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Ethics in Computing, Science, and Engineering

A Student’s Guide to Doing Things Right


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Barry G. Blundell
    Pages 109-209
  3. Barry G. Blundell
    Pages 375-487
  4. Barry G. Blundell
    Pages 489-578
  5. Barry G. Blundell
    Pages 579-684
  6. Barry G. Blundell
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  7. Barry G. Blundell
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  8. Barry G. Blundell
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 879-916

About this book


This comprehensive textbook introduces students to the wide-ranging responsibilities of computing, science and engineering professionals by laying strong transdisciplinary foundations and by highlighting ethical issues that may arise during their careers. The work is well illustrated, and makes extensive use of activities, ethical dilemmas and case studies designed to stimulate discussion and engagement.

A broad range of technologies are introduced and examined within an ethical framework. These include biometrics, surveillance systems (including facial recognition), radio frequency identification devices, drone technologies, the Internet of Things, and robotic systems. The application and potential societal ramifications of such systems are examined in detail, not only in their current context but also in terms of their ongoing evolution. The reader is asked to consider whether we can afford to allow ongoing developments to be primarily driven by market forces, or whether a more cautious approach is needed. Further chapters examine the benefits of ethical leadership, environmental issues relating to the technology product lifecycle (from inception to e-waste), ethical considerations in research (including medical experimentation), and the need to develop educational programs which will better prepare students for  a more fluid employment landscape.

The final chapter introduces a structured approach to ethical issue resolution, providing a valuable, long-term reference. In addition, it emphasises the ethical responsibilities of the professional, and considers issues that can arise when we endeavour to effect ethically sound change within organisations. Examples are provided which highlight the possible ramifications of exercising ethical valour.

The author has created an extensively referenced textbook that catalyses student interest, is internationally relevant, and which is multicultural in both its scope and outlook.



Ethical practice in engineering and computer science Engineering ethics Professional responsibilities in science and engineering Ethical dilemmas in engineering Morality in science and engineering Ethical decision making in engineering Ethics and the environment Legal issues in computing and engineering Surveillance and internet censorship Informatics in health and social care Ethical issues in research Engineering codes of conduct

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ManchesterUK

About the authors

Dr Barry G Blundell FBCS, CEng, CPhys, CITP is a physicist and widely experienced academic who has held university positions in computer science, physics and engineering, in the UK, US, New Zealand, Sweden, and the UAE. He has worked widely with the commercial sector and is currently with the University of Derby, UK. To date he has published 12 research, teaching and technical books. With many years of experience in designing and delivering undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on ethical and professional issues for science and technology centric degree programmes, he is committed to the presentation of stimulating and thought-provoking transdisciplinary content which will lay valuable foundations for students throughout their professional careers.

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