Often, students have confusion about the
IS COMMON SENSE REALLY SO UNCOMMON?In the administration of CE-401, Let's apply a healthy dose
of Common Sense to our deliberations and discussions,
despite reports of the passing of Common Sense.
YOU SHOULD READ COMMON SENSE'S OBITUARY AT THIS LINK
before proceeding with the Seminar.
WEEKLY DISCUSSION QUESTION ACTIVITIES
DISCUSSION QUESTION GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITES
Week 12 is the first week of the Dispute Resolution Workshop (DRW). The matrices below show the distribution into party groups (Architects, Geotechnical Engineers, and Contractors) and negotiating groups (#1, #2 and #3).
The schedule is also different this week. You can engage in strategy at your convenience throughout the week until Midnight Thursday. Active negotiations will occur for a 2 hour period coinciding with our usual class meeting time. Section 1 from 8 AM to 9:50 AM and Section 2 from 11 AM to 12:59 PM.
When you read The Case, read it very closely because the facts are densely packed, and the better you understand the facts, the better you will do in this exercise. The leader role for this exercise is NOT to arrive at consensus positions but to keep the strategy sessions focused and moving forward, and during negotiations to take the lead for your party in the negotiations. That does NOT mean that members of the party who are not the designated leader should not post and participate. Each of you should also participate in negotiations because when your team settles this dispute, you will be bound by the terms of settlement your group reaches. Make it yours! However, I will be looking for affirmation from the group's leader that all members of his/her group agree with the terms of the settlement.
This exercise is designed for face to face negotiations. Bring questions forward as they occur. Better to ask and get an obvious answer than not ask and proceed in a confused manner. If you have a question that should be addressed in a "confidential manner" during negotiations, email the question to me rather than post the question in the public thread.
My experience has been that this exercise is one that prior students have valued most when the seminar is finished. I regret that we cannot interact in person to do it this time. Let's join together to make the experience as valuable for you as it has been in the past. That depends on YOU!!!
I will be wearing two hats, a facilitator and the Owner. As facilitator, I will answer questions, and try to keep you focused without chasing rabbits. As the owner, I must approve any final resolution of the dispute, and the Architects must present the terms of settlement to the owner and respond to the owners's questions to gain that approval.
As Owner, I have a statement to make, and it is the last page of the reading material for the week. When you read this statement, imagine the amplitude and energy of the speaker by the font size and boldness in the written form.
FONT COLOR LEGEND EXPLANATION
Non-bold Black Font -
Bold Black Font -
Red Font - Student has not made a timely post in the Group's discussion Thread for the Question with loss of points on the question:
Follow the links below to specific information
Links Related To Administration of CE 401
Links Related To Professions and The Professions' Role
Links Related To Failures and Whistle Blowing
Engineering and Engineered Construction Failures
Links Related To Ethics, Ethical Duties, and Ethical Decision Making
Ethics, Ethical Decision Making:
Testing Water ... and Ethics (Link Currently Inactive)
Links Related To The Law, Legal Duties, and Dispute Avoidance/Resolution
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