Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Product development (PUD) (EN)

Danish title
Produktudvikling (PUD) (EN)
Study programme
Production Technology
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Academy Profession
3. semester
Duration of the subject/module
14 weeks
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Morten Stovegaard
Dina Jacobsen
Cong Liu
  • Content and learning outcomes

    The elective specialisation product development builds upon the knowledge about product development and design from the 1. and 2. semester. You will learn how to design products in order to minimize the overall environmental impact throughout the product life. You will gain the skills to calculate the total environmental impact of different design alternatives based on the selected materials.

    You will increase your knowledge about and skills in design as form and expression. This knowledge and skill set will be developed in expanded use of SolidWorks and finally a set of modules on development of physical prototypes. You will be equipped to assist companies in the development that is happening in the industry right now.

    Teaching in the PUD specialisation includes:
    • Sustainable product design
    • SolidWorks Surface
    • Prototyping

  • Type of instruction
    It is difficult to imagine production without also thinking about products, in the same way as it is almost impossible to discuss product development without touching on materials and production methods. Nevertheless, students on the PRT study programme, whose structure is extremely broad, need to have the opportunity to target their studies in relation to specialising to an even higher degree in product development (PUD) or production (PRO).

    For this reason, the third semester is structured such that students initially choose their preferred area of specialisation at the start of the semester, making it possible to establish a PUD and a PRO class. Parts of the teaching will then be held for both classes in parallel, while others will be themed in relation to the two individual fields of specialisation.

    The intention is for the teaching elements within the core areas related to the chosen area of specialisation to be implemented as far as possible in the semester project.
    The themes under the headline SHARED MODULES are included in the teaching series for all students, whereas other classes are aimed only for the two fields of study – product development (PUD) or production (PRO).

    • Sustainable product design
    These modules revolves around optimisation of a product's environmental impact. Approximately 1/3 of teaching will be focused on introducing theories, models and tools relevant for sustainable design. The rest of the time will be focused on group work - where the students apply the methods to a specific product. At the end of the series of modules the students will make a small presentation for the company, who we are collaborating with.

    • SolidWorks Surface
    The range of modules in SolidWorks Surface is organized in such a way that a number of selected features are presented to the student switching between demonstration, exercises and guidance.

    • Prototyping
    The students work together in groups of 3-4 people. In the first module, the groups decide on a design through the use of concept models. In the second module, I assist the groups with guidance on how they draw the door handle in SolidWorks. It is a special requirement that their subject can be split over a plane as our CNC machine has only 3 axes (directions X, Y and Z) to move in.

    The groups therefore arrange to divide the subject into two parts which, after the milling process, are manually assembled. Small defects in the model are corrected before moving from the workshop to the Material Lab, where the groups in the fourth module cast a negative form. In the last module, positive subjects are cast in the negative form.

    The above schedule of the 5 modules should be viewed as 5 'gates' to reach the target and the time should be carefully planned to complete the respective processes in each phase

    All synopses shall be written in groups of 3-5 people, and only in exceptional circumstances, the cc-teacher can split the group into smaller groups or into individual submission. Groups must aim to collaborate with companies - also companies with an international dimension.

    • Synopsis
    The project flow is designed such that you are required to submit a synopsis in WISEflow early in the process, and then use the same system to hand in your final project report.
    The synopsis is not a mandatory part of the study programme, and failing to hand it in – or submitting it late – will not be penalised with one exam attempt. However, it is an important working document, which we strongly recommend that you submit. If a group does not submit a synopsis, is not entitled to guidance.

    The synopsis is used as the final basis for evaluating the quality of the project and for its final approval. Approval takes place immediately after submission in connection with “evaluation of the synopsis”. The finished synopsis must contain an overarching 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.

    • Midterm evaluation
    Justify the project. Why is it still a good idea? Illustrate the needs you aim to cover.

     Demonstrate the methods and theories you have applied.
     Present the results and solution proposal(s) you have achieved.
     Put into perspective and evaluate your provisional solution proposal(s).
     Present a revised project plan for the remainder of the period.
     Present at least 2 physical concept models (only PUD)
     Show how you systematically have chosen which concept to detail and concretise further in the second phase of the assignment.
     Present a quantified labour division

    • Exam (see Type of exam and Formal requirements)
  • 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
    You have passed the 1st year exam and the 3. semester automation exam.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    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:
    o Title of the report
    o Your full name(s)
    o The school name and logo
    o The names of the associated teachers/supervisors
    o Number of characters in the report, including spaces.
    o 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.

    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.

    Exceeding the rapport extent (see above) can affect the grade. If the difference is significant - ie more than 25% - then formal requirements are not observed and it could result in a
    rejection of the project.

    A chart of the division of labour (in percent) must be included for any group work.
    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.

    The last slide in the presentation has to be a chart showing the group's division of labor in %.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Group, 3-5 max participants
    Exam languages
    • 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 (PUD) (EN) you will receive 51 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 68 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 37% 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, reading the curriculum.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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