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Engineering, Ethics And Society: Program Outcomes, Assessment And Evaluation

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Engineering and Poverty

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Engineering Ethics

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

12.658.1 - 12.658.9

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https://peer.asee.org/2149

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Legand Burge Tuskegee University

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Dr. L. L. Burge is Dean and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences.

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Heshmat Aglan Tuskegee University

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Dr. Aglan is Associate Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences.

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Pradosh Ray Tuskegee University

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Dr. Ray is Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences.

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Nader Vahdat Tuskegee University

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Dr. Vahdat is Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences.

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Connie Price Tuskegee University

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Dr. Price is Associate Professor and Head of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts and Education

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Prakash Sharma Tuskegee University

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Dr. Sharma is Professor and Head of Physics in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences.

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Stephen Sodeke Tuskegee University

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Dr. Sodeke is an Professor of Allied Health and Associate Director in the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics.

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Vascar Harris Tuskegee University

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Dr. Harris is Professor and Head of Aerospace Science Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences.

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Gregory Murphy Tuskegee University

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Dr. Murphy is Associate Professor and Head of Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences.

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Engineering, Ethics and Society: Program Outcomes, Assessment and Evaluation

Abstract

This paper describes a new course that has been offered to the engineering students at Tuskegee University during the past two years. This course provides the students with an understanding of: 1) the nature of engineering ethics, 2) the engineering activities in a societal context, and 3) the contemporary issues in the engineering profession. Moral complexities in the engineering profession have been highlighted through exposure to historical development, ethical reasoning, risk assessment, effects on environment, and global issues. Workplace responsibilities and professional codes of ethics are discussed. Several case studies are presented as well.

Introduction

It has been apparent for some time that engineering education must provide insight for students related to the ethical issues in the engineering profession. Recently, the National Academy of Engineering published The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century to predict the roles that engineers will play in the future1. Also, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) gives criteria for engineering programs to follow2. Several of these criteria represent “professional skills” and are considered that they can be taught3. In view of these, the engineering departments at Tuskegee University have jointly developed a 3- credit hour course entitled “Engineering, Ethics and Society” which is required for all undergraduate engineering students.

This course has three major components: 1) the nature of engineering ethics, 2) the engineering activities in a societal context, and 3) the contemporary issues in the engineering profession. This course satisfies the following four of eleven ABET criteria: • Criterion f: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility, • Criterion g: an ability to communicate effectively, • Criterion h: the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context, and • Criterion j: a knowledge of contemporary issues

The uniqueness of this course stems from the fact that, it is taught by a large number of faculty representing many disciplines such as philosophy, bioethics, physics, as well as aerospace, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. We believe that in this way students will be exposed to views of ethics from a variety of perspectives. Besides, many guest lecturers are invited to give lectures on ethical issues that they have experienced in the course of practicing their respective professions. An overarching objective of this course is to motivate students to life-long learning. Students participate in interactive town hall settings and produce major project reports.

Burge, L., & Aglan, H., & Ray, P., & Vahdat, N., & Price, C., & Sharma, P., & Sodeke, S., & Harris, V., & Murphy, G. (2007, June), Engineering, Ethics And Society: Program Outcomes, Assessment And Evaluation Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2149

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