2019 Practical Creative Design

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Graduate major in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering
Nasu Satoshi  Hata Takeshi  Hayashi Tomohiro  Nakamura Nobuhiro  Yagi Tohru  Ogura Shunichiro  Yamamoto Naoyuki 
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Course description and aims

Traditional business model has not passed for current system and creation of a new value is strongly demanded in our human society. As a powerful method of creating new value, "design thinking" has attracted attention and applied not only to product development but also to services, organization development, and improvement of people's lives.
This lecture aims to cultivate the ability to extract and set subjects and propose solutions to various problems occurring in actual society by using "design thinking approach".
In addition, this lecture mainly focuses on group work, and carries out each phase of "discovery", "refinement", "quest", "experiment" and "development". Specifically, students will experience processes from discovery of "potential user needs" to "creation of ideas as solutions" through subject discovery, problem definition, sympathy, creation of ideas, prototyping, user test, and storytelling.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand and practice the mindset and method of design thinking through group work.
2) Extract and set subjects from various problems arising in actual society, and propose their solutions.
3) Communicate smoothly in the group and actively discuss.


Design Thinking, Project-based-learning (PBL), Problem Solving Skills

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students will work in small groups through 3-4 Q. At the beginning of the semester, the groups will set up subjects from given problems, and work to suggest solutions to the problems.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation, team building Overview, ice break
Class 2 (Lecture, work) Fundamentals of design thinking, exercise (1) Reconfirm the concept of design thinking while implementing group work.
Class 3 (Lecture, work) Fundamentals of design thinking, exercise (2) Reconfirm the concept of design thinking while implementing group work.
Class 4 (Work) Subject setting Set subjects from the problems and plan for design research.
Class 5 (Lecture, work) Design research Understand ideas and methods of design research and plan for design research.
Class 6 (Work) Observation point, preparation for interview Practice to see observation points and prepare for interview.
Class 7 (Fieldwork) Interview Interview on the street and collect information according to the subject.
Class 8 (Work) Extraction of story, problem definition, persona creation Create an interview, organize information, problem definition, persona.
Class 9 (Work) Creation of ideas, selection of ideas Make ideas and choices to solve problems based on the created persona.
Class 10 (Work) Preparation for intermediate presentation Prepare presentation and check the story.
Class 11 Interim presentation Present the issues and solutions proposed by each group.
Class 12 (Lecture) Prototype, storytelling Learn the importance of creating prototype, storytelling and how to make them.
Class 13 (Work) Creation of prototype (1) Create prototypes for their concept.
Class 14 (Work) Creation of prototype (2) Create prototypes for their concept.
Class 15 (Work) User test (1), improvement of prototype (1) Perform user test and refine using the created prototype.
Class 16 (Work) User test (2), improvement of prototype (2) Repeat user tests and improve prototypes.
Class 17 (Work) Creation of movie Make a movie that effectively conveys student's ideas.
Class 18 (Work) Creation of magazine cover Create magazine covers that effectively convey student's ideas.
Class 19 (Work) Preparation for presentation (1) Verify the storytelling that effectively conveys student's ideas.
Class 20 (Work) Preparation for presentation (2) Verify the storytelling that effectively conveys student's ideas.
Class 21 Final presentation Perform final presentation using prototype, movie, magazine cover.
Class 22 Summary Review and summarize.


Materials (textbooks) will be provided by instructors in class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Each instructor will recommend as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Contribution to group work (40%), Final presentation (30%), Final report (30%)

Related courses

  • HCB.C402 : Fundamentals of Creative Design
  • HCB.C403 : Field Works for Creative Design
  • LST.A413 : Career Development Seminars
  • ESD.H409 : Frontier of Startups
  • UDE.E431 : Built Environmental Design I
  • UDE.E431 : Built Environmental Design I
  • HCB.C501 : Practical Creative Design
  • HCB.C502 : Management for Business Creation
  • TIM.D516 : Entrepreneurship and Business Development I
  • TIM.D517 : Entrepreneurship and Business Development II

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

Students are needed to take prerequisite courses.
HCB.C402: Fundamentals of Creative Design is required, and it is desirable for taking HCB.C403:Field Works for Creative Design.
The number of students who can enroll this course is limitted.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Kajiwara: skajiwar[at]bio.titech.ac.jp, Nasu: nasu.u.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp, Hata: thata[at]bio.titech.ac.jp, Ogura: ogura[at]bio.titech.ac.jp, Hayashi: hayashi[at]echem.titech.ac.jp, Yagi: yagi.t.ab[at]m.titech.ac.jp, Nakamura: nnakamur[at]bio.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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