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Enhancing Engineering Ethics Curriculum by Analyzing Students’ Perception Brittney Jimerson and Eui Park North Carolina A&T State University Vinod Rohani Virginia Polytechnic Institute Media attention on corporate ethics scandals has forced universities to respondabout the ethical training of their students. While universities are recognizing theimportance of ethics as a component of their education, it is also an accreditationrequirement. Accrediting bodies, such as The Accreditation Board of Engineering andTechnology (ABET) and The Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business(AACSB), have included requirements to incorporate ethical knowledge of students as apart of the accreditation process for institutions. The purpose of this study was tomeasure the perceptions of student’s ethical coverage in their curriculum by conductinga survey. This helped identify areas in the curriculum ethics might be strengthened, andprovided a more informative way of improving ethics instruction and development. Thisstudy was a collaborative effort with the College of Engineering and School of Businessat North Carolina A&T State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Not only didthese responses provided the colleges with a baseline measure of how studentsperceived their ethics instruction, but also how they understood ethical issues,particularly as they related to global differences, issues of advocacy and ethicalleadership, and ethics and emerging technologies. The initial findings from this surveyindicated that the engineering students at both universities perceived that their ethicstraining was less positive than those of business students at both universities. Thesurvey’s results discovered some direction for curricular planning and possiblecurriculum changes in the College of Engineering in both Universities. This paper willcompare the perception of engineering ethics between the two universities and discussthe approaches of curriculum enhancement, which increased the opportunity to involvestudents in more ethical problem solving within their classes at North Carolina A&TState University. These strategies helped students gain awareness of ethical issues andbuild their competencies, so that they can identify, analyze, judge, and evaluate ethicalmatters in engineering to apply ethics to real-life decisions.
Jimerson, B. H., & Park, E. H., & Lohani, V. K., & Culver, S. M. (2013, June), Enhancing Engineering Ethics Curriculum by Analyzing Students’ Perception Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19544
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