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Design Thinking Tools (GRD503)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit explores design thinking with an emphasis on practicing design thinking process and tools for real world challenges. Students will establish design methodologies that are holistic and human-centred for redefining complex problems when creating value for both social and commercial sectors. Students will engage experimental design thinking approaches for better understanding users during project stages such as empathy, redefinition of problems, ideation, prototyping and testing. Students will develop a critical mindset for examining project issues and developing project strategies.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO 1 Research a range of design thinking tools, strategies and methodologies for a specific purpose;
ULO 2 Critically engage design thinking theory and its processes to analyse, interpret and evaluate social and commercial service processes and products;
ULO 3 Apply design thinking tools and processes, holistic and human-centred methodologies toward redefining social and commercial issues;
ULO 4 Contribute substantial creative and strategic human-centred ideas towards innovating social and commercial problems;
ULO 5 Skilfully apply effective communicative techniques for working with clients and stakeholders;
ULO 6 Recognise that design thinking plays an essential role in addressing complex issues and developing innovations for social and commercial sectors around the globe.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is iterative and project based in which students will research, develop, test and present design innovations for client projects. The labs involve the technical application of design thinking tools and processes toward the development of innovative ideas and concepts for a client project.
Students will also experience practice-oriented teaching based on real-world case studies and action-learning projects that ensures a tight integration of theory and practice.
Other Learning Experiences Direct consultations and meetings with academic supervisor (24 hours). These may take the form a group consultations with other consultants or one-to-one. Students may have the opportunity to undertake a placement or field trip as part of this unit.
Assessment Assessment and feedback are iterative in that each assessment will cumulatively build on the next toward the successful design and development of an innovative project concept. Students receive feedback through, in class discussion, written assignments, group presentations, student group work and online assignment feedback and discussion.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Design Thinking (GradCertDesThink)
Graduate Diploma in Design Thinking and Service Innovation (GradDipDesThink&SvcInnov)
Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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Unit Coordinator
GRD503
Ms Erica Ormsby
Associate Lecturer in Graphic Design

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2915
e: E.Ormsby@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.061 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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