Spring 2018 CEE300 Schedule

Class 20 – Thr 22 Mar (parallel in LL rooms). Working in your technical report teams, choose either to compare buying versus renting a home, or buying versus leasing a vehicle.  Compete the essay assignment in CritViz describing the problem you are trying to solve, why it is important, and for whom you are solving the problem.
Class 19 — Tue 20 Mar (plenary in PSY 102)
  • Understand and practice protocols for asking for what you want.
  • Understand the difference between problems and solutions, and the relation between them.
  • Identify the difference between user- and system-centered writing and
    improve understanding of user-centered design in relation to professional

Learning Activties

  • Online content quiz on CritViz
  • Complete team essay on What Problem? and Who? for the Buy vs Lease technical report assignment.

Class 18 — Thr 15 March (parallel in LL rooms) Working in groups of four, complete Problem Set 3.

Class 17 — Tue 13 March (plenary in PSY 102) 


  • Midterm Debrief
  • Enhance understanding of depreciation and taxes

Learning Activities

  • “Depreciation and Taxes” lecture (Seager)
  • Why is it so hard to ask for what you want?


  • Mathematical problem set in Critviz

Class 16 — Thr 1 Mar (parallel in LL examination rooms). Midterm exam.  (No calculators, phones or electronic communications devices of any kind).

Class 15 — Tue 27 Feb (plenary in PSY102, Seager visits Clemson). UGTA’s present practice midterm problems.

Class 14 — Thr 22 Feb (parallel in LL rooms)

Class 13 — Tue 20 Feb (plenary in PSY 102, Seager in DC)


  • Understand ethical decision-making within Civil Engineering contexts
  • Learn to apply the Fundamental Canons of Engineering to Civil Engineering contexts
  • Understand the relationship between credible communication and ethical decision-making

Learning Activities

  • Lecture:
    • Debrief Citicorp
    • Ethics in Engineering Contexts


  • Quiz on either “Between Efficiency and Politics: Rhetoric and the Ethics in Technical Writing”
  • Problem Set #2: Ethics Problem Set

Class 12 – Thr 15 Feb (parallel in LL rooms). Working with the same groups of four selected last week, complete the CitiCorp Group Consensus Essay in CritViz.

Class 11 – Tue 13 Feb (plenary in PSY 102)


  • Understand the ethical responsibilities of the Civil Engineering profession.
  • Gain an introduction to engineering ethics and the fundamental canons of engineering.
  • Learn to apply the Fundamental Canons of Engineering to case studies in engineering, including the Citicorp Tower Case study.

Learning Activities


  • Kahoot quiz on ethics
  • CitiCorp Individual Reflective Essay on Critviz
  • Jury opinions on Citicorp Tower (i.e., group essays)

Class 10 – Thr 8 Feb (parallel in LL). Form groups of 4 for the purpose of producing a technical report (due after Spring Break) analyzing the question of “Buy vs Lease” in either autos or housing.  Create  groups in CritViz and teams in Crystalknows.  Complete the DISC profile analysis of your team using the tools available in Crystalknows and LinkedIn.

Class 9 – Tue 6 Feb (plenary in PSY 102)


  • Learn what distinguishes engineering professionals from technicians.
  • Understand the importance of engineers as finance experts.
  • Gain an introduction to engineering ethics and the fundamental canons of engineering.

Learning Activities


  • Video Quiz #5: Engineering As A Profession
  • DISC team analysis.

Class 8 – Thr 1 Feb (parallel in LL rooms). Working in groups of three, write FE-style problem solutions on whiteboard.  Present to class.

Class 7 – Tue 30 Jan (plenary in PSY102)


  • Learn to draw cash flow diagrams.
  • Learn the terms: nominal interest, compound interest, compounding period, continuous compounding, discount rate, present value, future value, equivalent uniform annual cost, annuity, Rule of 72, perpetuity.
  • Be able to solve problems of compound interest and present value in engineering finance.
  • Identify and correct weaknesses or misconceptions in understanding of compound interest.

Learning Activities

  • Kahoots quiz (Khaled)
  • Vocabulary discussion (Seager)
  • Step-wise solution to FE style problems (Seager)


  • Small group FE style problem presentations in parallel session

Class 6 –Thr 25 Jan (parallel in LL). Working in groups of three, answer the Quiz#3 “Introduction to Finance” in CritViz.  Then, work on Problem Set #1.  The agenda for the parallel sessions is as follows:

  • The UGTA coach will review the questions in Quiz #3.  Students will identify answers.
  • The UGTA coach will solve PS1 problem #1 with the cooperation of the class.
  • Students will work in their teams of 3 to solve the remaining problems independently of the UGTA coach.

Class 5 – Tue 23 Jan (plenary in PSY102)


  • Introduction to Engineering Finance
  • Learn the importance of time equivalence of money.



  • Complete online content quiz on compound interest.
  • Working in groups of three, complete Problem Set #1 in CritViz.

Class 4 — Thrs 18 Jan (plenary in PSY102, relocate to parallel)


  • Introduce plenary/parallel format.
  • Form teams in CritViz and understand selection of effective teammates



  • Reflections and vote on prizes from audience.
  • Respond to prompts in CritViz.

Class 3 – Tue 16 Jan (plenary PSY102 – Seager in China)


  • Learn the difference between critique and criticism
  • Understand peer review

Learning Activities


  • Complete online Critique & Peer Review Quiz in critviz

Class 2 – Thr 11 Jan (Plenary in PSY102)


  • Learn names and responsibilities of the instructional staff.
  • Master the CEE300 Communication Protocol.
  • Discover personal communication style via DISC assessment in

Learning Activities

  • Improve exercise: Performance Evaluation and compare to crystal knows (Seager and Herrara-Theut)
  • Review results of UGTA group analysis (Herrara-Theut)


  • Individual DISC reflection essay
  • Critique LinkedIn profiles

Class 1 – Tue 9 Jan (Plenary in PSY102)


Learning Activities.

  • Lecture: website demos, Comm Protocol lecture, dress code (Seager)
  • In class: create accounts, demo (Seager)
  • Homework: Post Slack profile URL in CritViz, read Syllabus, complete LinkedIn Assignment and request connection with each member of the Instructional team.  On dress code, complete dress code report.


  • Slack Post on CritViz
  • Syllabus Quiz on CritViz
  • LinkedIn assignment on CritViz
  • Box sign in, upload profile pic, and post a comment on ‘Slack Tips & Tricks’ tagging @seagertp


CEE300 classes are organized into two types:

  1. plenary, in which the entire class meets in PSY102, and
  2. parallel, where we break into smaller groups coached by the UnderGraduate Teaching Assistant (UGTA) team. Thursday classes will be plenary sessions.  Tuesday classes will be a mix of plenary and parallel sessions.

There is no textbook for CEE300.  Instead, text and video materials will be posted online here at  Students will be assigned to read the articles and watch the videos posted here, and be held accountable for demonstrating understanding of the material on exams and in group projects.

—– Everything below this line is adapted from last semester and subject to revision ——-

Class 29 (Thr 30 Nov) Plenary in LSE106 – SeagerTank Finals. Up to 8 teams will be invited to perform their pitches live for the class and a panel of judges who will award 100 XP to each member of the top team.  Members of second and third places teams will receive 75 and 50 XP, respectively.   Members of all other performing pitch teams will receive 25 XP.

Class 28 (Tue 28 Nov) Workshop SeagerTank Pitches. Meet with your team anywhere convenient for you and complete your pitch videos.  Upload to CritViz before midnight.

Class 27 (Tue 21 Nov) Plenary in LSE106 — final reports due in CritViz.


  • Understand requests for proposals for engineering professional services.
  • Perform effective pitch presentations offering engineering services and solutions


  • Effective Pitch Presentations lecture, including analysis of example pitches (Seager)
  • Introduction to Seager Tank (Garcia)


  • SeagerTank video pitch competition: 1) Select one of the RFP’s to which your team will respond, 2) Form groups of no less than 3 or more than 4 members in CritViz, 3) Record your pitch video and upload as a group assignment in CritViz.

Class 26 (Thr 16 Nov) Parallel in WXLR.  Meet with your teams in your parallel session rooms and complete the ethics module of your engineering analysis reports.  Also, plan submission of your final report 21 Nov, including revision of any previous sections.

Class 25 (Tue 14 Nov) Plenary in LSE106. Introduction to responsible innovation.

Class 24 (Thr 9 Nov) Parallel in WXLR.  Meet with your teams in your parallel session rooms and complete the Cash Flow Analyses module of your reports.

Class 23 (Tue 7 Nov) Plenary in LSE106.


  • Understand how to respond to requests


  • Organization of Engineering Results (Cash Flow Module) lecture (Seager)
  • “Seven Different Ways to Say ‘No!’ to Seager and Seven and Half of Them are ‘Yes!’ “


  • Cash Flow Analysis module for ‘Results and Discussion’ section of report. This must include a written and visual representation of the cash flows.
  • “… Ways to Say ‘No!’…” quiz.

Class 22 (Thr 2 Nov) Parallel in WXLR – Meet with your teammates in your parallel session rooms and complete the Problem Set in CritViz.  The agenda for the parallel sessions is as follows:

  • The UGTA coach in each room will review the Tuesday lecture with a brief slide show.
  • The UGTA coach will solve problem #1 with the cooperation of the class.
  • Students will work in their teams of 3 or 4 to solve the remaining problems independently of the UGTA coach.

When the problem set is complete, you may meet with your team anywhere convenient for you to prepare your Cash Flow Analyses from vendor and customer perspectives for your study companies.  Include a discussion of depreciation and tax implications of the sharing economy app  in your analysis.

Class 21 (Tue 31 Oct) – Plenary in LSE106


  • Improve understanding of progress report expectations, and critique
  • Understand depreciation and its relationship with taxes
  • Improve teamwork by making clear offers, invitations, requests (of two types), and commands


  • Review Video Progress Report Crits & Rankings (Seager)
  • Depreciation and Taxes” lecture (Seager)
  • “Invite, Request, Command (and Offer)” online lecture (Seager)


  • Mathematical problem set in CritViz
  • Quiz in CritViz
  • Cash Flow Analysis module in engineering report

Class 20 (Thr 25 Oct) – Parallel, Engineering Analysis Progress Report.  Meet in your parallel session rooms with your UGTA.  Present your 5 min progress report on your Tech Report.  Record your presentation using mobile camera video and upload to CritViz before midnight.  Use the following outline:

  • Introduce your team and the company that you are studying.
  • Describe the problem your study company is trying to solve.
  • Describe the methods that you’re using to answer the following questions:
    • What is the experience of being a customer like? Being a vendor?
    • What kinds of cash flow can vendors expect?  What kind of expenses will be incurred?
    • How does the cost of the service to customers compare to the alternative markets/technologies/ that the business is seeking to replace?
    • Use slides only to present data.  Do not use a cover slide, title slide, or bullet point (i.e., note card) slides.  However, app screen shots, cost data, revenue data, or photos of the service are data and you may show those.
  • Respond to 5 minutes of questions from your classmates and UGTA.

Class 19 (Tue 24 Oct) – Plenary in LSE 106


  • Enhance understanding of communication, teamwork and leadership.
  • Understand real vs effective vs nominal interest rates and inflation calculations.


  • “Invite, Request, Command” lecture (Seager)
  • Improv theater exercise Asking for What you Want (Seager)
  • Inflation (Where Does Money Come From?)” (Seager)


  • Mathematical problem set on inflation, depreciation, taxes (Thr 2 Nov)
  • Online lecture quiz (Thr 2 Nov)

Class 18 (Thr 19 Oct) – Workshop, meet with your team anywhere convenient for you and work on your engineering analyses reports advancing the study of your start up companies.

Also, please watch this video explaining the CEE300 midterm grading formula.

Class 17 (Tue 17 Oct) – Midterm Exam

Class 16 (Thr 12 Oct) – Parallel in WXLR


  • Improve test-taking skills in preparation for midterm


  • Working in groups of 3 or 4 (student choice), complete the practice midterm.  Use CamScanner to load responses to box.  Compare among classmates.


  • CEE300 Midterm Tue 17 Oct (rooms to be announced).

No class Tue 10 Oct (Fall Break)

Class 15 (Thr 5 Oct) – Parallel in WXLR
Form new groups of 3 or 5 for the Citicorp Jury assignment.  Compare individual essays.  Outline jury opinion anticipating and countering opposing arguments, or containing a minority opinion.

Class 14 (Tue 3 Oct) – Plenary in LSE 106 (Seager in Portsmouth NH)


  • Improve understanding of professional writing
  • Learn to apply the Fundamental Canons of Engineering to the Citicorp Tower Case study


  • Lecture: Top-rated Proposals for Engineering Services (Alex)
  • Lecture: Introduction to the Citicorp Tower Case Study Assignment (Alex)


  • Individual Citicorp analysis essays
  • Jury opinions on Citicorp Tower (i.e., group essays)

Class 13 – Parallel in WXLR
Meeting in your Engineering Analysis groups, compare the Proposal for Engineering Services you have been assigned to critique.  File your own, individual crit of the reports you have been assigned.  The class period is available to you and your teams to compare and discuss your crits.

Class 12 – Plenary in LSE 106


  • Improve understanding of Proposals for Engineering Services
  • Understand Civil Engineering as profession and the ethical responsibilities of that profession.



  • Critique peer proposals.
  • Compete online lecture quiz (individually) on Civil Engineering Professional Ethics

Class 11 – Parallel in WXLR
Meeting in your Engineering Analysis assignment groups, complete the ‘Writing a Proposal to Provide Engineering Services’ assignment.  UGTA’s will be assigned to rooms. Teams will be allocated to rooms, but to teams aren’t not obliged to report to those rooms.  Team room allocations are only suggestions.  You may meet or work anywhere you choose.

Class 10 – Plenary in LSE 106 (Seager at Resilience Week in Wilmington DE)


  • Understand the overview and outline of your sharing economy company analysis report.
  • Understand the more detailed requirements of writing a proposal to offer engineering services.


  • In class lectures:
    • Intro to Engineering Analysis Technical Report assignment (Arreguin)
    • Writing proposals (Arreguin)


  • In CritViz, form the groups that you will commit to for the remainder of your Engineering Analysis Technical Report, by responding to the ‘Writing a Proposal to Provide Engineering Services’ assignment.
    • team formation will be commitments for the rest of the semester.
    • groups may be of 3 or 4.
    • Instructor approval is not required.  You are free to select your own teammates.

Class 9 – Thr 14 Sep Parallel in WXLR
Working in your groups, complete quizzes (individually) on CritViz, and upload your 800 word essays (as a group) analyzing the technology transition that applies to your study company. If you get stuck, try this post called “What problem are you trying to solve?

Class 8 –Tue 12 Sep Plenary in LSE 106


  • Introduce teams to role of information, communication technologies (ICT) in teamwork and motivation, and disruptive technology transitions.

Learning Activities


  • Form groups in CritViz and write an 800 word essay describing the problem that your technology company of choice is trying to solve, their proposed solution, the technology they might replace, and a description of their competition.


Learning Activities


How to allocate your energy (Seager).

Class 31 – Thr 4 May FINAL Exam 2:30P-4:20P.
Meet in assigned rooms, either PSY 102, CAVC 451 or CAVC 455.

Class 30 –Thr 27 April (Plenary)
Seager Tank Live Pitch Finals (Veronica Head)
Homework Assignments: Digital Reflections

Class 29 –Tue 25 April (Plenary)
This is Water Leadership and Meaning Making (Seager)
Homework Due: FE-style problem video solution

Class 28 – Thr 20 April (Parallel) – TR2 Crits DUE, Video Quiz #4 DUE
Meet in assigned parallel rooms. Draft a video solution to the practice final exam problem with UGTAs.  Post to YouTube and copy link into CritViz.
Homework Assignments:

Online lecture. Moral Foundation Theory

Class 27 – Tues 18 Apr (Plenary) – Performance Eval Survey DUE
Professionalization: Performance Evaluation Improv (Arreguin, Seager in Chicago)
Ethics: Moral Luck vs Moral Hazard (Seager video) & The Downside of Goals (Seager video)                                                                                                                                   Supplementary: Goal and Consequences by Raveena John.

Class 26 — Thr 13 Apr (Parallel)
Practice final exam.  Meet in parallel session rooms with UGTA’s.
Homework assignments:
Performance Eval Survey (due 18 Apr @ 11:59 PM)
Online lecture:
Performance Assessment for Civil Engineers

Class 25 – Tue 11 Apr (Plenary) – TR2 DUE
Communication: Protocols for Invite/Request/Command & 7 Ways to Say “No!” to Seager and 5-1/2 of them are “Yes!”
Homework Assignments: TR2 Crits due 20 Apr @ 11:59pm

Class 24 – Thr 6 Apr (Parallel)
TR2 & Problem Set 3 Workday. Work anywhere you choose.
Homework Assignments: Seager Tank Video Pitch Crits (due 9 Apr @ 11:59 PM), Problem Set 3 – Depreciation & Taxes (due 10 Apr @ 11:59 PM)
Online lectures: Understanding Depreciation and Taxes

Class 23 – Tue 4 Apr (Plenary) – SeagerTank Videos DUE
Receive and review graded midterms (Seager)
Leadership: What Do You Do When You Break a Commitment? (Seager)

Class 22 – Thr 30 Mar (Parallel)
TR2 Work Day.

Class 21 – Tue 28 Mar (Plenary)
Introduction to Tech Report 2 — Depreciation & Taxes (Seager)
Depreciation & the Sharing Economy: Uber, Lyft, Turo (Seager)
Form TR2 Critviz teams of 3-5 people.
Homework Assignments: Tech Report 2 (due 11 Apr @ 11:59 PM )

Introduction to Seager Tank Entrepreneurship Assignment, (Veronica Head).
Homework Assignments: Seager Tank Video
(due 4 April 2017 @ 11:59 PM)

Online lectures: Difference Between Leadership and Management
On-line lectures:  Engineering Ethics: Trade Secrets
Online lectures: Job Performance Assessment in Engineering
Online lectures: Sensitivity Analysis
Online lectures: To Buy or Lease a Car?
CEE300 midterm topic map

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