PBL, Project Management and Philosophy of Science


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of the module is to provide the student with a basic knowledge of the preparation of a problem formulation and an understanding of how to work with problem-based learning.

The focus is on project management and process competences, which include practical and theoretical tools to organise project work and the group process in a way that enhances both individual learning and the quality of problem-oriented group work.

The module also includes an introduction to the philosophy of science for business economists, which is related to problem and project-based learning. This is similar to how the philosophy of science is related to knowledge elements from the other modules in the semester with a view to scientific theoretical reflection and application.

Finally, the module will introduce digital literature search and reference management.

Learning objectives


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary knowledge on:

  • digital literature search and reference management.
  • insight into the strengths and weaknesses of using a PBL-based group process to explore issues within a business context.
  • key concepts of philosophy of science and scientific paradigms at a basic level.


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary skills in:

  • identifying and formulating a business problem and on this basis, draw up a precise, clear and operational problem formulation.
  • reflecting on and forming arguments from a basic theoretical perspective about how the problem could, in principle, be addressed scientifically through the systematic use of theory and/or empirical evidence.
  • use methods and digital tools to organise and carry out project and group processes and analyse and assess the impact of the chosen methods on their own personal learning, the learning of the group and the quality of the project work.


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary competences in:

  • initiate, organise and manage group processes that are complex, unpredictable and aimed at developing new knowledge.
  • at a basic level, be able to make judgements and arguments on a scientific basis with a view to developing new knowledge.

Type of instruction

For information see § 17.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • It is a prerequisite for exam participation that the student has handed in a sypnosis.


Name of examPBL, Project Management and Philosophy of Science
Type of exam
Oral exam
Group examination with max. 6 students.
Permitted aidsSee the Course Description on Moodle for details.
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 titlePBL, projektstyring og videnskabsteori
Module codeBAEBA20224
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics and Business Administration
Study BoardStudy Board of Economics and Business Administration
DepartmentAalborg University Business School
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities