Read the Syllabus

Several areas of the syllabus require additional explanation or attention. Working in class on Tuesday 23 Aug, you will form group according to the zodiac sign under which you were born.

Then, log in to Critiz, create your zodiac groups.  Take a group selfie and have each person in your group tweet out the selfie using #cee300 and your zodiac sign.  Then, post links to your selfie tweets on your group assignment page in Critiz.

This assignment serves the teamwork and communication class objectives.  It porvides you with practices using the communication and collbaoration platforms of the class.  Regardless of group size, 20 class participation assignment points will be awarded for completion.

Finally, complete the syllabus quiz on critviz.  Each member of your zodiac group must enter their own answers.  However, you are expected to discuss the quiz questions as a group to ensure you all arrive at the correct answers and understanding of the syllabus..

Your final quiz question is an essay question, according to your zodiac sign.  These are the questions you will respond to:

1. Aries. Experience points (XP).  How do students get these points and how do they impact grading?
2. Taurus. Peer assessment. What is CritViz and how does it work? Who gets graded on what?
3. Gemini. Cloud-based collaboration: What is and how can we use it to our advantage?  How does it compare to Dropbox, Google+?
4. Cancer. Online participation.  What are the expectations? How is the class doing so far?
5. Leo. Digital presentations.  What is livestream and how does it work with YouTube?
6. Virgo. ABET accreditation.  What are engineering the accreditation learning outcomes for this course and how do they fit into other ABET learning outcomes?
7. Libra. Contracts. What are they and how do they fit into the course?
8. Scorpio. Technical reports. What are they? How will they work?
9. Sagittarius. Fundamentals of Engineering Exam: What is it and what importance does it have?
10. Capricorn. Personal & professional development: What learning activities align with these objectives?
11. Aquarius. Academic integrity. How are the expectations in CEE300 different from other classes?
12. Pisces. Explain the dress code for this course and how it is enforced?


9 thoughts on “Read the Syllabus

  1. Zhihao Ye

    Homework problem sets & quizzes. Both mathematical problem sets and quizzes will be assigned on critviz. Students will accumulate experience points (XP) for problems and questions attempted. At the Instructors’ discretion, additional experience points may be awarded for helpful comments added to homework problems or solution sets (posted on Box). In addition, students may propose their own textbooks and/or problem sets and post solutions to additional problems of their own choosing to earn additional XP.

  2. Kery Prettyman (@keryprettyman)

    Cancer: Online Participation

    CEE 300 uses a learning model that incorporates in class and online material. Success requires online participation as well as in class participation. Additionally, several assignments are designed to build communication skills online, including 2 digital presentations and possible online quizzes or surveys. Online participation goes beyond completing online assignments and it involves more than just reading the online lecture posts and watching the videos. Online participation includes the following:

    • Twitter posts – posts are expected for every video in the online lectures listed in the schedule. The minimum number of expected twitter posts is 100 and they should be about lecture videos or other material related to the course. Students can check the number of their relevant posts (posts related to the class) on, as mentioned in class, by searching under tweets with the following:

    from:@username #cee300

    • Comments on WordPress or – the value of this type of online participation depends on the quality and originality of these comments. For example, comments that start discussions are high quality comments.

    • Peer reviews on Critviz – Critviz is a platform to facilitate feedback from classmates about submitted assignments.

    • Participation in activities on other websites, such as, or reviews is also included in online participation.

    Basically, online participation means contributing to class discussions online and maintaining an online presence throughout the semester. At this point, I think the class is just getting started with exploring what these options mean.

  3. Jacob Boatright

    Libra: Contracts

    Contracts in CEE 300 are presented to get the students prepared for when they step into the real world of engineering. Most contracts/projects are granted to the individual or company that submitted a proposal the client accepts. This can be the one that will cost the least, the one that will spend the least amount of time, or a combination of the two. Using a Request for Proposal (RFP) is the way to properly submit the terms that the project will be completed. When an RFP is presented, the three pieces of information that needs to be included in a proposal are:

    1. Who is responding to the RFP and the schedule that it will correspond to each member of the team.
    2. What the compensation (in CEE 300 this would be experience points) for completing the project is for each member of the team.
    3. When the deadlines are for parts of the project and also the full completion date.

    One thing to keep in mind is that just because a proposal is submitted, does not mean that it will be accepted. The instructor has the right to select whichever proposal that is presented from the pool of submittals. Also, there may be only one proposal selected, or multiple, or none at all.

    In CEE 300, Dr. Seager will present RFP’s for the students to bid on. This may come in the form of completing another in-person presentation or a video on a certain topic. Each proposal to an RFP should include the three points above. The first RFP for this semester has already been given and is located under the syllabus in the thoughts at the bottom. As students, being aware of the information in front of us is just as important as solving the problem. If someone did not know that a RFP was presented, how could they provide a solution to the proposal?

  4. Dylan Curet

    Scorpio: Technical Reports

    Technical reports are professional documents through which engineers illustrate the process, progress, or results of research or the state of a problem. Additionally, the recommendations and conclusions of the report may function as a basis for decision making on a given project or research. The purpose of technical reports is to efficiently explain the scientific process of said research. To portray these ideas, technical reports must be concise, clear, and accessible.

    In CEE 300, we will be assigned to a number of teams and complete two reports topics related to the engineering economy; these reports will be worth a total of 300 points. The first report will focus on technology transitions, or how societies progressive development of technology affects the economy. The second report will focus on the economic intricacies of buying versus leasing automobiles. These assignments will ultimately test the students’ abilities to effectively communicate in a professional manner and collaborate in a cohesive, which ultimately prepares students for the challenges of the professional world.

  5. Mawi Shahin (@MawiiShah)

    Taurus: Peer assessment

    What is CritViz?
    CritViz is a web-based tool created to support peer critique in large classrooms such as ours. CritViz will serve as the submittal port for our upcoming assignments throughout the semester. It is important to familiarize yourself with CritViz in order to succeed in this class.

    How does it work?
    After signing up to CritViz ( by filling out some basic information, click your name on the top right of screen. Select “Students: Join a class” and enter the code: JPIRIZTR. It is vital to create a new account for critviz, even if you’ve already used critviz in the previous semesters. There are 5 tabs on the homepage of the course. The first tab labeled “Course” contains the list of everybody involved in the class. It includes Professor Seager, followed by the teaching assistants, and then all of the students. It contains our names, role in the class, and email. The second tab is Announcements where the instructional team can post. The next tab is the files tab and isn’t used by the students. The Assignments tab is the submittal port for our homework. Clicking on an assignment will take you to the posting page. There you can choose the file you want to submit and upload it as well as type in a short description. Under the last tab, the Portfolio tab, you can see your participation in the homework assignments. The green boxes signify a complete response, orange: partial response, blue: open, but no response, and red: no response. Remember to add a picture of yourself by clicking your name at the top right and selecting ‘Profile’. There you can also edit things like your first name, last name, email address, and notifications.

    Who gets graded on what?
    Peer assessments account for 50 points out of the 1000 points possible in this class. Peer assessments will be made available to the author of the essay or video, however, it does NOT impact the author’s grade. Those who submitted a critique will be graded on the quality, thoroughness, and conscientiousness of their reviews.

  6. Daniela Panfil (@daniela_panfil)

    Leo: Digital Presentation

    Two digital presentations will be completed for this course using live streaming presentation software. One will be on the solution to a mathematical problem of your choice and the other will be on either a technical report or a class module, including conation, pisces game, or citicorp tower case study. Each student will submit their presentation to critviz by including the youtube link and then will be assigned other students’ presentation to review on critviz. Remember to complete these reviews in a professional manner with useful feedback for the student.

    This assignment is important and useful in teaching presentation skills through an online medium to prepare students for the globalizing world. The benefit is twofold. First, by recording a presentation and having to watch yourself before submitting online, you can get more immediate feedback on how well you present learn what needs to be corrected. This will help in both in person and digital presentations. Second, the world is now more globalized, and we may have to present to clients across the globe digitally. Knowing how to present yourself through this medium would be very useful for these situations.

  7. Matthew Knudson @MattMknudson

    Sagittarius: Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

    The FE Exam truly is the first step to becoming a professional engineer. The exam covers an extensive amount of material that is found throughout the undergraduate engineering program. Passing the exam allows you to take the PE Exam. Professional engineers legally stand behind their designs. Professional engineers are respected in the industry and often make higher salaries.

    Some of the materials that are covered in the exam are listed below:
    Structural Design
    Geotechnical Engineering
    The list continues…

    The material on the exam and that is covered in this class:
    Engineering economics
    Ethics and Professional Practice

    The test is done online and takes 6 hours to complete. The test has 110 multiple choice questions. Studying and further preparation are highly recommended before taking the exam. The civil exam passing rate is 74% for first time takers. ASU engineering students have been below this national average.

  8. Cody Langlois (@SlowOpeningDoor)

    Virgo: ABET Accreditation

    Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is a national organization who’s goal is to ensure that all graduating engineering students are qualified to enter the field. This accreditation is based on the the curriculum and faculty involved.

    It is divided into four categories: applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. There are subcategories of these that are all expected to be met by the time a student graduates. These include the knowledge of math and science, leadership, the ability to solve engineering problems, professionalism, communication, and the impact of engineering.

    This class addresses professionalism with the focus on dress code and the twitter impact.Twitter also focuses on the technology expansion. It is important for engineers to know who to portray complex ideas in and understandable way and common knowledge of current communication means.


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