Course Title: Design Thinking for Learning Work and Life

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Thinking for Learning Work and Life

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Susan Mate

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1522

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will refine your capacity to apply design thinking to your learning, work and life. You will build on exploring how to apply  new ways of framing or reframing solutions to problems.  Design thinking and approaches have also been used to support people to make decisions about what they want in future aspects of their work and life and how to make necessary changes to achieve these goals.  

In this course you will learn about and apply design approaches to work with clients and solve real life problems. Using design thinking methods to test your own thinking, develop prototypes, and collaborate with others to explore new and authentic ways of working through career and work life challenges. You will explore, apply and evaluate design thinking approaches, evidence based practices and approaches relevant to career practice. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop theoretical and technical knowledge in careers practice, employability solutions and life design  
  • Apply design thinking strategies and narrative career counselling in conjunction with CICA professional competencies to develop client focussed outcomes 
  • Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, ethical practice, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner 
  • Demonstrate customised approaches to engage and communicate with a range of clients and complex issues in diverse settings 

Upon successfully completing this course you will be able to: 

1. Describe and reflect on design thinking and its potential application to career assessment 

2. Analyse the development of human-centred design thinking and processes as a theoretical construct, with regard to career practice. 

3. Use design thinking approaches to critically reflect on social, economic, environmental and cultural issues and reframe contemporary workplace challenges 

4. Apply models of design thinking to your own learning, work and life to inform your careers education and development practice 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include: 

  • Engagement in online learning activities including discussions, activities and webinars 
  • Review of relevant literature 
  • Self-directed research on topics linked to assessment tasks 
  • Reflection and analysis of your practice in terms of how it relates to professional standards 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

The University Library has extensive resources for Education students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies []  

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment tasks: 

  1. Modelling Design Thinking for Career and Life Practice (500 - 1000 words or equivalent)  

    Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 

    2. Applying Design Thinking to Learning, Work and Life Scenarios – Group Exercise (500 words per individual)  
    Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4 

    3. Reflection on Design Thinking in your Practice (1500-2000 words or equivalent) 
    Linked Course Learning Outcome: 2,3 and 4 

 Assignments are competency-based, unweighted, Pass/Fail. Submission dates are according to a negotiated schedule developed by you and your course leader. All assessments need to be successfully completed to pass this course. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long- term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions