ENTREP 7020 - Design Thinking

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2021

Design Thinking is a human-centred systems approach to develop solutions to complex problems and bring innovative new products or services to market that create social impact. Based on practices that fuel innovation, as researched and developed by IDEO, Apple, Frog Design and Stanford University Design School, design thinking is increasingly used by world leading organisations to drive innovation and solve some of the most intransigent problems. Whether focused on development of new products and services, to address strategic, operational or organisational issues, or social problems, design thinking can revolutionise the way you perceive and resolve these issues. Embedding design thinking as an organisational process will establish innovation as a core part of the culture and 'business as usual' practices. This is a highly interactive course in which you will develop a solid working knowledge of the key stages of the design thinking methodology, plus discover numerous supporting tools and techniques. To consolidate your understanding of the design thinking mindset and key methodological tools, you will progress a 'design challenge' project during the course with a view to developing an innovative solution to a problem or identifying an opportunity through innovation. You leave the course with the immediate ability to apply design thinking approaches to your own situations and organisations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 7020
    Course Design Thinking
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Individual and group assignments/presentation, participation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Wendy Lindsay

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Apply innovation and innovative processes within organisations;
    2. Identify the relationship between innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship;
    3. Recognise the value of innovation to organisations, economies and society;
    4. Apply the steps of design thinking methodology;
    5. Apply the knowledge learnt to manage design thinking projects.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A list of readings will be provided in MyUni
    Recommended Resources

    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. Access to the Library's electronic resources.

    Online Learning
    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Design thinking will be delivered in 2 x 2 full day intensive workshops.

    Students will also be required to read materials from Stanford as well as materials posted by the lecturer. They will be assigned groups and be required to design a design thinking session in the interim, pre-test it and be ready to conduct a session in the second intensive.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    #Assessment TaskTask TypeLengthWeightLearning Outcomes
    1 Participation Individual N/A 10% 1-5
    2 Individual Assignment Individual 2500 words 30% 1,2,4
    3 Individual Assignment Individual 2500 words 30% 1,2,4
    4 Group Project Group 2500 words 15% 2,3,4
    5 Group Project Presentation Group 20 minutes 15% 1,3,4,5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning during classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.

    Course results may be subject to moderation by the Assessment Review Committee.
    Assessment Detail
    Individual Assignment
    Two individual assignments will be distributed during the lectures.

    Group Project A team based field report on how some selected organisation has approached a particular operations management problem or issue, how they apply a particular or various operations management principles to their specific operational environment eg. Supply Chain Management, Operations Scheduling, Quality Management etc. will be required to be submitted by the final intensive session.

    This will ideally be based on a “live” company example that students have access to or alternately, could be research based. Eg. consider a well known company where there is a lot of information available in the public domain. The report should attempt to provide a critical assessment based on concepts and principles learning during the subject and make recommendations for improvement.

    Each group should submit a brief (half a page at the most) write up of what they propose to do for the group project component by the end of week 2. The final group report is due in at the final intensive lecture session. Word limit 2,500 words.

    Group Presentation
    Teams will be required to prepare a 20 minute presentation on their project to be delivered during the final scheduled lecture session (afternoon of the 2nd day of the final intensive). All members of the team will be required to present. Time keeping will be strictly enforced.

    Submission of Assignments and Project Report
    Assignments and project reports should be submitted in softcopy as pdf files. If an assignment is made up of multiple documents, these should be compiled into a single pdf file.
    Please name your file with your name or initials and what it is. (Eg. Mz-assign1.pdf).

    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni:

    • Assignment Submission: Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both).
    • Cover Sheet: Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet (found in MyUni, under Modules) providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work. Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments: You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing. Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Assessment extensions request: An application for Assessment Extension should be made before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer. Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date. Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances. See sections 3 and 7a) i. in particular on assessment extensions in the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment (MACA) Policy.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade. Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above). Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.
    • Resubmission: of an assignment after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted. Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
    • Appealing a mark or grade: If you are dissatisfied with your mark or grade, you may request a review or re-mark. There must be academic or procedural reasons for your request, so you can’t simply request a re-mark because you are disappointed with your result. For more information on the process see Assessment Grievance: Appealing a mark or grade
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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