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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Challenge-based for transformative change
Module Code GY342
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Darren Clarke
Semester 2: Darren Clarke
Autumn: Darren Clarke
Module TeachersGrania Shanahan
Darren Clarke
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Many of the environmental challenges we face are considered ‘wicked problems,’ which describes a problem that is difficult to define and solve because of its complex and interconnected nature e.g., climate change, plastic pollution, biodiversity loss. For instance, there is often a lack of clarity in the overall goals and potential responses, which means there is no single solution to such problems. This module introduces students to challenge-based learning (CBL), an approach to address wicked problems associated with sustainability. CBL is an effective framework for learning while solving real-world complex challenges. The framework promotes collaboration to identify novel and practical ideas, ask provoking questions, and identify, investigate, and solve challenges, recognising that there may be many potential solutions to wicked sustainability problems. Using a CBL framework, students will identify a real-world wicked problem related to sustainability, gain deep subject area knowledge, and propose solutions and recommendations that can help to address the sustainability challenge identified. The module is applied in nature and is designed to develop skills necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain challenge-based learning and its usefulness to solving wicked problems
2. Collaborate with experts on real-world problems to develop a deeper knowledge of a sustainability challenge.
3. Identify a range of potential solutions to open, relevant, and problematic sustainability issues which requires a real solution.
4. Create a solution to a sustainability problem resulting in a real action.
5. Evaluate the outcomes of a challenge-based learning solution to a sustainability challenge.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Scheduled lectures / seminars and practicals
Independent Study101Independent reading, expansion on in-class material, completion of practical exercises, meeting with key stakeholders and final report write-up delivery
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

● Wicked problems ● Challenge-based learning ● Systems thinking ● Data analysis

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentGroup assignment focusing on CBL Engage phase activities20%n/a
Group assignmentGroup assignment focusing on CBL Investigate phase activities20%n/a
Group assignmentGroup assignment focusing on CBL Act phase activities60%n/a
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

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    BCESClimate & Environmental Sustainability
    BCESNClimate & Environmental Sustainability
    BCESYAClimate & Environmental Sustainability

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