Using case studies to increase awareness of, and improve resolution strategies for, ethical issues in engineering

TitleUsing case studies to increase awareness of, and improve resolution strategies for, ethical issues in engineering
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsClancy, EA, Quinn, PM, Miller, JE
Conference NameFrontiers in Education Conference, 2001. 31st Annual
Volume3
PaginationS1E-20-5 vol.3
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsand , aspects , Case , computer , Course , education , electrical , ENGINEERING , ethical , ethics , goal , Institute , issues , LABORATORY , LEARNING , Polytechnic , professional , progressive , Study , Worcester
AbstractThe author describes the use of case studies into a course in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. During a three-hour "laboratory" period, students read and discussed four short case studies in engineering ethics. The discussion was guided to help student focus on understanding the conflicting understanding and viewpoints of individuals in the case, and to look for multiple ways for resolving the dilemma in the case. Assessment showed no changes in the number of different courses of action that students could enumerate to resolve ethical issues, but this activity may motivate students to take a full-semester course in computer ethics, and possible convince them of the important role ethics play in electrical engineering practice.
DOI10.1109/FIE.2001.963999
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