"Profiles in PBL" is a web database where PBL engineering programs from around the world share the details of their PBL programs. Our goal is to showcase more than 100 PBL profiles. The profiles will serve as inspiration for PBL programs to learn from one another and for engineering educators world-wide who are considering PBL. This database has been developed in collaboration between The Aalborg UNESCO Centre and Iron Range Engineering, Itasca Community College.

Republic Polytechnic

PBL across all programs





Yap Choon Seng

Assistant Program Chair

How would you describe your PBL?


What is most important to your PBL?

Product and Process

How is PBL implemented?


How do students acquire principles of discipline?

Discipline knowledge is acquired by students through a variety of pedagogies including Problem-based Learning, Project-based Learning, E-Learning, interactive seminar and cognitive apprenticeship. The choice of pedagogy is based on the nature of the knowledge. For example, computer programming is taught using a combination of Project-based Learning and cognitive apprenticeship whereas content in the subject of mathematics is delivered via interactive seminars.

How is student learning facilitated within PBL?

Students work as a team on a problem statement, with worksheets provided as scaffolding for their learning. The student teams present their solutions at the end of the lesson to their classmates for their cross-examination. Throughout the lesson, the lecturer is on hand to facilitate the students’ learning process.

Program Overview

Institution Type:


Degree Type:

ISCED 4: Post-secondary non-tertiary education

Program Length:

Three Years

Semesters in which PBL is Used:


Hours per week on Project:


PBL Overview

Problem structure:

Formulation of problems:

Professional practice, faculty-created

Team composition selection:

Academic staff with student input

Projects assigned by:

Academic staff with student input

How is space dedicated to student teams for problem/project completion?

Rooms owned by team for semester

Degree of Interdisciplinarity:


Role of instructor:


Unique Features

Hands-on, practice-oriented curriculum

Focus on relevance to industry

Lecturers with relevant practical experience

Flexibility in adapting pedagogy to the needs of curriculum

Online platform that allows on-site and off-site learning to take place

Assessment Methods

Written Exams

Oral Exams

Classroom Presentations


Performance Tasks


How assessment is implemented :

Mixture of individual and group