Engineering Ethics Toolkit

Welcome to the EPC’s Engineering Ethics Toolkit, produced in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering. Here you will find our resource designed to help engineering educators integrate ethics content into teaching.

 

Content

The toolkit currently includes the following, but it is a growing resource and we are currently working on further content to be added by the end of 2023.

  • Ethics Explorer: an interactive tool to help educators navigate the landscape of engineering ethics education.
  • Advice and guidance: A library of expertise in engineering ethics and how best to embed learning into teaching practice.
  • Case studies: Worked examples of real and hypothetical situations presenting ethical engineering challenges for use in teaching scenarios.
  • Case enhancements: Teaching materials and resources that help educators to employ the ethics case studies and lead the activities referenced within them.
  • Blogs: Background, opinion and updates on the Engineering Ethics Toolkit.
  • Reports and studies: The latest research on ethics within engineering education and the engineering profession.
  • Get involved: A guide to how you can contribute to the Engineering Ethics Toolkit and community.
  • Contributor biographies: We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making the Toolkit such a useful and vital resource.

These resources have been produced by the Engineering Professors’ Council for the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of the profession’s on-going work to embed ethical practice into the culture of engineering. See our blog ‘Welcome to the Engineering Ethics Toolkit‘ for an introduction and thoughts on these resources from the EPC’s President.

Some of these materials are also available as pdf documents on the RAEng website. To ensure that everyone can use and adapt the toolkit in a way that best fits their teaching or purpose, most of this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Under this licence you are free to share and adapt this material, under terms that you must give appropriate credit and attribution to the original material and indicate if any changes are made.

More to come

This is just the beginning – we are already working on expanding this toolkit with future projects, including: developing more case studies, devising a system to make the case studies searchable by engineering discipline, ethical issues and so on. Additionally, we are looking to create ‘enhanced’ versions of each case study, including specific teaching materials such as lesson plans, presentations and worksheets. For more information, see our Get involved page.

Any views, thoughts, and opinions expressed herein are solely that of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, policies, or position of the Engineering Professors’ Council or the Toolkit sponsors and supporters.

News: Ethics Ambassadors – Leadership team confirmed

Leadership team appointed.[Read More]

12 Feb 2024
About the Engineering Ethics Toolkit

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1 Feb 2024
Engineering Ethics Toolkit in the news

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10 Jan 2024
Engineering Ethics Toolkit - Tell us your experiences

Send us your blogs and testimonials![Read More]

21 Nov 2023
Using a constructive alignment tool to plan ethics teaching

Constructively align your learning outcomes with activities & assessments.[Read More]

4 Oct 2023
How to organise class sessions using Ethics case studies

Processes to help you integrate an Ethics case study in one of your engineering class sessions.[Read More]

29 Sep 2023
Blog: Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable teaching ethics

We need to move past our discomfort in order to teach ethics in engineering.[Read More]

25 Sep 2023
SEFI Conference 2023 - Engineering ethics workshop

Our workshop at the 2023 SEFI Conference.[Read More]

20 Sep 2023
We want you! Become an Ethics Ambassador

Do you want to champion the teaching of ethics within engineering? [Read More]

28 Jul 2023
Engineering Ethics Toolkit - Educators' pack

A pack of resources to help you present and promote the Engineering Ethics Toolkit.[Read More]

18 Jul 2023
Report: Ethics in the engineering profession - Royal Academy of Engineering (2023)

Ethics in the engineering profession - Royal Academy of Engineering report.[Read More]

15 Jun 2023
Media release: Engineering Professors’ Council launches new educational resource 

An online resource that helps educators to build ethics directly into their engineering teaching.  [Read More]

15 Jun 2023
News: Introducing the Ethics Explorer

An interactive tool to help you navigate the landscape.[Read More]

13 Jun 2023
Blog: Help! I’m teaching Engineering Ethics for the first time!

Dr. Jude Bramton of the University of Bristol discusses her first-hand experience of using the En...[Read More]

1 Jun 2023
Blog: Letting students flex their ethical muscles

Dr Matthew Studley looks at using case studies from the Engineering Ethics Toolkit to engage stud...[Read More]

27 May 2023
Engineering Ethics - Events

Events related to the Engineering Ethics Toolkit.[Read More]

30 Mar 2023
Case study: Neuroethics of brain-computer interfaces

This case involves Aziza, a biomedical engineer working for Neuraltrix, a hypothetical company th...[Read More]

23 Mar 2023
Case study: Implementing the use of homegrown mass timber for residential housing

An early-career consultant engineer working in the area of sustainable construction. [Read More]

23 Mar 2023
A recipe for creating a case study in engineering ethics

This article sets forth a “recipe” based on recent educational scholarship that can be used to cr...[Read More]

23 Mar 2023
Case study: Financially and politically motivated misinformation about STEM research

The case involves an engineering student whose personal choices may affect her future professiona...[Read More]

23 Mar 2023
Case study: Developing a decarbonisation roadmap  

This case involves an engineer who is one of the stakeholders invited by the president of Nigeria...[Read More]

23 Mar 2023
Case study: Microplastics in cosmetics

This case study involves a young engineering student on an industrial placement year at a firm th...[Read More]

23 Mar 2023
Case study: Balancing safety, costs, and the environment in the inspection of wind turbine blades 

The case is based on a genuine challenge raised by a multinational energy company that operates a...[Read More]

23 Mar 2023
Case study: Recycled materials and the circular economy

This case involves an engineer responsible for verifying the source of recycled construction mate...[Read More]

23 Mar 2023
Case study: Protecting data in an auto parts production facility

This case study involves an engineer hired to develop and install an Industrial Internet of Thing...[Read More]

23 Mar 2023
Case study: Balancing risk and benefits when working with offshore contractors

This case study puts students in the shoes of an engineer who is required to select a subcontract...[Read More]

23 Mar 2023
Case study: Engineers and public protest

This case study involves an engineer who has to weigh personal values against professional codes ...[Read More]

22 Mar 2023
Case study: Feasibility of installing heat pumps at scale to reach net zero

The environmental impacts of heat pumps & the social and economic impacts on the end user. [Read More]

22 Mar 2023
Case enhancement: Industrial pollution from an ageing pipeline and its impact on local communities

Prompts to facilitate discussion activities.[Read More]

21 Mar 2023
Case enhancement: Glass safety in a heritage building conversion

This enhancement is for an activity found in the Dilemma Part two, Point 1 section of the case st...[Read More]

21 Mar 2023
Case study: Debating the adoption of nuclear energy

An early career engineer is tasked with leading the development of plans for the construction of ...[Read More]

21 Mar 2023
Case study: Aid vs trade

This case study requires a newly appointed engineer to make a decision about whether or not to se...[Read More]

21 Mar 2023
Case enhancement: Developing an internet constellation

Anatomy of an internet satellite.[Read More]

21 Mar 2023
Case enhancement: Power-to-food technologies

An ethical evaluation of the technology and its impacts.[Read More]

21 Mar 2023
Case enhancement: Water wars: managing competing water rights

Role-play the council meeting, with students playing different characters representing different ...[Read More]

21 Mar 2023
Embedding equity, diversity and inclusion into a professional engineer’s lifestyle

The three values of EDI are timeless and should be embedded into the way that engineering profess...[Read More]

20 Mar 2023
Case enhancement: Facial recognition for access and monitoring

There are several points in this case - Facial Recognition for Access and Monitoring - during whi...[Read More]

20 Mar 2023
Case enhancement: Business growth models in engineering industries within an economic system

This enhancement is for an activity found in the case study Business growth models in engineering...[Read More]

20 Mar 2023
What is ethics?

Ethics can especially be seen through engineering innovations that mean life or death.[Read More]

20 Mar 2023
Why integrate ethics in engineering?

Technology not only shapes society, but it is shaped by society too. Therefore, engineering ethic...[Read More]

20 Mar 2023
Integrating a technical feasibility debate - a new approach to engaging students in ethics in engineering

We have developed a debate activity which appears to work very well, minimising the amount of ass...[Read More]

20 Mar 2023
Universal and inclusive co-design of the built environment and the transportation systems 

Every citizen must have the same equality of opportunities in using spaces because the existence ...[Read More]

20 Mar 2023
How to integrate ethics into a module or course

Ethics can and should be embedded into most modules in a natural way, giving as much or as little...[Read More]

20 Mar 2023
Case enhancement: Choosing to install a smart meter

This enhancement is for an activity found in the Dilemma Part two, Point 1 section of the case: “...[Read More]

20 Mar 2023
Tackling tough topics in discussion

Discussing ethical issues can be a daunting prospect, whether one-to-one or with an entire classr...[Read More]

20 Mar 2023
Case enhancement: Developing a school chatbot for student support services

This enhancement is for an activity found in point five of the Summary section of the case study ...[Read More]

15 Mar 2023
Blog: Engineering inclusive outcomes is a question of ethics

Prof Dawn Bonfield explains how the decisions engineers make on a daily basis can have significan...[Read More]

24 Aug 2022
Blog: Engineering Ethics Toolkit case studies in action at TEDI-London

Prof Mike Bramhall reflects on how and why he incorporated the EPC's engineering ethics case stud...[Read More]

18 Aug 2022
Contributions sought for the Engineering Ethics Toolkit

Contributions sought for the Engineering Ethics Toolkit[Read More]

18 Jul 2022
Existing ethics case study libraries

The Engineering Ethics toolkit points to existing case study libraries.[Read More]

23 Mar 2022
Case Study: Developing an internet constellation

This case is about an experienced engineer leading a team at a tech start-up. [Read More]

21 Mar 2022
Case study: Water wars: managing competing water rights

This case involves a situation where environmental damage may be occurring despite the mechanism ...[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Case study: Solar panels in a desert oil field

This case requires an engineer with strong convictions about sustainable energy to make a decisio...[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Case study: Smart homes for older people with disabilities

This case involves a software engineer who has discovered a potential data breach in a smart home...[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Blog: Engineering Ethics Advisory Group

The Engineering Ethics Toolkit is produced by the Engineering Professors’ Council with support fr...[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Case study: Power-to-food technologies

This case involves an engineer navigating multiple demands on a work project. The engineer must e...[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Case study: Industrial pollution from an ageing pipeline and its impact on local communities

This case requires an engineer to balance multiple competing factors including: economic pressure...[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Blog: Welcome to the Engineering Ethics Toolkit

An ambitious new initiative to ensure engineering education is a force for good.[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Case study: Glass safety in a heritage building conversion

This case concerns a construction engineer navigating multiple demands. [Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Case study: Facial recognition for access and monitoring

An engineer is hired to manage the development and installation of a facial recognition project.[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Case Study: Developing a school chatbot for student support services

This case study involves the employees of a small software startup that is creating a customised ...[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Case study: Choosing a career in climate change geoengineering

This case involves a dilemma that most engineering students will have to face at least once in th...[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Case study: Business growth models in engineering industries within an economic system

This case involves the CEO of Hydrospector, a newly formed company that makes devices detecting w...[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Best practice in teaching engineering ethics through case studies

Recent scholarship on best practices in teaching engineering ethics through case studies.[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Pedagogical approaches to integrating ethics in engineering

It is essential to embed ethics into any project or learning outcome.[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Methods for assessing and evaluating ethics learning in engineering education

Educators may use these ethics learning aims and outcomes as guidance for developing assessments.[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Case study: Choosing to install a smart meter

This case is an example of ‘everyday ethics’. [Read More]

21 Feb 2022
Guidance for ethical decision-making rooted in research and practice

What if a decision is required quickly? How do we ensure that we are likely to make the best one?[Read More]

21 Feb 2022
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