4 Jan 2008

Professional Ethics

In-Class Activity

Submitted by Lori Watson, Earlham College

This is an assignment designed to help students begin to reflect on professional ethics of scientific practice.  I have used this in a freshman and a senior seminar after 2-3 days of discussion of what professional ethics is and how one goes about choosing a course of action in an ethical dilemma.  I use:

The Ethical Chemist : Professionalism and Ethics in Science (Educational Innovation Series) by Jeffrey Kovac
 The Chemist's Code of Conduct: http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_A...


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I appreciate your sharing this. We are planning a new freshman seminar and we want it to have a strong ethics component. This is a helpful resource.

I am going to use this as part of the ethics writing assignments in our seminar course.  I plan to make it part of their final exam.

Dear Robert and Laurel,

We would LOVE your feedback after you teach this. In particular, if you could share specific assessment results (how did your students do?), it would be very helpful. Thanks!

Joanne - when I last posted here I was at a different institution, and left very soon afterwards - and so I was not involved in the development of the freshman seminar referred to, sorry!

I interested in following up on this assignment. The link provided is no longer active.

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ed081p806 points to a review of "The Ethical Chemist: Professionalism and Ethics in Science" by Jeffrey Kovac

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