UCD Undergraduate Innovation Modules

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UCD Undergraduate Innovation Modules

Work beyond your discipline


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Elective Modules

The UCD undergraduate innovation modules at The Innovation Academy are available to all undergraduate students of University College Dublin. Cohorts are made up of students from different disciplines and years. 100% of undergraduate students who recently took our module said it supported their learning.

The Innovation Academy offers two elective modules, open to students across the university.


Elective Modules

UCD Innovation Academy Undergraduate Elective modules are available to all undergraduate students of University College Dublin. Cohorts are made up of students from different disciplines and years. 100% of undergraduate students who recently took our module said it supported their learning.

The Innovation Academy offers two elective modules, open to students across the university.

What will I learn?

Through a series of exercises your creative thinking skills, problem solving skills, team-working skills, design thinking and lateral thinking abilities will be developed. Students will actively engage in developing creative solutions to problems and to critically evaluate these solutions. Throughout the process you will be introduced to techniques and tools of creative thinking, problem solving and design thinking and be encouraged to use these in all your work. Students will also learn about teamwork and how to construct an effective team. Verbal communication of ideas will be developed through in- class presentation of solutions. Students will engage with a challenge offered by an external partner organisation on the Hosted Immersion Day during the fieldwork week.

No Exams: LEARN BY DOING. Experience a completely different learning environment.

**In Semester 2 this module is delivered through 12 x 1 hour weekly classes in addition to 5 full days 9am-5pm during the fieldwork weeks mid semester (March 14,15,16, 21,22)**

How will I learn?

Through workshops, team challenges, presentations and creative problem solving. Throughout the process you will be introduced to techniques and tools of creative thinking, problem solving and design thinking and be encouraged to use these in all your work.  Marshmallows, spaghetti and post-its will all make an appearance!

What will I learn?

Would you like to develop an entrepreneurial mindset? Whether you’re interested in social enterprises or commercial ventures, this class will give you the tools and experience of taking an idea from inception to testing and validation with real customers. We encourage entry from students of all disciplines.

No Exams: LEARN BY DOING. Experience a completely different learning environment.

This module introduces the idea of developing entrepreneurial ideas from initial concept to market. We use the Business Model Canvas to work through the areas of:
• Customer Segments• Value Propositions• Channels• Customer Relationships• Revenue Streams• Key Resources• Key Activities• Key Partnerships• Cost Structure

**In Semester 2 this module is delivered through 12 x 1 hour weekly classes in addition to 5 full days 9am-5pm during the fieldwork weeks mid semester (March 14,15,16, 21,22)**

How will I learn?

Students will develop projects through the lean business model canvas, working in teams to test ideas and prototype solutions. They will engage with real customers and stakeholders to test their ideas and get real results, all in an open, innovative and action- based learning environment.


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“An entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and an innovative approach are key attributes employers look for from graduates…They are attributes that we look for ourselves when hiring, and so it’s important that we are supporting universities in developing these skills amongst the next generation of leaders.” – Shane Mohan, Partner and Innovation Lead at Deloitte.”


Why is this course for me?

Electives are about trying something different and here at UCD Innovation Academy we’re all about different! Our two elective modules are open to students across the University. We love diversity in our classes and cohorts are made up of students from different disciplines and years.


You’ll learn in an innovative and creative environment through workshops, team challenges, presentations and creative problem solving. Marshmallows, spaghetti, Lego and post-its will all make an appearance! You will be assessed based on your participation and engagement with the module as well as some prescribed learning and reflective assignments throughout the module – meaning no exam!

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What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Through a series of exercises you will be introduced to techniques and tools of creativity, problem solving and design thinking. Our modules will give you applied tools and practical experience of taking an idea from concept to testing and validation.

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Creativity and design-based problem solving

Creativity and design-based problem solving.

Effective teamwork, networking, pitching and leadership skills

Effective teamwork, networking, pitching and leadership skills.

To innovate, validate and execute new ideas

To innovate, validate and execute new ideas.

Leave with the skills that are in high demand by employers across all sectors
Leave with the skills that are in high demand by employers across all sectors.

Through a series of exercises you will be introduced to techniques and tools of creativity, problem solving and design thinking. Our modules will give you applied tools and practical experience of taking an idea from concept to testing and validation.

Creativity and design-based problem solving

Creativity and design-based problem solving.

Effective teamwork, networking, pitching and leadership shills

Effective teamwork, networking, pitching and leadership shills.

To innovate, validate and execute new ideas

To innovate, validate and execute new ideas.

Develop skills that are in high demand by employers across all sectors
Develop skills that are in high demand by employers across all sectors.


Student Experiences

Student Experiences







Our Student Feedback

I have a better understanding of the subject after completing this module
94% Agree (82% Strongly Agree)
The teaching on this module supported my learning
100% Agree (77% Strongly Agree)
I am satisfied with this module
94% Agree (71% Strongly Agree)

FAQ

Who can take this module?

Our modules are open to all UCD Undergraduate Students eligible to take an elective – from First to Final year and all in between.

The module is Grade/GPA Neutral – What does that mean?

Our Modules are Pass/Fail, which means that your result won’t count towards your stage or overall GPA. Your GPA will instead be calculated based on the results of your other modules.

How will I be Assessed?

You will be assessed based on your participation and engagement with the module as well as some prescribed learning and reflective assignments throughout the module.

How Important is Attendance?

Given that there is no exam, attendance is compulsory for our modules, both in the classes and particularly the block week and/or weekend classes.

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Get in touch

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If you have problems applying for a place, have questions about the modules or are interested in collaborating with UCD Innovation Academy, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.



Get a place

! – First, make sure that you’re logged into SIS, then click on the links below to go directly to the module description and register. 

IA20010 Creative Thinking

Register for the Semester 2 offering of 'Intro to Creative Thinking'

IA20020 Entrepreneurial Endeavour

Register for the Semester 2 offering of 'Entrepreneurial Endeavour'

If you’re having problems registering or these links don’t work for you, you can read step- by- step instructions on how to register at this link.

“It really has given me more experience than I could have imagined when I signed up for the module.”
The most dynamic learning environment I’ve experienced.Dr. Aonghus Shortt
PhD and Founder of FoodMarble
David NevinUndergraduates Elective Modules