Project Description

ENG 1101 – Renaissance Engineer 1: Ethics, Communication & Problem Solving

Course Overview:

ENG 1101 aims to answer the questions – “Who an engineer is and what are his/her ethical and academic integrity obligations?” It also teaches to develop communications strategies for technical subjects in oral and written forms; dealing with ambiguity, uncertainties, and open ended problems in a technical context, problem definition strategies.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Recognize and examine the fundamentals and importance of ethics in academia and profession. Identify ethical challenges in given scenario(s) and to find remedies for dealing with them. Develop and apply rhetorical writing skills to communicate ideas to different audiences. Prepare and deliver professional presentation to audiences in given topics.  Apply a systematic approach to comprehend and solve problems and provide estimates.

Course Modules:

Deals with ethical decision-making (as well as time management & academic integrity).

  • Definition and distinction of ethics and morals
  • Practical ethics
  • Code of ethics: Individual vs communal
  • Concept of time and morality ethics
  • Ethics model (governing principles + relevant facts = practical conclusions)
  • Five approaches to ethics
    • Utilitarian
    • Common good
    • Rights
    • Fairness
    • Virtue
  • Mechanics of a moral/ethical behaviour
  • A step by step framework for ethical decision making
  • Academic Integrity

Focuses on written and verbal communications with specific emphasis on rhetoric.

  • Communication as a radio transmission model (Shannon-Weaver model)
  • Nine axioms of communication
  • Communication
    • Writing passages
    • Oral presentation elements
    • Visual presentation elements
    • Presentation style
  • Ethics in communication
    • Communication code of ethics
    • Plagiarism
  • Rhetoric in communication
    • Ethos, logos and pathos
  • The process of writing a rhetorical piece

Explains how engineers frame and solve problems (under ambiguity and uncertainty).

  • What is engineering?
  • Who is an engineer?
    • Characteristics of an engineer
  • How do engineers solve problems?
    • The engineering method
  • Engineering estimations
    • Fermi problems
    • Benford’s law
  • Case study
    • The Lac-Megantic rail disaster
  • Open-ended problems
  • The engineering design process
  • Introduction to project management