Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Returners - March 2019)

Trinity College Dublin (DPCIA-CTIE-1P (March 2019))
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Tangent - Trinity's Ideas Workspace

Skills Area

Business, Administration and Law

General Information
Contact

Allyson Lambert

Email

Springboard@tcd.ie

Phone

01 896 4811

Address

Trinity College Dublin, Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workplace, 3 Foster Place, College Green, Dublin 2

Role

Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

24/03/2019

Start Date

25/03/2019

End Date

09/08/2019

About this Course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a Level 9 qualification which focuses on the continuing professional development (CPD) of professional women and men who wish to return to the workplace after a career break, often due to caring obligations. This programme offers a unique combination of soft transferable skills involving building confidence and overcoming psychological barriers to returning to work in addition to hard entrepreneurial skills of setting up your own business, finance, IP and innovation.

This programme aligns closely with the aims of Enterprise 2025 in developing skill sets to support creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, building on existing infrastructures towards delivering full employment on a sustainable basis.

The aim of this programme is not only to facilitate a return to work but also to help participants to excel. This programme offers participants the opportunity to develop their creative potential and unlock their entrepreneurial skills

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

* Develop the confidence to overcome psychological and practical barriers to returning to work.

* Assess skills and abilities to identify a relevant career or entrepreneurial pathways.

* Work effectively in a team or individually within a creative context.

* Apply creative problem-solving skills to challenges identified relating to an industry project and career development opportunities.

* Communicate and interact with multiple stakeholders and establish professional networks.

Entry Requirements

Entry requires an NFQ Level 8 honours degree qualification.
It is not necessary to have a business idea or experience in a start-up environment.
Applications are encouraged from all disciplines.
Applicants may be considered based on extensive and relevant work experience.

Long Description

How the Programme Works

Students develop their creative potential by acquiring a range of problem-solving and lateral thinking skills. They experience and engage in the innovation process by interacting with entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry mentors in an informal learning environment. Additionally, students engage with industry projects hosted by private or public enterprise. They learn to communicate and interact with industry collaborators and begin to appreciate the process involved in bringing an idea through to application.

Career Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to develop the personal qualities of responsibility, sociability, self-management and integrity. Specifically, students develop communication, leadership, adaptability and teamwork skills. They develop an entrepreneurial mindset, increasing their value to potential employers and/or carefully positioning them to plan a venture of their own.

This programme offers participants the opportunity to develop the personal qualities of responsibility, sociability, self-management and integrity. Specifically, participants develop the following soft skills essential to any employer:

- Communication: The ability to be articulate when speaking but also have the ability to listen. - Leadership: Acquiring leadership and negotiation skills and be sensitive to cultural diversity. Learning to lead as well as follow and to work to tight deadlines. - Adaptability: Being flexible enough to adapt and change in a dynamic work environment. Engaging problem-solving abilities to tackle real-world challenges. - Teamwork: Working well in dynamic group settings and exercise cooperation and compromise. - Integrity & Work Ethic: Maintaining a positive attitude and good work ethic.

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

* Develop the confidence to overcome psychological and practical barriers to returning to work.

* Assess skills and abilities to identify relevant career or entrepreneurial pathways.

* Work effectively in a team or individually within a creative context.

* Apply creative problem-solving skills to challenges identified relating to an industry project and career development opportunities.

* Communicate and interact with multiple stakeholders and establish professional networks.

Student Life

Trinity College Library is the largest in Ireland and its book stock is now over four million volumes. All registered students are welcomed by Trinity’s Clubs and Societies and have full access to the state-of-the-art Sports Centre. Additionally, students can avail of discounts in various cafés and the Students Union shop on site. On graduating, Trinity students join an extensive community of over 100,000 alumni around the world.

Course Outline

Module 1: Career Pathways & Returning to Work

* The Changing Nature of Work & Returning to the Workplace

* Careers Workshop

* Design Thinking - Evolution of Innovative Ideas in Multidisciplinary Teams

* Innovation Team Project

Module 2: Opportunity Generation & Recognition

* Entrepreneurial Characteristics

* Recognising & Articulating Opportunities

* Effective Communication

* Career Development or Entrepreneurial Pitch Video

Module 3: Planning Your Venture

* Business Model Generation

* Marketing & Financial Planning

* Marketing Mix & Differentiation

* Digital Marketing & Investor Ready Pitch

* Innovation Team Project

Module 4: Managing Your Intellectual Property

* Principles of Intellectual Property Rights

* Trademark & Design Protection

* Patent’s, Prior Art Research & Copyright

* Licencing, Contracts & Negotiation

* Case Study – Research & Evaluation

* Innovation Team Project

Module 5: Creative Capital

* Fundamentals of Understanding Financial Statements

* Evaluating Financial Performance and Funding

* Budgeting and Forecasting

* Financial Planning

* Innovation Team Project

Why Choose This Course

This programme focuses on the continuing professional development of individuals who wish to return to the workplace after a career break due to caring obligations. It offers a unique combination of transferable and entrepreneurial skills, with a focus on building confidence and overcoming psychological barriers in the return to work, as well as the skills to start up or develop a business.

The programme is underpinned by a range of career development supports within Trinity, extending to the wider start-up community Ireland.

How the Programme Works

Students develop their creative and entrepreneurial potential through problem-solving and lateral thinking skills. They experience and engage in the innovation process by interacting with entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry mentors in an informal learning environment. Additionally, students complete group projects hosted by private or public enterprise partners.

The programme is structured around a range of career supports from Trinity for professional and personal development, including entrepreneurship mentorship with Blackstone LaunchPad.

Students are fully registered as postgraduates in Trinity College Dublin and have access to the Library and other facilities such as the gym, the dining hall, the health centre, and public lectures.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Career Pathways & Returning to Work

Module 2: Opportunity Generation & Recognition

Module 3: Planning Your New Venture

Module 4: Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Module 5: Creative Capital

Career Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to develop the personal qualities of communication, leadership, adaptability and flexibility within a team. They develop an entrepreneurial mindset, increasing their value to potential employers and/or positioning them to plan a venture of their own.

The programme is underpinned by a range of career supports from Trinity for professional and personal development. Students are fully registered as postgraduates in Trinity College Dublin and have access to the Library and other facilities such as the gym, the dining hall, the health centre, and public lectures.

Timetable Info

The programme begins March 25th

Classes take place in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday and Friday each week (except during mid-term breaks).

Delivery Location

Trinity College Dublin, Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workplace, 3 Foster Place, College Green, Dublin 2

Delivery Notes

Campus/Classroom

This programme is delivered on Thursday & Friday (9.15 am - 5 pm) in Trinity College Dublin. It is classroom-based with an emphasis on individual assignments, workshops, and group projects.

There are 5 modules in the Postgraduate Certificate, totaling 30 ECTS. Each module is compulsory.

There are 42 places on the programme.

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Allyson Lambert

Address

Trinity College Dublin, Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workplace, 3 Foster Place, College Green, Dublin 2

Phone

01 896 4811

Email

Springboard@tcd.ie

RPL Information

https://www.tcd.ie/teaching-learning/assets/pdf/RPL%20Policy%20Final.pdf

Application Procedures

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY APPLICATIONS IN HARD COPY.

Application procedures: ONLINE ONLY

Applicants must upload the relevant documents in the following four categories:

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Letter of motivation (approx 500 words)

3. Transcript of level 8 honours degree / Scan of degree parchment (subject to verification)

4. Proof of HEA Springboard eligibility: This may include Jobseekers payment receipt, lone parent payment, notarised homemaker declaration, illness benefit or other approved categories. Queries regarding eligibility should be directed in the first instance to HEA Springboard.

5. Please provide two references, academic or professional (max 250 words) under the following headings: 1. What capacity do you know the individual 2. Can you recommend their suitability for the course PG in Creative Thinking, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. References should be on headed paper with relevant contact details.

All documentation must be submitted via the Springboard application portal.

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY APPLICATIONS IN HARD COPY.

Due to the high volume of applications for this programme, we regret that we are unable to provide detailed feedback on a per applicant basis.

SHORTLISTING FOR INTERVIEW

Applicants are assessed in the first instance on the information provided on the Springboard Application Portal – no additional documentation will be passed to the selection committee for consideration.

Following consideration of all applications the selection committee will make one of the following recommendations:

- That you are to be called for interview.
- That you are to be offered a place.
- That your name is to be put on a waiting list.
- That your application has been unsuccessful.

Due to the time required to assess each application, it may be several weeks from the time of application before you are notified of a decision.

Due to a high volume of applications, we regret that feedback cannot be provided to individuals.

NOTIFICATION OF OUTCOME OF APPLICATION

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application through their Springboard portal. Applicants who are offered a place will be requested to confirm their acceptance in line with the Springboard regulations to secure the place.

Please be aware that the Springboard application process is a competitive one and that interviews and/or offers are not guaranteed.

Please note, upon registration students are required to pay the €8 USI levy.


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Tangent | Trinity's Ideas Workspace

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http://www.tcd.ie/tangent/education