Course Code PD 22
Course Title Professionalism and Ethics in Engineering Practice
Online Offers
  • Winter 2022 (tentative) (Instructor: TBA)
  • Fall 2021 (tentative) (Instructor: Douglas Wilhelm Harder)
Course Location Online
Credit Weight 0.5
Course Description

This course provides a framework for understanding professionalism and ethics within society as reflected through practice in the field of professional engineering. Course topics on professionalism include: the history of engineering and professions, the licensing of professional engineers and the certification of the practice of offering engineering services to the public, and the regulation of professional engineering in Ontario through Professional Engineers Ontario. Course topics on ethics include: the philosophy of ethics and the Code of Ethics, the philosophy of justice, and the definition and disciplining of professional misconduct. Case studies will apply these principles to workplace situations including factors such as environmental ethics, whistle blowing, conflict of interest, and health and safety. [Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]

Typical terms may not reflect online offerings.

Course Work and Exam (note 2)
Author(s) Douglas Harder, Julie Vale
  • Prerequisite: Co-op students only.
  • Antirequisite: ECE 290
System Requirements
  • A computer with Internet access is required for all online and multimodal courses. Please see the System Requirements.
Taught in English
Special Notes WatPD courses are only open to undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo who are enrolled in co-op or the EDGE program. For more information, please see the WatPD website or the EDGE website.

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