Project Management Skills through Learning Cycles: Ownership of Knowledge through Creating New Information

By Mary Ragnhild Hatakka.

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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

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 6, Issue 10, pp.61-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.939MB).

Mary Ragnhild Hatakka

Lecturer, Core Programme, Freshman English, The Petroleum Institute, United Arab Emirates

Communications lecturer at Freshman level in an engineering college in the United Arab Emirates. Prior experience teaching English for specific purposes, critical thinking and academic and technical writing (mainly to engineering students) in Egypt, Italy and Finland. Co-authored textbooks for English for technical purposes, published in Finland and presented a paper on critical thinking skills for engineering students at the 12th International Learning Conference in Granada, Spain in 2005. Current interests include CALP,learning cycles and ownership of knowledge.

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