Engineering ethics can be defined as the set of common standards of conduct and professional dimensions shared by engineering professionals, with promoting responsible practice as one of its goals. Other goals include providing a framework for critical analysis and understanding the evolution of non-technical issues and contemporary topics affecting engineers and their profession. In addition, engineering ethics allows the integration between the technical side of engineering and the societal and human dimensions of the profession. This promotes the development of professional aspects like societal impact assessment, technical and public education improvement, public informing and responsibility, citizenship, and stewardship. Engineering ethics are professional ethics, which are different than personal or religious ethics, in spite of many overlaps between these sets.
By the end of this course, the student should be able to:
- Reiterate the nature of engineering and its interaction with human life and society.
- Explain the need for Engineering Ethics by society, the profession, and the professionals.
- Define Engineering Ethics in relation to personal and religious ethics.
- Summarize the existence of professional codes of ethics, or professional value systems, to protect humans and the profession.
- Recognize professional responsibility, related limitations, and proactive responsible actions.
- Realize the ethical basis and need for life-long learning as a critical part of the profession of engineering.
- Explain the concept of sustainable development and the relationship between engineering and the environment.
- Identify the source, and effect, of public concerns on technology advancement.
Learning Units: 4LU/HSW