2019 Design Thinking Fundamentals A

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Engineering Sciences and Design
Saito Shigeki  Sakamoto Hiraku  Inaba Kazuaki  Taoka Yuki  Yagisawa Masaki  Terui Ryo 
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Mon5-8(Ishikawadai Bldg.5 , Desaign Factory and, S323)  
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Course description and aims

This class provides students an opportunity to learn the knowledge and the capability needed in "Design Thinking" approach through intensive lectures and practices of a long-term project. The class starts with the question, "What is Design Thinking?". The students are requested to understand and master the way of thinking in "Design Thinking" approach about how to find and solve the problem from the fundamental level. The knowledge and skill obtained in this class is highly related to the following projects related to engineering design. When engineers faces various problems, they must know how to solve them with strong viewpoint of key issues in problems. Therefore, students learn fundamental five steps; Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test, and understand how to use the steps through basic exercises. They also experience the iterating processes from "finding potential user needs" to "ideating as making solutions to problems".

Student learning outcomes

The goal is to understand fundamental five steps of "Design Thinking" approach; Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test, through lectures and practices of a long-term project.


Design Thinking, Project-Based-Learning (PBL)

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students are supposed to have a group work under instructors' supervision. The class style is Project-Based-Learning (PBL).
In this Monday course, lectures are given mainly in English.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Each instructor specifies her/his class schedule. Design Thinking Fundamentals Course Structure Module 1: Introduction to Design Thinking Module 2: Research & Inspiration Module 3: Synthesis & Opportunity Areas Module 4: Ideation & Concept Development Module 5: Prototyping Module 6: Business Design Module 7: Storytelling Module 8: Final Presentation Each instructor indicates assignment.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

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Assessment criteria and methods

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Related courses

  • ESD.A501 : Engineering Design Project A
  • ESD.A502 : Engineering Design Project B
  • ESD.A503 : Engineering Design Project C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Each instructor specifies requirements for her/his class.

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