"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.




Trondheim, Norway



Jomar Tørset

Assistant professor

How would you describe your PBL?

projekt-oriented problem-based

What is most important to your PBL?

Product and Process

How is PBL implemented?

Central to all learning, lectures in early phase

How do students acquire principles of discipline?

The principles of discipline is acquired through focused lectures and plenum reflections, but also by their practical group project, where the teacher tutor on the principles as well as the concrete project issues.

How is student learning facilitated within PBL?

Through the subject course "Engineering Academic systems thinking" at NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the principles of discipline is lectured. But the most important part is the practical group project carried out inside the subject. The students are assigned to specific projects, where particular cases in or around the City of Trondheim are addressed. Inside the project they are instructed to solve a particular technological issue with real project owners around the City of Trondheim. In addition to the technological task, the students are subject to group dynamics measurements and reflections, and reflections on the project work and learning. Hence a double learning loop is established. This process was presented at the 6th International Research Symposium on PBL (IRSPBL), Bogotá, Colombia, 4 – 5 July, 2017 and got a positive response, being a proper PBL process.

Program Overview

Institution Type:


Degree Type:

ISCED 4: Post-secondary non-tertiary education

Program Length:

Three Years

Semesters in which PBL is Used:

Semester 6

Hours per week on Project:

PBL Overview

Problem structure:

Formulation of problems:

Team composition selection:

Academic staff

Projects assigned by:

Academic staff

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

Assessment Methods

Written Exams

Oral Exams

Classroom Presentations

How assessment is implemented :

Group assessment