Undergraduate Classes

Undergraduate Classes

Course Number: 
STS 3105
Term: 
Fall-2015
Instructor: 
Kari Zacharias
Days: 
Monday
Wednesday
Time: 
2:30-3:45pm
Location: 
ICAT (Merryman Family Learning Studio)
Description: 

Have you ever wondered what it means to be an “innovator”? Are you curious about how and where innovation happens? Do you want to work with students from other disciplines and programs on your own innovative projects? STS 3105 is a project-based course for undergraduate students from all disciplines with a passion for collaboration. We will use readings, discussion, and small assignments to move beyond the buzzword and investigate where the term comes from, how it has been used in the past, what it means today to be an innovator, and what might be left out of common conceptions of innovation. The main outcome of the course will be a collaborative group project through which students will put their analysis and discussion into practice.

Course Number: 
MUS 3314
Term: 
Spring-2015
Instructor: 
Ivica Ico Bukvic
Location: 
Perform Studio at ICAT
Course Number: 
MUS 3066
Term: 
Spring-2015
Instructor: 
Ivica Ico Bukvic
Location: 
Perform Studio at ICAT
Course Number: 
CS 2984/Arch 3514
Term: 
Spring-2014
Instructor: 
Tom Martin
Days: 
Tuesday
Thursday
Time: 
12:30 - 1:45 pm
Location: 
ICAT (Create Studio and Merryman Family Learning Studio)
Description: 

This course is intended to give students a hands-on introduction to physical computing, where computing mediates a person’s interactions with the environment. The course will be run in a studio setting, providing students with an exposure to a variety of prototyping and implementation techniques. Using simple microcontroller boards such as the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, along with sensors, actuators and other electronics, students will create interactive and responsive devices, installations and environments. The course will take a human-centered design approach to exploring the range of expressions and affordances provided by physical objects whose response is determined by computation. The course work will consist of short projects to learn new techniques and a longer term, more open-ended project for creative application of those techniques.

Term: 
Spring-2014
Instructor: 
Brook Kennedy (Industrial Design), Dr. Arthur Buikema (Biology), Dr. Jacquelyn Nagel (Engineering @ JMU)
Days: 
Thursday
Time: 
2 - 4:30 pm
Location: 
Center for the Arts Room 253 / Burchard Side room (later in term)
Description: 

‘Biomimicry’ or ‘Bio-Inspiration’ is an experimental design methodology that looks to nature’s examples for impactful, responsible solutions to humankind’s most intractable problems: fresh water access, pollution remediation, manufacturing waste, along with many others. This course will explore ways that biological insight can play a significant role in solving these challenges through a semester long design project. At the same time, a central educational focus will be to promote true interdisciplinary collaboration by integrating teams with backgrounds in life sciences, engineering and design.

Course Number: 
MUS 3066 (3 credits) (CRN: 15389)
Term: 
Spring-2014
Instructor: 
Charles Nichols
Days: 
Tuesday
Thursday
Time: 
3:30 - 4:45 pm
Location: 
DISIS Old Grand Piano Building
Description: 

MUS 3066 is project-based course in computer music programming, using the CsoundQt programming environment, that covers the composition of computer-generated music, and the theory and application of synthesis and digital signal processing. In addition to weekly reading and programming Assignments, students will produce a graphic analysis of a standard work of computer-music, and compose a piece that should utilize many of the techniques discussed in class and experimented with in the Assignments. This course is open to all majors.

MUS3066 is also offered as a graduate flavored course MUS5984 (Interactive Computer Music & Multimedia Design).

Course Number: 
ENGE 4984
Term: 
Spring-2014
Days: 
Wednesday
Time: 
4 - 7 pm
Location: 
STUDIOne
Description: 

The Startup Class is a semester-long course for teams of students who are interested in learning to become technology leaders and innovators through a structured curriculum that focuses on the development of a business model through customer discovery and assessment of product market fit. Teams will receive structured mentoring and have the opportunity to connect to professionals and fellow entrepreneurs. Applications due by December 6 (midnight). More Details.

Course Number: 
MUS 3314 (1 credit) (CRN: 15398)
Term: 
Spring-2014
Instructor: 
Charles Nichols
Days: 
Tuesday
Thursday
Time: 
5 - 7 pm
Location: 
DISIS
Description: 

MUS 3314 is a new music workshop, in which students, guided by a faculty composer, collaborate on new pieces for electroacoustic ensemble.  Each student will compose a structured improvisation, scored with a combination of traditional, graphic, and text notation, that L2Ork (Linux Laptop Orchestra) will perform, with Wii Remotes and Nunchuks, laptop computers, and dome speaker arrays.

http://www.icat.vt.edu/education/ensemblecourse

Course Number: 
MUS 2984
Term: 
Fall-2014
Instructor: 
Eric Lyon
Location: 
Perform Studio
Course Number: 
MUS 3314
Term: 
Fall-2014
Instructor: 
Ico Bukvic
Location: 
Perform Studio at ICAT
Term: 
Fall-2014
Instructor: 
Dr. Liesl Baum and Dr. Benjamin R. Knapp
Days: 
Tuesday
Time: 
4 - 6 pm
Location: 
Moss Arts Center - Learning Studio
Description: 

From smart phones to automobiles, understanding the human genome to exploring social networks, scientific and technological innovation is the result of the work of not just scientists and engineers, but artists and designers as well. The challenges of the 21st century demand creative processes that stem from the realization that design, aesthetic, and technological development have become symbiotic. Form no longer follows function; form and function are inseparable. In this colloquium we will be discussing and analyzing the creative process in the context of working on trans-disciplinary projects in a studio environment. We will explore innovation by combining the diverse perspectives of the artist, designer, engineer, and scientist.