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Certificate in Technology Commercialization Required Courses

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BAEP 557 (3) Technology Commercialization (Sp)

Technology is probably the most financially under-utilized asset in either the private or public sector. Many firms possess technology and know-how that are not commercialized or are held only for captive applications. Most of the thousand of patents granted never find their way to the market. This course explores how to recognize and screen technology opportunities in diverse areas, from e-commerce to information systems, telecommunications, and biotechnology, to name a few. You will learn the ins and outs of intellectual property acquisition, creation, and protection. The course will discuss how to license technology that others have patented and license your own technology to others to creative multiple revenue streams. The unique business model issues related to high technology start-ups will also be covered. Offered in the spring semester for business and non-business graduate students.

BAEP 556 (3) Technology Feasibility: Creating Value in Intellectual Property (Fa)

This course focuses on the techniques used to create and evaluate new concepts and new business opportunities in technology. Students study the process of Feasibility Analysis of business ventures from the time of the generation of the concept through critical concept analysis, opportunity screening and pre-feasibility analysis, to the development of the written study. Offered in the fall semester to business and non-business graduate students.

What you'll take away:

IP Data Mining Skills using USC patents and the proprietary CAP Assessment Tool developed at the USC Engineering Technology Transfer Center

Feasibility Analysis Tools that you can use to test your own business concepts, the concepts of other inventors, or to determine the commercial feasibility of a technology your company is developing

The experience of working with USC inventors in all areas of technology to discover new applications and commercial opportunities

The opportunity to become a stake-holding member of a development and commercialization team

The opportunity to compete to present your team's technology application at "March Madness of the Mind" at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, funded by the Lemelson Foundation and NCIIA.

BAEP 559 (3) Investing in New Ventures (Fa, Sp)

This course focuses on the entrepreneurial skill set applied to finding and selecting new venture investment opportunities. The course is taught from the business plan reader’s point of view and focuses on building a relationship with the principals, structuring the investment, adding value as a non-executive manager, and realizing the value of that investment.

Whether you desire to be a Venture Capitalist or an Organizational Entrepreneur, the issues of creation of the new enterprise are complex and require the integration of various skills and the adoption of them to each individual case.

This is a case-based course. The reading, assessment and critiquing of business proposals, feasibility plans, or formal business plans, along with proposed structural solutions constitute a large measure of the class’s activities.

Electives (Choose 1)

BAEP 553(3) Cases in New Venture Management (Fa)

Cases and readings expose students to the challenges of developing long-range strategies for entrepreneurial ventures. Emphasis is on developing new industries, growth through strategic alliances, and issues involved in the long-range strategic positioning of emerging companies.

BAEP 555(3) Management of Rapidly Growing Ventures (Sp)

As owner/president or key executive in an emerging growth company, you are challenged by constant change. As your sales grow, so do the threats to your company's future success. What can you do to take your company to the next level and position it for enduring greatness? What changes are necessary in strategic focus, culture, and management style? This course focuses on the continuing development of your entrepreneurial perspective and skills, and on developing management and control systems in each critical area of the business, from customers to tax planning.

ISE 585(3) Strategic Management of Technology (Sp)

Management skills and tools for technology intensive enterprises. Life cycle analysis of technology from planning through exploitation, obsolescence and renewal.

ISE 515(3) Development Engineering Project Management (Fa, Sp, Sm)

Applying industrial and systems engineering skills to problems drawn from industry, while working in teams of 3-4 students. Teach project management skills and provide direct experience in managing and executing a group project.

ISE 555 (3)Creativity, Innovation and Invention in Engineering (Sp)

This course uses a pragmatic approach to familiarize the students with the process of engaging creative thought that when augmented by the tools and techniques introduced in the course lead to meaningful inventions. A methodology that aids the invention process along with the related software will be taught. To prepare the students for the hands-on approach used in the course, technological essentials will be presented in a lecture format in the early stages of the course. Student teams are then guided through the process of idea formation, patent search, design, prototyping, manufacturability considerations, product design and evaluation, and inception of the commercialization stage. By the end of the course each student team is expected to have a working prototype of a new idea and the related preliminary market research. Funding is available to complete prototype development and patent application. Offered in the spring semester to engineering and non-engineering graduate students.

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