Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Automation (EN)

Danish title
Automatisering (EN)
Study programme
Production Technology
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Academy Profession
1. semester
Duration of the subject/module
2 semestre
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Peter Sommer
  • Purpose

    This programme element covers the use of automation in own solutions in product construction and production planning in a given company.


    The student must have gained development-based knowledge and understanding of the practice of the profession and centrally applied theory and methods, including:
    • Control terminology, theories and methods used in automation
    • Future production methods in the light of digitisation
    • Item structure in relation to automated production
    The student must be able to understand practice and key theories and methods as well as the profession’s use of theories and methods, including
    • Use of pneumatics and hydraulics
    • Commonly used electronic control solutions
    • Mechanical components applied in pneumatics and hydraulics
    • Building a simple control circuit


    The student must be able to apply the key methods and tools of the subject area as well as the skills related to employment in the industry, including:
    • Preparation of a design specification for use in the development of simple automated solutions in a production process
    The student must be able to assess practice-oriented issues and suggest and select possible solutions, including:
    • Product improvements that render it suitable for automated production
    • Drawing on company and stakeholder data material in the configuration of future production solutions
    • Making allowance for later automatic production of a given item or product in the construction design
    • Applying commonly used IT tools for the acquisition of knowledge, data processing and documentation
    • Estimating the potential of automation based on a systems perspective of production facilities, taking into account the profitability, quality and safety of the entire production system
    The student must be able to communicate practice-oriented issues and solutions in relation to automation, to partners and users.


    The student must be able to manage development-oriented situations, including:
    • Qualification of automation possibilities, together with other groups of professionals, based on an overall view of the company’s products and manufacturing process
    The student must be able to participate in academic and interdisciplinary cooperation based on a professional approach, including:
    • In a work-related context, contributing to the development of automated solutions in a given company's work with products and/or production optimisation
    The student must be able to acquire new knowledge, skills and competencies, in a structured context, in relation to production automation.

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    The programme uses a broad range of teaching and learning methods, for example:
    • Classroom teaching
    • Group work
    • Case-based exercises
    • Company field trips
    • Interdisciplinary project-oriented teaching
    • Student presentations
    • Cooperative learning
    • Digital learning technologies and learning environments
    • Workshops
    • Independent study activity
  • 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
    The national element is tested in the first-year exam.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    The first-year exam is a screening exam which must be passed by the end of the first year of study to allow the student to continue their studies. The first-year exam takes place at the end of the second semester.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    The first-year exam is an externally assessed oral exam based on a written project.
    • Oral exam:
    o A group presentation where each member has a 5-minute presentation to do
    o Individual examination
    15 min. for questions related to the content and subject of the projects.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Individual or group, 1-5 max participants
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    External censure
    Exam criteria
    The report is based on an approved synopsis.
    The report must consist of min. 35 and max. 50 actual A4 pages including graphics.
    Use font size 12 in an easy-to-read font and 1½ line spacing.
    Cover page, title page, table of contents, abstract, division of work, appendix, references and bibliography are not included in the total number of pages.
    At least half of the report must consist of graphical illustrations, such as tables, diagrams, sketches, drawings, graphs and images.
    The work division must be entered in an Excel sheet available on FRONTER and appended to the report as a PDF file.
    The projects will be scanned for plagiarism, which also involves the reuse of more than one sentence from students’ own previous project unless this has been referenced.
    The first page of the report is a title page which must include the following:
    • The report's title
    • Full names of all group members
    • Photos of all group members
    • KEA name and logo
    • Names of affiliated teachers/supervisors
    • Number of characters in the report including spaces.
    • Assignments given by companies or which have a clear company association require the inclusion of the name of the company, a contact and an e-mail address.
    • Indication of whether the report may be published or not
    The readability of a project report will form part of the basis for the assessment, and any deviation from the above-mentioned formal requirements will have an influence on the overall assessment and grading of the report. In the extreme, the project may be rejected.
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 Automation (EN) you will receive 41 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 55 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 25% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: classroom teaching, group work.
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