SVP Course Descriptions

The Silicon Valley Program consists of four courses in an off-campus residential setting taught by Claremont McKenna faculty. Please note that SVP courses are changing for the Fall 2017 semester. 

Students from the other Claremont Colleges should consult with their respective Registrars’ office and/or department chair for more detailed information.
 


Fall 2017


ECON 65 CM / ECON 165 CM -- Innovation Management / Industrial Organization

This cross-listed course can be taken as a level 1 economics course (that requires only ECON 050 CM “Principles of Economics” or equivalent) or a level 2 economics course (that requires ECON 101 CM “Intermediate Microeconomics” or equivalent); the difference between the two lies in the exams. This course uses economics to study firm strategy and industry evolution in contexts where innovation is important. We discuss imperfect competition and the main sources of competitive advantage, describe several stylized facts about innovation, consider factors that impact the generation and diffusion of innovations, study dynamic strategic interaction and how high-tech firms and industries evolve, and develop an understanding of the role and impacts of public policies in innovative industries. Science Management majors may substitute ECON 165 CM for the ECON 134 Corporate Finance requirement. 

Prerequisite: ECON 50 CM or equivalent for ECON 65 CM / ECON 101 CM or equivalent for ECON 165 CM
Instructor: Filson, D
Major Credit: CMC ECON = 1.0 Level 1 elective for ECON 65 CM / CMC ECON 1.0 Level 2 elective for ECON 165 CMC
Sequence Credit: ECON 165 CM = 1 CMC Financial Economics elective
Graduation Credit: 5Cs = 1.0
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade


SV 100 CM -- Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley

This course provides an overview of leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship theories and constructs, with applications and implications for leading in innovative and cutting-edge organizations in Silicon Valley.  Topics will range from the history of Silicon Valley, to leading creative teams, to entrepreneurial start-ups, and the leadership skills necessary to foster innovative organizations.  A central theme will be to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be effective leaders in innovative organizations.

Prerequisite: None
Instructor: co-taught by Riggio, R and Sherman, S and Thompson, S
Major Credit: None
Sequence Credit: CMC Leadership capstone course
Graduation Credit: 5Cs = 1.0
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade


INT 030 CM -- Silicon Valley Program Internship

Taken as part of the Silicon Valley Program, students gain professional experience in an organization through an internship arranged in consultation with Andy Ceperley, the SVP director. This experience complements the other coursework in the program to enhance students’ understanding of the strategies and practices of innovative organizations, firm-level innovation ecosystems, high-tech markets and the regional system of innovation in Northern California’s Silicon Valley and the surrounding area. Internship host organizations should either be pursuing innovations themselves or supporting the innovative activities of others (e.g. law firms, venture capitalists, etc.).

Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Filson, D
Major Credit: None
Sequence Credit: CMC Leadership experiential course
Graduation Credit: CMC = 1.0; POM = None; PIT = None; SCR = 1.0
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade
 

Students will choose one of four structured independent study courses:


ECON 98 CM / 198 CM -- Organizing for Innovation / Economics of Innovation

This cross-listed course can be taken as a level 1 economics course (that requires only ECON 050 CM “Principles of Economics” or equivalent) or a level 2 economics course (requires ECON 101 CM “Intermediate Microeconomics” or equivalent). This course guides students in the Silicon Valley Program through several individual and group projects grounded in economics that provide insights into how firms and other entities organize for innovation. The material considers how firm decisions, organizational structures, public policies and the surrounding environment impact the nature and amount of the innovations an organization can generate along with its ability to appropriate returns. Links between the course content and the internship experiences are developed: the internship settings are like “labs” that provides examples of the concepts and frameworks developed in the course. For this purpose, students must interpret their internship experiences broadly and learn about their organizations and the corresponding business environments, not just the internship tasks and responsibilities.   

Prerequisite: ECON 50 CM or equivalent for ECON 98 CM / ECON 101 CM or equivalent for ECON 198 CM
Instructor: Filson, D
Major Credit: CMC ECON = 1.0 Level 1 elective for ECON 98 CM / CMC ECON 1.0 Level 2 elective for ECON 198 CM
Sequence Credit: CMC Leadership breadth course
Graduation Credit: 5Cs = 1.0
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade
 

ECON 128 CM -- Data Science
This is a project-based course that focuses on the handling and statistical modeling of various data sizes, types, and structures; the material is at the intersection of computer science and econometrics. The econometrics component considers the specification and estimation of several important classes of models. The computer science component provides students with a solid foundation of programming concepts (using the Python programming language) and problem-solving skills. The course prepares students for both professional and academic careers that overlap between the two fields. 

Prerequisite: ECON 125 CM or equivalent and CSCI 40 CM or equivalent
Instructor: Salloum, M and Vossmeyer, A
Major Credit: CMC ECON = 1.0 Level 2 elective
Sequence Credit: None
Graduation Credit: 5Cs = 1.0
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade


ECON 199 CM -- New Venture Development
This course provides a pragmatic, hands-on approach to starting a new venture. Students learn how to specify a minimally viable product or service, perform market validation by testing hypotheses, build a business model canvas, evaluate monetization possibilities, and achieve product/market fit. The goal is to aid students in becoming “venture ready” by building analytical skills useful in creating viable new ventures and engaging in a reality-based learning opportunity. The course will be most useful for students interested in careers involving start-ups, including the investment side. This course is a level 1 economics course that is open to all students in the program.

Prerequisite: ECON 50 CM or equivalent 
Instructor: Smith, J
Major Credit: CMC ECON = 1.0 Level 1 elective
Sequence Credit: None
Graduation Credit: 5Cs = 1.0
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade

 


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