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Bachelor Project (EN)

2018/2019
Danish title
Bachelor projekt (EN)
Study programme
Design & business
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
Semester
7. semester
Duration of the subject/module
14 weeks
Ects
20
Programme elements
Final projekt
Language
English
Start time
Autumn
Subject number
9944352
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Tim Meicker
Martin Hesseldahl
  • Content and learning outcomes
    Knowledge

    Learning objectives for Design and Business
    Knowledge
    The graduate bachelor in design and business has knowledge of
    - design
    - trends
    - economics
    - innovation
    - cultural and intercultural aspects
    - the value chain and
    - relevant theories and methods and is able to reflect on and argue in favour of them.

    Learning objectives for Sustainable Fashion
    Knowledge
    The graduate in Sustainable Fashion also has knowledge of
    - the design process
    - trends and sociology
    - ethics and the environment
    - concept development
    - visual communication and
    - industry and businesses.

    Learning objectives for Pattern Design
    Knowledge
    The graduate in Pattern Design also has knowledge of
    - relevant theories and methods in the design of sewing patterns and pattern grading and the ability to
    reflect on and argue in favour of them
    - the practice of the profession in relation to product development
    - form, functionality, and materials
    - fashion's development in recent time and
    - preparation of documentation.

    Learning objectives for Fashion Management
    Knowledge
    The graduate in Fashion Management also has knowledge of
    - trade
    - micro and macro economics
    - logistics and Supply Chain Management
    - communication and
    - product knowledge.

    Learning objectives for Communication Design & Media
    Knowledge
    The graduate in Communication Design & Media also has knowledge of
    - trend theory
    - anthropological method
    - cultures and the history of ideas and sciences
    - design theory and semiotics
    - argumentation strategy
    - future analysis
    - innovation processes
    - technology and
    - communication and rhetoric.

    Learning objectives for Brand Design
    Knowledge
    The graduate in Brand Design also has knowledge of
    - strategic planning
    - project management
    - strategic marketing
    - brand management
    - trendspotting
    - graphic design
    - identity
    - business understanding
    - methods and tools for business start-ups
    - user-driven innovation and
    - anthropology and sociology.

    Skills

    Learning objectives for Design and Business
    Skills
    The graduate bachelor in design and business has acquired the skills needed to
    - assess and apply methods of design to problem solving
    - apply design to market development
    - apply innovation to a business context
    - communicate academic issues in various cultural and intercultural contexts
    - assess theoretical and practical issues and justify and select appropriate solutions within the value chain and
    - apply scientific methods and theories to research, analysis and in-debt study.

    Learning objectives for Sustainable Fashion
    Skills
    The graduate in Sustainable Fashion has also acquired the skills needed to
    - implement a design process in an experimental and commercial context
    - assess and argue in favour of the choice of material and design
    - use visual communication that supports product and concept
    - assess and translate trends, and target designs towards the company's identity
    - use trend and market analysis for design and product development
    - communicate globally about product and concept-related topics and
    - develop innovative, competitive design concepts.

    Learning objectives for Pattern Design
    Skills
    The graduate in Pattern Design has also acquired the skills needed to
    - evaluate the impact of the choice of sewing pattern design and pattern grading methods on the fit and
    silhouette
    - assess the importance of the choice of materials
    - assess and product develop a design proposal
    - develop solutions to complex tasks in the design of sewing patterns and pattern grading
    - use manual and computer-based tools for the design of sewing patterns and pattern grading and for the documentation and
    - communicate globally on product-related subjects.

    Learning objectives for Fashion Management
    Skills
    The graduate in Fashion Management has also acquired the skills needed to
    - evaluate market conditions and organise companies' commercial strategies and concepts accordingly,
    - identify and assess possible partnerships in the value chain,
    - assess and argue for the use of alternative materials,
    - assess the economic development in key markets and customise parameter efforts accordingly,
    - assess the scope of the relevant IT tools and management systems,
    - communicate practice-oriented issues and solutions to partners and users and
    - evaluate, argue for and apply different negotiation techniques.

    Learning objectives for Communication Design & Media
    Skills
    The graduate in Communication Design & Media has also acquired the skills needed to
    - identify and assess trends and phenomena in relation to trend and social theory and in a historical context
    - apply an anthropological approach to the collection of relevant data
    - draw up design briefs on the basis of research and data processing
    - communicate trends, fashion and lifestyle, in writing and orally
    - handle, transform and communicate knowledge visually
    - apply innovative approaches to problem solving
    - identify the potential for new markets and solutions based on an assessment of the trend and the development of the market and
    - communicate complex, well-argued and well-documented professional issues across cultures within the field of design, lifestyle and innovation.

    Learning objectives for Brand Design
    Skills
    The graduate in Brand Design has also acquired the skills needed to
    - use analytical tools to identify relations between brand and customer
    - identify trends within the market in relation to supply and demand
    - use conceptual and commercial methods
    - communicate branding strategies internally and externally, and
    - apply communication tools for the dissemination of the company's brand.

    Competences

    Learning objectives for Design and Business
    Competencies
    The graduate bachelor in design and business has acquired the skills needed to
    - engage in academic and interdisciplinary collaborations in all steps of the value chain
    - manage complex and development-oriented issues within the profession and
    - manage communication and innovation of ideas in business contexts.

    Learning objectives for Sustainable Fashion
    Competencies
    The graduate in Sustainable Fashion has also acquired the competencies needed to
    - independently manage a design and product development process
    - handle development-oriented assignments in design and idea generation
    - identify consumer needs and translate these into innovative solutions and
    - identify their own learning requirements and develop their own knowledge, skills and competencies.

    Learning objectives for Pattern Design
    Competencies
    The graduate in Pattern Design has also acquired the competencies needed to
    - independently handle sewing patterns and pattern grading
    - handle development-oriented assignments in sewing pattern design and pattern grading
    - identify problem areas and provide specific suggestions for how to achieve a better fit and
    - identify their own learning requirements and develop their own knowledge, skills and competencies.

    Learning objectives for Fashion Management
    Competencies
    The graduate in Fashion Management has also acquired the competencies needed to
    - manage complex and development-oriented issues within the study and the profession
    - independently manage and engage in interdisciplinary collaboration across the value chain in accordance with the ethics of the profession and
    - identify their own development and learning requirements in relation to the profession and further develop their own knowledge and skills.

    Learning objectives for Communication Design & Media
    Competencies
    The graduate in Communication Design & Media has also acquired the competencies needed to
    - work strategically and innovatively - independently and in cooperation with others
    - handle development-oriented assignments in design and idea generation
    - manage the development and optimisation of an organisation's communication strategy,
    - communicate in accordance with a given company's identity and brand and
    - prepare written and oral future analytical presentations based on ideological and cultural and theoretical analyses.

    Learning objectives for Brand Design
    Competencies
    The graduate in Brand Design has also acquired the competencies needed to
    - handle development, planning, implementation and evaluation of trends and initiatives in marketing, nationally and internationally
    - manage the development and implementation of corporate identity creation based on strategic and creative methods
    - manage the development and maintenance of corporate brands and concepts
    - handle the management and development of projects at the strategic level
    - manage the development and optimisation of an organisation's communication strategy
    - handle business-oriented solution to complex issues and
    - manage project planning and execution.

  • Type of instruction
    You will recieve guidance during your bachelor project.
  • 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 professional bachelor’s degree exam cannot be completed until the student has passed all other exams in the professional bachelor’s degree programme in Design & Business and handed in any mandatory activities. Upon completion of the above-mentioned exams and activities, the student is automatically registered for the professional bachelor’s degree exam.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested standalone
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    The bachelor's project consists of a written report and an oral exam based on the report. The written work may be drawn up individually or in groups of max. 2 students in which case the 2 students will be assessed individually.
    Detailed information on the deadline for handing in the report as well as time and place for the oral exam will be available on Fronter.

    The individual written exam
    The written report can make up no more than 25 standard pages (+/-10%). A standard page is equivalent to 2,400 characters, including spaces. Unlike footnotes, the front page, declaration of confidentiality/statement of truth, executive summary, table of contents, list of references and appendicesare not included in the scope of the paper. Photos, illustrations and figures are not included either.

    The written group exam
    The written report can make up no more than 45 standard pages (+/-10%). A standard page is equivalent to 2,400 characters, including spaces. Unlike footnotes, the front page, declaration of confidentiality/statement of truth, executive summary, table of contents, list of references and appendices are not included in the scope of the paper.

    Photos, illustrations and figures are not included either.
    Each group member’s contribution must appear clearly and form an integrated whole that can be assessed on its own.

    The group members' shared contribution cannot exceed 30% Groups may be formed across specialisations, and even across the Danish and international specialisations.
    However, the bachelor's report must be submitted in the same language. In connection with group reports, each group member will give their own presentation at the oral exam. Each group member is assessed individually and given an individual mark.

    Guidance:
    Initially, the student hands in a preliminary problem formulation for the bachelor project. The purpose of the problem formulation is to create a good basis for the subsequent guidance and project work. Then the students will be assigned a principal supervisor, usually the bachelor project examiner. In addition, the student may choose different assistant supervisors.

    For the individual exams, guidance consists of three 45-minute sessions with the main supervisor and two 30-minute sessions with an assistant supervisor.
    For group exams, each group member has two 45-minute sessions with the main supervisor and two 30-minute sessions with an assistant supervisor. Both group members can participate in the guidance together. Detailed information on the booking of guidance will be available on the Fronter.

    No further guidance available. If a student fails to book available guidance, the session in question will be deducted from the total number of guidance sessions. If the student does not show up for a session, the session will likewise be deducted form the total number of guidance sessions. No guidance by mail, and the supervisor will not read long stretches of text before a guidance session.

    The oral exam:
    After submission of the bachelor’s report, the student can start preparing the oral presentation. The student is not allowed to introduce new material at the oral exam. This means that everything the students prepares from the time of submission of the written report and until the oral exam, must be described in the bachelor’s report.
    At the oral exam, the student is examined in the bachelor's report, the oral presentation and other relevant syllabus and academic subjects. The student's oral presentation must use the bachelor’s report and the overall problem formulation as point of departure and elaborate on the bachelor report's solution and perspective. The oral exam is an individual exam.
    Type of assignment
    The bachelor project is intended to demonstrate the student’s ability to formulate, analyse and solve complex and development-oriented issues independently and professionally through reflective application of the programme’s theories, methods and practices. The bachelor project must be based on a practice-oriented issue and must be drawn up in cooperation with or in relation to a public or private company, NGO or the student’s own entrepreneurial project.
    Formal requirements
    The written bachelor report:
    The report must contain:
    • Front page including: Title, name of the student, date of birth and year (dd/mm/yy), line of specialisation, number of characters, name of the main supervisor, statement of truth, as well as consent to making the project available at the library (requires a mark of 7), and possibly a declaration of confidentiality.

    The front page can be found in Wiseflow and must be filled in when the bachelor report is uploaded.
    • An executive summary in English of 1,200-2,400 characters
    • Table of contents
    • Introduction and problem field
    • Problem formulation
    • Theory and method
    • Limitation of scope
    • Analysis and solution
    • Conclusion
    • Perspective
    • Source list
    • Appendices

    List of references, references cited and quotes must be handled in accordance with the Harvard Referencing System.

    Appendices must be placed after the reference list and should only be included if the student refers to them in the paper. An appendix is any material that the student makes available to the reader, the full text of which does not belong in the paper. Appendices may take the form of interview transcripts, questionnaires, statistical summaries, documents that are not readily available, etc. Any appendix must carry an appendix number, headline, explanatory text and references, if any. In case of more appendices, the student is required to make an appendix overview. Each appendix must have its own page.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Individual or group, 1-2 max participants
    Exam languages
    English
    Duration
    The oral exam has a duration of 50 minutes. 20 minutes are set aside for the presentation by the students. Another 15 minutes are set aside for a professional dialogue, and finally, the last 15 minutes are set aside for discussion of the students’ performance, and marking.
    Permitted exam aids
    For the written part of the bachelor’s project, there is no restriction on the use of aids. For the oral exam, the student is allowed to bring their presentation. The student must bring their own computer and adapter for their presentation.
    Available exam aids
    A projector for the presentation at the oral exam. The student must bring their own computer and adapter.
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Examiners
    External censure
    Exam criteria
    The bachelor’s project is intended to demonstrate the student’s ability to:
    ● identify, argue for and define a relevant problem formulation
    ● select, explain and apply relevant academic literature, theories and methods
    ● provide, analyse and consider empirical material in accordance with relevant theories,
    techniques and methods
    ● perform and justify analyses with the inclusion of relevant professional concepts and empirical
    methods
    ● select, define and justify a solution in relation to the chosen problem formulation
    ● reflect on and justify the practical realisation of the chosen solution
    ● communicate professional issues and solutions in a logical, structured and well-organised way in
    written and oral presentations.

    In addition, the student must also demonstrate the ability to satisfy the learning objectives (knowledge, skills and competences) for Design and Business and for their specific line of specialisation.
    Spelling and writing abilities
    Spelling and writing skills are included in the final exam project. However, the content is most heavily weighted.
3
hours of counseling
545
hours of final project
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the final assignment divided into different study activities.

During your final assignment you or your group will receive 3 hours of guidance from your counselor.

The rest of the time equivalent to 545 hours are used on final assignment work. It is your responsibility to structure the time spent on writing your assignment, preparing for the exam, etc.

The final assignment primarily includes of the following activities: collecting empiricism, reading, writing, cooperating with a company.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model
*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances