Design Science und Design Thinking - B.Sc. / M.Sc.

Design Thinking Process

General information

  • Module: Design Science und Design Thinking
  • Module number lecture: B.WIWI-WIN.0031 (Bachelor) / M.WIWI-WIN.0030 (Master)
  • UniVZ: 801469 (Bachelor) / 801469 (Master)
  • Cycle: Every summer term
  • Credits: 6 ECTS (6 KP)
  • Courses of study (Bachelor): Vertiefung Wirtschaftsinformatik: Standardsoftware, Referenzmodelle, Systementwicklung, Wahlbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Schlüsselkompetenzen (Mathematik)
  • Courses of study (Master): Wahlbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
  • Type of teaching and learning: Lecture 1 SWS, exercise course 1 SWS, self-study
  • Examination regulation (Bachelor): Active participation required; written exam 90 min. covering lecture topics; term paper and presentations covering exercise are counting towards the grade, but passing is not obligatory for examination admission
  • Examination regulation (Master): Active participation required; Written exam 90 min. Individual oral examination (ca. 10 min) covering lecture, excercise and topics of Design Science <-> Design Thinking interlinkage; successful term papers and presentations covering exercise do not count towards the grade, but passing is an obgligatory examination admission requirement
  • Lecturer: Dr. Benedikt Brendel
  • Supervisor: Tim-Benjamin Lembcke, Sascha Lichtenberg
  • Language: German

Summer Term 2020 (subject to change)

  • Please note: Due to SARS-CoV-2, this course will most likely be taugth online. If you are interested in this course, please do register on Stud.IP. The sign up is open as of now! Please do not forget your binding registration on Flexnow, the opening and deadline of Flexnow will be posted on Stud.IP! The following dates are preliminary and subject to change.
  • Kick-off date: tbd, presumably on Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 14:00 c.t.
  • We are likely going to provide all lecture and excercise recordings on Stud.IP.
  • Most likely no physical lecture Lecture session: Thursday, 14.00 c.t. - 16:00, PIZ 5361 - VG 4.101 (first date: tbd)
  • Most likely no physical excercise Exercise session: Thursday, 14.00 c.t. - 16:00, PIZ 5361 - VG 4.101 (first date: tbd)
  • Lectures and exercises alternate weekly!
  • All lessons will be recorded and published on StudIP if the majority of students registered on FlexNow regularly attend our DSDT lectures and excercises.

  • Date of first examination (not relevant for current summer term due to oral examinations for Master students): Thursday, 23.07.2020, 14.00-16.00, E-Examination at MZG 1.116 . This examination date will be the last possibility to complete this course, as the course format and rhythm will be changed afterwards!
  • No second examination date will be offered.
  • Date of second examination: Thursday, 22.10.2020, 14.00-16.00, E-Examination at MZG 1.116

Winter Term 2019/2020 (subject to change)

The 2nd exam from the winter semester 2019/20 will take place on 23.07.2020 from 14:00 to 16:00 as an E-Examination at MZG 1.116. For further information, please check the announcements on Stud.IP.


Become familiar with the design paradigms of design science and design thinking. Gain an overview over design artefacts, design theories and their contribution to theory and practice. Comprehend the fields of application of design thinking in practice. Learn how to create a design artefact, evaluate them prototypically and how to put them in a design context.

Overview of the module contents

  • Blocks of theory and practice-oriented lectures
  • Exercise courses based on case studies and complementary literature


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  • Gregor S., Jones D. (2007) The anatomy of a design theory. JAIS 8:312–334.
  • Iivari J. (2015) Distinguishing and Contrasting two Strategies for Design Science Research. EJIS 24:107–115.
  • Peffers K., Tuunanen T., Niehaves B. (2018) Design science research genres: introduction to the special issue on exemplars and criteria for applicable design science research. EJIS 27:129–139.