Course Title: Design Thinking Challenge: Discover and Define

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Thinking Challenge: Discover and Define

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


RMIT Online


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


JanJun2020 (XXXX)


RMIT Online


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


JanJun2021 (KP1),

JanJun2021 (All)

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Terry Boulter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5900

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13, Level 2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BUSM4536 Design Thinking for Business

Course Description

Human-centred design places the focus on audiences, end-users and consumers. It requires insightful understanding of both the functional and higher-order motives and values of key stakeholders. A focus on innovation and collaboration allows diverse and shared stakeholder input, enabling co-creation from within and outside organisations.

In this course you will engage in a project for a real-world organisation. You will act as a consultant applying Design Thinking based on the ‘Double Diamond’ methodology, to a problem or opportunity. Your focus will be on the Discover and Design stages and on re-framing the posed challenge.



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Apply innovative and ethical thinking through reframing organisational problems to redefine them as opportunities.

CLO2: Demonstrate discovery practices through application of contemporary methods to uncover user insights.

CLO3: Communicate insights effectively to stakeholders.

CLO4: Demonstrate creative, critical and ethical thinking through developing clearly framed design challenges that inform solution development.

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 online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include presentations; assignments; recommended readings; 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

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

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