Application of Problem-Based Learning in an Engineering Course

W. L. Tse, Wai Lok Chan

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The usual way of learning technical knowledge about a microcontroller (MCU) is by reading relevant handbooks and textbooks. This method requires students to memorize many technical terms and usually ignores its actual application of the data. In this paper, a new approach is proposed using the problem-based learning technique to convey such engineering knowledge. A creative group project was designed for the class whereby students were required to develop their own way of designing a calculator using MCU. Throughout the project, they acquired self-learning techniques to tackle new problems. Moreover, problem-based learning provided students with a cooperative learning environment to enhance their learning capabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-753
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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