Collaborative Problem Design


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of this course is to support the participants in developing problem design skills in collaboration with peers.  The first part of a problem-based project is problem design. The problem design frames the project, it is the focus of the collaborative team work and it has a strong impact on project documentation.

Learning objectives


  • List different understandings of a problem that can and has been used in the context of problem based, project organised learning
  • Characterize the three phases of problem design: problem identification, problem analysis and problem formulation


  • Co-design a problem based on a predefined theme, including the identification, analysis and formulation of a problem
  • Document the problem design according to academic writing standards of the professional community
  • Evaluate a collective problem design process


  • Reflect on how problem design can be transferred to own teaching practice in order to facilitate students to use problem design in problem based projects
  • Reflect on how problem design can influence the approach to own pedagogical development by identifying, analyzing and formulating concrete problems to foster improvement of own teaching practice

Type of instruction

This course focuses on the problem design process, supporting participants in handling this important first step of the PBL study process.

  • Theoretical underlining of problems for problem based learning
  • Problem design as a process of collaborative inquiry
  • Appropriating scientific writing to problem design
  • Exemplification of problem design processes
  • Analyse problem design processes

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 examCollaborative Problem Design
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 titleKollaborativ problemdesign
Module codeTBIPBLM19103
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