Ethics and Academic Integrity Elements of Ethics in Electrical Engineering


  • Oana Vasilica Grosu „Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Suceava, România
  • Eusebiu Toader „Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Suceava, România



ethics, morals, professionalism, electrical engineering


Ethics is the science that studies the theoretical part of the human condition and its values. The individual has the responsibility to conduct ethic decisions and to have an ethical behavior. This article presents the ethics from the research and engineering perspective, its main characteristics; lack of honesty, confidentiality, conflict of interests and intellectual property. The engineering teaching is the act which includes multiple ethic subjects in order to educate the student about the importance of ethics and its repercussions. The students have the right to benefit of ethical behavior from their teachers from the staff of the school. The ethic is essential in all the educational and working fields, but we insisted specially on the electrical engineering field.


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How to Cite

Grosu, O. V. ., & Toader, E. . (2020). Ethics and Academic Integrity Elements of Ethics in Electrical Engineering. Postmodern Openings, 11(4), 193-206.



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