Courses & Units

Design Thinking & Digital Innovation ZAT105

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


In this unit, you will be introduced to the ethics of digital innovation, and provided the opportunity to learn and apply the five main steps in design-thinking for digital innovation:

  1. Empathy to understand the end-users and their needs;
  2. Problem definition to refine the scope and focus of your design challenge;
  3. Generation and evaluation of design options;
  4. Analysis and testing of prototype designs; and
  5. Testing final designs with your end-users.

By the end of this unit, students will have used design-thinking to plan, pitch, develop and test an innovative digital solution to an industry-relevant problem, within an ethical framework focused on benefiting individuals, organisations and society.


Students should enrol in ZAP105 Practice and Portfolio 5 in conjunction with this subject.


Unit name Design Thinking & Digital Innovation
Unit code ZAT105
Credit points 6.25
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Technologies


Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 3 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 3 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 3 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 3 22/7/2019 26/8/2019 27/8/2019 27/9/2019

* 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 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2019: $584.00 029999

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ZAP105 Practice and Portfolio 5


Teaching Pattern

Teaching material and tutorial support will be provided weekly through MyLo during the term.

Students will be required to attend two to three on campus  practical sessions per term (2-3 hours per session).

Internet access is required for this course as students are required to access study materials provided online through MyLO. Please log into MyLO on the first day of each teaching period.

  • Design quiz (20%)
  • Design proposal portfolio (30%)
  • Project report, portfolio (50%)
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