2019 Ethics of Engineers (Master Course) D

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Okada Shigeo  Akiba Shigeyuki 
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Course description and aims

Ethics in Engineering Practice are based on mutual reliabilities among Engineers. Each Engineer believes to do best practice in any cases. However,to find a best practice and a best decision is not so easy. It is necessary to have many experiences and knowledges. Therefore,many present incidents and accidents are disucussed in this lesson. A virtual experience is very usuful method to make a individual philosophy for professional engineer.

Student learning outcomes

1. To be able to answer about "Risk Management" with sufficiet responsibilities.
2. To be able to recognize and address ethical issues.
3. To have an opinion concerning "Safety Management" in the future Japanese society.


Engineering ethics ,Accountability,Social responsibility,Risk communication,Risk managemennt,Safety

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Lectures and discussions by using actual samples

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Why is Engineer's Ethics necessary for the engineers? Social Responsibility of Engineer
Class 2 Responsiblity of Engineer on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident-1 ~Fukushima Nuclear Accident and Risk Management~ Risk Management Learnig from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Class 3 Responsiblity of Engineer on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident-2 ~Tsunami Forecast and Accountability~ Accountability Learning from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Class 4 Difference of Decision and Behavior between Engineer and Manager Reliable Engineer
Class 5 Human Errors are the primary causes of an accident or not? ~JR Fukuchiyamasen Derailment accident, Role of Human and Machine~ ・Human Errors vs Human Factors ・Root cause analysis
Class 6 Accident and Responsibility of Engineers ~How Society requests Safety~ Whistle-blowing Standard.
Class 7 Engineers' dilemma ~Decision-making under Situation of Big Uncertainty~ Difference of Safety Concept between Japan and Europe&America
Class 8 Summarization and discussion


Masayoshi Nakamura"Engineerring Ethics and Risk Management" Ohmsha 2012

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Masayoshi Nakamura"Concept and Practice of Safety Management" Ohmsha 2013

Assessment criteria and methods

・Academic grade is determined by evaluating the reports for the assignment presented at the end of each lecture concerning the content of the lecture.

Related courses

  • Engineers ethics 1,
  • Engineers ethcs 2

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

Consciousness of safety management and risk management

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After lecture


Similar courses in Department of Innovation science is targeting business person however this course is to help students establish own standard of ethics and responsiblity as an engineer.

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