IA20110 Global Innovation Challenges

Academic Year 2023/2024


We live in a time of complex, 'wicked' global challenges which have no easy solutions and require unprecedented levels of innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and collaboration to create new ways of working and living at both individual and societal levels.

In this module, students will work in teams on an entrepreneurial challenge related to the European Union's 'Horizon Europe' Global Challenges and Missions and/or the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Over the course of this module, each team will develop a proposed innovative venture (either a for profit business or a social enterprise) to create a "Global Challenge Solution".

Students will be introduced to key approaches in innovation and entrepreneurship and be mentored by Innovation Academy staff to help them with their project. Potential solutions will be presented at a final pitch.


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

Our teaching is grounded in academic rigour. Our focus is on ‘learning by doing’ in a real-world context. Classes include a combination of individual and team tasks and activities, along with discussions, presentations and reflection.

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

Class Size : We limit our class size to 36 students or less. We require a minimum of 16 participants to ensure enough people for teamwork and a dynamic classroom environment. On very rare occasions, if fewer than 16 registered students register, we will offer students the opportunity to join another class.

COVID-19 : Our courses will be run in accordance with good practice, University and Government guidelines around COVID-19. This module is intended to be taught in-person but we may switch to an online format in light of updated guidelines or circumstances.


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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, learners should be able to:

* Identify and assess opportunities within the global challenges for new ventures
* Outline the fundamental concepts and tools that help develop entrepreneurial ventures and that may be applied to real world situations and opportunities
* Apply creative, user-centric design and entrepreneurial approaches for developing potential ventures
* Work in an interdisciplinary team to develop and present a poential solution
* Pitch a new venture or initiative
* Give and receive feedback in support of improved learning and better solutions
* Practice personal reflection as a tool for continuous self-improvement and self-directed learning

Indicative Module Content:

Students will be introduced to a number of creative and innovative tools to help them develop their approach to the challenge.
There will be a emphasis on using the Design Thinking Framework to systematically work through the challenge from understanding the potential customer needs (empathy), problem solving, idea generation, prototyping and market testing.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group


Conversation Class








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
All Innovation Academy modules take a 'learning by doing' approach, combining individual, and group activities and tasks including presentations, discussion and reflection. Guest speakers will share their own experiences and lessons learnt.

• Active/task-based learning
• Real-world challenges
• Peer and Group work
• Reflective Learning
• Enquiry & Problem-based learning
• Student Presentations
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
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 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Continuous Assessment: Tasks and activités inside and outside of class Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


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


Assignment: Reflection Report : A reflective report with your own reflections and realisations on what you have learnt from the module. Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
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?

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Name Role
Anh Nguyen Quoc Tutor
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