• Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Management
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Management, Marketing, Engineering, Applied Economics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Camilo Potocnjak Oxman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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Design Thinking is an approach to innovation that is prevalent in both the private and public sectors. It combines practices, methods and mindsets from the design discipline to understand and tackle wicked problems, developing potential solutions from a human-centred perspective. Whether it be large incumbent organisations, or small entrepreneurial projects, design thinking provides the tools to engage with stakeholders, identify their needs and develop prototype solutions that respond to their requirements and desires.

This course draws on current literature and best practices in design thinking and is delivered through a series of workshop-based seminars that focus on addressing a live brief provided by a partner organisation. This course integrates the "Double Diamond" and evidence-based management frameworks to provide valuable tools and experience for students from a range of different backgrounds. It will equip and empower students to identify opportunities for the creation of value, lead innovation processes and participate in the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem in a diversity of roles.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the design thinking process and the implications it can have for organisations in the public and private sectors.
  2. Determine the appropriate tools to use at each stage of the design thinking process.
  3. Use design thinking tools and methods to address specific aspects of a "wicked" problem.
  4. Communicate the results of a design thinking process in a way that is actionable for implementation.

Indicative Assessment

Typical assessment may include, but is not restricted to:
Project Journal - Individual (40%, i.e. 10% x 4 parts)
Part I: Discover -  Stakeholder Map - Individual (20%)
Part II: Define -  Project Plan - Group (10%)
Part III: Develop - Prototype Solution - Group (20%)
Part IV: Deliver - Project Presentation - Group (10%) 

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available via Wattle and/or students should have been advised by the offering College. 

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Students are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to completing the work in this course. This will include at least 3 contact hours per week in the seminar and up to 7 hours of private and team-based study time, including reading, practical application of course content, and research undertaken for the major assessment.
Participants will be encouraged to engage with the local environment to tackle the major assessments and should consider this when managing their time. It is recommended that participants attend consultation once per assessment task for feedback on their progress. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed at least 48 units of study in your undergraduate degree.

Preliminary Reading

Dorst, K. (2011). The Core of ‘Design Thinking’and its Application. Design Studies, 32(6), 521-532. 
Design Council (2007) “A Study of the Design Process. Eleven Lessons: Managing Design in Eleven Global
Brands” London, UK: Design Council. 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3750
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4040 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View
4919 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online N/A

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