Courses & Units

Design Thinking ZAD121

Launceston, Hobart


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.


Unit name Design Thinking
Unit code ZAD121
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline Applied Design
Coordinator Mr Anthony (Tony) Flowers
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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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
100599 $1,002.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3

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Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

1 hour online tutorial per fortnight; 3 hour online workshop twice per semester.

AssessmentAT2: Design Thinking: Wicked Problem Brief (30%)|AT3: Design Brief (40%)|AT1: Design Thinking Workbook (30%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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