Module Title:Creative Skills
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises – students will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve problems. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. • Role play activities –Active participation in problem solving scenarios. • Peer facilitation- Active engagement in the key components of group facilitation.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of methods and skills relevant to group work with diverse populations. Introduce students to interpersonal concepts in group work. Enhance facilitation skills and assist learners in developing facilitation strategies in their own work. Give students an understanding of organising creative pursuits with client groups.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Define the dynamics of interpersonal interaction of groups.
LO2 Understand the various problems of the individuals involved in group interaction.
LO3 Identify, articulate own feeling in order to become more responsible for personal skills as a group facilitator and group member.
LO4 Plan group sessions based upon an analysis of the group’s needs.
LO5 Identify and practice methods of dealing with others that promotes team cooperation and communication.
LO6 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative person, the creative process and techniques for enhancing creative function.
LO7 Develop skills in creative thinking (sensitivity to problems, flexibility, originality).
LO8 Elaborate through visual and verbal exercises
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The group objectives in the beginning stage.
Definition of groups Knowledge base of group work practice Development of group dynamics
Planning the group
Group leadership skills; approaches to multicultural group work Assessing the functioning of group members Defining goals and formulating contracts Planning focus elements of specific treatment groups
Group facilitation
Key components of facilitation Theories and practical tools and techniques of facilitation Facilitating group brainstorming sessions
Creating positive client relationships. Developing a collaborative environment . Building trust and improving communications
Styles of behaving toward team members The aggressive, passive and teamwork styles Small group exercises: Identifying teamwork styles.
Creativity & Creative Thinking
Models of the creative process Methods in creativity Introduction to creative thinking. Creativity Innovation and problem solving. Creativity and emotions
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Creative visual presentation 6,8 50.00 n/a
Other Group problem solving & group facilitation 3,4,5 50.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 140.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 0.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 1 Mandatory
CW_HWASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 1 Mandatory