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Intellectual Property Law for Engineers


with Center for Legal Studies

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 23, 2021 , runs for 7 weeks
4 additional sessions through May 2, 2022

All engineers should be particularly concerned with patent law. This constitutionally-based discipline has to do with the process by which an invention, and its creator, are protected by the law from infringement and unfair competition. The class will deal with patent applications, research and prosecution; the law of infringement, and computer applications of software (protected by copyright) and hardware (by patents). We will also state what other concepts are patented, as well as machines, processes, mixtures, manufacturing, compositions of materials and methods of doing business and research. Not only do we deal with utility patents, but with design and plant patents as well.

Although we are mostly concerned with patent law, we also deal with copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and business methods. The engineer must be at least conversant with the other forms of intellectual property. In a relatively short time, we will give you a survey of the rights of creative and ingenious people and provide you with the information to protect yourself and your ideas in Intellectual Property matters.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Intellectual Property LawLesson 2: The Business of IPLesson 3: Utility, Design, and Plant PatentsLesson 4: Conducting a Patent SearchLesson 5: The Patent ApplicationLesson 6: Protecting Yourself in IP Matters

At the end of this program, the participants will be able to:

Participants will be expected to spend an average of 8 hours per week reading and completing writing assignments. Please note that, barring extenuating circumstances, extensions will not be granted for this online course. 70% is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course. Students may consider working ahead in the curriculum if they have the time.

Legal Nurse Consultant Training Course


with Center for Legal Studies

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 23, 2021 , runs for 7 weeks
4 additional sessions through May 2, 2022

This exciting program prepares medical professionals for a career in the legal field as legal nurse consultants. Building on your medical education and possible clinical experience, this course provides nurses with fundamental skills necessary to advise law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically related issues and to appear in court as expert witnesses. The course teaches legal concepts related to the health care industry, as well as the role a legal nurse consultant might play in litigation areas such as medical malpractice, toxic torts, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, criminal law, and workers’ compensation. Any nurse interested in entering the legal field can benefit from the education provided by this course. The course is also open to anyone interested in the field of forensic testimony and medical-legal issues, but participants without an nursing background might not be able to take the LNCC exam after graduation. Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) is a discretionary test separate from this training course that experienced registered nurses graduating from this course may decide to sit for. LNCC test eligibility requirements are discussed during this training course; however, nurses graduating from this course need not take the LNCC in order to practice as legal nurse consultants.

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Successful graduates will receive a certificate for 42 contact hours of nursing continuing professional development from CLS by Barbri that they may be able to use to fulfill continuing education requirements

Software Essentials for the Law Office


with Center for Legal Studies

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 23, 2021 , runs for 7 weeks
4 additional sessions through May 2, 2022

This dynamic course is designed for legal professionals interested in improving their skills and knowledge of commonly used computer technology and programs within the law office. Course topics include: computer operating systems and peripheral devices; time tracking and billing software; database, case management and docket control software; litigation support software; electronic discovery, and trial presentation and graphics software.

Hands on exercises will prepare students to work with popular programs such as MS PowerPoint, Clio, and LexisNexis CaseMap & TimeMap, as well as understand the common functions and purposes of similar programs.

Common billing procedures and payment agreements, accurate time tracking, proper calendar and docketing procedures as well as the processes involved in electronic discovery will be addressed through a variety of exercises. In addition, students will be presented with real-life scenarios and asked to identify and examine ethical issues raised by the use of technology in a legal practice.

Successful graduates of this course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the college or university of their choice.

Advanced Live Online & Zoom Instructor Training


with U Got Class LERN

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 7, 2021 , runs for 4 weeks

This class is distinctly online.

Take your Live Online teaching to the next level for greater student satisfaction, learning, completion and retention. Come away with information you can use Monday morning. Come away with practical, how-to tips and techniques, plus the pedagogy of Live Online teaching. Taught by one of the foremost teachers of adults.   

Certified Online Instructor (COI)


with U Got Class LERN

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 7, 2021 , runs for 12 weeks

The leading designation for online faculty in higher education.About the COI Online Course:Faculty professional development is one of the top issues right now with teaching online and hybrid classes. This course gives your faculty a competitive edge and helps to meet the new demands of the Internet generation. COIs model best practices, train other faculty and provide valuable input on your decision-making.Unique benefits:Your instructors are the foremost authorities in online learningYou get your own online course personally critiquedYour students provide feedback and commentsYou earn the right to have the initials COI after your nameGraduate credit is available for COI courses from the University of South DakotaAgenda:Participants average six months to complete the COI but it can be finished in as few as three months. You have up to two years to complete the program.Why you should participate:Anyone teaching online should participate. The designation is relevant for faculty teaching totally online, and faculty teaching hybrid or blended courses. The COI designation was created for faculty in higher education, but other teachers are eligible for the program as well.You can demonstrate to others in your institution that your knowledge about online teaching is benchmarked with a standard of achievement developed by the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. Perhaps the biggest reward is the satisfaction of having achieved this level of knowledge skills. To complete the LERN COI program, the final step is a 40 question multiple choice exam with one essay question.The Chair of the LERN Faculty Advisory Board will critique your online class.

Welding (10 session course) Mig, Stick or Tig


with David Pearsall

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 7, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks
2 additional sessions through Sep 7, 2021

NEW SCHEDULE:  Class meets Mon & Tues  

Introduction to Mig (Metal Inert Gasses), Tig (Heliarc), or Stick (Electric) Select only one.  Proper technique and safety will be stressted. This class is designed for those who wish to learn welding for personal use; it does not lead to certification.  Please bring your own helmet.

No class 10/11 (Indigenous Peoples Day)


Basic Machine Tool


with Joseph Bolduc

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

No prerequisites! Come get your feet wet with this ten-week hands-on basics in machining!  We'll introduce lathes, milling machines, grinding, precision measurement, inspections, safety and many general machine shop processes.  

Welding (5 session course) - Mig, Stick or Tig


with Adam Hartford

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 4, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks
2 additional sessions through Nov 4, 2021

Instruction in Mig (metal inert gases), Stick (electric), or Tig (heliarc). Proper techniques and safety are stressed. This course may be considered a prepreparation for the Certified Welding Course (future course date TBD) limited spots for each type of welding. Please bring your own helmet.  No class 11/11 (Veteran's Day) and 11/25 (Thanksgiving).

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