Foundations of Design Thinking - PDF1001

Solve the problem, not the symptom

The Monash design thinking model, which has been perfected through countless iterations, is focused on four phases: Discovering – Defining – Designing – Demonstrating. Throughout this course, we put a lot of emphasis on interrogating the challenge (Discovery), to ensure that we get to the core of the issue, rather than just triaging the symptom. Working individually and in teams, you'll take an organisational problem through each phase, from Discovery to Demonstration.

Upon completion of the Monash Foundations of Design Thinking short online course, you’ll have the skills, knowledge, and tools to create empathy maps and stakeholder maps, undertake brain-writing and brain-storming, conduct ideation processes, create storyboards and create prototypes. You’ll also have the confidence to know how to use these strategies and tools regularly, enabling you to identify better questions and more effective responses.

This is a self paced course, there are no scheduled live sessions.

Course mentorship 

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by design thinking facilitator and expert Dr Julie Roberts. Dr Roberts brings extensive experience working with large multinational organisations, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, start-ups and more.

Every Monday morning you will have access to a new module. To fully benefit from the experiential and collaborative learning focus of the course material all tasks need to be completed before the next Monday morning. Completion of the tasks and engaging with additional material will take around 4-6 hours per week.

The first module for this self paced course will be released on Monday, 5 July. There are no live sessions.

Earn a Monash digital badge

Monash is a university that combines world-leading teaching and research, and consistently ranks in the world’s top 100 universities. When you complete the Foundations of Design Thinking short online course, you’ll be awarded a Monash digital badge that you can share with your networks and prospective employers. By learning with us, you position yourself at the forefront of innovating for a better future, and with a Monash digital badge, you’ll have verifiable evidence to demonstrate your new skills and knowledge.



Alumni discount: 10%
Monash Staff discount: 15%