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

Objectives:

The students shall theoretically as well as practically understand how to plan and carry out a basic 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 project module will be able to:

  • Must have knowledge of basic learning theories
  • Must have knowledge of project planning and management techniques
  • Must have knowledge of different approaches of problem based learning (PBL) including the Aalborg model of PO PBL
  • Must have knowledge about the history of media and its social-cultural context/application
  • Must have knowledge about what a technology is, including how it can be assessed in a larger context, e.g., using technology assessment techniques
  • Must be able to describe fundamental concepts regarding creativity and relate them to creative methods applied in a problem solving context

Skills

Students who complete the project module will be able to:

  • Must be able to apply basic principles and study techniques related to planning and management of a problem-based project; especially including phases in a problem-oriented project, from initial problem to problem analysis and problem formulation, design, implementation and evaluation
  • Must be able to analyse and evaluate the organisation of the project group work, identifying strong and weak factors within, e.g., group dynamics, team roles, internal/external communication and time management; reflecting on improvements for future situations and documenting the applied methods for the analysis (application)
  • Must be able to analyse group conflicts: causes and possible solutions  (application)
  • Must be able to analyse and evaluate own contribution to studying and learning, e.g., by identifying continuous course of events influencing own learning, reflecting on how these events form the learning processes, learning style and the personal study experience (application) 
  • Must be able to apply basic methods for analysis and evaluation of a Medialogy-problem from a scientific, ethical, technological and societal perspective
  • Must be able to apply basic creative design methods for problem solving tasks, especially considering wider contexts, e.g., assessing life styles, consumption, communication and common practices

Competences

Students who complete the project module will be able to:

  • 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 analyse own learning processes
  • Must be able to analyse and document learning processes within the group
  • Must be able to establish optimal collaborative learning processes (application)
  • Must be able to apply knowledge and understanding of science, technology and society (application) from a technological and holistic perspective
  • Must be able to understand basic methodological strategies for evaluating Medialogy problems (e.g., applying concepts from Theory of Science for evaluating projects)

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 Joint Programme Regulations 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 Joint Programme Regulations and directions on examination from the
Study Board for Media Technology:

To be eligible to take the exam the student must have fulfilled:
• handing in of written assignments or the like
• completion of certain – or all – study activities

Note that if admittance to the exam or parts of the assessment is to be based on written work or exercises, a deadline is stipulated for when the work must be handed in. If the student hands in a paper/exercise after the deadline, the student has used an examination attempt.

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 Joint Programme Regulations.

Facts about the module

Danish titleProblembaseret læring i videnskab, teknologi og samfund
Module codeMSNMEDB1175
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
SchoolSchool of Information and Communication Technology