Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Product development (DA)

Danish title
Produktudvikling (DA)
Study programme
Product Development and Integrative Technology
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
Duration of the subject/module
2 semestre
Programme elements
Start time
Lygten 16, København NV
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Steen Mandsfelt Eriksen
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    This programme element covers product development and process optimisation from a business perspective and how to identify and involve experts and users in the development and optimisation processes. Focus is on interdisciplinary cooperation and on how to identify, collect, process and further develop data in a product and process development context.

    (1) = Theoretical Product Development
    (3) = Integrated Product Development and Industrial Design


    The student has acquired:
    - (1) development-based knowledge of the practical as well as the theoretical and
    methodological structure of technological project work.
    - (1) an understanding of practice, theories and methodology applied to the product
    development processes – including the project's financial impact during production/construction and operation, and an ability to reflect on how they are used in a commercial context.


    The student is able to:
    - (3) apply methods and tools for the identification and collection of relevant company data so
    as to contribute to the development and optimisation of processes across the organisation, and master planning of the development work, testing of the product/ the solution (proof of concept) and identify the quality of technological project work compared to the results, validity, reliability, and relevance.
    - (1) assess practice-oriented and theoretical issues relative to the significance and use of concepts in relation to the development of specialist language and technology as well as justify and select relevant concepts.
    - (1) communicate practice-oriented and academic issues and solutions to peers, users and partners viewed from a business context, including environmental and sustainability considerations in product development.


    The student is able to
    - (1) handle commercial and technologically appropriate product development and create a
    project design for technological project work based on the choice, analysis and definition of a
    - (3) independently engage in academic and interdisciplinary collaboration across the
    organisation for the purpose of implementing product development and assume responsibility within the framework of a professional code of ethics.
    - (3) identify their own learning requirements and develop their own knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to product development.

  • Type of instruction
    The bachelor's degree programme in product development and integrative technology applies a wide range of teaching and learning methods including:
    - Classroom teaching
    - Group work
    - Case-based exercises
    - Games and role play
    - Company field trips
    - Interdisciplinary project-oriented teaching
    - Problem-based learning
    - Interdisciplinary knowledge sharing
    - Student presentations
    - Cooperative learning
    - Digital learning technologies and learning environments
    - Workshops
    - Independent study
  • 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
    A crucial part of this study programme’s justification is the integration part – that is acquiring competencies to integrate technical skills in interaction with others. This is the so-called integrator role. This is one of the reasons why this programme is based on group work, and in order to get a good outcome, students must necessarily take part in this group work. Therefore, we recommend that students participate in the teaching and submit and present the assignments and projects involved.
    Exam forms based on the assessment of written work require the written part should be submitted on time and satisfy all the formal requirements for the exam. If not, the student cannot take the exam until the requirements have been satisfied, and the student will have used one exam attempt.
    Attendance at plenary days is mandatory.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    The individual learning outcomes are assessed during the examinations for Project 1 - Theoretical Product Development and Project 3 - Integrated Product Development and Industrial Design
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    See dsectiptions for Project 1 - Theoretical Product Development and Project 3 - Integrated Product Development and Industrial Design
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    Danish (Norwegian/Swedish)
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
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 Product development (DA) you will receive 103 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 137 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 25% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, cases.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: project work, group work.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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