Engineer and Society – Prof. Ki Pyung Kim

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Title Engineer and Society
Field of Study Engineering
Type Academic course
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Course code ISS1041
Course number

Engineers are expected to deliver technologies to society considering the safety and welfare
of humankind and the environment. Leadership and professionalism are also expected from
engineers to provide considerate guidance on technologies. As technological advances
created by engineers can be both positive and negative in its impacts on society, engineers
have responsibility and obligation to make ethical decisions for these impacts. While most of
decisions could be uncomplicated, there are some hard decisions creating internal and
external ethical conflicts. Engineers could face conflicting ethics obligations to society, clients
and colleagues, which makes ethical decisions more difficult and complicated. Therefore,
engineers should be prepared to make difficult and complex ethical decisions, and this
course focuses on developing knowledge to make ethical decisions and communication skills
by utilizing real-world case study and exercises which is ethically challenging.

Week 1
Day 1 HISS Orientation – No Class
Day 2 Introduction
Day 3 What is Engineering?
Day 4 Engineers in Organization

Week 2
Day 1 Roles and Responsibilities of an Engineer
Day 2 Management and Leadership
Day 3 Creativity in Engineering
Day 4 Mid-term Exam

Week 3
Day 1 Technical Competency
Day 2 Ethics in Engineering
Day 3 Engineering and Sustainability
Day 4 Corporate Social Responsibility (Guest Lecture)

Week 4
Day 1 Professionalism
Day 2 Health, Safety and Welfare
Day 3 Engineering in a Global Environment
Day 4 Final Exam

Objective Students will become familiar with various discussions and practices for dealing with engineering ethics challenges. Students will learn about ethical decision-making, professional codes of ethics, intellectual property rights and sustainable development. In addition, engineering in global and multi-cultural contexts will be explored and understood as well. Through this course, students will understand the meaning of engineering and its impacts on society, and will be prepared to make ethically proper decisions in the context of science and engineering applications locally and globally. (1) Understand the historyof engineering and its impact upon society (2) Understand the engineer’s responsibility for the safety of the public, workplacesafety and the protection of the environment. (3) Understand the ethical issues faced by engineers in global and multi-cultural work environments and developeffective communication skills required forengineers through casestudiesand in-class discussions (4) Understand a team dynamic and learn how to work individually and collaboratively
Preparations Course materials will be provided by the instructor. Textbook, Pre-knowledge are not required.
Materials HISS Syllabus - Engineer and Society
Midterm exam
Final exam
Last Updated January 23, 2020