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Eg2401 Tutorail2 Essay

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EG 2401 Engineering Professionalism
Tutorial 2 (Semester I 2015/16)
Question 1
1(a). Apply the analysis of the “Ethics Line Diagram” methodology, in the case of the
Challenger disaster [Fleddermann 4th Ed pages 7-12], to the “action” of:
Morton Thiokol recommending the launch of Challenger to proceed, noting “Lund (of
Thiokol) reversed his previous decision and recommended that the launch proceed.”
[Fleddermann 4th Ed page 11]; and additionally noting that Thiokol were already aware
of problems with the O-rings; and
NASA did not want to postpone the launch, noting “NASA didn’t want to antagonize [Vice-
President] Bush, a strong NASA supporter, by postponing the launch due to inclement
weather after he had arrived.” [Fleddermann 4th Ed page 10]; and additionally noting that
NASA was already informed that the predicted temperatures (in the low 20’s degF) was
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In each case, include at least two “decision diamonds”.
Note: Students should not merely state their answers, but provide suitable analysis/ observations/
assessments. Wherever possible, they should make reference to more detailed documents such as
the “Challenger disaster” article, available as a free download from Wikipedia©, and also placed
in the “Assigned Readings” IVLE Folder.
Question 2
2(a). Apply the analysis of the “Ethics Line Diagram” methodology, in the case of the “Aberdeen
Three” [Fleddermann 4th Ed pages 51-52; Harris et al 4th Ed pages 234-235], to the “action” of:
Managers Gepp, Dee and Lentz --- managing and operating the facility, but having
“hazards… left in open containers; chemicals that can become lethal when mixed
together stored in the same rooms; barrels of toxic chemicals that were leaking; … an
external tank used to store sulfuric acid that had leaked 200 gallons of acid into a local
river.” [Fleddermann 4th Ed page 51]; and
Workers at the Aberdeen Proving Ground facility --- working at the facility, but having to
face the situation of being “exposed to hazardous and toxic chemicals.” [Fleddermann 4th
Ed page 51]
Use one Line-Drawing each for the Point-of-View of each of the two Parties, for their respective
problems under consideration/ points under study. Include at least 3 intermediate points
(comprising either Pi, points under study, and/or SCi scenarios).
2(b). For the same “actions” above, apply the analysis of the “Ethics Decision Flow-Charting”
methodology for each of the two Parties, for their respective necessary actions/ recommendations
under consideration. In each case, include at least two “decision diamonds”.
Note: Students should not merely state their answers, but provide suitable analysis/ observations/
assessments. Wherever possible, they should make reference to more detailed documents such as
the “Aberdeen Proving Ground Facility” article, available as a free download from Wikipedia©,
and also placed in the “Assigned Readings” IVLE Folder (and other on-line documents).

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