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Building Critical Thinking, Teamwork, And Communication Skills Through Professional Ethics In Engineering And Chemical Technology

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Conference

2001 Annual Conference

Location

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Publication Date

June 24, 2001

Start Date

June 24, 2001

End Date

June 27, 2001

ISSN

2153-5965

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

6.253.1 - 6.253.8

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https://peer.asee.org/8973

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Maria Kreppel

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Beverly Swaile

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Abstract
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Session 15470

Building Critical Thinking, Teamwork, and Communication Skills Through Professional Ethics in Engineering and Chemical Technology

Beverly H. Swaile, Maria C. Kreppel University of Cincinnati

Abstract

An interdepartmental faculty team has developed an upper-division general education course designed specifically to introduce ethics into technical education using a case-study approach. The course is designed to place students in a team problem-solving environment forcing them to sift through and critically analyze information related to the ethical topics studied during the quarter. Students are required to build both written and oral communication skills through position documents and presentations in public forums. Through team and class exercises, students explore and work to understand and communicate to others their stakeholder positions on specific topics. We believe it is important to provide students with an opportunity to study and explore ethics as related to their professions prior to placement in the workforce. An opportunity to research and discuss the effects of professional decisions and their related outcomes both technologically and from an ethical perspective will give them a knowledge base helpful in future decision-making. This course builds upon their preexisting knowledge to examine ethical dimensions of selected topics from their respective disciplines. Case studies force these undergraduate technologists to think critically about choices they might make in their professional lives; for example, the implications of using a particular piping material for an industrial spillway or the decision to use a less environmentally hazardous chemical solvent over another in a laboratory analysis. We are also convinced that a team of faculty from multiple disciplines best teaches a course of this scope thus preventing the focus from becoming unduly biased towards one perspective.

I. Introduction

A four-membered interdepartmental faculty team has developed an upper-division General Education course that has been offered several times by The University of Cincinnati, College of Applied Science. This course has been designed specifically to introduce ethics into technical education via a case-study approach. The course entitled, Professional Ethics in Technology, is offered through the Chemical Technology Department (ChT) as a required course for ChT majors and as a technical elective for upper-division students in other college programs including Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET), Electrical Engineering Technology

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Kreppel, M., & Swaile, B. (2001, June), Building Critical Thinking, Teamwork, And Communication Skills Through Professional Ethics In Engineering And Chemical Technology Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://peer.asee.org/8973

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