IA20080 Design Thinking for Innovation

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module introduces the learner to the essentials of Design Thinking. Over the course of the module, the learner will be introduced to the key theories and concepts of Design Thinking and then work in a team to address a real-world challenge.

Design Thinking is a user-centric creative problem-solving process which is increasingly applied across public and private sectors to solve real-world challenges. It is a proven and repeatable approach that can be used to gain real-world insights and then to identify new opportunities, solve problems, and develop innovative solutions using an iterative process.

Over the course of the module, participants will be introduced to the five stages of Design Thinking through experiential learning activities, talks with guest speakers and team-based activities. Then working in multidisciplinary teams, participants will use the empathy phase to develop an insightful understanding of a real-world challenge before prototyping a creative solution and pitching their solution to a panel.

This module is suitable for students from any discipline, and for those with little or no prior experience of Design Thinking, as well as those who know the basics but want to apply in a real-world setting.

Our team of Entrepreneurial Specialists will introduce the students to the processes and tools that will enable the students to gain key insights and develop new ideas of value.


Timetable and Schedule

This module runs 4 times in the 2019/20 Academic Year, including one module in the Summer Trimester. It consist of a series of full-day and evening workshops

For exact dates and times please copy and paste this link into your web browser to view the schedule for the Innovation Academy undergraduate elective modules - http://bit.ly/InnovationAcademy2019-20


UCD Innovation Academy

At the UCD Innovation Academy, we are a group of Educator Practitioners with extensive real-world experience as academics, business and social entrepreneurs, tech thinkers, creative professionals and design thinking practitioners.

We take an action-oriented approach to learning, with a combination of individual, group and class tasks and activities, including discussions, presentations and reflection. All of our teaching is grounded in academic rigor, but our focus is on ‘learning by doing’ in a real-world context.

**Enrolment in an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at all scheduled classes.**

www.innovators.ie

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, learners should have the ability to:

• Demonstrate a practical understanding of the five stages of the Design Thinking Process
• Develop the ability to evaluate the relevance of Design Thinking and its benefits for both personal; and professional purposes.
• Gain an understanding of foundational skills of creativity, teamwork and communication necessary for the successful application of the design thinking process
• Demonstrate the application of the five design thinking stages in the context of a real-world challenge
• Recognize the value of feedback to enhance problem solving.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

12

Small Group

20

Practical

8

Specified Learning Activities

40

Autonomous Student Learning

40

Total

120

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
All Innovation Academy modules take a learning by doing approach, combining individual, group and often team activities, tasks and projects including presentations, discussions and reflection:

• Active/task-based learning
• Peer and Group work
• Reflective Learning
• Enquiry & Problem-based learning
• Student Presentations
• Case Study Learning

 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Online and offline tasks and activities Throughout the Trimester Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

20

Assignment: Reflection Report Throughout the Trimester Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

20

Presentation: Team Project Presentation Throughout the Trimester Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

20

Attendance: This module requires active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at ALL scheduled classes (80% attendance is required to pass this component) . Throughout the Trimester Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

40


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to students upon request. This will include feedback based on their participation during the module and their deliverables.

Name Role
Ms Jacinta Owens Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Autumn
     
Workshop Offering 20 Week(s) - 2 Sat 09:00 - 16:50
Autumn
     
Spring
     
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27, 38 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27, 38 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 24, 30 Sat 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27, 38 Thurs 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27, 38 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 20 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 33 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27, 38 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Spring