An Integrated Problem-Based Learning Model for Engineering Education

Ip Wai Hung, Albert C.K. Choi, Jimmy S.F. Chan

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Traditionally, mechanical and manufacturing engineering degree courses have tended to place too much emphasis on theory, with too little application to the integration of real engineering problems. Further, students have tended to work on their own in tackling problems encountered, thus neglecting the important skill of working in a group and interpersonal communication skills. The authors present a model for a problem-based project, which aims at providing an opportunity for the students to work in groups on a real manufacturing problem and to simulate a situation as if they were employed in industry. A by-product of the project is that students have the opportunity to practise their oral and written communication skills. The problem-based learning aspect of the project is implemented through a design project that involves a typical consumer product. Assessment is an essential part of this integrated problem-based learning approach and this includes four important criteria: individual member assessment, group assessment, leader assessment and tutor assessment. The implementation results indicate that students find the approach more interesting and that it is an effective way of learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)734-737
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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