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)
Steen Mandsfelt Eriksen
  • 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
    Type of exam
    Written examination
    The test is an internally assesed individual written exam.
    Type of assignment
    The 5 assignments that make up the prerequisites, are written assignments that are not part of the assesment of the exam.
    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
    Danish (Norwegian/Swedish)
    3 hours
    Permitted exam aids
    No aids are allowed.
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
    Exam criteria
    The given grade is based exclusively on the written exam.
    The prerequisites are not part of the assesment.
  • 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: portfolio exercises.

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