SYEG 520 Engineering Leadership and Integrity
3 semester hours
The Engineering Ethics and Communications course covers the study of the moral issues and decisions confronting individuals and the organizations involved in engineering, and the study of related questions about moral conduct, character, ideals, and the relationships of people and organizations involved in technological development. The aim of the course is to learn and apply integrity-based decision making skills to work related situations, in order to make decisions based on principles and values rather than motivated by profit, greed, convenience, laziness or time pressures. This course is an application of ethical theory to moral problems confronted by engineers, scientists, and managers, e.g., conscience and free expression within corporations, professional obligations to the public, the role of values in decisions regarding safety, codes of ethics, whistle-blowing, etc.
This course includes a Communications element where students learn and demonstrate some of the basics of professional report writing and public speaking, including: analyzing the ethical environment in which students work, identify the student's company's ideology and ethical outlook; examine the practical ethical problems in the student's organization and professional position; develop awareness of the ethical impact of decision making; discern the personal self-discipline of an ethical engineer and engineering manager; demonstrate a graduate level of proficiency in writing and public speaking through written assignments and formal class PowerPoint presentations.