Design Thinking

Deakin stackable short courses | 100% online

Get innovative with problem-solving

Join Mike Stevenson, Principal Consultant at The Healthy Organisation, for four engaging sessions on design thinking. Adopt a human-centred, iterative approach to problem-solving, by exploring personas, empathy with users, a tolerance for failure and prototyping.

  • Start date
    08 Mar 22
  • Duration
    4–8 weeks
  • Study mode
    Online masterclass
  • Investment

Job skills outcome

After completion of the masterclass, you'll be able to apply these skills immediately in your workplace.

    • Analyse and solve business challenges through design thinking.
    • Identify high-value opportunities and establish transformation agendas.
    • Critically reflect and communicate about applying design thinking to work challenges.

Co-designed with industry

This industry-led stackable short course is co-designed with the Healthy Organisation. Together, we’ve designed a course where you’ll gain skills that you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Meet the expert

Mike Stevenson is Principal Consultant at The Healthy Organisation. His customer-centred innovation consultancy focuses on helping organisations deliver better outcomes for its customers, stakeholders and organisation.

Meet the organisation

The Healthy Organisation applies human-centred design to the creation of new products, services and systems that drive value through total customer experiences.

Reshaping university education

An innovative learning structure delivered by a leading university. With more than 40 years’ experience in distance and online education, we’re proud to be adding this unique study format to our repertoire and providing more choice for your learning experience.

Course overview

How you'll learn

Learn directly with industry experts in small groups to build your own expertise and incorporate relevant industry knowledge and skills in your context. You are required to attend all masterclasses.

What you’ll learn

During four 3-hour masterclasses you’ll:

  • discover what design thinking is and understand the mindsets for competitive advantage
  • define design thinking, by identifying high-value opportunities, and scoping and scaling design challenges
  • develop design thinking by assembling challenge teams, and looking at tools and prototypes in practice
  • synthesise design thinking delivery, from innovation to implementation.

How you’re assessed

Your assessment will be presented as either a report or presentation, where you’ll create a plan for how you will apply design thinking to a challenge you are facing in your work. If you choose to complete this assignment as a written report, your submission is due at or before 9pm 4 weeks after the last masterclass. If you choose to complete this assignment as a presentation, your presentation will be booked at a mutually agreed time 4 to 6 weeks after the last masterclass.

Entry requirements

To be successful we recommend you are proficient in English and have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a related field or significant work experience.

Course dates and times

8 March 2022 (6–9pm)
15 March 2022 (6–9pm)
22 March 2022 (6–9pm)
29 March 2022 (6–9pm)

10 September 2022 (9.30am–5.30pm)
11 September 2022 (9.30am–5.30pm)

You are required to attend all masterclasses.

Stackable or standalone short course

Complete one stackable short course as a standalone credential or stack multiple related short courses and build towards a full postgraduate degree at Deakin.

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  • Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

    Postgraduate degree*

    Covering topics relating to organisational management, learn you how to be a more effective business leader and expand your career options.

  • Master of Business Administration

    Postgraduate degree*

    Deakin’s MBA reflects the trends and challenges of modern business. Develop key management and leadership skills and flexibility allows you to tailor the MBA to your career needs.

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*Subject to successful completion of the short course and meeting Deakin’s award course admission and selection requirements, including English language proficiency requirements. A maximum of four Deakin stackable short courses (2 Deakin credit points) can be used towards a Master of Business Administration.

^The September intake is a two-day masterclass held across one weekend at Deakin’s Melbourne Burwood Campus.