BEE 5400 - Engineering Ethics and Professional Practice
Fall. 3 credits.
Enrollment limited to: graduate level or senior standing.
R. A. Evans, M. B. Timmons.
A web-based course that is an in-depth treatment of the ethical issues facing an engineer practicing in today’s business and cultural environment. Course will present the engineering code of ethics and an engineer’s responsibility to guard the public’s health, welfare, and safety. In that context, competing ideologies will be identified that creates conflicts in choice. Several case histories will be explored to identify conflicting ideologies. Each student will be required to investigate a current case where engineer ethics are critical to the outcome of the issue/case. Students are asked to develop their own personal statement of ethics and to construct personal professional goals.
Students participate via Blackboard in weekly forums with required submissions on a bi- weekly topic including supporting arguments with references on Blackboard Class. After postings, there is a required forum discussion that includes posting of comments and arguments. There are two required 2-hour live-time chat sessions one that involves leaders in the local community and the other is a discussion of personal goals and professional development. The time slots for the live chat are to be arranged; weekly office hours and on demand.
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