University of Technology Sydney

41192 IS Value Creation Studio

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UTS: Information Technology: Information, Systems and Modelling
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

Students will create designs that satisfy an organisation’s values while maintaining relationships the deliver the best services to their clients and partners. To do this students will work collaboratively to identify ways to create value for society, and for organisations that make up society, in today’s dynamic complex environment. They will be provided with ways to identify problems in such environments and collaboratively design creative solutions that are technically proficient and aligned to people’s values. The students will encounter methods used to identify people’s needs by applying design thinking tools to find ways to reduce complexity into holistic parts that generate innovative solutions for each part to address these values. Students will identify information which is needed in decision making and then use it to collaborate to foster the creative designs.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Identify the challenges to deliver value to communities and their stakeholders in today’s business and city environment.
2. Model today’s complex systems showing stakeholder relationships and needs.
3. Organise ways to decompose complex systems by framing them in ways that deliver stakeholder value.
4. Use design thinking approach to propose solutions that meet user needs using technology and design artefacts.
5. Reflect on their experiences to be able to choose the tools needed for given a problem.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Socially Responsible: FEIT graduates identify, engage, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs and cultural perspectives, establish priorities and goals, and identify constraints, uncertainties and risks (social, ethical, cultural, legislative, environmental, economics etc.) to define the system requirements. (B.1)
  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and processes to meet specified requirements. (C.1)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to evaluate, implement and operate systems. (D.1)
  • Reflective: FEIT graduates critically self-review their performance to improve themselves, their teams, and the broader community and society. (F.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

Student learning is facilitated through a 3 hour class each week, over 12 weeks.

The subject runs in a studio format where students collaborate with other students to design systems. Students’ research collaboratively to identify various challenges such as environmental threats, keeping up with pandemic and others, now emerging in cities and businesses. Student groups use design thinking approach and select from relevant tools, methods and practices to develop innovative solutions. Group members use Microsoft Teams software and UTS Canvas (LMS) to exchange knowledge, track and share their work. Studio learning is an iterative process where feedback and reflection exercises are integrated tasks. Students are encouraged to attend all studio sessions in order to facilitate collaboration and peer learning.

Students will obtain academic and peer level feedback continuously in a studio environment.

Content (topics)

  • Challenges posed by complexity in businesses and cities
  • Using design thinking to develop innovative solutions
  • Understanding the challenge/problem/the need or the requirement along with who has to be integrated into the process (stakeholders) and process organisation
  • Empathising with stakeholders to identify issues in systems
  • Brainstorming methods to address issues in creative ways
  • Building prototype solutions

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Design Thinking Project

Intent:

Students work collaboratively in a team to decompose a complex system into manageable parts, and individually propose a solution for a selected part.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1 and D.1

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 65%
Length:

4500 words

Assessment task 2: Contribution to the project

Intent:

Students use collaboration and iterative learning process to reflect on their progress.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1 and D.1

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

1000 words

Assessment task 3: Demonstrated knowledge of Design Thinking tools

Intent:

Students choose and use appropriate design thinking tools to meet the needs of the project.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1, D.1 and F.1

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%
Length:

500 words

Minimum requirements

To pass this subject, students must achieve an overall mark of 50% or greater.