Principles and Practice of Ethics Illustrated with Examples from Mining

10 modules


Course Length
6 hours

Edumine Courses

14 Oct 2019



Ethics and morals are principles of behavior that are derived from ancient times. Today's complex world inserts ambiguities into a professional's desire to behave ethically. This course provides a firm understanding and basis for engineers, geologists, managers, and operators in exploration and mining to behave ethically. The course begins with definitions of ethics and an explanation of the importance of ethical behavior, including a discussion of written codes of ethical behavior; gives a historical basis; then moves to a discussion of ambiguities in ethics along with systems that enhance compliance; discusses whistle-blowing and its consequences; and, finally, presents some well-known mine failure examples in terms of their ethical lapses. Examples of ethical and regulatory codes and real-world failures are drawn from multiple jurisdictions. Note: This course focuses on codes used by professional organizations and societies in the United States and Canada. The ethics principles covered in the course are universal.

This course is targeted to professionals who work in mineral exploration, in particular: licensed professional engineers, geologists, program designers, and operational managers. Upon completing this course, diligent learners will be able to perform their job in an ethical manner. This implies the learner has the knowledge base to perform the job, take responsibility for their performance, and knowingly avoid doing harm to others. Successful completion of the course means the learner will know of the ethical and regulatory codes appropriate to their position.


  • Lee W. Saperstein


Duration: 6 Hours
Access: 90 Days
Category: Leadership
Level: Introduce
Version Date: April 1, 2019

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Course Content

The course comprises 12 viewing sessions of 30–45 minutes each with supporting figures, case studies, appendices, and multiple choice course reviews. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 6 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define ethical behavior.
  • Discuss the history of ethical codes.
  • Identify relevant ethical and regulatory codes relevant to job performance, and relevant ethical dilemmas in mining.
  • Describe conditions for whistle-blowing and its consequences.

Recommended Background

  • Post-high school education; experience in exploration or mining.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Edumine Certification

Learning Credits

Table of Contents
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Module 1: Principles of Ethics
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Module 2: Ethical History and Ethical Dilemmas
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Module 3: Whistle-Blowing and Its Consequences
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Module 4: Examples and Case Studies
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Module 5: Appendix
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The material was good and provided enough detail to capture ones attention. The online interface had problems, scrolling and navigating through the table of contents were error prone.
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Profound reason to keep reminding humanity of their responsibility by gaining knowledge to avoid harm

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