Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Product Development 1 (EN)

Danish title
Produktudvikling 1 (EN)
Study programme
Production Technology
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Academy Profession
1. semester
Duration of the subject/module
3 Weeks
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Morten Kjær Stovegaard
Dina Jacobsen
  • Purpose

    The student acquires knowledge of a basic product development process, which
    implemented in the following sub-processes:

    • User understanding and needs analysis
    • Data collection
    • Problem statement and wording
    • Personas + Mood and Storyboard
    • Idea generation
    • Functional analysis
    • Product Design Specification (PDS)
    • Outline
    • Marker drawing
    • Concept Model and Man Machine Interface (MMI)
    • Concept selection

    A study from 3F, which was done in collaboration with the National Board of Occupational Injury (now
    The Labor Market Business Insurance) shows that people employed in the construction industry are at much greater risk of being injured in a work injury than other industries. Some of these injuries include related to the handheld machines used, and one example is the work injury "white fingers" (VWF), which is one of several symptoms of the hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Other injuries may be associated with another focal point around work postures.

    As external consultants, you must participate in the initial development phase of handheld machines for the B2B market. You must thus examine the interaction between the product's function on the one hand and the user's needs and wishes on the other. You work in groups of 4 people.

    The final evaluation is done by a presentation to the team (10 min per group).

    It is expected that you document the entire development process from user need to concept model. You decide for yourself how you will allocate your time for presentation, but we expect to see the elements presented below in a visually coherent and well-argued presentation that clearly documents the group's selection and selection.

    • Qualitative data collection - including user observation
    • Quantitative data collection - definition of the target audience and the size of the problem
    • Needs analysis and conclusion on this
    • Problem statement and wording
    • Personas and moodboards that provide a contextual understanding of your solution
    • Functional analysis based on user needs
    • PDS with requirements and wishes that define the solution space
    • Highlights from the idea generation process in the form of perspective drawings of
    the product with explanatory details
    • An MMI analysis based on the interaction between the user and the product.
    • 2 concept models that you validate with the user by getting feedback for you
    concept selection
    • Systematic selection of final concept with concept screening, weighting of
    criteria and concept scoring

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    The learning activities are predominantly planned with emphasis on teaching and professional input in the forum combined with exercises and / or case work in groups.

    The students work in groups of 4-5 people throughout the course.

    Presentation and feedback
    Oral feedback from the teachers will be given at the final presentation.

    The theme is predetermined, but the empirical work and user contact must lead the groups themselves.
  • Exam

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

    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    The exam is divided into two periods in the 2nd semester and is about developing a new product with several moving parts. The first period covers the product development and design area. Here you develop the product. The second project period covers
    the production and business area. This is where business and production facilities are built.

    There are 3-5 students in each group, and as far as possible, we strive to collaborate with

    First, a synopsis must be submitted and presented, which must be approved by the teacher group and which
    henceforth serves as the problem area of ​​the task. On FRONTER you will find instructions on how to
    synopsis needs to be built up.

    In the mid-term evaluation, you present your conclusions from the first half of the assignment.

    Finally, the overall project report is submitted with both phases included.

    All evaluations are open to fellow students unless there are special corporate agreements.

    The teachers assess attendance, work performance and deliveries on an ongoing basis. to ensure that all students are student-active.
    Type of exam
    Oral examination
    The report is based on an approved synopsis.
    -Max 50 physical pages incl. graphics (front page, table of contents and source /
    literature list not included).
    -Use font size 12 in a readable font
    -Title page with info below:
    • The title of the report
    • Your full name (s)
    • School name and logo
    • Names of affiliated teachers / tutors
    • Number of projections in the report including spaces.
    • For company-specific tasks, or tasks with a clear business connection, the company name and a contact person as well as mail for this must be stated.
    - Exceeding the scope can have an impact on the grade. Is the overrun significant - ie
    more than 25% - the form requirement for the assignment is not complied with and this can mean a rejection of
    -Projects are generally expected to have many relationships with business, and so it is
    It is important that you CLEARLY mark the company affiliation on the title page and write if the report must NOT be published. See also section on publication.
    -A report is expected to use visual forms of presentation, including sketches, figures,
    diagrams, etc.
    -We also point out that the projects are scanned for plagiarized content. plagiarism
    also involves recycling more than one sentence from one's own previous project with less
    source reference to this is provided.
    -Reports and synopsis are saved in pdf format and uploaded under "Answer" in WISEflow.
    Note: max file size is 25 MB - and the attachment material is compiled in one PDF file with table of contents.
    However, Excel documents and Microsoft Project files are delivered in the original version. Appendices are not part of the assessment basis.
    -Reports uploaded as PDF image files will not be accepted. This means, among other things, that text and tables must be able to be edited, scanned and highlighted in the uploaded PDF format.
    -With group submissions you must remember that all members of the group must submit the material in the respective flows. All members of the group must appear on the title page or other front page.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Group, 2-3 max participants
    Exam languages
    • The exam is oral with 15 min. for presentation / group (whatever size).
    • 10 min. for individual examination
    • 5 min. for assessment and grading per. student.
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    External censure
    Deadline for submission
    Delivery must be made no later than 2 p.m. 12:00 on the dates as they appear in the semester schedule on fronts. For both the synopsis and the final report, it is important that a late or non-submission costs an examination attempt.
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 Product Development 1 (EN) you will receive 48 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 64 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 32% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: digital exercises, laboratory work, classroom teaching, group work.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: group work, exam.

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