Problem-based Learning, Theory of Elasticity and the Finite Element Method, MATLAB


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge and understanding of project organized problem based learning.
  • Have knowledge about group work/conflicts and ways to solve conflicts.
  • Have knowledge and comprehension of planning and structuring the documentation of a project.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of central concepts, theories, and methods concerning theory of elasticity.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the governing conditions and equations to be fulfilled in any linear elastic continuum subjected to static loads.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of central concepts and theories concerning the finite element method.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of central terms and governing equations for a linear static finite element problem.
  • Have knowledge and comprehension of the basic features of MATLAB as a programming language.


  • Be able to apply the project organized learning to actual problem related work in groups of up to 6 persons.
  • Be able to apply systematic methods within the topics of this course.
  • Be able to apply index notation and tensor calculus to manage a linear elastic mechanical problem.
  • Be able to account for considerations related to the use of concepts, theories, and methods from the finite element method in practise.
  • Be able to use the basic computational facilities of MATLAB.


  • Independently be able to define and analyse scientific problems.
  • Be able to design, code, and debug a program in MATLAB.

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examProblem-based Learning, Theory of Elasticity and the Finite Element Method, MATLAB
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

For students without a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing from Aalborg University (INTRO semester)

Facts about the module

Danish titleProblembaseret læring, elasticitetsteori og finite element metodeteori, MATLAB
Module codeM-DMS-K1-6
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science