Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Design, Business, and Technology 1: Value Creation (EN)

Danish title
Design, Business, and Technology 1: Value Creation (EN)
Study programme
Design & business
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
5. semester
Duration of the subject/module
6 Weeks
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Sofia Viholt
Tim Meicker
Mette Vilsøe Lowth
Silje Bethuelsen Brünings-Hansen
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    This module introduces the basic theories and methods in the three disciplines: Design, business and technology by framing how they create value to companies, users and the surrounding community separately and collectively. Value creation must therefore be understood as an extended concept that is not only of monetary significance, but rather as a multifaceted understanding of products and services in the 21st century.

    There will be an introduction to basic technologies related to design and business, including idea generation, data analysis, concept development and research design.
    Design introduces design thinking and concrete design approaches in order to be able to use design-related methods and tools procedurally as well as strategically. The teaching includes theories and methods within business, such as internal and external analysis of a company and its surroundings, with the aim of promoting business understanding and concept development.

    Finally, there will be an introduction to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the circular economy, which can be viewed in relation to and provide a perspective on the three disciplines. The goal is that in the long term the student will be able to take part in innovative processes and help solve industry-relevant problems.


    The student will gain knowledge about:

    - Idea generation, data analysis and concept development as well as of theory and methods of research design.

    - Design theory and method and how to reflect on the practice of the profession and its application of design theory and method.

    - Practice, applied theory and methods in the business area.


    The student will get the skills to:

    - Use design technical methods and tools in an innovative process in relation to industry-relevant issues.

    - Apply the methods and tools of the business area to business understanding and concept development and include these in the development of innovative, sustainable and value-creating concepts.


    The student will learn to:

    - Identify their own learning needs and develop their own knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to the subject area of design.

    - Identify their own learning needs and develop their own knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to the subject area of Business.

    - Identify their own learning needs and develop their own knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to the subject area of technology.

  • Type of instruction
    Instruction is a combination of short webinars / lectures followed by group exercises and feedback sessions.
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Academic requirement for participation

    Equipment needed to participate
    Personal computer with Internet access.

  • 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
    Type of exam
    Written examination
    Individual written home exam.
    Type of assignment
    The purpose of the examination in Design, Business, and Technology is that the student demonstrates fulfillment of the learning objectives within the subject areas design, business, and technology from the modules Design, Business, and Technology 1, 2 and 3 during the 5th semester corresponding to 15 ECTS. The learning objectives appear in the module descriptions for Design, business and technology 1: Value creation, Design, business and technology 2: User understanding, Design, business and technology 3: Process, design experiments and prototyping on KEA's subject and module catalog.

    The basis for the test is an individual written assignment, which is prepared on the basis of an assigned task description within the three common subject areas design, business and technology. The assignment description will be released at the end of Design, Business and Technology 3, after which the student has 5 days to prepare the written assignment.
    Formal requirements
    The scope of the written home assignment is max. 5 standard pages.

    A standard page corresponds to 2,400 characters incl. spaces. When calculating the scope, footnotes are included, but not the front page, table of contents, bibliography and appendices. In addition, photos, illustrations and figures do not count. The title, the student's name, class, date and number of characters must appear on the front page of the assignment.

    Definition of normal page
    A normal page corresponds to 2,400 characters incl. spaces. When calculating the scope, footnotes and source references are included, but not the front page, declaration of confidentiality / declaration of faith and law, table of contents, list of sources (bibliography) and appendices. In addition, photos, illustrations and figures do not count.

    Reference system used
    Source list, source references and citations must be handled according to the Harvard Referencing System.

    Special requirements for the reference list
    In the assignment, you must refer to the theories and methods that you apply. You must ensure that the reference list (bibliography) contains all the theories and methods that you use in the assignment and that you refer to the correct materials, cf. the curriculum. For example, you must not refer to a teacher's presentation, but must refer to the original source from the curriculum.

    Appendices are placed according to the reference list and should only be included if the student refers to it in the assignment. An appendix is ​​materials that the student makes available to the reader, but which do not belong in his full excerpt in the assignment. Attachments can be - but are not limited to - interview transcripts, questionnaires, statistical summaries, hard-to-access documents, etc. An appendix must bear the appendix number, title, explanatory text and any references. For several appendices, the student must make an appendix overview. Each new appendix starts on a new page.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    5 study days are given for the preparation of the assignment.
    Permitted exam aids
    Available exam aids
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
    Exam criteria
    The test is assessed on the basis of the specific learning objectives that appear in each module.
    Deadline for submission
    At the end of the semester. Date and time are announced on Fronter and in Wiseflow.
    Re-examination and re-examination due to illness
    As an ordinary test and according to current rules, cf. the curriculum.
  • Preliminary literature list
    This is a preliminary literature list. A final literature list will be provided in connection with study start.
    The curriculum is published on Fronter at the start of the module.
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 Design, Business, and Technology 1: Value Creation (EN) you will receive 41 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 55 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 30% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, exercises.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: reading the curriculum, searching for information.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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