Course Title: Design Thinking for Business

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Thinking for Business

Credit Points: 12.00


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 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018


RMIT University Vietnam


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet3 2016,
Viet1 2017,
Viet3 2017,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Terry Boulter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5900

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 013.02.001

Course Coordinator Availability: By email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a foundation course within the MBA program. In this course you will be introduced to design thinking 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


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

CLO1: Analyse and discuss the significance of design thinking, and its manifestations and implications across organisational contexts.

CLO2: Differentiate between various contemporary methods of design thinking to identify opportunities and solve problems.

CLO3: Create and communicate end-user driven solutions to business problems or opportunities utilising design thinking.

CLO4: Reflect on and apply best practice and learnings from case studies to assess and evaluate design thinking tools and practices

CLO5: Evaluate potential outcomes of design thinking in view of better decision making, implementation and sustainability of solutions.

Overview of Learning Activities

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

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through the RMIT Learning Hub (Canvas). These include topic slides, assessment details, links to relevant internet information, readings and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers.

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 and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

There are three assessment tasks:

Assessment Task 1: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1

Assessment Task 2: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5