DFM Toolbox: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1

DDD80012 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 per semester

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24


Enrolment in a post-graduate degree.
Anti Requisite
DDD40012 DFM Toolbox: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1

Aims and objectives

Through this unit students will evaluate and compose appropriate research methods, creative problem solving and design innovation processes to develop inclusive collaboration practices across fundamentally different disciplines. Student teams engage research to inform the proposal of innovative design solutions to complex problems. 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 research methods to understand, re-frame and inform creative problem solving for a complex problem.
2. Formulate design prototypes that integrate technical, human and economic considerations.
3. Support to an innovation culture through inclusive decision making, open mind-set and empathetic approaches to collaboration activities.
4. Produce tangible design ideas that create value in relation to a research problem.
5. Justify design solutions at different stages of project development using a range of communication techniques.
6. Implement collaboration practice through project management and communication tools.

Courses with unit

Prior to 2018 this unit was titled Swinburne Design Factory Project