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Undergraduate Course: Professional Development for Engineers 2 (SCEE08015)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description "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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
Assessment 1: Week 5 (50%)
Assessment 2: Week 11 ( 50%)

If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
Feedback There will be feedback during the seminar sessions from both peers and instructors; general feedback will be given following Assessment 1.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To recognise the importance of ethics in engineering decision making;
  2. To investigate and analyse ethical decisions in key sectors that are relevant to professional engineering practice;
  3. To reflect on peoples' skills, values and strengths and use this self-awareness to understand motivators for ethical decision making.
Reading List
Engineering Ethics, Concepts & Cases (Fourth Edition); Harris, Pritchard, Rabins; Wadsworth; 2009.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEngineering Ethics,Professional Ethics,Case Studies
Course organiserDr Angus Law
Tel: (0131 6)51 7247
Course secretaryMiss Mhairi Sime
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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