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Developing an Engaging Online Engineering Ethics Course for Future Engineers

Developing an Engaging Online Engineering Ethics Course for Future Engineers
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Author(s): Julie M. Little (Taylor University, USA) and Patricia S. Fox (Indiana University-Purdue University, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 25
Source title: Optimizing Student Engagement in Online Learning Environments
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): A.V. Senthil Kumar (Hindusthan College of Arts and Science, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3634-5.ch011

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Abstract

This chapter describes the process of developing both an engaging and motivating online ethics course for future engineers; and includes major concepts in engineering ethics beginning with why engineering students should study ethics at all. Next the various levels of ethics are examined, which include personal, organizational, and global ethics, and how each level then applies to the profession of engineering. Ethical behavior, ethical dilemmas and whistle-blowing are also defined and discussed. Ethical decision-making models, which are used to solve ethical dilemmas, are explained and examples are presented to engage students in the process. The significance of how engineers are held to higher standard and must adhere to both their professional code of ethics along with their organization's code of ethics is also emphasized. Understanding the role of ethical leadership and how it impacts an organization follows. Finally, engaging online methods for teaching ethics to engineering students will be explored throughout.

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