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Short Story Writing Requirement for Enhanced Biomedical Engineering Education and for Engineering Ethics Competitions — Ethical Twists and Cost Assessment Required

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Engineering Ethics Division Technical Session - Ethics in the Engineering Curriculum

Tagged Division

Engineering Ethics

Page Count

11

DOI

10.18260/1-2--33262

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https://strategy.asee.org/33262

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77

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Charles J. Robinson Clarkson University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-2256-9391

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Director, Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST), and Shulman Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.

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Abstract

This paper builds on an important didactic element of course described at the 2011 ASEE conference. This present paper expands on its emphasis on story writing and reflection, but with an added ethics twist. A great short story requires superb character development, an excellent plot often with a seminal event and with twists, ethical dilemmas and an outcome. For our biomedical and rehabilitation engineering (BmRE) course, we also require a triage component, diagnosis, treatment and a cost-of-care analysis. The fact that the students themselves developed the story line internalized the ethical concepts, hopefully transferable to a real-world situation.

In one sense, this writing exercise and the paragraphs related to the ethical question assignments forced the students to use adaptive expertise. A story has no right or wrong answer. Its plot and its characters can be ethically correct, marginally so or completely unethical, or some combination thereof. The story writing exercise and the opinion homework pieces required the students to review the didactic material from the class and then internalize it so that they could write a cohesive story with a great plot or an opinion. The first innovation comes from a group’s plot and character outlines. Then each author has to innovate his/her own full story in “competition” with others in his/her group. Adding unexpected ethical twists requires further innovation.

Robinson, C. J. (2019, June), Short Story Writing Requirement for Enhanced Biomedical Engineering Education and for Engineering Ethics Competitions — Ethical Twists and Cost Assessment Required Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33262

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