Product Development and Integrative Technology, 6th Semester

Semester Programme

For the exchage student who wants to develop products integrating tecnhical and creative processes.

Exchange Programme

Admission Requirement

To be eligible to take the 6th semester at the BA. In Product Development and Integrative Technology, the student must have an AP Degree or an equivalent degree at the same level within Production Technology, Mechanical Technology, Automation Technology, Automotive Technology, Energy Technology or similar.

Purpose

The purpose of this semester is to give the student skills to assess practical and theoretical problems within product development, construction, technical design and technological integration and select relevant methods and tools to solve these and manage the process.

Bettina Lynn Szweda
Bettina Lynn Szweda International Coordinator
General Information

Teaching Methods

The education is conducted through project-based learning and is in close cooperation with the industry. All teaching and counselling takes place in oral and written English. You will experience a lot of different teaching methods such as lectures, presentations, dialogue, exchange of experiences, group work and independent studies.

Conditions

Students must bring their own laptop.

Tuition Fee

Not applicable for EU/EEA-students and exchange students from partner institutions, all other students must pay. In this case, please send an e-mail to international@ucl.dk to learn more.  

Course Description

Activity 1

Type of Activity

Course and Project Work

Name

Integrative Technology: Strategy, Business, Project Management

ECTS

5

Workload

50 lessons – approximately 50% lectures, 25% group work or activities, 25% self study

Learning Outcome

Knowledge
The student possesses:

  • Development-based knowledge of essential practical and theoretical aspects of integration in relation to products and systems, and of management, planning and evaluation tools in the field of the environment, including environmental management, environmental management systems and sustainability philosophies;
  • Understanding of practice, applied theory and method in product development and innovation, seen in the context of business organizations and systems, and the ability to reflect on how they are used in a business context.

Skills
The student is able to:

  • apply methods and tools for the identification and analysis of significant technological factors relating to the connection between the construction, manufacture and use of a product, and must be proficient in the evaluation of essential practical and theoretical aspects of the integration of products and systems, including the relationships between technology, technique, knowledge and organization(s);
  • assess practice-oriented and theoretical problems in implementation processes associated with the use of new technologies across the organization, identify strengths and weaknesses in them and justify and select relevant solution options;
  • Communicate practice-oriented and professional problems and solutions to partners and users, including the use of relevant IT tools in the preparation and presentation of projects, concepts and proposed solutions.

Competencies
The student is able to:

  • handle parts of complex product and technology development, including those relating to modifications of products and systems;
  • independently engage in professional and interdisciplinary collaboration across the organization and across customary professional boundaries in order to implement technologies and concepts, and assume responsibility, including managing and leading technical development projects, within a professional ethical framework;
  • identify his or her own learning needs and develop his or her own knowledge, skills and competencies relating to the development, implementation and management of technological integration.

 

Activity 2

Type of Activity

Course and Project Work

Name

Product Development: Product Maturation, Prototyping

ECTS

10

Workload

100 lessons – approximately 50% lectures, 25% group work or activities, 25% self-study

Learning Outcome

Knowledge
The student possesses:

  • Development-based knowledge of the practical and theoretical methodological structure of a technology project;
  • Understanding of practice, applied theory and method at all stages of product development processes, including the financial implications of the project during both preparation/development and operation, and the ability to reflect on how these are used in a business context.

Skills
The student is able to:

  • Apply methods and tools for identifying and collecting enterprise data, and use it to contribute to cross-organization process development and optimization, and must be proficient in planning development work, testing the product/solution (proof of concept) and identifying the quality of a technology project in relation to results, validity, reliability and relevance;
  • Assess practice-oriented and theoretical problems with the meaning and application of concepts in the context of the development of professional terminology and technology, and justify and select relevant concepts;
  • Communicate practice-oriented and professional problems and solution options seen in a business context and including environmental and sustainability considerations relating to product development, to peers, users and partners.

Competencies
The student is able to:

  • Handle both commercially and technologically appropriate product development, and create a project design for a technology project based on the selection, analysis and demarcation of a problem;
  • Independently engage in professional and interdisciplinary collaboration across the organization and customary professional boundaries in order to implement product development, and assume responsibility within a professional ethical framework;
  • Identify his or her own learning needs and develop his or her own knowledge, skills and competencies in product development.

 

Activity 3

Type of Activity

Project Work

Name

Specialization: Innovation and Industrial Design

ECTS

5

Workload

90% Project work to be completed by the students on a topic they self-select and study, 10% supervision and oversight from teachers and aides

Learning Outcome

The specialization classes will be building on each student’s existing body of knowledge and help them independently expand upon their skills, in each of their chosen fields.

The students will also have class lectures in the field of sustainability.

Installation and Automation
Applied subject-specific methods and theories of development in the field of complex building and industrial installations and the optimization and operation of automatic systems, and must be proficient in the further development and adjustment of solutions.

Products and Production
Applied subject-specific methods and theories of development, planning, and application in the conception, design and construction of industrial products and the optimization, operation and integration of production systems, and must be proficient in the further development and adjustment of solutions.

IT and Electronics
Applied subject-specific methods and theories for use in the development of IT and Network solutions and in electronic and data processing systems, and must be proficient in the further development and adjustment of solutions.

Activity 4

Type of Activity

Elective Course

Name

Data and BI

ECTS

5

Workload

50 hours

Learning Outcome

This course introduces students to the Data Science toolbox, examines the basic methods for developing data products, engineering data and transforming data with modern BI tools. Students will gain insight into the possibilities and learning requirements for further work within data engineering and BI development projects.

Knowledge
The student is able to:

  • Gain an overview of the data, questions and tools that data scientists and analysts work with.
  • Learn about the different main types of data and the predominant methods for data treatment.
  • Gain conceptual and practical skills in how to turn data into actionable knowledge.

Skills
The student is able to:

  • Learn to work with tools useful in data analysis (Github, R, Rstudio, Python).
  • Gain an oversight into data programming and the main methods for doing so.
  • Learn predominant practices in Data Storage and Cloud services hosting and working with data.

Competencies
The student is able to:

  • Basic statistics: common terms and methods and strategies
  • Business intelligence: common tools and methods and programs

Exam
In the final stage of the course the student will complete a project showcasing the skills they have gained in this course. The project will be pre-approved by the teacher.

The course will end with a presentation to class of their completed project and a grade will be given based on the project and presentation.

Activity 5

Type of Activity

Elective course

Nam

Systems Thinking and Strategic Modelling

ECTS

5

Workload

50 hours

Learning Outcome

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field focusing on how complex engineering projects should be managed over their life cycles, including design, development, testing, production, construction, management, operation and decommissioning.

It overlaps disciplines such as industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, control engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering and project management.

The course is illustrated with real-world applications on large- and small-scale complex systems in various industries (e.g. aerospace, energy, automotive, etc.).

Knowledge
The student is able to:

  • Follow a system engineering approach to provide a holistic foundation to the development and implementation of complex projects by using tools and methodologies of the field.
  • Give an account of how complex engineering systems fit into the context of day-to-day life.
  • Explain how the different components of a complex system interrelate, and how each component contributes to a project’s goals and success.

Skills
The student is able to:

  • Understand the development of complex systems by combining knowledge of schematic design, product design, and prototype testing.
  • Approach customers to understand their needs, examine all feasible alternatives before selecting a solution and participate in multidisciplinary teams to produce systems that are robust, high-quality, supportable, cost effective, and responsive.
  • Take into consideration the total system life-cycle, from conception, to implementation, operation and decommissioning.

Competencies
The student is able to:

  • Identify and evaluate the importance of the relationships of the factors leading to system
  • Analyse the causes of a systems failure and make recommendations for improvements and
  • Translate a problem into measurable requirements and use computer-based modelling of systems integration to propose solutions

Exam
The course will be evaluated in a final project consisting of the modelling of an industrial system and of the evaluation of different strategies using that model. The system is to be approved by the teacher.

The final grade will be based on the report and a final presentation.

In the presentation the student will have an opponent, which will be another student who will read the report in advance and be prepared to challenge the presenter.

Activity 6

Type of Activity

Elective course

Name

Advanced CAD modelling

ECTS

5

Workload

50 hours

Learning Outcome

Basic knowledge of Autodesk Fusion 360 or similar CAD software is preferable.

Knowledge

The student is able to:

  • Structure and application of CAD systems
  • Simulation tools and basic result analysis
  • File handling and best practice

Skills

  • Create complex parts and surfaces
  • Build complex assemblies based on skeleton model
  • Simplify and handle large assemblies
  • Apply simple parametric control of parts and assemblies
  • Create photorealistic renderings and simple animations

Competences
The student is able to:

  • Use and understand CAD systems at a professional level
  • Understand and evaluate the use and characteristics of CAD systems

Exam
Individual assignment. Create a model of a selected product in Fusion 360 and document the process in a short report.

The CAD file and the report are both evaluated and grated together.

Examination

Specialisation

Innovation and Industrial Design will be concluded with a written project exam.

Electives

The student has to pick 2 electives at the beginning of the semester, which will each be concluded with a written project exam.

Semester

The semester will conclude with an external interdisciplinary exam (written and oral) combining all subjects from the semester