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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

One of the biggest challenges in collaboration is effective communication and co-operation between team members. The objective of this mode is to equip students with experience and understanding of the different types of tools and collaborative tasks which they will encounter as professionals. Going from Ideation to creation, the students will learn about project management, communication, and collaborative tools to support them.

Learning Outcomes

1. Comprehend the different types of collaborative situation, and the role of technology in facilitating effective co-operation.
2. Assess the appropriateness of different tools and technologies for specific collaborative tasks at various team sizes
3. Conduct ideation, design, and evaluation workshops, gathering appropriate feedback
4. Employ methods for reaching consensus in a group, and communicating group decisions effectively
5. Participate or Lead a team in a collaborative task
6. Create, Develop, and Evaluate innovation activities including business planning using techniques including the business canvas
7. Examine ethical considerations in team-building, project management and innovation tasks

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lectures including introduction to theory and practice of the elements of the course. Some materials will be generated by the students, some will be from external sources and the remainder will be digital notes.
Assignment Completion36Group work, individual assignments
Independent Study65Revision, self-directed learning and reading, 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

The Design of Everyday things
Human-centric design, design thinking, problem solving through experimentation, iteration, and evaluation, Action research and co-design

Lean and Agile Management
Lean Kanban, Scrum, Estimation Theory, resource planning/tracking, milestone tracking, feature-led development

Presentation and Communication
Ignite/Pecha Kucha, Visual storytelling, structuring presentations, leading interactive workshops, encouraging feedback, blogs, social media, and distributed note-taking

Working in Teams
Belbin Personality types, Consensus building and conflict handling, collaborative writing, giving constructive feedback, recording meetings, ethical aspects of collaboration

Collaboration Tools
Shared Authoring environments, Code repositories and version control, taxonomies and knowledge management, surveys and forms, collaborative notes and handling physical artefacts

Business Models, Lean Startup approaches, Business Model Canvas, Opportunity Analysis, SWOT, Ethical aspects of innovation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Don Norman.: 0, The design of everyday things, New York; Basic Books, 0465050654
  • Eric Ries: 0, The Lean Startup, Penguin Books Ltd, 0670921602
  • David J Anderson: 0, Kanban, Blue Hole Press, 0984521402
  • Garr Reynolds: 0, Presentation Zen, New Riders, 9780132901536
  • Tom DeMarco, Timothy Lister.: 0, Peopleware, Boston; Addison-Wesley, 0321934113
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