An integrated, problem-based learning material: The "satellite" module

Selçuk G. S., Emiroglu H. B., Tarakçı M., Özel M.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, vol.12, no.1, 2011 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Name: Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Keywords: Integrated curriculum, Mathematics, Physics, Problem-based learning
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is to introduce a problem-based learning material, the Satellite Module, that has integrated some of the subjects included in the disciplines of physics and mathematics at an introductory level in undergraduate education. The reason why this modular and problem-based material has been developed is to enable students to investigate a real-life problem, both in and outside the class, in a fictitious set of PBL scenarios where physics and mathematics subjects are integrated, and produce a relationship between the two prementioned fields of study. The longer version of the module was tested on 75 geophysics engineering students at Dokuz Eylul University during 2005-2006 academic year. The study is advisory as it has some limitations due to the fact that the PBL approach has not been compared to the classical teaching method where the subjects of physics and maths are instructed separately. Hence, the effectiveness of the approach suggested, such as the success of the course, transferring what has been learnt, should be investigated in further studies. © 2011 HKIEd APFSLT.