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TITLE Unleashing the Secrets of Google Innovation

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION Google is not a conventional company, in fact, a few years ago it was rebranded. Alphabet is the parent of Google, Google X, Fiber, Nest, and all the other companies previously under the "Google" banner. But how does Google manage to come up with so many innovative and successful products?

A lot of things matter when we’re creating a product. Design, speed, etc. But sometimes it is difficult to find a balance. What if we could strike that balance and achieve impressive results? In this module, we have collected industry best practices that allow teams to run design sprints such as rapid prototyping and testing sessions. The best practices have been collated from innovative methodologies such as Agile, Design Thinking and Gamestorming. At the same time, these practices are easy to adapt to teams who are just beginning their design practice.

The Degree Plus module is aimed at getting students to understand the process which big companies like Google use in order to create innovative products in all aspects of their work and get them to apply it towards a particular context.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:
• introduce the student to modern and innovative techniques;
• get the student to practice his/her communication skills;
• make use of a various tools in order to learn how to produce solutions to real world problems.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• provide inform about specific tools;
• attain a level of skill in a range of digital communicating techniques;
• learn how to customize the information provided in order to reach a particular group (age, gender);
• elicit information which will be used to produce a final product.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• transfer the newly acquired knowledge to other situations;
• give practical examples of how these techniques can be used in everyday situations;
• showcase the use of some of these skills in other situations.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory comp0letion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

Note: Degree plus units are not designed to be incrementally burdensome in terms of the many academic demands placed on students during their undergraduate years.

Unit Material:

• Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky. Sprint: How To Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days: Bantam Press, 2016.
• Various online resources.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there is an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%


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