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Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

David G Socha
CSS 390
Bothell Campus

Special Topics

Examines current topics and issues associated with computing and software systems.

Class description

This 3-week (August 20-September 7) seminar/workshop explores our learning and team cultures. It will be highly experiential, practicing techniques that are known to help create and maintain great teams. It will be project-based, as you explore and co-create wild and creative ideas about how our learning and team cultures could be dramatically better for students, employers and society. We will have a dedicated room, so we have a creative collaborative space where we can post materials on the walls, leave work in progress on the tables, etc. We will have both a lower level course (CUSP 131) and an upper-level course (CSS 390) that meet at the same time in the same room, in order to get a greater diversity of perspectives.

Student learning goals

to understand how to hack a team culture

to understand the “idealized design” process

to understand how different our system of education and learning could be

to understand the connection among individuals, great teams and great products

General method of instruction

The course will include practicing techniques, readings, invited speakers, some lecture, and co-creating products.

Recommended preparation

A keen interest in how to be effective in or change organizational culture and learning culture.

Class assignments and grading

Reflective writings, activities, readings and design projects.

Grades will be based on participation, short assignments, and a final project and presentation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David G Socha
Date: 05/15/2012