UCD PhD & Masters Modules

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UCD PhD & Masters Modules

Your Research – More Effective.


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Modules

The Innovation Academy offers UCD PhD and Masters students like you an opportunity to broaden your skills in a dynamic, multidisciplinary learning environment. We offer a range of modules designed to enhance your creative confidence and help you to think entrepreneurially. You will have an opportunity to work with your peers on real world innovation problems facing industry & society.

For the 2016/2017 Academic year, we are offering 4 different modules: Creative Thinking & Innovation (10 or 5 ECTS), Social Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS), Opportunity Generation and Recognition (5 ECTS), and Host Project Sprint / Design Challenge (5 ECTS).

Click modules below for descriptions:


Modules

The Innovation Academy offers UCD PhD and Masters students like you an opportunity to broaden your skills in a dynamic, multidisciplinary learning environment. We offer a range of modules designed to enhance your creative confidence and help you to think entrepreneurially. You will have an opportunity to work with your peers on real world innovation problems facing industry & society.

For the 2016/2017 Academic year, we are offering 4 different modules: Creative Thinking & Innovation (10 or 5 ECTS), Social Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS), Opportunity Generation and Recognition (5 ECTS), and Host Project Sprint / Design Challenge (5 ECTS).

Click modules below for descriptions:


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Creative Thinking & Innovation (10 ECTS)
10 ECTS

Module code: IA40110.This module is three weeks, full-time and will run from 7th-25th November 2016.

The aim of this module is to help PhD students to access their innate ability for independent creative thinking and innovation in its broadest sense and to help them discover the potential for the development of their new ideas in a multidisciplinary team environment.

This module encompasses four different areas of skill development and learning for research students:
– Developing confidence in creative thinking initially targets the student as an individual. The objective is to introduce the student to the inherent risk of failure in creative thinking but also the latent learning for the next cycle. This will take place through activity-based exercises.
– Evolution of innovative ideas in multidisciplinary teams introduces team working in a creative context. Here, openness to new ideas and passion for ideas presented come into creative conflict. Examples of organisations such as IDEO will form an introduction to group activities carried out both inside and outside the seminar room.
– How to translate ideas into value creation brings the preceding two topics together. The definition of ‘value’ will be explored in the context of the objectives and the perceptions of the various stakeholders and will encompass: economic, social, environmental and cultural. A hosted interdisciplinary team project provides students with an opportunity to apply the substance of the three themes of the module in practice. Taking place during the second week of the module, teams of students embark on a short intensive project of one-week duration with a host from the public or private sector. Intended to promote constructive team dynamics amongst individual researchers, it is also intended that the projects will foster long-term relationships between peers and potential future patrons or employers. After a further week of preparation, teams showcase their project at an event to which all hosts, students and interested parties are invited.

Creative Thinking & Innovation (5 ECTS)
5 ECTS

Module code: IA40310. This module is one week, full-time and will run from 3rd-7th April 2017.

 The aim of this module is to help PhD students to access their innate ability for independent creative thinking and innovation in its broadest sense and to help them discover the potential for the development of their new ideas in a multidisciplinary team environment.

This module encompasses four different areas of skill development and learning for research students:
– Developing confidence in creative thinking initially targets the student as an individual. The objective is to introduce the student to the inherent risk of failure in creative thinking but also the latent learning for the next cycle. This will take place through activity-based exercises.
– Evolution of innovative ideas in multidisciplinary teams introduces team working in a creative context. Here, openness to new ideas and passion for ideas presented come into creative conflict. Examples of organisations such as IDEO will form an introduction to group activities carried out both inside and outside the seminar room.
– How to translate ideas into value creation brings the preceding two topics together. The definition of ‘value’ will be explored in the context of the objectives and the perceptions of the various stakeholders and will encompass: economic, social, environmental and cultural.

Social Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)
5 ECTS

Module code: IA40250.This module is one week, full-time and will run from 15th-19th May 2017.

This module has been developed to expose students to the world of social entrepreneurship. Participants will explore social entrepreneurship through conversations with guest speakers, hands-on activities, and an exciting fast-paced intensive challenge – the results of which will be presented on the final day of the module. Students will then apply what they learn over the course of the week in considering potential for social entrepreneurship ventures relating to their research.

Throughout the module, students will apply their skills in research, innovation, evaluation and communication in exploring the motivation for and development of social ventures, and establishing how to evaluate and sustain them – both within and outside their immediate discipline/area of expertise.
The overall aims of this module are to 1) apply research methodologies in developing ideas for and evaluating the impact of social ventures, and 2) work towards making research (and its outcomes) relevant in a global context.

Learning Outcomes. On completion of the module, participants should be able to:
– Have a better understanding of social entrepreneurship and the variety of of contexts within which social ventures are launched
– Understand the motivation and need for the development of social ventures
– Consider the potential for social ventures within or relating to ones discipline/area of expertise
– Learn how to launch and sustain social ventures by combining skills in creativity, innovation, evaluation and communication
– Develop and apply knowledge of critical analysis and research design/methods in evaluating the impact (both qualitative and quantitative) of social ventures.

Opportunity Generation and Recognition (5 ECTS)
5 ECTS

Module code: IA40120. The module is one week long – 5th to 9th December.

To take independent ideas from the point of ignition, to the creation of value, not only requires the appropriate recognition for the potential of the original idea, but also requires a combination of skill sets to develop and communicate the idea in such a way as to secure the necessary support and resources. The aim of this module is to help participants to start to develop their thinking around this process and to experience the range of possible communication tools and techniques available to them. As the module will be taken by participants from all disciplines, participants are also expected to develop a network of peers with complementary skill sets who may subsequently work together towards the further development of new ideas. Students will be encouraged to consider questions like, What potential for innovation might there be in my current project? How might this potential be realised? What are the opportunities for collaboration? What kinds of value can be created?
Each student presents the output at a plenary seminar, “The Researcher Video Pitch”.

Host Project Sprint / Design Challenge (5 ECTS)
5 ECTS

Module Code: IA40350. This module will run from the 19th-23rd June 2017.

In this module, teams of students embark on an intensive project with a host organization or company from either the public or private sector. The student team is presented with a problem (of importance/relevance to their respective host), to which they work to develop a creative, innovative, or otherwise ‘disruptive’ solution. The primary objective of this module is to give students the opportunity to apply skills in the areas of idea generation and selection, design thinking, teamwork (which may require both in-person and/or remote collaboration), and more. In working on a real-world innovation challenge, participants are able to apply their evolving understanding of innovation in the realisation of an opportunity in practice. Teams showcase their outcomes at an event known as ‘Disruption’ to which all project hosts, participants and interested parties are invited. When interested, hosts may follow up with the student team to work towards implementing the idea(s) presented at the pitch event. In this, these projects may also serve to provide scope to foster potential long-term relationships between peers and potential future patrons or employers.

Broaden your skills at UCD Innovation Academy

Broaden your skills by working with PhD candidates and Masters students from different disciplines, and work on real world problems facing industry, governments and social sector or organisations. The Innovation Academy offers students a dynamic, multidisciplinary learning environment where they can explore creative and entrepreneurial thinking, customer focused design methodology, and work on real world challenges that compliment their core discipline.


What are the benefits?

Our modules combine international best practices with real-world insights from a highly experienced team of researchers. Each module is designed to equip participants with the opportunity to develop new skills or enhance existing skills that are in high demand across all sectors. These skills include:

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Enhance your research communication skills & learn how to make a great pitch

Apply structured innovation & design approaches to novel problems

Develop a range of transferable skills that are widely sought after by employers

Build your network on-campus and beyond working in multidisciplinary teams


Enhance your research communication skills & learn how to make a great pitch

Apply structured innovation & design approaches to novel problems

Develop a range of transferable skills that are widely sought after by employers

Build your network on-campus and beyond working in multidisciplinary teams

Eligibility

These modules are open to current UCD PhD Candidates from any discipline. To register you must have permission from your PhD Supervisor. UCD Master students in eligible programmes may also register for the 5 ECTS Creative Thinking and Innovation Module.


“The approach the Innovation Academy took to teaching and learning, and what I learned in my time there has changed the way I approach most of the work I do today.”John Gallagher
UCD Innovation Academy Graduate

Eligibility

These modules are open to current UCD PhD Candidates from any discipline. To register you must have permission from your PhD Supervisor. UCD Master students in eligible programmes may also register for the 5 ECTS Creative Thinking and Innovation Module.

“The approach the Innovation Academy took to teaching and learning, and what I learned in my time there has changed the way I approach most of the work I do today.”John Gallagher
UCD Innovation Academy Graduate


The most dynamic learning environment I’ve experienced.Dr. Aonghus Shortt
PhD and Founder of FoodMarble
The most dynamic learning environment I’ve experienced.Dr. Aonghus Shortt
PhD and Founder of FoodMarble
David NevinPhD & Masters Modules – Your Research | More Effective