Courses Offered

For students entering IWU in fall 2021 and beyond, Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship is no longer available as a major or minor.

ART 121 3D Design (AR) 

will introduce students to the basics of designing and working in three dimensions.

ART 201 Design Processes (W) 

will take students through various models of design and product development processes. However, the main model that will be used is Clarification (or Research), Ideation, Development, Implementation. Particular emphasis will be placed on the clarification/research and ideation portions of the process. In some ways, this will act as a research methods course for the major.

BUS 240 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

This course introduces the knowledge and builds the skills needed to create new not-for-profit and business organizations. Students learn how to observe underserved markets or communities, generate solutions, assess them and develop a sustainable organizational model. Specific topics include ideation, securing first clients or customers and generating initial funding.

BUS 340 Starting a Business

 A continuation of the knowledge and skill building begun in BUS 240 needed for the creation of new for- and not-for- profit organizations, with particular emphasis selecting business structures, financial statement analysis, budgets and forecasts, capital budgeting, and raising capital.  Students participate in creating “mini-businesses” throughout the semester.

PHYS 131 How Things Work (PSL) 

This course for non-science majors will introduce concepts from physics and other branches of science to understand how a selection of devices (some ancient, some modern) work. A significant portion of the course will involve disassembling, and building mechanisms.

CS 126 Introduction to CS Using the Web (FR)

Introduction to object based programming using JavaScript to create dynamic web pages. Includes a brief introduction to HTML and CSS, with emphasis on the division of structure and presentation. Topics: internet architecture and history, selection, iteration, functions, operators, objects, methods, properties, arrays, strings, event handlers, and form processing. No prerequisites. Offered each term.

ART 312 Materials and Processes  

will take the students through a survey of different types of materials, fabrication techniques, and manufacturing processes. This will involve a combination of lecture and lab/studio work. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, 105, or 131.

DTE 490  Capstone

is the second capstone course the students will complete. The product (or service) developed, and its associated documentation (e.g., drawings, manuals, brochures) will be of a higher quality in DTE 490 than in the concentration-specific capstones. Prerequisites: One of PHYS 339, DTE 346, or SOC/PSCI 398; or consent of the instructors.

ART 221 Designing for People 

will examine how physical capabilities, psychology and perception affect the design of products. 

THEA 310 Technical Drawing

Introduction to artistic and technical aspects of theatrical drawing and drafting as utilized to communicate spatial design for the stage. Project work, exploration of craft techniques and drawing media, emphasis on hand drafting techniques and Vectorworks software are featured. Prerequisite: THEA 220, or DTE 201, or permission of the instructor. 

THEA 377 History of Dcor (AR, G) 

An exploration of the decorative history of human experience as expressed through domestic crafts, ornamentation, architectural styles and furniture.

ART 329  Concept to Prototype

will take the students through the entire design process as they create one or more products. Students in the DTE major will complete two capstone courses. One will be for their concentration - this course is for the product design concentration. Prerequisites: DTE 201, and 312.

CS 128 Computer Science II

Introduction to data structures and algorithmic problem solving. Encapsulation and information hiding, recursion, algorithm techniques, and time complexity. Advanced object oriented programming with inheritance, static and dynamic memory allocation. Linked lists, stacks, queues, and sequential and binary search. Prerequisite: CS 125/DASC 125, CS 126, or CS 127. Offered each term. 

PHYS 305 Electronics 

Elementary circuit theory; fundamentals of diodes and transistors; amplifiers. Integrated circuitry; operational amplifiers and their versatility; introduction to digital logic and electronics. Lectures and laboratory. Prerequisites: PHYS 102, 106 or 131.

PHYS 339  Engineering Design 

During this course you will design and build several devices that are suitable for use by a customer. In each case, you will need to consider the function, cost, and aesthetics of what you are creating. There will be a strong emphasis on prototyping your designs as your ideas evolve. Prerequisites: PHYS 170, 101, or 105. 

PHYS 308 Scientific Imaging

Scientific imaging is an interdisciplinary course that teaches concepts from physics and computer science, and applies them to problems in biology, astronomy, physics and engineering. Topics include the format, characterization, and manipulation of digital images, geometric optics, and biomedical imaging. Prerequisites One year of physics or chemistry or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years.

ACC 113  Accounting for Entrepreneurs

An introduction to the essential accounting concepts and operating characteristics of accounting systems important to entrepreneurs in new ventures. Focus will be on both financial and managerial accounting with an emphasis on the basics of financial statements, how to interpret these statements, and how to make good decisions based on them.

BUS 325 Law for Entrepreneurs

This course broadly surveys the law most crucial to entrepreneurs looking to establish a not-for-profit or for-profit business. Emphasis will be focused on recognizing and managing risk. Specific topics include choice of organizational structure, torts, employment and contract law, the legal framework of finance, and intellectual property law. Prerequisites: BUS 140.

BUS 440 Project in Entrepreneurship

This course guides students through the process and experience of creating a new, real not-for-profit or for- profit organization. Students will apply the knowledge and skills first developed in Introduction to Entrepreneurship (BUS 240), from idea generation through organizational planning of a scalable and sustainable entity. Students will have substantial interaction with successful entrepreneurs. Prerequisites: BUS 240, BUS 325, ACC 113, and BUS 340. Offered each spring.

BUS 331 Marketing: Principles and Management 

Functions and activities of the consumer, retailer, and wholesaler. Consideration of development of marketing programs including product planning, marketing communications, and pricing policies.

 ART 141 Graphic Design (AR)

Introduction to visual communication, aesthetic theory, and computer graphics tools and techniques. Explores graphic design as a means of communication, artistic expression, and organization of information. Critiques, group discussions, research and information gathering assignments, lectures and demonstrations complement studio work. Offered each semester.

DTE 455  Independent Study

Individual study directed toward a specific topic.  Prerequisite: consent of department chair.  Offered each semester and May Term.

DTE 397 Internship

Not more than one course unit may be counted toward graduation requirements. May not be counted as general education credit or for the major or minor. Credit/No Credit. Registration must be completed prior to the beginning of the internship. Prerequisites: sophomore, junior or senior standing and consent of the instructor, minimum of three DTE courses. Offered each semester and May Term.  May also be taken in summer for an additional tuition charge. See program head for specific requirements.

DTE 360 Entrepreneurship Around the Globe

This class explores entrepreneurship in other areas of the world.  The course will compare the differences in entrepreneurship in locations visited, while focusing on understanding the societies of these cultures.  Students will visit local businesses, learn about intercultural communication and management, discuss economic climate, and visit cultural sites.