June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
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INTEGRATING ETHICS INTO THE ENGINEERED CONSTRUCTION CURRICULUM
Sunil K. Sinha, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 231 Sackett Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 16802. H. Randolph Thomas, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 206 Sackett Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 16802. John R. Kulka, President, HRI, Inc., 1750 West College Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, 16804.
Construction courses in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the
Pennsylvania State University focus on the subjects of planning, organization, monitoring and
control of the construction projects. There is currently a scarcity of information relating to ethical
conduct in these courses. Government regulations, environmental permits, and other bureaucratic
controls continue to grow. Projects also continue to get larger and more technical, requiring more
specialized people, high-tech equipment, and better project control systems. This trend requires
that project managers have technical, business, organizational, ethical, and leadership savvy.
Many new regulations and specifications (for example, those of OSHA and ACI) require
construction engineers to design systems for execution of the construction process. Society
demands high standards of construction professional competence and performance. Construction
engineers must be aware of social responsibilities and prepare themselves to reflect critically on
the moral dilemmas they may confront. In this paper the authors suggest a strategy in which an
ethical framework is fundamental to the development of competent construction professionals.
By presenting this topic in a holistic and robust way, ethics enhances technical expertise and
provides a deeper educational experience for construction engineering students.
“Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education”
Sinha, S. (2005, June), Integrating Ethics Into The Engineered Construction Curriculum Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/14467
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