Problem-based Learning in Science, Technology and Society


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Be able to explain fundamental teaching theories
  • Be able to explain techniques to plan and manage project work
  • Be able to explain different approaches to problem based learning (PBL), including the Aalborg Model based on problems related to society and/or humanistic coherence
  • Be able to explain different approaches to analysis and judgement of problems and solutions related to engineering, natural and medical science, seen in a scientific, ethic and social perspective
  • Be able to describe specific methods within the subject area to perform such an analysis and assessment


  • Be able to plan and manage a problem-based project work
  • Be able to analyse the study group's organisation and cooperation of the project work with regard to identification of the strong and weak sides and on this basis come up with solutions of how to improve teamwork in future groups
  • Be able to reflect on the reasons for a group conflict, if any, and come up with possible solutions
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate own study and learning effort to identify strong and weak sides, and from this consider the further course of study and study effort
  • Be able to reflect on the applied methods in a scientific perspective
  • Be able to point out relevant focus, concepts and methods to find and develop solutions considering the social and humanistic coherence in which the solution should be incorporated


  • Be able to enter in a team-based project work
  • Be able to document and present the project work
  • Be able to reflect and develop own learning
  • Be able to enter in and optimize collaborative learning processes
  • Be able to reflect on the professional work in relation to the surrounding society

Type of instruction

The course is a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, group sessions and self-study.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examProblem-based Learning in Science, Technology and Society
Type of exam
Written exam
The assessment is based on a written exercise handed in individually.
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 titleProblembaseret læring i videnskab, teknologi og samfund
Module codeN-EN-B1-5
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science