Professional Development


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in 1st semester (and have followed courses and exams at the 2nd semester).

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

At the 3rd semester the student can choose between two options:

Option 1: Project Semester – with or without an integrated project-oriented study in an external organisation.

The student may choose to carry through a traditional project semester which will normally develop the professional competence that the student has acquired within the 1st-2nd semesters and/or prepare for the subject about which the student wants to write his/her thesis. The semester comprises preparation of a project report or a scientific article – possibly with the supervisor as the last author of the article.

The student may choose to integrate a project-oriented study in an external organisation either in Denmark or abroad in the project semester. The project-oriented study must be of maximum 2 - 3 months’ duration and must be approved in advance by the semester coordinator on behalf of the Study Board of Planning and Surveying. For each individual project-oriented study specific learning goals have to be drawn up, clearly reflecting the professional problem of the project.

In both cases the semester includes two course modules and one project module.

Option 2: International or national credit

After preceding approval by the Study Board the 3rd semester can be carried through at another educational institution in Denmark or abroad. Preceding approval (pre-credit) may be expected if studies at another educational institution will impart knowledge, skills and competences, which correspond to the knowledge, skills and competences, that could otherwise be obtained by following the 3rd semester in full, see learning objectives of the project semester and of the two course modules.

Learning objectives


  • must within a selected part of his/her professional field of specialisation have knowledge based upon the highest international research
  • must be able to understand and relate critically to the knowledge of the professional field and be able to identify either scientific or practical problems in a given complex context


  • must be able to master the scientific methods and tools of the professional field and to master general skills connected with the solution of the chosen problem
  • must be able to assess and choose among the scientific methods, tools and general skills and prepare new analysis and solution models
  • must be able to discuss professional and scientific problems with both colleagues and non-specialists


  • must be able to control work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and to imply new solution models
  • must be able to start and carry through professional and inter-professional cooperation independently and to take a professional responsibility
  • must be able to independently take the responsibility for own professional development and specialisation

Type of instruction

Problem-oriented project work with supervision, possibly with project-oriented study in an external organisation integrated.




Name of examProfessional Development
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
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 titleFaglig udvikling
Module codePLLANK20301
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design