These are sample problem scenarios which are linked to the general learning outcomes of a particular PBL subject.
Sample 1 - Mouldy Bread Problem
Andy bought a loaf of bread from his neighbourhood bakery, Yummy Bakes, but upon reaching home, discovered small dark green specks of mould on it. He goes back to Yummy to get a refund, but Yummy refuses, insisting the bread was freshly made.
Andy is now wondering what has caused the mould to grow, and what he can do about the situation.
Completed FILA chart of the problem:
Sample 2 - Engineering Problem
Your friend is a teacher at a college. He complains that his students tend to sleep at lecture, and asks you to make a device to check if they are sleeping. The lectures have 200 students, all of whom are required to wear name tags.
Do a prototype of your suggested device for your friend.
Sample 3 - Law Problem
Your auntie Bee's neighbour keeps a pet rooster. Lately it has been making so much noise early in the morning that she cannot sleep. This is affecting her health, and her work too. She has complained, but her neighbour is not helpful at all.
She asks you, as a paralegal student, whether she can legally do anything to force her neighbour to get rid of her rooster. She says, "It is a real nuisance!"
Note: The problem scenarios and completed FILA chart shown here are for illustration only and have been developed or modified for purposes of professional development. Sample 3 has been adapted from a problem scenario used by TP’s Diploma in Law & Management.