IA20200 Design Your Life (Online)

Academic Year 2021/2022

OVERVIEW

The aim of this module is to enable students to plan and reflect upon their learning, career and life goals using a Design Thinking approach.

Design Thinking is a human-centric creative problem-solving process. It offers a proven methodology and repeatable approach that can be used to identify new opportunities, solve problems, and develop innovative solutions. While it has usually been applied to the development of products and services, in this module, participants will apply the approach to design their own career and life goals.

Over the course of the module, participants will reflect on their life so far, their values and sense of purpose. Using a combination of creative and analytical tools they will work to develop insights into themselves and to map out their way ahead, acquiring a toolkit that can be used at any point in life to identify, evaluate and make informed career and life choices. Along with this, participants will meet guest speakers from a wide range of sectors who will share their own journeys and lessons learnt. Participants will also develop a community of peers in which to share ideas and hear how others are thinking about their own life and career questions.

Our team of Entrepreneurial Specialists will introduce the students to the processes and tools that will enable the students to make creative and informed life and career choices for themselves.


SCHEDULE & MODE OF DELIVERY

This module runs twice over 2021/22

January 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th ("Live Online" via Zoom)
09:30 to 13:30 live online each day, 2.30-4.30pm independent and teamwork in the afternoons.

OR

March 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, & Sat 19th [i.e. not 17th St Patrick's Day] ("Live Online" via Zoom)
09:30 to 13:30 live online each day, 2.30-4.30pm independent and teamwork in the afternoons.


"Live online" is a highly interactive and dynamic approach to online learning consisting of class discussions, breakout rooms, mini-breaks and team activities and projects throughout the week.

You must be available to attend and participate 9.30am-4.30pm every day of the module and complete any small pre work tasks and module deliverables.


UCD INNOVATION ACADEMY

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.

“The teaching team generated a spirit of camaraderie among students of diverse academic disciplines and backgrounds. The exercises and tasks have been brilliantly adapted to work in the virtual world, and I found them challenging and engaging.” 2020 Student


Note:
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.


www.innovationacademy.ie

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:

• Develop an understanding of their philosophies for career and professional life
• Plot a path to defining personal meaning and success
• Generate ideas for evaluating diverse career paths and multiple careers
• Demonstrate practical skills through exercises for investigating career alternatives and prototypes
• Demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamentals of design thinking as they apply to Designing Your Life and other aspects of your life
• Communicate and network with peers to effectively share ideas and exchange perspectives on career choices

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

4

Small Group

10

Practical

6

Specified Learning Activities

60

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.

• Activity/Task-based Work
• Group Work and Peer Discussion
• Reflective Writing
• Student Presentations
 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
IA20090 - Design Your Life


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: A combination of online and offline tasks and activities. Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

20

Presentation: Participants will present their plans and options to their class. Throughout the Trimester n/a 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 the component) Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

40

Assignment: Reflection Report: 2-4 pages of reflection or a video/audio/creative component equivalent Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

20


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Facilitators will give verbal feedback on classroom-based continuous assessment activities such as presentations, presentation materials and other deliverables.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 17 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 18 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 17 Thurs 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 18 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 17 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Autumn
     
Spring
     
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27 Sat 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 27 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 27 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 27 Sat 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 27 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 27 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Spring