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Introduction to Design Thinking Techniques (11042.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


  • UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2021 UC College Trimester 2 MR   James   YOUNG (Ph: +61 2 62015121 ) ON-CAMPUS

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This unit introduces students to fundamentals of design process and evolution of design solutions. Student will learn basics of human-centric processes focusing on need finding, understanding, creating, thinking, and doing. A sound understanding of how to conduct design research is gained with an understanding of the processes involved in engaging with the user to create effective design solutions. The student will engage in applying this knowledge in finding solutions for real-world problems in the creation of a design solution and application.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Recognise the iterative design process, basic design thinking and research techniques;

2. Apply design research, thinking methods, in the creation of innovative design solutions for real-world problems; and

3. Critique and apply presentation techniques for communicating design intent to stake holders.

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Contact Hours

Three hours of on-campus lectures and studio based interactive learning activities.





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