GE2025 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN ENGINEERING Syllabus | Anna University | Regulation 2008 | (Applicable to the students admitted from the Academic year 2008 – 2009 onwards)


GE2025 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN ENGINEERING L T P C
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UNIT I ENGINEERING ETHICS 9
Senses of ‘Engineering Ethics’ – Variety of moral issues – Types of inquiry – Moral dilemmas –
Moral Autonomy – Kohlberg’s theory – Gilligan’s theory – Consensus and Controversy – Professions
and Professionalism – Professional Ideals and Virtues – Uses of Ethical Theories
UNIT II ENGINEERING AS SOCIAL EXPERIMENTATION 9
Engineering as Experimentation – Engineers as responsible Experimenters – Research Ethics -
Codes of Ethics – Industrial Standards - A Balanced Outlook on Law – The Challenger Case Study
UNIT III ENGINEER’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFETY 9
Safety and Risk – Assessment of Safety and Risk – Risk Benefit Analysis – Reducing Risk – The
Government Regulator’s Approach to Risk - Chernobyl Case Studies and Bhopal
UNIT IV RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS 9
Collegiality and Loyalty – Respect for Authority – Collective Bargaining – Confidentiality – Conflicts
of Interest – Occupational Crime – Professional Rights – Employee Rights – Intellectual Property
Rights (IPR) - Discrimination
UNIT V GLOBAL ISSUES 9
Multinational Corporations – Business Ethics - Environmental Ethics – Computer Ethics - Role in
Technological Development – Weapons Development – Engineers as Managers – Consulting
Engineers – Engineers as Expert Witnesses and Advisors – Honesty – Moral Leadership – Sample
Code of Conduct TOTAL : 45 PERIODS
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TEXT BOOKS :
1. Mike Martin and Roland Schinzinger, “Ethics in Engineering”, McGraw Hill, New York
(2005).
2. Charles E Harris, Michael S Pritchard and Michael J Rabins, “Engineering Ethics –
Concepts and Cases”, Thompson Learning, (2000).
REFERENCES:
1. Charles D Fleddermann, “Engineering Ethics”, Prentice Hall, New Mexico, (1999).
2. John R Boatright, “Ethics and the Conduct of Business”, Pearson Education, (2003)
3. Edmund G Seebauer and Robert L Barry, “Fundamentals of Ethics for Scientists and Engineers”,
Oxford University Press, (2001)
4. Prof. (Col) P S Bajaj and Dr. Raj Agrawal, “Business Ethics – An Indian Perspective”, Biztantra,
New Delhi, (2004)
5. David Ermann and Michele S Shauf, “Computers, Ethics and Society”, Oxford
University Press, (2003)









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