Fall 2024 Courses


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HUB XC 433 D1

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING

Abhijit Sarid (ENG) and Tom Meusel (QST)

Course Introduction

The world is turning digital and the demand for technology consulting continues to grow as it enables this rapid transformation. An increasing number of BU graduates are taking roles as technology consultants, and this experiential course will prepare you for a career in technology consulting. It will allow students to understand the role and help prepare them to successfully interview for a technology consultant position upon graduation. Specifically, you will learn to convert customer problems into requirements; innovate with multiple solution options; and use data and analytics to inform recommendations. Even if you decide not to be a consultant, these are the skills that every company would love to see in employees.

This course introduces practical concepts of consulting using an experiential project which is developed and implemented in collaboration with course faculty, and mentors from Innovate@BU. Each inter-disciplinary student team will act as a consulting firm, that understands and solves a given customer problem and proposes a solution and creates a detailed Requirement Specification for the customer.

Course Objectives

The course expects to teach the following:

  • To understand the role of consultant and skills required to be successful
  • To understand value creation in a consulting engagement
  • To learn how to work in an inter-disciplinary team.
  • To learn about digital business transformation and typical consulting engagements.
  • To understand how to use story-boarding to clarify and define a requirement and create a User Requirement Specification.
  • To improve capabilities in presenting and communicating with a client.

This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Teamwork/Collaboration, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.

Th 3:30-6:15pm


HUB XC 420 A1

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUTH ACTIVISM

Tom Anastasi (QST) and Ashley Davis (SSW)

This course empowers students to harness the profound impact of photography as a tool for advocacy, awareness, and social transformation. Through this journey, students will delve into the history of photography in activism, understanding the ethics of representation, and mastering the art of visual storytelling. With a specific focus on youth-led movements, the course will provide hands-on experiences in conceptualizing, capturing, and curating photographs that resonate with causes close to young hearts. Students will not only learn technical photography skills but will also explore the dynamics of engaging with communities, ensuring that their photographs voice the narratives of those they represent authentically. Alongside theoretical discussions, students will collaborate on projects, drawing inspiration from real-world youth activism campaigns, to craft compelling visual messages that can catalyze change. By the culmination of XC420 B1, students will have a rich portfolio of activist photography and a deeper appreciation for the intersection of art, youth, and societal transformation. This course is designed for those who wish to blend their passion for photography with a desire to make a difference, turning every snapshot into a potential movement.

This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Teamwork/Collaboration, Digital Multimedia Expression, Research and Information Literacy.

W 2:30-5:15pm

HUB XC 433 A1

SPIRIT OF WONDER: CROSS-CULTURAL STORYTELLING

Kim Shuckra (CAS) and Christiane Kaden(CAS)

HUB-XCC’s Cross-Cultural Storytelling allows students to learn the Spirit of Wonder (SOW) research model, including interviewing, video blogging, and essay writing. This course provides students with the opportunity to study and practice social cross-cultural research methodologies, including designing qualitative research questions, connecting and engaging with targeted populations, collecting data through SOW’s storytelling interviews, analyzing data, and presenting their findings in written and visual formats. Students receive the tools they need to interview candidates, analyze their stories, and develop narratives, comparative analysis, and presentations on various themes. This course also requires students to work effectively in teams to develop creative strategies for presenting their research to a broader public and to recommend additional research strategies and uses of the data.

This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Teamwork/Collaboration, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.

W 2:30-5:15pm


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HUB XC 433 B1

ENVIRONMENTAL EQUITY & URBAN TREE CANOPIES

Salvatore Genovese (CGS) and Joelle Renstrom (CGS)

This course explores the critical role of urban tree canopies in mitigating the urban heat island effect, which can result in city temperatures being 20-50 degrees warmer than their rural counterparts. With Boston ranked sixth in “heat intensity” among U.S. cities, the course underscores the disproportionate impact on lower-income, older, and chronically ill populations. Through understanding the benefits of trees in sequestering carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, alongside their aesthetic value, students will engage with the concept of environmental equity. The curriculum involves learning about the socio-cultural aspects of urban tree canopies, conducting surveys, interviews, and research to gather data on tree health and canopy coverage, and developing actionable recommendations to enhance urban tree cover.

This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Teamwork/Collaboration, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.

M 2:30-5:15pm


HUB XC 433 C1

MARKETING AND SOCIAL EQUITY IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

Seth Blumenthal (CAS) and Jonathan Hibbard (QST)

This project intends to have teams work with the leadership of cannabis industry organizations in Massachusetts as they seek to promote entrepreneurial interests among social equity applicants. Teams will design and develop marketing plans, materials, and other wrap around services, for approved applicants. As part of this course, XCC student teams will conduct market research, develop strategies, and offer creative solutions around what those clients can do to generate awareness and market for those new businesses.

This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Teamwork/Collaboration, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.

F 11:15am-2:00pm


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HUB XC 410 C1

BACK TO THE PAST

Kathryn Lamontagne (CGS) and Seth Blumenthal (CAS)

This course, “Back to the Past,” uniquely engages students with the past through a game-based approach where they not only play but also design immersive role-playing games as part of the “Reacting to the Past” (RTTP) consortium. RTTP’s methodology emphasizes experiential learning, encouraging students to dive deep into critical historical, social, political, and cultural debates by adopting roles from the past.

Participants will work in teams to research, develop, playtest, and present their own micro-games. These games will explore controversies related to social justice issues, such as suffrage or the Boston busing crisis, and topics centered in the Northeast, like Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day and the Wampanoag people or the legacy of Yawkey.

The curriculum focuses on pivotal moments involving historically marginalized communities as they fought for their social, economic, and political rights. Through this, students will examine the dynamics of conflict and cooperation, leadership, persuasion, and decision-making processes influenced by various societal norms and values. The aim is to utilize this exploration to foster a deeper understanding of these significant historical periods and their relevance today.

Collaboration with numerous archives and libraries will enrich the research phase, ensuring that the games developed are not only educational but also engaging, dynamic, and fun. Exceptional projects have the potential to be added to the RTTP Game Library for broader use and may be submitted to the annual RTTP game development conference.

This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Teamwork/Collaboration, Writing Intensive, Research and Information Literacy.

T/Th 12:30-1:45pm

XCC: BU Spark! Courses

The BU Cross-College Challenge (XCC) is the Hub’s signature interdisciplinary project-based, 4-credit elective course open to juniors and seniors from all of BU’s undergraduate schools and colleges. The XCC engages students in team projects that address a real-world problem or an enduring human question. Students who are especially passionate about a particular subject matter and prepared to be active participants in a rigorous team-based experience are highly recommended to register early as seats are limited. Through the Cross-College Challenge (XCC), BU Spark! offers students in tech and relevant non-computing majors the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary practicum courses while fulfilling multiple BU Hub requirements.

HUB XC 410 A1: Spark! Justice Media Co-Lab

Brooke Williams (COM) and Mark Schifferli (CDS)

Fall 2024:

Fridays 11:15 am–2:00 pm*

Wednesday 6:30–8:30 pm*

If you have a background in computer and data science, statistics, computer engineering, or journalism-related disciplines, XC410 A1 will match you with computational journalism projects provided by external media partners (like the Boston Globe, CBS Boston, GBH, USA Today, and more). You will work on computational investigations focused on issues of justice and accountability, and be guided by veteran faculty practitioners in journalism and computer and data science. An application for registration to this course is required.

This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Teamwork/Collaboration, Writing Intensive, Research and Information Literacy.

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HUB XC 475 A1: Spark! Technology Innovation Fellowship

Ziba Cranmer (BU Spark!)

Fall 2024:

Mondays 2:30—5:15 pm, including required events outside of class time*

Wednesday 6:30–8:30 pm*

If you have a project you want to build or take to the next level but don’t know where to start, XC475 will help you take your project from an idea to a working prototype in one semester. If you don’t have an idea but want to join a student-driven innovation project, this course is for you too. You will work through Spark!’s structured product innovation process with technical support from Spark! experts and industry mentors. An application and interview for registration to this course are required.

This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Teamwork/Collaboration, Oral and Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.

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