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Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Product Development and Integrative Technology

Curriculum framework

This is a translated version of the Danish curriculum. In case of any discrepancies between this curriculum and the Danish curriculum, the text in the Danish curriculum applies.

Act no. 1343 of 10th December 2019 on Academy Profession Programmes and Professional Bachelor Programmes (Lov om erhvervsakademiuddannelser og professionsbacheloruddannelser).

Ministerial Order on Technical and Mercantile Academy Profession Programmes and Professional Bachelor Programmes (Bekendtgørelse om tekniske og merkantile erhvervsakademiuddannelser og professionsbacheloruddannelser).

Ministerial Order on Admission to and Enrolment on Academy Profession Programmes and Professional Bachelor Programmes (Bekendtgørelse om adgang til erhvervsakademiuddannelser og professionsbacheloruddannelser). 

Ministerial Order on Examinations on Professionally Oriented Higher Education Programmes (Bekendtgørelse om prøver og eksamen i erhvervsrettede videregående uddannelser).

Ministerial Order on the Grading Scale and Other Forms of Assessment of Study Programmes Offered under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (the Grading Scale Order) (Bekendtgørelse om karakterskala og anden bedømmelse ved uddannelser på Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriets område).

  • Effective date and transition rules

    This national part of the curriculum takes effect on 1 August 2018 and applies to students enrolled on the programme after 1 June 2018; however, exams initiated before 1 August 2018 may be concluded under the previous curriculum until 1 February 2019.

    Students who started their studies in the spring of 2018 or previous will complete the studies in accordance with the curriculum in force at the time of enrolment.

  • Graduate Title

    Graduates are entitled to use the title Bachelor of Product Development and Integrative Technology. The Danish title is professionsbachelor i produktudvikling og teknisk integration.

  • Programme purpose, duration and level

    The purpose of the programme is to qualify the graduate to independently and professionally integrate different technologies and knowledge forms for the development or construction of sustainable technological solutions, concepts and products in industrial, production and installation companies, both nationally and internationally. In addition, the graduate must be able to handle interdisciplinary management tasks of a technical nature.

    The programme is a level-6 programme in the Danish qualifications framework for higher education and prescribed for a total of 90 ECTS points.

    The programme has a nominal length of study equivalent to 90 ECTS credits comprising:

    1) Programme elements with a total scope of 50 ECTS credits and organised within the academic areas of the programme.

    2) programme elements a total scope of 10 ECTS credits and organised within the programme specialisations. 

    3) Internship with a total scope of 15 ECTS credits.

    4) Final exam project of 15 ECTS credit.
     

Subject areas

The programme elements, which are common to all the students, are organised within the following subject areas, which comprise a total of 50 ECTS credits weighted in the ratio of 1:1.

1) Integrative Technology The subject area involves integration, utilisation and implementation of technologies and concepts across the organisation and common subject boundaries. The subject area also involves professional advice as well as management and leadership of interdisciplinary development projects.

2) Product Development: The subject area involves methods for product development and process optimisation, including business understanding as well as the involvement of experts and users in the development processes. The subject area also involves collection, processing and development of knowledge and data.

Admission

Admission to the programme is in accordance with the rules of the admission order.

Programme elements

  • Programme specialisations

    The programme consists of three specialisations: (10 ECTS, regardless of specialisation)

    1. IT and Electronics
    2. Installation and Automation
    3. Products and Production

    Additional learning objectives for the IT and Electronics specialisation:

    Knowledge

    The graduate has acquired:

    • development-based knowledge of environmental aspects and sustainability in electronics, data construction and network project planning.
    • an understanding of practice, specific methods and theories for the development of IT and network solutions, electronic and computerised systems as well as an ability to reflect on practice and the application of theories and methods.

    Skills

    The graduate is able to

    • apply methods and tools within complex IT and network solutions and electronic and computerised systems and master further development and adaptation of solutions.
    • assess practice-oriented and theoretical issues as well as justify and select relevant solutions to ensure sustainability in the choice of technology and materials.
    • communicate practice-oriented and professional issues and solutions to partners and users.

    Competencies

    The graduate is able to

    • handle innovative, complex and development-oriented solutions for the design and application of IT solutions in an industrial context.
    • independently engage in academic and interdisciplinary collaboration with other professional groups on complex IT and network solutions as well as electronic and computerised systems to be integrated in interdisciplinary projects and assume responsibility within the framework of a code of professional ethics.
    • identify their own learning requirements and develop their own knowledge, skills and competencies - academically, methodically and across disciplines - in the area of complex IT and network solutions as well as electronic and computerised systems in relation to the development of interdisciplinary technical solutions.

     Additional learning objectives for the Installation and automation specialisation:

    Knowledge

    The graduate has acquired:

    • development-based knowledge of environmental aspects and sustainability in complex construction and industrial installations, as well as optimisation and operation of automatic systems.
    • an understanding of practice, discipline-specific methods and theories of development in complex construction and industrial installations, as well as optimisation and operation of automatic systems, and an ability to reflect on practice and the application of theories and methods.

    Skills

    The graduate is able to

    • apply methods and tools for the optimisation of complex construction and industrial installations and operation of automatic systems and master the further development and adaptation of solutions.
    • assess practice-oriented and theoretical issues as well as justify and select relevant solutions to ensure sustainability in the choice of technology and materials.
    • communicate practice-oriented and professional issues and solutions to partners and users.

    Competencies

    The graduate is able to

    • handle innovative, complex and development-oriented solutions for the design and application of automated solutions in an industrial context.
    • independently engage in academic and interdisciplinary collaboration with other professional groups for the optimisation of complex construction and industrial installations and operation of automatic systems and assume responsibility within the framework of a code of professional ethics.
    • identify their own learning requirements and develop their own knowledge, skills and competencies - academically, methodically and across disciplines - in construction and industrial installation optimisation and operation of automatic systems in the development of interdisciplinary technical solutions.

     

    Additional learning objectives for the Products and productions specialisation:

    Knowledge

    The graduate has acquired:

    • development-based knowledge of environmental aspects and sustainability in relation to the company's business and production.
    • an understanding of practice, discipline-specific methods and theories of development and planning applied in the design and construction of industrial products as well as optimisation, operation and integration of production systems, and an ability to reflect on practice and the application of theories and methods.

    Skills

    The graduate is able to

    • apply methods and tools for the design and construction of industrial products and optimisation and operation of production systems and master the further development and adaptation of solutions.
    • assess practice-oriented and theoretical issues as well as justify and select relevant solutions to ensure sustainability in the choice of technology and materials.
    • communicate practice-oriented and professional issues and solutions to partners and users.

    Competencies

    The graduate is able to

    • handle innovative, complex and development-oriented design solutions and apply technological solutions in an industrial context.
    • independently engage in academic and interdisciplinary collaboration with other professional groups on the design of industrial products and optimisation and operation of production systems to be integrated in interdisciplinary projects and assume responsibility within the framework of a code of professional ethics.
    • identify their own learning requirements and develop their own knowledge, skills and competencies - academically, methodically and across disciplines - in the areas of design and construction of industrial products and optimisation and operation of production systems in relation to the development of interdisciplinary technical solutions.
  • Learning goals for the internship and length of internship

    Knowledge

    The student has acquired:

    • development-based knowledge of product development and integrative technology as applied in the company in question.
    • an understanding of practice, theories and methodology applied in the company in terms of its financial and organisational conditions, its products and markets, and an ability to reflect on the company’s use of innovation, product development and technology as well as sustainability.

    Skills

    The student is able to

    • apply methods and tools for the planning of systematic development tasks in the company, including interdisciplinary process elements, and master the management of these tasks
    • assess practice-oriented and theoretical issues in product development, optimisation and integration of technology as well as justify and select relevant theoretical and analytical working methods associated with development within the profession.
    • communicate practise-oriented and professional issues and solutions to partners, the company and users.

    Competencies

    The student is able to

    • manage complex and development-oriented situations in the company in question.
    • independently engage in academic and interdisciplinary collaboration and assume responsibility within the framework of a professional code of ethics.
    • identify their own learning requirements and develop their own knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to the profession and the requirements of the company in question.

     

    The internship is worth 15 ECTS points.

  • Rules on internship

    The internship is a mandatory education element and an active participation is a premise in order to pass the internship. The rules below must be followed in order for KEA to approve the internship. 

    The internship equates to 15 or 30 ECTS points, equal to 10 or 20 weeks full time internship. The working hours have to be 37 hours per week. The internship is unpaid. You must have an attendance at at least 80 % of the time in your internship.

    If you cannot work the 37 hours a week you have to in the internship period because of documented health reasons, you can apply for an exemption to work fewer hours per day for an extended period, so your internship still has a weighting of 15 or 30 ECTS points.

    Following forms of internship are possible at KEA:

    • Workplace internship in Denmark or abroad.
    • Entrepreneurial Internship in your own business.

    When doing a workplace internship, you must be physically avilable in the company. If the company has a policy for working at home, the intern can follow this policy up to a maximum of 2 days per week.

    The intern must participate in assignments relevant to the study programme and be part of a relevant professional environment.

    Before the start of the internship, you have to fill out and send in KEAs internship contract and the work content should be approved as relevant for the study programme by KEA.

    The internship is a learning process with associated guidance, reflection and evaluation.

    If the internship takes place at a workplace, there must be an employee in the company, who can provide you with relevant professional sparring.

    If you choose entrepreneurial internship in your own business, you must find a relevant and external contact who can be your mentor.

    Students who chooses entrepreneurial internship in your own business cannot have other students at KEA as interns at their business.

    As a student, you are responsible for contacting potential internship companies and concluding an internship agreement before the internship period starts. KEA will however support you in the searching process.

    • All students will be assigned an internship supervisor who is a teacher from your programme. The supervisor can help you with subject-specific questions about the internship.
    • KEA has an internship coordinator who can help you with practical questions about the internship.
    • KEA mediates internship opportunities at www.jobportal.kea.dk/en/ and at career fairs.
    • You can join KEA's mentor arrangement. KEA's mentors are working KEA alumni, and they can guide you in relation to your internship search.
    • You can find further information about the internship and the search for an internship place at mit.kea.dk/en/internship.

    The internship completes with an exam. The exam is assessed according to the 7-point grading scale.

    The rules in this section does not apply to the bachelor’s programme in Optometry. The rules for the bachelor’s programme in Optometry can be found in the section ‘Learning goals for the internship and length of internship’ in the programmes curriculum.

  • Teaching and learning methods

    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

    Teaching and learning methods are adapted to the individual programme elements in order to facilitate the development of student's knowledge, skills and competencies. At the same time, the intension is to establish a foundation which will allow the students to continue in qualifying continuing education.

    Teaching and learning methods emphasise a professional presence in the programme through a mix of teaching and practical experience. Teaching at the academy is a mix of theory and practical exercises.

    The extent of the teaching corresponds to a full-time study programme.

Internationalisation

Students may choose to complete parts of their studies abroad, for instance the internship or electives, on the condition that these programme elements are at the same or at a higher level in terms of the qualifications framework than that of their current programme.

Successfully completed programme elements are equivalent to the corresponding programme elements at other educational institutions offering the programme.

Students are obliged to provide information on completed programme elements from other Danish or foreign higher education programmes and on any employment for which credit transfer may be granted. On a case-by-case basis or by recourse to the rules of the curriculum, KEA approves credit transfers based on completed programme elements and job experience comparable to subjects, programme elements and internships. The decision is based on an academic evaluation.

In case of pre-approval of a period of study in Denmark or abroad, the student is obliged, after completing the period of study, to document the programme elements completed during the approved period of study. Upon obtaining the pre-approval, the student must consent to the institution requesting the necessary information after the student has completed the period of study.

KEA’s centre for international coordination assists in planning stays abroad: http://www.kea.dk/en/contact/kea-global/

Compulsory Exam Registration

Commencement of a semester is automatic registration for its associated exams. It is not possible to unregister programme exams, cf. the Ministerial Order on Examinations on Professionally Oriented Higher Education Programmes, section 5(4).

Programme exams

5 Term
6 Term

Elective exam 1

Elective 1
5 ECTS

Elective exam 2

Elective 2
5 ECTS

Elective exam 3

Elective 3
5 ECTS

Elective exam 4

Elective 4
5 ECTS
7 Term
90 ECTS
on the exams

Eksamensforudsætninger

  • Commencement of studies exam

    A commencement of study exam will be held no later than two months after the commencement of study. The exam is an academic exam of moderate complexity based on key elements of the teaching from the first two months of the programme. The commencement of studies exam aims to clarify whether the student has actually started on the programme. The commencement of studies exam is assessed as pass/fail.

    This written exam is assessed as pass/fail. The exam is passed if 80% of their answers are correct.

    Students who fail the exam at the first attempt must pass a re-exam within three months after the commencement of study. Students who pass neither the exam nor the re-exam will be disenrolled from the programme. This exam does not fall within the scope of Chapter 10 of the examinations order, which means that the student cannot complain about the assessment.

  • Final exam

    The exam project in the final semester concludes the programme when all other exams have been passed.

    The Final exam project is worth 15 ECTS points.

    The exam consists of an oral and a written exam with an external co-examiner. Students are awarded an individual overall grade according to the 7-point grading scale for the written project and the oral performance.

     

    The bachelor project must document the student's understanding of and ability to reflect on the practice of the profession as well as their application of theories and methods in relation to a practice-oriented problem. The identified problem, which must be central to the programme and the profession, is formulated by the student, possibly in cooperation with a private or public company. The institution approves the problem definition.

    The project, which constitutes the written part of the exam, must contain:

    • Front page and title
    • Table of contents
    • Introduction, inc. presentation of the problem, problem statement and approaches.
    • Background, theory, methodology, analysis, including a description and justification of the choice of any empirical data in reply to the problem statement.
    • Conclusion
    • Perspective
    • Bibliography (including all sources referenced in the project)
    • Appendices

    The final exam project must make up between 20 and 30 standard pages. For each additional student who participates in the final exam project, 10-20 standard pages will be added.

    Group size

    Minimum

    Maximum

    One student

    20 pages

    30 pages

    Two students

    30 pages

    40 pages

    Three students

    40 pages

    50 pages

    Front page, table of contents, bibliography and appendices are not included in the required number of pages. Appendices will not be assessed.

    A standard page is 2,400 characters including spaces and footnotes. Front page, table of contents, bibliography and appendices are not included. Appendices will not be assessed.

    Bachelor’s project exam
    The exam project in the final semester concludes the programme when all other exams have been passed.

    Number of ECTS points
    The final exam project is worth 15 ECTS points.

    Exam form
    The exam consists of an oral and a written exam with an external co-examiner. Students are awarded an individual overall grade according to the 7-point grading scale for the written project and the oral performance.

  • Special exam conditions

    Students with physical or mental impairment may apply for special exam arrangements. The application must be submitted no later than four weeks before the exam. Exemptions from the deadline may be granted in the case of sudden health problems. The application must be accompanied by a medical certificate, an opinion from a speech, hearing or dyslexia therapist or an institute for the blind or the like or other documentation for health issues or a specific impairment.

    Students whose native language is not Danish may bring dictionaries to exams where no materials and aids are permitted.

    Applications for permission to bring other materials and aids must be submitted no later than four weeks before the exam.

  • Make up exams

    Make-up exams

    Students who have been unable to complete an exam due to documented illness will be given the opportunity to take the (make-up) exam as soon as possible. If the exam in question is scheduled for the final exam period, students will be given the opportunity to take the exam in the same exam period or immediately thereafter.

    The make-up exam may be identical to the next ordinary exam. Students are responsible for finding out when the (make-up) exam is held.

    Information on the time and place of make-up exams is made available on Fronter, and students are informed via KEA email.

    Illness must be documented with a medical certificate. The institution must have received the medical certificate no later than three working days after the date of the exam. Students who become acutely ill during an exam must document with a medical certificate they were ill on the date in question.

    If illness is not documented in accordance with the above rules, the student will have used one exam attempt.

    Students must pay for the required medical certificates themselves.

    Re-exams

    Students who do not pass an exam or fail to appear at an exam will automatically be registered for the re-exam, provided that they have any exam attempts left. The re-exam may be identical to the next ordinary exam.

    Students are responsible for finding out when the re-exam is held.

    Information on the time and place of re-exams is made available on Fronter, and students are informed via KEA email.

    In special circumstances, for example in connection with documented disabilities, the institution may grant an exemption from the automatic registration for exams.

     

  • Exam cheating and disruptive behaviour

    Cheating at exams will be handled in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Order on Examinations on Professionally Oriented Higher Education Programmes (the Examination Order). 

    Students who cheat at an exam will be expelled from the exam.

    In case of aggravating circumstances, students may be suspended from the institution for a long or short period of time. In such event, students must be issued with a written warning stating that repeated cheating may result in permanent expulsion.

    Cheating includes:

    – Obtaining unlawful help during an exam

    – Providing unlawful help to other students during an exam

    – Presenting other people’s work as one’s own (plagiarism – see www.stopplagiat.nu), see also section 5.15

    – Using own previously assessed work without stating the source, see also section 5.15

    – Using materials and aids not permitted for the exam in question

     

    Expulsion from an exam due to cheating means that the awarded grade will be withdrawn, and the student will have used one exam attempt.

    Students who exhibit disruptive behaviour during an exam may be ordered to leave the exam. In less serious cases, the institution will first warn the students.

Other rules governing the programme

The student is required to participate in the program under the rules given in the curriculum.

  • Rules on compulsory attendance

    Mentor days (applies to fifth and sixth semester)

    Up to ten mentor days may be distributed evenly over the fifth and sixth semester in the form of individual sessions with the teacher who has been appointed mentor once every three or four weeks.

    The mentor must keep encouraging the student to find ‘the right internship’ and develop the student’s professional skills so as to match any special requirements of a given internship company. The sessions require that the student should contact internship companies and organisations with a view to seeking an internship in accordance with a predetermined plan agreed with the mentor. In addition, the student will often have to do some independent study of relevant materials, such as technical books, participation in relevant seminars, use of social media, etc.

    The sessions are considered a parameter for assessment of student activity for students in the fifth and sixth semester.

    Mentor days are scheduled. To be considered an active student, a student is only allowed to be absent from one of the mentor days, and they must document and at each session, they must document that the agreed activities have been implemented.

  • Credit transfer

    Successfully completed programme elements are equivalent to the corresponding programme elements at other educational institutions offering the programme.

    Students are obliged to provide information on completed programme elements from other Danish or foreign higher education programmes and on any employment for which credit transfer may be granted.

    On a case-by-case basis, the educational institution approves credit transfers based on completed programme elements and job experience comparable to subjects, programme elements and internships.

    The decision is based on an academic evaluation.

    In case of pre-approval of a period of study in Denmark or abroad, the student is obliged, after completing the period of study, to document the programme elements completed during the approved period of study.

    Upon obtaining the pre-approval, the student must consent to the institution requesting the necessary information after the student has completed the period of study.

    If a credit transfer is granted as described above, programme elements are deemed to have been completed if they have been passed in accordance with the rules applicable to the programme in question.

  • Criteria for the assessment of active enrolment

    The student must take part in student activities, mandatory projects and exams in accordance with the way the programme has been described in this curriculum and in current laws and regulations. KEA evaluates active enrolment on an ongoing basis.

    Attendance, in particularly in relation to mentor days and plenary days as described above, will form part of the assessment of active enrolment.

    Students who cannot participate in mandatory projects, exams or mentor and plenary days due to documented illness or other acceptable reasons, must immediately contact the programme administration.

    The Administration will inform the student about the necessary procedures, including the provision of a medical certificate. The student must pay all the costs.

    The student is required to keep up to date via their KEA mail and information on Fronter. All study-relevant communication is via these platforms.

  • Excemptions

    In exceptional circumstances, the institution may grant exemptions from the rules in this curriculum that are laid down exclusively by the educational institution.

  • Complaints

    The procedure for filing a complaint about the assessment, the exam process or the exam basis, such as questions, assignments or the like, is outlined below.

    The student must submit a written and reasoned complaint no later than two weeks after the exam. The complaint must be sent to kvalitet@kea.dk.

    The complaint is shown to the examiner and the co-examiner, who issue an opinion. The deadline for issuing this opinion is usually two weeks. The student (the complainant) is then invited to comment on the opinion within a deadline of one week.

    The institution will make its decision based on the complaint, the opinion and any comments. The outcome may be a new exam, a new assessment (in the case of written exams) or dismissal of the complaint. The student will then have two weeks to accept a possible new exam or assessment or to appeal the decision, if he or she has not been successful.

    What can you get out of a complaint ? If KEA rules in favour of your complaint, you will be awarded a re-exam (oral exams) or a reassessment (written exams only). KEA cannot administratively change a grade. If the re-exam or reassessment gives another grade, this grade will be your grade regardless whether it is a higher or a lower grade.

The national part of the curriculum

This curriculum is based on the national curriculum for Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Product Development and Integrative Technology.
Download the national part of the curriculum