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This special-topic class will focus on starting and managing a successful business. Topics will include: marketing, finance, human resources, operations, legal issues, initial public offering, and succession and estate planning. Due to the engineering background of the students, special emphasis will be on exploring the legal issues involved in the process of applying for a patent. The course will enable a student to evaluate his or her own desires and prospects for a career as an entrepreneur. In so doing, it will provide the aspiring entrepreneur with a framework for selecting, funding, and starting his or her own business. While this might not seem relevant to some students, there is a lot of commonality in starting a business to that of managing a large department, developing a new product in a company, and/or being a division manager. At a minimum, students will come out of the course with a more complete understanding of the complexities and issues involved in being an engineering manager.