Engineering Ethics: A University Course

by Paul C. Hassler, Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Asst. Dean; The Univ. of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Tex. 79968,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 3, Pg. 185-191

Document Type: Journal Paper


Ethics and ethical decisions pertaining to engineering practice can be taught as an elective or required undergraduate course. A case study is proposed utilizing sample cases. This utilizes analyses of assigned cases, oral presentations, written analyses, outside speakers, interviews with practicing engineers, and videotapes as a means of exposing the students to actual conditions encountered in practice. Procedures of conducting, methods of grading, and methods of evaluation of a typical course are included. Recommendations are included for planning such a course.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Engineering education | Ethics | Colleges and universities | Undergraduate study | Students

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