UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership (November 2021)

University College Dublin (1ST NOVEMBER)
Key Programme Details
Award

Professional Diploma In Creativity, Innovation and Leadership

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

20

Department

UCD Innovation Academy

General Information
Contact

Mary Saunders

Email

mary.saunders@ucd.ie

Phone

01 716 2065

Address

UCD Innovation Academy
O'Brien Centre for Science
University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4

Role

Marketing and Recruitment Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

24/09/2021

Start Date

01/11/2021

End Date

29/04/2022

About this Course

"Participating in this course was perhaps the single most rewarding thing I've done in my professional career. This course gave me the confidence to grasp new opportunities and believe I can succeed." - Graduate 2018/19

To successfully navigate current disruptive challenges such as Covid-19, Brexit, digitisation and climate change, today's managers require the mindset and skill-set to adapt to change, seize opportunity and lead innovation in their business in order to stay competitive and resilient.

The UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership is an action-oriented, virtual learning experience that will contribute to a mindset change. It will equip current and prospective middle to senior managers and those returning to employment with the leadership skills to drive innovation within SMEs and large businesses in all industries and sectors. Participants will gain the practical tools to develop and execute ideas of value within an organisation - 'intrapreneurship'. Throughout the final module (Action Learning Project - Professional Practice) participants will apply their new intrapreneurial skills to a project within an organisation and practise inspiring others to innovate in a collaborative way. This course is designed to equip participants with the skills that will help them to become a recognised champion for innovation within an SME or large business. It is expected that all participants will make progress in their career.

“I work in an area where artificial intelligence is becoming a major positive factor in my role but is removing traditional work practices that I would have completed each day. I have found new ways of working since this course, I am more confident in taking risks, asking out of the box questions, and really pushing the boundaries of traditional ways of thinking.” - Graduate 2018/19

Objectives

By taking this course participants develop:

An Entrepreneurial Mindset:
1) Enhance creative confidence (i.e. to develop, share and iterate new ideas);
2) Think like an entrepreneur (i.e. to identify opportunities of value and engage the strengths of colleagues to execute the idea);
3) Develop a 'Growth Mindset.'

A Skill set (Proven approaches to foster a culture of innovation within a business):
1) Strengthen business acumen;
2) Identify and critically evaluate ideas of value from customer insights;
3) Collaborate in a way that plays to the strengths of others;
4) Communicate in an engaging way to secure support for new initiatives;
5) Prototype, test and iterate ideas based on customer experiences;
6) Quickly develop and adapt business approaches to incorporate new opportunities;
7) Appreciate the possibilities that new technologies can offer a business;
8) Develop the influencing skills to embed a culture of innovation across the business.

A Toolkit (Practice step-by-step methods to put these skills to work quickly):
1) Design Thinking
2) Empathy Mapping
3) Ideation and prototyping techniques
4) Innovation Impact Measurement
5) Personal Business Model Canvas
6) Leadership Odyssey Map
7) Approaches to feedback
8) Negotiation and Influencing Skills

A Network: (Meet and work (virtually) with like-minded peers across sectors):
1) Join a dynamic Alumni Network
2) Meet leaders and influencers through guest talks

A Dynamic Learning Approach:
1) Innovation Project: Apply a newly developed mindset, skillset and toolkit to a real-world problem
2) Mentoring from a highly experienced team of Entrepreneurial Specialists
3) Online learning approach

Entry Requirements

1. Applicants must satisfy the HEA's requirements to be eligible for funding under the Springboard+ Initiative. See www.springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

2. Applicants must satisfy UCD's requirements for entry to this postgraduate, level 9 course. This means applicants should demonstrate that they hold an undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) or equivalent professional qualification.

Under UCD's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy, consideration will be given on a case by case basis to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but who can demonstrate extensive professional experience. Typically, such applicants would have five years or more experience where their role includes managing teams, leading projects, programmes or business units.

If you are applying under RPL, please review your CV to ensure that it clearly demonstrates the following-
a. Any experience of leadership and self-direction
b. Any experience of management or entrepreneurship
c. A description of employee, budget and client responsibilities

RPL applicants should also upload two recently dated professional/employment references. These should be on headed paper or from an official email address and including the referees name, role and email address.

Long Description

This course is designed to equip participants with the skills that will help them to become a recognised champion for innovation within an SME or large business. It is expected that all participants will see make progress in their career.

“I work in an area where artificial intelligence is becoming a major positive factor in my role but is removing traditional work practices that I would have completed each day. I have found new ways of working since this course, I am more confident in taking risks, asking out of the box questions, and really pushing the boundaries of traditional ways of thinking.” - Graduate 2018/19

Curriculum and Learning
The UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership has been developed in collaboration with industry and leverages the significant experience of UCD Innovation Academy. It is designed in response to the current challenges and perceived future threats to the competitiveness of SMEs and large business.

What will I Learn?
Participants on the UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership will:

Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset
By enhancing the creative confidence of participants and learning to think like an entrepreneur but within an organisational context (intrapreneurship), participants will build their capacity to identify opportunities of value, to develop, share and iterate these ideas; and to engage the strengths of colleagues to execute these ideas for the benefit of their business.

Acquire the Skills to Innovate
Participants on the UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership will learn to use proven approaches to strengthen their business acumen and to foster a culture of innovation within a business. Course participants will learn to:
Identify and critically evaluate ideas of value from customer insights;
Collaborate in a way that plays to the strengths of others;
Communicate in an engaging way to engender support for new initiatives;
Prototype, test and iterate ideas based on customer experiences;
Quickly develop and adapt business models to incorporate new opportunities;
Appreciate the possibilities that new technologies can offer a business;
Develop the influencing skills to embed a culture of innovation across the programme are.

Practice Proven Tools and Methods
Participants will practice step-by-step methods (e.g. Design Thinking, Value Proposition Design) to put their newly developed innovation skills to work quickly and start making an impact.

How will I Learn?
Participants will "learn by doing" from an international, cross-disciplinary team of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and academics through the UCD virtual learning platform and the Zoom online collaboration platform.

Innovation Project - Deploy New Skills Quickly
Participants will be required to undertake an innovation project to apply their newly developed skills and utilise a toolkit of approaches to solve a problem relevant to their business. By embedding an innovation project as part of the formal learning of the course, not only will participants have the opportunity to practice their skills but they will have an opportunity to prove the viability of adopting these low-cost, rapid, design-led approaches to innovation to their peers and seniors. Participants will receive innovation coaching towards the implementation of this project from the UCD Innovation Academy Entrepreneurial Specialists.

Learn from a Highly Experienced Team, Embedded in the Innovation Ecosystem
Over the course of a decade, UCD Innovation Academy has developed an extensive, deep network of relationships across the SME, Corporate, Not-for-Profit and Public sectors. Our team of Entrepreneurial Specialists are themselves practising entrepreneurs who are immersed in the ecosystem. They have also facilitated innovation modules for SME senior management teams on Enterprise Ireland’s prestigious Go Global for Growth Programme as well as New Frontiers, Science Foundation Ireland’s SPARK accelerator and the Social Innovation Funds ‘Animate’ and ‘Think Tech’ Accelerators.

Guest Lectures, Fireside Chats and Co-Facilitators with Proven Real-world Experience
While our team of Entrepreneurial Specialists are all immersed in the ecosystem, the course will also integrate guests through panel discussions and one-to-one interviews offering a ‘warts and all’ insight into the challenges of leading innovation in business.

Learn from Peers and Build a New Professional Network
This course places an emphasis on teamwork, collaboration and fostering a strong community of learners enabling networking and peer-to-peer learning to take place. Through a combination of in-class activity and evening events, we hope to create an environment where new professional networks can flourish.

Gain the ‘UCD Advantage’
UCD Innovation Academy is located in the O’Brien Centre for Science, a flagship facility at the heart of University College Dublin, Ireland’s largest university. Being part of UCD is of significant benefit to the participants of all of our courses and will offer participants on the Professional Diploma:

1) As Ireland’s ‘Global University’ UCD has extensive international networks;
2) Access to world-class research expertise (facilitated by UCD Innovation Academy) and facilities in a highly collaborative environment;
3) Access to a world-class library facility and study/workspace;
4) Access to UCD Career Development Centre, including career guidance support and online resources for up to two years after graduation;
5) Access to a wide range of talks and networking events outside of the course.

Why Choose This Course

"“Towards the end of the Diploma, I was interviewing for new roles. I had the confidence to be more open and honest about what I could bring to the organisation, and what I expected from my employer in return. This was quite transformational for me." - Participant 2018/19

Overview
Leadership Excellence Through Creativity and Innovation

To navigate disruptive challenges such as Covid-19, Brexit, digitisation and climate change, today's managers require the mindset and skill-set to adapt to change, seize opportunity and lead innovation in their business in order to stay competitive and resilient.

The UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership is an action-oriented, virtual learning experience that will contribute to a mindset change. It will equip current and prospective middle to senior managers and those returning to employment with the leadership skills to drive innovation within SMEs and large businesses in all industries and sectors. Participants will gain the practical tools to develop and execute ideas of value within an organisation - 'intrapreneurship'. Throughout the final module (Action Learning Project - Professional Practice) participants will apply their new intrapreneurial skills to a project within an organisation and will learn how to inspire others to innovate in a collaborative way.

This course is designed to equip participants with the skills that will help them to become a recognised champion for innovation within an SME or large business. It is expected that all participants will see make progress in their career.

“I work in an area where artificial intelligence is becoming a major positive factor in my role but is removing traditional work practices that I would have completed each day. I have found new ways of working since this course, I am more confident in taking risks, asking out of the box questions, and really pushing the boundaries of traditional ways of thinking.” - Graduate 2018/19

With the UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership, you will build your capacity to become an Innovation Leader while developing the skills and tools to foster a culture of creative thinking in your workplace. As well as the opportunity to work virtually with like-minded peers from across industries, in the third module, you will work on a real-world problem to use your new skills practically, thus building your CV in a meaningful way.

About UCD Innovation Academy
Located at University College Dublin, Ireland’s largest university, UCD Innovation Academy is dedicated to teaching creative and entrepreneurial thinking and giving people the skills and confidence to develop, share and iterate new ideas. Our learning model is highly experiential and takes a practical, action-based approach to learning, to help identify opportunities of value and to engage the strengths of colleagues which will benefit any business. During the current pandemic, UCD Innovation Academy has successfully migrated all in-person courses online with excellent feedback to date. We have retained the same experiential, collaborative ethos.

"You will forget that you are remote when you seamlessly move from lecture to interactive session to breakout rooms. Cleverly designed activities draw you in and keep you engaged and experiencing the learning discoveries of this great course" - Postgraduate Student, May 2020.

Career Opportunities

This online qualification awarded by University College Dublin is designed to equip participants with the skills that will help them to become a recognised champion for innovation within their own context. It is expected that all participants will make progress in their career.

Participants returning to employment will enhance their CV, gain business acumen related to critical issues facing Irish businesses such as Covid-19, Brexit and digitisation (making them more attractive to prospective employers facing these issues in particular) and join a network of emerging innovation leaders.

Participants in employment will take on new responsibilities (i.e. leading business-critical projects), and/or gain promotion within their existing business and increasingly work directly with senior management.

Timetable Info

As the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions.

NOVEMBER COURSE DATES
Module 1 - Creative Thinking
Monday 1st November to Friday 5th November 2021
Live Online Classes take place from 9.30am to 1.30pm each day
Afternoons 2pm - 4.30pm will be a mixture of self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual work.

Module 2 - Leadership Development
Wednesday 1st December to Tuesday 7th December 2021 (No classes on Saturday or Sunday)
Live Online Classes take place from 9.30am to 1.30pm each day
Afternoons 2pm - 4.30pm will be a mixture of self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual work.

Module 3 - Professional Practice (Action Learning Project - Innovation in the Workplace)
8th December 2021 - 29th April 2022 There are no classes during this module.
This module is a combination of:
1. External project work and
2. 3 x mentoring sessions over the course of the module.
3. Presentations - The final action learning project presentations will take place on 27th, 28th & 29th April 2022.

The first two modules of this course are delivered in five-day blocks. Classes run from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day and as the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions. Mornings will be live online sessions and the afternoons will be a mixture of self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual work.

Module 3 runs over 4 months and there there are no classes during this module. It is a combination of external project work along with three mentoring sessions with one of your facilitators culminating in the Action Learning Project presentations.

Throughout the roughly 5 month duration of the program, there will be additional hours of student effort comprising of self-directed learning, reflective learning and group and individual work.

Delivery Location

This course is delivered as a fully immersive, live online experience using a combination of UCD's virtual learning platform and the Zoom online collaboration platform and other tools for collaboration online.

Delivery Notes

This 20 ECTS online course consists of three modules.
In the first two modules (IA40310 Creativity and Innovation and IA40340 Leadership Development) you will explore specific themes through a combination of facilitated online classes and self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual work.

Module 1 & Module 2
Classes run from 9.30 to 4.30 each day and as the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions. Mornings will be live online sessions and the afternoons will be a mixture of self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual work. As the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions.

Module 3 runs over 3 to 4months and there there are no classes during this module. It is a combination of external project work along with three mentoring sessions with one of your facilitators culminating in the Action Learning Project presentations at the end of the module.

For the final module, participants will be required to undertake an innovation project to apply their newly developed skills and utilize a toolkit of approaches to solve a problem relevant to their context. By embedding an innovation project as part of the formal learning of the course, not only will participants have the opportunity to practice their skills but they will have an opportunity to prove the viability of adopting these low-cost, rapid, design-led approaches to innovation to their peers, seniors and prospective clients or employers. Participants will receive innovation coaching towards the implementation of this project from the UCD Innovation Academy Entrepreneurial Specialists.

Students will need internet access, a laptop, desktop or tablet for this course. Mobile phones will not suffice.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Mary Saunders

Address

UCD Innovation Academy
O'Brien Centre for Science
University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4

Phone

01 716 2065

Email

Mary.saunders@ucd.ie

RPL Information

UCD Recognition of Prior Learning Policy - http://www.ucd.ie/governance/resources/policypage-rplpolicy/

Application Procedures

1. Complete all fields in your Springboard+ online application on www.springboardcourses.ie.

2. Upload your Current CV & Letter of Motivation SAVED AND UPLOADED AS ONE DOCUMENT. Please ensure your CV is up to date and includes dates and countries of employment. Your Letter of Motivation should be about one page long and outline a. Why you want to do this course at this time? b. What you can contribute to the course? c. What you would like to achieve from the course? d. Your preferred start date for the course.

3. Upload Status Verification document, as stated in Springboard+ Eligibility Guidelines. See www.springboardcourses.ie/eligibility.

4. Upload your transcript or degree parchment for a minimum of an Honours Bachelors Degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent). If you previously studied at UCD, please provide your UCD student number. on a word document/PDF. If you do not have an honours degree, we will look for 5+ years of relevant work experience on your CV and employer references as per RPL guidelines above.

5. If you are employed, formerly self-employed, self-employed or in receipt of Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, upload your passport or the last 3 years of your GNIB Stamp 4 visas.

The deadline for applications is subject to change and is at the discretion of UCD Innovation Academy.

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