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Teaching The 3 "Co's" In The Engineering Classroom

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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New Program/Course Success Stories

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10.1234.1 - 10.1234.4



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Judith Pearse

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“I always felt that I had honesty and integrity, but didn’t realize how others perceived me until taking the Project Management Class. My perception was very different than those around me, and I’ve learned to be more conscious of how I speak and work with others.”

“I got a Project Management position directly out of college, and felt adequately prepared to handle both the technological and human challenges I faced. And there have been a lot more human challenges!”

“I feel better prepared than some of my co-workers (who’ve been here for years) to handle difficult situations with others. By truly trying to understand someone else’s reasoning behind an issue, I think I can come to more fair decisions and compromises.”

When all is said and done, can we automatically turn out students that are more thoughtful, considerate, and cooperative in nature? Why not? Perhaps not 100% of them will pick up the true meaning of the lessons learned; there will always be those who are happy (or not) with just a simple grade from another required class. But if even a small percentage can come out more aware of how their behavior influences others, and see the positive effect of being truly considerate, it is well worth the effort.

Resources 1. Webex – – an online meeting, web conferencing, and videoconferencing service (A 14-day limited trial is offered) 2. Harvard Business School Online - - A great resource for case studies and exercises; often includes teaching notes and further discussion items 3. Negotiator Pro – – One of many negotiation and facilitation sites which offer a variety of role-playing scenarios.

Bibliography 1. Fisher, Roger, Patton, Bruce M., and William L. Ury. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

JUDITH R. PEARSE, P.E. Judith Pearse is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Technology Program at the University of Maine, where she received her Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996. Mrs. Pearse has over 15 years’ experience in Project Management; most recently as Vice President of Client & Technical Services of AI, a Maine- based software development company that catered to a worldwide clientele in the apparel industry.

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Pearse, J. (2005, June), Teaching The 3 "Co's" In The Engineering Classroom Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15373

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