Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2019Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 65400001 Subject Classification Area Courses
Subject Name 社会の中における工学
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Engineering in the Society
マツムラ ユキヒコ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Mon5-8:IAS K110
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
【More Details】
The textbook shown below is used, but the lecture does not always made following it.  Sometimes lecture is given with powerpoint and other materials, and group discussion is made. 
Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 21 : Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons
Course Area(Discipline) 21 : Ethical Education
Eligible Students FY2016 students, transferred students, and previous students from all the faculties.
Keywords moral, public, environment, safety, risk management, ethics, engineer 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status within
Liberal Arts Education
The goal of this lecture is to learn fundamental philosophy regarding the existence and position of engineering in the society based on cultural and social viewpoints.  It includes learning fundamental knowledge needed for succession, creation, and utilization of technologies useful for the society and methodology of discussion to find agreement with persons in different positions and with different values. 
Expected OutcomeYou will be able to nourish the ability to find the way to solve environmental and social problems in multi-aspect relation among the human, the society, nature, and engineering.  You will be also able to nourish the ability to understand the standpoint of engineers in the society and to solve ethical problems. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Since the East-Japan Great Earthquake, discussion on nuclear power plant is widely made.  To utilize new technology new technology, it is necessary for both people who develop the technology and people who use the technology has to have a thought of making the best of the technology with the understanding of risks associated with the technology.  Thus, the following aims are placed.
1) To obtain fundamental knowledge on problems related to engineering in the society.  Especially, to understand the basic concept and significance of engineering ethics that is important for proper use of engineering technology in the society.
2) To develop his/her own philosophy not only by learning by listening but also by insisting his/her own opinion and discussing with others.  
3) To nourish ability to solve problems through previous and virtual examples so that the students can virtually experience the possible engineering problems that they may face in the future.  
Class Schedule 1. (1) Guidance  (2) Moral, ethics, and law
2. (1) Experts and Engineers  (2) Ethics for engineers
3 (1) Engineer and organization  (2) Challenger accident
4. Engineering in the society
5. Methodology of solving problems
6. (1) The public and engineers  (2) Qualification of engineers
7. Defects of engineering products – Duty of care
8 Defects of engineering products – Legal responsibility and moral responsibility
9. (1) Person's nature related with moral  (2) Ethics for researchers
10. Accountability
11. Whistle blowing
12. Environmental problems
13. Intellectual properties
14. Example: Citi Group Center in danger
15. Example: " Gilbane Gold"

16. Final examination 
[Textbook] Taiji Sugimoto, Shigeatsu, Taki: "Gijutsusha no rinri nyumon" 5ed., Maruzen. (in Japanese)
[Reference] Charles E. Harris, Jr., Michael S. Pritchard, Michael J. Rabins, " Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases"3ed., translated by the Institution of Professional Engineers, Japan, Maruzen. (in Japanese)
In the 15th class, 25 min video is used.   Video may be used in other examples, too.
PC or AV used in
Textbook, handouts, visual materials (video) 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
1st class: Study Chap. 1 of the textbook.  Think of recent ethical cases.
2nd class: Study Chap. 2 of the textbook.  
3rd class: Study Chap. 3 of the textbook.  
4th class: Study Chap. 4 and 15 of the textbook.  
5th class: Study Chap. 5 of the textbook.  
6th class: Study Chaps. 6 and 7 of the textbook.  
7th class: Study Chap. 8 of the textbook.  
8th class: Study Chap. 9 of the textbook.  
9th class: Study Chap. 10 of the textbook.  
10th class: Study Chap. 11 of the textbook.  
11th class: Study Chap. 12 of the textbook.  
12th class: Study Chap. 13 of the textbook.  
13th class: Study Chap. 14 of the textbook.  
14th class: Prepare for the group discussion based on the handout.
15th class: Review whistle blowing and environmental problem. 
Requirements To develop a good discussion, both of knowledge of related items and methodology of discussion are needed.  This lecture is composed of lecture where related knowledge is learned and practice where discussion is made.  Engineering knowledge is not necessarily needed.  Students from faculties other than engineering are welcome. 
Grading Method Achievement is evaluated by final examination.  Evaluation is made by evaluating this achievement as well as participation to the class.  The credit is given to the students with evaluation score higher than 60 %.  The composition is final exam (70 %) and participation (30 %).  Participation to the class includes evaluation of reply to the question in the class, report of the group discussion, and reports to be submitted.   
Message In the class, develop your own opinion, and actively express it in the group discussion.
Office hour is prepared.  In case of questions, visit the lecturer room.
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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