Increasing concern for the value dimension of engineering is, at least in part, a result of the attention that the media has given to cases such as the Challenger disaster, the Kansas City Hyatt-Regency Hotel walkways collapse, and the Exxon oil spill Engineering ethics is the field of applied ethics that examines and sets standards for engineers’ obligations to the public, their clients, employers and the profession.
Using a workshop venue, the course presents engineering ethics as a practical method for evaluating a person’s character and the quality of their thinking. We will explore the relation between law and ethics, and the major approaches to ethical thinking. The goal is to present an 11-step method and the criteria used to evaluate the ethics of any decision or action.
Using real business cases from public and private sectors, students will apply the 11-step method to evaluate a case, and present their evaluation to the class for review and critique.
What You Will Learn
- Extensive treatment of ethical problem analysis and problem solving methods
- Numerous cases and questions for discussion and amplification of topics in engineering
- Apply the 11-step method to resolve cases specific to engineering disciplines
This course is primarily targeted at engineers, as well as administrators and decision makers in engineering companies.
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