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.
Learning Units: 4 LU/HSW