Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Summer Semester 2021

Course unit title Creating Innovations and Solving Problems with Design Thinking
Course unit code 800101012501
Language of instruction German / English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Elective
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 4
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6
Name of lecturer(s) Heidi WEBER

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Design Thinking is a thought and work culture, that enables the generation of human and need oriented innovations. The scope ranges from classical product development to (ever getting stronger) social problem solutions and innovations. Design Thinking can be used as a holistic philosophy of an organization but also as a tool to work on a specific subject.

This lecture is strongly based on practical work. The application of Design Thinking as a tool will be experienced on the basis of a concrete challenge. The students are actively engaged through all the phases, from the identification of the problem over the research and creative phases to the implementation. So they experience Design Thinking in a realistic environment.

Learning outcomes

The students know the problem solving and innovation creating method Design Thinking and where it is ideally used.

They know the frame conditions for a Design Thinking project and the criteria for the composition of a team. They are able to prepare a project and to name team members.

They can explain the phases of Design Thinking and describe methods used.

They can participate as a facilitator in a Design Thinking session.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Realization of a Design Thinking project accompanied by impulse lectures.

Assessment methods and criteria

Attendance, Presentation.


Ideally, students of all study programs participate in this course.

The more the heterogeneity and interdisciplinarity the better.

Recommended or required reading
  • Brown, Tim (2008): „Design Thinking.“ In: Harvard Business Review, 86 (2008), H. 6, S. 84–92.
  • Kelley, Tom (2008): The Ten Faces of Innovation: Strategies for Heightening Creativity. London: Profile Books Ltd.

  • Liedtka, Jeanne; Ogilvie, Tim (2011): Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers. New York: Columbia Univers. Press.
  • Manzini, Ezio (2015): Design, When Everybody Designs: An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation. Übersetzt von Rachel Coad. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Mit Press.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

in class lecture with compulsory attendance