ISBT 101: LIVING SYSTEMS I (F)
This course will provide students with an introduction to biology, chemistry, environmental science, and geology with an emphasis on practical applications. Included in this course will be the fundamentals of computer use, including training on how to use the computer to prepare laboratory reports. The course will be laboratory-intensive with hands-on group learning experiences. Students will be expected to master basic laboratory skills and gain a degree of comfort in working in the laboratory.
ISBT 102: LIVING SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY (S)
Students (working in teams) will be required to select 2 to 3 technologies that are derived from the sciences they were introduced to in ISBT 101. Students will analyze the technology from its inception to its current status. The analysis will include business considerations, an understanding of the basic science, moral, social, and ethical issues related to the technology, and a summary suggesting a future for the technology. Each team will be required to prepare both written and oral presentations.
ISBT 111: TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS ANALYSIS (F)
This course will introduce students to the field of systems analysis and to the broad spectrum of technologies that are integrated into the design, construction, and operation of a high-tech electronic commercial product. The product will be disassembled into its simplest parts followed by an analysis of the form, function, and fundamental physical-sciencebasis of each component. Using laboratory computers, equipment, and software tools, students will assemble the components into a working prototype of the commercial product.
ISBT 112: TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATIONS I: PROCESSES (S)
This course will examine the fundamental physical processes utilized by a wide range of technology, including the technology introduced in the ISBT 111 course. Topics from areas including kinematics, energy, thermodynamics, light, and optics will be discussed. The calculus-level math concepts used to describe these topics will be introduced along with their applications. The course will be laboratory-intensive with handson group learning experiences. Upon completion of this course, students will be comfortable in a physical science laboratory.
ISBT 201: LIVING SYSTEMS II (F)
This course will examine specific concepts and practices underlying biology, chemistry, environmental science, and geology. Students will spend most of their time in the laboratory learning the skills and procedures that are essential in the technological practice of these sciences. Students will work in teams and practice hands-on problem solving. Prerequisite: ISBT 101.
ISBT 202: TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS ANALYSIS (S)
This course will continue the student’s exploration of existing technologies and the process of commercialization. Students, working in teams, will create companies and analyze three different technologies as if their companies were creating and developing those technologies. Specifically, the students will need to demonstrate the science of the technology in the laboratory, define the need, analyze the sales and marketing plan, understand the moral and ethical implication, and calculate costs and profitability. The students will assess the business-state of the technology and recommend directions in which the technology should expand. Each team will be required to prepare both written and oral presentations.
Teams will be required to select a technology from each of the ISBT areas of concentration, i.e., (biotechnology, energy and natural resources, and information and knowledge management.) Analysis of a technology from each of the areas will prepare students to choose their area of concentration. Prerequisite: ISBT 111 and 201.
ISBT 211: INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT (F)
This course will examine the acquisition of data through an analysis of measurement transducers, instrument design, and computer data-acquisition and interfacing. The descriptive statistics and data-visualization techniques required to transform raw data into useful information will be investigated in a laboratory setting. The incorporation of multiple measurements into process-level monitoring and control systems will be studied with respect to the various commercially available intelligent instruments, industrial network architectures, and information control systems. Prerequisite: ISBT 111, 112.
ISBT 212: TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATIONS II: MATERIALS (S)
This course will examine the materials utilized in machines, devices, and consumer products. The study of metals, polymers, ceramics, adhesives, coatings, fuels, and lubricants is combined with the exploration of mechanical and nondestructive materials testing in a hands-on laboratory environment. In addition the sources of raw materials, production methods, markets, costs, and waste products of each type of material are evaluated.
ISBT 379: PROJECT MANAGEMENT
ISBT 431: REGULATORY AFFAIRS
In this course, we discuss the history, issues, roles, and future trends of the U.S. agencies such as the FDA, EPA, and OSHA that are responsible for administering the major laws and regulations pertaining to the life cycle of products in commerce. Emphasis is on understanding the impacts of environmental, health, safety (EHS), and product laws and regulations with which most businesses have to comply. All of the major EHS Acts are presented and case studies, practical exercises, and team group work are used to discover the business impact. Prerequisite: ISBT junior standing.
ISBT 481-482: CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE I, II
As an extension of a student’s concentration, individual students or teams of students will work on a real-world problem designed by the student or team. The project will culminate in the student’s formal presentation of results and conclusions both orally and in written form.