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Ethics in Engineering Practice


Engineering as a profession is meant to serve the public by strictly adhering to codes of conduct and placing paramount the health, safety and welfare of public. However it raises few conflicting questions like : who is the public? Does it include future generation? Who decides what is best for public? Do engineers have managerial and technical responsibilities? What is the acceptable risk? Do Engineers have responsibilities towards the environment also? Engineering ethics is the study of moral issues and decisions confronting individuals and organizations engaged in engineering and the study of related questions about the moral ideals, character, policies and relationships of people and corporations involved in technological activity. To prepare students for their professional responsibilities as Engineers. To help them recognize and think through ethically significant problem situations that are common in Engineering and to evaluate the existing ethical standards for ENGINEERING Practice.

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee.

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PREREQUISITES: Basic understanding of business managementl

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Being ethical is an integral part of being a good engineer. So this course will have strong industry support.

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SusmitaMukhopadhayay, Associate Professor, VGSOM (Ph.D.,Calcutta University, Fellow ISI,  Kolkata)
Susmita Mukhopadhyay's areas of specialization include Human Resource Management and Industrial Psychology, Business Values and Ethics, and Organizational Behaviour. A gold medalist in M.Sc., she is the recipient of the Young Scientist Award and Search of Excellence Award. She was selected for the Microfinance Researchers Alliance Fellow Program Centre for microfinance, Institute of Financial Management and Research, Chennai, in 2009.


Week 1  :  Introduction to Ethical Reasoning and Engineer Ethics
Week 2  :   Professional Practice in Engineering
Week 3  : Ethics as Design - Doing Justice to Moral Problems
Week 4  :  Central Professional Responsibilities of Engineers
Week 5  :  Computers, Software, and Digital Information
Week 6  :  Rights and Responsibilities Regarding Intellectual Property
Week 7  :  Workplace Rights and Responsibilities
Week 8  :  Responsibility for the Environment


Ethics in Engineering practice and Research (2nd Edition) by Caroline Whitbeck Cambridge Ethics in Engineering MW Martin and R Schinzinger MC Graw Hill Engineering Ethics and Environment P a Vesilind and AS Gunn Cambridge 
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exam: October 28, 2018 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams: Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm.
  • Exam for this Course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur.It will be e-verifiable at http://nptel.ac.in/noc/