Application of project-based learning (PBL) to the teaching of electrical power systems engineering

Nasser Hosseinzadeh, Mohammad Reza Hesamzadeh

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Project-based learning (PBL), a learning environment in which projects drive learning, has been successfully used in various courses in the educational programs of different disciplines. However, concerns have been raised as to the breadth of the content covered and, in particular, whether PBL can be applied to specialized subjects without compromising the coverage of the required technical content. This paper discusses the advantages and drawbacks of using the PBL methodology in teaching specialized subjects in electrical power engineering, based on the authors' reflections and student feedback. The design and delivery of a PBL-based course in power system modeling and analysis is used as an example. It is asserted that proper usage of PBL makes it possible to deliver both technical content and generic professional skills in a specialized course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-501
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


  • Curriculum design
  • Electrical engineering
  • Engineering education
  • PBL
  • Portfolio assessment
  • Power system modeling and analysis
  • Project-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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