7 - Ethics in Professional Practice

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Unformatted text preview: Ethics in Professional Practice Morals Of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character Conforming to standards of what is right or just in behavior Arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong Rules or habits of conduct with reference to standards of right and wrong Morals Morals are core values, those things which are believed to be primary to the essence of being “I believe in God” – is not a moral belief, but a religious one “I believe that it is wrong to lie” – is a moral belief Morals If you believe “in” something, it is usually a religious belief If you believe “that” something should be a certain way, you are expressing a moral belief (core value) Core values are the backbone of humanity There is no right or wrong in core values, except as judged by others Ethics The science of human duty based on ideas of right and wrong; the body of rules of duty drawn from this science A particular system of principles and rules concerning duty, whether true or false The study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession Ethics How you behave based upon your core values or morals If you have no or poorly defined morals, you can not have ethics To be unethical you must act contrary to your core values To be ethical you must act consistently with your morals Morals v. Ethics Ethics and morals can and do stand alone Ethics can not be judged or exist without morals Society tends to confuse these terms and also to use the word ethical as a judgment statement “That person is unethical” – when they don’t act the way you do You need to know the morals of a person to judge their ethics Morals v. Ethics I believe in honesty – religious I believe that honesty is required in all acts – core value (requires your action) If you intentionally lie, hide the truth, mislead etc. you are unethical ASCE Standards of Professional Conduct Developed to provide individuals or small businesses that don’t have the resources or a complete set of principles and guidelines to govern the day-to-day aspects of ethics practices in our profession. These guidelines reinforce ASCE’s Code of Ethics, which all ASCE members are expected to practice. Definition of Key Terms Stakeholders: All constituencies with an interest in the success of the Employer, including Clients,...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course C E 341 taught by Professor Scanlon,andrew during the Spring '07 term at Penn State.

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