Competency-Based Design Thinking and Design-Related Education for Teachers

This course will introduce participants to the following design-related fundamentals which can be applied in the education industry:
1. Introduction to the Design Thinking Process (UK's Design Council Double Diamond Design Thinking Framework: Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver).  
2. Define a designette and a design brief (work on the Electrochemistry Designette).  
3. Introduction to skills framework for design.  
4. Mapping of technical skills and competencies to the electrochemistry designette.
5. Preparation of assessment rubrics for design projects.

Course Details

Course Dates: 
Currently not available.

1 day, 9am - 5pm


Who Should Attend

  • Everyone interested in design
  • Everyone involved in design-related education
  • Educators/teachers
  • Those involved in curriculum development
  • Design Learners and those in practice
  • Researchers

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of electrochemistry (redox reactions and voltaic cells)
  • Be familiar with an eyelet puncher
  • Be familiar with a multipurpose meter.

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, learners can expect to: 

  • Describe the Double Diamond Design Thinking Framework
  • Apply Design Thinking tools and methods to bring innovation into their courses/curriculum
  • Ideate, prototype, re-iterate and deliver from a design brief  
  • Know more about different views on and the components of design competencies
  • Know more about DesCA framework for identifying design competencies that can be incorporated into their courses
  • Know more about tools and methods to facilitate teaching, learning, and assessment of these identified competencies
Day 1
  • Micro DI (Designing a designette)
  • The Electrochemistry Designette (Hands-on Activity)
  • Quiz
  • Understanding technical skills and competencies
  • Map the Electrochemistry Designette to  technical skills and competencies
  • Design and develop assessment rubrics for design projects
  • Online quiz
  • Hands-on Activity Metrics

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee Subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of prevailing 9% GST. 



Franklin Anariba
Senior Lecturer, SMT
Dr. Anariba joined the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in 2012 and has since taught undergraduate courses in Chemistry, Sustainability, Mathematics, and Design thinking, as well as graduate courses in Current Science and Scientific Communication. Currently, Dr. Anariba holds the designation of Senior Lecturer in the Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) cluster, affiliated with Engineering Product Development (EPD) pillar.  
He obtained his B.A in Chemistry at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, a M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Molecular Electronics at The Ohio State University, Ohio, USA, and post-doctoral studies in Molecular Memory Devices at the University of California, Riverside, USA.  He also contributed as a research scientist at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN, Singapore) where he worked on integrating microfabrication techniques amenable to surface chemistry modification processes, bioimaging, and localized surface Plasmon resonance for DNA amplification.
His current research interests are Transdisciplinary Education, Design Thinking, Project-based Learning (PBL) in the education realm, and Novel Materials and its Applications in the research realm. 

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The collection, use and disclosure to relevant third parties of my personal data by the SUTD Academy including but not limited to personal particulars, attendance records, assessment/performance records, for the following purposes:

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  3. General administration of the Course including but not limited to processing of the subsidy provided by SSG;

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  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

SUTD will have to claim the full course fee from participant who is unable to fulfil the SSG funding requirements stated below.

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  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

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  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
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    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
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UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme).

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This is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage every Singaporean to complete their post-secondary education. It also underscores the Government’s commitment to support families in investing in the future education of their children and to prepare them for the economy of the future. PSEA is not a bank account.

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