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COEN 1500: CEAS Design Lab: Engineering Your Life: Home

Engineering Ethics and Information Seeking

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Scenarios

We will divide into four groups, and each group will be assigned a scenario. Each group should address the questions for their scenario.  Pick a member of your group who can present and share what they learn with the rest of the class.

You are an engineer at Google working on the search engine.

  • Learn a bit about search algorithm bias by skimming the articles and information on the Search Algorithm Bias page.  Be ready to summarize what you learn for your peers.
  • Search OneSearch to find articles (journal articles, magazine articles or trade publication articles) about reducing bias in search results to help you stay informed and guide your work. Be ready to share your search strategy and one or two results with your peers.

You are an engineer at Google working on YouTube.

  • Search OneSearch to find articles (research articles or professional news) about digital accessibility for people with disabilities and information access to help you stay informed and guide your work. Be ready to share your search strategy and one or two results with your peers.
  • Review the Stay Informed page to learn about other engineering databases and publications.  Pick one, try searching for information about digital accessibility for people with disabilities, and share it in your presentation.  

You are an engineer for Vail Resort, Colorado working on a new ski lift.

  • Define for your peers code, standard, and regulation/law. There is grey area between these things, but try to differentiate between them.
  • Follow the guidelines on the Make it Safe and Legal page to find code, standards, and/or State of Colorado regulations related to ski lifts. Do the CU Boulder Libraries have any relevant standards? How can you get your hands on any standards you need? Be ready to guide your peers through the process for finding standards relevant to ski lifts.

You are working on a water filter for household use in Cameroon.

  • Brainstorm organizations that might provide guidance on what clean water is, and then search for guidance on clean water from one or two of those organizations. Visit the Make it Safe and Legal page for more tips.  Be ready to show your peers how you found relevant guidance.
  • Search OneSearch and skim sources like CIA World Factbook and the Encyclopedia of World Cultures to learn about potential health, economic, environmental, and societal contexts that might be important to consider when designing a water filter for household use in Cameroon. Be ready to share these factors with your peers. 

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