The Curriculum for Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Product Development and Innovation)

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering
Programme titles:
  • Bachelor i Product Development and Innovation
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Product Development and Innovation)
ECTS value: 180
Cities: Odense
Semesters: Autumn
Effective date: 01-09-2016
Applicable for students enrolled: 01-09-2016

Version: Archive

§ 1 - Description of the Programme

§ 1.1 - Applicable for students enrolled

01-09-2016

§ 1.2 - Aim of Programme, including any professional profile and specialisations

The purpose of the Bachelor programme is to

  • introduce the student to the scientific disciplines of the academic area, including the theory and methodology of the area, to provide the student with a broad professional insight and comprehensive skills,
  • provide the student with the professional knowledge and the theoretical and methodical qualifications to enable him or her to independently identify, formulate and solve complex problems within the relevant constituent disciplines of the academic area,
  • provide the student with the basis for performing vocational functions and qualify for admission to a Master's programme.

The Bachelor programme is an independent, complete programme which is planned to guarantee academic coherence and progression. Thanks to the structure of the programme, the student will be able to choose between a number of Master's programmes or complete his/her Bachelor programme after attaining professional skills of immediate value on the labour market.

The Bachelor programme is full-time programme rated at 180 ECTS points, corresponding to the work of a full-time student for 34 months; for programmes starting in the spring semester, however, the duration is 36 months. The programme consists of constituent components, other mandatory components, including supporting subjects, and includes the scientific theory of the academic area, elective courses as well as a Bachelor project.

§ 1.3 - Didactic and pedagogical basis

The Engineering Education Model of the University of Southern Denmark

The Bachelor and Master programmes within the educational main area of engineering are research-based full-degree programmes, which qualify the students to independently perform vocational functions on the basis of knowledge and methodical skills within their professional area.

All programmes at the Unviersity of Southern Denmark are structured in accordance with the university's leading education principles for programmes. For engineering programmes, the principles are put into practice in the educational concept 'The Engineering Education Model of the University of Southern Denmark' or, in Danish, 'Den Syddanske Model for Ingeniøruddannelser', in the following referred to by its official abbreviation, DSMI.

By offering and implementing engineering programmes based on DSMI, the university ensures that engineers who have recently graduated from the University have a high professional standard, based on their mastery of a range of core skills, which are in high demand on the labour market as well as in the research community.

Below is shown a summary of the main points of the education concept - the complete description of DSMI is available in electronic form at the website of the Faculty of Engineering.

Content and Skills

  • Professional skills are at the centre of the educational activities, and all engineering programmes at the University of Southern Denmark are therefore rooted in research and development environments at a high international standard. Research and development-based tuition is provided at all programme levelse to accommodate both the needs of fundamental research and the requirements of practical applied science in close collaboration with business and industry.
  • The programmes aim to foster modern, dyed-in-the-wool engineers. The learning and evaluation environment is therefore based on activating tuition and active learning that stimulates students to think and work in a problem-focused, project-oriented and cross-disciplinary manner. Assignments are accomplished both in teams and independently, and the focus is on innovation and reflection.
  • The programmes aim to facilitate the students' development towards being able to accomplish assignments in international contexts. Throughout their studies, the students work in an environment with international lecturers and scientists as well as international fellow students, and in the course of their studies, they are also required to participate in dedicated project groups working across linguistic and cultural boundaries. The programme structure is designed to support studies abroad.
  • To enhance the graduates' labour market value immediately after graduation, the programmes intercorporate a high level of business relevance, ensured mainly via collaboration with external companies. These activities guarantee that the students' professional skills are put to regular use in a concrete, contemporary context.
  • All students are encouraged to think and practice entrepreneurship - specifically through the corporate and business understanding integrated in the programme - and more generally through a learning and evaluation environment designed to stimulate student enterprise, creativity and responsibility.
  • In the course of their studies, all students with at least once collaborate with students from other engineering disciplines or other educational programmes on the solution of a complex, interdisciplinary problem in close collaboration with an external organisation. This interdisciplinary collaboration is organised on the basis of a principle of 'experts in teams'

Structure and Learning Environment

In overall terms, the interplay between programme structure, skills acquisition and the learning and evaluation environment of the engineering programmes at the University of Southern Denmark may be described as follows:

  • In the practical planning of the programme content, significant emphasis has been placced on ensuring that the forms of tuition and examination are both relevant and contemporary and support the students' acquisition of core skills. In doing so, efforts are made to provide a highly dynamic study environment, where each individual student is expected to play an active role and assume responsibility for his or her own learning. The student will 'learn to learn' so that he or she will later be able to quickly embrace new and complex problems, just as the student will be encouraged throughout the programme to practice both independendt and co-operative thinking.
  • In order to strengthen both the professional contemplation and application of acquired skills as well as the individual's continued motivation for developing professionally and personally on a labour market characterised by rapid change, the educational concept deliberately seeks to integrate both specific technical and broader general engineering skills.
  • With DSMI, the University of Southern Denmark offers an attractive and relevant study programme with good immediate work proscpects. The keywords are activating teaching and active learning put into practice through project-oriented collaboration and problem-based learning. The purpose is to foster dyed-in-the-wool engineers with a high level of professional skills and the optimum basis for continued personal and professional development.

§ 3 - Detailed programme specific information

§ 3 - Programme title and profiles

Bachelor Product Development and Innovation

§ 3.1 - The structure of the programme

The qualifications of the students are developed by studying the topics from five subject columns.


There are progressions within all topics which lead to the final qualifications.


During the semesters the elements are linked together in semester themes relating to the semester project and in theoretical courses.


Before completing the study programme it will be possible to go more deeply into specific areas by electing additional courses and by means of the final bachelor project.


The subject columns are:

  1. Product Development and Innovation
  2. Engineering Design and Manufacturing
  3. Marketing and Business
  4. Basic Engineering Tools
  5. Personal and Learning Skills


1. Product Development and Innovation
The purpose of this subject column is to give the students knowledge of basic as well as more advanced product development theories and methods. The column provides the students with an advanced understanding of innovation as a key process for developing the business.


The subject column includes the following elements:

Innovation management

Front end of innovation

New product development processes (NPD) and time to market

Stage gate models

Creativity and idea development

Free hand sketching techniques

Design theory, Design Tools and Design Tasks

Model making and prototyping

Product models, life cycle and Design for X methods

Artificial design versus engineering design

The role of the project manager / leader

Teambuilding of high performance teams

Risk management


2. Engineering Design and Manufacturing
The purpose of this subject column is to give the students knowledge about engineering design, methods and techniques for mechanical, electronic and software elements embedded in products. Furthermore, the students acquire knowledge enabling them to choose the right materials and manufacturing processes according to design, technology and cost.


The requisite competencies in mathematics, physics, and IT that are not covered by preceding courses are included in the courses as and when necessary.


The subject column includes the following elements:

Statics and Mathematics

  • Scalars and vectors
  • Force systems
  • Equilibrium conditions
  • Structures and frames
  • Area moments
  • Beams, external loading and reactions
  • Internal effects, shear, bending, torsion
  • Problem solving software, e.g. Mathcad


Stress Analysis and Mechanical Design

  • Stress analysis
  • Deflections of beams
  • Fundamentals of machine elements, springs, fastening elements, bearings and transmissions

Sensors and Electronics

  • Sensors
  • Fundamentals of power electronic systems

Software Architecture and Design

Robotics

  • Fundamentals of robotic systems and vision technology
  • Applications for robotics
  • Economic considerations when selecting robotic systems
  • Project management when implementing robotic applications

Materials and Processes

  • Design specifications
  • An overview of engineering materials and processes
  • Material structures – forming and shaping
  • Stresses and strains
  • Material test methods
  • Mechanical properties of materials
  • Phase diagrams and heat treatment of metals
  • Casting and moulding processes
  • Bulk deformation processes
  • Sheet forming processes
  • Joining processes
  • Surface modification for wear resistance
  • Criteria for choosing materials and processes
  • Work study techniques
  • Quality planning and control
  • TQM
  • Six sigma
  • ISO 9000
  • TPM

3. Marketing and Business

The purpose of this subject column is to qualify the students to do advanced marketing planning and set out a strategy based on a fundamental understanding of business economic concepts and finance. The subject column therefore qualifies the students to assess a business idea based on an invention and associated marketing aspects, incorporate the economic consequences into the business plan, draw up an overall plan for bringing the product to market and define a long-term strategy.


The subject column includes the following elements:


Behaviour and Markets

  • Introduction of the market concept including the stakeholders in the market
  • Models of competitor analysis e.g. Porters Five Forces
  • Introducing suppliers and the role suppliers play in the business activities
  • Introducing consumer behavior
  • Introducing industrial buying behaviour
  • Fundamental models of buying behaviour


Market Research

  • Formulation of market research problems
  • Secondary data collection – including available data sources from the library
  • Primary data collection methods
  • Techniques for developing questionnaires
  • Techniques for setting up interview guides and focus groups
  • Analysis and interpretation of collected data
  • Formulating a report on the market research problem

Business Economics and Cost Management

  • Product costs and cost concepts
  • Capital investments decisions
  • Cost-volume-profit relationships
  • Pricing methods
  • Activity-based costing and activity-based management

Product Management

  • Basic understanding of products
  • Marketing planning
  • Advanced competitor analysis
  • Advanced customer analysis
  • Product strategy
  • Pricing principles – including value-based pricing
  • Advertising and promotions
  • Financial analysis for product management

Supply Chain Management

  • Production planning
  • Master production system scheduling
  • Material requirements planning
  • Capacity Management
  • Inventory fundamentals

Project management

  • The project task
  • 5x5 analysis
  • Interested parties
  • Situation analysis
  • Project planning, scheduling and budgeting
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Project organisation
  • The role of the project manager
  • Managing NPD projects in an innovative and international environment


4. Basic Engineering Tools

Basic engineering tools cover a range of general competencies which are basic knowledge or tools to be used by PDI Engineers. This area includes Statistics, Technical Drawings, CAD, IT skills and basic project competencies for carrying out project work.


The subject column includes the following elements:

IT Skills

  • Advanced usage of word processing and spreadsheets

Statistics

  • Descriptive statistics
  • Probability calculations
  • Stochastic variables
  • Probability distribution
  • Point estimation
  • Correlation analysis
  • Confident interval
  • Hypothesis test
  • Regression analysis
  • Statistical methods in market analysis
  • Statistical methods in machine capabilities

Computer Aided Design

  • 3D + 2D drawings and models for manufacturing specifications
  • Adaptive features, parts, subassemblies and parts lists.
  • Geometrics, surfaces, tolerances, calculations and dimensioning
  • International standards for technical drawings

Project Competencies in Student Project Work

  • Defining the project task
  • Setting up a project schedule
  • Organising meetings, working meetings and steering meetings
  • Following up on progress
  • The role of the project coordinator and the project members
  • Reporting
  • The social milieu of the group


5. Personal and Learning Qualifications

The students must, during their study period, go through a personal development which will lead towards personal responsibility for studying. They must improve in terms of oral and written communication as well as the ability to cooperate and function as part of a team. It is of the utmost importance that PDI students are able to fit in and work as members and/or managers in cross-cultural project organisations and are able to take part in the planning and organisation of projects. Well-developed intuition and adaptability are necessary for the students to form a viable cross border cooperation.


For most parts of this subject, there will be no separate teaching or courses. It will be an integrated part of a number of activities during the programme.


The subject column includes the following elements:

Learning Qualifications

  • Determine personal study technique
  • Reading technique, including reading in depth
  • Note-taking technique
  • Searching information and literature
  • Evaluating sources of information
  • Absorption of knowledge
  • Reflection
  • Creativity and generation of ideas
  • Evaluating personal result from learning sessions
  • Plan personal learning

Personal Qualifications

  • Oral and written presentation in order to transmit and interpret knowledge and ideas
  • Participating in teamwork, both cross-cultural and interdisciplinary
  • Understanding the different team roles and how they interact
  • Evaluating own and others’ behaviour in connection with teamwork
  • Ability to supervise, direct and guide individuals and groups in the completion of tasks and fulfil-ment of goals
  • Planning, formulating and solving independent tasks
  • Entering and being a part of discussions
  • Developing intuition and adaptability in cross-cultural contexts
  • High level of independence to adapt to changes in environment
  • Being able to create an environment where creativity and innovation are developed


PDI - Semester themes

1st semester: The Innovation Process

2nd semester: Creativity and Idea Development

3rd semester: From Concept to Design

4th semester: From Design to Manufacturing

5th semester: Study Abroad/Follow Your Interests

6th semester: From Product Innovation to Market Implementation / Bachelor Project

During the fifth semester, students are recommended to study at a university abroad or participate in an interna-tional and cross-disciplinary project team in collaboration with students from partner universities abroad.


Description of 1st semester

SEMESTER THEME
The Innovation Process


VALUE ARGUMENT

The overall objective of the semester is to give the students a holistic approach to the field of New Product Development and Innovation.


The semester offers an introduction to the business case in order to enable the students to identify and analyse a number of common business economic problems in a product development project which is important for the success of the new product development process.


Working on a project while receiving lectures that support technical, product development and innovation theory provides a theoretical and practical approach to the semester’s subjects.


The semester activities will give the students skills in solving problems individually and in teams, as well as providing an overall understanding of the basic conditions for a global production company.


Special focus will be on developing the students’ teambuilding skills at the same time as they perform a simple product design task and relate the technical product description to an overall view of the innovation process in the company.


The following semesters will follow up on this focus so that by the end of the sixth semester, the students will have gained an understanding of the entire value chain from market analysis, product engineering design and manufacturing to sales and distribution.


COMPETENCY GOALS

The students will be able to:

  • Achieve a basic understanding of the product development process as a part of the business innovation process;
  • Set up an appropriate stage gate plan for a product development process and understand interaction with related business processes;
  • Achieve competencies in working in and managing a high performance team consisting of students from different cultures;
  • Have a basic knowledge of engineering materials and manufacturing processes
  • Have a basic knowledge of prototyping in a product development context
  • Set up and present a semester project report in the English language by means of an oral presentation as well as a written and graphic presentation;
  • Find, evaluate and use technical information from textbooks, handbooks, the internet etc
  • Understand the fundamentals of a business case
  • Apply a business case in their project work
  • Apply appropriate mathematics to simple static problems in a conceptual design;
  • Evaluate stress levels in and dimensions of simple mechanical elements in a product; and

Develop and describe a simple conceptual mechanical design

MODULES
PDXBAS1 – Basic Applied Science 1 (10 ECTS)
PDXSET1 – Semester Theme 1 (20 ECTS)


The modules are mandatory and together they constitute part of the first-year examination.


CONTEXT
First and second semester courses will build on the skills within natural sciences, English and social sciences the student has achieved from his high school education.


The module PDXBAS1 includes the courses: Statics and Mathematics and Materials & Processes.
These technical elements are basic to the semester theme and also lay the groundwork for the instruction provided in subsequent semesters.


The module PDXSET1 includes the courses: Project Competencies, IT-Qualifications, Literature research competencies, Business Case, Computer Aided Design 1, Product Development & Innovation 1 and the semester project work in teams.


The module will give the students basic knowledge of how to work in teams according to the project model concept and develop an innovative business solution for a given product idea.


The students will experience and develop their own personal skills in team-working and how to improve the performance of the team.


The students will use elements from the courses taught during the project work and bring these into a professional engineering context. The module will give the student a holistic view of the whole business development process.


The wide knowledge from this project work will be the basis for further educational work during the coming semesters.


Description of 2nd semester

SEMESTER THEME
Creativity and Idea Development


VALUE ARGUMENT
The overall objective of the semester is to give the students a deep knowledge of the idea development process and how this process is linked to technologies. The students will discuss and evaluate questions such as: how can creative ideas be fostered in a structured way? How are ideas selected and evaluated? How do ideas, technologies and products interact? These are important questions which have an impact on the overall innovation process and the new product development process.


It is important for the PDI engineers to know the importance of technologies. The concept of technologies and how technologies develop is a core topic in the semester. In particular, tools for identifying trends and patterns of technological development need to be combined with the content of the conceptual phase. This phase is where the product’s most significant competitive parameters are outlined and sketched – e.g. technical functionality, aesthetic design and usability, as well as the associated needs on the customer side.


Creative work methods and the validation of solution proposals are the subjects of intense study within this semester.


The foundation for applying these creative methods and developing new ideas is a fundamental insight into the behaviour and interests of the market, in particular customers, consumers, competitors, suppliers and other stake-holders surrounding the business.


The course module on Business economics and Finance will give an introduction to the business economic themes in order to enable the students to identify and analyse a number of common business economic problems in an organisation which is important for the success of the new product development process.


The students will learn more about the basic engineering design of a simple product in order to bring the PDI competencies and the basic engineering competencies into interaction during the project work.
Working on a project while receiving lectures that support technical, marketing, product development and innovation theories provide a theoretical and practical approach to the semester’s subjects.


The semester activities will give the students skills in establishing a creative environment for teams and provide an overall understanding of the basic conditions for a global innovative organisation.


COMPETENCY GOALS
The students will be able to:

  • Identify, trace and map technology developments in particular technological areas;
  • Define a technology and understand the technological foundation for a conceptual design;
  • Understand the fundamental concept of and differences between creativity and innovation processes;
  • Understand how to build the foundation of a creative platform inside the organisation;
  • Understand barriers and preconditions for a creative environment in the organisation;
  • Use tools for fostering, evaluating and selecting ideas;
  • Analyse the competitive situation within a specified market;
  • Understand consumers’ behaviour in an individual, social and cultural perspective;
  • Describe how segmentation on both B2B and B2C markets can be achieved;
  • Identify the most relevant theories for explaining behaviour for further market research and the prod-uct innovation process in general;
  • Apply 2D and 3D CAD when formulating a product description
  • Understand the importance of management and cost accounting in the organisation
  • Evaluate and choose between different investment alternatives

Calculate and analyse cost – volume - profit relationships

MODULES
PDXBAS2 – Basic Applied Science 2 (9 ECTS)
PDXSET2 – Semester Theme 2 (21 ECTS)


Both modules are mandatory. PDXSET2 constitutes part of the first year examination, together with the first semester modules.


CONTEXT
The module PDXBAS2 includes the courses: Computer Aided Design 2 Materials and Processes 2 and Business Economics and Finance.


These technical elements are basic to the semester theme and also lay the groundwork for the instruction provided in subsequent semesters.


The module PDXSET2 includes the courses: Product Development & Innovation 2, Creativity and Idea Development, Behavior and Markets and the semester project work in teams.


PDXSET2, PDXSET1 and PDXBAS1 constitute the first year examination on the PDI education and must be passed before the student start 2nd year of study.


Description of 3rd semester

SEMESTER THEME
From Concept to Design


VALUE ARGUMENT
The overall objective of the semester is to give the students a deep knowledge of how to bring the ideas of a new product and the conceptual design to a more detailed and embodied design stage.


This means that the students must now delve deeper into the technical matters in order to verify the objectives set up in the discovery and concept stage of the product development process.


On the other hand, it is important to maintain a holistic view of the process and consider the financial issues as well as the marketing issues.


During this semester the students will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of driving a new product development process as a concurrent engineering process where engineering design activities, marketing activities, manufacturing issues and financial considerations go hand in hand with the overall aim of successfully launching a new reliable product onto the market.


One main focus area will be how to specify and document a mechanical technical solution to a product specification. This involves selecting and specifying machine elements from a functional and material point of view.It is also important to focus on how to manage risks at product and project level to ensure that the best and most feasible solutions are chosen.


The course in Introduction to Industrial Design will give the student a basic introduction to the discipline of industrial design and how to apply the subject in the product development process.


In addition, the students are provided with the necessary insights to identify a market research problem, seek in-formation, evaluate information and perform the most basic market research analyses to understand the behaviour of key decision-makers and users in the product development process. In relation to market analysis the student is introduced to statistical methods as foundation for analysing the market research results, but also for use in the manufacturing context.


COMPETENCY GOALS
The students will be able to:

  •  Develop a conceptual design to a detailed mechanical design level;
  • Describe the most basic market research analyses to describe the behavior of key decision-makers and users in the product development process;
  • Specify the interfacing between different parts in a mechanical product in order to design a product which meets the functional requirements;
  • Select and specify the most appropriate mechanical machine elements for the detailed design which meet the functional objectives set in the conceptual design;
  • Select and use appropriate methods to analyse, assess and treat risks in products;
  • Describe a product specification; and
  • Have a fundamental understanding of statistics within science and manufacturing capabilities
  • Understand the role of industrial design in the product development process
  • Apply design theories in the PDI context


MODULES

PDXBAS3 – Basic Applied Science 3 (8 ECTS)
PDXSET3 – Semester Theme 3 (22 ECTS)


Both modules are mandatory.


CONTEXT
The module PDXBAS3 includes the courses: Market Research 1 and Statistics. The module PDXSET3 includes the courses: Product Development & Innovation 3, Stress Analysis and Mechanical Design, Introduction to Industrial Design, and the semester project work in teams.


Description of 4th semester

SEMESTER THEME
From Design to Manufacturing

VALUE ARGUMENT
The overall objective of the semester is to give the students a deep knowledge of how to handle a product development process with focus on the phase where the product concept based on market inputs is developed to a more detailed design based on analysis of the product’s life cycle phases.


The students will understand how development projects are embedded into the context of the company’s business development and how the creation of platform based product architecture can be instrumental to achieve a good fit between manufacturing, market and user-related requirements respectively.


The student will gain a basic understanding of the total supply chain as well as the basics of production planning and control.


In addition, the students are provided with a detailed understanding of the management of products including pricing theory so that the students can act as qualified and competent partners to the company’s new product management or key analyst in marketing. As a result, the students will understand how new products can successfully replace existing products.


As a further development of the students’ skills in different areas of technology, a course in Sensors and Electronics will be incorporated into the semester. The aim of this is to develop the students’ understanding of technological aspects in new product development as a natural progression of their understanding of mechanical engineering taught in the previous semesters.


In this semester the student will also be introduced to science theory and the methods that are used. These include ethics and how science can be applied to the field of engineering.

COMPETENCY GOALS
The student will be able to:

  • Manage a complex semester project by setting goals, structures and controlling the progress;
  • Characterise and discuss what modularity is and how it is linked to product development;
  • Apply Design for X methods in project works;
  • Understand different product quality dimensions and their relations to product life phases;
  • Identify strategic barriers and opportunities related to using modular architectures and the implications for the marketing process;
  • Assess the architectural implication on manufacturing properties, assembly properties, marketing properties and functional properties;
  • Define product management and explain the link between product, marketing and management;
  • Set up and assess the market potential of a potential product;
  • Draw up a technical specification for a product;
  • Assess the consequences of end-of-life decisions with particular focus on recycling and new product management;
  • Understand and describe the basic principles of sensors;
  • Understand and describe the basic principles of signal conversion, signal amplification and filtering;
  • Understand the role of sensors in engineering applications;
  • Explain the central terms and models of explanation used in science theory;
  • Distinguish between objectivism and subjectivism in science; and
  • Explain fundamental ethical problems in relation to science;


MODULES
PDXSET4 – Semester Theme 4 (20 ECTS)
X-SCM1 – Supply Chain Management (5 ECTS)
PDXSE1 – Sensors and Electronics (5 ECTS)


All modules are mandatory.


CONTEXT
The module PDXSET4 includes the courses: Product Development and Innovation 4, Product Management, Science Theory and the semester project work in teams.


X-SCM1 and PDXSE1 will give a basic introduction of to a broader technical field, which is important for a PDI engineer.

Description of 5th semester

SEMESTER THEME
Study Abroad/Follow Your Interests
The students can choose between studying at a foreign university during the semester (on courses preapproved by Academic Board of Studies) or to study at the University of Southern Denmark as below:


VALUE ARGUMENT
The students develop an understanding of working together with students from other programs in the semester project “Experts in team Innovation”. As a part of the project work, the course aims at making the students experts in teamwork by letting them collaborate interdisciplinary and preferably cross culturally. Secondly it aims at changing the student’s mindset from traditional problem solving and optimization within their own field of interest to understanding how their engineering skills can create value for others. The teams will develop the teamwork skills and work on the mindset change whilst participating in an innovation process.To form their own profile, the students will have the opportunity to choose optional courses within their areas of special interests and in line with their PDI profile.


The compulsory course in Project Management will sum up the experiences the students have done in managing their semester projects with different partners and will further develop their competences in investigating the perspectives of managing interdisciplinary projects in a global business context.


COMPETENCY GOALS
The students will be able to:

  • Participate in a group in such a way that it can form a quorum, handle and solve conflicts and identify and describe interdisciplinary problems
  • Prepare problem statements in connection with interdisciplinary projects
  • Set up and follow a project plan with milestones, detailed timetable and project delimitation
  • Describe and delimit an interdisciplinary project subject, divide it into parts and define the boundaries between the disciplines
  • Acquaint themselves with other academic disciplines in an interdisciplinary group and apply this knowledge in the joint project work in order to think through realizable solutions for specific problems in the project
  • Choose, apply and document models and tools from theory to solve the assignment
  • Document results and consequences of the suggested solution, especially regarding the interdisciplinary subjects
  • Reflect on own experiences with interdisciplinary collaboration with a view to future interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Understand the challenges and managerial tasks related to project deliveries in organizations and be capable of setting up a plan for executing a project.
  • Manage a discipline-specific and cross-displinary cooperation and to assume a professional approach in the collaboration with external partners.

MODULES
F-EIT5 – Semester Project, Experts in Team Innovation (10 ECTS)

PDXPM - Project Management (5 ECTS)


The above mentioned two modules are mandatory. Additionally, the semester contains electives corresponding to 15 ECTS.


CONTEXT
The module F-EIT5 will give the students an understanding of how to manage a cross functional team, which is a logic extension of project management skills learnt at the previous semester projects.


The course in Project management will give the student competences in planning and executing projects in a business context, and will be a basis for more advanced courses at Master level. At the same time it will support the bachelor project at next semester executed in cooperation with external partners.


STUDY ABROAD
Students are encouraged to complete the fifth semester at a foreign university, if the courses in question can be approved by the Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering.


Description of 6th semester

SEMESTER THEME
From Product Innovation to Market Implementation/Bachelor Project


VALUE ARGUMENT
The semester is centred around the Bachelor Thesis.

The bachelor project is a working process that shall document the students individual engineering-specific competencies attained during the process within a limited, course-relevant, interdisciplinary and engineering-specific subject. The selected problem can be investigated from a theoretical, experimental or a practical point of view. The project should be organized in cooperation with an external partner which could be a company, an organization or other interested parties.


Compulsory courses give the students a practical insight into the most important types of market research techniques and into the ways market research analysis could be used by the key decision-makers and managers involved in the product development and innovation process. Further the students will get an understanding of how firms formulate themselves at a strategic level.


The course on Robotics will introduce the student to functionalities of robots and their application and use robots as an illustration of the interfacing between software, mechanical components and sensors.


To develop the students’ understanding of the complexity of technology in products and processes there will be course in software design.


COMPETENCE GOALS
The students will be able to:

  • Describe the main elements of strategy and the strategy process
  • Analyse and develop an innovation strategy and discuss the main implementation challenges
  • Be able to analyse advanced market research reports to capture insights relevant to the product devel-opment and innovation
  • Be able to use market research techniques to collect data that is relevant for the PDI
  • Decision making process
  • Understand the concepts of robot-technology, the connection between sensors, hardware and soft-ware
  • Reflect on theories, methods and practice in execution of the project work
  • Apply scientific methods and tools within the subject area of the study programme
  • Assess theoretical and practical problems and apply relevant analysis and problem-solving models
  • Understand and describe Software engineering


MODULES
PDXROB – Robotics (5 ECTS)
PDXMRPDI – Advanced Market Research and Innovation Strategy (5 ECTS)
SB-ISE – Introduction to Software Engineering (5 ECTS)
PDXBT – Bachelor Project (15 ECTS)
All the above mentioned four modules are mandatory.


CONTEXT
The project shall demonstrate the students qualified skills in expressing, analysing and processing problems within a limited, course-relevant and engineering-specific and interdisciplinary subject.
The course on market research and innovation strategy builds upon the previous courses in market research and product development and innovation.


PDXROB introduces the student to robotics.
SB-ISE introduce to the field of software development which is an important technical area for a PDI engineer.

§ 3.1.1 - Connection between entry requirements and the first year

First and second semester courses will build on the skills within natural sciences, English and social sciences the student has achieved from his high school education.

The module PDXBAS1 includes the courses: Statics and Mathematics and Materials & Processes.
These technical elements are basic to the semester theme and also lay the groundwork for the instruction provided in subsequent semesters.

The module PDXSET1 includes the courses: Project Competencies, IT-Qualifications, Literature research competencies, Business Case, Computer Aided Design 1, Product Development & Innovation 1 and the semester project work in teams.
The module will give the students basic knowledge of how to work in teams according to the project model concept and develop an innovative business solution for a given product idea.

The students will experience and develop their own personal skills in team-working and how to improve the performance of the team.

The students will use elements from the courses taught during the project work and bring these into a professional engineering context. The module will give the student a holistic view of the whole business development process.

The wide knowledge from this project work will be the basis for further educational work during the coming semesters.

§ 4 - Course Descriptions

§ 4 - Compulsory courses

Profile divided course descriptions 

Bachelor Product Development and Innovation

Course descriptions in the curriculum 

PDI module- basic applied science 1

PDI module - Semester Theme 1

PDI module - basic applied science 2

Semester Theme 2

Semester Theme 3

PDI module - Basic Applied Science 3

Supply Chain Management 1

Sensors and Electronics

Semester Theme 4

Project Management

Experts in Team Innovation

Introduction to Software Engineering

Advanced market research and innovation strategy

Robotics

Bachelor Project PDI

§ 5 - Examination provisions

§ 5.1 - Programme passing requirements

5.1.1 An examination is considered to be passed and a course is considered to be approved when the student has attained the assessment 'passed', 'approved' or the grade of 2 or higher. 

5.1.2 An examination is either graded in accordance with the Danish 7-point grading scale, or is assessed as 'passed/failed' (bestået/ikke-bestået), or as 'approved/non-approved' (godkendt/ikke-godkendt). The Bachelor project is always graded in accordance with the 7-point grading scale.

5.1.3 The 'passed/failed' and 'approved/non-approved' forms of assessment can account for no more than one-third of the programme's total number of ECTS. This does not apply to credit transfers from previous examinations.

5.1.4. When the assessment basis for a study activity is 'tuition attendance', this assessment is made by a teacher on the basis of criteria students are informed of at the beginning of the course. The condition for achieving the assessment 'approved' is that the student has achieved the objectives established for the course to such an extent that the assessment 'approved' or a grade of at least 2 would be given.

5.1.4.1 The basis for approval may be one or more of the following: 

  • attendance at lectures and exercises
  • completed laboratory work, portfolios and reports and completed assignments or other practical or theoretical work
  • participation in guiding internal examinations 
  • participation in seminars.

5.1.4.2 The student must be notified whether or not his/her participation in the course activities has been approved before the end of the semester. 

5.1.5 The study programme has been successfully completed when the student has attained:

  • the grade of 2 or higher in all examinations graded in accordance with the 7-point grading scale
  • the assessment 'passed' in all examinations assessed as either 'passed' or 'failed'
  • the assessment 'approved' in all examinations assessed as either 'approve' or 'non-approved'.

§ 5.2 - Special exams

5.2.0 Examinations Abroad

5.2.0.1 The Academic Study Board can grant dispensation to take examinations at a Danish representation or other site abroad, when there are exceptional circumstances that prevent the student from taking the examination(s) in Denmark. The examination can be set up as a video conference or by using other technical aids.

5.2.0.2 The student is responsible for all practical arrangements related to the examination.

5.2.0.3 All costs linked to holding the examination, cancellation of the examination due to illness (if applicable) and problems with connecting to the system, etc., for which SDU cannot be held liable, shall be paid by the student.

§ 5.2.1 - Start of study exam

5.2.1.1 Study start examination: Students accepted on the Bachelor programme must take and pass a study start examination in order to continue on their programme. The purpose of the study start examination is to verify that students have commenced their programme.

5.2.1.2 Study start test for students admitted in 2018:

  • MCQ test. The test must be passed no later than 7 September 2018.
  • Attendance 3-7 september 2018 (all days).

5.2.1.3 Study start test for students admitted in 2017:

  • Attendance 4-8 September 2017.
  • Students in Odense: Attendance in the Faculty introductory lecture.

5.2.1.4  Students have two attempts to pass the study start examination.

  • Reexam for students enrolled in 2018 is held 10-14 September 2018. The reexam is based on attendance and MCQ-test.
  • Reexam for students admitted in 2017 is held 11-15 September 2017. The reexam is based on attendace.

5.2.1.5 If warranted by special circumstances, the Academic Study Board may grant dispensation from the rules on the study start examination.

§ 5.2.2 - First year exam

5.2.2.1 Before the end of the first year of study, the student must take the test(s) which according to the programme-specific part of the Curriculum are constituent components of the first-year examination. The first-year examination must be passed in its entirety before the end of the first year of study after the commencement of studies, in order for the student to qualify for continuing his or her studies. This applies irrespective of whether or not the student has used his/her third examination attempt.

5.2.2.2 The first-year examination of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering programmes at the University of Southern Denmark consists of the modules of the first semester of the programme in question in their entirety and the project module in the second semester. The detailed contents of the first-year examination are listed in the programme-specific part of the Curriculum and the module descriptions.

5.2.2.3 There is offered an examination in the 1st semester courses in the spring semester, before the ordinary examination in the project module in the 2nd semester. Students who have not passed the 1st semester courses in connection with the ordinary examination and/or the re-examination, can register for this examination with the aim of passing the first-year examination.

5.2.2.4 If warranted by extraordinary circumstances, or the student is elite athlete, entrepreneur or a chairman for an organisation under the Danish Youth Council (DUF),  the Academic Study Board may grant dispensation from the rules on the first-year examination. It is a prerequisite for the participation in the 3rd semester courses on the bachelor programmes, that the student has passed the first year examination in its entirety.

§ 5.3 - Spelling and writing skills

5.3.1 The assessment of the Bachelor project and other major written assignments must also, in addition to the technical content, address the student's spelling and language proficiency, regardless of the language in which the project is written.

5.3.2 The projects must be written in a concise and easily understandable language. The wording of the written presentations or the Bachelor project may have a positive or negative impact on the overall grade. Additional information on the language requirements is provided in the course descriptions.

5.3.3 The Academic Study Board may grant dispensations from the above spelling and wording requirements for students who can document that they suffer from a relevant, specific impairment (such as dyslexia).

§ 5.4 - Internal or external exams

5.4.1 Examinations are either external or internal. External examinations are assessed by the teacher(s) and one or more external examiners appointed by the Danish Agency for Higher Education. Internal examinations are assessed by one or more teachers appointed by the university from among its teachers.

5.4.2 At least one-third of the programme's total number of ECTS points must be documented by external assessment. This includes the most important components of the programme, including the Bachelor project, but does not apply to credits transferred from other examinations.

§ 5.5 - Exam language

5.5.1 For study programmes offered in Danish up to and including 2nd semester: The tuition and examination language is, as a basic rule, Danish. Examinations may be taken in Swedish or Norwegian instead of Danish.

5.5.2 For study programmes offered in Danish up to and including 4th semester: The tuition and examination language is, a basic rule, Danish. Examinations may be taken in Swedish or Norwegian instead of Danish.

If individual courses are offered in Danish but taught in English by a lecturer, who speaks Danish, the examination language is the student’s preferred language (Danish or English).

If individual courses are offered in Danish but taught in English by a lecturer, who does not speak Danish, the examination language is English.

5.5.3 For study programmes offered in Danish, 5th-6th semesters: The courses are offered and taught in English. The examination language is English. The Academic Study Board may grant dispensation from this rule.

5.5.4 For study programmes offered or taught in English: The examination language is English. The Academic Study Board may grant dispensation from this rule.

§ 5.6 - Forms of assessment

5.7.1 The purpose of the examination is to assess whether and to which extent the student's qualifications match the learning objectives laid down in the Danish Ministerial Order concerning Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies at Danish Universities (Uddannelsesbekendtgørelsen), the Curriculum and the respective semester planning. The final examination provides the basis for issuing a diploma. 

5.7.2 The programme includes a variety of examination forms to reflect the content and working methods of the tuition provided. The examination forms must accommodate the purpose of the individual subject/subject element, and may include:

  • oral, written and practical examinations, project-oriented courses and combinations of the different forms of examination.

5.7.3 Any requirements on mandatory attendance or completion of written assignments, etc., during the study period which must be met in order for the student to be allowed to take an examination at the end of the course or course element are specified in the relevant module description.

5.7.4 All written campus-based examinations must be completed using a computer in accordance with the University of Southern Denmark’s rule set for written examinations.

5.7.5  Projects are normally completed by groups of students. As a rule, these groups consist of six students. The programme co-ordinator may allow a group to consist of fewer or more students, based on an individual professional assessment. However, these provisions do not apply to the bachelor project. 

5.7.6 The use of sound and image recordings during examination is not allowed, unless such recordings are part of the examination procedure. If so, such recordings will be made by the university.

5.7.7 The use of examination aids is specified in the individual course descriptions and semester plans.

§ 5.7 - Irregularities at exams

5.8.1 Disciplinary action will be taken against a student who:

  • unlawfully seeks or offers help with the completion of an examination paper, or
  • brings non-allowed examination aids to an examination, or
  • passes the work of another off as his/her own, or
  • cites his/her own previously evaluated work without adding proper references, or
  • is otherwise found guilty of cheating at the examination

cf. the relevant regulations of the University of Southern Denmark.

5.8.2 Disciplinary action may also be taken against a student who acts in an interruptive manner during an examination.

5.8.3 If a student discovers errors or defects in an examination, he or she must contact the evaluators (for oral examinations) or the invigilators (for written examinations).

5.8.4 In cases of errors or defects or a particularly serious character, or where this must be considered the most appropriate way to remedy the error or defect, the university may cancel the examination and make arrangements to conduct an extraordinary examination. Re-examination due to cancellation of the original examination may result in a lower mark.

5.8.5 The university may offer an extraordinary examination in connection with other errors or defects. The offer must apply to all students whose examinations are affected by the error or defect in question. A student who has taken the extraordinary examination may choose to retain the original assessment given.

§ 5.8 - Special examination conditions

5.9.1 Students with physical or mental impairments, or similar difficulties may apply to the Academic Study Board to be granted special examination conditions. The Academic Study Board will accommodate the request if this is found necessary in order to place such students on an equal footing with others during the examination.  It is a condition that the alteration does not imply a change of the level of examination.

5.9.2 The deadline for applying for special examination conditions is 1 September for the winter examination term and 1 February for the summer examination term.

5.9.3 The diploma will not include any information on special examination conditions.

§ 5.9 - Ordinary exams

5.10.1 Ordinary examinations will be held immediately at the end of the course leading up to the examination.

5.10.2 The student must be prepared to sit examinations throughout the examination period, but not in July. This also applies in situations when a planned examination is moved due to force majeure.

§ 5.10 - Reexams

5.11.1 Students who did not pass the ordinary examination and students who have been prevented from attending the examination due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances can register for a re-examination.

5.11.2 Make-up examinations are held at the same time as re-examinations.

5.11.3 Re-examinations are held during the same examination term as the ordinary examination. The examination period for the autumn semester is 2 January – 28/29 February and for the spring semester 1 June – 31 August. However, examinations are not held in July, unless warranted by special circumstances.

5.11.4 The student shall register for a re-examination within eight days after publication of the results of the ordinary examination. Students who have been absent from the ordinary examination, shall register for a re-examination within 8 days from the date the ordinary examination was held.

5.11.5 Students cannot withdraw from the registration for re-examination and it will count as a failed examination attempt, if the student is absent from the re- examination, unless the Academic Study Board has granted dispensation from this rule due to extraordinary circumstances.

5.11.6 Re-examination may take a different form of examination or assessment than the ordinary examination. Students will be notified of any change in the form of examination or assessment before the examination. The form of examination for the final project, however, cannot be changed.

5.11.7 If the student does not attend or pass the ordinary examination and/or the relevant re-exam, the student can register for the examination the next time the course is offered next time. The student must comply with the registration period.

5.11.8 If the student failed an examination on the second attempt, the student must participate in the course and re-submit all assignments prior to the next ordinary examination, unless the course is no longer offered. The Academic Study Board can grant a dispensation from this rule.

§ 5.11 - Exam attemts

5.12.1 A passed examination cannot be retaken.

5.12.2 A student has three attempts to pass an examination. If warranted by extraordinary circumstances, the Academic Study Board may grant additional examination attempts. The question of academic ability cannot be considered in assessing whether or not such extraordinary circumstances exist. The first-year examination and the study start examinations constitute an exception to this rule.

5.12.3 A student who has used 3 examination attempts in a specific course on a previous study programme, cannot be enrolled on a study programme, where an identical course is a part of the obligatory courses. The Academic Study Board can grant a dispensation from this rule.

5.12.4 A student whose tuition attendance is to be assessed for the second time may demand an examination instead.  Tuition attendance associated with practical exercises, however, cannot be replaced by an examination. This rule does not apply to the study start examination.

§ 5.12 - Requirements for exams

5.13.1 If the student fails to fulfil the examination requirements this will count as one examination attempt. In extraordinary circumstances, the Academic Study Board can grant dispensation from this rule.

5.13.2 If the student is absent from an examination, this leads to the student losing an examination attempt. If the evaluation a course is based on an overall evaluation of two or more examination activities, absence from one or more activities leads to the student being registered as absent from the entire examination. The Academic Study Board can grant dispensation from this rule, if there are extraordinary circumstances.

5.13.3 The student is required to participate actively in group assignments. For this reason, the work will be supervised by the academic supervisor. If a student fails to meet the requirement on active participation, the relevant programme administrator, following the academic supervisor's or programme co-ordinator's recommendation, may decide that the student be excluded from the group. The applicable criteria for assessing whether the group assignment work has been performed satisfactorily will be laid down for the assignment at the start of the supervision

§ 5.13 - Group exams

5.15.1 Examinations are arranged as individual or group examinations.

5.15.2 The basis for assessment is always individual, and individual grades are given.

5.15.3 The course description specifies the maximum number of students who can participate in a group examination. It will not be possible to choose an individual examination instead of a group examination.

§ 6 - Credit transfer

§ 6.1 - Transfer of credit

6.1.1 The student must apply for credit transfer for course elements passed from all previous study programmes at Bachelor level immediately after enrolling in the programme in question at the Faculty of Engineering.

§ 6.2 - Transfer of credit

6.2.1 Students who wish to take course elements from a different course or at another institute of higher education in Denmark or abroad as part of their study programme can apply to the Academic Study Board for pre-approved credit transfers for planned course elements.

6.2.2 Students who wish to take on student exchange abroad for at least for a semester, must have passed courses corresponding to at least 90 ECTS points on the respective bachelor study programme. Furthermore, the student exchange abroad may not lead to an extension of the student's study period. 

6.2.3 The Academic Study Board must have pre-approved credits for courses offered in the autumn semester and which form part of the student’s pool of electives no later than at the Study Board’s meeting in August. Likewise the Academic Study Board must have pre-approved credits for courses offered in the spring semester and which form part of the student’s pool of electives no later than at the Study Board’s meeting in January.

6.2.4 The Academic Study Board must have pre-approved credits for courses offered in the autumn semester and which are to replace constituent courses in the curriculum no later than at the Study Board’s meeting in April. Likewise, The Academic Study Board must have preapproved credit transfer for courses offered in the spring semester and which are to replace constituent subjects in the curriculum no later than at the Study Board’s meeting in November.

6.2.5 A decision of pre-approval of credit transfer puts the student under the obligation of sending documentation for passed study activities to the Academic Study Board.

6.2.6 Students must re-apply for pre-approved credit transfers if they cannot attend one or more of the course elements for which they have obtained pre-approved credit transfers.

§ 6.3 - Credit

6.3.1 Based on an assessment of the academic qualifications of a student, the Academic Study Board may allow credits to be transferred from a previous higher education programme in Denmark or abroad. 

6.3.2 The possibility of credit transfers will always depend on the Academic Study Board's assessment of the equivalence between the relevant programme components. 

6.3.2.1 Course elements which have been passed will only entitle the student to credit transfers in cases where such elements are at the same level as the study programme the student is enrolled in (Bachelor or Master’s level).

6.3.3 Course elements whose contents coincide with the contents of constituent course elements of the study programme in question or with any already passed course elements in the present study programme cannot be approved as elective courses or entitle to credit transfers as elective courses in the study programme. Elective courses include all course elements approved by the Academic Study Board and that are not compulsory in the study programme in which the student is enrolled.

6.3.4 Credit transfers are only given upon production of an original, official transcript of records (hard copy) or a certified pdf-file, showing the passed study activities.

6.3.5 Transfer of study credits with grades is possible only when the previously passed study activity was graded in accordance with the 7-point grading scale, and when there is equivalence between the previously passed study activity passed and the study activity being substituted. Such equivalence must exist both in terms of the technical contents and in terms of the scope of the activity, as measured in ECTS points.

§ 7 - Provisions on the organisation of the programme

§ 7.1 - Enrollment and Unenrollment from teaching and exams

Registration 

7.1.1 Registration for tuition and examinations shall be conducted in compliance with SDU’s rules on registering for courses and examinations.

7.1.2 The prerequisite for participating in tuition and examinations during each semester is that the student registers for the semester’s activities within the deadlines.

7.1.2.1 Admission to the study programme also implies admission to the first and second semester tuition and examination. Admission to tuition and examinations in the other semesters takes place electronically on Student Services Online at https://sso.sdu.dk

7.1.2.2 The application periods are May for tuition during the autumn semester and November/December for tuition during the spring semester. The registration period is published on the website and is sent by e-mail to students’ SDU e-mail addresses. It is the student's responsibility to keep abreast of the time limits for registration.

7.1.3 Registration for a subject or optional subject involves automatic registration for tuition and the associated ordinary examination. Registration for both compulsory and optional subjects is binding. The Academic Study Board grant dispensation from this rule, provided that special circumstances apply. However, electives can be changed. See 7.1.4.

7.1.3.1 If the student registers for subjects additional to the 30 new ECTS points per semester, this registration will also be binding and cannot be cancelled.

7.1.4 Students may change an optional subject if they have not attempted an examination in the subject for a different optional subject within the first three weeks of the start of the semester.

7.1.5 The student must register for tuition and examination when the subject is offered for the final time.

7.1.6. It is the responsibility of students to check their registrations at the start of the semester.

7.1.7 Students cannot register for courses beyond the level required to complete the study programme, unless the student in question is enrolled on one of SDU's talent programmes.

Withdrawal

7.1.8 Withdrawal is not permitted and absence from an examination will be considered a failed examination attempt, unless the Academic Study Board grants dispensation for withdrawal from one or more courses. The student must have applied for a dispensation for withdrawal before the exam is question is held.

§ 7.2 - Access to Masters level courses

7.2.1 Students, who are enrolled on a BSc (Eng) study programme at SDU, kan apply for a permission to follow courses on a MSc (Eng) programme, if the Academic Study Board judges that the student has academic prerequisities to pass the bachelor study programme and simultaneously follow courses on a Master's study programme. 

7.2.1.1 The student must generally have passed all courses on 1-4 semesters of the bachelor's study programme at SDU. Furthermore, the student can, at a maximum, follow courses equivalent of 30 ECTS points pr. semester, including failed courses at bachelor level.

§ 7.3 - Deadline for programme completion

7.3.1 The Bachelor programme must be completed no later than four years after the commencement of studies. See SDU’s rules on completion times for Bachelor, Professional Bachelor and Master’s (Candidatus) programmes. Granted leave of absence is not included in this time period. 

7.3.2 If warranted by special circumstances or the student is elite athlete, entrepreneur or a chairman for an organisation under the Danish Youth Council (DUF),  the Academic Study Board may grant dispensation from the rules on the maximum study period.

§ 7.4 - Study activity

7.4.1 Minimum Pass Grade Requirement: A student must pass at least one ECTS qualifying examination during a coherent period of at least one year. Should this requirement not be fulfilled, the student's enrolment will be cancelled.

7.4.1.1 If warranted by special circumstances, the Academic Study Board can grant dispensation from the minimum pass grade requirement.

7.4.2 Activity requirement: See, SDU’S rules on student activity.

7.4 2.1 If warranted by special circumstances or the student is elite athlete, entrepreneur or a chairman for an organisation under the Danish Youth Council (DUF), the Academic Study Board can grant dispensation from SDU’s rules on student activity.

§ 7.5 - Bachelors project

7.8.1 The Bachelor project is completed during the sixth semester of the programme. This serves to demonstrate the student's ability qualitatively to formulate, analyse and address problems within a specific academic discipline which reflects the main emphasis of the programme. 

7.8.2 The Bachelor project may be completed individually or jointly by two students. The relevant programme co-ordinator may permit joint completion of a Bachelor project by up to three students.

7.8.3 The Bachelor project must be completed in the course of a semester. The starting date and delivery deadline for a project to be completed over the autumn semester are the first workday in September, and the month of January, respectively, and for a project to be completed over the spring semester, the starting date and delivery deadline are the first workday in February, and the month of June, respectively. In extraordinary circumstances, the Academic Study Board may grant dispensation from the established deadlines.

7.8.4 The Contract for the Bachelor project is approved by the academic supervisor and relevant programme co-ordinator . A registered Contract for the Bachelor project may be amended only if dispensation to do so has been granted by the Academic Study Board.

7.8.5 The deadline for submission specified in the Contract for the Bachelor project is binding, and failure to observe the deadline will cause the project to be considered failed, and the student must register for tuition in the following semester, sign a new Bachelor project contract and prepare a new bachelor project. A new project is defined as a new project description with a new title.

7.8.6 The Bachelor project must include an abstract written in a foreign language. The programme-specific part of the Curriculum (module description) specifies which language the abstract must be written in. If the Bachelor project is written in a foreign language other than Norwegian or Swedish, the abstract may be written in Danish. The abstract forms part of the assessment of the Bachelor project.

§ 7.6 - Change of profile

7.9.1 If there are profiles/specialisations on the bachelor study programme, the Academic Study Board may grant dispensation to change of profile/specialisation. A change of profile/specialisation may not lead to a prologation of the total study time of the student.

§ 7.7 - Individual activities

7.11.1 Students may in agreement with a supervisor apply to the Academic Study Board for an individual study activity.

7.11.2 Individual study activities shall include a description of the learning outcomes in terms of knowledge, skills, competencies and assessment method.

7.11.3 An individual study activity may not be used to reduce the scope of the study programme, and it may not overlap with the contents of the bachelor project. 

7.11.4 As a general rule, the extent of an individual study activity may not exceed 5 ECTS points. The Academic Study Board can, under special circumstances, make an exception to this rule. 

7.11.5 Individual study activities completed in the autumn semester and which do not form part of the curriculum and which are to be included in the student’s pool of optional subjects must have been approved by the Academic Study Board no later than at the Study Board’s meeting in August. Likewise individual study activities completed in the spring semester and which do not form part of the curriculum and which are to be included in the student’s pool of optional subjects must have been approved by the Academic Study Board no later than at the Study Board’s meeting in January.

7.11.6 Individual study activities completed in the autumn semester and which do not form part of the curriculum and which are to be included in the student’s constituent subjects must have been approved by the Academic Study Board no later than at the Study Board’s meeting in April. Likewise individual study activities completed in the spring semester and which do not form part of the curriculum and which are to be included in the student’s constituent subjects must have been approved by the Academic Study Board no later than at the Study Board’s meeting in November. As a general rule, individual study activities can only substitute obligatory coursees in situations, where the obligatory course no longer is offered, and it is not possible to take an equivalent course (pre-approval of credit transfer). 

§ 7.8 - Limitation on the number of entries

7.13.1 The university may introduce restrictions on the choice of modules and on the choice of subjects for the project assignments. The university applies academic criteria as selection criteria if there is a limited number of places on a subject. If setting academic criteria is not possible, the university may use a draw as a selection criterion.

§ 8 - Exemptions and complaints procedures

§ 8.1 - Dispensation from University regulations

8.1.1 When warranted by extraordinary circumstances, the Academic Study Board may grant dispensations from those rules of the Curriculum which have been laid down exclusively by the institution. In certain situations, where the student is elite athlete, entrepreneur or a chairman for an organisation under the Danish Youth Council (DUF), the Academic Study Board may grant a dispensation from the curriculum or the rules of SDU. The Academic Study Board may in all cases of dispensation, apart from when deciding upon extra examination attempts, consider the academic ability of the student in question.

8.1.2 Any application for dispensation from the rules of the Curriculum must be made in writing, must be reasoned, and must be accompanied by relevant documentation. Costs related to acquiring such documentation shall be borne by the student. The Academic Study Board must have received the complete application no later than eight days prior to the meeting during which the application is to be processed. 

§ 8.2 - Complaints over exams

8.2.1 The student is entitled to complain about an examination or other evaluation that is a constituent part of the examination. Complaints may

  • be procedural (i.e. concerning whether the matter has been handled in accordance with applicable law and general principles of administrative law), or
  • relate to the basis of examination,
  • relate to the examination procedure and/or
  • relate to the assessment of the examination

and must be submitted by the student to the university no later than 14 days after publication of the examination result. The complaint must be in writing. The complaint must be addressed to the Faculty of Engineering's Secretariat and sent to avh@tek.sdu.dk.

8.2.2 The university will decide on the complaint based on the assessors' professional opinion and the complainant's comments on the result. The decision may offer a reassessment or a re-examination, or may find against the complainant. A re-assessment or re-examination could result in a lower grade. Complaints cannot be made about examination basis, examination procedures or assessment related to the study start examination

§ 8.3 - Complaints over University decisions

8.3.1 Complaints regarding procedural matters

8.3.1.1 The student is entitled to file a procedural complaint (i.e. concerning whether the matter has been handled in accordance with applicable law and general principles of administrative law) against the university's decisions, including decisions made by the Academic Study Board. Procedural complaints may be submitted to the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education.

8.3.1.2 The complaint must be submitted to the University no later than 14 days after the student has been notified of the contested decision. The complaint must be in writing. The complaint must be addressed to the secretariat of the Academic Study Board at the Faculty of Engineering and sent to studienaevn@tek.sdu.dk. 

8.3.2 Complaints about credit transfers and pre-approved credit transfers

8.3.2.1 Complaints about the refusal or partial refusal of

  • pre-approved credit transfers for Danish or foreign course elements, and
  • credit transfers for Danish course elements that have been passed

can be submitted to a credit transfer complaints board in accordance with the rules on complaints boards for decisions regarding credit transfers for university programmes (the ministerial order on credit transfer complaints boards). The complaint must be submitted to the University no later than 14 days after the student has been notified of the contested decision. The complaint must be in writing. The complaint must be addressed to the secretariat of the Academic Study Board at the Faculty of Engineering and sent to studienaevn@tek.sdu.dk. 

8.3.2.2 Complaints about the refusal or partial refusal of

  • credit transfers for foreign course elements that have been passed

can be submitted to the Qualifications Board in accordance with the rules in the Act on the Danish Assessment of Foreign Qualifications, etc. The complaint must be submitted to the University no later than 4 weeks after the student has been notified of the contested decision. The complaint must be reasoned and in writing. The complaint must be addressed to the secretariat of the Academic Study Board at the Faculty of Engineering and sent to studienaevn@tek.sdu.dk. 

§ 9 - The affiliation of the programme

§ 9 - Transitions

9.7.1 Students admitted and enrolled on a Bachelor study programme before 1 September 2015 will be transferred to this curriculum.

9.7.2 The rules concerning the first year examination, which were valid at the time of admission and enrolment, apply on students admitted and enrolled on a Bachelor study programme before 1 September 2015.

9.7.3 The rules concerning the study start examination and SDU's activity requirement do not apply on students admitted and enrolled on a Bachelor study programme before 1 September 2015.

9.7.4 The rules concerning maximum period of study, which were valid at the time of admission and enrolment, apply on students admitted and enrolled on a Bachelor study programme before 1 September 2015. Ie. these students must have completed the study programme within 55 months the commencement of studies.  

§ 9.1 - Legal basis

This Curriculum was prepared on the basis of the authority granted by the provisions of: 

  • Danish Constitutional Act no. 172 of 27 February 2018 concerning the Danish Act on Universities (Universitetsloven), as amended by Danish Constitutional Act no 737 of 8 June 2018
  • Danish Ministerial Order no. 102 of 12 February 2018 on Admission and Enrolment on Bachelor's Programmes at Universities and Institutions in Architecture and Art within the area of Ministry of Higher Education and Science (Bacheloradgangsbekendtgørelsen)
  • Danish Ministerial Order no. 1328 of 15 November June 2016 on bachelor and master’s programmes (candidatus) at universities (Uddannelsesbekendtgørelsen) as amended by the Ministerial order no 902 of 27 June 2017
  • Danish Ministerial Order no. 1062 of 30 June 2016 on University Examinations and Grading (Eksamensbekendtgørelsen) s amended by the Ministerial order no 1503 of 28 November 2017
  • Danish Ministerial Order no. 114 of 3 February 2015 on the Grading Scale and Other Forms of Assessment under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science (Karakterbekendtgørelsen)
  • Danish Ministerial Order no 1517 of 16 December 2013 on Credit Transfer Appeals Boards (Meritankenævnsbekendtgørelsen)
  • Danish Ministerial Order no 597 of 8 March 2015 om Talent Initiatives on Higher Education within the area of Ministry of Higher Education and Science (Talentbekendtgørelsen)

§ 9.2 - Academic Study Board

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

§ 9.4 - Effective date

01-09-2016

§ 9.5 - Date of Study Board Approval

31-10-2018

§ 9.6 - Date of Deans Approval

29-10-2018