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Title: BME / IHE 6010 Academic Engineering Integrity Engineering Ethics Dave Kender December 31, 2015


1
BME / IHE 6010 Academic Engineering
Integrity Engineering Ethics Dave Kender
December 31, 2015
2
General Definition of Ethics
  • The study of the characteristics of morals.
  • The study of the moral choices made by each
    person in his or her relationships with other
    persons.

Reference Engineering Ethics by Fleddermann
3
Personal vs. Professional Ethics
  • Personal Ethics
  • Deals with how we treat others in our day-to-day
    lives.
  • Business/Professional Ethics
  • Involves choices regarding relationships between
    organizations and other organizations,
    government, and groups of individuals.
  • The complexity of these relationships often pose
    dilemmas not encountered in personal ethics.

Reference Engineering Ethics by Fleddermann
4
Engineering Ethics
  • The rules and standards which govern the conduct
    of engineers in their role as professionals.
  • Engineering ethics are similar to general ethics,
    but apply to the specific issues which affect
    engineering professionals.
  • Decisions made by engineers can impact public
    health, safety, business practices and politics
    and as a result engineers must be aware of moral
    implications as they make decisions in the
    workplace.

Reference Engineering Ethics by Fleddermann
5
Why study engineering ethics?
  • There is an increased awareness of its importance
    to engineers due to publicity surrounding recent
    high profile engineering failures
  • Decisions made by engineers can impact public
    health, safety, business practices and politics
  • Engineers should be aware of moral implications
    as they make decisions in the workplace

Reference Engineering Ethics by Fleddermann
6
Why study engineering ethics? continued
  • Ethical problems in engineering are often complex
    and involve conflicting ethical principles.
    Engineers must be able to intelligent resolve
    these conflicts and reach a defensible decision
  • The study of ethics can help engineers to develop
    a moral autonomy
  • The ability to think critically and independently
    about moral issues
  • The ability to apply this moral thinking to
    situations that arise in the course of
    professional engineering practice

Reference Engineering Ethics by Fleddermann
7
Engineering Ethics
  • Standards, Rules, Guidelines
  • Moral or Socially Approved Conduct
  • Honesty, Truthfulness, Trustworthiness
  • Acting in the best interest of society
  • Ethical Standards exist independently -
  • accessible to all rational thinkers
  • Codification merely summarizes, rather than
    defines
  • Applies only to conduct that has significant
    impact

8
Ethics vs. Legalities
  • Legal Standards are defined in legal documents by
    a properly appointed body. Legal documents and
    legal experts determine what the law is and who
    must obey the law.
  • Ethical Standards are assumed to exist
    independently of any sanctioning body and are
    apparent to rationale thinking. Written forms of
    the standards merely describe the pre-existing
    standards rather than define their very nature.
  • Ethical standards always supersede legal
    standards.

9
NCEES Model Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Preamble -
  • Safeguard life, health, and property
  • Promote the public welfare
  • Maintain high standards of integrity and
    practice
  • Issues -
  • Registration is a privilege not a right
  • Fair competition and avoid of conflict of
    interest
  • Rules -
  • Obligations to Society, Employers / Clients,
    other Engineers

10
Professional Engineering Web Resources
  • http//www.cs.wright.edu/dkender/ihe6010/engineer
    ing.htm
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