Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Theoretical Product Development (INT)

Danish title
Teoretisk produktudvikling (DA)
Study programme
Product Development and Integrative Technology
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
5. semester
Duration of the subject/module
10 Weeks
Programme elements
Danish and English
Start time
Lygten 16, København NV
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Peter Sommer
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    Integrative Technology:
    Essential to the programme element is an understanding of the concept of technology, research in new technologies and how to apply them - in a commercial context that will allow students to work with integration, exploitation and implementation of technology and concepts in a cross- organisational perspective. The programme element also includes methods and tools for consultative purposes as well as management of interdisciplinary development activities.

    Product Development:
    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.


    Integrative Technology:
    The student has acquired:
    (1) an understanding of practice, applied theories and methods for product development and innovation in relation to a company’s organisation, and an ability to reflect on how they are used in a commercial context.

    Product Development
    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.

    Innovation and Industrial Design:
    The student has acquired:
    - (1) understanding of the practice, philosophy, theory and methodology when technology is applied in an industrial context and is able to reflect on alternative uses and related ethical issues.


    Integrative Technology
    The student is able to:
    - (1) assess practice-oriented and theoretical issues in the implementation processes associated with the use of new technologies across the organisation and identify their strengths and weaknesses as well as justify and select relevant solutions.
    - (1) communicate practice-oriented and academic issues and solutions to business partners and users, including the application of relevant IT tools in the preparation and presentation of projects, concepts and solutions.

    Product Development:
    The student is able to:
    - (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.

    Construction and Sustainability:
    The student is able to:
    -(1) communicate practise-oriented and academic issues and solutions to partners and users.

    Innovation and Indsutrial Design:
    The student is able to:
    (1) communicate practise-oriented and academic models and solutions to industrial partners and users.


    Integrative Technology:
    The student is able to:
    -(1) handle aspects of complex product and technology development, including modification
    of products and systems.

    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

  • Type of instruction
    The professional bachelor program in product development and technical integration uses a wide range of teaching and working methods, including:
    - Classroom teaching
    - Group work
    - Case based exercises
    - Games and role-playing games
    - Business excursions
    - Interdisciplinary project-oriented teaching
    - Problem-based learning
    - Interdisciplinary knowledge sharing
    - Student presentation
    - Cooperative learning
    - Digital learning technologies and learning spaces
    - Workshops
    - Self-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 the justification for this study is the integration part - gaining competence to integrate technical disciplines in interaction with others. This is the integrator role. The study is i.a. for that reason based on group project work, and a satisfactory outcome will only be achieved by participating in these projects. We therefore recommend that students participate in the teaching, including handing in and presenting assignments and projects.

    In examination forms where the evaluation is based on a written work, it is a prerequisite that the written work is handed in on time and meets the set formal requirements in order to participate in the examination. If the prerequisite is not met, the student cannot take the test until the prerequisite has been met and the student has used a test attempt.
    There is an obligation to attend plenary days at the education.

    The fifth-semester element “Theoretical product development” constitutes the assessment criteria for the exam and must be submitted on time in accordance with the exam plan which can be found on the intranet and satisfy all the formal requirements listed below.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested standalone
    Do not work in groups. exam is individual
    One overall grade is given based on an overall assessment of the written and the oral performance.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    The test is an internally administeret individual oral presentation test based on a written project.
    The project is presented by the student, max. 5 min. The individual is then examined. 20 minutes are set aside per. examinee incl. voting and buffer for setup of the next student.
    Type of assignment
    Project Report that documentes the development of a physical and/or digital solution that includes or uses electonic components
    Formal requirements
    The project report must, as a minimum, contain:
    - Front page including a title, student photo, name, number of characters and an indication of whether or not it can be published.
    - A solemn declaration, table of contents and a list of abbreviations
    - Introduction/statement making it explicit how the assignment relates to product
    development and integrative technology
    - Problem statement with additional questions
    - Theory and method
    - Analyses and discussions
    - Solutions, including digital and/or physical models from trials/mock-up to final proof of
    - Financial and construction-related impact analyses
    - Conclusion
    - Perspective
    - Bibliography, index of figures and illustrations (including all sources referenced in the
    - Appendices (only appendices essential to the report)
    - The project report must make up 6 to 9 standard pages
    - A summary of no more than 1 standard page including pictures of the final solution must besubmitted separately. The pictures are not included in the one standard page.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    20 minutes in total:

    5 min. for student presentation
    15. minutes for examination
    5. min for changeover
    Permitted exam aids
    All materials and aids, including electronic aids, are allowed unless otherwise stated in the individual exam. KEA may restrict the access to electronic devices for reasons of capacity.
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
    Exam criteria
    Students are awarded one aggregate grade as an overall assessment of the written and the oral performance.

    The assessment criteria for the exam are equivalent to the learning objectives marked (1) in the national learning objectives for Integrative technology and Product development.
    The learning objectives appear from sections 3.2.1 and 3.2.2 of the curriculum.
    Deadline for submission
    The exam is placed in the middle of the the 1st semester. More information with regards to the place and time for the exam can be found in the PTi Roadmap
    Re-examination and re-examination due to illness
    Students who have been prevented from taking an examination due to a documented illness or another unforeseen circumstance will be given the opportunity to take a new exam as soon as possible. If the exam is in the final exam period of the programme, the student must be allowed to take the exam in the same period or in continuation of this period. The re-examination may be the same as the next regular exam. The student is responsible for finding out when the sick and re-exams take place.
    If several individual parts of an exam are to be graded separately, the student can only take an exam in the part(s) not yet completed. This also applies to exams where the individual grades are aggregated in one single grade.
    Illness must be documented by a medical certificate and KEA must have received the medical certificate three working days after the exam at the latest. If the illness is not documented, the student will have used an examination attempt.

    **IMPORTANT** Missing the hand-in for the first attempt without attaining the documentation(s) listed above or receiving a failing grade for the first exam attempt, results in a new project brief and assignment being given for the second attempt. Missing the hand-in for the second attempt without attaining the documentation(s) listed above or receiving a failing grade for the second exam attempt, results in a new project brief and assignment being given for the third attempt.
  • Preliminary literature list
    This is a preliminary literature list. A final literature list will be provided in connection with study start.
    Will be given at the start of the studies
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 Theoretical Product Development (INT) you will receive 192 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 255 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 35% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, classroom teaching, project presentation, laboratory work.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: project work.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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