This is the section 13 webpage for Spring 2020. It supplements the general FEC II emailed at the start of the semester and provides a semester schedule. Read the general syllabus carefully, then this webpage. If you are in a different section, see your professor to locate your section-specific information.

Course Times

Section 13: ENGR 141; Tuesday 9:30 - 12:15 AM & Thursday 11 AM - 12:15 PM


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

Office Hours (ENGR 234)

Make an appointment by email (or email questions and I will respond). I make an extra effort to be in my office Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, but I am OFTEN there at other times; you are welcome to stop by and see me any time (expect lunch time!) without an appointment.

Text Book

PathFinder is used to deliver the FEC II web-book with online exercises. Look for an email from me with a code you will need to create your web-book. It is 'free' for FEC II.


My classroom is a place where everyone is 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.


Jess W. Everett

Civil & Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering

Rowan University


Office - REXT 234



Learning Activities

Learning activities include preparing, listening, discussing, acting, and practicing.

  • By preparation, I mean reading technical information before class. Students arrive in class with some introduction to the material to be covered. The assigned readings cover more than we can in class, so you learn more. Finally, you get better at reading technical information.
  • You listen to some lecture, as this is an effective way to transmit information.
  • You participate in class discussions and active learning. Bring a calculator and laptop to each class. Take good notes because the exams are open notes (see 'Midterm and Final Exams' bullet point below).
  • Finally, you practice by working problems in and out of class. Any useful skill takes practice, just like learning how to play a sport or musical instrument.

Evaluation Activities

Evaluation activities are linked to learning activities. See the Grading Tab for the percent breakdown.

  • Assignments are used to evaluate the skills acquired on a given topic. The main types are: PathFinder BEFORE and AFTER exercises, Rezzly, and Project Deliverables.
    • 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.
    • PathFinder AFTER exercises are also done using PathFinder. They are calculation based and should be completed after the associated chapter is covered in class.
    • Rezzly assignments are completed on the Rezzly website. They are more open-ended and provide an opportunity for feedback.
    • Project Deliverables involve writing/calculation/software-based problems turned in on paper or as pdfs. There are a number of deliverables types used in this class, e.g., reports, memos, papers, annotated bibliographies, presentations, etc. Project deliverables are primarily worked on in teams, but some are individual assignments.
  • Midterm and Final Exams 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 notes from class, outlines, solution guides, drawings, etc. No scans or copies, except in the case of notes obtained from another student for a missed class session. Talk to me ASAP if you have issues taking notes by hand. 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.
  • Professionalism includes attending class, participating in activities, and treating everyone in class with respect. By practicing professional behavior you prepare for a successful career.

Follow guidance given in FEC I and II, e.g., how to solve problems, document formats, citation, referencing, etc.

You will have to work outside of class to prepare for class, complete assignments and study for exams. Each student can request one 'free' extension on a PathFinder chapter's exercise set. Simply email the request: identify the chapter and let me know if it is for the BEFORE or AFTER exercises. No extensions are given past the last day of classes. You will not be able to redo the exercises, you can only complete exercises (or parts) left uncomplete.




The grade allocation scheme is found in the general FEC II syllabus emailed at the start of the semester. You are strongly encouraged to earn the 3 extra credit points described at the end of the general syllabus.

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.

Late Assignments can be turned in (until the graded work is returned), but 10 % of the grade is lost for each additional 24-hr period. In other words, if an assignment is turned in within 24 hours of the due date 10 % is taken off (10 minutes or 10 hours late), between 24 and 48 hours, 20 % is taken off, etc.

Professionalism includes attending class, participating in activities, and treating everyone in class with respect. Each infraction results in points taken off your final course score, up to five points: unexcused late arrival (0.25 points), unexcused absence (0.5), poor participation (0.25), or disruption (0.5 to 1).

Academic Misconduct

You are encouraged to work together on assignments. However, copying is not acceptable and will be punished. Copying is writing or typing while looking at someone else's work (and not properly citing/referencing it) or submitting someone's work as your own. 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.



Week of




Jan 20

Course Intro

Intellectual Property

Product Development


PF: Intellectual Property

PF: Product Development

Jan 27

Product Development

(Pez & Desk)


PF: Ethics

PF: Engineering Design II

Pez Memo (75pt, Team)

Desk Memo (75pt, Team)

Feb 3


Engineering Design

Universal Design (UD)

Phase 1

PF: Universal Design

PF: Engineering Statistics II

Ethics Memo (200pt)

Feb 10

Statistics II

UD Phase 2

(Start Anthrop. Lab)

Statistics III

PF: Engineering Statistics III

UD Anno Bib (100pt)

Polymer Problem (50pts)

Feb 17


(Finish Anthrop. Lab)

UD Phase 3

Rezzly BM 1 - 315 XP

UD Reflections 1 (10pt, Team)

UD Anthrop. Lab (100pt, Team)

Feb 24


UD Phase 4

UD Reflections 2 (10pt, Team)

UD Progress Memo (75pt, Team)

Mar 2

UD Phase 5


UD Reflections 3 (10pt, Team)

PF: Engineering Communication II

PF: MidSemester Check

UD Prototype (75pt, Team)

Economics Problem (50pts)

Mar 9



UD Reflections 4 (10pt, Team)


Rezzly BM 2 - 630 XP

UD Report (220pt, Team)

UD Video (90pt, Team)

Mar 16

Spring Break

Mar 23

Extended Spring Break

Mar 30

Midterm Exam Review

Design 90 Phase 1 (D90)

Solar Array Lab (SAL)

Midterm Exam

PF: Design 90 (Read by Mar 31 Class)

Apr 6

D90 Phase 2


PF: Engineering Economics I

D90 SAL Memo (50pt)

D90 Reflections 1 (10pt, Team)

Apr 13

D90 Phase 3

Economics I


Economics II

PF: Engineering Economics II

D90 Reflections 2 (10 pt, Team)

Apr 20

D90 Phase 4


D90 Reflections 3 (10pt, Team)

Apr 27

D90 Phase 5

Final Exam Review

D90 WS Memo (170pt, Team)

D90 WS MATLAB (50pt, Team)

D90 WS Excel (100pt)

D90 Tech Transfer White Paper (150pt)

Rezzly ends (4/30) - 750 XP

May 4

Final Exam: Tuesday, May 5, 12:30-02:30PM - Comprehensive

If I make any changes to this schedule, I will notify the class via email.

Unless otherwise indicated assignments are due start of class Thursday the week the assignment appears in the schedule above.

Project descriptions are emailed or provided on paper in class. Unless an offline assignment has different instructions: turn in individual assignments on paper and team assignments as a pdf attachment to an email, cc'ing ALL team members. Use unique and informative filenames. I grade team assignments electronically so I can easily return them to all team members. My abbreviations are available on my Rowan webpage FAQ Tab. Exception regarding pdf email attachments: submit reflections in the body of the transmittal memo.

Purple assignments are EXCEPTIONS. View their tooltips! They have unusual due dates/times and/or are chapters with AFTER Exercises. PF AFTER exercise due dates are on the PathFinder Plan Tab (NOT on this webpage!). I gave you extra time to complete them; however, the ideal completion order is: BEFORE Exercises→In class activities→AFTER Exercises→Related Rezzly & Project assignments.