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Title: Ethics

ENGR 107 Intro to Engineering
  • Ethics
  • (Lecture 13)

The slides included herein were taken from the
materials accompanying Engineering Fundamentals
An Introduction to Engineering, 4th Edition,
by Moaveni, and were used with permission from
Cengage Learning.
Morality is a sense of behavioral conduct that
differentiates intentions, decisions, and actions
between those that are good (or right) and bad
(or wrong).
Moral Code is a system of morality (for
example, according to a particular philosophy,
religion, culture, etc.)
Moral is any one practice or teaching within a
moral code
Morals Rules or habits of conduct with
reference to standards of right and wrong
Ethics The word 'ethics' is commonly used
interchangeably with 'morality', and sometimes is
used more narrowly to mean the moral principles
of a particular tradition, group, or individual.
Ethics the philosophical study of the moral
value of human conduct and of the rules and
principles that ought to govern it.
Ethics a social, religious, or civil code of
behaviour considered correct, esp that of a
particular group, profession, or individual.
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Case Studies
Case Study 1
  • You are the site engineer on an oil rig in the
    Gulf of Mexico. You are responsible for the
    proper and safe operation of the rig.
    Unfortunately, the drilling project is miserably
    over budget and way behind schedule. The
    business manager is being pressured to reduce
    cost and make up for lost time. As a
    consequence, he is making decisions that are
    contradictory to those which you know to be the
    correct ones ...

Case Study 2
  • You are the engineer on a NASA space flight
    program. The latest launch of the space vehicle
    has been delayed twice now. It is on the launch
    pad, but temperatures are below those recommended
    for some of the parts of the vehicle. Given the
    number of delays, the extra cost, and the delay
    imposed on future launches, you are pressured to
    go ahead with this launch ...

Case Study 3
  • You are the engineer at a building site. You are
    knowledgeable in all aspects of pouring
    foundations, and you know that in the given
    weather conditions you should prepare the cement
    and allow it to cure in a very specific manner.
    However, as usual, your project is behind
    schedule. You are pressured to pour the
    foundation in a manner that you know is incorrect
    for the current weather conditions ...

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