King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
College of Computer Sciences & Engineering

Department of Computer Engineering

COE 390: Seminar (1-0-1)


Catalog Description

The purpose of this course is to help improve students' ability for presenting their technical work. It also teaches students about the nature of engineering as a profession, codes of professional conduct, ethics & responsibility, and the role of engineering societies. Case studies of conflict between engineering professional ethical values and external demands. The course features students' participation in discussions held by COE faculty members and invited guests.

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Text Book:

Carson Morrison and Philip Hughes, ``Professional Engineering Practice: Ethical Aspects'', McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 3rd Edition, 1992.


(1) To teach students the nature of engineering as a profession.

(2) To teach students the ethical and professional responsibility of engineers in the society.

(3) To improve students' technical and professional communication skills.

Tentative Topics:

Basic concepts and terminology in the engineering profession. The profession in present-day society. Regulation of the profession.

Technical Writing and Communications.
The art of expressing ideas. Careful practical writing. The art of technical reporting. Technical presentations and seminar delivering. Critical reading of source material. Teamwork and small group discussion.

Ethics and Social Responsibility.
Analysis of ethical and social issues related to the development and use of computer technology. Privacy, reliability, and risks. Responsibility of the professionals for the application and consequences of their work.

Professional Computer Engineers. XXX.

Computer Engineering at KFUPM.

Students Presentations.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Experiments:


ABET Category content:

Engineering Topics: 50 %
Social Science: 50 %

Prepared by: Prof. Mostafa Abd-El-Barr. Date: December 1996.