Entrepreneurship is more than just understanding "how to start a business." Entrepreneurship involves coming up with new ideas, identifying problems and finding solutions, taking risks, and thinking creatively. At Lawrence Tech, we have embedded an "entrepreneurial mindset" into a host of courses throughout the undergraduate courses common to all students, as well as into the engineering programs. Students also have the opportunity to experience elements of entrepreneurship -- from just learning about how you could one day start a business in your field, all the way to actually launching a new business -- in a variety of general and discipline-specific courses.
Think you want to learn more? Check for one of these courses on your next semester's schedule!
Advanced Design Studio 1: Urban Wilderness - ARC 5814
This iteration of the Advanced Design Studio focuses on Urban Wilderness examining the entrepreneurship of human-nature relationships. The objectives of the class will provide students with the opportunity to develop small-scale projects and ideas that is sustainable and that can be developed and marketed as system-based design in urban areas of need.
Following a midterm, students will be eligible to apply for a micro-grant (to the amount of $200.00-$300.00) toward applying their design research, analysis, and proposition on ground at a small but specific manner of intervention. This would allow the students to learn from practical application, experimentation, and testing and learn from the success and failure. This studio was created by Anirban Adhya, Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Architecture and Design.
Advanced Design Studio 2: Activist Architecture and Design - ARC 8524
The Advanced Design Studio is conducted as a design course intended for upper-division architecture, interior design, and urban design students, with emphasis on the role of research in the design process and the opportunity for proposition (suggesting appropriate design responses) through specific topics and issues presented by individual instructors. The course requires a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of design, research, representation (manual and digital), building systems, structures, environment, history, theory and ethics, and is intended to develop students’ applied theory, research and integrated design skills to an advanced level. Course activities may include individual and group exercises and critiques, lectures, seminars, field trips and site visits, and other events planned by the instructor. In the Activist Architecture and Design iteration of the Advanced Design Studio, students focused on engagement with, and identification of, project constituencies that exposed students to a definition of ‘client’ which is more expansive than traditional practice. Students created an "evil plan" based on the Hugh McLeod book of the same name and explored opportunity recognition. This studio was created by Edward Orlowski, Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Architecture and Design.
DetroitSHOP - ARC/ARI/ART/MGT Courses
detroitSHOP is Lawrence Tech's downtown design lab. The experimental studio teaches students about the risks, benefits, and realities of an interdisciplinary practice in an urban core. Past projects have included proposals for design and community elements located along the then-proposed M-1 Rail Line. Multidisciplinary student teams -- including Interior Architecture, Graphic Design and Business students -- assessed opportunities along the rail line, and proposed evidence-based design ideas to influential Detroit business owners. This studio was created by Amy Deines, a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Design.
makeLab - ARC Courses
makeLab is the digital fabrication studio at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. The mission of makeLab is to use digital fabrication as an entrepreneurial opportunity and to demonstrate the theory and practice of design through technological and manual competences.Various courses are affiliated with the makeLab in any given semester. Past courses have included students from Business, Architecture and other disciplines. Past projects have included design and fabrication of an acoustic ceiling for a presentation room on campus, as well as projects for external clients.
studio[Ci] - ARC Courses
studio[Ci] is a transdisciplinary design collaborative founded in 2008. We create sustainable communities through architectural and urban design interventions incorporating net zero energy, generative uses for vacancy, and hybridized infrastructure networks. studio[Ci] invented a unique digital interface, utilizing a variety of digital technologies, for data mapping, analysis, and opportunities generation. studio[Ci] was created by Constance Bodurow, Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Architecture and Design.
Community Arts Entrepreneurship - ART Courses
Students (sometimes paired with a group of youth from Detroit) explore principles of entrepreneurship in art and design disciplines. Course will emphasize group-based interdisciplinary collaboration and model projects after real-world business scenarios. Projects are based around an entrepreneurial opportunity rooted in the many community needs of Detroit. Past examples have included SWAGON (a modified bread truck set up to travel and sell student-designed t-shirts and related items in the Detroit community) and Urban Mini-Golf (design, build and promotion of a miniature golf course in a Detroit neighborhood, focusing on the use of industrial materials rather than the traditional grass turf). The Community Arts Entrepreneurship course model was developed by Steven Coy, Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor in the College of Architecture and Design.
Creative Entrepreneurship - COM 3113
This course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of creative entrepreneurship through the creation of a written business plan; analysis of case studies; and research into key concepts such as intellectual property and the knowledge economy; innovation and risk; collaboration, clusters and networks. Oral presentations (including the elevator pitch and the business plan presentation) will be introduced. Course involves actually starting a business in a structured environment.
The course is a junior-level course in the College of Arts and Sciences, with the Writing Proficiency Exam (COM3000) as a prerequisite. This course was created by Karen Evans, a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Co-Director of the Coleman Fellows Program.
Writing for Social Media - COM 6553
This course focuses on intensive reading, research, and writing for social media. Students will create and maintain a carefully crafted blog throughout the semester. Students will also create and promote a wiki with a strong civic component. Students will research and analyze blogging, wikis, viral media, podcasts, virtual communities, RSS (real simple syndication) and other communication platforms. Class discussions will link academic research with practical applications of social media and its implications for society. Entrepreneurship content is integrated to give students a perspective on social media as an entrepreneurial endeavor. This course was created by Holly Helterhoff, a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Director of the LTU Scholars and Undeclared Programs.
Special Topics in Creative Writing: Compiling a Chapbook: From Drafting to Polishing and Publishing - CRW 3113
A traditional Creative Writing course in which students intensively draft, revise, and polish original poetry. Further, we examine a specific type of publication: the poetry chapbook. The term “chapbook” grew from English “chapmen,” peddlers who sold inexpensive pamphlets throughout the late 1500s up until the mid-1800s. These small pamphlets contained poems, ballads, stories, or folklore; because these pamphlets were cheaply produced they were affordable for masses. Today a chapbook is a short collection of poetry of 16 – 25 pages (as opposed to a full-length collection, which is 50 – 80 pages long). Typically the poems are linked by a clear theme, though this is not always the case. The chapbook is generally still modestly produced, but it is a respected publication in the poetry world. It’s often a way to get a “foot in the door,” as many poets publish a chapbook before pursuing a full-length collection. The course contains a module in which we explore the various publication avenues available. At the end of the semester, students prepare final work to submit to literary journals and self-published a chapbook featuring their work. This course was created by Sara Lamers, a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Senior Lecture in the Department of Humanities, Social Science and Communication.
Entrepreneurial Mindset for Engineers - EGE 2233
This course introduces the general concepts of entrepreneurial thinking in engineering such as opportunity recognition, risk assessment, and ambiguity/uncertainty. Marketing, business law, and strategic management will also be addressed. This course will compare entrepreneurship inside an established organization ("intrapreneurship") vs. establishing a new enterprise ("entrepreneurship") primarily highlighting the differences between the two. Students emerge with a broad knowledge of the engineer's role in innovation and a better understanding of how they might best implement the entrepreneurial mindset in their careers. Students will assess their individual entrepreneurial drive and creative style to better understand how their entrepreneurial bias could affect future career decisions.
Business Plan Development for Engineers - EGE 3361
This course teaches the fundamentals of business plan development for engineering enterprises and is offered as a complement to the student engineering enterprise sequence which culminates in the capstone design course. Topics discussed in the course include enterprise description, marketing plan, operations plan, management and organization, and financials. Students generate a business plan designed to raise funding for a technical enterprise and are required to present it using appropriate presentation skills.
Senior Project in Mathematics and Computer Science - MCS 4833
This lab is pioneering new analytical techniques and computational algorithms applied to CGM BG data that will easily translate to the treatment of patients in the clinic. We are validating the techniques via secondary analysis of existing data and then applying to current clinical data to provide quantitative measures that will predict future chances of Diabetes and if Diabetic to minimize time spent in hyper- or hypo-glycemic ranges, predict the onset of long term cardiovascular complications, and provide a user-friendly database that researchers and clinicians will have access to. Besides the computational algorithms that we are developing, we also are developing models that will allow one to explore beta cell function and resilience across all the patients to try and predict key parameters associated with the disease and its progression. We need to create new courses and modules that teach not only the research and technology but how to make it successful in the business world. This lab was developed by Patrick Nelson, a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science.
New Ventures & Managing Entrepreneurial Operations - MGT3013
An intensive course that focuses on the skills and knowledge necessary to design, launch, and manage a new venture. Practice is accomplished through team projects, case studies, development of a business operating plan for a new venture and meaningful field assignments.
Event Production (Special Topics) - MCO 4073
The purpose of this course is to expose students to the necessary technical skills, entrepreneurial knowledge, and industry connections which will help them launch a career in the event production field upon graduation. This course was developed by Jody Gaber, a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Director of the Media Communication Program.