Design Thinking

DDD30006 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 semester

Contact hours

  • 36 hours per semester

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


100 credit points

Aims and objectives

The unit aims to introduce students to concepts and methods associated with design thinking in a range of design and
non-design contacts. This unit will explore key concepts associated with the practices of design thinking, such as
ideation and prototyping, ill-structured problem solving, collaborative/participatory and human-centredness.
This introductory unit will complement the other issues addressed in the design management minor and concepts and
practices in Business and Management. Students will have the opportunity to develop their design thinking
competence through application to real world projects.
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to:
1. Frame and solve a range of ill-defined, real-world design problems applying appropriate design thinking concepts
(e.g. ideation, prototyping and refining, critique, reflection, integrative thinking, human-centeredness, empathy)
2. Solve a range of ill-defined, real-world design problems by applying a range of appropriate design methods (e.g. illstructured
problem solving, collaboration, creating an organisational culture to bring ideas to reality profitably,
research, and user modelling)
3. Plan a real-world design project, applying a range of standard tools and methods, to achieve a set of outcomes.

Courses with unit

This unit will be offered for the final time Semester 1, 2022