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RAJALAKSHMI ENGINEERING COLLEGE
THANDALAM, CHENNAI – 602 105
DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

LESSON PLAN (JUNE 2011 – NOV 2011 )

Faculty Name / Code : V.Gayathri / BT17( Senior Lecturer) & ` S.Thiruvengadam / BT109 (Senior Lecturer)
Sub Code / Name : GE 2021-Professional Ethics And Human Values Class : V Semester (Sec A / B)

SYLLABUS (Regulation 2008) Total Lect. hrs : 45

UNIT IHuman Values

Morals, Values and Ethics – Integrity – Work Ethic – Service Learning – Civic Virtue – Respect for Others – Living Peacefully – caring – Sharing – Honesty – Courage – Valuing Time – Co-operation – Commitment – Empathy – Self-Confidence – Character – Spirituality.

UNIT IIEngineering Ethics

Senses of “Engineering Ethics”' - variety of moral issued - types of inquiry - moral dilemmas - moral autonomy - Kohlberg's theory - Gilligan's theory - consensus and controversy – Models of Professional Roles - theories about right action - Self-interest - customs and religion - uses of ethical theories.

UNIT IIIENGINEERING AS SOCIAL EXPERIMENTATION

Engineering as experimentation - engineers as responsible experimenters - codes of ethics - a balanced outlook on law - the challenger case study

UNIT IVSAFETY, RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS

Safety and risk - assessment of safety and risk - risk benefit analysis and reducing risk - the three mile island and Chernobyl case studies. Collegiality and loyalty - respect for authority - collective bargaining - confidentiality - conflicts of interest - occupational crime - professional rights - employee rights - Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) - discrimination.

UNIT VGlobal Issues

Multinational corporations - Environmental ethics - computer ethics - weapons development - engineers as managers-consulting engineers-engineers as expert witnesses and advisors -moral leadership-sample code of Ethics (Specific to a particular Engineering Discipline).

TEXT BOOKS

T1Mike Martin and Roland Schinzinger, “Ethics in Engineering”, McGraw-Hill, New York 1996. T2Govindarajan M, Natarajan S, Senthil Kumar V. S, “ Engineering Ethics”, Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi, 2004.

REFERENCES

R1Charles D. Fleddermann, “Engineering Ethics”, Pearson Education / Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2004 (Indian Reprint now available) R2Charles E Harris, Michael S. Protchard and Michael J Rabins, “Engineering Ethics – Concepts and Cases”, Wadsworth Thompson Learning, United States, 2000 (Indian Reprint now available) R3John R Boatright, “Ethics and the Conduct of Business”, Pearson Education, New Delhi, 2003. R4 Edmund G Seebauer and Robert L Barry, “Fundamentals of Ethics for Scientists and Engineers”, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001.

GE-1301 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND HUMAN VALUES
QUESTION PAPERS

MAY / JUNE 2006 PART –A (2MARKS)

1. What are the three different levels of moral development suggested by Kholberg? The three different levels of moral development as suggested by Kholberg are; i) Pre-conventional ii) Conventional and iii) Post-conventional.

2. List the different models of professional roles.
i) Engineers as saviours. Ii) Engineer as guardians’ iii) Engineer as bureaucratic servants iv) Engineer as social servants v) Engineer as social eanablers and catalysts and vi) Engineer as game player.

3. Mention the five widely used tests for evaluating ethical theories. The five widely used tests for evaluating ethical theories are: i) The theory must be clear and logical. The concept of the theory should be formulated to enhance applicability. ii) The theory should be consistent with its principles. The principles of the same theory should not contradict each other. iii) The theory and its defense should rely only upon facts, truths and correct information....
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