Theoretical Elaboration of a Topic or a Case


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in the 2nd semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The purpose of this module is to give the student the opportunity to reflect and elaborate on the theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired in the previous modules, possibly applying this knowledge to a specific study area, a business sector or a case.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the project module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must be able to analyse, define and frame a relevant subject for investigation and research within the area of design of product service systems
  • Must be able to understand and account for relevant theoretical positions and related methodologies pertaining to the chosen subjec
  • Account for the scientific foundation, and scientific problem areas, of the specialization
  • Describe the state of the art of relevant research in the specialization


Students who complete the project module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must be able to synthesise the research problem, taking into account the interdependency between type of knowledge wanted, the possible methods of investigation and type of data produced
  • Must be able to observe, analyse and interpret designers’ behaviour in specific social technical contexts
  • Master the scientific methods and general skills associated with the specialization
  • Produce a project report according to norms of the area, apply correct terminology, document extensive command over relevant literature, communicate and discuss the research-based foundation, problem and results of the project orally, graphically and in writing in a coherent manner
  • Critically evaluate the results of the project in relation to relevant literature and established scientific methods and models, evaluate and discuss the project’s problem area in a relevant scientific context.
  • Evaluate and discuss the project’s potential for further development


Students who complete the project module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must be able to plan and carry out research of a chosen subject and have the capacity to describe the chosen problem in a theoretical and methodological framework as well as to draw conclusions of own analysis of the results (synthesis)
  • Participate in, and independently carry out, technological development and research, and apply scientific methods in solving complex problems
  • Plan, execute and manage complex research and/or development tasks, and assume a professional responsibility for independently carrying out, potentially cross-disciplinary, collaborations
  • Independently assume responsibility for own scientific development and specialization

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in § 17.



Name of examTheoretical Elaboration of a Topic or a Case
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester description.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleTeoretisk uddybelse af et emne eller an sag
Module codeMSNSSDM3202
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Service Systems Design
Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design