For Lessons 10 you should do research into a real, historical case of significance to engineering ethics, and to provide analysis of both the technical and ethical details of the case in your posts to the class. The goal of the assignment is to survey a wide variety of real world cases, both large and small, so we can think about the many different ways ethics might become an issue in your future careers. If you are not on a career path towards becoming a professional engineer, you are strongly encouraged to investigate cases and issues more closely related to your own career goals. I’ll provide some sample cases is the slides, but feel free to choose any case you’d like to talk about. If you have questions about a case, leave a note in the Open Thread or send me an email!
For Lesson 10, you are required to select a case and in a 700+ word post, to describe the case in your own words. Detail all facts and contexts relevant for understanding the case (including the historical, sociopolitical, or economic contexts, if relevant). Describe what went wrong, who was responsible, and what the consequences were. For Lesson 11 you will be asked to give an ethical analysis of the case using the ethical theories we’ve developed in class.
You are also asked to create an annotated bibliography describing four scholarly sources you used for this project. Please format your citations in APA style. Your annotations should be ~150 words and should describe the significance of the source for your post and research. Identify key information drawn from the source, important claims or arguments the source makes, critical information for interpreting, contextualizing, and understanding the source, and the value it might have to others interested in this topic. Your annotated bibliography should be a concise but detailed introduction to the material covered by your research. Your annotated bibliography will constitute the “quiz” portion of your grade for this assignments, and is worth 20 points. There is no separate quiz.
You must copy and paste your annotated bibliography as the first reply in your thread. Failure to do so will result in a 5 point penalty on the assignment. You are still responsible for citing all sources you use according to the syllabus policy; if you use any other sources (including Wikipedia, etc), then include full citations at the bottom of your essay as you would for any other post. But you are only responsible for fully annotated citations for your four primary or scholarly sources.