IS 419 Entrepreneurial Information Technology Design

Introduces students to a range of rapid prototyping techniques and methods to analyze needs, opportunities and design spaces. Students will work in teams to develop ideas for novel computational devices or applications to meet identified needs. Covers the interlinked entrepreneurial skills of identifying an unmet need, exploiting technological opportunities, exploring a design space to refine an idea, and communicating a design vision through demonstrations with prototypes and proofs of concept. This enables developers to show how their envisaged working interactive technology will be used productively in a particular real-life context. Communicating the vision of computational devices is a challenge because dynamic use in context is hard for people other than the device's developers to imagine. The ability to produce convincing, clear, powerful demonstrations even at the early stages of a project is a highly valuable entrepreneurial skill, and also highly applicable within an organization. Directed and supervised investigation of selected topics in information studies that may include among others the social, political, and historical contexts of information creation and dissemination; computers and culture; information policy; community information systems; production, retrieval and evaluation of knowledge; computer-mediated communication.

Previously IS490IT.

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Fall 2020

    • IS419AOG - Entrepreneurial IT Design
      Thu, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
      Online
      Graduate student questions may be sent to ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Michael Twidale
      CRN
      73129
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS419AOU - Entrepreneurial IT Design
      Thu, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
      Online
      Restricted to Undergraduates with Junior standing or above. Restricted to Information Sciences majors until one week before classes begin (by noon 8/17/2020). Undergraduate questions may be sent to ischool-is@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Michael Twidale
      CRN
      73131
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      3

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).