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Engineering Ethics

The short course in Engineering Ethics aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the ethical considerations that are integral to engineering practice. Participants will learn about the principles and values that underpin ethical decision-making, and explore how these can be applied in practical scenarios. The course will cover a range of topics, including professional responsibility, social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and the impact of technology on society. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, and interactive discussions, participants will develop their critical thinking skills and gain practical tools for ethical decision-making in the engineering profession. The course is suitable for engineers, engineering students, and professionals who are interested in the ethical aspects of engineering practice.

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Targeted Groups:

This course was designed to fit:

  • Engineering students at the undergraduate or graduate level

  • Professional engineers seeking to fulfill continuing education requirements

  • Engineers preparing for licensure exams

  • Engineering educators looking to incorporate ethics into their curriculum

  • Engineers transitioning to new roles with greater ethical responsibilities

  • Government employees working in engineering or related fields

  • Non-engineers working in fields that interact with engineering, such as legal or policy professionals.
  • Industry professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of ethical issues in engineering

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Course Objectives:

This course was designed to let the participants able to:

  • To understand the basic principles and theories of ethics in engineering

  • To identify ethical issues in engineering practice and analyze them using ethical frameworks

  • To develop skills in ethical decision-making and communication

  • To understand the social, environmental, and global impact of engineering

  • To develop an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of engineers in the workplace

Course Contents

Unit 1: Introduction to Ethics

  • Definition and nature of ethics

  • Major ethical theories and principles


Unit 2: Ethics in Engineering Practice

  • Professional codes of ethics

  • Case studies of ethical issues in engineering

  • Ethical decision-making frameworks


Unit 3: Social and Environmental Impacts of Engineering

  • Global and local impact of engineering projects

  • Social responsibility in engineering practice

  • Environmental ethics and sustainability


Unit 4: Ethical Responsibilities of Engineers

  • Professional obligations to society and the environment

  • Workplace ethics and conduct

  • Ethical leadership and communication


Unit 5: Emerging Issues in Engineering Ethics

  • Ethical challenges of emerging technologies

  • Diversity and inclusion in engineering practice

  • Global perspectives on engineering ethics

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