For this assignment each student is to write an essay of approximately 100-200 words
(one-half to one full page, typewritten, double-spaced), analyzing one of the ethics case
studies found on the Texas A&M, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering website:
While there are twelve case studies at this site, you are to
of the following five:
1. Anhydrous Ammonia Hose Failure
2. B.F. Goodrich Air Force A7D Brake Failure
3. The Aberdeen Three Case
4. The Case of the Lakewood Hi-Stak (
Failure of a Stacking Hoist
5. TV Antenna Collapse
IN YOUR OWN WORDS
, you are to address the following in your essay:
* Briefly describe the situation and summarize the failure/problem that occurred.
Assume your reader has no knowledge of the case. Summarize the details for your
* What ethics-related issue(s) contributed significantly to the failure you chose to
* What could have been done to prevent the failure/problem?
This assignment is a summary of the article you read. There should be no quotes from the
article or any other supporting articles in your essay.
Your paper must be completed on a computer with word processor software and it must
be submitted in hardcopy format on the due date. No late hardcopy submissions will be
accepted. You will be graded for content, proper use of English, and for spelling,
grammar and style. Points will be deducted for excessively long essays. Please make sure
your name is on your paper. Remember that
THIS PAPER MUST BE YOUR OWN
and you must submit it electronically to
along with a hardcopy for
grading. There will be a 50% grade reduction for no TurnItIn.com submission.
PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Ethics Paper Grading Rubric
Spelling and Grammar:
Complete sentences and paragraph form.
No spelling errors.
No run-on sentences.
Use of third person.
Cite your source at the bottom of the essay in MLA or APA format.
Complete and clear description of the situation and summary of the
failure/problem that occurred.
Ethics Related Issue:
Complete and clear description of what ethics-related issue(s) contributed
significantly to the failure you chose to write about.
Complete and clear description of what could have been done to prevent
the failure/problem that occurred.