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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study; approximately 3 hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Introducing design

This module introduces the concept of human-centred design and explores its role for innovation. We give a short introduction to design innovation and review the process that design innovation projects typically follow. The module also features interviews with industry experts about their views on what design innovation is and how it is applied in industry....
Reading
3 videos (Total 15 min), 2 readings
Video3 videos
What is design innovation?3m
Design innovation in practice - Hear from the industry experts9m
Reading2 readings
Module 1 readings30m
Introduction chapter of the book "Design Think Make Break Repeat: A Handbook of Methods"30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Design thinking

This module provides you with an understanding of the first step in any design innovation project, which we refer to as design thinking. We discuss its role in the human-centred design process and how it relates to innovation. The module will also examine some of the tools used to collect data about users and customers. Industry experts explain the role of this step and the methods they use through concrete case studies....
Reading
4 videos (Total 22 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
What is human-centred design?6m
Translating insights into innovative opportunities4m
Human-centred design in the real world8m
Reading1 reading
Module 2 readings30m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Module 2 practice quiz10m
Module 2 quiz30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Design making

In this module, we look at the design making part of the process. In design making, user or customer data is turned into concepts, prototypes and minimum viable products, which can be used to gain initial feedback about ideas. Industry experts discuss the importance of ideation and prototyping in the design industry....
Reading
4 videos (Total 23 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Design making: concepts and prototyping5m
Creating prototypes5m
Idea generation and prototyping in design projects10m
Reading1 reading
Module 3 readings30m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Module 3 practice quiz10m
Module 3 quiz30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Design breaking

This module looks at the value of evaluating designs, referred to as the design breaking part of a design innovation process. We explain some methods for evaluating design solutions, introduce fundamental design principles and see how designers are applying these methods in industry design innovation projects....
Reading
4 videos (Total 30 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
How to evaluate concepts5m
Identifying and using design principles11m
Experimentation and testing in the industry10m
Reading1 reading
Module 4 reading list40m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Module 4 practice quiz16m
Module 4 quiz30m
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Top Reviews

By GEDec 10th 2018

It's a good introduction to design thinking and methods. Thanks to Cara and Martin. I'd definitely revisit the course when I need a refresh or reference.

By HUNov 22nd 2018

Love the course and the format. The structure and flexibility works for me.

Instructors

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Martin Tomitsch

Associate Professor and Head of Design
School of Architecture, Design and Planning
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Cara Wrigley

Associate Professor
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

About The University of Sydney

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