product and service design, capacity and facility design, and project management.

OR

CRN 90235
1st Module: Entrepreneurship
(Asynchronous)
1 Credit
Instructor: Howard Haines

This Entrepreneurship Module is targeted at students from a variety of disciplines across campus with the requirement that the students participate in experiential activities to provide personal context with the entrepreneurial process. The course also serves as a basic introduction to entrepreneurship and business. 

  • Fundamental concepts in entrepreneurship in relation to technology innovation
  • Apply specific concepts in entrepreneurship for analyzing, understanding, and implementing technology innovation 
  • Articulate the processes and concepts connecting entrepreneurship with other concepts 
  • Integrate and apply specific combinations of concepts in entrepreneurship with concepts from other disciplines to understand, and generate technology innovation
  • Use key concepts in entrepreneurship to identify, articulate, and reflect on the ethical dimensions of technology innovation 

CRN 90233
2nd Module: Supply Chain Management
(Asynchronous)
1 Credit
Instructor: Michael Kretser

In this course, CHDP students who are non-business majors will be presented with an overview of concepts and solution methods related to supply chain management. This is a five-week module course intended to teach students foundational knowledge and skills in supply chain and logistics analysis. This course should help build students’ interdisciplinary education by providing them with a business perspective that they can incorporate in their Calhoun Honors studio projects. Topics include: SCM strategy and design, global supply chain procurement and distribution, forecasting, inventory management, linear programming, resource planning, and Lean systems.

CRN 90234
3rd Module: Optimization & Robustness
(Asynchronous, Capable)
1 Credit
Instructor: Michael Kretser

In this course, Calhoun Honors students who are non-business majors will be provided the basic concepts in optimization and robustness through the process of developing and solving mathematical models.  Models represent complex systems of interacting decisions that require a global solution approach for optimization.  Practical limitations in optimization, arising from uncertainty and the time to solve a model, will be addressed through robust approaches.

UH 2764 Topics in Engineering in Technology Innovation for Societal Impact

CRN 90231
1st Module: Internet of Things - IoT
(Asynchronous)
1 Credit
Instructor: TBD

The Internet of things (IoT) describes physical objects (things) that communicate with other physical objects and/or systems over the Internet. This module starts with a system-level introduction to IoT, then discusses specific sensors, actuators, and transducers for IoT systems. Next, we study applications from the real world and/or CHDP studio projects with a specific focus on sustainability, ethics, policy, and the market

CRN 90230
2nd Module: Hardware/Software Interface
(Asynchronous)
1 Credit
Instructor: TBD

This module is a hands-on approach to combining Arduino-based hardware development with programming. We start with an overview of electronics and an introduction to Arduino systems. Hands-on development examples include fading LEDs, reading a digital input with a push button, reading a potentiometer, using a serial monitor, reading motion, light, temperature, and ultrasonic sensors. in addition to hands-on development, we also cover understanding the functions of a given circuit/code. 

CRN 90229
3rd Module: Power and Energy
(Asynchronous) 
1 Credit
Instructor: TBD

Energy, work, and power are very important but often confusing concepts that are inherently present in any studio project we tackle. This module starts from basic physics and develops a conceptual understanding of energy sources and usage. We cover energy conversion, distribution, and storage in several applications. Finally, students are exposed to smart energy systems and Energy 4.0.

Calhoun Transdisciplinary Fusion Studios

CRN 90242
Friday 1:25 – 4:15 pm, Honors College Studios, Squires 134 
3 credits

This studio course uses a transdisciplinary, collaborative design process to address real-world problems in sociotechnical innovation provided by stakeholders from industry and nonprofit organizations. Aligned with the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program’s (CHDP) theme of collaborative sociotechnical innovation, we achieve course learning objectives using enabling technologies for the future of work.  

UH2855 (Calhoun Transdisciplinary Fusion Studio I) focuses on collaborative problem-solving. Students evaluate sociotechnical innovation based on four criteria: desirability, feasibility, viability, and sustainability. Desirability criteria investigate user & stakeholder experience and requirements, while feasibility asks whether a product or platform can be made. Viability explores the project’s financial implications, while sustainability advances the project’s social, economic, and environmental endurance. We implement systems thinking as the driving methodology to assess collaborative sociotechnical innovation. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

Having successfully completed this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify, define, and set problems in collaborative sociotechnical innovation
  • Apply evaluative criteria for sociotechnical innovation — feasibility, viability, desirability, sustainability  
  • Use systems thinking to analyze and reflect on their individual creative project development processes
  • Identify, articulate, and reflect on the ethical dimensions of collaborative sociotechnical innovation

CRN’s: 90246, 90247, 90248 (Juniors can choose a section and will be reassigned to the correct one after teams are created)
Friday 8:00 – 10:30 am, Honors College Studios, Squires 134
3 credits 

CRN’s: 91491, 91492, 91493 (Seniors can choose a section and will be reassigned to the correct one after teams are created)
Friday 8:00 – 10:30 am 
Honors College Studios (Squires 134)
3 credits