Semester Project - Project execution in a cross - cultural and -professional environment





Offered by

Mechanical Engineering




Internship passed

Main purpose

To develop and practice engineering competences within a project framework addressing cross professional project execution skills with a focus on the identification and acknowledgment of own and others motivational factors and behavioural patterns.


* Social behaviour theory
* Communication and negation theory
* Management theory
* Prototyping and testing
* Management and Leadership
* Theory of Science – History of evolution


*Selection and execution of Personality and group tests
* Defining test series
* Identifying own and others science-theoretical belief.


Proactively improve own and group efficiency through proactive self-reflection, team development, collaboration and project management.

Ability to reflect and validate on own behaviour from a Theory of Science perspective.

Relate to the term evidence in a practical context, evaluate, validate design outcome through experiments, and test.

If specialisation:
To enhance competencies within chosen specialisation (See additional comments).


Teaching methods and study activities

The course is problem and project based – typically focussing on a product development task. The course is budgeted to 275 hours of work per student including 5 blocks of theory lectures distributed over the first half of the semester.
Besides the lessons the course will be conducted as supervised project work following the VIA Engineering Project Guidelines.
The Main supervisor will be available app. 2 lessons per week. Expected group size 4-5 .
Expected hand in: Project Report (excluding appendices) app. 40 Standard pages. Process report: app. 15 Standard pages.

Study Activity Model

According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:

Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 20 hours – 7%
Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 100 hours – 36 %
Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 150 hours – 55 %
Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 5 hours – 2%


Guidelines for doing projects at VIA Engineering



Requirements for attending examination
 The project report must be handed in before the deadline.

Type of examination:
Oral exam based upon the report and on the individual students ability understand, prioritize and exploit the theory as a tool for improving project work efficiency.  Presentation approximately 20 minutes followed by an individual examination off approximately 15minutes / student with the entire group present.
Internal censor

Allowed tools:

 Students who failed a semester project in January or June must attend an information meeting on the last Friday in June.
At this meeting, the students will get information on specific deadlines as well as the process of re-exam.
They will form new groups, if possible in relation to the number of failed students at the individual semesters.
Based on the feedback, the students have received after the ordinary exam, they must prepare a new project, or the failed project must be improved.
Deadline for hand in of the project is mid-August (exact date will be informed at the meeting). There will be no guidance in the period up to hand in.
Oral assessment of the project takes place in September.

Grading criteria

The Danish 7 point scale

Additional information

For students applying for a specialisation within Polymers & Composites, Intelligent Mechanics or Sustainable Energy the main part the individual parts of the hand-in must be related to the chosen specialisation. The specific content in each project is to be decided and agreed upon with the responsible for the specific specialisation. Course curriculum from current and previous semesters is to be implemented and developed whenever relevant.


Martin Møhl

Valid from

2/1/2021 12:00:00 AM

Course type

6. semester