Learning Theories and Curriculum Development


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of this course is to support the participants in acquiring knowledge and skills about learning theories and curriculum development, in order to be able to analyze and reflect on the relationship to own teaching practice.

Learning objectives


  • Explain similarities and differences between a minimum of two different learning theories
  • Explain the relationship between PBL learning principles and learning theories
  • Explain similarities and differences between a minimum of two curriculum development models
  • Explain in own words the principle of constructive alignment, including learning outcomes and assessment methods


  • Discuss and analyse the relevance of PBL principles in relation to teaching methodologies applied in your own institution

Type of instruction

The course presents general learning theories, with focus on theories underpinning PBL. It also presents curriculum development models, thus demonstrating how the learning theories can be useful in educational design.

  • Learning theories, including theories of active learning
  • Theories of Collaborative learning and team work
  • PBL principles
  • Curriculum development models, including constructive alignment
  • Learning outcomes and assessment

The teaching format is blended learning based on self-study of both written material and video clips, discussion in study groups and online seminars.



Name of examLearning Theories and Curriculum Development
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

Facts about the module

Danish titleLæringsteorier og undervisningsudvikling
Module codeTBIPBLM19102
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Problem Based Learning in Engineering and Science
Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design