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Postgraduate Course: Design Thinking (2): Practice (DESI11175)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course draws from Design Thinking (1): History and Theory, and provides an opportunity for students from all disciplines to critically examine, through practical application in project form, the Design Thinking framework.
Course description This course provides students with an opportunity to critically examine, through practical application in a set project, a variety of Design Thinking frameworks. The course picks up from an earlier course (Design Thinking (1): Theory and Practice), with the first refresher lecture providing a snap-shot introduction to key concepts uncovered there, and setting the stage for an opportunity to explore those concepts through an experientially engaged group project. The course weaves together a series of workshops introducing methodological potentials to aspects of the Design Thinking Framework (Empathy; Ideate; Prototype), with group seminars to present results and insights generated from engaging particular methodological approaches, predicated on activities associated with the concept of 'placement' (Buchanan. 1992) allowing creative interpretations of the set course brief. Students will explore key concepts of design practices including generative and iterative approaches to developing a business model predicated on image/object/service/system experiences. The course assignment is individually driven, using the group project experience as material to develop a case-study report, critically examining the use of Design Thinking within a situated project context.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 86 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assignment (100%) ¿ Individual case study (up to 3,000 words) - Week 12
Individual case study report based on the team work that students will engage during the course, detailing and reflecting on the work involved in the design group project, ascertaining the value of design thinking approaches when modelling, planning and addressing novel experiences within an image/product/service/system design proposal
Feedback Formative feedback is regularly communicated through the course. This takes a number forms, including verbally through group sessions where work and ideas are discussed with both peers and tutor. A formative feedback event will take place at the mid point of the course, the particular format is outlined in the relevant course handbook and the course VLE.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse problems from a design thinking perspective
  2. Translate principles of design thinking into actionable methods in order to address opportunities for innovation
  3. Communicate appropriately using a variety of media and materials insights generated through project-based learning, using the Design Thinking Framework.
Reading List
BROWN, T. 2009. Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation.
BUCHANAN, R. 1992. Wicked problems in design thinking. Design Issues, 8, 5-21.
MARTIN, B. & HANINGTON, B. M. 2012. Universal methods of design: 100 ways to research complex problems, develop innovative ideas, and design effective solutions, New York, Rockport Publishers.
MOGGRIDGE, B. 2007. Designing interactions, Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.
TIGHT, M. 2017. Understanding case study research : small-scale research within meaning, Los Angeles, Sage Publications.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will allow students to foster key competencies involving the practice of design thinking through a critical application of a range of skills, techniques and practices; to communicate to varying audiences, through a range of ICT applications, the outcomes of design practice addressing issue-based approaches to problem-solving, and; exercise substantial autonomy in addressing the nature of wicked problems through a project-based approach involving design practices.
KeywordsDesign Practice,Design Thinking,Design Studies,Innovation Studies
Course organiserDr Arno Verhoeven
Tel: (0131 6)51 5808
Course secretaryMiss Emili Astrom
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