Ethics and Deontology

Base Knowledge

Not applicable!

Teaching Methodologies

The lectures serve to introduce the subjects taught, as well as study materials.
They are also used for the discussion of case studies, progress meetings with the teacher and clarification on the progress of work.
During the semester, the students have to carry out a research work permanently accompanied with the following objectives:
–   Conduct a research in the area of ethics and deontology
–   Give their input and personal vision
–   Increase the critical spirit.

Learning Results

In order to complete the course successfully, students should be able to:
–   Develop knowledge and comprehension skills in the area of ethics and deontology, relying on exhibits classes of teacher and seminars conducted by invited guests.
–   Develop the ability to apply the knowledge acquired in solving specific problems of working life, sustained by their own reasoning;
–   Create the ability to collect, select and interpret relevant information in the area of ethics, coupled with the capacity for analysis, synthesis and formulation of opinions;
–   To instil an ethical attitude and ethics in the development of their tasks by knowledge acquired and the ability to critically understand the scope, applicability and opportunity in specific situations of everyday life.


1 – Introduction
–   Ethics, Morality and Ethics
–   Ethics in Engineering
–   Case studies.

2   – Engineers at a crossroads
–   Ethical dilemmas
–   Shuttle Challenger and other examples
–   The triangle of doubts
–   Professional Ethics
–   Code of ethics for engineers in Portugal
–   The Practical Ethics

3   – The seven “deadly sins” of a male culture
–   Shuttle Challenger
–   Greed, arrogance and cowardice?
–   The seven “deadly sins” of a “male” culture
–   Need to review the organizational cultures of type “male”

4   – Leadership ethics
–   The 10 simple (but difficult) lessons in leadership
–   Thinking group – what can leaders do?
–   Responsibilities of engineers or accountability system?
–   The essence of individual responsibility

5   – Codes of ethics
–   A code of ethics for ethics codes
–   Codes of ethics and professional conduct
–   Roles and limitations of codes of ethics 6 – Invited Lectures
7 – Symposium on Ethics and Deontology in Engineering

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