Teaching product liability as an ethical issue in engineering and computer science

TitleTeaching product liability as an ethical issue in engineering and computer science
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsHerkert, JR, O'Connell, BM
Conference NameFrontiers in Education, 2003. FIE 2003. 33rd Annual
Volume3
PaginationS2A-S12 vol.3
Date Published5-8 Nov. 2003
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0190-5848
Keywordscomputer , COMPUTER science , ELECTRICAL engineering , ENGINEERING , ethical , McDonalds , product , product liability , teaching , Therac-25
AbstractThis paper discusses the ethical implications of product liability and strategies for teaching product liability as an ethical issue to engineering and computer science students. The importance of product liability as an ethical issue can be demonstrated for students by considering the well-known Therac-25 and McDonald's coffee cases as well as less-publicized but more common cases involving appliances and hand tools. Such cases not only illuminate ethical issues and dilemmas posed by product liability claims and policy, but also help to clarify the relationship between law and ethics.
DOI10.1109/FIE.2003.1265934
Short TitleTeaching product liability as an ethical issue in engineering and computer science
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