Design and Planning of a PBL Module


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of this project is to support participants in developing competences to design and plan educational experiments, based on PBL principles and including elements of curriculum and staff development.

Learning objectives


  • Explain the core characteristics of a PBL module


  • Plan, structure, carry out, and reflect upon a project that starts from a relevant problem within a specific teaching and institutional context
  • Apply theories and methods presented in the semester courses to design and plan a PBL based educational experiment, adapted to the relevant context and the relevant group of students, including a description of tasks and roles of students and staff


  • Reflect upon the problem based learning principles embedded in the PBL module
  • Cooperate with other team members during the project period and make a joint presentation of the results achieved in the project
  • Communicate, in writing and orally, the product and the processes of the project work in a project report, respectively a process analysis, adhering to scientific standards of written and oral communication

Type of instruction

This problem based project should include problem identification, problem analysis, problem formulation and proposed problem solution in the form of a design of and a plan for an educational experiment, including elements from one or more PBL models suited for solving the identified problem. The educational experiment should be adapted to a specific self-chosen teaching and/or institutional context.

The results of the project work should be documented in a project report. The project should preferably be carried out in teams of 2-4 participants and the project work processes should be documented in a process analysis, jointly written by the project team members.

The teaching format is a group project, including self-study, online group work, project facilitation and thematic online sessions. In this semester, the thematic sessions focus on how to fulfil the intended learning outcomes for the project and on scientific writing to improve the quality of documentation in the project reports.



Name of examDesign and Planning of a PBL Module
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
The project assessment takes its point of departure in the written project report and the accompanying process analysis. Questions may be asked to all elements of the project, product as well as process. In the assessment both the content and the communicative aspects of the written work will be considered.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesign og planlægning af et PBL modul
Module codeTBIPBLM19201
Module typeProject
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