Introduction and Aims
For the first year students, the PBL program consists of 6 case studies (3 per semester) and some initial sessions of key-skills training, as well as some miscellaneous lectures which are beneficial and essential to your development as a student. For the second year students, PBL consists of 4 case studies (2 per semester) and some key skills sessions that will prepare you with the skills that you are required to have in order to complete the PBL tasks.
During the case studies, the PBL groups meet regularly for at least an hour each week. There are no compulsory times and locations for these meetings; it is up to the individual groups to decide when and where to meet. However, it is a requirement for all members of each group to meet up at least once a week with their group tutor.
Attendance at all group meetings is compulsory and will be registered by the case group tutor.
By completing the PBL, the students are expected to learn how:
- To use basic computer packages like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
- To operate basic lab equipment such as microscopes and mechanical testing machines
- To solve problems in an organised manner using brainstorming and resource investigation techniques
- To analyse and discuss experimental data using written reports, posters and oral presentations
- To work in groups, by managing group meetings and recording them using formal minutes to note all actions and decisions