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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title The Art and Science of Solution Design
Module Code GC2DN
School 53
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul O'Keeffe
Semester 2: Paul O'Keeffe
Autumn: Paul O'Keeffe
Module TeacherNo Teacher Assigned
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The ability to design solutions for real-world challenges is a vital skill for future thought leaders. Part of this process is learning from previous projects and analysing the outcomes in relation to various factors including political, social, economic and institutional power relations that shape the policy environment. This involves consideration of the technical and resource constraints that inhibit progress on global challenges; and the potential - and limitations - of innovations in emerging tech to be applied in diverse, and dynamic, contexts. This ASC includes an exercise to assess a past policy problem that has been deemed to fail or resulted in unexpected outcomes. Assessment will consist of group-based activities, report and proposal development and evaluation in simulated real-world challenges and dynamic environments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge on issues of power, interests, institutions, collaboration and potential conflict between stakeholders.
2. Identify features of innovation in connection with the nature of success and failure in the implementation of solutions based on experimentation.
3. Evaluate the sociotechnical and intercultural dimensions of global challenges solutions, in how they incorporate social, human components, hardware, software, and data.
4. Identify and apply suitable mathematical and statistical techniques to analyse and evaluate proposed solutions to real world problems.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assessment Feedback36class workshops
Total Workload: 36

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
PresentationPolicy controversy presentation20%n/a
Report(s)Analysing failure in policy implementation40%n/a
Written ExamAssessments associated with FLOs, 10% GC2FLO Deterministic and Statistical Modelling 10% GC2FLO6 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Systems Design 10% GC2FLO Sensors and IoT 10% GC2FLO Politics and Law40%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
    GCBSc in Global Challenges

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