Professional Engineering Practice and Ethics

ECIV 5105  Professional Engineering Practice and Ethics


Instructor Prof. Dr. Mohammed Awad


Office:B233,  Phone: 2644400, Office Hours: as scheduled

Email.:, Website : site.iugaza.mawad


Main Textbook/Required Textbook::

Canadian Professional Engineering Practice and Ethics – Gordon C. Andrews, John D. Kemper Second Edition, 1999.

Note: this book is considered somewhat outdated and a more modern replacement is being sought.

Supplemental References:

 1.     ممارسة مهنة الهندسة المهند س المدني

Note: students do not have to buy these books, but should have access to them or something similar.


Semester : Spring 2014-2015

Course Description: Professional Engineering Practice and Ethics provides students with the structure, and ethics of the engineering profession> It encourages engineers to apply ethical concepts in their professional practice.


Course Aims:  It aims to:

1. Respond to the information on some aspects of engineering Practice

2. Advice to guide young engineers in their careers

3. Demonstrate how to measure Professional Engineering Practice and Ethics, using realistic and interactive case studies of ethical problems accompanied by the some expertise, case histories of engineering practices that led to disastrous and tragic results

4. Determine how the Professional Engineering Practice and Ethics can be institutionalized in the entire administrative system.

5. The ability to determine the transparency.

6. The ability to improve performance of efficiency.

Course Outlines: Textbook chapters as announced, the following (recommended) Lecture Notes, and any other material the Instructor assigns.

Week 1:


Legal Definition of Engineering

Week 2:  

Practising Engineers

Week 3:

 The engineering code of Ethics


 Week 4:

Employment of Engineers and Engineering as a Profession


Week 5:

Basic project studies

Week 6:

Design  stages

Week 7:

Product Safety, Quality and Liability


Weeks 8:

Engineers in Management


Week 9:

The Contracting procedure ( Value, cost analysis, evaluations)

Week 10,..&15:

Case Studies,

Topics for Study and Discussion


Grading: Grades will be determined as Follows:

Projects, Research Presentation             30%

Homework , Quizzes, and, Midterm,     30%

 Final                                                     40%

Although instructor is free to make adjustments or modifications as circumstances permit.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

  Monitor of Professional Engineering Practice and Ethics

  Dealing and using logical, comprehensive coverage of Profession Engineers from basic to advanced concepts.

  Assessment of public sector  behavior.

  Development of research skills and presentation skills


Students are expected to read and follow the schedule in the course syllabus, to read assigned text chapters, to read assigned Lecture Notes, and to seek and read additional suggested resources as provided by the textbook and Instructor.  In addition, students are expected to be alert and attentive with note taking in class and have a demonstrated desire to participate in any discussion.  Exams are to be completed within the deadlines given by the Instructor, and any special instructions for the paper and/or writing assignment(s) are to be followed precisely.  The Instructor will announce all deadlines and instructions as well as provide reminders about the pace or flow of the course.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: An attendance roster is kept (and login records, if this is a web-based course), and students are expected to attend all sessions on time and as scheduled. If a session and/or assignment deadline is to be missed for circumstances beyond the student's control, prior permission of the instructor must be obtained, and arrangements made for submission of the work. Regular late submission of work as well as tardiness and absenteeism will result in reduction of the final grade by at least one letter, depending upon severity. An "Incomplete" can only be given if the student has normally completed at least half the coursework, has a reasonable justification, and makes arrangements with the instructor.

Policies: Students are  encouraged to discuss homeworks with their peers.

The above schedule and procedures are subject to change in the event of circumstances.

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