Design and Development of a Course in Professionalism and Ethics for CDIO Curriculum in China

TitleDesign and Development of a Course in Professionalism and Ethics for CDIO Curriculum in China
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFan, Y, Zhang, X, Xie, X
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
AbstractAt Shantou University (STU) in 2008, a stand-alone engineering ethics course was first included within a Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) curriculum to address the scarcity of engineering ethics education in China. The philosophy of the course design is to help students to develop an in-depth understanding of social sustainability and to fulfill the obligations of engineers in the twenty-first century within the context of CDIO engineering practices. To guarantee the necessary cooperation of the relevant parties, we have taken advantage of the top-down support from the STU administration. Three themes corresponding to contemporary issues in China were chosen as the course content: engineers' social obligations, intellectual property and engineering safety criteria. Some popular pedagogies are used for ethics instruction such as case studies and group discussions through role-playing. To impart the diverse expertise of the practical professional practice, team teaching is adopted by interdisciplinary instructors with strong qualifications and industrial backgrounds. Although the assessment of the effectiveness of the course in enhancing students' sense of ethics is limited to assignment reports and class discussions, our endeavor is seen as positive and will continue to sustain the CDIO reform initiatives of STU. 
NotesFan, Yinghui 1; Email Address: Zhang, Xingwei 1; Email Address: Xie, Xinlu 2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Mechatronic Engineering, College of Engineering, Shantou University, University Road 243 Shantou 515063 People's Republic of China 2: Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Shantou University, Shantou People's Republic of China; Source Info: Oct2015, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p1381; Subject Term: ENGINEERING ethics -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: CURRICULUM planning; Subject Term: INDUSTRIAL safety; Subject Term: INTELLECTUAL property; Subject Term: PROFESSIONALISM; Subject Term: CHINA; Author-Supplied Keyword: CDIO; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering ethics education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethical behavior; Author-Supplied Keyword: Social obligation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Value judgment; Number of Pages: 9p; Document Type: Article