Course Title: Design Thinking for Business (Executive)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Thinking for Business (Executive)

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018


RMIT University Vietnam


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Viet1 2016,
Viet1 2017,
Viet3 2017

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ingo Karpen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5877

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus 13.2.10

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with the course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a foundation course within the MBA Executive program. In this course, we operationalise the concept of design thinking in international and local business, and examine how the tools of business design can be employed across the disciplines and functions covered in this program.
Drawing on your experience as a manager, this course will provide opportunities to consider global business problems or opportunities, and those in your own industry and professional context. Adopting design thinking methodology and tools, you will lead teams to analyse, define and create sustainable and ethical solutions to contemporary business issues.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse and discuss design thinking, its manifestations and implications across organisational contexts.
  2. Differentiate between various contemporary methods to identify opportunities and solve problems.
  3. Create and communicate end-user driven solutions to business problems or opportunities utilising design thinking.
  4. Demonstrate creative, critical and ethical thinking through developing and recommending solutions to business problems and opportunities that benefit relevant stakeholders.
  5. Evaluate potential outcomes of design thinking in view of better decision making, implementation and sustainability of solutions.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include lectures, seminars and group activities. This course is delivered in intensive mode.
In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4
Assessment Task 2: 70%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.