Each student will be provided with a selection of basic references. The focus is on physical, engineered products, but not solely on the technical aspects of product developement. The references are either standard texts within the area, i.e. syntheses of relevant research, or studies that critically discuss these standard texts. Several texts should differ considerably from the knowledge acquired by students in previous studies and enable a broader perspective.
In consultation with the supervisor, the student is to select 5–7 of the references proposed in the reference list. In exceptional cases, students may select references not included on the list. For each text or set of texts, the student is to orally report to the main supervisor or a suitable person appointed by the main supervisor, the most important elements of the text or set of texts and possibly to position the text/s with regards to other references. The oral reports are compulsory but not assessed. After a certain number of reports, the principal supervisor or person appointed by the principal supervisor is to decide together with the student on a certain area of specialisation, possibly linked to the student’s thesis project, which is to be pursued by the student and reported at a public seminar. The student will be assessed on the basis of this seminar.