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Design Thinking - DECO2016

Year - 2020

This unit of study provides an introduction to design methods and their application in a human-centred design process. The unit structure follows the stages of a typical design process, which are: define, understand, ideate, prototype, evaluate and reflect. A series of lectures and tutorial sessions are dedicated to each of these stages, allowing students to gain a deep understanding of and experience with design thinking methods. Students will learn how to balance convergent and divergent thinking at various stages throughout the design process, and how to use these methods to respond to a design brief requiring both analysis and synthesis. Students will learn to build empathy with users, identify the problem space, develop value-driven design concepts and persuasively communicate design proposals with an emphasis on the user experience through visual storytelling.

lecture 1 hr/week; tutorial 2 hrs/week

submitted work (70%), in-class assessments (10%) and quizzes (20%)

Additional information
Not available to students in the Bachelor of Design Computing and the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments.




Faculty: Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Design Lab
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Mrs Madeleine Borthwick
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

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