ARCT3040 Advanced Design Thinking

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 complementary unit in the Architecture A major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
This unit assesses both the evolution and contemporary application of design thinking. The approach is human-centred and collaborative. It starts by asking 'what is design thinking?' and explores both the philosophy of design and the ethical issues associated with contemporary design challenges. Design as a way of thinking is approached through understanding the context, asking the right questions, and integrating creative and rational strategies in generating and applying appropriate solutions. This approach to problem solving is inherently heuristic, i.e. it is creative, iterative and practical in both its process and application. Design research and methodologies are examined and contemporary design practice is investigated using case studies drawn from a wide range of design disciplines and with particular relevance to architecture.
Students are able to (1) understand the importance of design philosophies and both the personal and cultural values which underpin them; (2) appreciate the contemporary ethical challenges associated with design; (3) explore a variety of creative design strategies; (4) utilise a range of research and design methodologies in tackling a number of design challenges; and (5) demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively on design challenges integrating multiple perspectives, skills, disciplines, experiences and knowledge.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) verbal presentations; (2) digital submissions; and (3) final folio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Kirill de Lancastre Jedenov
Unit rules
ARCT2000 Architecture Studio 2 (incorporating former IDES2001 Design Communication)
ARLA2001 Design Studio—Future Making (incorporating former IDES2040 Future Making)

IDES2001 Design Communication
IDES2040 Design Studio—Future Making
IDES3010 Advanced Design Thinking
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; seminars: 2 hours per week
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