Human-Centred Design Thinking

Module code: 5WSEL016W
Credit Levels: 5
Credit value: 20
Semester: 2
Available to: Students in all faculties, however some courses already include cross-disciplinary modules and are structured to offer opportunities to expand professional skills. Students on these courses are unable to choose Westminster Plus Electives – check the list of courses

Please note: elective modules are subject to availability.

Module Leader: Frantzeska Kolyda
Email: [email protected]

This Westminster Plus Elective will give you an appreciation of the issues involved in designing interactive products to support people. The module is about problem-solving and exploring possibilities in the way people interact with technology, and how to successfully design interactive products, systems and services.

Designing for the user experience is a process of innovation that takes account of user satisfaction as well as effectiveness and efficiency. You will gain a better understanding of the capabilities, needs and desires of people as users, and how to translate user needs into requirements. Engaging with others, you will actively learn, discuss, challenge and apply ideas, investigate problems and propose and explore solutions through collaborative activities. You will experience how a number of disciplines create synergies, and how people with different skillsets and ways of thinking could come together, collaborate and work towards creating and producing prototypes, testing ideas and solving problems.

The module provides you with a range of opportunities to learn and practise creative problem-solving techniques utilising a human-centred design thinking approach. Teaching and learning methods follow a project-based, active learner-centred structure, with lecturers and tutors mainly in the role of learning facilitators. Assessment methods are based on an individual critical evaluation report, and research and production portfolio group project.

What’s the Westminster advantage?

This module is great if you are interested in:

  • Showcasing to future employers that you understand the importance of customer and client friendly approaches to service design;
  • Thinking about how design principles (from a range of disciplines) can be used to creatively address problems and deliver real impact;
  • Exploring the relationship between technology and human communities and positioning yourself as a leader in thinking about human-centred approaches to design.