Undergraduate Course: Professional Development for Engineers 2 (SCEE08015)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is designed to support Engineering students to develop skills in professional ethics that will provide a foundation for a successful future career as a professional engineer. The course will use a combination of real case studies, ethical reasoning, and example problems to provide students with a range of tools and resources to allow them to develop their skills to investigate, analyse and make decisions about ideas related to their professional ethical development.
"Knowing engineering ethics is as much a part of knowing how to engineer as knowing how to calculate stress or design a circuit is". One of the most important aspects in the career of a professional engineer is being in the position to make and influence important decisions often with create potential for significant societal implications. This course will cover the theoretical background to professional ethics in an engineering context. Activities will include analysis of examples from key sectors where engineers work, investigation of ethics applied in engineering contexts. Seminar sessions will be used in conjunction with formally delivered content to allow a blend of individual work and group discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Assessment 1: Week 5 (50%)
Assessment 2: Week 10 ( 50%)
||There will be feedback during the seminar sessions from both peers and instructors; general feedback will be given following Assessment 1.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To recognise the importance of ethics in engineering decision making;
- To investigate and analyse ethical decisions in key sectors that are relevant to professional engineering practice;
- To reflect on peoples' skills, values and strengths and use this self-awareness to understand motivators for ethical decision making.
|Engineering Ethics, Concepts & Cases (Fourth Edition); Harris, Pritchard, Rabins; Wadsworth; 2009.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Engineering Ethics,Professional Ethics,Case Studies
|Course organiser||Dr Angus Law
Tel: (0131 6)51 7247
|Course secretary||Miss Jennifer Yuille
Tel: (0131 6)51 7073