ENGG 440 Engineering in Society

Week In Class Assignment Due
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4/2
Write a two page paper on the ethics of the decisions made surrounding the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster - Morton Thiokol and the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Tuesday, April 10 at 1pm
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4/9
Discuss ethical issues surrounding the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Class will split up the following concepts and come prepared to discuss them in class. Prepared means some sort of visual aid - Power Point, Presi, Hand out, Poster, etc. Origins of Ethical thought
  • Moral Theory
  • Utilitarianism
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Duty Ethics and Rights Ethics
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Personal vs Corporate Morality
  • Non-Western Ethical Thinking
Ethics and the Law
Tuesday, April 17 at 1pm
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4/16
Student led discussion on the Origins of Ethical thought Research Professionalism, come prepared to discuss, and begin to apply the concepts to a case study by writing a two to three page paper on The Case of the Killer Robot.
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4/23
Student led discussion on Professionalism
    Professionalism is the conduct, aims or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person. How do or could the characters in the case study exhibit professionalism?
Research Professional codes of ethics and apply the concepts to your two to three page paper on "The Case of the Killer Robot" Tuesday, May 1 at 1pm paper is due
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4/30
Student led discussion on Professional Codes of Ethics Read Chapter 1 in Ethical Decision Making and Information Technology
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5/7
View and discuss the ethical issues in the movie iRobot Read Chapter 3 in Ethical Decision Making and Information Technology
  • Read Case 1 Levity or Libel
  • Write a paper that applies the techniques presented in Ethical Decision Making and Information Technology to solve the ethical dilemma of one of the characters in Case 1 Levity or Libel
Tuesday, May 22 at 1pm paper is due
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5/14
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5/21
Student led discussion on legal liabities of engineers
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5/28
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6/4