Ethics, Technology and Engineering
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Engineering Science, Ethics, Information Technologies, Media Studies, Philosophy
Taught In English
60 units of successfully completed courses
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe engineering profession in Australia aims to facilitate its practice for the common good based on values of ethical behaviour, competent performance, innovative practice, engineering excellence, equality of opportunity, social justice and sustainable development. This course integrates values at a senior level so that on successful completion the student will be able to demonstrate a professional competency embracing all these values with a specific focus on ethical behaviour and a sustainability ethic. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability both orally and in writing; individually and in group situations.The course teaches engineering ethics appropriate to contemporary Western commercial, political and social contexts of engineering practice. It provides the framework within which social understanding and responsible behaviours are conveyed to future professional engineers. It also examines the ethical implications of contemporary technology in its full technical and organizational complexity.The course meets Engineering Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (Section 3.1) - Ethical conduct and professional accountability where the professional engineer is to demonstrate commitment to ethics, understand the need for accountability, `due-diligence' and an awareness of intellectual rights.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. Understand the nature and impact of human values when making design decisions, in particular in engineering, in the context of a complex technological and organisational setting2. Appreciate critically the technological and organisational complexity of contemporary technology and the ethical implications of its usage for practicing engineers.3. Understand the key moral frameworks of engineering ethics and their application to specific ethical dilemmas encountered in engineering practice.4. Effectively communicate one's understanding of the impact of human values and technology design in both verbal presentation and essay format, interact effectively with peers in group tasks, and solve problems in diverse communal groups.CONTENTThe course covers
ASSESSMENT ITEMSQuiz: Quiz and Tutorial ParticpationPresentation: Group PresentationEssay: Minor EssayEssay: Major Essay
- the basic concepts and moral frameworks of engineering ethics
- the techniques of normative analysis of technology and engineering practice
- effective writing and oral communication skills
- the complexity of technology and its implications on market and corporate organisation,
- the ethical implications of the complexity of technology and of the organisations which design, construct, and operate the technology.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.