IME 402 Ethical Considerations in Technology and Applied Science
Spring 2017

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Dr. Phil Rosenkrantz (IME Dept) Prof. Erik Jackiw (Philosophy)


Introduction to Engineering Ethics, Second Edition. Schinzinger & Martin, 2010 (ISBN 0-07-248311-3). [Not to be confused with Engineering Ethics by the same authors]

The Fundamentals of Ethics - Shafer-Landaum, ISBN: 9780199997237, Edition: 3

Would You Eat Your Cat? - Stangroom, ISBN: 9780393339420

Blind Spots : Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do about It - Bazerman, ISBN: 9780691156224


Office Hours

(Rosenkrantz weekly schedule)


Office Phone 909-869-2553 909-869-4592


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 (30%) - 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.

Reading quizzes (10%) - Very short quizzes that should be answerable by anyone who read the assigned material. They are not guaranteed, but may be given at the beginning of class the days that material is assigned to be read. There is absolutely no make up for missed reading quizzes.

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 prior to class
Week 1 - 3/28


Week 2 - 4/4
The Profession of Engineering
IME 402 Assignment #1 Due
Ch1:1-14, 24-35
Week 3 - 4/11
Engineering as Social Experimentation Ch. 3: All
Week 4 - 4/18
(No Class Meeting) Engineering as Social Experimentation
IME 402 Writing Assignment #2 Due

Week 5 - 4/25
Engineer's Responsibility for Safety Ch. 4: All
Week 6 - 5/2
Engineer's Responsibility for Safety
IME 402 Writing Assignment #3 (cancelled--Assignment 4 will be weighted double)

Week 7 - 5/9
Workplace Responsibilities and Rights Ch. 5: All
Week 8 - 5/16
Workplace Responsibilities and Rights
IME Writing Assignment #4 Due


Week 9 - 5/23 Engineering Codes of Ethics
Global Issues
Ch. 1: 17-22
Ch. 6: 185-213
Week 10- 5/30