This course introduces students to the core philosophy of Design Thinking to achieve the innovation mindset: a mindset which integrates design, technology and business research to facilitate product and service innovation as well as strategic planning and informed decision making for future scenarios.Students are expected to develop the necessary skills: observing users and interpreting user insights, defining design challenge and persona, ideating, prototyping, testing concepts with users, and working collaboratively in an inter-disciplinary work environment to develop innovation that meets or exceeds user’s needs, wants and desires.The series of activities for this course are designed to help students understand and apply the key principles of the Design Thinking process. The process is rooted in learning-by-doing. The learner will not only gain theory knowledge but achieve confidence in actual practical application of tools and methods mastered.Practitioners from any work domain learn to use this creative approach to innovate and apply the process in their respective fields. The Design Thinking for Innovation mindset is relevant to industries as varied as food and beverages, healthcare services, retailing, transportation, financial services, town planning, tourism and government organisations.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester