Programme objectives

Master's Programme, Engineering Design, 120 credits (TIPUM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2016

Last edit: 14/11/2016
Approved: 14/11/2016

Graduates from the programme Engineering Design shall:

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate knowledge of the product development and mechanical engineering field's scientific foundation and proven experience,
  • have good insight into current research and development as well as industrial development trends,
  •  possess good knowledge of the processes, methods and tools for developing technical products,
  • have good knowledge of technical systems composed of mechanical and mechatronic components,
  • have good knowledge of the interactive properties of technical products and the interaction between technical systems, humans and the surrounding environment,
  • be proficient in methods for developing ecologically and economically sustainable products,
  • have a good grounding in natural and engineering sciences with a second-cycle specialisation in machine design, mechatronics or internal combustion engines

Skills and abilities

  • demonstrate the ability to perform innovative and professional product development work
  • demonstrate the ability to, through applying a holistic approach, integrate knowledge, critically and independently define and creatively identify, formulate and manage complex phenomena, issues and situations,
  • demonstrate the ability to create technical solutions that meet the needs of humankind and society,
  • demonstrate the ability to critically, independently and creatively plan and, using adequate methods and tools, create relevant products, processes and systems within predetermined timeframes and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge, and also evaluate this work,
  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge, as well as the ability to define, model, simulate, predict and evaluate the behaviour and performance of heterogeneous technical systems, even with limited or significant quantities of irrelevant information,
  • take responsibility for and demonstrate the ability to actively contribute to effective teamwork and collaboration in groups with various constellations of individuals,
  • demonstrate the ability to clearly present, orally and in writing, and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that form the basis for these, in dialogue with different groups, both in a national and an international context
  • demonstrate the skill required to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other advanced technical contexts.

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

  • demonstrate the ability to perform assessments while taking into account relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects, and demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work,
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of technology, its role in society and the responsibility of human beings for how it is used, including social and economic aspects as well as environmental and work environment aspects,
  • have a particularly good understanding of the inherent complexity of technical systems and of the fact that the process of developing them is often incompletely defined and involves conflicting requirements and expectations,
  • be aware and show a keen understanding of the responsibility and the ethical standpoints that need to be assumed during technical product development,
  • demonstrate the ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to continuously develop their skills. 

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