Design Thinking for Business - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Case Study (55%) , Journal - on Business Ethics (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,960.00
International 4,210.00

This is a foundation unit within the MBA program. In this unit you will be introduced to design thinking in the international context, and you will be asked to apply that thinking as entry level managers to case studies. You will also learn how to work in teams, develop presentation skills and develop project briefs that incorporate design thinking. This unit will introduce you to business ethics and the need to search for sustainable solutions to complex business problems.

This unit requires on-campus attendance in Melbourne. Attendance for the intensive is compulsory.

Session 1:

  • Friday 18 - Sunday 20 March
  • Friday 8 - Saturday 9 April

Session 2:

  • Friday 29 July - Sunday 31 July
  • Friday 19 - Saturday 20 Aug

Times(for all sessions): 8:30am - 5:30pm

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

  1. Apply design thinking to case studies to develop sustainable solutions to international business problems
  2. Apply interpersonal skills to work in teams and to communicate effectively with clients
  3. Apply business ethics to complex business problems.
  • Case Study (55%)
  • Journal — on Business Ethics (20%)
  • Presentation — (Group) on Case Study (25%)

Do not enroll into this unit if you have completed OMBA770. Please refer to you course transition arrangements for further information.

  • Some on campus attendance

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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