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Fall 2019 Courses

IWKS 2100

Intro to Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Prototyping

Introduces students to a design methodology known as human-centered design, which can be harnessed to stimulate innovation in various career fields and industries. Through in-class activities and learning an array of prototyping tools in the Inworks lab, students will build up the skills necessary to develop their own projects in the second half of the course. Team projects apply the design process and culminate in a product, service, or system that is designed from scratch. All students from any major are welcome to take this course.

Suggested Background: None
Credit hours: 3
Cross-listed with: ARCH 3705, FINE 2105
Schedule: Tues/Thurs 2:00 – 3:15 pm or Thurs 5:00 – 7:50 pm

IWKS 5100 (Graduate Level of IWKS 2100)

(Graduate) Intro to Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Prototyping

Introduces students to a design methodology known as human-centered design, which can be harnessed to stimulate innovation in various career fields and industries. Through in-class activities and learning an array of prototyping tools in the Inworks lab, students will build up the skills necessary to develop their own projects in the second half of the course. Team projects apply the design process and culminate in a product, service, or system that is designed from scratch.

Suggested Background: None
Credit hours: 3
Schedule: Thurs 5:00 – 7:50 pm

IWKS 2300/5350

Computational Foundations

Provides a broad introduction to the technological underpinnings of modern society, introducing the fundamental principles and algorithms underlying computer programming. Students will create generative visualizations, work with data, and create realistic artifacts with interesting behavior using Processing and Arduino, with optional opportunities to script chatbots and work with lab equipment to create hybrid digital/physical objects. In-class and in-world discussions and readings introduce important computer science ideas and concepts. Emergent topics in computer science will also be introduced. Completion of this course will prepare students for more advanced IWKS courses that require knowledge of computing principles and programming.

Suggested Background: None
Credit hours: 3
Cross-listed with: ARTS 2150
Schedule: Mon/Wed 12:30 – 1:45 pm or Tues/Thurs 9:30 – 10:45 am*
*This section of IWKS 2300, while open to all students, is primarily for students pursuing the BA in Computer Science, and for engineering students seeking a broad introduction to computing.

IWKS 3180/5180

Choose Your Own Adventure: Experiences in Design, Innovation and Prototyping

Provides weekly speakers, workshops and other experiences that educate and enrich across the design, innovation and prototyping landscape. Students may choose to participate in any five (for one credit), ten (for two credits) or fifteen (for three credits) activities. Each week, participating students will attend the scheduled activity, and then create a meaningful response that reflects the impact of that activity on their thinking or practice.

Suggested Background: None
Credit hours: 1-3 (variable)
Schedule: Flexible

IWKS 3200/5200

Data Science for Innovators

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Introduces techniques for capturing, processing, visualizing, and making meaning out of large health-focused datasets. With the exponential growth and decreasing cost of data collection tools such as genome sequencing, mobile phone health trackers, remote sensors, and electronic and personal medical records to name a few, the demand for data scientists to help find meaning in a sea of data has never been greater. This course will introduce the fundamentals of working with health data and large data sets, introduce widely-used data analysis and visualization tools, and culminate in a cumulative health data project.

Suggested Background: None
Credit hours: 3
Schedule: Tues/Thurs 9:30 – 10:45 am

IWKS 3540/5540

Synthetic Biology for Innovators

Introduces the fundamentals of synthetic biology for those who seek to use it as a tool for innovation. Synthetic biology allows us to engineer new biological systems and redesign existing biological components by integrating aspects of biotechnology, evolutionary and molecular biology, systems biology, computer engineering, computational biology, and genetic engineering. Advancement in technological tools and techniques make this material accessible to motivated individuals from many disciplines, and no biology background is required. Culminates with a final team project focused on designing synthetic biology solutions that address human need.

Suggested Background: None
Credit hours: 3
Schedule: Lecture: Tues 12:30 – 1:45 pm with Choice of Lab Time

  • Lab option 1: Thurs 12:30 – 1:45 pm
  • Lab option 2: Thurs 2:00 – 3:15 pm

IWKS 4900/5900

Inworks Capstone

Working closely with project sponsors, students design, implement and evaluate a project for use by a local company or non-profit organization. One of two alternative capstone courses for the Inworks Minor in Design and Innovation.

Suggested Background: Enrollment in the Inworks HCDI minor or certificate, or instructor permission; Completion of at least three other Inworks courses recommended
Credit hours: 4
Schedule: Tues 3:30 – 6:15 pm 

IWKS 4930/5930

Prototype Health Innovations
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Explore prototyping as a vital design process to develop health innovations and in doing so: foster interdisciplinary work, utilize prototyping to aid communication, collaboration, and co-design with end-users, and exercise hands-on thinking through physical prototyping. All coursework is project-based; choose from topics that Inworks is currently progressing on for the Anschutz Medical Campus. Participants will attend meetings with clinicians, researchers and other end-users as well as learn more about the innovation pipeline at CU. 2-4 classes will be hosted on the Anschutz Medical Campus (tours, observations, etc.). Use of the Inworks Denver and/or Anschutz Prototyping lab is required for weekly assignments.

Suggested Background: None
Credit hours: 3
Schedule: Weds 3:30 – 6:20 pm 

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