Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Product Development 2

Danish title
Produktudvikling 2
Study programme
Production Technology
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Academy Profession
2. semester
Duration of the subject/module
1 semester
Programme elements
Danish and English
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Morten Kjær Stovegaard
Dina Jacobsen
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    Product development will consist of teaching in Illustrator and
    functional models.


    The student will get the skills to:
    communicate practice-orientated issues and solutions to partners and users, including:
    o (2) communicating relevant results of their own work.


    The student will learn to:
    • manage development-orientated situations, including:
    o (2) participation in development and ideation processes in a systematic product development process while taking into account other subject areas of the programme.
    • participate in academic and interdisciplinary cooperation based on a professional approach, including:
    o (2) active participation in cross-disciplinary teamwork on the development of products and services.
    • acquire new knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to the profession in a structured context, including:
    o (2) acquisition and translation of new knowledge in the development of products and services.

  • Type of instruction
    The learning activities in Adobe Illustrator are predominantly planned with emphasis on teaching and academic input in forum combined with exercises that are made individually.

    In the course on function models, the introductory teaching module is spend with teaching and introducing a task, which the students in groups of 3-4 people work with in the MakerLab during the following modules. There will be group guidance in the workshop during the course, and in the final module a test of the result will be carried out as well as a short oral presentation from each group about their process; challenges, solutions and optimizations.

    At the same time, the teacher gives feedback on the work.
  • 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 second semester centres on a coherent project divided into two project periods. The
    objective is to develop a new product comprising at least two moving parts and the associated production apparatus. The first project period is devoted to product development and design. It is during this period that you develop the actual product. The second period covers the areas of production and business, and requires you to build up the company and production plant.

    The work is carried out in groups of 3–5 students and involves the business community as far as possible.

    The project begins with the preparation and submission of a synopsis, which has to be approved by the teachers’ group. Once approved, it serves as the problem area for the project. See FRONTER for guidelines about how to lay out the synopsis.
    Synopsis is not a compulsory element of the education, and lack of submission therefore does not cost an exam attempt. However, it is an important working document that we strongly recommend that you prepare. If the group has failed to prepare a synopsis, the group is not entitled to project guidance.
    The synopsis is used as the final basis for the assessment of the project's quality and final approval. Approval takes place immediately after the delivery in connection with. 'Evaluations synopsis'. The completed synopsis must include an overall project plan.
    The synopsis must cover no more than three normal pages – for both group and individual presentation. Use the template on FRONTER and make sure to include the following:

    • Purpose
    • Problem formulation
    • Context/empirical foundation
    • Methodological and theoretical considerations
    • Tentative conclusion
    • In addition synopsis must contain an overall project plan.

    For the mid-term evaluation, you will be required to present your conclusions from the first half of the assignment.

    • Justify the project and the need it covers.
    • Give a brief presentation of your research on the basis of qualitative and quantitative data.
    • Report on competitors.
    • Present your function analysis and PDS.
    • Lay out a few important sketches, using them to demonstrate the value of the project to
    the target group and explain how it differs from those of your competitors.
    • Quantify your project. As a minimum, state the expected market share, production volume,
    production price, sales price, and anticipated sales in number of units.
    • Present at least 2 physical concept models
    • Show how you systematically have chosen which concept to detail and concretise further in
    the second phase of the assignment.
    • Present your original and revised project plan for the first project period.
    • Present a provisional project plan for the second project period. (The project must be
    designed as a main project with sub-projects inserted in the form of subsidiary
    • Present a quantified labour division

    Finally, you have to submit the full project report including both phases.
    All evaluations are open to all your fellow students, unless special agreements with companies apply.

    The teachers continuously assess attendance, input and assignments submitted with a view to ensuring that all students are actively involved in the programme.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    Formal requirements
    The report must be based on an approved synopsis
    -Max. 50 actual pages, including graphics (front page, table of contents and source
    reference/bibliography does not count)
    -Use an easily readable font in size 12
    • Title page presenting the following information:
    • Title of the report
    • Your full name(s)
    • The school name and logo
    • The names of the associated teachers/supervisors
    • Number of characters in the report, including spaces.
    • For assignments that stem from companies – or which are closely linked to a given
    company – the title page must also state the name of the company, as well as the
    name and email address of a contact at the company.
    -Exceeding the rapport extent (see above) can affect the grade. If the difference is significant, - is more than 25% - then formal requirements are not observed and it could result in a rejection of the project.
    -Projects are generally expected to have numerous relations to the business community, so it is important that you CLEARLY reference company association on the title page, and state
    whether the report may or may NOT be made public. See the section concerning publication.
    -It is expected that reports will feature elements of visual communication including sketches,
    figures, diagrams and so on.
    -Please note that the projects will be checked for plagiarised content. Plagiarised content also includes the reuse of more than one sentence from your previous projects unless the source is clearly stated.
    -Reports and synopses must be saved in PDF format and uploaded under “Besvarelse”
    (Answers) in WISEflow.
    NB: The maximum file size cannot exceed 25 MB – and appendices should be gathered in a
    combined PDF file with a table of content as the first page. Excel and Microsoft Project
    formats are exceptions, which are submitted in their original version. Appendices are not
    taken into account of the assessment of the report.
    -Reports uploaded as PDF image files will not be accepted. This means that text and tables
    must be able to be edited, scanned and marked in the uploaded pdf format.
    -For group submissions, makes sure that all group members submit the material in the relevant flows. The names of all group members must be stated on the title page or other form of front page.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Individual or group, 1-6 participants
    Exam languages
    Danish (Norwegian/Swedish)
    • Presentation: 5 min./stud. when 4 or more
    • Presentation: 15 min. when 3 students or less
    • Eksamination time: 20 min./stud., incl. grading
    • Changing between groups: 5 min.
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    External censure
    Deadline for submission
    The deadline for submission is 12:00 on the dates stated on the semester plan. Failure to
    submit work within deadlines may result in projects not being approved and evaluated.
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 2 you will receive 24 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 32 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 22% of your total workload for the subject.

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

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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