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BME59500 - Problems in Engineering Ethics

Summer 2014

Days/Time: Arranged / Arranged
Credit Hours: 1

Learning Objective:
Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
a) identify and describe ethical dilemmas in the context of historical and developing technology and engineering practice,
b) follow a structured, iterative decision-making process for moral reasoning to reach a supported conclusion regarding ethical dilemmas, and
c) use their own reflection on the moral reasoning process within multiple case studies to re-evaluate the coherence between the principles, codes, and theories involved in any given case.

Description:
The focus of the course is on developing moral reasoning and increasing ethical awareness within the engineering profession by introducing students to critical issues in engineering ethics. Students will analyze a carefully selected set of four case studies that includes both historic cases and new cases focused on emerging technologies in several engineering disciplines. Developing moral reasoning skills is essential for future engineers, and is gaining greater visibility as industries, professional organizations, and funding agencies begin to recognize their value to engineering professionalism.

Topics Covered:
Students will analyze a carefully selected set of four case studies that includes both historic cases and new cases focused on emerging technologies in several engineering disciplines. Students will use a framework for analyzing ethical dilemmas which are particular to engineering. This methodology, called Reflexive Principlism, is based on a set of common moral principles as ethical starting places. In this framework, the common ethical principles are applied in an iterative process of analysis and decision making that is similar to the engineering design process.

Prerequisites:
None; This course is open to seniors and graduate students from all engineering disciplines.

Web Address:
http://www.itap.purdue.edu/learning/tools/blackboard/

Homework:
Course meets 1 hour/wk for active learning session. Prepare for sessions by engaging w/online course content. Instructors use 2 assessment instruments to measure student's development of moral reasoning. Students participate in one 30-60 min. interview during course.

Projects:
None.

Exams:
None.

Textbooks:
No textbook required. However, there will be required reading and viewing content assigned for each case study and accessed online (Blackboard Learn).

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements

ProEd Minimum Requirements: view

Tuition & Fees: view

Andrew O. Brightman
Phone
765-496-3537
Email
aob@purdue.edu
Office
Purdue University
Martin C. Jischke Hall
206 S Martin Jischke Dr
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2032
Fax
765-494-1193
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