Design Thinking

University of Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Design Thinking

  • Host University

    University of Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Graphic Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This unit of study provides an overview of a human (or user) centred approach to the design of interactive technologies. It introduces students to design thinking and how it can be productively applied to different design situations. The theoretical concepts, methods and tools for the key stages of interaction design are covered including user research, ideation, prototyping and user evaluation. The cognitive processes of individual designers are also explored. Students learn to persuasively communicate and pitch design concepts with an emphasis on the user experience through visual storytelling and the use of video. It provides students with the principles, processes and tools for working on user-centred design in studio projects. Students will acquire the following outcomes: An appreciation of the role of design thinking in traditional and cross-disciplinary contexts, theoretical and practical understanding and application of human-centred design methodologies, methods and tools, demonstration of ideation and concept development, informed by user and background research, to innovate interactive technology solutions to complex problems, awareness of design processes and cognition in collaborative, inter-disciplinary teams, demonstration of persuasive oral/visual communication techniques. This unit is core in the Bachelor of Design Computing, Bachelor of Architecture and Environments and can be taken as elective by students enrolled in other programs.

Course Disclaimer

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.