Inquiry and Innovation through Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a structured and repeatable social science method for developing human-centered innovative solutions in business, society, and product development. Designing actionable questions using the “5 Whys” and “How might we” group-questioning techniques will be emphasized. Qualitative and quantitative scientific research tools will be used to challenge the students’ assumptions and help them fit various solutions to the problem context. Learning outcomes will be achieved through hands-on collaborative research projects. Training in co-creation, group dynamics, creative confidence and intelligent failure will be offered. Successful achievement in this course is dependent on in-person group discussion (no discussion boards), self-reflection, and increased levels of mastery in the Design Thinking mindsets.

Course Outcomes

  • Become aware of the presence of multiple possibilities
  • Become articulate at discovering good questions to illuminate and evaluate possibilities.
  • Become a more intuitive questioner.
  • Become fluent in the concepts of scientific process.
  • Become more fluent in designing & conducting experiments.
  • Become more confident in applying implicit expertise.
  • Become more productive and appropriate in communication with team members, customers, & mentors.
  • Become more empathetic toward those who are different from themselves.
  • Become more sensitive to emergent possibilities in the team environments.
  • Become more aware of the impact of “your” decisions on team members and others.
  • Become more analytical in making and defending decisions.
  • Become more aware of “your” own thought process, attitudes, and biases through self-reflection & metacognition.

Additional Information

  • Hours: 3.0 credits
  • Prerequisites: FDSCI 101
  • Format: Lecture
  • Track: Fall, Winter, Spring