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Design Thinking 2 - Clouds KDA144

Hobart, Launceston


What complexities can design address? How can design thinking expand our understanding of the world and its interconnections? This unit introduces you to the organisational capacity and transformative potential of design thinking as it relates to Clouds – systems understood as part of, and in relation to, larger systems and conditions.

You will be introduced to a variety of design situations, abstract design thinking strategies and visual mapping and diagramming techniques that can be used to reduce, manage, extract and communicate relations in complex networks and systems.

Through scaffolded interactive and self-directed learning activities and practical exercises, you will develop abstract analytical skills that can be applied to visualise the direct and indirect effects of design in the world and generate new insights.


Unit name Design Thinking 2 - Clouds
Unit code KDA144
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Ceridwen Owen

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1 Describe and adopt analytical tools of design for interpreting and illustrating networks and systems.

ILO 2 Apply foundational skills in visual representation related to networks and systems.

ILO 3 Distinguish and explain direct and indirect effects of design in the world.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree core unit)

Ethics: Students identify direct/indirect effects of design including their ethical bases; assessed via online discussion (AT1)
Literacy: Students develop their visual, digital literacy through analysing representations of networks and systems; assessed via visual portfolio (AT2)



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $2,363.00 100501

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Teaching Pattern

Practical - 2-hrs fortnightly


Design Effects (online discussion) - 10%
Visual Journal - 30%
Networks and Systems Analysis - 60%

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