Course Title: Futures Thinking in Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Futures Thinking in Design

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

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Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


RMIT Online


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


JulDec2020 (XXXX)

Course Coordinator: Dr Kevin Argus

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1457

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B013.02.18

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BUSM4536 Design Thinking for Business

Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to futures thinking in a business context. You will learn how design thinking, creativity and alternative models can be applied to address organisational challenges presented by emerging business issues. You will connect these to long term systemic issues in the bigger picture of social and policy design. You will examine ways that futures thinking is being applied across a range of business disciplines.



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Critique the key literature regarding futures thinking and emerging methods of design thinking.

CLO2: Analyse and discuss futures thinking in a business context.

CLO3: Evaluate key principles of futures thinking and apply them to long term systemic issues, taking account of the bigger picture of social and policy design.



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 MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

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

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

Assessment Task 1: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3