Department of Technology

Dockter, Jason (2018) Instructor; B.S. Minnesota State University - Moorhead, M.Ed. Valley City State University

Krumwiede, Elisa (2019) Instructor; B.S. North Dakota State University, B.S., M.Ed. Valley City State University

Mannie, Clayton (2020) Assistant Professor; B.S., M.Ed. Valley City State University

STEM ED 160. Integrative Physical Science for Elementary. 4 Credits.

A conceptual physical science course intended for elementary education majors. Topics include the study of the structure and properties of matter, interactions and energy, interactions and forces, interactions and systems (electricity and magnetism), and the study of waves (including light and sound). This course includes exploration of PLTW Launch Modules.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

STEM ED 199. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

STEM ED 306. Inventions and Innovations - Technology Education for Children. 3 Credits.

An elementary course focused on technology and society, invention and innovation, engineering for children, evaluating available integrated STEM curricula, as well as exploring methods for the implementation of integrated STEM activities in the elementary classroom. The course includes a lab component.
Typically Offered: Fall.

STEM ED 310. Design, Technology and Engineering for Children. 3 Credits.

An elementary course focused on technology, design, and the engineering process, as well as methods integrating STEM activities into thematic units in the elementary school curriculum. The course includes a lab component.
Typically Offered: Summer.

STEM ED 331. Innovation and Engineering Design. 3 Credits.

Prepares prospective teachers to teach a middle school course using engineering design concepts and activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Activities include brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, constructing, testing and refining designs. The course includes a lab component.
Typically Offered: Summer.

STEM ED 342. Data Collection and Analysis. 3 Credits.

A course focused on hands-on transdisciplinary labs using project-based engineering design activities that focus on the collection and analysis of lab data to solve real world problems. Activities include data graphing, charting, tables, sketching, modeling, constructing, testing, and refining designs.
Typically Offered: Summer.

STEM ED 355. STEM Curriculum and Methods for Elementary. 3 Credits.

Foundational course for fully implementing effective elementary-level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education. Reviews and explores current trends in STEM Education using PLTW Launch Modules and other standards-based education curricula. Students also examine interdisciplinary methods for successfully engaging students in Reading, Science, Math, Art, and other elementary subjects.
Typically Offered: Spring.

STEM ED 411. STEM Curriculum and Methods. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to prepare students to teach courses in technology education, technology and engineering education and technology and engineering programs in middle, junior high, and high schools. Students will learn curriculum development, methods, and techniques to courses that utilize the classroom, lab, and shop.
Typically Offered: Fall.

STEM ED 431. Design for Engineering. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide prospective teachers with experience in Project-Based Learning (PBL) using the Engineering Design Process (EDP). Students will examine engineering practices related to analytical and physical modelling to design, build, modify, test, and demonstrate in a virtual and real-world environment. Students are introduced to virtual simulations, 2D and 3D Modeling Techniques, and other elements of design. At course conclusion students will be familiar with the iterative process engineers use to create design solutions. This course Includes embedded lab activities to support learning and application.
Typically Offered: Fall.

STEM ED 450. Engineering the Future Using Computational Thinking. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide an examination of the use of computational thinking in technology, or how problems and their solutions can be formulated to be effectively executed by a computing platform. Students develop the skills to break problems into smaller parts, identify patterns, focus on the relevant details of a problem, and think of solutions to problems in an algorithmic fashion. Students practice these skills through programming challenges in the Python programming language.
Typically Offered: Spring.

STEM ED 499. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

TECH 161. Technology, Engineering, and Design. 4 Credits.

An introductory course that examines the engineering design process and its use to solve technological challenges. The course will cover the nature of technology, technology systems, and the history, evolution, and characteristics of technology, as well as learning activities to apply technology, science, and mathematics concepts.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

TECH 199. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

TECH 299. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

TECH 300. 3D Modeling and Design. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the principles of graphic design and 3D parametric modeling in the creation and visualization of engineering designs and drawings. Students will be able to illustrate parametric 3D part modeling, assembly, rendering, and production of working drawings from design ideas. The course includes a lab component.
Typically Offered: Fall.

TECH 325. Exploring Technology Through Engineering by Design (EbD). 3 Credits.

This is a course designed to provide prospective teachers with experience in Middle and High School Inquiry and Project Based Learning using ITEEAs Engineering by Design (EbD) Curriculum. Students will experience engineering design challenges selected from several EbD courses to promote the development of critical thinking and problem-solving in the classroom and lab.
Typically Offered: Fall.

TECH 330. Exploring Technology Through PLTW. 3 Credits.

This is a course designed to provide prospective teachers with experience in Activity and Problem Based (APBL) Learning from class curriculums offered through the Project Lead the Way Gateway program. This is a middle school base curriculum where students will explore technology and engineering through STEM activities and projects selected from several of the Gateway curriculum offerings; many of which relate to the design process to encourage development of critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
Typically Offered: Spring.

TECH 356. Safety and Management in Technology Education. 3 Credits.

An examination of safety issues utilizing a systems-based team approach to ensure a safe technical education classrooms and laboratory environments that now also include fab labs, makerspaces, and STEM labs. This course covers essential discussions of inherent hazards, machine tool operations, as well as laboratory/fabrication systems and management issues. By completing all elements in this course prospective teachers will produce materials to establish a well-documented safety program for the various teaching environments that a technology education teacher may experience.
Typically Offered: Spring.

TECH 371. Technology Systems. 3 Credits.

A focus on content and processes associated with technological systems. Students apply systems thinking, reverse engineering, and other related concepts in projects to better understand systems design, maintenance, and troubleshooting. The course includes a lab component.
Typically Offered: Spring.

TECH 391. Foundations of Technology. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the foundations of technology using the design process. Students learn to innovate and engineer practical solutions. The course includes a lab component.
Typically Offered: Spring.

TECH 394. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

Directed reading, study, and/or activities in selected topics.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

TECH 399. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

TECH 416. Innovations in Energy and Power Technologies. 3 Credits.

A foundation of key concepts in energy, power, and electronics. Students develop an understanding of the science and application of energy in technology; the evolution of the human understanding of energy; power plant technologies; sustainability; and analog and digital circuit design. This course includes embedded lab activities to support learning and application.
Typically Offered: Fall.

TECH 421. Computer Science, Programming, and Robotics. 3 Credits.

An introduction to basic computer systems, programming, and logic. Students will be challenged with design activities where they must read and create basic coding operations to complete a task or solve a problem in a robotic setting.
Typically Offered: Spring.

TECH 456. Intelligent Machines. 3 Credits.

A focus on practical interfacing of computers and/or peripheral devices to create solutions to design challenges. Students will be asked to create device and machine (artificial) intelligence through use of coding, sensors, and an understanding of digital and analog controls. The course includes a lab component.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.

TECH 478. Technology, Society, and Sustainability. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide the student with conceptual knowledge and know-how to better assess the impact of technology on society and the environment. It will also familiarize students with the advancement of environment technology and its potential contribution to a more sustainable future. The course includes a lab component.
Typically Offered: Fall.

TECH 491. Senior Portfolio. 1 Credit.

A course to assist the student in developing the digital portfolio used to assess the completion of the program outcomes. The course addresses both technical application and content and allows the student to demonstrate program outcome competencies.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grading: S/U only.

TECH 497. Internship. 3-12 Credits.

An opportunity for students to apply classroom learning to an on-the-job work experience. Internship must be related to the student's major or minor course of study and may be in any geographic location. Credit is granted in the range of three to twelve hours per semester and may be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours. Application and approval through Career Services.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisites: Junior Standing or Senior Standing and cum GPA of 2.50 or higher.
Grading: S/U only.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

TECH 499. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.