[ 220HKFSPB1K23 ] KV Problem-Based Learning Project I

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. The students are able to analyze a problem area, e.g. "Avoiding plastics in the sea", identify plastics and plastic products involved, select a subaspect and develop a sustainable problem solution proposal using a plastics technology and present this in a comprehensible manner.
  2. The students are able to describe the different sustainability dimensions of their solution.
  3. The students are able to organize themselves independently in a team in a goal-oriented manner, 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 develop team cooperation and promote a good team culture.
  5. Students strengthen self-management, i.e. for example the ability to motivate themselves as well as setting and realizing personal goals (self-initiative), cooperation and communication skills as well as their expert knowledge of plastics and products made from them.
Subject The first PBL project is intended to enable our newcomers to analyze a plastics-related task in a team of up to 6 students, accompanied by a professor or lecturer of plastics engineering, in a low-threshold way, to define and work through individual subtasks and finally to present a comprehensible solution as a team.

With this first PBL project, we want to actively strengthen the intrinsic motivation of our newcomers right at the beginning of their studies, in accordance with the theory of self-determination according to Deci and Ryan, by actively promoting the psychological needs for "autonomy, social integration and experience of competence".

In addition, social competencies and personal competencies are also trained through practical engagement with the set topic and independent group work.

In addition, the students can receive content-related impulses from teachers from the university or experts from industry, supplemented by excursions to industrial companies. In addition, small practical units can be completed, e.g. at simple plastics processing plants, in order to simulate a simple recycling cycle and to derive challenges for mechanical recycling from this.

Criteria for evaluation The evaluation will include an assessment of ongoing project activities and a final evaluation after presentation to a panel of plastics engineering faculty toward the end of the semester.
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 2 presentations to all students as well as feedback by the teachers. Regular support by tutors.
Language German
Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 35
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority