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ACG708 - Design Thinking and Problem Solving

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Russell Kennedy


ACG702 and ACG703

Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit will investigate ‘design thinking’ as a strategic methodology and problem solving process. Taking a multidiscipline/interdisciplinary approach, students will be required to use ‘design thinking’ as a problem solving process, which taps into processes that have been traditionally overlooked in favour of more conventional problem solving practices. ‘Design thinking’ also allows people who are not trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges. ‘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 be placed in teams, the final assessments will a combination of presentation or pitch and exhibition format. Students will use ‘Design Thinking’ methods in an attempt to solve a ‘wicked problem’.


Research Project 30% 1500 word equivalent
Project Proposal 20% 1000 word equivalent
Project 50% 2500 words equivalent

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