Courses & Units

Design Thinking & Digital Innovation ZAT105

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


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


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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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