2019 Science and Engineering Ethics (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

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Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Nanahara Toshiya  Hatano Mutsuko 
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Course description and aims

This course discusses and investigates the ethics for engineers; e.g. an aspect of social ethics for technology and industrial products, the social role and basics of the behavior of engineers, the relationship with organizations and laws, a corporate ethic and a code of ethics, injustice of researchers, copyright, and intellectual properties.
The aim of this course is for electrical and electronic engineers to be able to learn the basics for properly making an ethical judgment on their own.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to acquire the following abilities to:
1) Explain the aspects of social ethic for technology and industrial products.
2) Explain the social role and basics of the behavior of engineers and the relationship with organizations and laws.
3) Explain the corporate ethics and code of ethics.
4) Explain the ethics of researchers, the compliance of copyright and the intellectual properties.
5) Have an interest in the ethics for engineers, researchers, and corporations, and learn to properly make an ethical judgment on their own.

Corresponding educational goals are:
(1) Specialist skills Fundamental specialist skills
(4) Applied skills (inquisitive thinking and/or problem-finding skills) Organization and analysis
(7) Skills acquiring a wide range of expertise, and expanding it into more advanced and other specialized areas


Ethic for engineers, engineering ethic, research ethic, corporate ethic, code of ethics, faulty product, figment, copyright, labor right, artificial material, specialist, bilateral character in science, intellectual property, PL raw, public harm, cross-cultural understanding, protection of environment, risk, whistle-blowing, accountability, dissimulation, secret preservation, invention, injustice of researchers

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students must read the assigned part of the lecture notes uploaded to OCW-I before coming to the class. Students must make a report on the tasks shown in the previous class and submit it in class. In 6th and 8th classes, a group study will be conducted. Students are divided into groups and should investigate and discuss the assigned issues. Finally presentations should be made in each group.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is engineering ethics? Can explain the necessity of the ethic for engineers.
Class 2 Social role of engineers Can explain the social role of engineers.
Class 3 Basics of the behavior of engineers Can explain the basics of the behavior of engineers.
Class 4 Relationship with organizations and laws for engineers Can explain the relationship with organizations and laws for engineers.
Class 5 Injustice of researchers, copyright, and intellectual property Can explain the injustice of researchers, copyright, and intellectual property.
Class 6 Investigation and discussion to the appointed issues Can investigate and discuss the appointed issues.
Class 7 Presentation and comprehensive discussion Can make the presentation for the appointed issues.
Class 8 Summary and confirmation of the class Can summarize the ethics for engineers with wide view.


KURODA Kotaro, TODAYAMA Kazuhisa, and ISEDA Tetsuharu, “Be a proud engineer” University of Nagoya Publishing 2012

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student’s course scores are conducted based on the due reports (70%) and final examination (30%).

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  • None

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisite.

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Office hours

Contact by e-mail advance to schedule an appointment and come to professor’s office (EEI-410).

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