With a crowded engineering curriculum, it's difficult to justify three credit hours for a new course in the comprehensive instruction in applied ethics. Partial coverage of ethics in undergraduate engineering seminars, or the "Introduction to Engineering" course also has obvious drawbacks. In contrast, a modular integration of ethics throughout the engineering curriculum, although it demands coordinated coverage and relevant links to many diverse computational courses, seems like a logical alternative. This paper will discuss a web-based module created to introduce the ethical perspective of Nietzschean perfectionism to engineering undergraduates in a junior-level Civil Engineering course in Structural Analysis. I will also discuss the usability testing of this module, and plans for additional ethics modules to be integrated into other engineering courses at Boise State University.
This document was originally published by IEEE in 32nd Annual Frontiers in Education, 2002. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2002.1158737
Haws, David. (2002). "Using the Web to Integrate Ethics in the Engineering Curriculum". 32nd Annual Frontiers in Education, 2002, 3S4F-7 - S4F-12.