Students at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi graduate to work as engineers for the UAE's largest employer, ADNOC, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Prior to commencing their studies at the PI, they have not been exposed very much to collaborative learning, solving problems or creating a body of new knowledge and the Freshman Communications course aims at exposing the students to such skills. The traditional Freshman English composition course has been redesigned bearing in mind the critical thinking and transferable skills that students will need in higher education and in their jobs as engineers in the petroleum industry.
The course has been regarded as a successful one and is much appreciated both by students and the instructors who continue with the students in higher years at the institute. The purpose of this paper is to describe the course and the advantages of its cyclical nature, as well as the transfer of ownership of knowledge, which takes place as students progress through the various learning cycles. It is hoped that the information will be of use to other institutes looking into the content and type of skills required of personnel or first year university students.
|Keywords:||Problem Based Learning, Basic Project Management, Ownership of Knowledge|
Lecturer, Core Programme, Freshman English, The Petroleum Institute, United Arab Emirates
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