Project #66371 - writing assignment

 

This assignment is a continuation of Unit 6.

 

Readings:

1. Review sections on conflict of interest and whistleblowing in Chapter 6 of your Engineering Ethics Text

2. Read "13 essential Survival Tips" available online at: http://www.whistleblower.org/13-essential-survival-tips-0

3. Read "Your Rights as a Whistleblower" available at: https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/whistleblower_rights.pdf

Writing Assignments: (2 parts)

 

Part 1:

While working for an engineering consulting firm, you are assigned to perform a feasibility study on a proposed highway project that would run nearby your neighborhood. You originally purchased your home because it was a quite area of town away from the hustle and bustle of the city and you are nervous about the traffic and noise that a new highway system would bring to your neighborhood. After much consideration, you decide to go ahead with the feasibility study and not mention the possible conflict of interest to your boss or client. You consider yourself an honest person and you are completely confident that you would never let your own personal feelings about the highway affect your assessment.

Assigned Question
1. Assume that you were able to separate this personal issue from your task at hand and performed, in your opinion, what was an unbiased assessment. Was it ethical to go ahead with this project without telling anyone about the conflict?

Part 2: Whistleblowing:

You are working for a large chemical company and were just offered a big promotion. While waiting outside a conference room for a routine weekly meeting with your superiors, you overhear two senior managers having a conversation. In this conversation, the VP of Operations is notifying the Public Relations Director that they have recently learned that one of their corporation’s factories in another state has been releasing a concerning amount of toxins into the local river system that may violate the EPA’s Federal Water Pollution Control Act. He goes on to say that he has decided not to address the problem because the CEO is considering closing the plant within the next two years and the substantial cost of updating the equipment to fix the problem would not be practical.

Assigned Question
1. If you were in this situation, would you feel an obligation to blow the whistle on your company?

2. Before moving forward to blow the whistle in this situation, what factors would you need to consider?

 

 

link for the book


http://www.course.sdu.edu.cn/G2S/eWebEditor/uploadfile/20131017113401956.pdf

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 04/13/2015 08:00 am
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