Santa Clara University

Design Thinking

Facilitator: Christopher Kitts, Mechanical Engineering

Design thinking provides a holistic approach to the development of new products and processes, emphasizing the creative, interdisciplinary synthesis of new systems that can lead to solutions for real problems. Important aspects of design thinking include the innovative application of technology as well as the need to harness such innovation in a sustainable enterprise. Design thinking may be applied to a vast range of problems, from designing a new consumer product, to adapting a device for low-cost and local production in the developing world, to solving global issues such as climate change and health care. This pathway is open to all students and invites them to discover the many elements of design thinking. The topic may be explored from a wide range of perspectives, such as those characteristic of the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, business, and engineering.

Associated Courses:

Foundations Courses           

(Please note that only the specific Foundation course topics qualify for the Pathway requirements, and only one Foundations course may be applied to a Pathway)         

ENGL 2A         Science, Ethics, & Society
ENGL 2A         Science, Technology, Self
ENGL 2A         Technology & Cultural Knowledge
ENGL 2A         Writing about Sustainability

ARTS 72          Survey of Computer Arts and Design Theory
* ARTS 74/174  Basic Computer Imaging
* ARTS 75/175  Graphic Design
* ARTS 177     Website Graphic Design        

BIOE 194        Design Project I
* BIOE 195     Design Project II
* BIOE 196     Design Project III


BIOL 18          Exploring Biotechnology L&L
BIOL 135        Biofuels: Sustainable Energy for the Future?
* BIOL 171     Social & Ethical Dimensions of Biotechnology


Business Administration    
BUSN 144      Entrepreneurship: Bringing New Ideas to the Marketplace (no longer offered as of Fall 2012)
* BUSN 170   Contemporary Business for Non-Majors


Civil Engineering     
CENG 119      Designing for Sustainable Construction
CENG 128      Engineering Economics and Business (cross-listed with CENG 208)
* CENG 148    Structural Systems (cross-listed with CENG 248)
* CENG 192A Elements of Civil Engineering Practice
* CENG 193    Senior Design Project I
CENG   208     Engineering Economics and Project Finance (cross-listed with CENG 128)
* CENG 248    Structural Systems (cross-listed with CENG 148)


Computer Engineering        

* COEN 20      Introduction to Embedded Systems
COEN    20L   Embedded Systems Lab (COEN 20 is a co-requisite)
COEN    21      Introduction to Logic Design
COEN    21L   Logic Design Lab (COEN 21 is a co-requisite)
*COEN 123    Mechatronics (cross-listed as MECH 143 and COEN 123; ELEN 123L is a co-requisite)
* COEN 150    Introduction to Information Security
*COEN  194    Design Project I
* COEN 195    Design Project II
* COEN 196    Design Project III
COEN    250    Information Security Management



COMM         12       Technology and Communication
COMM         30       Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
* COMM 107A       Intercultural Communication
* COMM 160A       Silicon Valley Communication Technology   
* COMM 161B       Communication Media and Technology in Education   

* COMM 162A       Communication Technology and Policy



DANC 49         Dance Composition



ECON 1           Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 1E        Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 139      American Economic History
ECON 185      The Economics of Innovation and Intellectual Property


Electrical Engineering         

ELEN 21         Introduction to Logic Design
ELEN 21L      Logic Design Lab (ELEN 21 is a co-requisite)
* ELEN 50      Electric Circuits I
ELEN 50L       Electric Circuits I Lab (ELEN 50 is a co-requisite)
* ELEN  123   Mechatronics (cross-listed with MECH 143 and COEN 123; ELEN 123L is a co-requisite)
ELEN 123L     Mechatronics Lab (ELEN 123 is a co-requisite; cross listed with MECH 143L)
ELEN 194       Design Project I
* ELEN 195    Design Project II
* ELEN 196    Design Project III


ENGL    138    Internet Culture and Information Society
ENGL    167    Modern Fiction
* ENGL 181    Applied Engineering Communications I
* ENGL 182    Applied Engineering Communications II

ENGR 19        Ethics in Technology
ENGR 60        Sustainable Electric Energy
ENGR 110      Engineering Projects Community
ENGR 177      Globalization and the Cultures of Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Environmental Studies        

ENVS 20         The Water Wars of California L&L
ENVS 21         Introduction to Applied Ecology L&L
ENVS 80         Energy and the Environment
ENVS 120       Introduction to Environmental Law and Regulation in the United States
*ENVS 122     Environmental Politics and Policy (cross-listed with POLI 157)
*ENVS 145     Environmental Technology
ENVS 146       Agriculture, Environment and Development: Latin America  


HIST 85          Introduction to United States Environmental History
HIST 183        American Capitalism          

Liberal Studies         

LBST 75          Technology and Education

MGMT    6      Business Ethics
* MGMT 8      Constructing a Nonprofit Organization (four units) (please note if MGMT 8 (Business Ethics in Practice) was completed prior to Fall 2015, additional courses may be needed to reach the 12 or 16 unit minimum)
* MGMT 164  Introduction to Entrepreneurship

*MKTG  187   Innovation & New Product Marketing
Mathematics and Computer Science         

CSCI 3            Intro to Computing & Applications
* CSCI 10       Introduction to Computer Science

Mechanical Engineering      

MECH     10    Graphical Comm in Design
MECH 10L      Graphical Comm in Design Lab (MECH 10 is a co-requisite)
* MECH 143   Mechatronics (cross-listed as ELEN 123 and COEN 123; ELEN 123L is a co-requisite)
MECH 143L    Mechatronics Lab (MECH 143 is a co-requisite; cross listed with ELEN 123L)
* MECH 144   Smart Product Design
MECH 144L    Smart Product Design-Lab (MECH 144 is a co-requisite)
* MECH 194   Advanced Design I : Tools
* MECH 195   Advanced Design II : Implementation
* MECH 196   Advanced Design III: Completion and Evaluation

MUSC 115 - Experimental Sound Design   

Operations and Management Information Systems        

* OMIS 107    Systems Programming
* OMIS 137    Object-Oriented Programming
* OMIS 173    E-Commerce Technologies



PHIL 3            Ethical Issues in Computing
PHIL 6            Ethical Issues in Business
PHIL 80          Science, Technology and Society

Political Science        

POLI 123        Global Environmental Politics
POLI 157        U.S. Environmental Policy (cross-listed with ENVS 122)
POLI 167        Making Public Policy
Religious Studies      

*TESP 84         Spirituality & Sustainability
*TESP 86         Spirituality and Engineering
*TESP 176       Nature, Humanity, Spirituality


*SOCI 49       Computers, Internet and Society
SOCI 149        Business, Technology and Society


THTR 30         Introduction to Design
THTR 32         Costume Construction
THTR 33         Stage Lighting
*THTR 131     Sound Design
THTR 133      Scene Design
THTR 134      Costume Design
THTR 137      Pattern Drafting and Draping

Special-case Courses
The following courses are only in the Design Thinking Pathway for students who enrolled as freshmen in 2009 or 2010:

OMIS 17         Introduction to Business Computing
OMIS 34         Science, Information Tech, Business & Society
* OMIS 108    Operations Management
* MGMT 80    Global and Cultural Environment of Business

* Indicates Course Has Prerequisites