This syllabus is for section 3 only! If you are in a different section, see your professor to locate your syllabus. The general FEC II syllabus is emailed to all students; it applies to all sections.

Course Times

Section 3: Monday 8:00 - 9:15 AM in Rowan Hall 340 & Tuesday 8 - 10:45 AM in Rowan Hall 302 (unless the Schedule Tab indicates otherwise)

Office Hours (Rowan Hall 335)

Recommended: make an appointment by email (or ask questions and I will respond). I make an extra effort to be in my office Wednesdays from 10 AM to noon, but you are welcome to stop by and see if I am in any time without an appointment any time.

Text Book

PathFinder is used to deliver a web-book with online exercises for FEC II. 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.


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.

Student Accommodation

If you have a documented disability that may have an impact upon your work, please contact me. Students must provide documentation of their disability to the Academic Success Center in order to receive official University services and accommodations (856 256 4234). The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations. Make sure you notify the Academic Success Center well before a test if you need an accommodation.

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.


Jess W. Everett

Civil & Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering

Rowan University


Office - 335, Rowan Hall




See the general FEC II syllabus which was emailed at the start of the semester.

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 FEC II: PathFinder AFTER and Traditional. PathFinder AFTER exercises are done using PathFinder. They are calculation based. Traditional 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). 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 based on the ten point scale (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. You are strongly encouraged to obtain extra credit by attending engineering club meetings (up to three) and/or campus events (up to three) for a maximum of 3 points added to your course grade. Each student can also request 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.

More grading information is given in the general syllabus. You are strongly encouraged to earn the 3 extra credit points described in the general syllabus.

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.



Date Topic / Chapter / Lab / Activity Location Assignment Bring to Class
Jan 19Welcome 117  Laptop, Felder Learning Styles (From FEC I or here)
Jan 25Sustainability / Buildings 340  
Jan 26LEEDs 302 Laptop
Feb 1Product Development 340  
Feb 2Maglite Lab 302Annotated Bibliography Lab Notebook
Feb 8Engineering Statistics I 340 
Feb 9Light Lab 302 Room 302 Light MemoCEE Anno Bib
Feb 15Engineering Tools - Matlab 131 Laptop
Feb 16Matlab Activity 302Maglite Report & Peer EvaluationLaptop
Feb 22Engineering Statistics II 340  
Feb 23Thermal Lab I (Transfer) 302 ME Anno Bib
Feb 29Engineering Graphics 131 Laptop, Hand Sketch
Mar 1Engineering Graphics Activity 131Light Report & Peer EvaluationLaptop
Mar 7Review 340Schematic 
Mar 8 Exam 1 / Reverse Engineer Your Home 340Draft Checklist Portfolio, Draft Checklist (Printout)
Mar 21Home Evaluation Charrette 340  Draft Home Evaluation Memo (Printout)
Mar 22Thermal Lab II (Storage) 302 Home Evaluation MemoBME Anno Bib
Mar 28Intellectual Property 340  
Mar 29Product Development Activity 302  Product ideas for Prod. Dev. Memo (or more)
Apr 4Basic Engineering Economics 340Thermal Report & Peer Evaluation  
Apr 5PV Lab (Solar Array Tilt) 302 ECE Anno Bib
Apr 11Engineering Economic Evaluation 340  
Apr 12Economics Lab / Reverse Engineer Buildings 302PV Report & Peer EvaluationCEE Anno Bib
Apr 18Engineering Ethics 340Product Development Memo 
Apr 19Ethics Case Study 302 Home Design Report & Peer Evaluation 
Apr 25 Eco Footprint / Presentation Help 340Eco Footprint Eco Footprint (Printout)
Apr 26Team Presentation 117Presentation & Peer EvaluationPresentation on flash drive, Business Casual Attire, Laptop
May 2Review 340  
May 9 FINAL: 8 - 10 AM 340 Comprehensiv Notes, Select Handouts


  • Place cursor over the table headings to see explanations for each column.
  • PathFinder AFTER exercises due dates are ONLY given on the PathFinder Plan Tab; they are typically due ~ a week after a topic is completed in class.
  • You cannot complete PathFinder exercises after their due date, except: each student can request ONE extension per semester. Ask for it via email. Be sure to state the chapter and type (BEFORE or AFTER).
  • Individual Assignments that ALL students complete are shown in plain text; Individual Assignments that only SELECT students complete are given in italicsTeam Assignments are given in bold. See Assignments Tab for more information.
  • In addition to the items shown above, bring a laptop to lab if you are the designated laptop recorder. Always bring your lab notebook to lab, especially if you are the designated notebook recorder.



I will email Traditional assignment descriptions to you well before the due date (or lab session). You will email the resulting deliverables to me (as a pdf) by the beginning of class on due date, unless otherwise indicated. The email is a letter of transmittal and the attachment is the deliverable. Name pdfs appropriately. Individual assignments: LastName-AssignmentName, e.g., "Smith-Schematic". Team assignment names are described in the Team Handout. Late traditional assignments will be accepted for one week, and lose 10 % during each subsequent 24 hour period.

Individual Assignments that all students complete are shown in the bullet lists below in plain text; Team Assignments are given in bold.

  • Annotative Bibliography (Anno Bib) - See Lab Team Handout for more detail. Recommended Topics: BME - rehabilitation engineering; CEE - passive solar buildings or green construction materials; ChE - green engineering; ECE - smart/intelligent buildings; ME - heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC). Check with me BEFORE deviating from these topics. Be ready to discuss your findings in class on day indicated in "Bring to Class" column of schedule.
  • Room 302 Light Memo - Communicate the light level in Room 302 (sing appropriate statistics, graphics, and/or schematics. Include a brief recommendation on what to do if they are low or high. Thinking outside the box is fine and long as the information is communicated efficiently and effectively. See FEC I for information on writing memos.
  • Schematic / Hand Sketch - Schematic applicable to the Thermal I lab, Product Development Memo, or Sustainable Home Design Report. The schematic is based on a hand drawn sketch brought to class for the Engineering Graphics Activity. Complete final schematic in Illustrator, unless you obtain permission to use another program.
  • Draft Checklist - One page memo: a Table of sustainable house characteristics and simple ways to assess them (two columns). Students can relate this to their personal interests and/or major. You may be able to use information from your annotative bibliography. If not, keep looking for information. You can also use already established home evaluation systems, e.g., LEEDs. I will combine your checklists into one checklist each student will use to assess a home over spring break (see home evaluation memo).
  • Home Evaluation Memo - one to 2 page memo (not counting reference list) evaluating the sustainability of your family home (or suitable alternate, with permission). Base your evaluation on the checklist I will create and email the class after we discuss the draft checklists developed individually. The checklist will be emailed to you before Spring Break. This is the entire assignment (no more detailed email will be sent).
  • Eco Footprint - Email a pdf of a screen shot or typed summary of the results of your eco footprint estimation. More information will be provided before due date.
  • Product Development Memo - Two to 3 page memo (not counting tables, figures, and the reference list) assessing a product appropriate for a sustainable home. See handout.
  • Lab Reports - Team reports for Maglite, Light, Thermal, PV labs. See Lab Team Handout and Lab assignments for more detail. Review FEC I information on report format. Eight to 10 pages, not including appendix.
    • Lab Leader - Lead your team for at least one laboratory session. See Lab Team Handout for more detail. Nothing to turn in.
    • Lab Laptop Operator - Record data in Excel for at least one laboratory session. See Lab Team Handout for more detail. Email spreadsheet to instructor before next lab session, suitably named: "LastName-LabName.xlsx", e.g., "Smith-LightLab.xlsx".
    • Lab Notebook Recorder - Record data in your laboratory notebook for at least one laboratory team session. See Lab Team Handout for more detail. Turn in duplicate pages at start of next lab session. When used properly, your laboratory notebook will automatically make duplicate pages.
  • Peer Evaluation - Complete on PathFinder Team Tab. Rate the performance of each team member, including yourself, after turning in a Team Report or giving the Team Presentation (the same or next day). Click the submit button after each peer evaluation. Read the messages PathFinder displays after each submit. The grade adjustments for a given event must sum to zero. Finally, select your activities for the event and click the separate submit button.
  • Sustainable Home Design Report - Eight to 10 page report (not counting reference list) describing a sustainable home design. Use Lab Team handout guidance. as appropriate, e.g., have a complier and reviewer!

See my website FAQ for my grading abbreviations. See the FEC I web-book for guidance on formats for memos & reports, citations ("Author Year"), references, etc.