Teaching the curriculum in heat and power technology in the classical way consists of giving lectures and exams to the students. A few laboratory exercises might highlight some details, but in general the students have problems with understanding the relevance of the lectures to real engineering subjects. The Division of Heat and Power Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden has started to give part of the curriculum as a project to design a complete heat and power plant. The objectives were to increase the interest and understanding of the heat and power technology by the students, encourage them to actively search for information in the subject on their own, work in teams and to make oral and written reports. Connecting external experts to the project gave the students a link to the industry. Several written and oral presentations were included in the project, which gave the students a good training in presentation techniques. The results show that the students had achieved a better knowledge of the investigated techniques than did the students at earlier years, when the course was given in the classical way. The disadvantages were mainly the extra amount of time needed for the teachers and the external experts for discussions with the students.

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