DTX - Human-Centered Design & Design Thinking

DTX Class Schedule


DTX 180   Exercising Empathy   credit: 1 Hour.

Empathy can play a role in everything we do. Understanding empathy enables us to live full and intentional lives. How do we become compassionate people? When we approach and address problems in our world, how do we ensure we consider others, their perspectives, and their needs? This course introduces six core values and provides students with a foundational understanding of empathy. Prerequisite: Restricted to Honors Living-Learning Community students.

DTX 210   Introduction to Social Design   credit: 3 Hours.

Social design supports and empowers culture by looking at design through the lens of the community as a whole. The overarching goal of social design is to create outcomes that inspire cultural engagement and improve creativity, equity, social justice, and public health. This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of social design, where students will collaborate on projects across the semester to learn how to bring the course materials together to real-life applications.

DTX 251   Introduction to Design Thinking   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design. Students review, analyze, and reflect on completed design challenges employing the human-centered design (HCD) approach. Students experience HCD while working collaboratively on a semester-long project. Students learn methods to perform initial research, project scoping, conduct interviews, create journey maps and wireframes, brainstorm and propose ideas, and plan for prototyping. Students also learn to implement and develop storytelling and critiquing skills.

DTX 252   Introduction to Prototyping   credit: 3 Hours.

Design Thinking is a problem-solving approach that identifies the unmet needs of a population in order to iteratively develop solutions. Part of this process includes evaluating ideas with audiences in order to elicit feedback. The aim of this course is to introduce you to the purposes of prototyping along with methods of creating, communicating, and evaluating prototypes. During the course, you will be engaged in hands-on activities that facilitate your development of experimental and creative mindsets. Prerequisite: DTX 251, DTX 455, or permission by instructor.

DTX 455   Design for Social Impact   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

An immersive exploration of design thinking as a method for tackling social needs and issues. Social innovation seeks to impact transformational change in underserved, underrepresented, and disadvantaged local and international communities by addressing problems too complex to be solved by traditional methods. Students in this course will work in collaborative teams to employ the human-centered design process to discover and develop innovative solutions for social problems such as poverty, homelessness, hunger, and violence. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: DTX 210, DTX 251, or permission by instructor.

DTX 495   Special Topics in Design Thinking   credit: 2 Hours.

Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in design thinking and human-centered design intended to augment the existing curriculum. 2 undergraduate hours. 2 graduate hours. May be repeated, if topics vary, in the same term to a maximum of 4 hours or in separate terms to a maximum of 8 hours.

DTX 499   Multidisciplinary Innovation Studio   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Design thinking requires design practice, especially on real-world challenges that truly need cross-disciplinary creative and critical thinking. This course brings together multidisciplinary student teams who will use the human-centered design approach to complete authentic projects. Thematic sections will require the teams to implement design thinking methodologies to conduct research, propose and prototype designs, and plan for the implementation and launch of final designs. Teams will be matched with appropriate advisors for guidance and inspiration. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours and 8 graduate hours.