Ethics in Engineering Practice

By Prof. Susmita Mukhopadhyay   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 766
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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : Any interested student
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.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 23 Aug 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 23 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Management Studies
  • Faculty Domain - Advanced
  • Faculty Domain - Fundamental
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

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 

Books and references

Ethics in Engineering practice and Research (2nd Edition) by Caroline Whitbeck Cambridge
Ethics in Engineering MW Martin and R Schinzinger MC Graw Hill
Engineering a

Instructor bio

Prof. Susmita Mukhopadhyay

IIT Kharagpur
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.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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 nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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