ELT 120 Ethics in Engineering and Technology (3 credits)

This course is an investigation of fundamental ethical issues relating to the fields of engineering and technology, focusing on organizing principles and ethical theory to frame problems that are typically encountered in the engineering industry. Topics to be discussed include: professional responsibility and accountability; honesty and integrity in the workplace; intellectual property; conflicts of interest; environmental issues; risk, safety and product reliability; legal liability; and diversity in the workplace. Contemporary case studies will be examined and debated in the context of such traditional philosophical schools of thought as utilitarianism and Kantian ethics. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or Permission of Instructor.