East Lansing, Michigan
July 26, 2020
July 26, 2020
July 28, 2020
Professionalism and ethics are at the core of any professional career and particularly so in engineering because of the direct impact on human life engineers have. Ethics and ethical dilemma can be taught to students in creative ways to make them more relatable. The authors have used expert lectures and debate presentations to provide students with an opportunity to explore the grey nature of the engineering ethical dilemmas in their Fundamentals of Engineering Design 101 courses. The lectures provided the students with the knowledge and ethical decision guidelines to help them analyze and make a decision on the problems. For the debate presentations, students in teams of two are assigned topics that contained fictional scenarios based on real-life examples and a binary question to debate on. Student teams need to research these scenarios and present them to the class in the form of debates. The aim is to help the students to explore the conflict, apply the knowledge presented during the lecture to make a decision and support their argument, and make a fact-based debate presentation. Students appreciated learning about these important topics during their first year and felt that they will benefit from this activity throughout their engineering career.
Borgaonkar, A. D., & Wang, C., & Kam, M., & Sodhi, J. (2020, July), Getting Students to Explore Engineering Ethics through Debate-Style Presentations Paper presented at 2020 First-Year Engineering Experience, East Lansing, Michigan. https://peer.asee.org/35765
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