DFM: Global Innovation & Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1

DDD80020 25 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 72

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20


Enrolment in a post-graduate degree
Anti Requisite
DDD40011  DFM: Global Innovation & Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1 

Aims and objectives

This unit provides student teams with the opportunity to investigate innovative design solutions to solve complex challenges with global context. Real-world research problems will be provided by external partners, and interdisciplinary student teams will work under supervision of academic staff. Students will rationalise research methods and creative problem solving to prototype, test and develop design ideas that integrate technical, human and economic implications. Students are expected to engage in projects with high levels of self-direction, personal responsibility and commitment to inclusive teamwork philosophies.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Evaluate and apply globally relevant research methods to understand, re-frame and inform creative problem solving for a complex project.
2. Choose prototyping innovation techniques, to develop and test design solutions that respond to a challenging project brief that is contextualised globally.
3. Support to an innovation culture through inclusive decision making, open mind-set and empathetic approaches to collaboration activities across different cultures.
4. Justify and produce tangible design proposals that create value by considering technical, human and economic implications.
5. Employ various communication techniques to effectively rationalise outcomes from different stages of project development to relevant stakeholders.
6. Appraise and apply appropriate project management and communication tools for collaboration involving global partnerships.

Courses with unit

This unit will be offered for the final time Semester 2, 2021