SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB523659
Module Leader Martin Kettle
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Social Work
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

SCQF Level 10 or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of how design thinking can contribute to and is embedded within innovative practices in the public sector. The module will: -360b7 Develop students' understanding of design as a way of thinking: as a tool to manage change and develop strategies for action within professional contexts. b7 Enable students to explore and refine design-based methods and strategies that enable innovation in service conception, design and delivery. b7 Explore the practices, methods, and roles of design management and leadership in a range of professional contexts. Develop ethical practice through enhanced reflective, reflexive and analytical skills.


Multi-model modes of delivery - on campus workshops, use of VLE, student group presentations, tutorial groups and exemplars of good practice. In time this module will be delivered by a blend of on campus and distance learning methods Teaching, learning and assessment. This is a 300 hour module made up of distance learning, workshops, interactive experiences via the VLE and self directed agency based learning. Assessment will be summative with formative feedback via online activities supported by the VLE.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:Knowledge and understanding" Demonstrate a critical understanding of design thinking perspectives and methods." Critical awareness of current issues in design leadership and innovation methods within and across sectors." Demonstrate an understanding of how methods can be developed strategically to enable change through design.Skills" Develop and apply tailored design tools and methods appropriate for specific change management scenarios." Communicate design thinking and leadership to appropriate stakeholders.Other attributes" Further refine the ethos and skills of a reflective and reflexive practitioner." Ability to apply design thinking and leadership with sensitivity in the context of individuals, groups, organisations and communities." Demonstrate creative thinking practices.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Issues to be covered include: -284-1b7 What is design management and leadership? -284-1b7 Origins of design thinking b7 Change leadership b7 The value and use of prototyping b7 Visualisation and ideation methods b7 The use of workshops in ideation b7 User co-creation, co-design and participatory methods b7 Storytelling to facilitate requirements capture b7 Digital futures b7 Design and strategy b7 Implementing and evaluating design The future of design leadership in and across a wide range of professional settings.

Indicative Reading

University of Dundee module. Have information that the reading list is currently being updated and will be available by September 2015

Transferrable Skills

Leadership, Critical Analysis, Evaluation, Problem Solving, Desing and Planning, implementing IT and Social Media Skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (PT) 48.00
Independent Learning (PT) 144.00
Assessment (PT) 60.00
Lectures (PT) 48.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% Assessment comes from the completion of project work produced during the module, which will include reflective and critical essays, oralpresentations and research visualisations.