Currently, our human society, especially industry requires human resources capable of creating pioneering social value from new ideas to realize a happier and more prosperous society with responding to uncertainties of ever-changing society and economy. This lecture aims to learn the fundamentals of "design thinking" indispensable for future business leaders as one of the approaches to effective innovation creation and to promote "creative ability to discover and solve new problems". In the lecture, students learn the process and method of design thinking, through group exercises and experience the process (survey/observation, idea creation, prototyping, story-telling) of finding solutions for given subjects.
Students will be able to understand the design thinking method and can apply it for suggesting solutions to surrounding problems.
Students can acquire facilitation skills through communication and discussion in the group.
Students will be able to visualize ideas quickly and effectively appeal them.
Design Thinking, Facilitation, Project-based-learning (PBL)
|Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
In the first half of the lesson, we learn about the concept and method of “design thinking”. In the second half, we attempt to propose propose solutions to given tasks through group works. The students learn deeper the essence of “design thinking” by applying the learned processes and methods step by step.
Students will be given assignments, such as team discussion, research for ideation, and preparation for the final presentation, after the lessons.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Module 1: Team Building, Introduction to Design Thinking||Each instructor indicates assignment.|
|Class 2||Module 2: User Research Methods, Interview Preparation, Discovery & Sharing||Each instructor indicates assignment.|
|Class 3||Module 3: Insights & Opportunity Areas (Point of View)||Each instructor indicates assignment.|
|Class 4||Module 4: Ideation & Concept Development||Each instructor indicates assignment.|
|Class 5||Module 5: Prototyping, User Test & Refinement||Each instructor indicates assignment.|
|Class 6||Module 6: Storytelling, Preparation for Final Presentation||Each instructor indicates assignment.|
|Class 7||Module 7: Final Presentation||Each instructor indicates assignment.|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
Materials (textbooks) will be provided by instructors in class.
Each instructor will recommend as necessary.
Contribution to group work (40%), Final presentation (30%), Final report (30%)
The number of students who can enroll is limited. All classes are held in Japanese.
Applicants must register online through the following URL and then setup your Slack and Zoom registration (please see the instruction in "#general" of your Slack).