DSIGN271-21A (HAM)

Design Thinking

15 Points

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School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science

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Paper Description

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The paper presents the iterative process of design, used to understand users, challenge assumptions and redefine problems through empathising with users, defining their needs, ideating innovative solutions, prototyping and testing.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through a series of lectures and studios, and it relies on Moodle for the communication with the students.

Class attendance and active participation are expected. The course notes provided are not comprehensive; additional material will be covered in class. Students are responsible for all content covered in class.

Students are expected to devote much time to practical work. Just turning in the first attempt at each practical exercise is not acceptable. Students should experiment with the concepts discussed in class to gain a full understanding of the delivered material.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental literature related to design theory
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  • Articulate design solutions to wicked problems
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  • Use design thinking methods to identify, prototype and test design proposals
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  • Operate with different stakeholders in the context of design projects
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  • Demonstrate an ability to think laterally and creatively
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  • Demonstrate team working / collaborative skills
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  • Reflect on the journey taken and have an indepth discussion on design and innovation
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Empathise and Define
26 Mar 2021
7:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Ideate
16 Apr 2021
7:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Prototype
21 May 2021
7:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test
4 Jun 2021
7:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Online quizzes
25
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6. Presentation
15
  • Presentation: In Class
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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  • Brown, T., & Katz, B. (2009). Change by design: how design thinking transforms organizations and inspires innovation (1st ed). New York: Harper Business.
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Recommended Readings

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  • Cross, N. (2007). Designerly ways of knowing. Basel: Birkhäuser.
  • Kolko, J. (2011). Exposing the magic of design: a practitioner’s guide to the methods and theory of synthesis. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Nelson, H. G., & Stolterman, E. (2014). The design way: intentional change in an unpredictable world.
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Online Support

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This paper relies on Moodle for all the communication with the students. All the teaching resources will be available via Moodle. All the students’ submissions will be managed online via Moodle.
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Workload

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This paper has a total workload of 150 hrs (12 hrs lectures, 60 hrs studios, 78 hrs self-directed study).
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