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1

What is one similarity between solving an engineering problem and solving an ethical problem?
a) They both require breaking out of the usual ways of thinking or paradigms in order to solve the problem.
b) They both make use of quantitative data.
c) They both require an understanding of engineering principles.

a) They both require breaking out of the usual ways of thinking or paradigms in order to solve the problem.

2

What is one difference between solving an engineering problem and solving an ethical problem?
a) Engineering problems require engineering and technical information while ethical problems require an understanding of ethical principles.
b) Engineering problems require quantitative information while ethical problems subjective information.
c) Engineering problems require out of the box thinking while ethical problems require standard thinking.

a) Engineering problems require engineering and technical information while ethical problems require an understanding of ethical principles.

3

What are two goals for engineering technicians and technologists to study ethics?
a) To be able to avoid ethical problems and to become a successful manager.
b) To be able recognize ethical issues and to develop ethical analytical skills.
c) To become a more capable technician or technologist and to be better at communicating with non-experts.

b) To be able recognize ethical issues and to develop ethical analytical skills.

4

What are two types of ethical problems in engineering?
a) Technical failure of an end product, and an unsuccessful product launch.
b) Lack of knowledge of laws and standards, and unsuccessfully communicating technical specifications to a client.
c) Violations of laws and standards, and unsuccessful attempts at problem remedies.

c) Violations of laws and standards, and unsuccessful attempts at problem remedies.

5

What is a relevance problem?
a) A problem in which there is uncertainty as to whether a particular ethical principle applies to the situation being analyzed.
b) A problem in which two or more ethical principles seem to be relevant to the same ethical problem.
c) A problem in which the actions of the engineering technician or technologist do not seem to relate to the issue at hand.

a) A problem in which there is uncertainty as to whether a particular ethical principle applies to the situation being analyzed.

6

What is a conflict problem?
a) A problem in which the different parties involved in an ethical problem have a serious personal or professional conflict.
b) A problem in which the discussion of one or more ethical principles leads to professional conflict.
c) A problem in which two or more ethical principles seem to apply to a particular situation, however they also seem to be suggesting opposing or incompatible actions.

b) A problem in which the discussion of one or more ethical principles leads to professional conflict.

7

What is one possible resolution for a conflict problem?
a) Find a creative solution in the middle ground between the two conflicting principles.
b) Get all parties to agree to ongoing discussion of the conflict problem.
c) First resolve the personal conflict and then resolve the professional conflict.

a) Find a creative solution in the middle ground between the two conflicting principles.

8

What does EGAD stand for?
a) Engage in the problem, generate ideas, apply ethical principles, determine relevance.
b) Identify ethical problem, generate options, analyze options, make a decision.
c) Empathize with parties, grapple with the problem, analyze the ethical issues, decide on your course of action.

b) Identify ethical problem, generate options, analyze options, make a decision.

9

What are two other resources that engineering technicians and technologists have available to them to solve ethical problems?
a) The OACTT Code of Ethics, and their professional peers who have experienced similar situations in the past.
b) Other OACETT members who volunteer their time to mentor other members, and the OACETT Code of Conduct.
c) Textbooks on ethics and engineering, and the OACETT guidelines for ethical behaviour.

a) The OACTT Code of Ethics, and their professional peers who have experienced similar situations in the past.

10

What is one reason analyzing ethics case studies is a useful exercise for engineering technicians and technologists?
a) Case study analysis is a helpful way to understand the impact of ethics on a person’s professional career.
b) Case study analysis is a useful way to sharpen ethical decision making skills.
c) Case study analysis is included in most job interviews.

b) Case study analysis is a useful way to sharpen ethical decision making skills.