2023 Fundamentals of Creative Design

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Graduate major in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering
Hayashi Tomohiro  Nakamura Nobuhiro  Yagi Tohru  Ogura Shunichiro  Nasu Satoshi  Hata Takeshi  Tanaka Masayoshi  Hasegawa Shoichi  Yamaguchi Yuuka 
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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)

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

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

  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.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

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.

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.C403 : Field Works for Creative Design
  • ESD.H401 : Disciplined Entrepreneurship
  • 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
  • UDE.E432 : Practice of Environmental Design based on Environment-Behavior Study I
  • UDE.E433 : Practice of Environmental Design based on Environment-Behavior Study II
  • LST.A413 : Career Development Seminars
  • ESD.D404 : Design of Medical and Welfare Device

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

All classes are held in Japanese.
The number of students who can enroll is limited.
Applicants must register online through the following URL (http://www.peecs.titech.ac.jp/) and then setup your Slack.


Visit PEECs webpage at http://www.peecs.titech.ac.jp.

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