Civil Engineering Seminar
Welcome to CE 401
Quiz Scores Have Improved Across the Board Since Moving to the CANVAS System for on-line quizzes instead of the in-class quiz administration prior to CANVAS. As shown below, the PURPLE line shows the average score improvement for each individual quiz and the RED line shows the cumulative improvement over the course of all 10 quizzes. The BLUE line shows the average score improvemen for each individual quiz after the addition of the Text from the Post CANVAS scores, and the GREEN line shows the cumulative improvement over the course of all 10 quizzes after the change to CANVAS and the addition of the TEXT
During the Fall 2020 Semester, the following table summarizes the quiz performance by quiz as compared to average quiz performance since the advent of CANVAS
The Essay Teams for Fall 2021
WEEKLY DISCUSSION QUESTION ACTIVITIES
DISCUSSION QUESTION GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITES
Fall 2021 Semester
In week 1, there are six (6) discussion questions and each group will respond to three (3) of the questions as indicated in the matrices below for sections 1 and 2. Please refer to DISCUSSION GROUP PROCEDURES.pdf for the criteria and procedures to follow in responding to these discussion questions.
Please note that Fall 2021 enrollments are still open, and the Week 01 Discussion Group assignments indicated in the matrices below are subject to change as enrollments change. I intend to finalize Week 01 Group assignments about 1 week prior to the beginning of the semester.
FONT COLOR LEGEND EXPLANATION
Non-bold Black Font -
Student has not made a timely post in the Group's Discussion Thread for the Question, or
The Group Leader has not posted the Group's consensus in the Group's Discussion Thread for the question, with a loss of 5 points for the leader.
Bold Black Font -
Student has made a timely post in the Group's Discussion Thread for the Question or
The Group Leader has posted a timely consensus for the Group in the Group's Discussion Thread for the Question.
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:
Non-Bold Red Italicized Font = No post occurs by the student on the question with a loss of 100% of the points for that question
Often, students have confusion about the
Josephson Six Pillars of Character and Ethical Decision-Making Model.
These PDFs May Help Clarify Some of These Issues
Six Pillars of Character Summary
Josephson's Ethical Decision-Making Model (Annotated)
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.
John L. Austin was one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century. The William James Lectures presented Austin 's conclusions in the field to which he directed his main efforts on a wide variety of philosophical problems. These talks became the classic How to Do Things with Words .
TEXT BOOK ERRATA SHEET
The manuscript of the book has been updated as of early May 5, 2021 to incorporate all Errata items identified over the course of the Spring 2021 semester. Therefore, the individual PDF files issued to students for the Fall 2021 semester are updated as noted above, but do not include any updates reflecting the items in the current ERRATA SHEET linked above. Furthermore, only hard copies of the text, purchased after May 5, 2021 include the errata items from the previous semesters. The manuscript will be revised following the Fall 2021 semester by the end of December 2021, and texts purchased after January 1, 2022 will incorporate these changes.
TEXT for CE-401
"A Civil Engineer's Risky, Non-technical Journey Through Ethics, Law, and Business."
by J. Richard Cheeks
The text has been 40 years in the making
as the content and approach to CE 401 has evolved
with annual changes and three major transformations in 1987, 2000, and 2018.
The final transformation moved much of the content and
seminar experience to the CANVAS system, and this transformation was
still occurring in 2020,
when the COVID-19 crisis prevented in person
for the final 2 months of the Spring 2020 semester.
The transformation to CANVAS allowed a relatively seamless
transition to online instruction for the balance of the Spring Semester,
and the time arrived to finalize the text project.
Since the University of Kentucky regulations prohibit a Professor
from mandating that students purchase a text authored by that Professor,
purchase of the text is optional for students enrolled in CE 401,
and each enrolled student will receive weekly electronic installments
of the relevant portion of the text to facilitate participation
in the weekly discussions, quizzes, and in class conversations.
Students should note that per the Copyright,
"No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned,
or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission."
Students enrolled in CE-401 MAY find the full text useful
during the Seminar and as a reference for their personal library.
The text will also be a handy desktop reference for civil engineers in practice
and is available for purchase at TheBookPatch.com, who
will print the book on demand at the time of purchase and ship the book to you.
TheBookPatch.com offers several shipping options using the USPS and UPS,
and the estimated time for delivery is provided, ranging from a few days
to about 14 days depending on the method of shipment.
If interested, students may purchase the book today.
Table of Contents
Follow the links below to specific information
Links Related To Administration of CE 401
Important Information About CE-401
Discussion Question Procedures
Writing Tips and Suggestions
History of CE 401
Links Related To Professions and The Professions' Role
Qualifications Based Selection (QBS)
Attributes of a Profession
Public Policy Issues and Civil Engineering
Breaking News of Interest To Civil Engineers
Links Related To Failures and Whistle Blowing
Nice Guys Finish Last Follow-Up: (Challenger/Alaska Pipeline/Hanford)
Whistle Blowers In The News
Engineering and Engineered Construction Failures
Hyatt Regency, Kansas City, Missouri
Links Related To Ethics, Ethical Duties, and Ethical Decision Making
Ethics, Ethical Decision Making:
Meet Michael Josephson
Josephson Institute Materials
ASCE's Ethics Training Materials
Other Ethics Resources
Ethics Theories and False Theories
Relevant Code of Ethics Considerations (Link Currently Inactive)
Global Principles of Professional Conduct
Links Related To Engineering Ethics Case Studies
Incident At Morales
Testing Water ... and Ethics
Links Related To The Law, Legal Duties, and Dispute Avoidance/Resolution
The Standard of Care for Design Professionals
A Training Manual For Structural Engineers
The Legal System and The Law
Professional Liability Insurance/Going Bare/Coverage/Causes of Claims
How Many Lawsuits Are Filed?
Loss Prevention Resources
Dispute Resolution Resources
Construction Jobsite Safety
I Love This Definition Of Engineer
Cases With Sworn Testimony
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