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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Problem-solving,Creativity& Critical Thinking
Module Code CA172
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: John McKenna
Semester 2: John McKenna
Autumn: John McKenna
Module TeachersJohn McKenna
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module aims to consolidate and develop the student's ability - both in a group and individually - to solve problems, to be creative and to think critically. Students taking this module will explore and tackle a wide variety of problems, which may have relevance to programming, mathematics or both, but will be set in non-programming contexts. Students will also learn to validate the arguments in their own writing and that of others. The module is aimed at students who are relatively new to third-level education in the expectation that they will be better prepared for the demands of independent thought expected at third-level.

Learning Outcomes

1. Take a systematic approach to solving problems, designing, implementing and evaluating solutions
2. Use a variety of creativity and problem-solving techniques
3. Reflect on their own preferred styles of problem-solving and learning
4. Critically analyse the written work of others
5. Construct arguments in their own writing
6. Work collaboratively

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Face-to-face sessions
Lecture12Problem-based learning
Group work12Group Assignment
Assignment Completion40TBD
Independent Study49Self-study & Reflection
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioYou will build up a portfolio of work comprising individual and group projects, writing and reflections.50%Other
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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