Technology and Ethics, 6 credits
Teknik och etik, 6 hp
Main field of studyNo main field of study
Course levelFirst cycle
Course typeProgramme course
Director of studies or equivalentDarcy Parks
Education componentsPreliminary scheduled hours: 30 h
Recommended self-study hours: 130 h
|Course offered for||Semester||Period||Timetable module||Language||Campus||ECV|
|6KLOG||Civic Logistics, Bachelor's Programme||5 (Autumn 2023)||1||4||Swedish||Norrköping||E|
|6IBYG||Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering||5 (Autumn 2023)||1||4||Swedish||Norrköping||E|
|6CKTS||Communications, Transport and Infrastructure, Master of Science in Engineering||7 (Autumn 2023)||1||4||Swedish||Norrköping||E|
|6CIEN||Electronics Design Engineering, Master of Science in Engineering||7 (Autumn 2023)||1||4||Swedish||Norrköping||C/E|
|6CMEN||Media Technology and Engineering, Master of Science in Engineering||7 (Autumn 2023)||1||4||Swedish||Norrköping||E|
Main field of studyNo main field of study
Course levelFirst cycle
The course can not be included in degree together with TGTU01
Course offered for
- Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering
- Master of Science in Design and Product Development
- Master of Science in Energy - Environment - Management
- Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management
- Master of Science in Information Technology
- Master of Science in Chemical Biology
- Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
- Master of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering
- Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
- Master of Science in Engineering Biology
- Master of Science in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering
- Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management - International
- Master of Science in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering Electronics
- Bachelor's Programme in Chemistry - Molecular Design
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Chemical Analysis Engineering
- Bachelor's Programme in Chemical Biology
- Master of Science in Electronics Design Engineering
- Master of Science in Communications, Transport and Infrastructure
- Master of Science in Media Technology and Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
- Bachelor's Programme in Civic Logistics
PrerequisitesRequisite general qualifications for university.
Intended learning outcomes
The central aim of the course is for the student to enhance his/her ability for ethical reflection aided by the different analytical tools of philosophical ethics with special focus on ethical challenges concerning technology and engineering. After completing the course the student shall be able to:
- Describe and explain central theories, principles and concepts within normative ethics.
- Describe and explain ethical challenges connected to the engineering profession and to technological development and application.
- Orally discuss, analyze and evaluate different ethical viewpoints.
- Apply ethical theories, principles and concepts to particular cases and situations.
- Take a stance on ethical issues in a constructive and argument based way.
- In cooperation with others in writing investigate, analyze and problematize an ethical issue in the form of a short paper.
Lectures and seminars cover both general ethical theory and specific areas of technology and engineering ethics. Selection of cases for discussion and analyzis varies with the literature for the course. Areas that are covered:
Working with ethical problems: methodological issues, analytical tools and basic concepts.
Central theories, principles and concepts within normative ethics: responsibility, justice, rights, consequentialism, deontology, human dignity Technology and ethics: technological development and moral responsibility, technology assessment, surveillance and privacy, risk
Professional ethics and engineering ethics: particular cases and problems, professional codes of ethics. The course shall in general provide the participant with opportunities for reflection on his/her future professional role as an engineer and on what ethical responsibilities that may bring.
Teaching and working methods
The scheduled parts of the course consists in lectures, seminars, instruction for paper writing and a paper seminar.
|UPG1||Written assignment, seminar||1.5 credits||U, G|
|HEM1||Take-home examination||4.5 credits||U, 3, 4, 5|
GradesFour-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5
About teaching and examination language
The teaching language is presented in the Overview tab for each course. The examination language relates to the teaching language as follows:
- If teaching language is “Swedish”, the course as a whole could be given in Swedish, or partly in English. Examination language is Swedish, but parts of the examination can be in English.
- If teaching language is “English”, the course as a whole is taught in English. Examination language is English.
- If teaching language is “Swedish/English”, the course as a whole will be taught in English if students without prior knowledge of the Swedish language participate. Examination language is Swedish or English depending on teaching language.
The course is conducted in a manner where both men's and women's experience and knowledge are made visible and developed.
The planning and implementation of a course should correspond to the course syllabus. The course evaluation should therefore be conducted with the course syllabus as a starting point.
The course is campus-based at the location specified for the course, unless otherwise stated under “Teaching and working methods”. Please note, in a campus-based course occasional remote sessions could be included.
If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.
DepartmentInstitutionen för Tema
|UPG1||Written assignment, seminar||1.5 credits||U, G|
|HEM1||Take-home examination||4.5 credits||U, 3, 4, 5|
A syllabus must be established for each course. The syllabus specifies the aim and contents of the course, and the prior knowledge that a student must have in order to be able to benefit from the course.
Courses are timetabled after a decision has been made for this course concerning its assignment to a timetable module.
Interruption in and deregistration from a course
The LiU decision, Guidelines concerning confirmation of participation in education (Dnr LiU-2020-02256), states that interruptions in study are to be recorded in Ladok. Thus, all students who do not participate in a course for which they have registered must record the interruption, such that the registration on the course can be removed. Deregistration from or interrupting a course is carried out using a web-based form Forms
Cancelled courses and changes to the course syllabus
Courses with few participants (fewer than 10) may be cancelled or organised in a manner that differs from that stated in the course syllabus. The Dean is to deliberate and decide whether a course is to be cancelled or changed from the course syllabus.
Guidelines relating to examinations and examiners
For details, see Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University, Dnr LiU-2020-04501 (http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592).
An examiner must be employed as a teacher at LiU according to the LiU Regulations for Appointments, Dnr LiU-2021-01204 (https://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622784). For courses in second-cycle, the following teachers can be appointed as examiner: Professor (including Adjunct and Visiting Professor), Associate Professor (including Adjunct), Senior Lecturer (including Adjunct and Visiting Senior Lecturer), Research Fellow, or Postdoc. For courses in first-cycle, Assistant Lecturer (including Adjunct and Visiting Assistant Lecturer) can also be appointed as examiner in addition to those listed for second-cycle courses. In exceptional cases, a Part-time Lecturer can also be appointed as an examiner at both first- and second cycle, see Delegation of authority for the Board of Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Forms of examination
Principles for examination
Written and oral examinations and digital and computer-based examinations are held at least three times a year: once immediately after the end of the course, once in August, and once (usually) in one of the re-examination periods. Examinations held at other times are to follow a decision of the faculty programme board.
Principles for examination scheduling for courses that follow the study periods:
- courses given in VT1 are examined for the first time in March, with re-examination in June and August
- courses given in VT2 are examined for the first time in May, with re-examination in August and January
- courses given in HT1 are examined for the first time in October, with re-examination in January and August
- courses given in HT2 are examined for the first time in January, with re-examination in March and in August.
The examination schedule is based on the structure of timetable modules, but there may be deviations from this, mainly in the case of courses that are studied and examined for several programmes and in lower grades (i.e. 1 and 2).
Examinations for courses that the faculty programme board has decided are to be held in alternate years are held three times during the school year in which the course is given according to the principles stated above.
Examinations for courses that are cancelled or rescheduled such that they are not given in one or several years are held three times during the year that immediately follows the course, with examination scheduling that corresponds to the scheduling that was in force before the course was cancelled or rescheduled.
When a course, or a written examination (TEN, DIT, DAT), is given for the last time, the regular examination and two re-examinations will be offered. Thereafter, examinations are phased out by offering three examinations during the following academic year at the same times as the examinations in any substitute course. If there is no substitute course, three examinations will be offered during re-examination periods during the following academic year. Other examination times are decided by the faculty programme board. In all cases above, the examination is also offered one more time during the academic year after the following, unless the faculty programme board decides otherwise. In total, 6 re-examinations are offered, of which 2 are regular re-examinations. In the examination registration system, the examinations given for the penultimate time and the last time are denoted.
If a course is given during several periods of the year (for programmes, or on different occasions for different programmes) the faculty programme board or boards determine together the scheduling and frequency of re-examination occasions.
Retakes of other forms of examination
Regulations concerning retakes of other forms of examination than written examinations and digital and computer-based examinations are given in the LiU guidelines for examinations and examiners, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592.
For Decision on Routines for Administration of the Discontinuation of Educational Programs, Freestanding Courses and Courses in Programs, see DNR LiU-2021-04782. After a decision on closure and after the end of the discontinuation period, the students are referred to a replacement course (or similar) according to information in the course syllabus or programme syllabus. If a student has passed some part/parts of a closed program course but not all, and there is an at least partially replacing course, an assessment of crediting can be made. Any crediting of course components is made by the examiner.
Registration for examination
In order to take an written, digital or computer-based examination, registration in advance is mandatory, see decision in the university’s rule book https://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622682. An unregistered student can thus not be offered a place. The registration is done at the Student Portal or in the LiU-app during the registration period. The registration period opens 30 days before the date of the examination and closes 10 days before the date of the examination. Candidates are informed of the location of the examination by email, four days in advance.
Code of conduct for students during examinations
Details are given in a decision in the university’s rule book: http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622682.
Retakes for higher grade
Students at the Institute of Technology at LiU have the right to retake written examinations and digital and computer-based examinations in an attempt to achieve a higher grade. This is valid for all examination components with code “TEN”, “DIT” and "DAT". The same right may not be exercised for other examination components, unless otherwise specified in the course syllabus.
A retake is not possible on courses that are included in an issued degree diploma.
The grades that are preferably to be used are Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass not without distinction (4) and Pass with distinction (5).
- Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for courses that have written or digital examinations.
- Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded for courses with a large degree of practical components such as laboratory work, project work and group work.
- Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) are to be used for degree projects and other independent work.
The following examination components and associated module codes are used at the Faculty of Science and Engineering:
- Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for written examinations (TEN) and digital examinations (DIT).
- Examination components for which the grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded are laboratory work (LAB), project work (PRA), preparatory written examination (KTR), digital preparatory written examination (DIK), oral examination (MUN), computer-based examination (DAT), home assignment (HEM), and assignment (UPG).
- Students receive grades either Fail (U) or Pass (G) for other examination components in which the examination criteria are satisfied principally through active attendance such as tutorial group (BAS) or examination item (MOM).
- Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) are to be used for the examination components Opposition (OPPO) and Attendance at thesis presentation (AUSK) (i.e. part of the degree project).
In general, the following applies:
- Mandatory course components must be scored and given a module code.
- Examination components that are not scored, cannot be mandatory. Hence, it is voluntary to participate in these examinations, and the voluntariness must be clearly stated. Additionally, if there are any associated conditions to the examination component, these must be clearly stated as well.
- For courses with more than one examination component with grades U,3,4,5, it shall be clearly stated how the final grade is weighted.
For mandatory components, the following applies (in accordance with the LiU Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592):
- If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.
For possibilities to alternative forms of examinations, the following applies (in accordance with the LiU Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592):
- If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.
- If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.
- An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaing the objectives of the course.
Reporting of examination results
The examination results for a student are reported at the relevant department.
For examinations that involve the writing of reports, in cases in which it can be assumed that the student has had access to other sources (such as during project work, writing essays, etc.), the material submitted must be prepared in accordance with principles for acceptable practice when referring to sources (references or quotations for which the source is specified) when the text, images, ideas, data, etc. of other people are used. It is also to be made clear whether the author has reused his or her own text, images, ideas, data, etc. from previous examinations, such as degree projects, project reports, etc. (this is sometimes known as “self-plagiarism”).
A failure to specify such sources may be regarded as attempted deception during examination.
Attempts to cheat
In the event of a suspected attempt by a student to cheat during an examination, or when study performance is to be assessed as specified in Chapter 10 of the Higher Education Ordinance, the examiner is to report this to the disciplinary board of the university. Possible consequences for the student are suspension from study and a formal warning. More information is available at Cheating, deception and plagiarism
Regulations (apply to LiU in its entirety)
The university is a government agency whose operations are regulated by legislation and ordinances, which include the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance. In addition to legislation and ordinances, operations are subject to several policy documents. The Linköping University rule book collects currently valid decisions of a regulatory nature taken by the university board, the vice-chancellor and faculty/department boards.
LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/Innehall/Utbildning_pa_grund-_och_avancerad_niva.
Note: The course matrix might contain more information in Swedish.
|1. DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE AND REASONING|
|1.1 Knowledge of underlying mathematics and science (G1X level)||
|1.2 Fundamental engineering knowledge (G1X level)||
|1.3 Further knowledge, methods, and tools in one or several subjects in engineering or natural science (G2X level)||
|1.4 Advanced knowledge, methods, and tools in one or several subjects in engineering or natural sciences (A1X level)||
|1.5 Insight into current research and development work||
|2. PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES|
|2.1 Analytical reasoning and problem solving||
|2.2 Experimentation, investigation, and knowledge discovery||
|2.3 System thinking||
|2.4 Attitudes, thought, and learning||
|2.5 Ethics, equity, and other responsibilities||
|3. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATION|
|3.3 Communication in foreign languages||
|4. CONCEIVING, DESIGNING, IMPLEMENTING AND OPERATING SYSTEMS IN THE ENTERPRISE, SOCIETAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT|
|4.1 External, societal, and environmental context||
|4.2 Enterprise and business context||
|4.3 Conceiving, system engineering and management||
|5. PLANNING, EXECUTION AND PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WITH RESPECT TO SCIENTIFIC AND SOCIETAL NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS|
|5.1 Societal conditions, including economic, social, and ecological aspects of sustainable development for knowledge development||
|5.2 Economic conditions for knowledge development||
|5.3 Identification of needs, structuring and planning of research or development projects||
|5.4 Execution of research or development projects||
|5.5 Presentation and evaluation of research or development projects||
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