* CBE 260 / EGR 260 (EM) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Ethics and Technology: Engineering in the Real World
Sample reading list:
David Noble, America by Design
Henry Petroski, To Engineer is Human
Samuel Florman, The Existential Pleasures of Engineering
Douglas Birsch and John H. Fielder, The Ford Pinto Case: a study in applied ethics, business...
D. Goodstein, On Fact and Fraud
L. Winner, Do Artifacts Have Politics
See instructor for complete list
Weekly readings of 4-5 articles. Weekly precepts will be student led. Three short papers (2-3 pages) based on precept material. In the second half of the term, students will carry out an independent analysis of a technology and examine the ethical issues facing engineers in implementing the technology (topics include energy, environmental, automotive and other technologies). Oral presentations and annotated bibliographies will be presented on these analyses.
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
There will be movies relevant to technology development, e.g. "Who Killed the Electric Car", "The Day After Trinity", "China Syndrome". These will be available for viewing on Blackboard.
Seniors Only 30