Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation through Design Thinking (September 2021)

University College Cork (PDIDT)
Key Programme Details
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Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation through Design Thinking

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

School of Education & Business Information Systems Department

General Information
Contact

Jennifer Crowley

Email

j.crowley@ucc.ie

Phone

Email: j.crowley@ucc.ie

Address

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Role

Programme Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

15/09/2021

Start Date

16/09/2021

End Date

01/06/2022

About this Course

Even though there is a constant focus on innovation within business, few possess the know-how to make it a reliable and repeatable practice. As businesses are facing significant challenges to build sustainability into their future business models and practices, the need to be innovative has increased further. As a result, new approaches to tackling this innovation dilemma are needed across all sectors.

Design Thinking is one of the world’s most popular approaches to establishing dynamic, human-centred, goal-oriented innovation. The Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation through Design Thinking educates design thinkers to work across a wide spectrum of settings and sectors.

Objectives

Programme participants will learn how to:

1. Apply design thinking in organisational settings to address real world challenges.
2. Use tools and frameworks for implementing and scaling human centred change in complex environments
4. Develop data and digital literacy competencies required for innovation
4. Identify and analyse trends driving change in an increasingly digital age
5. Adopt the principles of an action design approach in praxis.
6. Demonstrate an ability to clearly present and discuss ideas, designs and solutions.
7. Manage the practicalities of working within teams charged with designing, prototyping and evaluating solutions.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Second Class Honours in a primary honours degree (NFQ, L8) or equivalent in any discipline.

A quota will be allocated to applicants who do not meet these entry requirements. These applicants will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning and assessed on the following factors:
• Academic achievement
• Prior Work Experience
• Letter of Reference
• Personal Statement

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency: See requirements here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/

Long Description

Even though there is a constant focus on innovation within business, few possess the know-how to make it a reliable and repeatable practice. As businesses are facing significant challenges to build sustainability into their future business models and practices, the need to be innovative has increased further. As a result, new approaches to tackling this innovation dilemma are needed across all sectors.
Design Thinking is one of the world’s most popular approaches to establishing dynamic, human-centred, goal-oriented innovation. The Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation through Design Thinking educates design thinkers to work across a wide spectrum of settings and sectors.

In addressing the skills needs of the future workforce (skills to adapt to the changing workforce and business models of the future), this programme enhances the data, digital, and design literacy of the participants, thereby ensuring they develop new ways of doing business. We ensure the relevance of skills development and provision by facilitating active engagement with industry partners.
The programme’s content and its delivery are tailored to personal and professional impact. Industry engagement is core to the programme USP as it ensures continuous applied learning addressing live issues encountered within a business context. Our objective is that all participants are immersed in a hands-on, real-world, work-ready learning experience.

Participants will learn how to: employ a range of innovation and creativity techniques; develop a systemised, data-driven approach to challenges; develop innovations (products and/or services) for impact in business and in society; and anticipate and respond to new digital trends and technologies.

The programme modules are as follows:

- ED6076 Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking [15 credits]

Module Objective: The objective of this course is to help students apply the creative problem-solving techniques of designers to solve business problems.

Module Content: Agile mindset; design thinking; Business Model Innovation; design ethics; sustainable design approaches; problem solving.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Critically evaluate the educational underpinnings of the design thinking approach.
Interrogate theories that inform our understanding of the creative process
Discuss how design thinking approaches can be applied to industry.
Critically evaluate a user-centred approach to problem solving
Develop an ethical and sustainable approach to design, creativity and innovation.
Explore and develop the pedagogy and assessment of design.

- BU6008 Data and Digital Literacy [15 credits]

Module Objective: To enable participants to build an awareness of the data and digital capabilities and literacies required by future-ready organisations and how to enhance these capabilities as a strategic asset for the digital era.

Module Content: The core of the module focuses on appreciating the practicalities of utilising data and digital capabilities in organisations. This module provides participants with an ability to identify and prioritise opportunities to deliver business value through (1) applying tools and frameworks; (2) critiquing case studies of data and digital transformation exemplars; and (3) engaging in a team-based design challenge.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Evaluate tools and frameworks for data and digital transformation
Develop data and digital literacy competencies as applied to industry
Assess the data and digital maturity of an organisation
Critique data-based decisions and actions in business
Identify and analyse trends driving digital opportunities.

- BU6009 Industry-in-the-Classroom Work-based Learning Project [30 credits]

Module Objective: To provide students with a practical experience of undertaking an applied project using an action design approach in collaboration with external stakeholders and applying skills and theories acquired on the programme to live issues encountered within an applied context.

Module Content: This learning will generally take place through collaboration with an industry partner (e.g. within or alongside (industry mentor) the industry partner). Developing the student's critical deisng and research skills through using an applied context as a site of doing, inquiry and reflection. Students will design, build and evaluate artefacts as they engage with real-world problems/issues.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Evaluate the principles of action design approach in praxis.
Demonstrate the ability to carry out an independent applied learning project.
Devise an appropriate methodology to solve an identified problem/issue.
Analyse primary and secondary data to inform artefact design.
Prepare an evidence-based applied work-based learning report.
Present report output in a professional manner.

Why Choose This Course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation through Design Thinking offers you a unique perspective on innovation by bringing together three key literacies, namely: design literacy, data literacy and digital literacy. Now more than ever, there is a need to be skilled in the art of “finding a way” as businesses are facing significant challenges to build sustainability into their future business models and practices. Now is the right time to locate yourself at the “sweetspot” of these literacies in order to build your knowledge and skills in the pedagogy and practice of innovation.

This programme affords you the opportunity, whether you are upskilling or reskilling, to immerse yourself in a hands-on, real-world, work-ready learning experience. As part of the “industry-in-the-classroom” work-based learning project, you will be provided with the practical experience of undertaking a project in collaboration with an industry partner and applying skills and theories acquired on the programme to live issues encountered within a business context. Industry partners from sectors such as financial services, technology, retail and pharma will enable this action-oriented, applied problem-solving to take place. By adopting an Action-Design approach, you will develop critical thinking skills through using the industry project as a site of inquiry and reflection. It is this ongoing proximity to industry mentors that will strengthen your employability.

Career Opportunities

As part of this skills-focused programme, we aim to design the student learning experience in accordance with participants’ ambition and situation. Adopting this approach ensures that each participant is afforded a student learning experience that meets their employability needs.

We envisage that graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation through Design Thinking programme will have the ability to change the business conversation through their problem solving and have the confidence to lead the change thereafter, when they themselves are in positions of employment.

The demand for innovative thinkers with design, data and digital literacy skills is growing. Businesses have no shortage of problems that need to be solved but there is a shortage of talent with this unique blend of literacies to be the “agents of change” who will take a lead role in solving these problems.


Timetable Info

Participants will be expected to dedicate at least 24 hours per week to the programme (across two 12 week semesters). This time will be allocated to lectures and other self-directed activities.

Modules for this programme will be delivered online, complemented by interactive sessions on Friday afternoons (including in-person sessions, subject to public health guidelines). These sessions will help students connect with each other and with their lecturers, reinforce module content and build transferable skills, and interact with industry leaders and other experts. We look forward to providing students with a high-quality blended learning experience that will help them to learn, grow, build their professional networks, and finish the programme ready to take the next step in their careers.

Delivery Location

UCC Campus and online

Delivery Notes

Given the current public health advice related to physical distancing, this programme will likely be delivered in a blended manner comprising live online classes, online recordings, and face-to-face teaching where possible.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Orla O'Regan

Email

hci@ucc.ie

RPL Information

RPL may be used by HCI participants applying to this course to gain admission to the programme where an applicant may not otherwise reach the standard educational qualification entry requirements, with applications assessed on the following factors: Academic achievement, Prior Work Experience, Letter of Reference and Personal Statement.

Application Procedures

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie.

Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the documentation below available at the time of application. Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated.

1. Copies of transcripts (results) and parchments for any previous educational qualifications.

2. Application statement - please describe in a maximum of 500 words why you wish to study this course at UCC and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements. Applicants should also reflect on their ability to commit to the course's delivery method - whether on campus in UCC or online.

3. Detailed and up-to-date CV.

4. Proof of selected category of applicant, i.e. employed, formally self-employed, recent graduate, unemployed, or returner.

Proof of applicant status:
• If employed: Recent payslip / recent letter from your employer confirming you work for them / recent letter or statement from Revenue demonstrating your current employment.
• If formally self-employed: A letter/statement from Revenue confirming you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant / a sworn declaration stating that you are no longer self-employed.
• If a recent graduate (2020 or 2021): Copy of transcript of results
• If unemployed: A recent document from DSP or your local INTREO office confirming you are in receipt of a qualifying payment for 9 of the past 12 months.
• If a returner: download a declaration form from Springboard+ FAQ page and sign it before a Commissioner for Oaths / Peace Commissioner:
Please see https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility for more detail.

5. IF applying as a non-native English speaker: Proof of English language competency is required i.e. copy of IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo certificate demonstrating level required by programme entry requirements. Please see https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/ for more detail.

6. Proof of meeting the nationality/residency requirement if applicable (Relevant applicants must provide evidence of residency for 3 out of the last 5 years).

7. IF applying via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – (meaning you do not meet the minimum entry requirements of an NFQ Level 8 Primary Honours Degree but wish to apply based on experience) please provide a personal or academic reference to support your application.