June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
23.449.1 - 23.449.12
AbstractEducating Engineering Students about Ethics: Experiences at _____ University and_____ CollegeEngineering students need to understand that their future profession is guided byprinciples of ethics – principles regarding both the practice of engineering itself, and thebusiness environment in which that practice occurs. Since 2003 at ____ College(____), and since 2005 at ____ University, this need has been addressed in lecturespresented by an ethics advocate, lawyer and member of the senior management teamat a Fortune 50 corporation. These lectures draw heavily upon real-life examples ofbusiness situations in which the company’s engineers faced ethical choices anddecisions. The guest lecturer solicits student participation and discussion to illustratethe importance of ethics, the kinds of ethical decisions made in the business world, andthe nature of ethical decision-making. Particular ethical challenges discussed duringthe lecture include conflicts of interest, gratuities and bribes, protection of proprietaryinformation, among others.This paper will discuss the method and content of the lecture, and observations by thelecturer and the host engineering professors about the perceived level of ethicalawareness among the students. The paper will describe the courses in which thelectures are presented at ___ and ___, and it will present and discuss the results of asurvey completed by the engineering students. The survey, administered to current andpast students at ____ and _____, asked them to evaluate the value and effectiveness ofthe ethics lectures. The survey questions asked students to recall the lecture, toconsider the lecture’s effect on their ability to make ethical choices, and to rate the valueof the ethics lecture on their engineering education. Approximately 80% of thosesurveyed considered ethics to be a generally important topic to be covered in theircollege education, and 72% found this particular lecture to have been helpful for makingethical choices.
Ware, D. K., & Ahlgren, D. J., & Silverman, H. F. (2013, June), Educating Engineering Students about Ethics: Experiences at Brown University and Trinity College Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19463
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