Applications Open now for Sep 2022 Batch | Applications Close: Aug 19, 2022 | Exam: Oct 9, 2022

Applications Open now for Sep 2022 Batch | Applications Close: Aug 19, 2022 | Exam: Oct 9, 2022

Degree Level Course

Design Thinking

This course helps you learn the basics of Design Thinking in an experiential way. This course aims at empathy-led data-driven app development approach for data scientists. The learners will launch a fully functioning app in a real app store at the end of the course.

by Bala Ramadurai , Prathap Haridoss

Course ID: BSCMG3001

Course Credits: TBD

Course Type: Elective

Pre-requisites: None

What you’ll learn

Recall the basics of Design Thinking
Apply Agile method to developing software
Design an App using the principles of Design Thinking
Develop an App for Android
Collaborate with other developers using git version control method
Learn the basics of marketing and customer support through their website

Course structure & Assessments

12 weeks of coursework, weekly online assignments, 2 in-person invigilated quizzes, 1 in-person invigilated end term exam. For details of standard course structure and assessments, visit Academics page.

WEEK 1 Introduction to Design Thinking
WEEK 2 Empathize - P1
WEEK 3 Empathize - P1
WEEK 4 Analyze - P1
WEEK 5 Solve - P1
WEEK 6 Test - P1 / Empathize - P2
WEEK 7 Website Development
WEEK 8 Analyze - P2
WEEK 9 Solve - P2
WEEK 10 Test - P2 / Empathize - P3
WEEK 11 Analyze - P3
WEEK 12 Test - P3 / Launch of the App
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About the Instructors

Bala Ramadurai

Dr. Bala Ramadurai is an author, coach, consultant and professor. He has authored a book on Design Thinking called Karmic Design Thinking (

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He has 3 patents to his credit and 10+ publications in international research journals. He co-founded TRIZ Innovation India ( and is an Adjunct Professor at Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, India ( He currently mentors an EdTech enterprise called Knoin Electronics ( He is a professor at National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning ( He has a PhD from Arizona State University, USA, and a B.Tech from IIT Madras, India.


Prathap Haridoss
Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras

Dr. Prathap Haridoss is a Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering IIT Madras and is one of the NPTEL coordinators for the Institute.

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He did his B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Madras, and got his Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He worked as a Senior Scientist in Plug Power New York, before joining IIT Madras as a Faculty.

His research interests include Fuel cell and Carbon Nanomaterials.

Prof. Prathap is also one of the coordinators for the IIT Madras Online BSc Degree Program, which was launched in June, 2020.