Courses & Units

Design Thinking ZAD121

Introduction

Design thinking draws on creative, iterative and collaborative approaches to problem-solving, including exploration of potential solutions though idea generation, rapid prototyping and testing. While conventional approaches to problem-solving often rely on the application of highly structured methodologies and process controls, design thinking encourages incorporation of diverse perspectives, free association of ideas, subjective perspectives and emotional inputs. Design thinking often generates innovative solutions to problems due to its more open-ended approach.

In this unit, you will be introduced to the principles of design thinking through investigation of design thinking theory, as well as specific examples and case studies. You will then apply these principles in a small-scale project that involves problem formulation and application of design thinking to the development of proposed solutions. The unit provides you with opportunities to learn and apply the key concepts, principles and processes of design thinking. As a result, you will explore the theory, as well as use design thinking tools and techniques in practice.

Summary

Unit name Design Thinking
Unit code ZAD121
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline STEAM
Coordinator Mr Tony Flowers
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic

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Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe principles and processes of design thinking
  • Analyse specific examples of design and explain influences of design thinking
  • Apply design thinking in practice
  • Reflect on the design thinking process
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,037.00 $888.00 not applicable $2,567.00

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Requisites

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

ZAD107

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

2-hour weekly tutorials or workshops per semester.

AssessmentAT2: Design Thinking: Wicked Problem Brief (30%)|AT3: Design Brief (40%)|AT1: Design Thinking Workbook (30%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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