Courses & Units

Design Thinking ZAD107

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Design thinking is increasingly applied across a diversity of businesses, including product and service design. ‘Design Thinking’ is driven by human-centred, collaborative and action-oriented practices focused on solving problems. It is a systematic, iterative approach to exploring potential solutions, generating ideas, rapid prototyping and testing of ideas. It applies the ‘design process’ to strategy and innovation. In this subject, students learn the theory, process and implementation of Design Thinking so they can solve interdisciplinary problems in a structured and replicable way.


Unit name Design Thinking
Unit code ZAD107
Credit points 6.25
Faculty/School Division of University College
University College
Discipline Applied Design

Dr Donald Thomson

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 4 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 4 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 4 On-Campus Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 4 15/10/2018 19/11/2018 20/11/2018 23/12/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
1 2017: $396.00 100599

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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Teaching Pattern

Two hour tutorial and three hours of collaborative workshops per week.

Launceston and Hobart students will study at Foundry campuses.

  • Prepare a workshop plan and run-sheet for a design-thinking process to be applied to the identified problem, drawing upon published guides/tool-kits (20%)
  • Engage peers and/or ‘clients’ in the Design Thinking process in response to a wicked problem (40%)
  • Develop a strategic proposal to apply Design Thinking to an existing business or problem (40%)
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