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Sometimes referred to as micro ethics, these topics concern the interactions and individual actions of scientists and engineers in their research and practice, and cover responsible conduct of research.

Research and Practice
  • Animal Use 49
  • Bias in Research 14
  • Collaboration 117
    • Interdisciplinary Research 4
    • International Collaboration 6
  • Community and Participatory Research 25
  • Confidentiality 64
  • Conflict of Interest 87
  • Data Management 95
  • Diversity 31
    • Discrimination in the Workplace 7
    • Diversity in Research Design and Practice 7
  • Expert Witness 6
  • Grant Management 14
  • Human Subjects Research 125
    • Informed Consent 52
    • Institutional Review Boards 20
    • Vulnerable Populations 34
  • Intellectual Property and Patents 48
    • Industrial Espionage 0
    • Trade Secrets 1
  • Mentors and Trainees 128
  • Organizational Climate 24
  • Publication Ethics 123
    • Authorship 84
    • Peer Review 22
  • Reproducibility 13
  • Research Misconduct 56
    • Fabrication 9
    • Falsification 8
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 11
    • Plagiarism 18
  • Safety 144
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 31
    • Product Liability 15
    • Public Health and Safety 72
  • Whistleblowing 27
  • Workplace Ethics 121
    • Bidding Process 10
    • Bribery and Extortion 11
    • Community Relations 9
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 54
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 46
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  • Added06/10/2006

    Updated12/10/2015

    Ethical Engineering/Fair Trade

    This is an open-ended scenario for discussion based on a case from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review. An engineer is requested to participate in a joint venture for the same project with two competing firms. Students are asked to consider how this situation should be handled professionally and ethically.

    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 1999
  • Added08/17/2010

    Updated12/14/2016

    This bibliography covers a number of legal issues that arrise in engineering. It includes subsections on Animal Subjects, The Bidding Process, Bribery and Extortion, Accessible Design, Environmental Laws, Expert Witnesses, Intellectual Property & Patents, Human Subjects in Research, Product Liability, Public Safety, and Standards.

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Year 2011
  • Added08/17/2010

    Updated09/02/2016

    An annotated list of relevant references for engineers in a variety of settings. Includes subsections on Academia, Corporate Environments, Government Agencies, Military, Non-Profit Organizations, International Organizations, Consulting and Bidding, Engineer/Client Relationships and Whistleblowing.

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
  • Added08/17/2012

    Updated03/03/2016

    This Ethics Case Study and Commentary were written by Michael McFarland, S.J. during his time at Markulla Center for Applied Ethics in June of 2012. It includes a case plus a full Tutoriial on Ethical Decision Making as well as information on the Foundations of Ethical Judgement, Ethical Conflict, Ethical Reasoning, Derived Sources of Ethical Wisdom, and Responsibility.
    Author(s) Michael McFarland, S.J.
    Contributor(s) Michael McFarland, S.J.
    Year 2012
  • The Use of Work from an Unpaid Consultation (adapted from NSPE Case No. 77-5)

    Added06/10/2006

    Updated01/20/2016

    Ethical Engineering/Fair Trade

    This case covers the pursuit of a contract and use of a study authored by a competing firm. It raises questions about the limits that are required in order to keep competition for a contract fair. This is an open-ended scenario for discussion based on a case from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.

    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 1999
  • Added02/16/2006

    Updated02/04/2016

    A company underestimates the costs for detail design of a city's water supply system. Later, errors are discovered in the initial costs submitted to the city. Ethical issues arise due to this mistake and are complicated by the various circumstances discussed in the study. Suitable for courses in construction, project management, engineering economics, and general introductory, levels 1-4.

    Author(s) Joseph H. Wujek
    Authoring Institution Zachry Department of Civil Engineering-TAMU Ethics
    Year 1995
  • Added12/06/2016

    Updated12/13/2016

    Workplace ethics includes ethical issues and questions that professionals, researchers – and anyone working in an organization – may encounter. This includes issues that can arise between supervisors and employees, professionals and clients, and between companies and the public.  ...

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
Cite this page: "Research and Practice" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 9/18/2015 OEC Accessed: Monday, November 20, 2017 <www.onlineethics.org/Topics/29511.aspx>