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PowerPoint presentation upon which the student module is based.

    New scenarios from spring and fall 2007

  • The student module, Being and Ethical Job Candidate, has been taught two times now, the first in the Spring semester of 2007 and the second in the Fall semester of 2007. During these activities, participants suggested several scenarios which could and should be developed into cases for future versions of this workshop
  • Scenario 1: Students in a Mechanical Engineering design class spend part of their semester working on site at a local industry. Even though this is primarily for academic credit and experience, students during their work will have access to confidential proprietary information. To prevent this from falling into the hands of competitors, students are required to sign "non disclosure agreements." In one semester, the non disclosure agreement was so strict that the professor did not have enough information to evaluate the students' work for their grade.
  • Scenario 2: A recruiter at the UPRM Job Fair recently complained about several UPRM students he invited to his company for interviews. Even though they pretended to have a "serious interest" in the job and accepted travel funds to fly to the interview, it soon became apparent that their interest was not serious. The recruiter pointed out to a faculty member that this would hurt future students at UPRM because this company would be reluctant to recruit there in the future.
  • Scenario 3: A course in mechanical engineering requires that students work on site at a local industry. At the last minute, the human resources department told the professor of the course that all students who planned to work there had to take a drug test. Many of the students objected and told the professor that they would not have signed up for the course if they had known that they would have had to take this drug test. Was it proper to require that the students undergo a drug test? With what kind of advance warning is required in this situation? Is it the violation of UPRM policy or any university's policy to require drug tests in these circumstances? Could universities develop procedures to prevent these kinds of problems in the future? What kind of procedures?

Appendix (annotated)

    Bibliographical information

  • Jose A Cruz, William J. Frey, and Halley D. Sanchez. (2004) "The Ethics Bowl in Engineering Ethics at the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez". Teaching Ethics 4(2), Spring 2004: 15-32.
  • Michael Davis (2004) "Five Kinds of Ethics Across the Curriculum". Teaching Ethics 4(2), Spring 2004: 1-14.
  • Michael Davis (1998) Thinking Like An Engineer: Studies in the Ethics of a Profession. U.K.: Oxford University Press: 119-156.
  • Michael S. Pritchard (1996) Reasonable Children: Moral Education and Moral Learning. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press: 140-163
  • James Rest, Darcia Narvaez, Muriel J. Bebeau, and Stephen J. Thoma (1999) Postconventional Moral Thinking: A Neo-Kohlbergian Approach. Mihway, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers: 104. Mark Johnson (1993) Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press: 8-9.
  • Jose A Cruz and William J. Frey (2003) "An Effective Strategy for Integrating Ethics Across the Curriculum in Engineering: An ABET 2000 Challenge" Science and Engineering Ethics 9(4): 546-548.
  • Chuck Huff and William Frey (2005) Moral pedagogy and Practical Ethics, Science and Engineering Ethics, 11(3): 389-408.
  • Victoria S. Wike, “Professional Engineering Ethical Behavior: A Values-based Approach”. Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Session 2461.
  • Michael S. Pritchard (1996) Reasonable Children: Moral Education and Moral Learning. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press: 11.
  • Stephen H. Unger (1994) Controlling Technology: Ethics and the Responsible Engineer. New York: John Wiley and Sons: 315-325 (Reprinted with permission of IEEE).
  • Robert C. Solomon (1999) A Better Way to Think About Business: How Personal Integrity Leads to Corporate Success. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press: 71-114.
  • David R. Haws (2004) The Importance of Meta-Ethics in Engineering Education,

    Science and engineering ethics,

    10(2): 204-210.
  • See above link to Online Ethics, www.onlineethics.org, for case on which “Oh, By the Way” is based.

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