This course provides an in-depth examination of the ethical concepts and contexts which are relevant to professional engineering. Drawing from contemporary research in ethical philosophy, and from concrete engineering case studies, the course offers a challenging but accessible guide for practicing engineers to get to grips with the ethical dimensions of their work.
The course takes as its starting point the notion that being a professional engineer involves not just technical skill, but also ethical awareness. Learners explore in detail the ethical side of professionalism in general, and of engineering in particular.
You will examine several key ethical concepts which are involved in identifying as a professional engineer, accepting and following a code of ethics, and being a member of a professional body. The course also covers the social responsibilities that engineers have to the wider public, and what to do when those responsibilities conflict with an employer’s or client’s interests.
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• Fully understand the ethical relevance and responsibilities of being a professional engineer
• Understand central ethical concepts, such as trust, honesty, and integrity, and their relevance to the engineering profession.
• Understand the role that professional codes of ethics can play in guiding the practice of engineers
• Understand the social responsibilities that engineers have to the public, and the tensions which might occur when such responsibilities conflict with the interests of employers
• Understand what is involved in being a member of a professional body
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The University’s Faculty of Engineering is top 100 in the world for engineering and technology and coordinates their teaching with specialist staff from their National Centre for Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA), which aims to help students, professionals and employees to identify, analyse and respond to the ethical issues they encounter in their disciplines and their working lives.
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Engineering Ethics: Section 1 - The Engineering Profession
- Engineering Ethics: Section 2 - Codes of Ethics
- Engineering Ethics: Section 3 - Trust and Professional Relationships
- Engineering Ethics: Section 4 - Honesty
- Engineering Ethics: Section 5 - Integrity
- Engineering Ethics: Section 6 - Social Responsibility
- Engineering Ethics: Section 7 - Responsible Leadership
- Engineering Ethics: Section 8 - Working with the Military
- Engineering Ethics: Section 9 - Whistleblowing and Conflicts
- Engineering Ethics: Section 10 - Intellectual Property
Engineering Ethics: Final Assessment