PBL in the first year of an industrial engineering and management program

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Subtitle: a journey of continuous improvement
Author list: Fernandes, S., Alves, A., Moreira, F., Leão, C. P., & Sousa, R.
Publisher: University of Brasília
Place: Brasília
Publication year: 2017
Start page: 44
End page: 51
Number of pages: 8
ISBN: 2183 - 1378
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Abstract

The Integrated Master Degree in Industrial Engineering and
Management (IEM) at the School of Engineering of the University of
Minho has been introducing Project-Based Learning (PBL) since the year
2004 and it is now in its 14th edition. This is a long time-frame
that allowed to consolidate the model. Nevertheless, there is
always space for improvement, considering that this learning process
is evaluated every year by both teachers and students, in an open and
critical free thinking environment. Based on this, it is time to
understand the main changes that have happened over the years, since the
first implementation. Studying the entire time-frame is a titanic task,
so the authors decided to present, for the purpose of this paper, only
the changes for the period of 2010-11 to 2016-17 (i.e. seven editions)
applied in the PBL model of the first year of the IEM program. The
main aspects that will be compared along the different
editions will be the courses involved, the coordination team, the
inclusion of the project in each course’s curriculum, the number and
type of tutors involved, the assessment model and the miles

tones considered. A document analysis, the authors’ own experiences and
the previous results from PBL evaluation surveys carried out to
students are the main methods for data collection. The

results show that the PBL model in the IEM program is being refined and
adapted in order to promote, not only the best learning experiences for
students, but also their continuous motivation to learn. Despite the
good results achieved, a greater effort is needed.


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