EGR 402H-02 Ethical Considerations in Technology and Applied Science
Fall 2010

Revised 9/22/10

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Dr. Phil Rosenkrantz (IME Dept) Section 02: Dr. Erik Jackiw (Philosophy)


Introduction to Engineering Ethics, Second Edition , Martin & Schinzinger, 2009 (ISBN-10: 0072483113 ). [New edition and not to be confused with Engineering Ethics by the same authors]


Office Hours

Mon: 10:30-11:00 a.m., 2:00-3:00 p.m.
10:00-10:30 a.m.
Wed: 10:00-11:00 a.m., 2:00-3:00 p.m.

(Rosenkrantz weekly schedule)


Office Phone 909-869-2553

E-Mail (preferred)

Description: This is a normally team-taught course that introduces engineering students to ethical theory (philosophy) and issues in the practice of science and technology (applications). Science and technology, of course, includes engineering. These issues include the nature of professional responsibility, the types and roles of codes of ethics, the nature of risk and risk assessment, and employee and employer obligations. Other topics are listed under the heading of "Tentative Schedule" below. The primary benefit for the applications half of the course is to learn how to work through issues and help develop your own approach for dealing with moral dilemmas that come up as a working professional. All students will be expected to participate. This class presupposes no formal training in ethical theory, but does expect students to think deeply and systematically about ethical issues of relevance to any practicing professional.

Evaluation (for first half): One half of your final grade will be based on:

Class participation (20%) - Class participation includes attendance and contributions to class and any on-line discussions. Note: Class attendance means attendance to the entire class meeting...not just a few minutes or the first hour only.

On-line discussions (20%) - Threaded discussions in Blackboard that are based on the assigned material. Discussions are due before the class shown so students can fully participate in any planned in-class activities.

Two-page papers (60%) - All written assignments will be evaluated based on clarity, relevancy, critical thought, depth of analysis, and writing style.

Final Course Grade - Your final course grade will be based on the average of the numeric scores from each of the instructors of the course. The scale used for translating numeric scores to letter grades is shown on Prof. Rosenkrantz' Policies and Procedure web page.

Policy for excused absenses: If you contact me PRIOR TO THE CLASS YOU MUST MISS and get an excused absence for illness, work demands, or other conflicts, then to finalize the excused absence you must write a one-page, double spaced, paper about the material covered in class that you missed or a related topic. Be sure to include the date missed on the one-page paper. Get information from a friend (or, if you have no friends, you can email me and I will give you a special topic designed just for you.)

Tentative Schedule for Dr. Rosenkrantz' Class Sessions
Class Meeting Topic Read/disccuss prior to class
Week 0 - 9/23 (Thurs) Introduction
Week 1 - 9/28 (Tues)

Ethics & Engineering

Week 2 - 10/5 (Tues) The Profession of Engineering
EGR 402 Assignment #1 Due
Ch1:All.Ch. Section 2.1 (pp. 27-38) plus group discussion in Bb
Week 3 -10/11 (Tues) Engineering as Social Experimentation Ch. 4: All
Week 4 - 10/19 (Tues) Engineering as Social Experimentation
EGR 402 Writing Assignment #2 Due
Week 5 - 10/26 (Tues) Engineer's Responsibility for Safety Ch. 5: All
Week 6 - 11/2 (Tues) Engineer's Responsibility for Safety
EGR 402 Writing Assignment #3
Week 7 - 11/9 (Tues) Workplace Responsibilities and Rights Ch. 6, 7, & 8:All
Week 8 - 11/16 (Tues) Workplace Responsibilities and Rights
EGR 402 Writing Assignment #4 Due


Week 9 - 11/23 (Tues) Engineering Codes of Ethics
Global Issues
Ch. 2: 40-47
Ch. 9: All, Ch. 10: All
Week 10- 11/30 (Tues) EGR 402 Writing Assignment #5 Due