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Lecture # 2 Professionalism http://www.flickr.com/photos/wili/242259195/ 1 By Dr. Saqib Iqbal
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Course Outline What is Professionalism Characteristics of perfoessionalism Traits of a professional Moral laws and Ethics IEEE code of Ethics Some scenarios to contemplate
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Professionalism takes more than knowledge “Professionalism is a way of thinking and living rather than an accumulation of learning.” Think: What does it take to be a doctor? it’s not just by going to medical school
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A profession isn’t just what you do, it’s who you are We say that somebody “is” a doctor. Here, “doctor” is a noun (“Doctoring the books” is something different!) Likewise, we don’t just “engineer” (verb) We also are engineers (noun).
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A profession is who you are, not a contract. “Shame on the engineer who regards their professional function as a business transaction to be judged by the question: ‘Just what do I get out of it?’” What “professions” have a reputation for being self-centered and selfish?
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Life as a professional: activities You perform “professional activity of a type carrying high individual responsibility , requiring application of special skills to activities that are predominantly intellectual and varied rather than routine and normal.” How are an engineer’s activities “varied”?
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Life as a professional: motivation Motivation for service takes first place over consideration of reward.”
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Life as a professional: joy and pride “Motivation … implies joy and pride in the work to be done, and self-imposed standards .” If you don’t take joy and pride in computer science, then you should look for another line of work. Companies and customers are also entitled to impose (secondary) standards of excellence.
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Life as a professional: social duty You have a “ social duty , fulfilled through guarding the ideals and standards of the profession, by advancing it
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