• Class Number 4670
  • Term Code 3250
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Geoff Hinchcliffe
    • Dr Beck Davis
    • Geoff Hinchcliffe
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/06/2022
  • Class End Date 22/07/2022
  • Census Date 08/07/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/06/2022
SELT Survey Results

Design Thinking is a term used to describe processes involving the application of user research, ideation, participation and collaboration for problem-solving and innovation in a wide range of cultural contexts. In practice, Design Thinking embraces rapid iteration, prototyping, co-design and participatory design, empathic design, design probes and other ethnographic and user-centred methods. This course makes a critical examination of this domain, considering its processes, products and relationship to other human-centred design methodologies. The course asks students to apply design thinking methods in their own disciplinary practice through conducting research, concept development, context analysis and creative production. Students will also investigate and critically interpret the defining concepts and theories of this domain. This course has relevance to a broad set of disciplines and especially to design practitioners seeking new approaches for ideation, engagement and innovation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. interpret and apply Design Thinking theories, concepts, and processes;
  2. creatively adapt to the technical and cultural constraints of a specific context;
  3. conduct and interpret user research and apply the findings to a design process; and
  4. critically reflect on practice and substantiate design outcomes with research and rationale.

Required Resources

Resources and other information will be provided via the course Wattle site.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Prep week 1: Independent activity
2 Prep week 2: Independent activity
3 Workshops: Day 1 - Thu 30 June Day 2 - Fri 1 July Each day: 9am - 4pm Submit Design Pulse Pt.1 Thu 30 June.
4 Workshops: Day 3 - Mon 4 July Day 4 - Tue 5 july Day 5 - Wed 6 July Each day: 9am - 4pm Submit Design Pulse Pt.2 Tue 5 July.
5 Workshops: Day 6 - Mon 11 July Day 7 - Tue 12 July Day 8 - Wed 13 July Each day: 9am - 4pm Submit Design Pulse Pt.3 Wed 13 July. Submit Design Analysis Wed 13 July.
6 Post-workshop: Independent activity Submit Reflective Report Fri 22 July.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Design Pulse 10 % * 1,4
Group Project: Design Analysis 50 % 13/07/2022 1,2,3
Reflective Report 40 % 22/07/2022 1,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


The course has been designed around the intensive workshop sessions. It is not possible to complete this course without attending the on campus workshops.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,4

Design Pulse

This task requires you to report on your understanding of Design Thinking at three different moments during the term. Full details will be provided during the scheduled workshop sessions.

This is a pass/fail task. To pass the task your submissions must fulfil all of the requirements and demonstrate engagement with the course activities and materials.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 13/07/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Group Project: Design Analysis

This task requires you to identify and apply design thinking techniques and processes in an in-depth design analysis. Significant time will be dedicated to this project in the scheduled workshops. The project brief and submission requirements will be covered in the workshops, and all details made available via the course site.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 22/07/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,4

Reflective Report

The task requires you to critically reflect on your understanding of design thinking and how it has been informed and transformed by the workshop activities, materials and resources. The project brief and submission requirements will be covered in the workshops, and all details made available via the course site.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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