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CEG3003 : Engineering Ethics and Sustainability

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jaime Amezaga
  • Lecturer: Dr Oliver Heidrich
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To understand the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering.
To develop awareness of the impact of engineering practice in a global and social context.
To understand the requirements for engineering activities to promote sustainable development.

Students will gain an understanding of the ethical and professional challenges for the current practice of civil engineering with an awareness of the global and social context within the framework of sustainable development.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides an understanding of the global and social context of civil engineering taking ethics and sustainability as the main reference points. A number of participative lectures will introduce some of the key topics to achieve this aim. The topics include an overview of global challenges, in-depth revision of the concept of sustainability and the role of ethics in engineering and finances. Some particular tools and approaches will be presented such as planning for sustainability, social impact assessment, corporate social responsibilty and institutional analysis. Team of students will also explore particular case studies which they will present and debate with the whole group.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Integrated Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:307:30Individual analysis
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:307:30Oral presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:0046:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Course includes taught material which is delivered interactively with the students, encouraging live debate of the exposed topics. This is combined with a number of small group teaching activities where the students will discuss the advances of their group research and analysis of particular topics. Students will produce a final group presentation and report which will be debated with the whole class group.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M50Integrated Report presented as a professional dossier inc illustrations and diagrams (approx 1500 words per group member).
Written exercise2M35Individual Analysis (approx 1000 words); plus a one page explanation of the contribution of each group member.
Prof skill assessmnt2M1515 minute Oral Presentation.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Coursework is oriented towards self-learning and development of the student’s own awareness of complex issues using the background information and analytical tools presented in the taught lectures. The integrated report and the presentations are group activities.

Integrated Report – An integrated report will be produced by each group as a professional dossier giving background information about the research topic and an analysis of sustainability issues with an emphasis on ethical and sustainability considerations, leading to a summary of the main findings. Individual contributions to the report will be assessed.

Presentation – Slides for a 15 minute presentation will be submitted. Groups will present to the class their analysis of the ethical and sustainability implications of their case study.

Individual Analysis – Each student will submit an essay on professionalism in civil engineering expanding one or several of the topics covered in the lectures and explaining the individual contribution to the group work.

Reading Lists