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IDEA9106: Design Thinking

This unit of study provides an overview of a human-centred approach to the design of products and systems. It introduces students to design thinking and how it can be productively applied to different design situations. The theoretical concepts, methods and tools for the key stages of interaction design are covered including user research, ideation, prototyping and user evaluation. It provides students with the principles, processes and tools for working collaboratively on design projects in studio. Students learn to build empathy with users, identify and reframe the problem space, develop value-driven design concepts and persuasively communicate design proposals with an emphasis on the user experience through visual storytelling. This unit is a foundational core unit in the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts program.

Code IDEA9106
Academic unit Design Lab
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. appreciate the role of design thinking in traditional and cross-disciplinary contexts
  • LO2. select and apply human-centred interaction design methodologies, methods and tools
  • LO3. generate ideas, concepts and designs, informed by user and background research, to innovate interactive technology solutions to complex problems
  • LO4. be aware of design processes and cognition in collaborative, inter-disciplinary teams
  • LO5. apply persuasive oral/visual communication techniques for design communication to specific audiences
  • LO6. discuss and critique designs from a professional perspective.