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Design Thinking

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ENIN 140/3.0

Design Thinking aims to help students learn design thinking techniques and apply them to real-life case studies. The course will take a cross-disciplinary approach wherein students from various academic and professional backgrounds will engage in co-creation, peer review, online discussions, and brainstorming and prototyping activities.

Note: When you search on SOLUS for this course, please use "Entrepreneur & Innov - Ugrad" for the Subject.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer and/or winter term

Learning Outcomes

Students completing this course will demonstrate their digital creativity, communication skills, and comprehension of key concepts in media and design thinking through completing multimodal compositions, online research and writing, multiple choice quizzes, and participating in a collaborative learning community.


This course helps students learn human-centred design thinking techniques and apply them to real-life case studies in media and the creative industries. The course will take a cross-disciplinary approach wherein participants from various academic and professional backgrounds will engage in co-creation, peer review, online discussions, brainstorming, and prototyping activities. ENIN 140 provides participants with the theory and tools to solve problems and support innovation in business, academia, and nonprofit spaces. The unique features of this course lie in its collaborative social learning opportunities and creative assignments--from idea-storming to journey-mapping, napkin sketches to pitch decks. By the end of the course participants will have improved their critical observation and listening skills, their creative thinking and ideation proficiencies, and their digital and visual communication competencies. 


Please note: there is no on-campus final exam in this course, no textbook or software to purchase, and no previous experience with graphic design required. 


Summer 21: July - August
Course Dates: 
July 5 - August 13 , 2021
Exam Dates: 
August 16 - 17



**Evaluation Subject to Change**


Professor Shari Hughson (

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 20 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study / practice and online activity for this course.

Winter 2022
Course Dates: 
Jan.10 - Apr.8, 2022
Exam Dates: 
Apr. 14 - 30, 2022



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System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

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  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


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Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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