Practical Frameworks for Innovation - Micro-credential

5 ECTS
6 weeks
30 Places

Overview

This course qualifies for a 50% subsidy from the EU Fee under the HCI Fees Subsidy. The amount of fee subsidy for eligible Non-EU learners may vary. 
Please refer to the fees section for details and eligibility criteria.


Who is this Micro-credential for?

This Micro-credential is interdisciplinary in nature and targets anyone in a role where innovation frameworks might be applied, from innovators and entrepreneurs, to those working in large companies, to educators working with the UN SDGs. It aims to upskill a workforce threatened by increasing amounts of information, global challenges, and improper use of AI.

For enterprise leaders, this Micro-credential will provide you with a diverse toolkit of frameworks to help you strengthen your organisation’s approach to everyday problem solving and innovation, setting the stage for your team to collaborate and innovate in effective and transformative ways. 

For individuals, this course is an invaluable introductory step on your learning pathway in the discipline of creativity and innovation, helping to establish confidence in your ability to effect positive change in your organisation or community.


Why should I take this Micro-credential?  

Disruptive innovation is everywhere, and change is constant. In today's highly
competitive business landscape, originality, ingenuity, and creativity are essential to remain current and relevant. Individuals and companies must find effective ways to upskill. But which innovation frameworks are right for you, your organization, or your individual context?

This course introduces three essential innovation frameworks: creative problem-solving, design thinking, and systems thinking. It offers a comprehensive introduction to each framework, highlighting key concepts and tools. The course maintains a persistent focus on solving real-world problems, guiding participants through the practical, hands-on application of approaches to address challenges for individuals, their teams, and organisations. 

When can I start this Micro-credential?   

There is one in-take annually in September.

If you represent an organisation and would like your employees to undertake the course, please reach out and we may be able to arrange a second iteration with adequate notice. 

What do I need to be accepted onto this Micro-credential?- Entry requirements & Prerequisite documents  

Applicants must have a level 8 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline. Those with a demonstrated interest in systems thinking, design thinking, creative problem solving and/or innovation and entrepreneurship will be prioritised. 
 Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements, but who can demonstrate three or more years of work experience in a relevant professional or managerial context, are welcome to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning.
 All applicants must provide their CV and a statement of interest which will be used to select the most suitable candidates. Telephone interviews may be conducted to clarify applicants’ motivation and interest in the programme. 
 Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must meet the English language requirements as set out in Trinity’s Post Graduate Admissions requirement policy.


What will I learn? (Include ECTS Weighting)

On successful completion of this micro-credential, learners will: 

  • Develop an understanding of key frameworks, including design thinking, creative problem solving, and systems thinking for innovation. 
  • Employ a range of tools and techniques to tackle challenges and work towards a solution, both individually and as part of a team. 
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of and/or new insights into problems or challenges. 
  • Communicate potential approaches and solutions effectively to a variety of audiences. 
  • Engage in reflection in order to self-evaluate, learn from experience, challenge assumptions, and generate new ideas.

What will I do? 

Over the course of this micro-credential, you will learn the fundamentals of three essential frameworks for innovation, with scope to explore each framework more deeply on your own time. 
You will be supported to apply your learning, or the framework most relevant for you, as part of an innovation sprint challenge, where you will apply your problem-solving ability learnt during the course to a real-world challenge. 
Following the course, you will be able to direct your learning towards your preferred framework, or identify the best approach for your organisation, empowering you to take the next step on your innovation pathway to success.

This Micro-credential will cover the following topics:
Week 1: Programme Orientation (In Person) 
Week 2: Creative Thinking and Creative Problem Solving (Online) 
Week 3: Introduction to Design Thinking (Online) 
Week 4: Systems Thinking methodologies, tools, and resources (Online) 
Week 5: Innovation Mindset and Toolkit (Online) 
Week 6: Challenge-based workshop finale (In Person)

How will this Micro-credential be delivered?  

The micro-credential will be delivered online, and during normal working hours. 
Students who enrol from the same organisation are encouraged to co-locate for the webinars in their place of work.
Monthly webinars will address key areas of climate leadership development.
Separate check-in sessions with coaches are designed to assist with the monthly content and to support your professional development.
An optional in-person networking session will take place at the end of the course.

How is this Micro-credential assessed? 

  • Innovation sprint (group presentation) (50%) 
  • Reflective essay including video submission (individual assessment) (50%) 

Course Details

Awards

5 ECTS

Number of Places

30 Places

Next Intake

September

Course Coordinator

Shay Butler (tangentcourses@tcd.ie)

Course Director

Dr Jake Byrne, Academic Director, Tangent (tangentcourses@tcd.ie

Closing Date

29th August

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Admission Requirements

• Applicants must have a level 8 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline. Those with a demonstrated interest in systems thinking, design thinking, creative problem solving and/or innovation and entrepreneurship will be prioritised. 
• Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements, but who can demonstrate three or more years of work experience in a relevant professional or managerial context, are welcome to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning.
• All applicants must provide their CV and a statement of interest which will be used to select the most suitable candidates. Telephone interviews may be conducted to clarify applicants’ motivation and interest in the programme.
• Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must meet the English language requirements as set out in Trinity’s Post Graduate Admissions requirement policy.

Prerequisite documents:
1. Curriculum Vitae (2 page max)
2. Statement of Interest (300 words max)
3. Level 8 Degree (clear photo of parchment or copy of transcripts) 

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees

HCI Fees Subsidy - Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for a 50% fee subsidy, subject to the availability of subsidized places. For eligibility details, please refer to the Eligibility Criteria - https://www.tcd.ie/courses/microcredentials/hci-eligibility/

Please note that this course has a different fee for Non-EU learners. If you meet the eligibility criteria and are paying the Non-EU fee, your subsidy will vary. Contact micro-credentials@tcd.ie to confirm what fee is payable.

Subsidised Course EU-fee for eligible candidates applying for micro-credential "Practical Frameworks for Innovation" in academic year 2024/25 will be 647 euro.

Apply

To apply, click on the relevant Apply Link below

Get in Touch

General Enquiries: micro-credentials@tcd.ie 

Course Coordinator: Shay Butler (tangentcourses@tcd.ie)

Course Director: Dr Jake Byrne, Academic Director, Tangent (tangentcourses@tcd.ie)

Register Your Interest

Register your interest at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

As Ireland’s leading university, we offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes at masters, diploma and certificate level.

Trinity is an international university steeped in history, with a reputation for excellence in education, research and innovation.

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