Silicon Valley Program

Course Descriptions

The Silicon Valley Program consists of four courses in an off-campus residential setting. Here is a brief description from the Claremont McKenna College catalog. Students from the other Claremont Colleges should consult with their respective Registrars’ office and/or department chair. The Silicon Valley Program director and Dean of the Robert Day School will be happy to assist.


ECON 123 CM – Quantitative Data Analysis

The course will give students an introduction to advanced data analysis. The main objective of the course is to allow students to apply statistical concepts to large data sets using both spread sheet software and statistical packages. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring programming skills within these programs. There will be an emphasis on real life applications both from data source publically available and from companies in the Silicon Valley, addressing both public policy questions and topics related to internships.

Prerequisite: ECON 101 CM or ECON 102 CM
Instructor: Keil, M [Fall 2015, Spring 2016]
ECON Credit: CMC = 1.0 Level 2
Graduation Credit: CMC = 1.0, POM = 0.0; See Pomona ECON Chair
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade

Syllabus


ECON 165 CM -- Industrial Organization

Industrial Organization uses economics to study industries and firms. We will explain why imperfect competition is pervasive, discuss how to describe and compare imperfectly competitive industries and firms, consider alternative strategies firms employ, examine how industries evolve over time, evaluate the implications for profitability and welfare, and assess the impacts of public policies on firm strategy and industry performance. The insights are particularly useful for prospective consultants and entrepreneurs, and prospective investors, managers, and policy makers will benefit from the course as well.

Prerequisite: ECON 101 CM
Instructor: Filson, D [Fall 2015, Spring 2016]
ECON Credit: CMC = 1.0 Level 2
Graduation Credit: CMC = 1.0, POM = 1.0
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade

Syllabus


ECON 198 CM -- Independent Study on Innovation Management

This course guides the student through an independent study of several topics related to the management of innovation. Links between the course content and the internship are developed. The readings describe and analyze the key strategies and practices recent technology-based firms use to manage innovation along with the context that innovative firms operate in. Many of the insights apply to managing innovation in all types of organizations. Throughout the course our focus is on how appropriate management combined with an understanding of surrounding circumstances can help firms generate innovations and appropriate returns.

Students who have the necessary qualifications and who wish to investigate an area of study not covered in regularly scheduled courses may arrange for independent study under the direction of a faculty reader. Some students will be required to seek academic supervision from a faculty member at his/her home campus.

Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Filson, D [Fall 2015, Spring 2016]
Graduation Credit: CMC = 1.0 Level
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade
Pomona College Notes

Syllabus

 


ECON 030 CM -- Internship in Economics, Technology, or Innovation

Taken as part of Silicon Valley Program off-campus internship programs. Students gain experience in a technology, business, or innovative setting through placement arranged with the program director.

Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Siegel, S. [Fall 2015, Spring 2016]
ECON Credit: CMC = None; POM = None
Graduation Credit: CMC = 1.0; POM = None
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade
Pomona College Notes

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