Course Title: Design Thinking and Sustainable Business Practices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Thinking and Sustainable Business Practices

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course Title Amendment

2024 Design Thinking and Sustainable Business Practices

2023 Digital Transformation and Sustainable Business Practices

Course Coordinator: Dr Victor Borg

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5700

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study: OMGT2379 Sustainable Digital Innovation

Course Description

This course provides you with an understanding of design thinking principles and techniques to examine industry-based problems and opportunities. The course will make use of relevant case studies that incorporate sustainability and digital transformation driving future-focused leadership.

You will learn about the role of design thinking assists organisations to create business value and identity whilst contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You will engage with the creation, development and pitching of a proposal, which will form the foundation for a full investigation and development of a project in the linked capstone course, OMGT2378 Interdisciplinary Business Project.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO 1: Apply design thinking principles and techniques to explore and critically review a contemporary business issue or opportunity.

CLO2: Critically analyse the impact of digital transformation and the incorporation of sustainable and ethical management practices across various industries.

CLO 3: Design and develop a project proposal that addresses a business issue or opportunity that reflects a chosen industry.

CLO 4: Communicate or pitch a project proposal to key stakeholders to gain support for adoption and implementation.

Overview of Learning Activities

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 the RMIT Student Website. 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 made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - 30%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2


Assessment Task 2 - 20%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3


Assessment Task 3 – 50%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4