Engineering Ethics: Accepting Gifts and Amenities

Course Number: ET-1004
Credit: 1 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Edward P. Brunet, Jr., P.E.
Type: Type: Both the traditional text-based course and the interactive version will be available to you.
Price: $29.95

In Engineering Ethics: Accepting Gifts and Amenities, you'll learn ...

  • A brief history and clear definition of bribery and how this concept applies to accepting gifts
  • Methods for analyzing moral problems and determining what is right and wrong in various situations
  • The role that common sense, discrimination, and moral deliberation play in making ethical decisions
  • How to identify relevant criteria when faced with ethical dilemmas or choices


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Credit: 1 PDH

Length: 13 pages

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One of the most challenging areas of moral reasoning is deciding where to draw the line between what is permissible and impermissible. The matter becomes more difficult and interesting if we accept that sometimes there is no distinct line between the two. Rather than presenting us with a clear choice of black or white, many situations arise where the only appropriate answer is a shade of gray. This course examines specific case studies that bring to light the ethical aspects of such situations, and it illustrates methods you can use in your ethical decision making process.

Making difficult ethical decisions is an everyday reality for professional engineers. For example, it has often been said that the first ethical dilemma a young engineer may face on the job is whether to accept gifts from a supplier courting his or her favor. So, just how does a professional engineer judge right from wrong when it comes to accepting gifts and amenities from suppliers or others? This course will challenge you to find appropriate ethical responses to questions like this one and other real-world dilemmas faced by engineers.

Special Note: Course ET-1004 and course ET-1022W are alternate presentations of the same course material. Therefore, only one version, either the course or webinar, can be taken during a renewal cycle. If you have any questions regarding course eligibility, please contact our Customer Service Team.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The concept of bribery and how this applies to the acceptance of gifts
  • John T. Noonan’s historical look at bribery from antiquity to the present
  • Reasons for increased intolerance of bribery in the modern world
  • Use of common sense, discrimination, and moral deliberation
  • Corporate codes and policy statements on accepting gifts
  • A continuum of right and wrong actions and applications of this sliding scale to ethical dilemmas

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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