Ethics for Engineers, Researchers and Innovators

UPC Doctoral School
Cross-Training Courses
(Research methodology)

Jordi Domingo-Pascual
(Office: Campus Nord D6-209)  
Appointments via email

Related course: Responsible Conduct in Research and Innovation (RCiRI)



This course is offered in the Spring Semester

The planned schedule is one session per week (2 hours/week)


Language:   English

Classroom: C6-E106

Dates:          March-June 2021

Estimated workload: 20 hours of lectures plus recommended readings

Equivalence in credits: 2 ECTS


Registration is closed


Outline of the course

All human activities have implications on our society. Professional exercise in engineering, being a researcher or running innovation projects imply making decisions that are not exclusively technical, they involve ethical considerations.

Theoretical sessions are complemented with numerous examples and study cases.

Well known and recent study cases will be used as the basis of the lectures. With the discussion of the cases theoretical concepts will be presented.



Topics include:

Ethics. Introduction and theoretical approaches.

Moral behaviour, psychological aspects, common principles.

Ethics in the profession of engineering.

Character and practical wisdom.

Moral responsibility of the engineer.

Ethics in making professional decisions.

Responsibility for safety and health.

Respect for persons.

Respect to people’s privacy and intimacy.

The right use of Technology.

Research and Innovation.





Evaluation Method

Attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

Attendance is required to receive credit for the course (requirements: minimum 60% of sessions and active participation in the debates).
Signatures of students will be collected during the session to demonstrate attendance.


MIRI students must deliver a discussion case at the end of the seminar.



Reference textbooks

Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research (2nd Edition)

Author: Caroline Whitbeck

Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2011

ISBN 978-0-521-89787-6


Business Ethics in Action (2nd Edition) Managing Human Excellence in Organizations

Author: Domčnec Melé

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited (Red Globe Press) 2019

ISBN 978-1-137-609175