GE2025 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN ENGINEERING Lecture Notes for EEE - Sixth (6th) Semester - by R.Anirudhan

GE2025 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN ENGINEERING Lecture Notes for EEE - Sixth (6th) Semester


GE2025 Lecture Notes

Syllabus:


UNIT I ENGINEERING ETHICS
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
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
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
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
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



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