Professional values

A set of interactive case studies based around professional values, developed by the IDEA CETL, a centre for Excellence in applied ethics teaching and research.

Each of our case studies below are designed to illustrate a particular value associated with being a professional engineer. These are also the values which are highlighted in the IET's Rules of Conduct

Each case study is designed so that it highlights issues which will be relevant to engineers working in a wide variety of different fields.They are also interactive, and should hopefully be enjoyable as well as challenging.

You can either get started straight away on one of the two case studies about environmental issues in procurement, or try one of the cases below (please note that access to these is restricted to IET members):

A case study on Honesty
How do you take advantage of business opportunities whilst making sure you are as honest as possible with your customers? What action might you take to make a "facilitation payment" to win a contract?

A case study on Integrity
To what extent should your own moral views about war and warfare affect your professional judgement as an engineer in the defence industry?

A case study on Fairness
What is the fairest way to approach the allocation of a resource such as radio bandwidth?

A case study on Confidentiality
In what situations can a claim of "whistleblowing" justify the disclosure of confidential information?

A case study on Competence
How do you know whether you, as an engineer, are competent to make a particular decision which might have important personal consequences for people?

A case study on Objectivity
How do you give objective professional advice, whilst making sure that you don't disclose confidential information?

A case study on Environmental sustainability
How do you handle public and commercial pressures when called upon to provide expert advice?

A case study on Health, safety and risk
How do you ensure the safety of a workforce whilst respecting the autonomy of workers and maintaining a comfortable working environment?

These case studies were developed by the IDEA CETL, a Centre for Excellence in applied ethics teaching and research.