Ethics refers to a set of moral principles that outline what is goodor bad for a certain organization or society. Engineering is aprofession that requires individuals to exhibit high levels ofintegrity and honesty. Engineers offer services that requirefairness, honesty, equity, and integrity (Fleddermann, 2012). Codesof ethics require engineers to follow principles of professionalbehavior. The paper explains how engineering students interpret andread both the code of ethics and code of conduct.
Thevalues and mission of an organization are outlined in the code ofethics. Rules, social norms, and responsibilities for an organizationmake up the code of conduct. Short and succinct procedural codes areeasy to interpret because they are clear for the users. However, thecodes may not capture all the details, and only the main point areincluded in the document. Therefore, users may fail to understand themeaning or purpose of some procedural codes that are made short andsuccinct. On the other side, lengthy procedural codes contain adetailed explanation of the moral principles and are likely to beeffective (Fleddermann, 2012). The possibility of users understandingthe codes is high because items are clarified adequately. In mostcases, not all individuals may read lengthy procedural codes becauseof the experience of monotony. Interpretation of the lengthy codesmay require more time than short ones.
Anengineering student may interpret and read the code of conduct andcode of ethics in a different perspective. The students are likely tobe serious with the code of ethics because they are part of theircareer. Professional behavior is a requirement of every engineeringdiscipline. Besides, the interpretation of the code of ethics ishigh, and students make sure that they understand all aspects. Sincethe code of ethics may be succinct and short, the students are likelyto consult engineering experts to elaborate some items. On thecontrary, engineering students may not read the code of conduct(Fleddermann, 2012). Interpretation may also not be achieved becausethe concentration of the students on the lengthy code of conduct islimited. Engineering students value and emphasize the code of ethicsmore than the code of conduct.
Inconclusion, organizations develop specific moral principles thatgovern the accomplishment of tasks and behavior of the stakeholders.Engineering students read and follow the code of ethics because it isa requirement of their career. Ethics influence the application ofthe law because the bad and good aspects are outlined.
Fleddermann, C. B. (2012). Engineering ethics. Upper SaddleRiver: Prentice Hall.
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