Introducing Engineering Technology Students to Ethical Engineering Decision Process Proceedings (Faculty180)

cited authors

  • Cioc, Carmen; Cioc, Sorin; Springman, Richard A


  • Abstract The paper describes the authors’ efforts to introduce ethics in different Engineering Technology courses, from the freshman level Orientation course to the senior Design Capstone course. Students at all levels are introduced to the code of ethics for engineers and to the nine steps of the ethical engineering decision. Three main teaching methods are used: case studies such as those presented by NSPE, invited external speakers, and peer review in engineering. Debate groups are used to discuss each of the case studies, while student peer review is used in multiple courses. A particular attention is given to students’ responsibilities and cheating in classrooms. The former ABET criterion 3, student outcomes (i) “an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity” as well as the new 2019-2020 ABET criterion 5, curriculum, discipline specific content (E) “Include topics related to professional responsibilities, ethical responsibilities, respect for diversity, and quality and continuous improvement” is addressed in these educational experiences(1).

publication date

  • 2020

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