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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title The Innovators Toolkit
Module Code SB201
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Henrique Machado Barros
Semester 2: Henrique Machado Barros
Autumn: Henrique Machado Barros
Module TeachersNichola O'Sullivan
Peter Robbins
Catherine Faherty
Cliona McParland
Henrique Machado Barros
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
Entirely CA

The Innovator's Toolkit provides students with a set of innovation practices which are proven to be associated with success in new product and service development. Innovation is the lifeblood of every business but most managers are dissatisfied with the innovation performance of their own organisation. This module focuses on a number of skills and practices that are proven to make innovation more predictable, scalable and repeatable in organisations.

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will understand the principal barriers to corporate innovation and will have the tools to manage them successfully
2. Students will develop skills in key practices in innovation such as Design Thinking and Agile.
3. Students will learn to work effectively in teams to deliver a targeted outcome
4. Teams will learn techniques for creative problem solving

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Group work125Students will be expected to attend lectures and access other asynchronous material. They will work in teams to solve challenges.
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

Defining the Opportunity
Jobs to be done Job Mapping Outcome Expectations Value Quotient Scenario Planning

Blue Ocean Strategy
Definitions of competitive intensity Defining the quadrants in Blue Ocean Blue Ocean Strategy in Action

Design Thinking
The Design Thinking Mindset The Rules of Design Thinking The Tools of Design Thinking

Pitching and Storytelling
Students learn the art of storytelling to support effective pitching

Creative Practice
Drawing on the Arts, students develop creativity skills

Visual Thinking

Learn about themselves in teams and how to manage collaboration effectively

Sustainable Societies

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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

  • Silverstein, Samuel and DeCarlo: 2012, The Innovator's Toolkit, 2nd, Wiley, New Yok,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFBA in Accounting and Finance
AMPSBSc in Aviation Management
BSBachelor of Business Studies
DBIBSc in Digital Business and Innovation
INTBBachelor Business Studies International
MINTBSc Marketing, Innovation & Technology

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