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Fall 2021 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
Schedule: In Person, T/TH 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Cross-Listing: ENGR 1200

IWKS 2300

Computational Foundations of Innovation

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
Schedule: In Person, Sec 001: T/Th 9:30 am -10:45 am
                      In Person, Sec 002: T/Th 2:00 pm -3:15 pm
Cross-Listing: ENGR 1100

IWKS 4100/5100

Advanced Human-Centered Design and Prototyping

An advanced exploration of design thinking and the user-centered design paradigm from a broad range of perspectives, emphasizing how user research and prototype assessment can be integrated into different phases of the design process. Using a team-based, project-oriented approach, students will develop advanced expertise in the design, development, and critique of solutions to important human problems. The course will make full use of Inworks’ prototyping facilities.

Suggested Background: None
Credit hours: 3
Schedule: Zoom, T/TH 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Cross-Listing: None

IWKS 4900/5900


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: Email Kelsie Faulds ( to enroll

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Hello Innovators! The downtown prototyping lab has updated open hours for the end of the semester:

MONDAY:   9:00 am - 5:30 pm

TUESDAY:  9:00 am - 5:30 pm
WEDNESDAY:  9:00 am - 5:30 pm
THURSDAY:  9:00 am - 5:30 pm
FRIDAY:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The lab will be closed 11/22-11/26 for Thanksgiving  &  12/13 - 1/7 for finals & winter break.