U.S. Edition ©2003
Complimentary copies were sent to U.S. Engineering Deans in October 2003
International Edition ©2005 - Subtitled in 13 languages
Available FREE to Foreign Engineering Deans! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
This video presents a study of ethical responsibilities and choices similar to many encountered in engineering practice. The video also shows that good and well-meaning people can unintentionally get into situations that may result in unethical and unfortunate consequences. The video is designed to help viewers become more aware that:
The video was developed to increase the viewer's:
Incident at Morales is 36 minutes long when viewed without breaks and as much as 80 minutes if all discussions in the Interactive DVD are viewed. Thus, making it short enough for viewing and discussing at society meetings, company lunches, and college classes, and longer if presented in a series of educational meetings.
The DVD contains subtitles for the following languages:
Incident at Morales involves a variety of ethical issues faced by a company that wants to quickly build a plant in order to develop a new chemical product to gain a competitive edge over the competition. Phaust Chemical manufactures Old Stripper, a paint remover that dominates the market. On learning that Phaust's competitor Chemitoil plans to introduce a new paint remover that may capture the market, executives at Phaust decide to develop a competing product. To save money in manufacturing the product, Phaust decides to construct a new chemical plant in Mexico.
To design the new plant, Phaust hires a chemical engineer, Fred Martinez, who had been a consultant to Chemitoil. As the project starts, Chemistre, Phaust's parent company in France, slashes budgets 20% across the board. Chuck, the vice president for engineering at Phaust, strongly encourages Fred to reduce construction costs. Fred confronts several engineering decisions in which ethical considerations play a major role:
When samples of Chemitoil's new paint remover EasyStrip become available, it is clear that to be competitive with EasyStrip, Phaust must change the formulation of its new paint remover, requiring higher temperatures and pressures than originally anticipated. These increases in temperatures and pressures cause significant technical and ethical problems, the most serious of which is the fact that the automatic controls no longer work as intended. Thus, the plant manager, Manuel, volunteers to control the process manually. After the plant goes into full operation, an unfortunate accident occurs, resulting in serious consequences.
The 24-page study guide contains suggestions for use of the video, the story line, list of characters, synopsis of the video, purpose of the video, over 100 questions about ethical issues that the story raises, and a suggested assignment for students & viewers. Download the study guide for free.
Twenty-six slides make up a PowerPoint presentation which may be downloaded free, modified to fit the presentation format and used as an introduction to the Incident at Morales. View and use this PowerPoint.
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Before viewing Incident at Morales, please print and distribute the suggested assignment. After the movie, ask viewers to prepare a written response to the questions below. Suggested length is two to three pages with 1.5 line spacing, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins.
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