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ADD101 - Design Thinking

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Russell Kennedy





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour Seminar per week


This unit will investigate 'design thinking' as a strategic methodology and problem solving process. Taking a multi-discipline, interdisciplinary approach, students will be required to use 'design thinking' as a problem solving process. 'Design thinking' methods will require students to adopt a human-centered approach to innovation that draws on their skills to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements of business and society as a whole. Students will work individually and in workshop teams, the final assessments will be a combination of research and practice outcomes. Students will use 'Design thinking' methods to address a 'wicked problem'.


Research Essay. Discover different design thinking methodology, 1200 words, 30%.

Collaborative Workshop: Defined problem and document activities using the 5 steps Design Thinking process, 1200 words or equivalent, 30%.

Final Report of Process. Incorporate a descriptive analysis critically evaluating the design thinking method and workshop results, 1600 words, 40%.

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