Project Based Learning with Lab Skills in a Subject of Engineering

By Rocio Maceiras, Angeles Cancela, Angel Sanchez and Santiago Urrejola.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This work presents the design of part of a subject of Mining Engineer career based on Project Based Learning (PBL) carried out at University of Vigo. Students will have to make one project, which will cover some aspects about biodiesel production. Using this technology, it is intended that the student knows different aspects: the concept of biodiesel, the biodiesel production techniques, the variables affecting the production of different raw materials and the reactions involved in these production techniques. Moreover, it is intended that the students become familiar with how to work in a chemical engineering laboratory. Different rubrics have been designed for the assesment of the topic. The aspects evaluated for rubrics are: selected technique and raw material, planning and plan work, laboratory work and report with oral presentation.

Keywords: Project-Based Learning, Higher Education, Engineering, Design

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp.273-284. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.211MB).

Rocio Maceiras

Teacher, Chemical Engineering, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Rocio Maceiras Castro is teacher assistant of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Vigo, teaching Chemical Engineering at the Industrial Engineering Faculty. Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (University of Vigo, 2001). Ph.D. on Chemical Engineering (University of Vigo, 2006), Postdoctoral studies at Transport Phenomena Research Center, Faculdade de Engenharia, University of Porto. Her principal research area are Renewable Energies, CO2 capture, Rheology and Innovation in Education.

Angeles Cancela

Teacher, Chemical Engineering, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Angeles Cancela Carral is teacher assistant of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Vigo, teaching Chemical Engineering at the Industrial Engineering Faculty. Ph.D. on Chemical Engineering (University of Santiago de Compostela, 1997). Her principal research area are Renewable Energies, CO2 capture, Rheology and Innovation in Education.

Angel Sanchez

Teacher, Chemical Engineering, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Angel Sanchez Bermudez is teacher assistant of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Vigo, teaching Chemical Engineering at the Industrial Engineering Faculty. Ph.D. on Chemical Engineering (University of Vigo, 1987). His principal research area are the hydrogen and fuel cells technologies, chemical engineering process simulation and Innovation in Education.

Santiago Urrejola

Teacher, Defense University Center, Naval Academy, Marin, Spain

Santiago Urrejola Madriñan is teacher of Defense University Center at the Naval Academy. Ph.D. on Chemical Engineering (University of Vigo, 1999). His principal research area are the hydrogen and fuel cells technologies, chemical engineering process simulation and Innovation in Education.

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