R&D Gets the Degree

R&D Gets the Degree

What differentiates a Master’s Degree from other degrees is the use of applied research. This means that in these programs students take preexisting research and learn how to use it in professional settings. However, this does not go as far as doctoral degrees that focus on the creation of original research. In the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, candidates seek to earn a Master of Science. In order to achieve this, one must make their way through the rigorous…

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R&D Project Management Plan: Risk Management

R&D Project Management Plan: Risk Management

I am currently part of a team in an R&D Management Capstone class in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University. As part of team 3, otherwise known as OPiN Consulting, we have been tasked with managing a project as an entrepreneurial R&D consulting group. Below is a part of a project management plan that we did for overhauling the CICS website.     4.0 Risks 4.1 List of Potential Risks in Creation of New Website…

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SpongeBob TechPants: Bringing IT R&D to Entertainment

SpongeBob TechPants: Bringing IT R&D to Entertainment

Technology is increasingly rising to the forefront of every aspect of our lives. This is evidenced even in entertainment. Earlier this month, Nickelodeon launched the Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab. “The Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab will spearhead long-range research and development efforts around new technologies for Nick and its audience, including real-time rendering, virtual cinema, virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality and artificial intelligence. The lab will focus on building prototypes to test new ideas, collaborating on innovation with creators, and shaping strategy…

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Taking a Bite of the Apple: R&D Spending

Taking a Bite of the Apple: R&D Spending

Companies have numerous areas in which to allocate funds in their budgets. As we progress technologically, companies have had to invest more and more in research and development (R&D). There is nowhere this is more vital than the tech industry. When thinking of the tech industry, Apple is likely the first company to come to mind. So, naturally one would think they must spend the most money of any on R&D. However in 2014 there were 5 companies that each…

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ICS 698: Introduction

ICS 698: Introduction

Hello class, My name is John Vellenga and I’m currently working on my Master of Science Degree in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University. I will be graduating in July of this year. I have yet to secure a position for after graduation but I am seeking something in the area of Business Analyst, Project Manager, or Consultant. My undergraduate degree was obtained from Ball State University as well. Here I majored in photojournalism with…

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The Power of the People

The Power of the People

  History Crowd funding is an online marketing platform that allows artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs of all types to obtain money from donors in order to fund their products and ideas. Crowd funding first made an impact in the U.S. in 2003 with the rise of ArtistShare. The site was originally launched for musicians to get donations to create digital recordings but has since evolved to include film/video and photography projects. ArtistShare operates on a rewards-based platform and along with…

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The Renaissance Millennial

The Renaissance Millennial

The Renaissance in Europe was a period from around the 14th-17th century and was marked by a great revival in art and spurning a cultural movement towards the Modern Age. One of the key catalysts to this movement was Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. This allowed the spread of information at a much faster rate than ever would’ve been imagined at that point. Copies of books and articles that once would take weeks to replicate, could now be reproduced…

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“Stop Copying Me!”: Plagiarism in the Life of a Scientist

“Stop Copying Me!”: Plagiarism in the Life of a Scientist

I’m sure that at one point in time everything that was written was original. That time has long since passed and now we all struggle to truly create anything that isn’t derivative of someone else’s work. This becomes even more difficult for a scientist to achieve. With so many absolutes and technical jargon associated with scientific work, it can sometimes feel as if there’s no other option but to plagiarize. While it may seem difficult, you can still create original works…

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CICS: Creating Masters of Leadership

CICS: Creating Masters of Leadership

The Center for Information and Communication Sciences is an 11-month Masters program at Ball State University located in Muncie, IN. Through rigorous coursework and ample networking opportunities, CICS equips students with all the tools necessary to become successful professionals. You will gain the knowledge necessary to not only understand but also translate complex technical concepts to the everyday person. With a 90% placement rate and several renowned companies who recruit from CICS annually, you would be hard pressed to find a program that…

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Basic Definition of Human Communication

Basic Definition of Human Communication

Human communication is a broad topic that opens itself to many different interpretations. The American Heritage dictionary of the English Language defines “communication” as “the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior” (Communication, 2011, p. 373). The first half of that definition refers to what is being communicated between two or more entities. For example, a man telling a story to his wife about his work day or a child telling his or her…

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