This syllabus is for section 1 only! If you are in a different section, see your professor to locate your syllabus.

Course Times

Section 1: MW 11:00 - 12:15 PM (M BUSN 101; W BUSN 131)

Office Hours (Engineering Hall 234)

Mondays 9:30 - 10:30 AM, but feel free to stop by any time except during lunch, I'm generally in from 8 AM to 4 PM, except when I'm in class or at a meeting. I encourage you to use email to ask questions or make appointments to meet me.

Course Web-book Book

PathFinder is used to deliver a web-book with online exercises for CES. If you have not used it before, learn about PathFinder by going to the PathFinder website. Check out the second and third FAQs on the Help Tab. I will email you instructions for creating an account and/or creating your web-book for this course.


Communication outside of class is accomplished through this website and email. Emails are sent to your Rowan email address. Check your email every day. Emails sent to me outside of work hours may not be read until the next working day. Be professional when crafting your emails!


I consider this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect, and I welcome individuals of all ages, backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, national origins, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, ability – and other visible and nonvisible differences. All members of this class are expected to contribute to a respectful, welcoming and inclusive environment for every other member of the class. If you feel that your contribution is not valued for any reason, please speak with me privately. If you wish to communicate anonymously you may do so in writing or speak with the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion, Conflict Resolution (, 856-256-5496, Room 118, Robinson Hall).


If you have a documented disability that may have an impact upon your work, please let me know. Students must provide documentation to Disability Resources to receive official University services and accommodations ( | 856.256.4259). The Center is located on the 3rd floor of Savitz Hall. The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations. Make sure you notify (856.256.4263) at least 5 days before a test if you need an accommodation.

Preferred Name

I am happy to use your preferred name, i.e., a name that affirms, reflects, and/or expresses your gender, culture, and/or other aspects of your social identity in the classroom. Unless you say otherwise, I will use the preferred name listed on the class roster.

Professional Behavior

As an engineering professional, it is extremely important that you treat people with respect and consideration. It is expected, therefore, that you will maintain good professional conduct throughout this course, in all your interactions with your peers and the instructor.

Rowan Success Network

The Rowan Success Network powered by Starfish is designed to make it easier for you to connect with the resources you need to be successful at Rowan. Throughout the term, you may receive email from the Rowan Success Network team regarding your academic performance. Please pay attention to these emails and consider taking the recommended actions. Utilize the scheduling tools to make appointments at your convenience including tutoring.

Tips for Success

Buy the web-book right away (if you cannot, talk to me now); Attend class regularly; Read study guides; Prepare for class (this means reading your textbook, etc.); Do your homework and other assignments on time; Participate in class discussions; Stay connected to global news; Get involved in service activities; Get enough sleep; Have fun learning!


Jess W. Everett

Civil & Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering

Rowan University



Engineering Hall 234




Upon completion of the course, civil engineering students will be able to solve civil engineering systems design and analysis problems, including:

  • Optimizing projects using linear programming
  • Assessing projects based on economic criteria
  • Scheduling projects using the critical path method
  • Using probability and statistics to solve engineering problems

Learning Activities

Learning activities include preparation, listening and discussing, and practice.

  • By preparation, I mean reading technical information before class. This provides three benefits. First, students arrive in class with some introduction to the material to be covered. Second, assigned readings often cover course topics in greater breadth and/or depth than in class. Thus, students learn more. Finally, learning how to read technical information takes practice, just like learning how to play a sport or musical instrument. Many students in this class will spend their careers creating and/or reading technical information. By struggling through difficult readings in college, students are better prepared for their career.
  • You listen to some lecture, as this is an effective way to transmit information.
  • You also participate in class discussions and active learning activities.
  • Finally, you practice, by working problems in and out of class.

Evaluation Activities

Evaluation activities are linked to learning activities.

  • PathFinder BEFORE exercises are used to evaluate your preparation for class. They are due BEFORE topics are covered in class. When I design BEFORE exercises, I assume that each student has carefully read the assigned material (but not memorized it). BEFORE exercises typically are multiple choice, but simple calculation problems may also be included. They are taken on-line, using PathFinder.
  • Assignments are used to evaluate the skills acquired on a given topic. Two kinds of assignments are used in CES: PathFinder AFTER and Offline. PathFinder AFTER exercises are done using PathFinder. They are calculation based. Offline assignments are calculation or software-based problems turned in on paper or as pdfs.
  • Semester exams and a final are used to test your ability to independently solve problems. Exams are open notes plus specific handouts or pages from the web-book (that I identify). You can bring in anything you created yourself, i.e., hand-written or typed notes, drawings, etc. No photos, scans, or copies, except in the case of notes obtained from another student for a missed class session. The only electronic device that can be accessed during an exam is a calculator. The internet is off-limits. Students can only leave the test room if there is an emergency.

Guidance on completing PathFinder BEFORE and AFTER exercises can be found using the PathFinder Help Tab. General guidance is given on the FAQ Tab of my website. I will give each student one extension for a PathFinder chapter's online assignments (BEFORE or AFTER). Shoot me an email identifying the chapter and type (BEFORE or AFTER).

Your work must be your own; however, I encourage students to work together and even compare answers. If you discover different answers, discuss the problem and study each others' work, then rework and discuss until you agree on an answer (or agree to disagree). However, you should never find yourself typing or writing your homework while looking at some else's. That is copying! Please email, phone or stop by my office if--upon reviewing course materials and discussing with other students in the class--you are unable to complete a problem.




Grades are assigned as 92-100 = A, 90-91 = A-, 88-89 = B+, 82-87 = B,... The grading scheme is very fair and generous. Please do not complain about just missing the next grade up. There is no extra credit; however, each student will be given one "free" extension on a PathFinder exercises set. Simply email the request, identifying the chapter and letting me know if it is for the BEFORE or AFTER exercises. No extensions will be given past the last day of classes.

The maximum score in each category is:

  • 15 - BEFORE Exercises
  • 25 - Assignments (AFTER and Offline)
  • 30 - Semester Exam 1
  • 30 - Semester Exam 2
  • 30 - Comprehensive Final Exam

Your final score in each category is calculated by summing the points earned, dividing by the maximum possible points, then multiplying that fraction by the amount each category is worth. Online points are given on the Plan Tab on PathFinder.

Your final grade will be the BEFORE Exercises and Assignments grades plus the highest 2 scores on the exams MINUS any demerits applied for unprofessional conduct. Professional conduct involves showing proper respect for your professor and classmates. Arriving late, leaving during class, talking when the professor or other students "have the floor", and other disruptive activities can result in points off your final grade. I may also adjust your final grade based on your participation in class.

Academic Misconduct

You are encouraged to work together on assignments. However, copying is not acceptable. Copied assignments can receive a zero grade (both original and copies). For paper assignments, copying is writing on your paper while looking at another student's paper. When working electronically, copying is when two students are working on one computer or a student uses a file created by another student. Cheating on a test will cause the student to receive a zero grade, at a minimum. If you are to miss an assignment due date, exam, quiz, field trip, or laboratory session you must have a valid excuse and notify me prior to the event (except in case of emergency).

Rowan University has a licensing agreement with Turnitin, an online service to help prevent student plagiarism. As part of this course I may use Turnitin at my discretion to determine the originality of your work. If your work is submitted to Turnitin, it will be stored in the Turnitin database. You have the right to refuse either to submit your work to Turnitin or have the university do so; availing yourself of this right will not negatively impact your success in the course. If you do not wish to use Turnitin you must notify me by e-mail before the fourth class period. If you object to the use of Turnitin, I will use other procedures to assess originality.


Inform me by email if you must miss class with good cause. In case of emergency, the email can be after the fact. Un-excused absences cause points off your course grade: one point per un-excused absence or 0.5 points per late arrival.



Schedule (Subject to change | See notes at bottom of Table)

BEFORE Exercises
Bring to Class
Course Intro (No PathFinder)
CE Systems Intro
Linear Programming
Laptop (optional)
Basic Engineering Economics
Engineering Economic Evaluation
Linear Programming (35)
Basic Scheduling
Scheduling Optimization
Engineering Economic Evaluation (270)
Basic Probability
CEE Scheduling (25)
MS Project Scheduling (25)
Basic Statistics
Basic Statistics (cont.), Exam Review
Scheduling (CPM) (90)
Probability Distributions
EXAM (up to Sched. Opt.)
Notes, Select Handouts, Calculator
Transportation (Mehta)
Calculator, Statistical Tables
Linear Regression
Basic Probability (50)
Calculator, Statistical Tables, Notes
Calculator, Statistical Tables
Confidence Intervals Plus
Probability Distributions (45)
Calculator, Statistical Tables
Calculator, Statistical Tables
Hypothesis Testing 1)
Confidence Interval Plus (30)
Calculator, Statistical Tables
Calculator, Statistical Tables
Hypothesis Testing 2
Calculator, Statistical Tables
Calculator, Statistical Tables
Exam Review
Hypothesis Testing (50)
Calculator, Statistical Tables
EXAM (Bas. Prob. to Hyp. Testing)
Notes, Select Handouts, Calculator
Course Review, Evaluations (bring Laptop)
Dec 19
FINAL (comprehensive)
10:15 - 12:15 PM, BUSN 131
Bring your notes/HW, Select Handouts, Calculator


  • PathFinder online BEFORE exercises are completed by 11:59 PM on the Sunday before the class date on the schedule. Due dates are also given in the PathFinder Plan Tab.
  • PathFinder online AFTER exercise are NOT shown in the Schedule; their due dates are only given on the PathFinder Plan Tab. They are typically due by 11:59 PM on the first Sunday after the topic is finished.
  • PathFinder online assignments cannot be completed late; however, I will give an extension to each student once per semester for all the BEFORE or AFTER exercises in a given chapter. Simply email me the chapter name and the type, BEORE or AFTER.
  • Offline assignment handouts are emailed to students a week or two before they are due. Your work is turned in at the start of class on the day indicated on the Schedule. Assignments due on a non-class day should be turned in at my office by 5 PM, unless otherwise indicated. If I'm not there, simply slip it under the door. Late offline assignments will be accepted for one week, but lose 10 % in each 24 hour period after the due date.

See my website FAQ for guidance on homework and memo formats, my grading abbreviations, citations ("Author Year"), and references.