Fiches de cours

D. Thinking: real problems, human-focused solutions

MGT-409

Enseignant(s) :

Henchoz Nicolas

Langue:

English

Withdrawal

It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Summary

This course aims to engage students into multidisciplinary collaboration to tackle real world problems with a human centered approach. It will also provide knowledge about the role of design in innovation.

Content

With human centered creative approach, students are encouraged to discover through observation what is meaningful and to whom, generate empathy with users, find a specific focus to the challenge and ideate on possible solutions. These must then be quickly prototyped, tested and iterated based on results. Students will work in teams to address a challenge. Several challenges will be proposed by the EPFL+ECAL Lab, EPFL's design research center. During the course of these challenges, students will learn the different tools and exercises to generate insights, collaborative working, idea building, rapid prototyping and iterative testing. They will also get global vision about how design impacts innovation: major trends, specific role of Design Thinking, insights in design research from different point of views, design, psychology and engineering. The course will include a first phase of 4 weeks dedicated to basic knowledge, tools appropriation and definition of the challenge by each team. The second phase of 10 weeks is focused on providing possible solutions for the defined challenge.

Keywords

innovation, design thinking, rapid prototyping, user empathy, ideation

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

None

Important concepts to start the course

Empathy, User perception, Innovation, Design

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Lectures, guest lectures, case method, building things

Expected student activities

Group work, ideation / brainstorming, building prototypes, going into the field, talking with users and customers.

Attendance at every session is mandatory. Expect a higher than usual workload for this course.

A maximimum number of 30 students will be accepted in this course, however students are encouraged to attend the first two classes even if there are no spaces left on IS Academia. Please note that those students that have not attended since the first class will not be accepted.

 

Assessment methods

Presentation of the challenge definition, prototypes and documentation of the project as well as class participation will be graded as follow:

Supervision

Others Office hours TBD, exercises

Resources

Bibliography

Yves Mirande, Nicolas Henchoz, Design for Innovative Technology: from Disruption to Acceptance, EPFL Press Routledge, 2014

Victor Papanek, Design for the Real World, Thames and Hudson, 1984

And more to come before the start!

Ressources en bibliothèque
Websites

Dans les plans d'études

  • Gestion de l'énergie et durabilité, 2018-2019, Master semestre 1
    • Semestre
       Automne
    • Forme de l'examen
       Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
      5
    • Matière examinée
      D. Thinking: real problems, human-focused solutions
    • Cours
      3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Exercices
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Gestion de l'énergie et durabilité, 2018-2019, Master semestre 3
    • Semestre
       Automne
    • Forme de l'examen
       Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
      5
    • Matière examinée
      D. Thinking: real problems, human-focused solutions
    • Cours
      3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Exercices
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Semestre
       Automne
    • Forme de l'examen
       Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
      5
    • Matière examinée
      D. Thinking: real problems, human-focused solutions
    • Cours
      3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Exercices
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Semestre
       Automne
    • Forme de l'examen
       Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
      5
    • Matière examinée
      D. Thinking: real problems, human-focused solutions
    • Cours
      3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Exercices
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Semestre
       Automne
    • Forme de l'examen
       Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
      5
    • Matière examinée
      D. Thinking: real problems, human-focused solutions
    • Cours
      3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Exercices
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Semestre
       Automne
    • Forme de l'examen
       Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
      5
    • Matière examinée
      D. Thinking: real problems, human-focused solutions
    • Cours
      3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Exercices
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Semestre
       Automne
    • Forme de l'examen
       Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
      5
    • Matière examinée
      D. Thinking: real problems, human-focused solutions
    • Cours
      3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Exercices
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

 LuMaMeJeVe
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      Cours
      Exercice, TP
      Projet, autre

légende

  • Semestre d'automne
  • Session d'hiver
  • Semestre de printemps
  • Session d'été
  • Cours en français
  • Cours en anglais
  • Cours en allemand