Problem Based Learning in Science, Technology and Society

2018/2019

Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

No special prerequisites for the module.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The students shall theoretically as well as practically understand how to plan and execute a scientific problem-based project with technological, social and humanistic relevance. This includes an understanding of how technological aspects and contextual circumstances can be identified and included in the development of a problem solution.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

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

  • Must have knowledge of basic learning theories
  • Must have knowledge of project planning and managements techniques
  • Must have knowledge of different approaches to problem-based learning (PBL); including the Aalborg Model approach, where problems are related to social and/or humanistic contexts
  • Must have understanding of different resources for analysis and assessment of Medialogy-problems and solutions from scientific, technological, ethical and social perspectives
  • Must apply methods for analysis and assessment of a Medialogy-problem; including user segmentation, user tests and technology assessment

Skills

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

  • Must be able to apply basic principles related to planning and management of a problem-based project; basic study techniques, phases in a problem-oriented project, from initial problem to problem analysis and problem formulation, design and implementation
  • Must be able to analyse and evaluate the organisation of the project group work and collaboration, especially regarding identification of strong and weak factors and, based on this, suggest how group organisation and collaboration can be improved in future situations; team roles, group dynamics, communication within the group and externally, creativity, methods for analysis and documentation of learning processes
  • Must be able to analyse group conflicts; causes and possible solution
  • Must be able to analyse and evaluate own contribution to study and learning, especially regarding identification of strong and weak factors and, based on this, consider continuous course of events and their contributions to the learning processes, learning styles and the study
  • Must be able to analyse methods used in the project from a scientific point of view; science theory, qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Must be able to apply fundamental key areas, concepts, and methods for evaluation and development of technical solutions considering the technology in itself, and in relation to social contexts and human circumstances (holistically); technology assessment methods, contexts and communication, media sociology (e.g. life styles, consumption, sociological methods), different forms of user test, innovation and creativity

Competences

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

  • Must be able to apply knowledge (application) and understanding regarding being part of a team-based project work
  • Must be able to understand and communicate project work (application)
  • Must be able to analyze own learning processes
  • Must be able to analyze and document learning processes within the group (analysis)
  • Must be able to create optimal collaborative learning processes (application)
  • Must be able to evaluate professional situations in relation to the surrounding society (analysis)
  • Must be able to apply knowledge and understanding of science, technology and society (application); from a technological perspective (including competencies on applying different technology assessment methods) and from a holistic perspective (including competencies on life style, consumption and technology development, different contexts and forms of communication, innovative and creative processes)

Type of instruction

Refer to the overview of instruction types listed in the start of chapter 3. The types of instruction for this course are decided in accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions are decided and given by the Study Board for Media Technology.

Exam

Exams

Name of examProblem Based Learning in Science, Technology and Society
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
In accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:
Individual oral or written examination with internal censor. The assessment is performed with the Pass/Fail grade.
ECTS5
Permitted aids
With certain aids, see list below
See Semester Description
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria for the evaluation are specified in the Framework Provisions.

Facts about the module

Danish titleProblembaseret læring i videnskab, teknologi og samfund
Module codeMSNMEDB1103
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
ECTS5
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design