Problems/Project Based Learning (PBL)

The English Program, based within the Faculty of Engineering at Burapha University, is the first university program in Thailand to fully adopt the Problem Based Learning (PBL) model throughout the curriculum. It forms a high standard, integrated and comprehensive learning experience. As a student here, you will divide your time between active lectures and project work right from the 1st semester. Working in a group of 4-5 students, you will form your own project questions and apply your knowledge from various subjects to produce a report and/or a prototype for assessment. Projects are formulated in accordance with your interests, addressing current and future real world problems in the industry and government sectors. Through the PBL model you will gain the skills needed in the 21st century, including collaboration, discussion, critical thinking, creativity and team work. The PBL model will also maximize your opportunities to use English, which is the main language of instruction. Furthermore, intensive English classes will also be provided for 1st year students, you will benefit from the industrial experience of our world class lecturers, and students will collaborate with lecturers on a collegial basis which will positively contribute to your learning activities.

Example of the PBL semester project?

Central Project

Would you shower with other people’s recycled shower water?

Currently, 1st year students from Civil/Infrastructure, Embedded system and Environmental Engineering are collaborating on their 1st semester project. They are developing a new concept of recycling shower water for reuse in order to save water. The goal of the project is to build a fully functioning shower water recycling unit. Students investigate questions such as:

  • How do we make a fully functioning system which produces high quality shower water?
  • How can we treat water with low energy consumption?
  • How can we automatically maintain the running system?
  • How do we ensure quick installation of the system?

In this and other projects, students learn tools for project development which are used in industry. They are given the chance to explore a variety of challenging tasks with a high degree of freedom. Students learn how to make project plans, project milestones, 3D drawings, bills of quantity (BOQs), prototypes, technical reports, and presentations to the faculty.  Students work in teams, so that together, they achieve better results!

 

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Figures above shows students are presenting the 1st semester project proposal on the new shower water recycling with SCADA system