- Code DESN2008
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Art and Design
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Design
- Areas of interest Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Naomi Hay
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2023
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- interpret and apply Design Thinking theories, concepts, and processes;
- creatively adapt to the technical and cultural constraints of a specific context;
- conduct and interpret user research and apply the findings to a design process; and
- critically reflect on practice and substantiate design outcomes with research and rationale.
- User Research report &/or presentation, 1200 words (25) [LO 1,3,4]
- Design project (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Project rationale report, 1200 words (25) [LO 1,3,4]
- Assessment tasks require contribution to in-class activities including group work. Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide formative feedback on work in progress. (null) [LO null]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials / workshops.
b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Readings and resources will be provided via the course Wattle site.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7486||24 Jul 2023||31 Jul 2023||31 Aug 2023||27 Oct 2023||In Person||N/A|