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Design Thinking for Life 101 (DTL101)


48 hours (12 weeks).

Community College of Philadelphia, West Philadelphia Regional Branch

September 2023 - present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: understand and use the design thinking process; analyze and evaluate how culture and family influences their concept of success; evaluate key events in their life to develop an understanding of their values, strengths and areas for growth; learn to use design thinking tools to synthesis their ideas of success and their personal values; use idea generation tools from design thinking to create multiple possible options that are coherent with their goals; identify problem types (anchor, gravity, wicked) and use specific strategies to address each type; and evaluate how design thinking can be applied to creating a life that is true to oneself.


This course develops a working knowledge of the design thinking process as well as introduces a few tools that support that process. Students apply the process to begin to shape and hone a vision for their adult life, grow the specific skills they will need to get there and anchor themselves with a clear set of priorities with which to make decisions and take action.

Credit recommendation: 

In the associate/certificate degree category, 3 semester hours in Business, Foundational Leadership, Liberal Arts or as a General Education elective (7/23).