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Kanta A Kochhar
BIS 398
Bothell Campus

Directed Study/Research

Opportunity for directed group or individual research on a topic/theme mutually agreed upon by instructor and student.

Class description

This Innovation Forum mini-course explores design thinking as a multidisciplinary approach to making objects, spaces, and experiences. Students will be introduced to what design thinking is, how it works, and how to apply it.

This course will be of particular interest for a wide range of students, including, but not limited to, those interested in learning more about design thinking in a range of contexts; those interested in learning about the research and problem solving approaches of design thinking work; and those interested in the applications of the design thinking to media technology, engineering, urban design, and social change. The course will overlap in focus with the 2013 Innovation Forum: Engaging Design.

Course is facilitated by Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, UWB Professor, Bill Wiselogle, Bothell City Planner, and invited guest contributors.

For more information on the Forum, please see: http://www.uwb.edu/chancellor/innovationforum

Student learning goals

An introductory understanding of what design thinking is and why it matters

Knowledge of seminal case studies in design thinking

The development of a basic skill set in design thinking

Application of design thinking to ones own project

General method of instruction

Lecture-demo and workshop

Recommended preparation

No prior prereq.

Curiosity and willingness to learn ways to problem solve and develop ideas and projects

Class assignments and grading

Short paper assignment that displays evidence of reading (assigned ahead of time) and submitted the Friday before Feb 8 (no class meeting, but must be submitted by this date), 1 page paper each night after the session during the Forum itself in response to a prompt posted on Blackboard (3 total), the creation of a mini-project that reflects engagement with Design Thinking, part one due TH Feb 14, further developed on Friday, final version of mini-project due Feb 22.

20%: Short paper assignment that displays evidence of reading (assigned ahead of time) and submitted Friday Feb 8 class session,

30%: 1 page paper each night (after the respective Forum session) in response to a prompt posted on Blackboard (3 total),

20% The creation of a mini-project that reflects engagement with Design Thinking, part one due TH Feb 14,

10% Further developed for Friday, Feb 15.

20% Final version of mini-project due Feb 22.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kanta A Kochhar
Date: 11/06/2012