Spring 2022 Courses
Introduction to Social Design
Social design supports and empowers culture by looking at design through the lens of the community as a whole. The overarching goal of social design is to create outcomes that inspire cultural engagement and improve creativity, equity, social justice, and public health. This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of social design, where students will collaborate on projects across the semester to learn how to bring the course materials together
to real-life applications.
Introduction to Design Thinking
Our intro course provides a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of design thinking and human-centered design. Students will review, analyze, and reflect on completed design challenges, employing the human-centered design (HCD) approach, and will experience HCD while working collaboratively on a semester-long project. They'll learn methods for performing initial research, project scoping, conducting interviews, creating journey maps and wireframes, brainstorming and proposing ideas, and planning for prototyping - and can expect to develop and implement storytelling and critiquing skills.
Introduction to Prototyping
Design thinking is a problem-solving approach that identifies the unmet needs of a population in order to iteratively develop solutions. Part of this process includes evaluating ideas with audiences in order to elicit feedback.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the purposes of prototyping, along with methods of creating, communicating, and evaluating prototypes. During the course, students will engage in hands-on activities that facilitate development of experimental and creative mindsets.
DTX 495 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN DESIGN THINKING
Design Thinking for AI in Chemistry
During this 8-week course, students will work in teams to explore the introduction of AI to the field of chemistry, and will explore this question: How might we introduce the use of AI in chemistry, to chemists and chemistry novices, in a way that is inspiring, accessible, and applicable? Uncovering the answer to this question will support the development of methods of introduction that will be prototyped, tested, and refined through the Molecule Maker Lab Institute's NSF-funded work.