HITD201 Design Thinking
Design Thinking is a problem solving methodology that helps students and innovators to approach today’s problems from a new perspective. This multi-disciplinary process involves the involvement of users at an early stage and rapid prototyping throughout. This course will introduce the Design Thinking process and provide practical experience in approaching problems with this innovative methodology. Students will learn key Design Thinking concepts and then get to apply these concepts working with companies on real examples. This course will be invaluable for students who want to learn effective problem solving techniques for business, engineering, education and other domains.
The course will involve two weeks of intensive lectures during the students will work on two projects in parallel to the lectures. Each project will take three to four days and the projects will be conducted in teams. During the initial two weeks students will learn how to empathize with the people affected by the problem and how to better define the problem before starting to create ideas for possible solutions. The students will also learn how to prototype their ideas and how to test them with users. This will be done by studying the following key topics:
- Empathize: Understanding the needs of the people being designed for by using techniques such as interviewing, observation, focus groups, and background research.
- Define: Creating an effective problem statement that defines a need that is to be addressed and a key insight into how this need might be satisfied.
- Ideate: Generating possible solutions using brainstorming, creative prompts, critical evaluation, and others. Methods for documenting and presenting initial ideas.
- Prototype: Communicating problem solutions to others by developing prototypes, using sketching, video, hardware and software prototypes, and other methods.
- Test: Methods for testing and evaluating design prototypes. Collecting feedback from end users that can be fed back into the design thinking process.
After the two-week taught component, the students will work in teams for eight weeks on applied projects that have been developed with external partners. During this time the students will attend weekly research meetings to report on their progress. By the end of the course students will understand the Design Thinking process well and will have applied it in several problem solving situations.
Course Information System And Enrollment
You can find additional information on UC Course Information System: HITD201. You can enroll to the course by following the instructions. The course is open to all students that have at least 60 credits of any 100 level courses and to people from outside the university. The course will consist of a full time block teaching unit of two weeks (December 9-20) followed by a project period that will last until February 14th, 2014.
Information for External Partners
Would you like to get involved in the Design Thinking Summer Course? You can, for example, propose a problem to the students for them to work on. Please use this form to propose a project. You can also register for the course yourself. Participation is not limited to UC students. Members of related industries or organizations are free to enroll. HITD201 is currently not listed on any degree schedule. Students may enquire with the Dean of the relevant Faculty whether HITD201 can be credited towards their degree.
This course is supported by:
We already offered a two hour introduction workshop that many students and staff enjoyed: