Problem Based Projects and Research Methodologies


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module comprises a course in methodology and project writing in which students are introduced to methodological tools and skills in designing and undertaking a project in accordance with Aalborg University’s problem based learning model.

Learning objectives


  • problem based learning and project work
  • group work, collaboration and inter-cultural communication
  • theories of science relevant to the study of tourism
  • methods and research designs relevant to the study of tourism.


  • problematizing and exemplifying tourism issues drawing on academic literature
  • reflexively discussing and communicating methodological choices and their implications
  • applying research methods.


  • designing and planning research projects in tourism
  • selecting and applying appropriate research methodologies
  •  working collaboratively in groups
  •  independently continuing individual competency development within methodology and project writing.

Type of instruction

Type of instruction is described in § 17 in the curriculum.



Name of examProblem Based Projects and Research Methodologies
Type of exam
Active participation/continuous evaluation
An internal examination in: Problem Based Projects and Research Methodologies (Problembaserede projekter og forskningsmetoder)

The examination is completed by satisfactory and active participation in the module, i.e. 80% attendance, reading of course literature, contribution to discussion sessions of the module through oral presentations and active participation in discussions and satisfactory completion of tasks and assignments set by the course instructor(s).

Re-examination: a 2-day take-home assignment paper set by the course instructor(s) on the basis of the course content. The assignment paper will be evaluated by an internal examiner. The assignment paper must be prepared individually and must not exceed 6 pages.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Are stated in Appendix 2 in Examination Policies and Procedures for Aalborg University.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleProblembaserede projekter og forskningsmetoder
Module codeKATOU202
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen, Campus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of International and Cross‐Cultural Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Learning
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities