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NM3903 - Designing for the Future: Design innovation

[Not offered in 2022]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Students will be introduced to design-led innovation as a way of thinking to drive innovation for products, services and processes. Students learn how to approach problem solving from a human-centred design perspective and explore techniques that help to improve society, cities and economies through design innovation. Students will use design thinking principles and other participatory design practices to create, iterate and test an innovative solution. Hands-on explorations are typically undertaken in a collaborative environment. Students will develop a good working knowledge of design-led innovation methods that are applicable to any sector in society that needs improvement.

Learning Outcomes

  • create original and entrepreneurial design-led strategies and solutions;
  • employ theoretical and technical knowledge in creative, collaborative team-based projects;
  • appraise and critique the role and relevance of design innovation in society particularly in creating sustainable futures in the tropics, worldwide;
  • demonstrate an understanding of contemporary work processes and project development for social and/or commercial settings;
  • reflect on current skills and knowledge to manage learning, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Proposal - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Workbook - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Prototype - (40%) - Individual.
12 CP OF LEVEL 1 SUBJECTS; This subject can be undertaken by students of any discipline with an interest in exploring human behaviour for driving change in public, social and economic settings. A basic understanding of written and oral presentation techniques is desirable.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.