There are 3 lessons, each involving a PBL project, as follows:
1. Workplace Tools, Equipment and Materials: Identifying and describing the operation of tools and equipment used in the workplace; routine maintenance of tools and equipment; identifying and comparing materials used in the workplace; using different materials to perform workplace tasks.
2. Workplace Skills: Determining key practical skills in the workplace; identifying and comparing commonly-performed workplace tasks; determining acceptable standards for workplace tasks; implementing techniques for improving workplace efficiency.
3. Workplace Safety: Identifying health and safety risks in the workplace; complying with industry WH&S standards; developing safety guidelines for handling dangerous items.
How the Course Works
This course involves undertaking three
hypothetical PBL projects, based on the industry you work in, or intend
to work in.
What is PBL?
Problem-based learning has been defined
as: “A learning method based on using problems as a starting point for
acquisition and integration of new knowledge.”
- A PBL relies on problems to drive curriculum.
- A PBL project relies on real-life problems, where students act as professionals.
- PBL problems are not intended to be precise – they are
not intended to generate neat answers. In your analysis to find the
answer, you will gain essential problem-solving and critical-thinking
- There are never a single correct, or incorrect
solutions. Problems are designed so that different appropriate answers
might apply – there is never meant to be just one solution.
- Teaching staff are meant to act as
facilitators or coaches, rather than someone to provide you with
"answers". They help you work out how to find the answers, but they do
not give you answers.
- Students are provided with guidance but
not answers – they are given guidance in techniques that might be used
for problem solving.
- Assessment is based upon
performance according to the specified guidelines, not upon giving
correct answers. Students are expected to perform within given
parameters. Over performing can be just as bad as under performing. In
the real world; success comes from doing what you are asked to do;
rather than doing too much. Consider: If you asked a contractor to do a
10 hour job, and he turned it into a 30 hour job -even if the work was
much better, you might not be as happy as you would be if he did what he
said he would do.