Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2017–2018 and 2018–2019; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Science and Technology Commercialization: STC

STC 380. Converting Technology to Wealth.

The process of commercialization through which knowledge (ideas, innovations, science, technology, talent, and expertise) is converted to wealth. The importance of technology innovation and commercialization to the economy of a country. Students perform a technology assessment. Meets all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.

STC 382. Marketing Technological Innovations.

Marketing and persuasion in the process of taking a technology from idea to market. Examines marshaling support for technology development, matching technologies with market needs, and launching a product. Students develop a proposal and a marketing plan for taking a product to market. Meets all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.

STC 384. Commercialization Strategy.

Technology strategy as part of business strategy. The use of models and other concepts to measure the effectiveness of commercialization; the analysis and measurement of risk. Meets all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.

STC 385. Creative and Innovative Management.

Concepts, ideas, initiatives, and methods used to give an organization a new direction or mode of operation; implementation of new ideas; successful moves in new directions. Meets all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.

STC 386. Topics in Technology Commercialization.

The process of technology commercialization, managing technology, and other topics that include the commercialization of technology. Meets all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.

Topic 1: Financing New Ventures. Methods for determining capital requirements and ways of crafting financial and fund-raising strategies. Forms of financing, including angels and informal investors, venture capital, debt capital, and inside and outside equity. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Topic 2: Managing Technology and Business Risks. Risk analysis and strategies for the creation, implementation, and management of technology enterprises. Introduction to decision and risk analysis, methods for structuring and modeling decision problems, and application of methods to problems that involve risk and uncertainty in the commercialization of new technologies. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

STC 389. Problems in Specialized Fields.

Independent study. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.

STC 390. Government Policies: Science and Technology Commercialization.

How government policies affect research and development and commercialization; how organizations can influence these policies, maximize their usefulness, or minimize their interference with the ability to commercialize technology. Meets all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.

STC 391. Technology Transfer in the Global Economy.

Technology transfer theories, concepts, and implementation techniques essential to successful commercialization efforts. Global commercialization efforts and processes for brokering technology internationally. Meets all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.

STC 393. Conference Course in Science and Technology Commercialization.

Individual study in selected aspects of the commercialization of technology. Conference course. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, admission to the technology commercialization program, and consent of the graduate adviser.

STC 394C. Managing Product Development and Production.

The current methods and best practices used by organizations to accelerate the product development process. Meets all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.

STC 395. New Venture Creation.

Explores the process of creating new ventures. Includes the dynamics of growth-oriented firms, the roles of entrepreneur and intrapreneur in organizational environments, factors that drive the creative process, and the importance of entrepreneurship to the economy. Students develop a detailed, growth-oriented business plan for an enterprise or project based on a specific technology of their choice. Meets all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.

STC 396. New Venture Design and Implementation.

Explores business plan evaluation and implementation. Students develop an operational plan on how to launch a technology-based venture. Meets all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the technology commercialization program.