Engineering Ethics, 3 ECTS

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Engineering Ethics, online-course

(Course code: VAL2020-3003-3001)

Target group:
Engineering students, all fields, no prerequisites.

Learning goals:
After the course the student should be familiar with basics in ethical theory, corporate ethics and most importantly, have an understanding of the ethical aspects of engineering work.
The goal is to give the students building blocks in their strive towards ethical autonomy at work.

Mode of delivery:
All lectures and tasks for the course will be shared with you on the course platform Moodle.
Computer with a Teams-connection needed.

Alongside the lectures and tasks, there will be recommended readings from
Withbeck, C.: Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research, first or second edition and from other sources.
Readings will be specified on Moodle.

Last date of application Oct 27th, students will be contacted by teacher after this.


Timetable and content of course:

* Week 45 

An introduction to what we might mean with the concept.
- Professional values responsibilities and judgement.
All content this week will be asynchronous, just material uploaded for you to watch, listen, read and discuss in Teams.
Wednesday at 10a.m. there will be a Teams-session open for students who have questions or want to discuss. 

* Week 46      
Group discussions (3 students per group) and tasks around the above mentioned topics.
Online session on Wednesday at 10a.m.
- Ethical theory, such as utilitarian ethics, rule based ethics, virtue ethics, rights based ethics and a few more. (asynchronous lectures)

* Week 47         
Small case studies in groups of three students.
- Engineering ethics in the context of CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility or CR, Corporate Responsibility. (Asynchronous lectures).
Engineers work in a context, an organization and these organizations define much of the boundaries for the engineer’s behavior. Thus, it is important for an engineer to have an idea about corporate ethics as well. 

*Week 48 - 49  
More case studies to solve in groups.
- This time you are expected to give a presentation of your reasoning and your results in an online session (or recorded one, the main thing is that it has to be shared with the other students).
Half of your grading for the course will be based on this presentation. The other half of your grades comes from a short written assignment based on the other group’s presentations of their cases.


 Course end on December 4th.


1 – 2 The students does the assignments and shows a basic knowledge and understanding of the concepts introduced in the course.

 3 – 4 The student can analyze the cases based on the ethical theories presented in the course and also discuss alternative courses of actions in the cases from different ethical, technical and economical perspectives.

5 In addition to the above mentioned, the students shows a good mature understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in different ethical perspectives and can also evaluate their applicability in engineering practice as presented in the cases.


Teacher/contact person:
Roger Nylund (, +358 505 272 281) 


If you have problems in signing up for this course,
please contact anita.kronqvist(a) or






02.11.2020 - 04.12.2020


45€ If you are a student this course is for free. We also offer free courses to unemployed and Novia staff Costs for OpenUAS is 15€/cr. You can complete a number of credits during a semester with a single payment of 100 euro. Please contact if you have questions regarding this. A link for Payment will be send to you after start of course.