Curricular Models

Curricular Models are in-depth descriptions of NCIIA-supported course and program development projects.

Listed below are the currently highlighted models.

University of Rhode Island - Assistive Technology Devices

In 2002, NCIIA supported the creation of Assistive Technology Devices, a two-semester course at the University of Rhode Island. Within the course, interdisciplinary teams of engineering and business students create a novel assistive technology device aimed at the community abroad. Teams work through the entrepreneurial process of product design and commercialization and present the results to a group of businessmen and engineering alumni. The course has impressed faculty around campus, and URI is soon to offer a university-wide course based on the sequence. >>

Appalachian State University - Ergonomic Design for Special Populations

In Appalachian State University's Ergonomic Design for Special Populations, teams of students research the special population of their choice to determine the group's needs, problems, and the obstacles they face, then design an original product to solve one of the identified problems. Though Appalachian State lacks the resources to produce E-Teams that intend to commercialize products, several inventions have been produced in the class: an ergonomic keyboard, a hand-held MP3 player, and a shower hot air drying system for people with reduced mobility. Course enrollment grows each year, and the faculty hopes the course will become a requirement in the curriculum. >>

Clark Atlanta University - ENGR 110 Engineering Computer Graphics

In this project, an NCIIA planning grant supported the incorporation of E-Teams into the required introductory engineering design course at Clark Atlanta University. Professor Sriprakash Sarathy used a start-up venture model for the course, in which students formed E-Teams and competed against each other to solve a given problem. Four E-Teams formed in the pilot semester, all charged with developing a concept for a product, performing market research, and assessing cost and the price of their product. Though some E-Teams attempted to commercialize their products beyond the class timeframe, an improved support system needs to be in place for most students to pursue commercialization. >>

Ramapo College of New Jersey - Invention: Creative and Legal Perspectives

In this course, students form E-Teams and develop prototypes to solve problems based on everyday needs. The purpose of the course is to motivate students to invent, and supply them with the minimum expertise necessary to produce, market, and protect an invention. One E-Team from the pilot course, Photoworks, received Advanced E-Team funding to continue development of their inexpensive device for viewing, modifying and printing photos from positive or negative film. Ramapo's limited resources limit the frequency with which the course is offered, but it remains popular and quickly fills to capacity when available. >>

University of Colorado at Boulder - Creating Appropriate Technologies for the Developing World

In 2002, NCIIA funding supported development of the Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (CAST) at UC Boulder. Two courses were modified using NCIIA funds: Engineering Projects and Sustainability and the Built Environment. In the courses students learn the basics of sustainability and create novel devices to combat water, sanitation, energy and health problems in developing communities. CAST is firmly established at UC, but according to program creator Dr. Bernard Amadei, there is much work to be done. >>