2020 Scientific Ethics

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Iida Toshiyuki 
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Course description and aims

Scientists and engineers must be trusted by the society. They are required not only to observe laws but also to understand how they should conduct as scientists/engineers and to consider public and the environmental impact. In this lecture, students will learn how to act ethically.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to think ethically.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The lecturer had engaged in R&D at NTT Lab. for 20 years, and in ICT systems development in NTT for 18 years, and have consulted for companies as a registered PE.Based on practical experience, he will explain engineer ethics and researcher's ethics.


Applied ethics, Ethics in R&D, Engineering ethics, Ethical values

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Individual topics will be lectured.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction To understant the necessity of ethics for scientists/engineers as professionals.
Class 2 Responsibility of scientists/engineers To understand responsibility of scientists/engineers.
Class 3 Trust and reliability To understand that honesty is the most important for scinetists/engineers.
Class 4 Scientists/engineers in Organizations and SR(Social Responsibility) To understand positionings in organizations of scientists/engineers and SR(Social Responsibility). To consider how to act when conflicts of interest occurs.
Class 5 How to solve ethical problems To understand utilitarianism, causistry, etc. and how to solve ethical problems.
Class 6 Group discussion To find the difference among members through case study.
Class 7 Environmental protection, Intellectual property rights, Globalization To understand the importance of sustainability and social responsibility. To understand the difference between patent and know-how. To understand important points in the global context.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Harris,C.E. et al. Engineering Ethics Concepts and Cases, Wadsworth, 2014.
Broad, W. and Wade, N. Betrayers of the Future Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science, Simon and Shuster, 1982.

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluating essays, examination, and contribution to the group discussion

Related courses

  • none

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