MGMT20140 - Design Thinking for Managers

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with the opportunity to consider the broad application of design thinking in business and management. You will explore the role and potential of design in social, commercial, service and digital contexts by studying topics such as designing for the future, concurrent and customer design and designing for improvements for the current environment. You will be exposed to design thinking processes, tools and techniques, while also reflecting on the notions of design as aesthetics, design as mindset, thought and philosophy, and design as new product and innovation.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Group Work 40%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 28.21% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say survey; student blog entries; teaching team feedback; self-reflection
The unit is delivered through interactive workshops with substantial amounts of design thinking activities and small amounts of lectures.
Retain this approach but reduce class size if possible.
Action Taken
Interactive workshop approach retained. Class size was considered but could not be reduced.
Source: Have Your Say survey; informal student feedback; self-reflection
The group report is to some extent overlapping with assessments and learning outcomes of other units that most students study as core.
Retain the overall assessment regime but amend the group report requirements to reduce overlap with other units.
Action Taken
Group report requirements were amended to remove overlap and ensure better alignment with other assessments in this unit.
Source: Student blog entries and assignment submissions; teaching team feedback; self-reflection
Many students were confused by the non-descriptive unit title.
Change the unit title to a more descriptive and clearer title; remove the word 'it' from the title.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say survey; informal student feedback; teaching team feedback; self-reflection
Assessment 1 should be worth less than 30% so it can be better used as an early warning sign to identify and support students at risk.
Reduce the weighting of assessment 1.
Action Taken
Source: Teaching team feedback; student feedback; Heads of Courses; department meeting
The unit should be offered more often than T2 only.
Offer the unit in T1 and T2.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of design thinking
  2. Critically analyse, reflect on and develop the key competencies and mind set required to successfully manage design thinking projects
  3. Critically apply design thinking methodology to creatively and analytically identify and address complex problems
  4. Synthesise complex data and design thinking theories to generate, prototype and critically evaluate solutions
  5. Interpret and successfully apply knowledge related to design thinking and personal development via a range of creative media.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment