Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis module presents key concepts, principles and the broad scope of Design Thinking as a systemic methodology and protocol for sustained innovation in business and other non-business contexts. Students are introduced to the frameworks, practices, processes and tools of Design Thinking.
Syllabus elements are:
Introduction; motivation; definitions ? Innovation throughout the organization ? How designers think and act (Human-centricity; Rapid experimentation; Visualisation; Holism; Creativity) ? Modes of thinking (inductive, deductive, abductive; critical and analytical thinking; creative thinking; integrative thinking) - Achieving balance (Desirability, Feasibility, Viability; Exploitation v. exploration; Analysis v. Synthesis; Validity v. Reliability; Divergence v. Convergence) ? The design thinking process (Inspiration, Ideation, Implementation; Process tools: Discovering unmet needs; Ethnography; Personas QFD; FMEA; Prototyping: goods and services) ? Design thinking applications (MNC/SME businesses; Public service; Not-for-profit; Business model design)
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.