Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Understanding Business

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)
David Harry Ema
Oskar Tuska
Jaron Kahalani
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    This programme element is dedicated to business understanding in general and creating value in a business. The course addresses the relationship between commerce and information technology. The course focuses on how a systems development organisation addresses the aspects of development, improvement and integration of information systems and information technology.


    The graduate has:
    • development knowledge about how information systems and information technology can improve business processes and develop the business
    • development knowledge about IT implementation and change management
    • understanding of strategic problems in relation to IT investments and IT security
    • understanding of the human interaction in a company


    The graduate can:
    • apply innovative methods focused on project work in practice-related development projects
    • apply key methods to communicate internally and externally
    • assess business processes with a practical bias based on key analysis methods


    The graduate can:
    • manage the relationship between the design of business processes and the design of IT systems
    • participate in project work and work with the stakeholders of IT projects with a professional approach
    • acquire new knowledge, skills and competencies about new technology in a structured context from a professional perspective

  • 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
    Exam criteria
    Students are given one aggregate grade as an overall assessment of the written and the oral performance.
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 Understanding Business you will receive 72 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 96 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 26% of your total workload for the subject.

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

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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