Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


System development 4 (EN)

Danish title
Systemudvikling 4 (EN)
Study programme
Business Economics & Information Technology
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor Programme
4. semester
Duration of the subject/module
1 semester
Programme elements
Start time
Lygten 16, København NV
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Jesper Skovsgaard Frederiksen
Leif Schwartz Holbek
Kim Juhl
  • Purpose

    System development methodologies, IT systems requirements, advanced project
    management, quality assurance, and risk management


    The student has development based knowledge and understanding about and can reflect on
    applied theories and methodologies regarding
    1) methodologies and paradigms in IT system development
    2) project management methods and the role of the project manager and team
    3) IT systems requirement specifications
    4) advanced project management, including risk and stakeholder analysis
    5) quality assurance in project management
    6) resource allocation, estimation and monitoring in development processes


    The student masters skills regarding the application of
    1) combining theories and methods about development paradigms with a project model and
    selecting the appropriate project strategy and tools
    2) theories and methods to research and analyze a system development domain from a
    business, technological, and user perspective to determine requirements
    3) theories and methods to analyze risk, stakeholders, scope, objectives, and critical success
    factors in project management of IT system development
    4) theories and methods to design a process for a specific system development project
    5) theories and methods to assure the quality of the process and product in a development
    6) theories and methods to estimate projects and allocate resources in development
    7) selecting and presenting relevant solution models regarding project management to
    collaboration partners and users


    The student is able to handle complex and development-oriented situations regarding
    1) independently creating a complete and comprehensive project plan based on a
    methodological approach
    2) managing a system development project on the basis of a project model and related tools
    and methodology
    3) planning, estimating and allocating resources to system development projects
    4) assuring the quality of both a development process and a product
    5) establishing relationships and communicating with stakeholders
    6) identifying own learning needs and developing own knowledge, skills, and competences in
    relation to project management of systems development

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    ectures and assignments, combined with 3 major practical interdisciplinary case assignments, where the subject content is used intensively.
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Equipment needed to participate
    We assume students to have a laptop that runs Windows 10 (or later) or Mac OS X 10.12 (or later).

    Older versions of Windows or Mac OS and Linux might work in most cases – but is not supported with help to install open source tools or handle teaching examples.
    We assume students have a HDMI-port or miniDVI/lightning port on their laptop.
    In a select few teaching situations (not in 1st semester) examples are used, that does not work well with less than 4 GB RAM Memory – for this 8 GB RAM is recommended.

    Students will need office software (Microsoft, Apple, Google, or..).
    Students need to be able to produce and read pdf-documents, Word-documents, Powerpoint-presentations and Excel-spreadsheets.
    There exist a Microsoft cloud version that becomes available when you set up a free one-drive account.

    An Internet browser needs to be available (i.e. Chrome or Safari).
    We strongly recommend students to have access to Facebook and a private Facebook-account.

  • 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 exam must show that the student
    • can communicate core concepts from Business Strategy, Information Technologies,
    Systems Development, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
    • can analyse and present a problem related to Business Strategy, Information Technologies,
    Systems Development, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship from an interdisciplinary
    • can manage an innovative and/or entrepreneurial process
    • can complete a project in a team with emphasis on project management methods and
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    Formal requirements
    The project must be interdisciplinary and problem oriented.
    The School lays down the actual requirements for the project, which will combine essential fields of the 4th semester teaching of Business Strategy, Information Technologies, Systems
    Development, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The School can make further demands for group size, project scope and process documentation, including requirements for the
    demonstration of working code and/or the student’s written language skills. The School must
    secure that the project description is given to the students and the examiners.

    The report must not exceed 15 standard pages plus a maximum of 8 standard pages per group member, excluding appendices. Appendices should be kept to a minimum.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Individual or group, 1-4 max participants
    Exam languages
    1. Individual presentation based on report: 5 minutes.
    2. Individual examination: 20 minutes.
    3. Discussion of performance and announcement of grade: 5 minutes.
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    External censure
    Exam criteria
    The student will receive an individual grade for the overall performance covering report,
    presentation and individual examination. The evaluation of the performance is based on the
    degree to which it complies with the purpose and learning objectives of the subjects, as described in the curriculum.
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 System development 4 (EN) you will receive 96 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 128 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 35% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: classroom teaching, cases, exercises.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: reading the curriculum, group work, exercises.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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