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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EIN5201
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-01-26
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: COEN app 5/10/11. To GC 5/10/11; obj/lrng outcomes need revision - emailed 6/28/11 - Updated copy 8/30/11. GC Approved 9/1/11 pending catalog copy. GC cleared 11/14/11. to USF System 11/28/11, to SCNS 12/6/11. Approved effective 1/1/12. Posted in Banner

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2010-01-26
  2. Department: Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: USF01/TPA/210300/10000/000000/0000000
  5. Contact Person: Paul Schnitzler, Ph.D. (E. E.)
  6. Phone: 8139745584
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EIN
  9. Number: 5201
  10. Full Title: Creativity in Technology
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Creativity in Technology
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 10
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Designed to aid engineers, and others, re-open the creativity within themselves. It is focused on the student and his/her interests in technology and innovation. Graduate students and senior undergraduates.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? While valuable in many fields, in engineering and business the act of creativity will often provide the most important contribution in a project and this is lacking in many, if not most, adults. While this may seem gratuitous, we need more creative adults in our society to be able to address the enormous issues facing us.

    Young children are remarkably creative; however, by young adulthood, most of us are no longer creative. This course reverses that effect to our great benefit. This course was based on a course that Stanford University has had for over 20 years which was developed by Dr. Michael Ray who has given permission for the use of his materials.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, twice
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. (Engineering or technology) plus experience or training with various creativity activities such as story-telling, meditation, movement work such as yoga, mythology, and formal problem solving
  29. Objectives: 1. Students will learn a wide variety of methods such as activities, tools, and experiences that have been found to stimulate creativity. These are general in nature but are focused on how they have been used with technology.

    2. On an individual basis, students will find some of these particularly useful for their own creative needs and they will learn how to use these methods for themselves.

    3. Students will learn about the creative experiences of others.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Each student will have found personal answers to the questions "Who is my Self? What is my Work?"

    2. On an individual basis, students will be able to perform many of the methods; students are not expected to be able to use all of the methods presented.

    3. Students will discover un-recognized creative aspects of themselves.

    4. students will be able to apply a variety of tools in the service of solving difficult problems.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Creativity theories

    2. Mythology and The Hero’s Journey

    3. Movement as a stimulant

    4. Art for expression and inspiration

    5. Writing for expression and inspiration

    6. Spirituality and creativity

    7. Individual and team creativity

  32. Textbooks: 1. Creativity in Business, Dr. Michael Ray & Rochelle Myers. Doubleday, 1989

    2. The Path of the Everyday Hero, Lorna Catford & Dr. Michael Ray. Tarcher, 1991

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: 1. The Creative Spirit, Daniel Goleman, Paul Kaufman & Dr. Michael Ray. Dutton, 1992 (May be out of print but may be available used.)

    2. Blank bound Journal, 8.5 x 11 inches

    3. Set of colored marking pens, pencils or crayons (Please bring your journal & colors to each session.)

    4. Additional self-selected readings on creativity.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Student attendance is required except as provided in University policies; for this course, active participation is essential. Remote students must be able to participate synchronously (in real time) using Elluminate-Live. Failure to attend more than two sessions without instructor’s permission may result in a failing grade.


    Total Attendance 40

    Final Project 15

    Weekly Papers 15

    Individual Meetings with instrutor 15 Participation in Creativity team meetings 15

    Total 100

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1. Individual meeting with instructor to discuss personal creative interests.

    2. Weekly “Live Withs”

    3. Personal journal

    4. Team creative activity

    5. Term creative project

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Weekly assignments will be accepted up to one week late with a 10% penalty.

    Major activities such as term project or presentations will be accepted late only if prior arrangements are made with the instructor.

    All work and behaviors must satisfy University policies for Academic Integrity. This is explicitly defined in the syllabus.

  38. Program This Course Supports: This course supports the MS Engineering Management and the undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship.
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Most fields including medicine, finance, law, and business

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