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Engineering Ethics

When is Ethics Covered?

Ethics is introduced in ENGR111 during Class 10.1*

Ethics is revisited at the beginning of ENGR112 during Class 16.1*.

*Explaination of Class numbering System


Class 10.1: Engineering Ethics
Know "interaction rules for behavior"
Know the sources of conflict (moral, conceptual, applications, and factual issues)
  Know that resource allocation can lead to ethical dilemmas
Know the Fundamental Priciples and Canons of the ABET code
Know how to apply the Fundamental Principles and Canons to ethical dilemmas
Know what is ABET and why it is important to the professional engineer
know the steps required to become a professional engineer
Class 16.1: Ethics
  Review registration process, professionalism and ethics
  Review interaction rules, sources of conflict, moral theories, and resource allocation
Understand the Fundamental Priciples and Canons of the ABET code

Class Agenda

Class 10.1: Engineering Ethics
RAT - quiz
Lecture material on engineering as a profession and professionalism
Pair and team exercises
  Lecture material on engineering ethics
RAT - quiz
Lecture material on fundamental principles, canons, and resource allocation
  Team exercise
Case study examples
Lecture Material on ethical canons
Team exercise
  HW assignment
Class 16.1: Ethics
  Lecture material on professionalism and ethics
  Team and pair exercises
  Lecture material on fundamental principles and canons
  Case Study example
  HW assignment

Why are Ethics Important?

Engineering is a profession. As such, society imposes special responsibilities on engineers. These responsibilities are expressed in a code of ethics similar to those followed by other professionals.

Ethics is the study of the morality of human actions and how humans interact with each other. Ethical behavior is defined in a set of Fundamental Principles and the Fundamental Principles are expanded in a set of rules called the Fundamental Canons. The Fundamental Cannons are described briefly in the ENGR111/112 curriculum, but are discussed in more detail in the Engineering Ethics course -ENGR 452.

  • Class 10.1 Powerpoint
  • Class 16.1 Powerpoint

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