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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 3630 - Design Thinking

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits

Course Description
This course introduces students to the foundations of design thinking as a human-centered approach to solving complex problems.  Design thinking is approached as a methodology that drives innovation and creativity across diverse fields: from user experience, business, to engineering and beyond. The course draws on the design thinking theory and best practices. Additionally, students learn about design thinking approaches adopted by top technology and business companies, healthcare providers, social innovation, and hospitality services.  The course emphasizes leveraging the designing thinking framework for problems with a significant human element to them.  Course projects provide students with hands-on experience of how to apply the design thinking process, tools, and methods in the discovery phase of a project. (Students who received credit for UX 241H  may not receive credit for this course).  (prereq: GS 1001  or GS 1010H , GS 1002  or GS 1020H , GS 1003  or GS 1030H , and sophomore standing) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe how design thinking drives innovation and change across disciplines and industries 
  • Demonstrate key steps and techniques of design thinking, especially in brainstorming, re-framing, sketching, and iterative prototyping  
  • Apply design thinking to solve human-centered problems    
  • Implement design thinking in individual and group projects 
  • Adopt and exhibit a design thinking mindset


Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Design thinking as an interdisciplinary framework and innovation strategy
  • Design thinking case studies and best practices 
  • Design thinking process  
  • Finding inspiration through empathy
  • Ideating breakthrough solutions through reframing and creative brainstorming 
  • Prototyping to refine the solution 
  • Harnessing the power of storytelling to share breakthrough solutions and inspire actions  
  • Design thinking sprints

Dr. Nadya Shalamova

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