This problem-based case study sets chemistry within the ‘real’ context of a sustainable development project. This activity is designed so that all students are not working on exactly the same project with exactly the same data. Dynamic elements are introduced at three stages.
What are the learning outcomes? Students must apply appropriate knowledge to tackle an extended and open-ended problem. The nature of the activities involved ensure that, in order to complete the case study, students must develop a variety of transferable skills.
Who is the case study aimed at? The case study has been used with students at level 4, for example a fuirst year undergraduate student in the English higher education system. Problem-based learning is inherently flexible and the resource could work equally well with higher level students though.
How long does the case study last? The minimum contact time required is 4-5 hours and will require the students to spend approximately 40 hours in associated independent study and group work. The activity is worth approximately 5 credits.