This course introduces students to design thinking methods, frameworks, and skills, which are part of a larger body of knowledge known as ”systems thinking”. This course is aimed at enhancing the overall understanding and application of Design Thinking Strategy and Methods to positively influence the development of innovative yet pragmatic product and service ideas. Through the application of interactive idealized design; problem dissolution methods; the use of non-linear thinking tools, design prototyping and strategic exploration tools; and the insightful application of systemic thinking, students will experience how breakthrough ideas require that we ”break-with” current patterns of thinking and embrace design as means to new value creation.

This course will highlight the importance of utilizing design thinking strategies and methods within a holistic, multidisciplinary and collaborative perspective, one that recognizes a balance between efficiency and effectiveness; between planning and action; necessity and utility; risks and rewards, and between short-term and long-term implications. This approach is not only relevant; it is essential to teams and individuals seeking to positively influence the future, create competitive ideas, and introduce them in the marketplace.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

• Apply design thinking frameworks to articulate a project question aimed at solving or ”dissolving” a real life problem or creating and pursuing an innovative idea from imagination to prototyping/creation.

• Evaluate the potential of a design or solution through analytical and synthetic thinking approaches.

• Synthesize the physical, logical, and emotional design domains required for conducting a holistic evaluation of the potential success of their project.

• Communicate effectively in oral and written format their innovative ideas and generate interest and support for the adoption or implementation of the idea.

• Collaborate within a multidisciplinary context and leverage the diversity of perspectives and differences to build robust solutions.

• Synthesize unconventional ideas and points of view to uncover new solutions or pathways to the future.