|Location of Course
||Galway, Limerick, Cork
||AUA Atlantic University Alliance
The Atlantic University Alliance (AUA), is a consortium of three Universities on the Atlantic coast of Ireland - NUI, Galway, the University of Limerick and University College Cork.
|Methods of Assessment
||The programme is offered over 12 months on a part-time basis. Students will have a formal assessment at the end of each semester and an in-company project to complete.
Examination and Assessment:
Sample Exam Papers, Assignments, Self Assessment Questions and Answers E-Tutor support- available for each programme module.
||On completion of the course participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to:
Identify, develop and understand the skills necessary to manage innovation at both operational and strategic levels in their organisation;
Familiarise themselves with business process improvement methods and simulation tools;
Present a professional innovative idea to their peers with the potential to improve business at their organisation.
Phone: 086 0214825
||An undergraduate Degree 1st or 2nd Class Honours in any discipline + 1 year of relevant industrial experience; or
Ordinary or 3rd Class Honours Undergraduate Degree + 3 years of relevant industrial experience; or
Recognised Professional Qualification + 3 years of relevant industrial experience.
||Specialist Diploma Innovation Management (Postgraduate)
Innovation is about ideas, and the transformation of those ideas into value creating outcomes into products, processes and services. Innovations include breakthrough ideas that lead to new products or services, and incremental ideas, which improve the way processes, are undertaken, or products are manufactured. It is also about the creation of new knowledge, and the use of that knowledge. Innovation is the key to future business prosperity and can take place in all areas of the business process. Innovation has been linked to increased market shares, higher growth rates and greater profitability for businesses. This course has been designed to provide an innovative programme to industry whilst encouraging and delivering innovation knowledge through the individual to their organisations.
The programme is offered over 12 months on a part-time basis. Students will have a formal assessment at the end of each semester and an in-company project to complete.
The following is a module outline for each 15 week semester:
Managing Innovation and Change
Managing Technology Projects
Enterprise, Product Modelling Simulation
Product Design & Development
The programme is delivered using a blended approach, that is, a combination of distance/online learning materials combined with face-to-face tutorials and seminars. The online element facilitates the learning in tandem with the distance-education, hard-copy materials and periodic classroom contact. Students will be required to attend seminars on average once per month. Tutorials are organised on a rotating basis at either NUIG, UL or UCC.
The blended learning approach contains the following elements:
Traditional distance education format hard-copy course material, textbooks, course notes and reading lists face-to-face study groups expert seminars scheduled during each semester
Online learning system available 24 / 7 containing
Module Content - module material in a downloadable format
Module Documents study schedules, PowerPoint slides and case studies
Library online catalogue searches, journal articles, electronic databases
||This course has been approved by ULearning Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 25% for students whose company is a member of the ULearning Skillnet network.
There are also a limited number of free places available for unemployed students who meet the required criteria by ULearning Skillnet.
Please note there are only a limited number of subsidies available for both employed and unemployed students.
Jobseekers please be advised that the Department of Social Protection (DSP) has no mandate to extend welfare support to clients undertaking NFQ Level 9 Programmes. Such programmes cannot be approved by DSP, and on that basis are designated SKN-E. Notwithstanding the above, we may offer a NFQ L.9 place to a welfare recipient. This is conditional on our network informing the individual, during the recruitment & selection phase, that the:
Welfare payment must be relinquished should he/she wish to pursue the programme
Trainee must inform the Social Welfare Local Office (SWLO), prior to commencement, about his/her intention to undertake an SKN-E programme, so that the Office can take the necessary steps to review/withdraw payment
Unfortunately, Skillnets cannot seek exceptional approval from DSP for any jobseekers that wish to accept a place on one of the ULearning Skillnet Level 9 courses.
|Enrolment and Start Dates Comment
||1 Year Course with enrolment in September
||Managing Innovation and Change
To understand innovation as a management process and determine how innovation an be identified analysed, monitored and implemented within organisations
To develop critical understanding of the techniques for diagnosing the need for innovation and change
To identify what is required to empower individuals in the area of innovation.
Managing Technology Projects
To gain an understanding of the systems approach to management and balance traditional problem solving with systemic thinking
To understand project management through handling technology-related work as project work
To apply the tools and techniques of project management to maximise the successful delivery of technology
Enterprise Modelling and Simulation
To focus participates on business process re-engineering and business process modelling. It will also introduce simulation as a modelling technique for business process improvement
Provide a platform for participants to understand their organisations current goals, strategies and their business process environment. It will also provide information on how to establish business process improvements and what is required to support these improvements
During the course of this module uptake it is envisaged that participants would formulate an improvement proposal (CASE STUDY) which defines how their organisation can transition to a future business process improvement, and identify the tools, systems and processes required to implement change
Product Design and Development
To provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of process and product development from concept to implementation or market introduction in the case of new products. This understanding should be based on knowledge of the various methodologies and tools used by product or process development teams. The methodologies and tools will be presented in the context of various models of the overall process and will be illustrated with industrial case studies.
To provide an overview of todays process and product development environment, including consideration of Extended Enterprise, Virtual Enterprise, Vendor-Customer co-design and co-makership issues. The nature and operation of shared design and manufacturing partnerships
The project phase of the Diploma is an opportunity to pursue a relevant activity related to Innovation Management. Each participant will be required to prepare a proposal; plan and manage the project; collect, analyse and use data where necessary; present their results; and write the project report. It is imperative that the participant receives support throughout the project, including guidance on how to write a professional report.
||The diploma fee is 3,950 for the year. The fee includes registration, exam and tutor fees, course material, meals and refreshments during seminars held at the distance education locations.