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ECE 1100: Introduction to ECE 1100: Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering David R. Jackson Professor, ECE Dept. Spring 2008 Notes 6 Slides adapted from lectures by Dr. Dave Shattuck and Dr. Jeff Williams
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Engineering Ethics Engineering Ethics What is it? Why is it important? Issues, difficulties, and dilemmas Whistle-blowing The UH Academic Honesty Policy
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Definitions Definitions Engineering Ethics (Martin and Schinzinger): The study of moral issues and decisions confronting engineers. The study of moral conduct, character, ideals, and behavior among people in engineering.
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Definitions (cont.) Definitions (cont.) Moral (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary) Of or relating to principles of right and wrong behavior: ethical. Conforming to a standard of right behavior. Sanctioned by or operative on one’s conscience or ethical judgement.
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Engineering Ethics Engineering Ethics Why is it important? As a student, you are expected to behave in an ethical manner -- you need to know what your responsibilities are. In the workplace, you will be responsible for decisions that affect peoples’ lives and well being. Our society depends upon a bond of trust between engineers and the general public. The public expects quality and safety.
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Building Blocks of a Successful Career Building Blocks of a Successful Career Personal Integrity Professional Integrity Technical Expertise Communication Skills Personality Relationship w/ peers Relationship w/ boss Ability to network Skills match job Others…. . Foundation of a worthwhile career
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Integrity Integrity Integrity involves behaving in a ethical manner. Integrity is an engineer’s most valuable asset. Without integrity, an engineer has little value in a technical community. An engineer with integrity is expected to behave in an ethical manner.
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Integrity Integrity Ethics is not something you should flirt with… It is something you should be married to. Integrity is important to everyone. Here is a slogan I saw in the bathroom of a restaurant:
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Ethical Decision-Making Ethical Decision-Making Ethical Decisions vs. Analytical Decisions: Ethical decisions are based on morality, not scientific principles. Most of your coursework will prepare you for making analytical decisions.
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Some Thoughts to Consider Some Thoughts to Consider You will face ethical conflicts throughout your engineering career. Your decisions are often final and irreversible. Your actions will impact on our society. Unfortunately, solutions to ethical conflicts are not simple. They are often hard.
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Example: Heinz’s Dilemma Example: Heinz’s Dilemma A woman dying from a rare disease must have an expensive drug that her doctors think will help her. She and her husband Heinz cannot afford the drug, in part because the
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