ENGINEERING ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The Course aims at preparing the young Engineers to the State Exam to
become a professional Engineer. The main topics about Ethics law and
practice are presented and discussed.
The course is intended for 2th year Master students and for the 3rd year
students aspiring to be junior engineers, off-course students, five-year
and three-year graduates intending to take the state exam.
Course contents summary
Main laws relating to the exercise of the profession of engineer.
Provisions relating to the ethics of the profession of engineer.
PART 1 - NATIONAL LAWS AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
Subject of the profession. Fundamental principles and instituting laws.
Professional rules. Governing engineers bodies: Orders, Federations and
National Council: organization and roles. Professional practice. Obligation
of professional registration. Areas of expertise. State Exam.
five-year engineers and three-year engineers (junior): professional
engineers and public and private employees. Individual and associate
professional practice. Engineering company. Professional assignments.
Contractual discipline of professional activity. Parameters for professional
fees. Tax obligations, VAT. Social security and insurance obligations.
Reserved professional activities: professional skills and their protection.
Engineering as applied science: general ethical principles. Ethical
standards: current situation and in relation to recent regulations on the
professions and liberalization policies. Disciplinary procedures. Civil and
criminal matters relating to the exercise of the profession: obligations
Fundamentals of Public Works legislation with reference to the
fundamental laws, the regulations and the general contract with
Territorial government and concurrent legislative powers.
National and local regulations on urban planning and construction. Joint
PART 2 -PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Design, operation and testing of the works - Consulting
Procedures and requirements connected with the design and
implementation of civil construction projects: fundamentals and
Regulations on safety and health of workers: design and management of
security in construction sites with examples.
Standards and rules for the containment of the energy consumption,
sustainability of building materials, classification and certification of
buildings, energy regulation and reward systems. Rules on fire
prevention in buildings and plant safety.
Conditions for access and storage of personal data (privacy) in the
treatment by computer media. Leg. March 7, 2005 n. 82-digital
administration code, Digital Signature, signature and electronic identity
card. Software copyright and principles related to intrusions into
The lecture handouts of previous academic years can be found at the
University of Parma web site :
23 hours of theorectical Lectures
Assessment methods and criteria
Attendance of at least 70% of the lectures will grant one credit.