Technology Management and Entrepreneurship

NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

TME1001Introduction to Technology Management and Entrepreneurship3 ch

Provides students an opportunity to be introduced to TME topics and will serve as a foundation for subsequent TME courses. Topics addressed may vary based on faculty expertise and emergent issues.

TME2001Creativity, Innovation and Value Creation3 ch (3C)
Introduction to the roles of creativity, value creation and entrepreneurship in the innovation process. Students will learn about idea generation, ways to enhance individual and group creativity, value creation and entrepreneurship in its various forms. Students will develop the skills and competencies that contribute to innovation including: curiosity and creativity, accepting and managing risk, ability to link innovation to value creation (in a societal context), the ability to link societal value to entrepreneurship, communcation skills, the ability to work on the boundaries of disciplines and the ability to work within interdisciplinary teams.
TME3013Entrepreneurial Finance3 ch

An introduction to fundamentals of finance in new ventures and/or high growth technology-driven businesses. Students will learn how to interpret and analyze financial statements and develop proforma financial statements. The course will enable students to enhance their knowledge of sound principles of finance and alternative sources of finance. Students will learn about venture capital financing and initial public offerings (IPO) and the role they play in financing high growth, high tech businesses. Students will also develop skills in financing negotiations.

Prerequisite: 80 credit hours of approved courses, or permission of the TME program Chair.

TME3113Business Planning and Strategy in an Entrepreneurial Environment3 ch [W]

An introduction to business planning and strategy concepts in start-up and early stage technology-driven businesses. The course addresses a wide spectrum of functional activities in a dynamic business enterprise including finance, operations, human resource management, change management, sales/marketing, and customer relationship management. Business analysis, communication, and planning skills are developed and students are introduced to shifting business paradigms in the global, digital economy. 

Prerequisite: 80 credit hours of approved courses, or permission of the TME program Chair.

TME3213Quality Management 3 ch

Designed to prepare participants for the management practices which they might expect to encounter in a progressive organization. Many of these practices involve the standardization and continuous improvement of business processes. The course explores implementation of Lean and Six Sigma, as well as -ISO 9000, the international standard on quality management. It also focuses on the use of continuous improvement and Statistical Process Control (SPC) concepts, which lead to fundamentally new ways of thinking about innovation and problem solving.

Prerequisite: 80 credit hours of approved courses, or permission of the TME program Chair.

TME3313Managing Engineering & Information Technology Projects3 ch

The future of most organizations depends on successful projects. The participants will gain an understanding of the principles of project management including organizing, planning, scheduling and controlling projects to achieve a set of objectives. The course will enhance knowledge and skills of project managers in such topics as people managements skills, managing project risks, controlling project changes and systems thinking. Emphasis is placed on technology-intensive projects which tend to have a high degree of specialized human resources skills/knowledge requirements.

Prerequisite: 80 credit hours of approved courses, or permission of the TME program Chair.

TME3346Marketing of Technological of Goods and Services (Cross-Listed: ADM 3375)3 ch

Provides an introduction to the marketing of technology focused on industrial goods and services. Includes essentials of marketing, such as product development, promotional design, distribution, pricing/budgeting determination, strategic analysis, communication skills, client/customer relations, and considerations for the small business environment. 

Prerequisite: 36 credit hours of approved courses, or permission of the TME program Chair.

TME3386Special Topics in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship3 ch

Provides selected students an opportunity to complete an independent project course of study. Permission of both the instructor of the associated course and the program Chair is required. Students may register for this course only once during their degree. 

Prerequisite: 80 credit hours of approved courses, or permission of the TME program Chair.

TME3396Special Topics in Management and Entrepreneurship3 ch

Provides selected students an opportunity to complete an independent or group-based course of study. Permission of both the instructor of the associated course and the program Chair is required. Students may register for this course only once during their degree. 

Prerequisite: 80 credit hours of approved courses, or permission of the TME program Chair.

TME3413Technological Creativity and Innovation3 ch

An introduction to technological entrepreneurship from two perspectives: Creativity (the production of new technology-based business ideas/opportunities by entrepreneurs) and Innovation (the implementation of those ideas). Students will be presented entrepreneurship as a career alternative, the entrepreneurial process, creativity and its components, management of creativity and innovation in organizations, evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities and the linkages between entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, as well as the economic and social impacts of technology on society. Students generate new venture ideas or ideas for a social enterprise, evaluate the feasibility, pitch the merits, and create a business plan that they defend in a contest. The course is particularly aimed at students who aspire to launch their own startup, those who would like to investigate startup as a career option, or those who wish to familiarize themselves with the concepts, issues, and techniques of new venture creation and entrepreneurship to better prepare for the changing business environment. 

Prerequisite: 80 credit hours of approved courses, or permission of the TME program Chair.

TME3423Technological Risk and Opportunity3 ch

An introduction to mature and emerging technologies and the entrepreneurial opportunities arising from these technologies. Topics include evolution of technology-intensive industry sectors, assessment of technological risk from an entrepreneurial perspective and the economic and social impacts of technology on society.

Prerequisite: 80 credit hours of approved courses, or permission of the TME program Chair. 

TME3913Experiential Learning - Technology Management and Entrepreneurship3 ch

An opportunity for experiential learning related to the management of technology and/or technological entrepreneurship. Students co-design, develop and implement a project in collaboration with an external organization or a designated mentor. The project must be jointly supervised by a representative of the external organization or mentor, and a designated faculty member.

Prerequisites: 80 credit hours of approved courses, normally 6 credit hours of TME courses and approval by the TME Chair of the project (prior to registration in the course).

TME4025Product Design and Development8ch(2C 2T 4L) [W]
Full-year Product Design and Development course (fall and winter of same academic year) which may be taken in place of the final-year design course in most engineering program. The cornerstone is a project in which teams of 4 or 5 students conceive, design and prototype a product. The proposed solution would use modern tools and methods for product design and development, and should meet a broad range of constraints including health and safety, sustainable development and environmental stewardship. Weekly class sessions are conducted in lecture or workshop mode and employ cases and hands-on exercises to reinforce the key ideas. Topics include identifying customer needs, concept generation, product architecture, industrial design, and design-for-manufacturing.

Prerequisites: Restricted to students who have met the requirements of the capstone design course in their engineering program, and have received approval from both their degree program coordinator and the TME program Chair.
NOTE: TME 5025 is an 8 ch course and if the final-year design course in your degree program is assigned less than 8 ch, the additional credit hours may only  be used to meet degree program requirements subject to approval of your program coordinator.  Please consult your degree program coordinator for the position of your Department on this course.