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Chemical Profession of Alberta). Your evaluation for this unit will be based on three case studies. In each case, I will present the case study in class. We will have a discussion in which we try to examine different viewpoints. You will then write up and submit your opinion. Evaluation will be based on your participation in the discussion and on your written opinion. My role during the discussions will be to moderate, and perhaps to occasionally point out angles you had not considered. I may even play devil’s advocate from time to time. I will however refrain from giving my own opinion so that you can form your own without feeling that there is a “right” answer. There are no right answers in ethics although there are some wrong answers (cf. William Gass, The case of the obliging stranger, Phil. Rev. 1957 , 66 , 193–204). My expectation in the discussions is that you will attempt to engage with the issue(s). This requires a certain amount of “thinking out loud”, which you may find difficult at first, perhaps even embarrassing, since your first reaction may not be fully thought out. Engaging in this kind of discussion requires that you listen actively to what others are saying and react appropriately to them. An appropriate response is one which shows both thoughtfulness and respect. You must be prepared to change your mind, and must also be tolerant of different viewpoints. The mark assigned for your participation will take into account all of the above dimensions of professional discourse, as well as the quantity of your participation. Your written opinions should contain a reasonably thorough analysis of the issues and a clear exposition of your reasoning in reaching your final conclusion. Your opinions will be marked for readability (30%), completeness of the analysis (30%) and logic (40%). It is difficult to say how long these opinions should be because the length will depend on the complexity of the case analyzed. As a rough guideline, I would think that you would need at least 1000 words to do a reasonable job of analyzing these case studies. Don’t take this as a hard minimum, and don’t be shy to write more if you think you need to. 3
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After receiving my comments, you will have the option of revising and resubmitting your opinions once. You will have two weeks to resubmit from the day I return your case study. If you take advantage of this revision option, your mark for your opinion will be the average of your original mark and of your mark on the revision. Please submit both the revised and original marked versions together. 3.4 Term project Your major project for the term will be to prepare for and deliver a presentation to the chief technology officer of your company along with other members of his/her technical staff in which you try to convince the management group to invest some resources into investigating a new technology, either to improve existing products or processes at the company, or to develop a new product which is a logical extension of the company’s existing product line.
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