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 2018/2019 Academic year, we are offering 5 different modules: Exploring Intellectual Property (5 ECTS), Creative Thinking & Innovation (5 ECTS), Social Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS), Opportunity Generation and Recognition (5 ECTS), and Host Project Sprint / Design Challenge (5 ECTS).

(Note: Enrolment on an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at all scheduled classes. Please note that auditing Innovation Academy modules is not be possible.)

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. Hear from past participants in the two videos below.


For the 2018/2019 Academic year, we are offering 5 different modules: Exploring Intellectual Property (5 ECTS), Creative Thinking & Innovation (5 ECTS), Social Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS), Opportunity Generation and Recognition (5 ECTS), and Host Project Sprint / Design Challenge (5 ECTS).

(Note: Enrolment on an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at all scheduled classes. Please note that auditing Innovation Academy modules is not be possible.)

Click modules below for descriptions:

Design Your Life (5 ECTS)
5 ECTS

Module code: IA40460. This module is one week, full-time and will run from 7th – 11th October 2019.

The aim of this module is to enable students to plan and reflect upon their learning, career and life goals using a Design Thinking approach.

Design Thinking, is a human-centric creative problem-solving process. It offers a proven methodology and repeatable approach that can be used to identify new opportunities, solve problems, and develop innovative solutions. While it has usually been applied to the development of products and services, in this module, participants will apply the approach to design their own career and life goals.

Over the course of the module, participants will reflect on their life so far, their values and sense of purpose. Using a combination of creative and analytical tools they will work to develop insights into themselves and to map out their way ahead, acquiring a toolkit that can be used at any point in life to identify, evaluate and make informed career and life choices. Along with this, participants will meet guest speakers from a wide range of sectors who will share their own journeys and lessons learnt. Participants will also develop a community of peers in which to share ideas and hear how others are thinking about their own life and career questions.

Our team of Entrepreneurial Specialists will introduce the students to the processes and tools that will enable the students to make creative and informed life and career choices for themselves.

Creative Thinking & Innovation (5 ECTS)
5 ECTS

Module code: IA40310. This module is one week, full-time and will run from 21st – 25th October 2019.

 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.

Design Thinking for Innovation (5 ECTS)
5 ECTS

Module Code: IA40420. This module is one week, full-time and will run from 11th-15th November 2019.

This module is designed to provide the participant with a comprehensive and in-depth experience of Design Thinking, culminating in the presentation of a creative, innovative solution to a complex real-world challenge of an external host. The Design Thinking methodology is a proven and repeatable approach that any organisation, business, network or profession can employ to uncover new opportunities, gain new perspectives and insights on problems, and develop innovative solutions of value. It is increasingly being regarded as a core skill in the workplace. While this module does not require prior experience of Design Thinking, it does require participants to work autonomously and professionally in an environment external to the University, with the ability to deal with the consequential ambiguity that this entails.

Over the course of the module, participants will develop their expertise in Design Thinking through experiential learning activities, guest speakers and immersive challenges. The overall aims of this module are to give participants insights into the optimal implementation of the Design Thinking process; appreciate the various contexts within which it can be used; and apply the process by working on a complex real-world innovation challenge. Working in teams, participants will build empathy with users and multiple stakeholders to develop an insightful understanding of a real-world challenge, then taking an iterative approach they will prototype and present a creative solution informed by their problem statement.

Essentials of Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)
5 ECTS

Module Code: IA40470. This module is five days, full-time on the 23rd, 24th, 27th, 28th, 29th January 2020.

Dynamic changes in technology, demographics, globalisation and the environment are creating turbulent, unpredictable marketplaces and workplaces. Coping with such complexity is increasingly challenging for individuals, commercial organisations, social enterprises, public bodies and government. Founders, managers and employees in all sectors need to think more creatively, innovatively and entrepreneurially in order to make effective decisions. They need to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

An entrepreneurial mindset is one that focuses on who you are, what you know and whom you know rather than what you need. It is an approach where action trumps everything, where the focus is on our own experience of doing rather than procrastination or studying the actions of others. It’s a culture that believes that collaboration, team working and community resilience promotes success. It’s a mindset that views the calculation of risk as fundamental rather than the taking risk per se. Entrepreneurial Thinkers see failure as a means to learn rather than a lack of success.

Entrepreneurs view the world around them in terms of problem-solution fit. The entrepreneurial mindset is to first and foremost clearly define ‘a problem-to-be-solved’. This is discovered by observing and talking to customers/users about their pains and gains. This is the difficult part. Only after that do you move on to the easier part whereby you ideate a number of alternative, creative solutions to the defined problem. The mindset is to then carry out tests or experiments to identify the best solution by prototyping minimal viable products (MVPs). This cycle of trying to find ‘fit’ is very much an iterative process.

This module will embrace the ideas and concepts above by facilitating students to practice key innovation and entrepreneurial tools and techniques and develop life-skills including creative confidence, curiosity, communication, collaboration and commitment. This module will also enable student teams to develop a commercial, social or community venture. Specifically the module will allow students to apply the following tools and techniques to their own ideas for new ventures.

•​ Identifying and defining problems-to-be-solved (jobs-to-be-done, pains and gains) using customer discovery techniques such as interviews, observation and secondary research
•​ Generating solutions for problems defined through brainstorming, empathy mapping and customer journey mapping
•​ Value proposition design: identifying value propositions for chosen customer segments
•​ Business model canvas; taking a helicopter view of your new venture
•​ Prototyping, experimentation and testing
•​ Iterations and the pivot
• ​Pitching

Exploring Intellectual Property (5 ECTS)
5 ECTS

Module code: IA40280. This module is one week, full-time and will run from 11th – 15th May 2020.

Novelty, copyright and intellectual property introduces students to the issues and actions associated with quality, early identification and protection of intellectual property. These include an exploration of copyright, patenting, trademarks, industrial design and know-how as well as ways of how to derive value from the ‘protectable’ and the ‘un-protectable’.

Through real-life challenges, students will be given the opportunity to learn from and interact with a range of IP experts as the course will be delivered by a variety of experts and practitioners including: Innovation Academy staff; NovaUCD’s Innovation and Technology Transfer Team; patent and trademark attorneys; entrepreneurs & investors with first-hand experience of setting up and investing in companies.

Learning Outcomes. On completion of the module, participants should be able to:
– Describe their legal rights concerning novelty and intellectual property both with reference to their specific research and in relation to their wider interests.
– Apply intellectual property law principles (including copyright, patents, designs and trademarks) to real problems.
– Explain ownership and commercialisation issues arising out of their intellectual property along with associated costs of protection, sources of funding and obligations to stakeholders.
– Articulate what rights of use they themselves have for intellectual property legally owned by others.
– Work in teams, solve problems and develop their presentation skills.

Opportunity Generation and Recognition (5 ECTS)
5 ECTS

Module code: IA40120. This module is one week, full-time and will run from 8th – 12th June 2020.

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”.

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

Who can take this module? 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.

What should I expect from the Innovation Academy graduate modules? 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. Enrolment on an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at all scheduled classes. Please note that auditing Innovation Academy modules is not be possible.

How do I register to an Innovation Academy module? A research student should contact their School Office/Graduate School for a module registration form and complete it with the module information. There is no need to get the module co-ordinators’ signatures for Innovation Academy modules as they are open for all research students.

What is the assessment for the Innovation Academy modules? 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. There are no exams.


“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