- to take advantage of computers to enhance distribution. This reduce any real or perceived barriers to the topics. Also, in an unprecedented manner, this will allow the material to be updated and corrected as a living text, unlike that frozen on paper.
- I want to promote active participation of others who can help add new sections, alternate sections, alternative viewpoints, and corrections. A copyright notice has been added so that the document can be developed consistently. I would encourage additions in the terms of other web documents that are maintained at the authors home sites.
This course has one main purpose - to prepare engineers for a professional licence. This capacity is clearly above and beyond technical competency, it is a responsibility to look beyond the technical decisions, to their impact on society. The nature of engineering is such that a licensed engineer will make many decisions that will not be checked regularly by others. As a result we must adopt legal and ethical principles to guide us. The professional practice examination (PPE) ensures that the candidate is aware of these issues before being issued a license, and the courts and engineering associations ensure that these levels of professional practice are maintained after licensing.
This course can be used for review, or if followed thoroughly, it will prepare the candidate to write the PPE. It is highly recommended that the candidate also purchase and read the recommended texts,
1. The ethics and legal aspects of professional engineering can often be subjective, and single clear-cut solutions should not be expected. In other words there are always two sides to every argument.