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Learning objectives

What are the intended learning objectives or goals for this module? What other goals or learning objectives are possible?

    Content objectives described below come from the aacsb ethics education task force report

  • Ethical Leadership (EL) : "Expanding ...awareness to include multiple stakeholder interests and ...developing and applying...ethical decision-making skills to organizational decisions in ways that are transparent to...followers." (b) "Executives become moral managers by recognizing and accepting their responsibility for acting as ethical role models."
  • Decision-Making (DM) : "Business schools typically teach multiple frameworks for improving students' ethical decision-making skills. Students are encouraged to consider multiple stakeholders and to assess and evaluate using different lenses and enlarged perspectives."
  • Social Responsibility (SR) : "Businesses cannot thrive in environments where societal elements such as education, public health, peace and personal security, fidelity to the rule of law, enforcement of contracts, and physical infrastructures are deficient."
  • Corporate Governance (CG) :(a) "Knowing the principles and practices of sound, responsible corporate governance can also be an important deterrent to unethical behavior." (b) "Understanding the complex interdependencies between corporate governance and other institutions, such as stock exchanges and regulatory bodies, can be an important factor in managing risk and reputation."

    Below are three different sets of skills objectives:

  • Skill objectives used at UPRM in various EAC efforts
  • The Hastings Center List
  • A list presented by Huff and Frey (referenced below) that combines recent research in moral psychology with skills useful for students learning the practice and profession of computing that includes computer science, computer engineering, and software engineering

    Uprm ethical empowerment skills list

  • UPRM Objectives are described in the context of faculty development workshops in the Science and Engineering Ethics article by Cruz and Frey referenced below:
  • Ethical Awareness : “the ability to perceive ethical issues embedded in complex, concrete situations. It requires the exercise of moral imagination which is developed through discussing cases that arise in the real world and in literature.”
  • Ethical Evaluation : “ the ability to assess a product or process in terms of different ethical approaches such as utilitarianism, rights theory, deontology, and virtue ethics.” This skill can also be demonstrated by ranking solution alternatives using ethics tests which partially encapsulate ethical theory such as reversibility, harm, and publicity.
  • Ethical Integration : “the ability to integrate—not just apply—ethical considerations into an activity (such as a decision, product or process) so that ethics plays an essential, constitutive role in the final results.”
  • Ethical Prevention : the ability to (a) uncover potential ethical and social problems latent in a socio-technical system and (b) develop effective counter-measures to prevent these latent problems from materializing or to minimize their harmful or negative impact. "Ethical" is an adjective that modifies “prevention”; hence ethical prevention does not mean the "prevention of the ethical" but the "prevention of the unethical", i.e., the harmful, the untoward, the incorrect, and the bad.
  • Value Realization : “the ability to recognize and exploit opportunities for using skills and talents to promote community welfare, enhance safety and health, improve the quality of the environment, and (in general) enhance wellbeing.

    Hastings center goals

  • Stimulate the moral imagination of students
  • Help students recognize moral issues
  • Help students analyze key moral concepts and principles
  • Elicit from students a sense of responsibility
  • Help students to accept the likelihood of ambiguity and disagreement on moral matters, while at the same time attempting to strive for clarity and agreement insofar as it is reasonably attainable (from Pritchard, Reasonable Children, 15)

    Goals for ethical education in science and engineering derived from psychological literature (huff and frey)

  • Mastering a knowledge of basic facts and understanding and applying basic and intermediate ethical concepts.
  • Practicing moral imagination (taking the perspective of the other, generating non-obvious solutions to moral problems under situational constraints, and setting up multiple framings of a situation)
  • Learning moral sensitivity
  • Encouraging adoption of professional standards into the professional self-concept
  • Building ethical community

Instructional / pedagogical strategies

Assessment / assurance of learning

Muddiest point exercise

This file contains a handout in Word format called the "Muddiest Point" Exercise or a "Muddy Point" exercise. It encourages students to reflect on an activity and identify its strongest and weakest points.

Eac module assessment form

This Word file consists of a handout that allows students to assess ethics integration exercises. It has been modified from a form used by Michael Davis at the Illinois Institute of Technology to assess EAC modules developed during NSF-funded EAC workshops.

Eac matrix for aacsb

This EAC Matrix helps users to model activities and gaps in EAC programs. It maps courses onto EAC objectives, and AACSB accreditation criteria. It helps both to recognize existing, ongoing EAC Integration projects and to identify gaps for which new EAC Integration Projects can be designed.

Ethics bowl rubric

The Ethics Bowl activity has been modified and adapted for the classroom at UPRM in Practical and Professional Ethics classes. The modified score sheets used at UPRM have been reworked into rubric form. They concentrate on intelligibility, integration of ethical considerations, treatment of feasibility issues, and demonstration of moral imagination and creativity.

Ethics test rubric

This rubric helps assess success in integrating the ethics tests of reversibility, harm/beneficence, and public identification into a decision-making exercise. It identifies common pitfalls and set up problems.

Ethical considerations rubric

This rubric can be found at http://academic.scranton.edu/department/assessment/ksom/. This uploaded version has minor modifications to fit the UPRM context.

Pedagogical commentary

Any comments or questions regarding this module? (For example: suggestions to authors, suggestions to instructors (how-to), queries or comments directed o EAC community, pitfalls or frustrations, novel ideas/approaches/uses, etc.)

Appendix (annotated)

Additional information or annotations for instructors regarding the Student Module Appendix

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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