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DECO2016: Design Thinking

This unit of study provides an introduction to design thinking and its application in a human-centred design process. Students carry out a semester-long project that follows the typical phases of an iterative design process; consisting of user-centred research, ideation, prototyping and evaluation. Hands-on tutorial exercises develop their experience in appropriately applying design thinking methods, against the theoretical background offered by lectures. Students will learn to build empathy with users, identify the problem space, develop design concepts driven by user needs, and persuasively communicate design proposals using visual storytelling.

Code DECO2016
Academic unit Design Lab
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. engage in contextual inquiry to identify the need for a design
  • LO2. demonstrate competence in design ideation
  • LO3. communicate information and concepts visually and tangibly
  • LO4. apply an iterative and evaluative process to the design of products/systems
  • LO5. describe and explain activities associated with a design project
  • LO6. reflect upon and critique design activities using appropriate language.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.