Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Systems Development

Danish title
Study programme
Computer Science
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Academy Profession
1. semester
Duration of the subject/module
2 semestre
Programme elements
Danish and English
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Tine Marbjerg
Oskar Tuska
Hardy Akira Madsen
Cay Holmegaard Larsen
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    This programme element is dedicated to standard techniques and methods used for analysis of a problem and design of a system. The course employs widely used diagramming techniques and tools for modelling of the functionality and contents of database dependent systems. The course will focus on developing user-friendly, flexible and easily understandable basic system with simple user interfaces. The course also comprises techniques used for planning and implementation of quality assurance, such as review and testing.


    The graduate has:
    • development based knowledge about the importance of quality criteria for the systems development process and the final system design
    • understanding of the importance of experimenting as part of or as supplement to the systems development method


    The graduate can:
    • apply key techniques and tools specific for this discipline for modelling of IT systems at the level of analysis and design
    • apply the techniques and tools of the profession to plan and perform tests and quality control
    • apply principles and techniques of relevance to the profession to design user interfaces
    • assess quality criteria and select and use an appropriate software architecture
    • assess problems with a practical bias drawing on users and use appropriate patterns for the modelling process
    • communicate the process and product resulting from the systems development process to relevant stakeholder, including ensuring traceability.


    The graduate can:
    • manage development focused situations using systems development methods and relevant techniques
    • participate in a competent manner in technical and multidisciplinary systems development projects.

  • Type of instruction
    Teaching in Computer science is a dynamic, interactive process that focuses on active student participation. Teaching is based on relevant business practices and relates practice to theory. Issues from the various types of business in the IT industry will be drawn upon. Students take responsibility for their own learning, and together with the teachers, they contribute constructively to the learning process.
    Various teaching methods are employed in the Computer science programme to ensure optimum professional learning and personal development. The emphasis is on dialogues, discussions and project work.
    Teaching is organised as a mix of classroom teaching, guest lectures, company visits, project work in groups and individual work – most often with interdisciplinary issues and always from an application-oriented starting point. The different types of learning, together with the academic content, will also help develop the student's ability to work independently and together with others.
    The programme always seeks to set clear objectives for the learning activities.
    Teaching can be organised so as to include teaching material and teaching in a foreign language.
  • Exam

    The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)

    Prerequisites for access to the examination
    In addition to the submission of a report or product, certain mandatory activities may have to be completed before the student can take part in an exam. In general, there is one mandatory activity for every 5 ECTS credits, except for the internship and the final exam project. Submission of an assignment, a presentation, active participation in the teaching, etc. are all examples of mandatory activities.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    The national programme element is part of the second part of the first year exam. The exam is weighted as 75% of the total first year grade.

    Second part exam is an external individual oral exam based on a written group project and assessed according to the 7-point grading scale. Students are examined in four National Programme Elements. A sufficient level must be achieved within each of the four National Programme Elements. The second part exam is weighted 75% of the total first year grade.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    Oral presentation by the student based on the exam report and the product prepared in groups. The project is presented by the project group, 10 minutes per student, however max. 30 minutes— followed by an examination of the individual group members, 30 minutes each, incl. grading.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Group, 2-4 participants
    Exam languages
    Danish (Norwegian/Swedish)
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    External censure
hours of teaching
hours of preparation
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the subject divided into different study activities.

In the subject Systems Development you will receive 134 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 178 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 33% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, group work.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: reading the curriculum, reading your own notes.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances