Course Title: Design Thinking for Business

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Thinking for Business

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM4534

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

BUSM4535

RMIT University Vietnam

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet3 2016,
Viet1 2017,
Viet3 2017

BUSM4536

Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence

OUAS1PG17

Course Coordinator: Dr Christine Murphy

Course Coordinator Phone: 0407040698

Course Coordinator Email: christine.murphy@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

This is a foundation course within the MBA program. In this course you will be introduced to design thinking in the international context and you will be asked to apply design thinking as entry level managers to authentic business scenarios. We operationalise the concept of design thinking and examine how the tools of business design can be employed across the disciplines and functions covered in this program.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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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 intensive seminars with group work and presentations.
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

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment 1 - individual assignment (parts a and b) 55% Assessment 2 - Group assignment (parts a and b)  45%
 
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.