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MMBA8019 – Design Thinking

2020 – MGSM term 1, Intensive attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Senior Lecturer
Lars Groeger
Contact via Email
Wednesday, 12pm-1pm
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
MGSM820 or MMBA8020
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Innovating is at the core of successful enterprises today whether start-ups or Fortune 500 companies. Adopting a customer perspective is a guiding principle for successful business model design. A desirable, viable and feasible product or service innovation requires deep customer empathy. This course explores key concepts in design innovation based on the human-centred approach called “design thinking” that provides a managerial framework to apply classical consumer behaviour theories in practice. This course will introduce students to the tools and practices of innovation, deep customer insight, and design thinking in real world applications. This course is based on experiential learning, i.e. learning by doing.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO2: Design a solution to an innovation challenge, following an iterative, human-centred approach of (re-) framing the problem, ideating, prototyping and testing.
  • ULO1: Define an opportunity to an innovation challenge, based on deep actor insights gained through multiple field research methods.
  • ULO3: Critically evaluate and judge the desirability, feasibility and viability of an innovation project to make responsible marketing decisions that meet the needs of customers, businesses and society, now, and in the future.
  • ULO4: Apply designerly ways of thinking and doing to an innovation challenge.
  • ULO5: Work effectively in teams in developing design challenge solutions.

Assessment Tasks

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Unit Schedule

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