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Sustainable Product Design and Innovation

SPDI110 Electricity and Electronics Fundamentals

An introductory course that examines topics from magnetism and electricity to electronics and microcomputers. A hands-on, experiential learning environment is used to stimulate creativity and understanding of the importance of electronics in today's society. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Fall, Spring.

SPDI121 Drafting, Sketching, and CAD

Introduction to the graphic language used in product design for students with little or no previous experience with drafting or CAD. Freehand sketching, instrumental expression, and the use of computer-assisted standard drafting techniques and practices are explored. Previous experience with Windows-based operating systems. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Fall, Spring.

IITDS140 Media Literacy: Seeing and Selling

Explore the promotion of world views through the power of visual communications. Apply the tools of many different academic fields to "see more" and become more visually and media literate. Develop interdisciplinary creative problem-solving skills, build your academic portfolio, and contribute to a collaborative service-learning project. Four-hour seminar. Fall.

IITDS150 Technology and Civilization

This course is a multidisciplinary exploration of technology that encourages students to assess the intended and unintended consequences of technical solutions through cultural, scientific, technological, economic, social, and political lenses. Students will research self-selected topics to understand current issues and to select socially responsible solutions. Four-hour seminar. Spring.

SPDI152 Product Design I

Product design involves the integration of human and aesthetic aspects with technological and production aspects in the creation of manufactured products. This first in a series of courses in product design includes areas of human/object interface, product form, product innovation, and an introduction to eco-design. Fall, Spring.

IITDS160 Peak Oil and Sustainable Solutions

Apply tools of many different disciplines to explore national and international issues surrounding "Peak Oil" - impacts of dwindling supplies of fossil fuels, environmental and social costs of energy conversion processes, national energy polices, and grassroots activism. Develop interdisciplinary problem-solving skills by promoting sustainable solutions in a service-learning project. Four-hour seminar. Spring.

SPDI170 Introduction to Woodworking Technology

Focus on woodworking systems in mass production applications and one-of-a-kind manufacturing. Emphasis is on problem-solving and creativity in laboratory activities. Function, maintenance, safety, and use of tools, machinery, and materials, including supportive theory. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab.

SPDI180 Metal Processes and Prototyping

Deals with the processes involved with machining, casting, and fabricating metal. Shop safety, proper use of hand and measuring tools, and the use of machine tools are covered. Valuable prototyping skills are covered. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Fall, Spring.

SPDI221 Three-Dimensional CAD

Graphic representation of objects intended for manufacture using three-dimensional computer-aided drafting software. Parametric solid modeling of parts and assemblies and creating orthographic view drawings uses SolidWorks software. Previous experience with Windows, Orthographic Drawing, and 2D CAD is expected. SPDI 121 is recommended prior to this course or permission of instructor.

SPDI252 Product Design II

A continuation of Product Design I, emphasis is on rational methods for developing designs in team settings. Basic engineering methods of analysis are introduced to evaluate design structures and mechanisms. Alternative design options are evaluated using analytical techniques. Project planning fundamentals of time and budget emulate industrial development practices. Prerequisite: SPDI 152 or permission of instructor. Spring.

SPDI270 Woodworking Processes

The design, production, and finishing of furniture, cabinets, and millwork. The historical development of cabinetry as well as contemporary material and processes are covered. Exploration of advanced woodworking processes in the laboratory. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Prerequisite: SPDI 170 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

SPDI290 Special Topics

Study of a selected topic in the Sustainable Product Design and Innovation program. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites vary with topics. Fall, Spring.

SPDI294 Cooperative Education

Introductory work-learning experience related to career interests, for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit only (normally 60 hours/credit) to maximum of 12 credits per degree program. Prerequisites: 24 total credits earned, 2.0 cumulative GPA, and permission of instructor. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

SPDI298 Independent Study

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent is required from the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

SPDI304 Materials: A Life-Cycle View

Fundamental properties of a wide range of materials are covered emphasizing mechanical and physical properties and manufacturing processes. A material life-cycle view provides transparency to the human health and environmental effects. Lectures, labs, group and individual projects, and field trips will be used. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Fall.

SPDI321 Advanced 3D CAD

Parametric, solid modeling is used to create complex parts, surfaces and assemblies, in the context of problem-solving and critical thinking to generate effective prototyping strategies. Applications using SolidWorks software include sheet metal parts, virtual stress analysis, design tables and parametric databases, ANSI and ISO standard engineering drawings and GD & T. Prerequisite: SPDI 221. Fall.

SPDI330 Metrology and CMM

This course will focus on Metrology and the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to utilize Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMM) for the inspection of mechanical items. Emphasis is on accuracy and efficient programming, calibration, alignment structure, geometry feature disciplines, and CAD model use for the process of qualifying manufactured items. Prerequisites: SPDI 121, SPDI 221. For individuals with prior industry experience in Blueprint reading and Inspection permission of instructor is required. Spring, Fall.

SPDI352 Product Design III

This course is the third in the product design series. Specific design projects are undertaken, which require an advanced knowledge of computer-aided design/manufacturing. Topics include initial product design, product specifications, prototype fabrication, and evaluation. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. May be repeated once with the permission of instructor. Prerequisites: SPDI 252 and SPDI 221, or permission of instructor. Spring.

SPDI380 CAD/CAM Using MasterCAM

Parts will be designed, programmed, and created using CAD and MasterCAM software and CNC mills. CNC machine set up and interface are covered. The class will consist of several projects over the semester including the creation of new programming. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Prerequisite: SPDI 180 and SPDI 121 or SPDI 221, or permission of instructor. Spring.

SPDI400 Manufacturing Enterprise

Organization and implementation of a student-managed industrial enterprise, including a general overview of economic systems and corporate structure. Emphasizes laboratory covering design, production and distribution of marketable consumer products. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. Fall.

SPDI450 Product DfMA

Your product design project focuses on exploring, in an open-forum setting, the detail design processes to optimize manufacturability while considering associated cost drivers. Topics include material and process selection, part stress identification, and detailed part and tooling design to create production documents to explore a simplified pricing model. SolidWorks proficiency is expected. Prerequisites: SPDI 221 and SPDI 252, or industry experience and permission of instructor. Spring.

SPDI456 Portfolio Design

Develop a visual portfolio of your SPDI projects, other KSC experiences and your work and internship experiences to illustrate your knowledge and skills in preparation for career opportunities and/or graduate school applications. All graduating SPDI majors are expected to participate in the Spring Portfolio Review. Spring

SPDI490 Advanced Special Topics

Study of a selected topic in the Sustainable Product Design and Innovation program at an advanced level. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites vary with topics. Fall, Spring.

SPDI494 Advanced Cooperative Education

Sequential work-learning experience for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit only (normally 60/hours credit) to maximum of 12 credits per program. Prerequisites: SPDI 294, 2.0 cumulative GPA, declaration of major, and permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

SPDI495 Seminar

Small-group discussion of problems and issues in Sustainable Product Design and Innovation. May be repeated as topics change. Fall, Spring.

SPDI498 Independent Study

Advanced independent study of various fields of Sustainable Product Design and Innovation through independent reading, writing, laboratory work, or field investigation. Requires a written report. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits. Fall, Spring.