AD1035: Innovative Problem Solving and Decision Making

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 24.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 12hr(s) Lectures (and workshops, case studies and presentations); 12hr(s) Seminars (practical assignments via internal coach in organisation); Other (self directed study using guided readings. Additional independent research for assignments)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To provide an understanding of how problems are dealt with in groups and teams and how resulting decisions are made and evaluated. The module aims to develop practical skills in using team based decision making techniques to enhance students' participation in decision making processes. It also addresses the need for taking an innovative and creative approach in such matters.
Module Content: Problem solving and decision making in groups and teams; Understanding and analysing problems; Team decision making tools e.g. DeBono's thinking Hats; Evaluating decisions; Innovation tools and techniques; Fostering creativity.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify the complexities, organisational and individual constraints relating to solving problems and making decisions in organisations
  • Identify and define problems in a concrete manner
  • Deliver more effective decision making within team activities through the use of specific techniques
  • Evaluate decision making process and outcomes
  • Apply innovation techniques to decision making.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500-2,000 word work based project, 80 marks; Presentation, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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