Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Competency Toolbox (EN)

Speciality direction: Communication Design & Media
Danish title
Competency Toolbox (EN)
Study programme
Design & business
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
6. 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)
Helene Niclasen Jeune
Rasmus Rahbek Simonsen
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    This module is about strengthening individual students’ ability to clarify and communicate their own competencies as well as their professional and social goals. Furthermore, students will identify, develop, and propose solutions both verbally and visually.

    The module will focus on clarifying competencies, professional and social goals, presentations techniques, creative and innovation processes, as well as visualising portfolio and solution materials.

    The module aims to position students strongly upon graduation in relation to the labour market. They will gain clarity regarding their own goals and competencies as well as the ability to present these in a coherent and appealing manner. Additionally, students will learn to introduce their own innovative and creative solutions to a company.


    The student will gain knowledge about:

    -theory, methods and practice in design, innovation and media strategy and an ability to identify and account for these (INNOVATION).

    -theories, methods and practice in design, innovation and media strategy and an ability to formulate and reflect on these (INNOVATION).

    -theory, methods and practice in design, innovation and media strategy and an ability to identify and account for these (TREND AND SOCIOLOGY).


    The student will get the skills to:

    -apply, disseminate and transform knowledge strategically — in writing, visually and orally.

    -analyse existing concepts and how to optimise them in response to new trends in the industry.

    -disseminate professional issues and solutions to relevant partners and user groups.


    The student will learn to:

    -identify their own learning needs and structure their own learning in interdisciplinary environments.

    -identify their own learning needs and structure their own learning in various innovative learning environments.

    -work strategically and innovatively and handle development-orientated tasks within design and idea generation — independently and in collaboration with others.

  • Type of instruction
    Teaching will vary between lectures, guest lectures, workshop, exercises, peer to peer and guidance. Emphasis is on students dedicating themselves to an understanding of what it means to be a communication designer and translating this knowledge into practice.
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Academic requirement for participation

    Equipment needed to participate
    The student is expected to bring a laptop. The student must have the MS Office suite installed. This can be obtained free of charge through KEA. Read more here:åndbog/k-o#office

  • 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
    There is a prerequisite, which is stated when starting the module.
    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 student must select a subject-relevant case with a clear sender and receiver. The case forms the basis for the written assignment. In the assignment, the student must include relevant theories and methods from the 6th semester of the specialisation. Based on the chosen case, the student must prepare a problem statement, which thereby forms the basis for the written assignment. Using methods from the specialisation, empirical studies must be performed during the examination period, and the results of these must then be analyzed in the assignment using theory.

    During the examination period, the student develops a solution proposal aimed at the chosen case. The solution can be material and / or intangible, but it is important that the solution proposal is targeted at the specialisation and profession for which the student is trained. We always work with a quality that can rightly be expected at the professional bachelor level, and there must always be consistency in the interplay between the type, quality of the solution proposal and the specialisations and learning objectives of the specialisation.
    Formal requirements
    The scope of the written home assignment is max. 8 standard pages.

    The title, the student's name, class, date and number of characters must appear on the front page of the assignment.

    Definition of standard page
    A standard 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 Competency Toolbox (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: cases, project presentation, exercises.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: searching for information, reading the curriculum, portfolio exercises.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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