Jun 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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UX 241H - Easy by Design

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The course introduces students to the foundations of design thinking as a human-centered approach to solving complex problems in the physical and digital worlds. The course will draw on the design thinking theory and best practices developed and popularized by IDEO, a global design company.  Through case studies of successful technical, health care, and social innovations, students will explore how design thinking can lead to better design and business solutions. The course will run as a design thinking studio where students will work on hands-on, real life projects that benefit the local and global community. Special emphasis is placed on leveraging designing thinking framework to understand, appreciate, and mobilize the power of place (e.g., city) for individuals and communities. The course is designed with the MSOE honors program students in mind but is open to any MSOE student who wants to deepen their understanding of human-centered design and its ability to influence and change individuals, teams, organizations, places, and communities. Students who received credit for SS 3630 may not receive credit for this course. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Become proficient in key steps, strategies, and best practices of design thinking 
  • Understand how design thinking drives innovation and change across disciplines and industries 
  • Leverage design thinking to catalyze the power of place and to create a lasting impact in that place
  • Apply design thinking to unlock their creative potential 
  • Implement design thinking in individual and group projects 
  • Adopt a design thinking mindset
  • Actively contribute to and/or lead design sprints

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • What is design thinking?
  • Design thinking process
  • Framing and reframing problems
  • Sketching
  • Prototyping
  • User research
  • Design sprints
  • Design testing and critique
  • Presentations
  • Reflections

Dr. Katherine Panciera

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