Ethics Case Study and Instructional Guide (EAS330)

A person stands before three arrows symbolizing potential choices.

By authoring an original case study and accompanying instructional guide, students can use their engineering/computing ethics knowledge to contribute to a rich repository of teaching tools. 

Project description

This class project entails writing an original case study in the area of ethics in engineering or computing. Along with the case study, students will create three artifacts that accompany it (data sets, emails, memos, texts, etc.). They will also write an analysis of options available to their character, grounding their reasoning in ethical theories and codes of ethics. To receive the badge, students will transform their analysis into an instructional guide to accompany their case study materials, contributing to a repository of teaching tools.

Engineers and computer scientists can impact thousands of lives and are often put in difficult situations, such as those involving internal pressures and constraints surrounding deadlines and budgets. This is why it’s essential for them to develop a habit of considering the ethical implications of their choices, as even seemingly small, everyday decisions can have unintended consequences. Students will demonstrate their ability to recognize ethically complex situations; describe and evaluate multiple solutions to an ethical problem; describe the ethical implications of an action; and practice moral imagination to understand multiple perspectives, including perspectives of non-engineers. 

Project outcome

The project outcome is an original ethics in engineering/computing case study with additional artifacts and an accompanying instructional guide. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment 0-2 months
Start time Fall 2022 
In-person, remote, or hybrid? Hybrid
Level of collaboration Collaborative project with individual components 
Benefits Academic credit 
Who is eligible Students enrolled in EAS330

Project mentor

Amy Baird

Assistant Professor of Practice

Department of Engineering Education

Phone: (716) 645-1319


Start the project

  1. Ensure you are enrolled in the course for the correct semester.
  2. Click the button to start the digital badge below.

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

Preparation for this assignment includes everything you've done in our class up until this point (readings on various ethical issues in engineering/computer science and our class discussions of case studies). You should also read "A Template for Technology Ethics Case Studies" to help think through questions to consider for your case (found here: 


engineering, computer science, philosophy, EAS330: Ethics in Engineering and Computing