An engineer is concerned for worker safety during construction, but is pressured by his client's objections to the cost of an on-site representative. This is an open-ended scenario for discussion based on a case from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.
Mikami, an engineer, is hired by a client to supply complete engineering services for a project involving the design and construction of a building. Mikami recommends to the client that for safety reasons a full-time, on-site project engineer be hired. The client tells Mikami that it would be too expensive to do so.
What can Mikami do about the client's...
What can Mikami do about the client's decision to ignore her recommendation for a full-time project engineer?
--adapted from NSPE Board of Ethical Review Case No. 84-5
NSPE Code of Ethics An earlier version may have been used in this case.
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A Plan for Undergraduate Education in Practical Ethics with sample assignments for engineering and science students and teaching materials from the Online Ethics Center.
This bibliography includes examples of different ways instructors have used case studies to introduce ethical topics to their students and resources for finding cases and incorporating them into the classroom.
In this essay, Dr. Whitbeck outlines an 'agent-centered' approach to learning ethics. The central aim is to prepare students to act wisely and responsibly when faced with moral problems. She provides a number of examples and cases with descriptions of questions and directions for promoting student participation and stimulating thought and discussion.
This is a syllabus for an eight-week graduate course taught by Kenneth D. Pimple for students in the physical, life, and social sciences in the responsible conduct of research. The syllabus includes a class schedule and readings, and descriptions of class exercises and oral presenatations. Also includes a bibliography of readings for class, of which many are available online.
Syllabus of an Ethics in Science class for the fall 2009 semester. Class developed and taught by Dr. Adam Briggle, Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas. The course explores the ethical and policy dimensions of scientific research, addressing issues such as research integrity, peer review, authorship status, issues of trustworthiness, human subjects and animals, as well as the policy context of science, including science for policy, societal impact criteria and policy for science. This is an undergraduate level course.
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