[ 220HKFSPB2K23 ] KV Problem-Based Learning Project II

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year (*)Kunststofftechnik Gerald Roman Berger-Weber 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Sustainable Polymer Engineering & Circular Economy 2023W
  1. Students are able to analyze a specific problem related to plastics and work out a suitable sustainable and technically feasible solution for it (problem-solving competence). In doing so, they take into account selected aspects of product development (requirements profile, technology selection, product design and prototype production, sustainability).
  2. Students can defend the different sustainability dimensions of their solution.
  3. Students can organize themselves independently in a goal-oriented manner in a team, depending on their previous knowledge, define subtasks and work through them individually as well as bring them back together on schedule (project management).
  4. Students can promote a good team culture and know methods of conflict management (dialogue and conflict skills).
  5. Students strengthen mission orientation (the ability to work together towards a higher goal), self-management, i.e. for example the ability to work under deadline stress as well as setting and realizing personal goals (self-initiative), cooperation and communication as well as their expert knowledge of plastics and products made from them.
Subject In continuation of the first PBL project in the winter semester, our newcomers deepen themselves in their plastics-related and sustainable task, work in their team of up to 6 students, and strengthen, in addition to the detailed specialist knowledge also acquired through their own initiative, their social and personal skills, through the practical examination of the task set, the independent group work but also the learning of presentation and communication skills.

Furthermore, accompanied by a professor or lecturer of plastics technology, the students have again to work on this task together as a team, work through individual subtasks in a structured manner, discuss intermediate results in the team and finally work out, present and defend a technically feasible solution as a team. In contrast to the first semester, a specification must now be worked out in concrete terms, from which the choice of materials and technologies is derived and the component design must be constructed, and a prototype must be manufactured and tested for functionality with the help of the tutors. In the summer semester, students can also receive brief impulses from lecturers from the university or experts from industry, supplemented by excursions to industrial companies.

Criteria for evaluation The evaluation is based on the written documentation of the project work as well as the performance during the final event, where the project has to be presented briefly in 1-Slide-5-Minutes and summarized and defended with the help of a self-made poster. In addition, the best projects will be awarded a prize by a jury of plastics technology experts at the final event.
Methods Collaborative work in a team of 4 to 6 students. Knowledge acquisition supported by a learning management system or by independent organization of necessary knowledge. 1 kick-off meeting and 1 presentations to all students as well as feedback by the teachers. Regular support by tutors, situative support by professors. University public presentation during the final event.
Language German
Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 35
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority