GRP119 Design Thinking and Ideation (8)

This subject explores a variety of methodologies for problem solving in design, including Design Thinking, Human-Centred Design and User Experience Design. Students will explore through practice how collaboration, research and prototyping are fundamental to the design process and how these methodologies support the creation of collaborative, innovative and strategic solutions.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GRP119. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed GRP223 Strategic Thinking in Design.

Subject Relationships

GRP223 Not for students who have previously completed GRP223 Strategic Thinking in Design

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply targeted research methods related to a design problem, its stakeholders and clients;
  • be able to explain the role prototyping and testing possible design outcomes;
  • be able to describe the potential of design to instigate innovation and change within organisations and communities;
  • be able to demonstrate practical capacity to apply design processes that arrive at strategic or innovative solutions;
  • be able to apply a range of creative, theoretical and technical skills to solve design based problems; and
  • be able to work independently and collaboratively.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the Design Thinking Methodology
  • Design Thinking for innovation & collaboration within organisations
  • Introduction to the principles of Human-Centred Design
  • Introduction to the principles of User Experience (UX) Design
  • Prototyping as a tool for ideation and problem-solving

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GRP119 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Design thinking for ideation
Human-centred design for storytelling
Principles of ux (user experience) design

Special Resources

Students are required to have access to the industry standard graphic design software package - the Adobe Creative Suite.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.