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13040701 Professional Ethics for Electronics L T P C
Version1.0 Date of Approval: — 2 0 0 2

Course Objectives

1) To create awareness on professional ethics for engineers

2) To instil human values and integrity

3) To respect the rights of others and develop a global perspective

Course Outcomes

  1. Identify and analyze an ethical issue in the subject matter under investigation or in a relevant field
  2. Identify the multiple ethical interests at stake in a real-world situation or practice
  3. Articulate what makes a particular course of action ethically defensible
  4. Assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems 

Catalog Description

Intensive study of moral issues and conflicts that arise when one attempts to reconcile the priorities of professional responsibilities and the world of business with those of an ethical frame of mind. Emphasis on issues surrounding the concepts of duty, rights, autonomy, justice, and regulation of business, together with extended reflections on the relationship between moral responsibility and the professions (drawing from specific fields such as engineering, medicine, and law) 

Text Books

1 Mike W Martin, Roland Schinzinger, “ Ethics in Engineering”, Tata McGraw -Hill, 2003

Reference Books

  1. 1. Govindarajan M, Natarajan S, Senthil Kumar V S, “Engineering Ethics” PHI India, 2004
  2. P Aarne Vesblind, Alastair S Gunn, “ Engineering Ethics and the Enviornment”
  3. Edmund G Seebauer, Robert L Barry, “ Fundamentals of Ethics for scientists and engineers” Oxford University Press 2001

Course Content

Unit I:                                                                                                             

12 lecture hours

Understanding Professional Ethics and Human Values Current scenario – contradictions – dilemmas – need for value education and self esteem – Human values – morals – values – integrity – civic virtues – work ethics – respect for others – living peacefully – caring – honesty – courage – valuing time – co operation – commitment – empathy – self confidence – character

Unit II:                                                                                                           

12 lecture hours

Ethics for Engineers Ethics – its importance – code of ethics – person and virtues – habits and morals – 4 main virtues – ethical theories – Kohlberg’s theory – Gilligan’s theory – towards a comprehensive approach to moral behaviour – truth – approach to knowledge in technology

Unit III:                                                                                                          

12 lecture hours

Environmental Ethics and sustainability problems of environmental ethics in engineering – engineering as people serving profession – engineer’s responsibility to environment – principles of sustainability – industrial, economic, environmental, agricultural and urban sustainability – Sustainable development.

Unit IV:                                                                                                         

12 lecture hours

Social Experimentation, Responsibility and Rights Engineers as responsible experiments – safety and risk – confidentiality – knowledge gained confidentiality – experimental nature of engineering – Intellectual Property Rights – professional rights – employee rights – occupational crime

 Mode of Evaluation: The theory and lab performance of students are evaluated separately. 

  Theory   Theory and laboratory
Components Internal SEE    
Marks 50 50    
Total Marks 100  
Scaled Marks     100