Experimental Courses 2022-2023, A-F

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ACCT 461X. Entrepreneurship and Accounting Information . (Cross-listed with ENTSP 461X). (Dual listed with ACCT 561X). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: ACCT 284. Accounting information recording, dissemination, and use by entrepreneurs. Introduces pro forma financials, venture capital, private equity, and state and federal regulations for business creation and formation. Other topics include intrapreneurship, intellectual property, information privacy, cybersecurity, and internal controls, including managing the risk of embezzlement.

ACCT 561X. Entrepreneurship and Accounting Information . (Dual-listed with 461X). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: ACCT 284. Accounting information recording, dissemination, and use by entrepreneurs. Introduces pro forma financials, venture capital, privateequity, and state and federal regulations for business creation and formation. Other topics include intrapreneurship, intellectual property,information privacy, cybersecurity, and internal controls, including managing the risk of embezzlement.

ACCT 580AX. CPA Exam Preparation - AUD. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Master of Accounting student. Preparation for the Auditing and Attestation (AUD) section of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Only two of ACCT 580A, 580B, 580C, 580D, 580E, and 580F may count toward graduation. Offered satisfactory-fail only.

ACCT 580BX. CPA Exam Preparation - BEC. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Master of Accounting student. Preparation for the Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) section of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Only two of ACCT 580A, 580B, 580C, 580D, 580E, and 580F may count toward graduation. Offered satisfactory-fail only.

ACCT 580CX. CPA Exam Preparation - FAR. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Master of Accounting student. Preparation for the Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) section of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Only two of ACCT 580A, 580B, 580C, 580D, 580E, and 580F may count toward graduation. Offered satisfactory-fail only.

ACCT 580DX. CPA Exam Preparation - REG. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Master of Accounting student. Preparation for the Regulation (REG) section of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Only two of ACCT 580A, 580B, 580C, 580D, 580E, and 580F may count toward graduation. Offered satisfactory-fail only.

ACCT 580EX. CMA Exam Preparation - Part 1. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Master of Accounting student. Preparation for Part 1 (Financial Planning, Performance, and Analytics) of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination. Only two of ACCT 580A, 580B, 580C, 580D, 580E, and 580F may count toward graduation. Offered satisfactory-fail only.

ACCT 580FX. CMA Exam Preparation - Part 2. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Master of Accounting student. Preparation for Part 2 (Strategic Financial Management) of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination. Only two of ACCT 580A, 580B, 580C, 580D, 580E, and 580F may count toward graduation. Offered satisfactory-fail only.

ACSCI 391X.  Actuarial Exam P Lab. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: STAT 326. Material review for actuarial exam P. Offered satisfactory-fail only.

ACSCI 392X.  Actuarial Exam FM Lab. (1-0) Cr. 1. F.S.SS. Prereq: MATH 240. Material review for actuarial exam FM. Offered satisfactory-fail only.

AGEDS 115X. Professional Development in Agricultural Education and Studies: Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. Prereq: Undergraudate student in AG ST or AGLSE. Topics vary according to student interest. Materials related to current issues in Agricultural Education and Studies.

AGEDS 323X. Strategic Communication in Agriculture and the Environment . (Cross-listed with P R 323X). Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: ENGL 250; junior classification . Effective communication of agricultural and environmental issues. Analysis of attitudes, advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and impacts on individual and societal choices. Application in the domains of public relations, mass media, and popular culture.

AGEDS 460X. Capstone in Agricultural Studies -- Multidisciplinary Option. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Graduating senior in agricultural studies. Capstone course focusing on connecting the education, skills, and experiences gained during students’ experience in the Agricultural Studies Multidisciplinary option program to aide in preparing for life after college. This course challenges students to uncover the wild and wicked challenges 21st century agriculture is facing, while employing their skills and expertise to develop solutions for these issues.

AGEDS 580X. A Survey of Leadership Theories. (3-0) Cr. 3F.  Examine postulates, applications and limitations of various leadership theories such as Transformational Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, and Adaptive Leadership. Valuable to individuals interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in academia and business; and specifically Agricultural Education, Communication and Extension Education.

ARTIS 170X. Exploring the Visual Arts. (3-0) Cr.3. Visual arts and how it relates to individuals, their community, and the importance in a cultural and global context. Understand vocabulary of the visual arts, and develop strategies for observation and critical thinking through assignments including reflective writing and observational analysis on various works of art. Engage with various visual art topics and disciplines such as: defining what art is, learning about types of art and its use and meaning of materials, how art plays a role in the expression of humanity, and how personal awareness and perspective can benefit from the engagement of art.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

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BIOL 403X. Inroduction to Pathology II. (Cross-listed with V PTH 403X). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: V PTH 402/BIOL 402. Continuation of pathology topics begun in V PTH/BIOL VPTH 402. How specific organ systems respond to injury using principles and information covered in VPTH 402/ BIOL 402. Study of a set of prototypical diseases that affect humans and animals.

BUSAD 105X. Exploration of Majors & Careers in Business. (2-0) Cr. 1. F.S. Exploration course providing in-depth information and education regarding majors and related careers in business, with the goal for students of making a decision on which business major(s) to pursue. 8 week course. Satisfactory-Fail.

BUSAD 301X. Introduction to International Business. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Sophomore Classification. Foundation for international business theory and practices with an emphasis on understanding the intersection of business, culture, politics, law, and economics. Views from both the United States and countries abroad will be presented.

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COM S 192X. Explorations in Computing Research I. (.5-.5). Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S. Explore research opportunities for undergraduate students in Computer Science; understanding the nature of research and development process; reviewing the literature; development of writing, presentation, and data reporting skills; rotation under different research labs; group work.

COM S 292X. Explorations in Computing Research II. Cr. 1. Repeatable. Prereq: COM S 192X, Sophomore classification, permission of instructor.  Development of concepts and skills to conduct research in computing including knowledge of development tools and practices. Supervised research project in a chosen area. Team work.

COM S 434X. Quantum Information and Complexity. (Dual-listed with COM S 534X). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: COM S 331 or PHYS 422 or PHYS 522; MATH 207 or MATH 317. An exploration of quantum information and computation from a theoretical computer science perspective. Topics include quantum circuits, axioms of quantum mechanics, quantum entanglement, quantum teleportation, nonlocal games, quantum entropies, quantum information theory, quantum computational complexity, interactive proof systems, and quantum supremacy.

COM S 534X. Quantum Information and Complexity. (Dual-listed with COM S 434X). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: COM S 331 or PHYS 422 or PHYS 522; MATH 207 or MATH 317. An exploration of quantum information and computation from a theoretical computer science perspective. Topics include quantum circuits, axioms of quantum mechanics, quantum entanglement, quantum teleportation, nonlocal games, quantum entropies, quantum information theory, quantum computational complexity, interactive proof systems, and quantum supremacy.

COM S 579X. Natural Language Processing . (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: COM S 474/574 or Com S 573. Introduction to NLP and its connection with other branches of Artificial Intelligence, such as machine learning and knowledge representation. Text analysis including n-gram language models, stemming and lemmatization, part-of-speech (POS) tagging. Topic modeling, summarization, text classification, knowledge extraction, and text reasoning. Applications of deep learning in NLP including question answering, machine reading comprehension, word and sentence embedding. Research project required.

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ECON 410X. Experimental Economics. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: ECON 301. Introduction to experimental economics and major subject areas addressed by laboratory and field experiments. Topics include an introduction to the technique of using laboratory experimental methods to test economic theories, understanding economic behavior, and conducting field experiments. Additional topics will introduce students to human subjects review, experimental design, writing a literature review, and the study of a series of experiments: markets, individual decision-making, asset markets, behavioral game theory, and neuroeconomics.

ECON 511X. Research Seminar in Experimental Economics. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.  Prereq: ECON 510. Design, conduct, interpret, and report on economic experiments. Preparation of a potentially publishable experimental research paper. Topics vary according to student interest.

ECON 594X. Research Methods in Economics I. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Graduate status or permission of instructor. Introduction to methods used in empirical economic research. Formulation of well-posed economic questions, locating and evaluating relevant literature, and meaning of testable hypotheses.

ENGL 377X. Latina/o/x Life Stories: Memoirs and Oral History. (Cross-listed with US LS 377X and SPAN 377X). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: US LS 211 or ENGL 250. Study and archive Latinx life stories through traditional coursework, digital humanities and community outreach with local schools. Analysis of the extensive realities of Latinx communities in Iowa through the study, writing, tutorial work, and production of memoirs and oral histories.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement. 

ENTSP 430X. Real-time Case Study of an Ames Entrepreneurial Startup. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: Sophomore status. Inside look at an entrepreneurial consumer packaged goods startup in real-time. Topics include product design, materials, manufacturing, supply chain, finance, legal, management, strategy, market research, marketing (positioning, differentiation, target market, claims), sales, distribution, customer service, positioning the company as an acquisition candidate, maximizing valuation, ownership and how shares are awarded, and anything else related to business survival and growth.

ENTSP 461X. Entrepreneurship and Accounting Information . (Cross-listed with ACCT 461X). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: ACCT 284. Accounting information recording, dissemination, and use by entrepreneurs. Introduces pro forma financials, venture capital, private equity, and state and federal regulations for business creation and formation. Other topics include intrapreneurship, intellectual property, information privacy, cybersecurity, and internal controls, including managing the risk of embezzlement.

ENTSP 520X. Corporate Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Management . (Cross-listed with MGMT 520X). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Graduate classification. Management of venture creation and innovation at large and established organizations. New ideas, concepts, and techniques on how to stimulate and exploit innovative activities to make established firms not only more responsive and flexible, but also more proactive and opportunity-creating. Related approaches combine activities targeted at the individual, team, organization, industry, regional, national and global level. Introduction to how today's large and established corporations (1) identify, develop and exploit innovative opportunities, (2) manage product development processes, and (3) create, spin-in, spin-off and manage new innovative ventures. This case-based course introduces emerging, non-traditional, evidence-based approaches, such as agile product development, design-thinking, entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurial ecosystems, open innovation and blue-ocean strategies.

ENTSP 570X. Launching your Startup: Proof of Concept and Financial Viability. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: ENTSP 566. Designed to aid students who are actively pursuing a venture that has progressed beyond the ideation stage of development – and is possibly launched or launch-imminent. Addresses operational challenges in launching a new venture in its very formative stage. Attention is devoted to business formation, risk management, recordkeeping, go-to-market strategy. Examines how start-up and small/medium-size companies reach the marketplace and sustain their businesses, within highly-competitive industries. Recognition is given to the need of management to operate flexibly in these environments.

ENTSP 611X. Seminar in Entrepreneurship Topics. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F. Seminal readings that canvas the theoretical perspectives and historical roots of entrepreneurship research. A broad variety of core foundational theories, perspectives, and approaches discussed. Topics include the domain of entrepreneurship, foundations and theories of entrepreneurship, the role of opportunities and resources in the entrepreneurial process, the entrepreneur and new venture emergence, cultural and environmental influences on entrepreneurship, family business, corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial orientation, social capital, entrepreneurial learning, and venture financing.

ENTSP 620AX. Special Topics: Strategic Management of Innovation. (3-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Graduate student enrolled in a PhD program. Provide students with a deeper content knowledge of innovation. Analysis of classic and recent readings in Strategic Management of Innovation. Topics include an introduction to the main theories of innovation, technology strategy, types and measurement of innovation, ambidexterity, the influence of strategic leadership on innovation, and innovation challenges in established firms. Multiple levels of analysis and consideration of how these topics emerge across different areas of management (micro and macro) and entrepreneurship research. Theory and empirical research embedded within the applied context of the strategic management innovation field. Emphasis on systematic and scientific approach to deepening our knowledge and understanding of topics.

ENTSP 620BX. Entrepreneur Well-Being. (3-0) Cr. 1. Irr. F. Prereq: Students must be enrolled in a PhD program at Iowa State University. Provides deeper content knowledge of entrepreneur well-being. Covers the broad goals of entrepreneur well-being research and examines differences between two critical types of well-being: hedonic and eudaimonic. Addresses why entrepreneurs can achieve and entrepreneur working environments can produce well-being outcomes distinct from those seen by non-entrepreneurs in more traditional waged work environments. Addresses the different coping behaviors used by entrepreneurs, as well as the complex relationship between well-being and venture performance. Approaches course topics from multiple levels of analysis and considers how these topics emerge across different areas of management (micro and macro) and entrepreneurship research. Emphasis on a systematic and scientific approach to deepening knowledge and understanding of topics.

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FIN 334X. Introduction to Financial Technologies and Cryptocurrencies. (3-0). Cr. 3. Prereqs: FIN 301. Introduction to the emerging role of financial technologies and cryptocurrencies in the financial services industry and the impact these technologies are having in areas such as payment systems, financial regulation, crowdfunding, robotic investments, and cyber security. Explore the history and origins of crypto coins, markets for trading cryptocurrencies, and role of digital money as a medium of exchange and financial asset, including valuation, risk, and correlation with other investments.

FIN 426X. Quantitative Investment Analysis. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereqs: FIN 320; STAT 326. Introduction to the use of advanced statistical and machine learning techniques in the practice of portfolio construction. Topics include regularization and tree-based investment techniques, characteristic-based and trend-following investing, and multivariate GARCH analysis. Provides essential analytics training needed for investment management.

FIN 492X. Case Studies in Strategic Finanical Decision-Making. (1-0) Cr.1. F. Prereq: FIN 310 and FIN 320. Case based study of situations where companies need to strategically use equity financing. Focus on equity financing decisions at the different phases of a company's lifecycle, from raising private equity, to going public, to making significant acquisitions. Will also consider issues such as investor activism, governance, regulatory and valuation impact. Multiple guest speakers who are actively engaged in private equity and investment banking.

FIN 605X. Advanced Regression Analysis for Business PhD Students. (3-0). Cr. 3. Alt. F. Prereq: Enrollment in the PhD program. Understand how to apply regression analysis, with applications in business research. Focus on applying the theory to analyze data that suffer from problems which make classical Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression inappropriate. Emphasis on analyzing market and firm level data to test hypotheses in business research. Required analysis of business data that are characterized by violations of the ideal conditions behind OLS, including data with autocorrelated or heteroskedastic errors, multicollinearity, endogeneity, qualitative (dummy) variables, seemingly unrelated regressions, and panel data.

FIN 610X. Corporate Finance. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Enrollment in the PhD program. Empirical aspects of corporate finance research as well as the underlying theory. Topics include agency theory, corporate governance, raising capital, capital structure theory and evidence, dividend theory and signaling models, financial distress, and corporate control.

FIN 650X. Seminar in Empirical Finance. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Enrollment in the PhD program. Issues in empirical financial economics including Identification of causal effects, evolution of research streams, development of new research questions, critical usage of archival data and replication of published results.