Master of Problem Based Learning in Engineering and Science (MPBL)

Collaborative Problem Design

Collaborative Problem Design

The aim of this course is to support the participants in developing problem design skills in collaboration with peers.  The first part of a problem-based project is problem design. The problem design frames the project, it is the focus of the collaborative team work and it has a strong impact on project documentation.

Learning objectives


  • List different understandings of a problem that can and has been used in the context of problem based, project organised learning
  • Characterize the three phases of problem design: problem identification, problem analysis and problem formulation


  • Co-design a problem based on a predefined theme, including the identification, analysis and formulation of a problem
  • Document the problem design according to academic writing standards of the professional community
  • Evaluate a collective problem design process


  • Reflect on how problem design can be transferred to own teaching practice in order to facilitate students to use problem design in problem based projects
  • Reflect on how problem design can influence the approach to own pedagogical development by identifying, analyzing and formulating concrete problems to foster improvement of own teaching practice

Type of instruction

This course focuses on the problem design process, supporting participants in handling this important first step of the PBL study process.

  • Theoretical underlining of problems for problem based learning
  • Problem design as a process of collaborative inquiry
  • Appropriating scientific writing to problem design
  • Exemplification of problem design processes
  • Analyse problem design processes

The teaching format is blended learning based on self-study of both written material and video clips, discussion in study groups and online seminars.


Written or oral exam.
Assessment: Passed/Not Passed
Type of grading: Internal examination
The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures


Collaborative Problem Design, single course from 1. semester of Master of Problem Based Learning in Engineering and Science


  • September 2022 - December 2022


  • Online


  • 5

tuition fee

  • DKK 8,000 / EUR 1,075 / Non-EU citizens: EUR 1,260

Application deadline

  • Application deadline has been postponed till 15 August 2022

We reserve the right to cancel the Master's Program as a consequence of an insufficient number of applications or other special circumstances. Furthermore, we reserve the right to change the tuition fee, dates etc.