Design Thinking Now - PDB1126

Rapid globalisation, population growth, the digital economy, climate action - and the pandemic - have all fundamentally changed the world we live in. Rightly so, people are demanding better inclusivity, accessibility, responsibility and empathy in the policies, products and services with which we engage every day. We need more ambitious, creative, responsive and entrepreneurial thinkers and doers to rise to the challenges and opportunities of our constantly evolving world. Design Thinking Now will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and tools to be the one to drive change. Delivered by industry experts, you will be immersed in the four-step Design Thinking process: learning to ‘discover, define, design and demonstrate’ your ideas for addressing real, immediate and complex needs and issues of your industry and society more widely.

As the world changes, we too need to change. We need new ways of thinking and responding to increasingly complex challenges. The Design Thinking mindset looks for opportunities where others see roadblocks and puts people and the planet central to creating a better world. Sustainable solutions, not just for environmental protection, but in the sense of long-term, valuable, enduring solutions are what we aim to discover - not quick fixes. In this interactive online course you will learn how to apply Design Thinking strategies to a complex challenge that matters to you. You will gain experience in critical thinking, empathy creation, consumer and stakeholder mapping, brainstorming, brainwriting, storyboarding and prototyping for impactful change. By completion of the course you will have learned more than you imagined about your challenge and have developed a response to it that is viable, feasible, desirable and, most importantly, sustainable. Along the way you will have learned how to develop your creativity, how to collaborate, how to give and receive constructive feedback, and how to develop those innovative,creative solutions we all aim for. You will have developed an effective Design Thinking toolkit and a new mindset - both will become an invaluable part of your working and personal life. Successful completion of the course assessment provides you with the opportunity to continue your study with a micro-credential into the highly regarded Monash University Master of Design, where you can build your knowledge, experience and network.

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Short course: $1800
Micro-credential: $2200


Short course:

  • Monash alumni: $1440

  • Monash staff: $1620


  • Monash alumni: $1760

  • Monash staff: $1980

Group discounts

Group discounts for organisations:

  • 15% discount for 5+ participants*

  • 20% discount for 10+ participants*

*For assessed version of the micro-credential only

Who should attend

This course is designed for people who want to make the world a better place, who are excited by the possibilities opened up by change, and people who want to make a difference. You might be an aspiring entrepreneur, wanting to start your own business, or an intrapreneur, wanting to revolutionise from within your organisation. You might be a new graduate, or an old hand, either way, you will benefit from the new strategies of thinking and problem-solving that you will learn in this course. This course is designed for individuals from all industries.

Learning objectives

  1. Integrate the strategies of design thinking to judiciously interrogate a complex challenge or issue
  2. Identify and modify the specific strategies of design thinking needed to address a complex challenge or issue
  3. Understand both the theoretical and practical importance of considering the end-user in any solution-finding process.
  4. Practice a self-reflexive approach to one’s performance and provide productive, constructive feedback to others.
  5. Refine to a high level the employability skills of analytical learning and innovation; complex problem solving; critical thinking and analysis; creativity, originality and initiative; and collaboration and teamwork.

Accelerate your qualification

Participants who complete the micro-credential version of Design Thinking Now can receive 6 credit points* of specified credit (award unit equivalent of DGN4500 Design Thinking Approaches) towards F6002 Master of Design.

*Maximum credit limits and minimum course entry requirements apply, see the terms and conditions page for more details

Enhance your CV

When you complete a professional development program with Monash, you're learning from a university that combines world-leading teaching, research and experiences, and consistently ranks in the world’s top 100 universities.

Upon completion of Design Thinking Now, you'll receive a Monash digital badge that enables you to demonstrate this with evidence of your course completion. It represents the valuable skills that you've gained through this professional development opportunity. By sharing your digital credential, you can build trust with your prospective employers and your professional network, and enhance your personal brand and your career. Find out more.

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Assessment tasks

Assessment 1 – Pecha Kucha (50%)

Due May 4 (7 minute video)

Pecha Kuchas must be submitted by this date if the participant specifically wants feedback from Ms Megan Flamer from the Generator. If they do not want feedback from Ms Flamer they may submit by May 23rd.

Assessment 2 – Written report (50%)

Due May 23 (1500 words)

This report requires participants to detail what they have learned and how they will apply what they have learned to specific situations.

I already know a bit about Design Thinking, is this course relevant to me?

While the course will cover the fundamentals of DesignThinking it also moves beyond conventional Design Thinking strategies to embrace contemporary issues of sustainability and ethical engagement with end users and diverse communities.

I’m a recent graduate, is this course suitable for me?

This course is suitable for anyone, at any stage of their career, whether starting out, or wanting to refresh your thinking or focus.

My schedule is a bit erratic, do I need to follow the program through week by week?

While, ideally, we want you to proceed week by week through this program of study, we understand lives are messy, demanding and unpredictable at times. You can move through the program at your own pace. All modules will be available from commencement date.

Is this course suitable for a small group of colleagues to undertake together?

Yes! Design Thinking is about collaboration and the power of the group. Our past experience is that small groups of colleagues gain much from undertaking this course together.

If Design Thinking is best undertaken as part of a group, will I still learn if I take this course alone?

The course is designed so that both individuals and small teams can undertake it and still gain from the experience. Individuals will be asked, however, to find a study-buddy, either within the cohort of participants or among their own colleagues, family or friends.

I work in a highly specialised field how do I know that Design Thinking is relevant to me?

Each participant brings their own area specialised knowledge to the program. Design Thinking is a strategy for finding better responses to complex challenges - regardless of what that challenge is. We will provide lots of examples and case studies from a wide range of areas throughout the program and we encourage you to share your specific expertise through the program discussion groups.

What sort of challenges will we be addressing in this course?

You will determine your own challenge. You can work on something that is of personal importance to you, or you may address a current issue from your industry. We will provide lots of case-study examples, but the challenge you apply the tools and thinking to, will be entirely your own.

Faculty biographies

Dr Julie Roberts

Co-Director, D-Lab @ Monash, Senior Lecturer, Department of Design, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University

Dr Julie Roberts teaches Design Thinking into the Master of Business, MBA and Global Executive programs at Monash University. As Co-Director of D-Lab @ Monash, Julie, together with Co-Director, Associate Gene Bawden, also designs and runs bespoke Design Thinking workshops for government, educational, health, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. She has wide experience in social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Australia, Vietnam and Mexico.

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