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Design Thinking

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

• know the framework conditions when it comes to using design thinking
• are able to solve problems using a structured and impartial process
• know the appropriate tools for the individual phases of the design thinking process and are able to use these tools

prerequisites and co-requisites

According admission requirements

course contents

• Introduction and development
• Fundamental principles of the approach
• Process logic and phases
• Tool-set of creative working principles
• Case studies for design thinking projects
• Reflection of design thinking process / design thinking projects

recommended or required reading

• Brown (2009): Change by Design – How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation, HarperBusiness
• Geracie, Eppinger (2013): The Guide to the Product Management and Marketing Body of Knowledge, 1. Aufl., Product Management Educational Institute
• Liedtka, Ogilvie (2011): Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers , Columbia University Press
• Osterwalder, Pigneur (2014): Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want, 1. Aufl., John Wiley & Sons

assessment methods and criteria


language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


planned learning activities and teaching methods

practical course

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Director of studies

year of study

1. study year

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code

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work placement(s)

not applicable