Application of Project-Based Learning in a Theoretical Course: Process, Difficulties and Recommendations

CODUR K. B., Karatas S., Dogru A. H.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION, vol.28, no.1, pp.17-25, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.17-25
  • Keywords: project-based learning, software engineering, software development standard
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper presents a case study about the application of a project-based learning approach. In this case study, software development projects are performed by the students, using historical software development methods in order to demonstrate evolution of the subject. The presented case study differs from others reported in the literature in its utilization of historical methods for project execution. Getting feedback and reaction of students and assessing the success of the project-based learning implementation employed are the main objectives of the case study. Concluding the case study, critical points concerning this project-based learning implementation are identified and recommendations for similar implementations are mentioned.