Project-based learning in industrial engineering and management: analysis of three curricular projects

Rui M. Sousa, Anabela C. Alves, Rui M. Lima, Sandra Fernandes, Diana Mesquita, José Dinis-Carvalho

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Abstract

In the 2nd semester of 2004/05 the Department of Production and Systems (DPS) of the Engineering School, University of Minho (UM), Portugal, deployed the first Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach, involving the freshman students of the Industrial Engineering and Management Integrated master's degree (MIEGI). Since then, in every year, without exception, new PBL editions have been held in different years of the programme, each with its own characteristics. The experience gained over time has allowed the change/refinement of conceptual and operational aspects of the projects, always bearing in mind a perspective of continuous improvement. In 2021/22 MIEGI underwent a major restructuring and gave rise to two programs: a 3-year bachelor's degree (LEGI) and a 2-year master's degree (MEGI). The curricular structures of these two programs include four integrated projects: three from LEGI (PIEGI1, 1st year; PIEGI2, 2nd year; and PIEGI3, 3rd year) and one from MEGI (PIEGI, 1st year). This paper aims to describe and compare three of these projects, more specifically PIEGI1, PIEGI3 and PIEGI, from a conceptual and operational point of view. One of the most important aspects in this description and comparison is the main objective of each project, which is defined considering the transversal and technical competences that make sense to develop in the respective curricular year. From the point of view of the development of technical competences, these derive mostly from the project supporting courses involved. Furthermore, several other aspects are considered, namely: problem characteristics, number and size of student teams, number and type of tutors, involvement of companies, milestones, deliverables, assessment model, coordination team composition, premises, etc. The findings show that these projects result from an integrated and complementary approach whose overall goal is to develop in students, throughout each year of the programme, key competences for their professional life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education
EditorsFabio Orfali, Rui M. Lima, Luciano Soares, Fabio Miranda
PublisherUniversidade do Minho
Pages390-399
Number of pages10
Volume13
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event15th International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education and 20th International Conference on Active Learning in Engineering Education Workshop, PAEE/ALE 2023 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Duration: 28 Jun 202330 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education
PublisherUniversidade do Minho
ISSN (Print)2183-1378

Conference

Conference15th International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education and 20th International Conference on Active Learning in Engineering Education Workshop, PAEE/ALE 2023
Country/TerritoryBrazil
CitySao Paulo
Period28/06/2330/06/23

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Curricular projects
  • Engineering education
  • Project-based learning

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