Ethics

Course code: WM0324LR

Summary Grade: 7.9

The files below contain a summary of the Ethics reader. You might want to know which chapter in the reader corresponds to which part of the summary. Well, here is the overview: CH1=1.1, CH2=1.2, CH3=2, CH4=3, CH5=4, CH6=5.1, CH7=5.2, CH8=1.3.

  • Responsibilities and how to deal with them (55kb)
    Engineers have several types of responsibilities. And there are several codes of conduct prescribing how to deal with them. Read all about it in this chapter.
  • Ethical theories (46kb)
    This chapter discusses ethical theories. Which theories are around? And what are they based on?
  • Ethical argumentation (56kb)
    To justify our actions, we need ethical argumentation. What kind of argumentations are there? That's what this chapter is all about.
  • The ethical cycle (163kb)
    The ethics cycle is a systematic approach to solve ethical problems. This chapter describes how it works.
  • Ethics in engineering and research (43kb)
    Applying ethics in the world of engineering or research can be an art in itself. Read here how it works.
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Summary of Terms Grade: 7.5

The file below contains a summary of the ethics course. Basically, it summarizes all the terms used in the course, so you know what you're talking about.

Old Exams Grade: 7.5

Below you find some old exams. Some are with and others are without answers.

Example Essays Grade: 8.5

Some students who got high grades for their essays have volunteered to put online their essays. Take a close look at the way they set up their arguments, and how they wrote it all down. It'll help you improve your own essay.

  • Engineers working for arms manufacturers (830kb)
    What are the ethical implications of working for an arms manufacturer as an engineer, which responsibilities come with it and to what degree are engineers accountable for application of their product?
  • Rail project plan approval procedure (261kb)
    This essay is about the plan approval procedure of the German Stuttgart 21 railway project. It discusses how the approval of a large-scale project should be ethically conducted in order to avoid public conflicts while ensuring the governments ability to promote polemic projects.