On Project Oriented Problem Based Learning (POPBL) for a First Year Engineering Circuits Project


McLoone, Seamus and Lawlor, Bob and Meehan, Andrew (2014) On Project Oriented Problem Based Learning (POPBL) for a First Year Engineering Circuits Project. In: Irish Signals and Systems Conference, 26-27 June, 2014, University of Limerick.

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Abstract

This paper describes a pilot study on incorporating a Project-Oriented Problem Based Learning (POPBL) educational model into a first year engineering degree programme, in the form of a circuits-based project. While many variations of PBL exist, our pilot model is closely aligned to the Aalborg PBL model. This paper describes how the traditional first year Bachelor of Engineering (BE) programme at the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) was modified to accommodate the POPBL model. It outlines the key features of the approach taken and presents a detailed evaluation of the pilot study. Both staff and students responded favourably to the adopted learning style. This paper also highlights the lessons learned from the implementation of the POPBL model.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Project-Oriented Problem Based Learning; Student-centred Learning; Peer learning;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
Item ID: 5652
Depositing User: Dr. Seamus McLoone
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2015 16:19
Journal or Publication Title: Irish Signals
Refereed: Yes
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