Problem Based Project Organised Learning in Thermo-Mechanical Analysis Methods (INTRO)


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge and comprehension within the problem based project organised learning methods, as it is applied at Aalborg University
  • Have knowledge and comprehension within the basis for both the analytical and especially the numerical analysis methodology for fluid flow and heat transmission, around or within simplified components or thermal process systems. These components or systems can be considered as integral parts of energy machinery or energy conversion systems


  • Be able to verify, where relevant, the analytical and numerical approaches by means of simple laboratory experiments
  • Be able to structure and plan PBL based project work and report writing
  • Be able to communicate scientific results by means of a project report and an oral presentation in English


  • Be able to control the working and development process within the project theme, and be able to develop new solutions within fluid‐mechanical analysis methods
  • Be able to define and analyse, in an independent manner, scientific problems within the area of fluid-mechanical methods, and based on that make and state the reasons for decisions made
  • Be able to continue, in an independent manner, their own development in competence and specialisation

Type of instruction

Problem based project organised work in groups. During the project period you should be able to plan and structure the project work, work in groups and solve conflicts, use consensus versus fight/voting and see differences among group members as a strength. You should also work with the structure of a project report and prepare a problem formulation, set up project limitation and time schedule. The project should contain a detailed analysis of a simple flow situation or combustion process. The analysis should include a numerical analysis which can be compared to relevant flow or combustion theory. The calculations should be verified by laboratory experiments. The validity of any assumptions made should be checked. The project should be based upon a problem which has its origins in thermal energy engineering. The problem should typically include a thermal energy conversion process and/or a fluid flow component.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 10 ECTS project module, the work load is expected to be 300 hours for the student



Name of examProblem Based Project Organised Learning in Thermo-Mechanical Analysis Methods
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Common for students with a Bachelor’s degree from another university than Aalborg University heading for the specialisations in Thermal Energy and Process Engineering (TEPE) and Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology (HYTEC).

Facts about the module

Danish titleProblembaseret projektorganiseret læring i termo-mekaniske analysemetoder (INTRO)
Module codeN-EE-K1-4A
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Energy Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science