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Syllabus | B.Tech-Computer Science & Engineering | Professional Ethics for B.Tech-Computer Science & Engineering



Professional Ethics for B.Tech-Computer Science & Engineering Learning Schedule
Pre-requisites: Universal Human Values 2 0 0 2


The methodology of this course is universally adaptable, involving a systematic and Inter-relationship of technology growth and social, economic and cultural growth. It is free from any dogma or value prescriptions. This subject mainly deals with workmanship culture, social and ethical responsibilities of Computer Science Engineers.


  1. To create an awareness in B.Tech-Computer Science & Engineering about Ethics in engineering profession.
  2. To understand professional responsibility of an engineer.
  3. To appreciate ethical dilemma while discharging duties in professional life.


On completion of this course, the students will be able to

  1. Understand the significance of value inputs in a classroom and start applying them in their professional life.
  2. Understand the role of a human being in ensuring harmony in society and nature.
  3. Distinguish between ethical and unethical practices, and start working out the strategy to actualize a harmonious environment wherever they work. 


Unit I: Engineering knowledge as social and professional activities

Science, Technology and Engineering as knowledge and as social and professional activities. Inter-relationship of technology growth and social, economic and cultural growth; historical perspective. Ancient, medieval and modern technology/industrial revolution and its impact; the Indian Science and Technology.

Unit II: Social and human critiques of technology

Social and human critiques of technology; Mumford and Ellul. Rapid technological growth and Depletion of resources; reports of the club of Rome; limits to growth;  sustainable development. Energy crisis,  renewable energy resources. Environmental degradation and pollution;  eco friendly Technologies; environmental regulations; environmental ethics. Technology and the arms Race; the nuclear threat. Appropriate technology movement of Schumacher; later developments.

Unit III: Technology and the developing nations

Technology and the developing nations; problems of technology transfer; technology. Assessment/impact analysis. Human operator in engineering projects and industries; problems of

Man-machine interaction; impact of assembly line and automation; human centered technology.

Industrial hazards and safety; safety regulations, safety engineering.

Unit IV: Politics and technology

Politics and technology; authoritarian versus democratic control of technology; social and ethical audit of industrial organizations.

Unit V: Engineering profession

Engineering profession; ethical issues in engineering practice; Conflicts between business demands and professional ideals; social and ethical responsibilities of the engineer; codes of professional ethics; whistle blowing and beyond; case studies.


  1. Baum, R.J., ed, Ethical Problems in Engineering


Beabout, G.R., Wennemann, D.J., Applied Professional Ethics