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CEE Student COVID update September 1, 2020

*Updated 09/01/2020*

FAQs for Undergraduate Students

Q: Can someone help me figure out my schedule?

A: Yes. Please contact:

CEE Department Head Maria Chrysochoou maria.chrysochoou@uconn.edu

Office Hours Mondays 3-5 pm Webex room https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/mac07035

Director for Undergraduate Studies Shinae Jang shinae.jang@uconn.edu

Q: Will the computer lab CAST 117 and the Senior Design space in Castleman be available to students?

A: No physical space will be available to students in the Castleman building. Students can access the CAST 117 computers remotely via this link https://help.engr.uconn.edu/pc-monitor/

Students at the Storrs campus can book seats on Levels 1, B, and Plaza of the Homer Babbidge Library via an online reservation system using their NetID. Library space at the regional campuses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until further notice.

  • In the reservation system, students can choose a seat that will be numbered and named according to where it is in the building. The system will show whether the seat has a PC, Mac, and/or access to a power outlet.
  • Reservations can be made for two-hour blocks, with the option to renew once for a total time of up to four hours.
  • When students arrive to their seat, they will check in using a QR code to ensure the seat will not be returned into the system for others to use.
  • Students are advised to bring headphones so they don’t disturb others.
  • Further details and the reservation system are available at uconn.edu

Q: What if I do not have a laptop or Internet connection?

A: On-campus students can check out a laptop for up to four hours from the library https://lib.uconn.edu/services/technology-services/borrow-technology/

If the students are off campus, the department does not have the ability to provide them with either a computer or an Internet connection. The following information is available on the UConn website in terms of computer requirements for student success.

https://reopen.uconn.edu/academics-instruction-2/

Q: My class is listed as In-Person, SP or HB. Can I still participate in the class remotely?

A: Yes. All CEE classes, including laboratory classes, will allow remote students to participate, via a combination of recorded lectures or ability to log in remotely during class time. Each syllabus will also provide information on how assignments will be handled for students participating remotely.

Please note that classes that are not CE or ENVE may NOT provide this accommodation and there is no obligation for individual professors to do so. If you have questions about other classes, the best course of action to contact the professor of that class.

Q: Can I still change my schedule?

A: Yes. Continuous registration opens again on July 27th and you can make changes to your schedule then.

Q: Can someone help me with figuring out my schedule?

A: Yes. Your advisor is your first point of contact. Additional CEE contacts that can help you are:

CEE Department Head Maria Chrysochoou maria.chrysochoou@uconn.edu

Office Hours Tu Th 10-11 am Webex room https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/mac07035

CEE Associate Head Nicholas Lownes Nicholas.lownes@uconn.edu

Q: What CEE classes are offered, and in what modality?

A: All scheduled CEE classes will be offered as planned. The table below shows class schedule and availability.

Note that some changes may not be yet reflected in Peoplesoft – the table below shows the most updated version.

 

CEE Fall 2020 courses offered – updated July 22, 2020

CE 2110 - 001 DL Tu 11-12.15 + D D - S Y
CE 2110 - 010 DL Tu 1230-145 + D D - S Y
CE 2110 - 020 DL Th 11-1215 + D D – S Y
CE 2211 DL Fr 12.10-1.15 N
CE 2251 DL MWF 230-320 Y
CE 2411 WW N/A Y
CE 2710 P MW 335-425 + D D – P Y MCHU 102

YNG 100 (DIS)

CE 3110 - 001 HB MWF 10.10-11 N

 

MCHU 102

 

CE 3110 – 002 HB MWF 125-215 N ITE C80
CE 3220 DL MWF 10.10-11 N
CE 3510 - 001 P MWF 1115-1205 Y ITE C80
CE 3510 - 002 DL MWF 1115-1205 Y
CE 3520 DL (Lab HB) M 125-215 + L L – HB N
CE 3640 P MWF 8 -850 L - HB Y SCHN 151
CE 4541/5541 DL Tu Th Y
CE 4710 P MW 440-710 Y SCHN 151
CE 4740 P Tu 5-730 N OAK 104
CE 4900W (Senior Design) HB Tu Th 2-315 Y Variable
ENVE 2310E DL MWF 9-955 Y
ENVE 2411 WW Y
ENVE 3100 DL TuTh 330-445 Y
ENVE/ENVS/EVST 3110 P TuTh 330-420 D – P Y GN 20 (OAK 101, AUST 108 for DIS)
ENVE 3120 HB MWF 230-320 L – HB N VDM AUD
ENVE 3220 P TuTh 5-615 Y (Waitlist) ITE C80
ENVE 4210 HB MWF 335-426 Y (seats to be added) MCHU 101
ENVE 4320 P MWF 125-215 Y MCHU 101
ENVE 4810 P MWF 9-950 N BUSN 211
ENVE 4910W HB TuTh 2-315 N TLS 164

UTEB 175

S: Synchronous DL modality H: Hybrid DL modality

Class modalities

The modes of instruction are defined by the registrar as:

Online (WW).  These classes never meet in person, nor are you expected to be available at any particular time for classroom instruction. Students will have access to class materials online using HuskyCT.

Distance Learning (DL). These classes never meet in person, but you are expected to be available at the times for which the class is scheduled. Students will participate online using Webex, Blackboard Collaborate, or Microsoft Teams.

Hybrid/Blended (HB).  These classes have both in-person and online components. Classes will not meet in-person for all scheduled meetings, but some in-person instruction will occur.

Split (SP).  These classes will meet in person during all scheduled class times. However, students will alternate in person attendance as designated by the instructor.

In-Person (P).  These classes will meet in person during all scheduled class times.

Q: What do I need to take to compensate for CE 2410 being cancelled in Fall 2020?

A:  You should register for CE 2411 and 3 additional credits of CE professional requirement coursework.

Q: When will CE 3610 be offered now that it is cancelled in the fall?

A:  It will be offered in the winter intersession and Spring 2021 semester.

Q: Can lab coursework be completed online/remotely?

A:  Yes, lab courses will have online components so that students can complete the required coursework online.

Q: What if I do not have a laptop or Internet connection?

A: If the students are on campus, they will still have access to the computer lab at Castleman 117 outside instructional times. The student can check out a laptop for up to four hours from the library https://lib.uconn.edu/services/technology-services/borrow-technology/

If the students are off campus, the department does not have the ability to provide them with either a computer or an Internet connection. The following information is available on the Uconn website in terms of computer requirements for student success

https://reopen.uconn.edu/academics-instruction-2/

Q: Can undergraduate students register for independent study or thesis courses that involve laboratory work?

A: Yes. The supervising faculty has to add the student to their lab COVID safety plan and make sure they have taken the necessary training.

Q: Will my in person classes have in person office hours?

A: No. Every class will have distance learning office hours for instructors and TAs regardless of modality.

Q: Will I have to get tested to return to campus?

A: Testing requirements are set and communicated by the university. Information on health and safety on campus is provided here https://reopen.uconn.edu/health-safety/

 

FAQs for Graduate Students

Q: Will graduate CEE classes be offered in person in Fall 2020?

A: Below is the current schedule and modality of graduate CEE classes for Fall 2020.

Note that some changes may not be yet reflected in Peoplesoft – the table below shows the most updated version.

Class Mode Schedule Room (for in person components)
CE 5150 Structural Vibrations HB Tu Th 430 - 545 CAST 306
CE 5164 Finite Elements I WW N/A N/A
CE 5380 Bridge Structures WW N/A N/A
CE 5541 Advanced Soil Mechanics DL Tu Th 1230- 145 N/A
CE 5710 Case Studies in Transportation Engineering In Person Mo or Wed 440-710 SCHN 151
CE 5740 Traffic Engineering Characteristics In Person Tu 5-730 OAK 104
ENVE 5311 Environmental Biochemical Processes WW N/A N/A
ENVE 5331 Predictive Analytics for Scientists and Engineers WW N/A N/A
ENVE 5530 Environmental Site Investigations WW N/A N/A
ENVE 5810 Hydrometeorology In person Tu Th 2-315 ARJ 139

Q: My class is listed as In-Person. Can I still participate in the class remotely?

A: Yes. All CEE classes will allow remote students to participate, via a combination of recorded lectures or ability to log in remotely during class time. Each syllabus will also provide information on how assignments will be handled for students participating remotely.

Q: Will we return to our offices in the Fall?

A: No, Graduate student offices do not allow for social distancing. Plan to work remotely throughout the fall semester.

Q: Can we take our desktops home?

A: Yes, you can. You have to coordinate with your advisor to make sure that the computer is properly recorded as off campus in the university assets system.

Q: Will the labs be open in the fall?

A: The labs will be open unless the university decides to move completely online per state requirements.

Q: Can we receive masks from the department?

If you require masks as part of your GA or TA appointment, then yes. You should procure your own masks to participate in class activities or other campus in person events.

Additional FAQs are available on the grad school website https://grad.uconn.edu/coronavirus/faq/

 

Course descriptions
Course descriptions for all courses will be added as information becomes available.

CE 2110: Applied Mechanics I: Statics

All lectures and discussion sections will be delivered online in Distance Learning format. Virtual lecture and discussion sections will be taught synchronously during the class times posted on the Student Admin and the course syllabus. Office hours and review sessions will also be online. Pre-lecture quizzes, homework, and exams will also be administered online. Access to Virtual Classrooms and all other online course components will be available on HuskyCT course site.

CE 2211: Engineering Economics

This course will be delivered entirely online. In HuskyCT you will access online lessons, course materials, and resources. The course material will be added progressively on a weekly basis to focus on specific concepts and exercises. At designated times throughout the semester, we will schedule a blend of class-paced and small-group-paced activities and reviews using Blackboard Collaborate and alternative Internet-based technologies.

CE 2710: Transportation Engineering and Planning

The course lectures and discussion sessions will be in-person. All lectures will be broadcasted through Kaltura Live caption to accommodate students who prefer to attend the class remotely. Course assignments will be submitted online though. Exams will be offered only in-person. Instructor and TA’s office hours will be via Webex.

CE 3110: Mechanics of Materials

The course will be offered in Hybrid/blended format. Assignment, quizzes, pre-class lecture videos are available online via HuskyCT. Students can join the class in-person or via Kaltura Live caption for material recitation and extra class problem activity. The class sessions will be recorded and posted to HuskyCT. Teamwork problem solving activity will be conducted via Blackboard collaborate Ultra. Students need to be available during class time to complete and submit this assignment with their group. Exams will be offered in both in-person and online formats. Instructor and TA’s office hours will be via Webex

CE 3220: Principles of Construction I

The class will be offered in Distance learning modality. Pre-class lecture videos will be available via HuskyCT. Class sessions will be offered and recorded via Collaborate ultra. Students need to be available during the class time for some interactive discussions. Exams will be offered in online modality.

CE 3510: Soil Mechanics

This course will primarily be taught in person during the class times posted on the Student Admin. However, there will be a Distance Learning Synchronous (DL) section available to students who will not be able to attend the class in person. Students enrolled in the DL section will be able to remotely attend the lectures livestreamed from the classroom. All office hours including that of the TAs, will also be held remotely. All exams and assignments including class participation work will be administered online. Information regarding access to the livestream and office hours will be available in the course site on HuskyCT.

CE 3520: Materials in Civil Engineering

In fall 2020 the course CE 3520 – Materials in Civil Engineering will be offered in hybrid / blended learning mode but can also be taken completely online. All learning materials will be provided on HuskyCT. This includes powerpoint slides, pre-recorded or synchronous recorded videos, announcements, lab handouts, lab videos, lab data and explanations to various assignments. Assignments include pre- and post-lab quizzes, lab reports and content tests.

The lab portion can be taken online or in person under COVID19 measures. More information will be provided in the syllabus and during the first distance learning session (Webex, Blackboard Collaborate, or Microsoft Teams) Mo 8/31 from 1:25-2:15pm.  The course presents the basic principles and engineering properties of metals, aggregates, soil, concrete, asphalt, and wood; laboratory measurement of properties; and interpretation of results.

CE 3640: Design of Reinforced Concrete

In fall 2020 the course CE 3640 – Design of Reinforced Concrete will be offered in person (lectures) under COVID19 measures but can also be taken completely online. All learning materials will be provided on HuskyCT. This includes powerpoint slides, synchronous recorded videos, announcements, lab handouts, lab videos, and explanations to various assignments. Assignments include homeworks, course project report, course project presentation video, midterm and final exams via HuskyCT.

The lab portion of this course emphasizes learning and using the design software StructuresPoint. Single student licenses, pre-recorded tutorials, short assignments, and virtual Q&A lab hours will ensure that you are able to learn this software from home. The course presents the basic principles and design methodologies reinforced concrete elements, such as beams, slabs, columns, and footings.

CE4541/CE5541: Advanced Soil Mechanics

The class will be offered in Distance learning modality. Class sessions will be offered and recorded via Blackboard Collaborate ultra. Students need to be available during the class time for some interactive discussions. Exams and assignments will be offered in online modality. Instructor’s office hour will be via Webex.

CE 4710: Case Studies in Transportation Engineering

The course lectures and discussion sessions will be in-person. All lectures will be broadcasted through Kaltura Live caption to accommodate students who prefer to attend the class remotely. However, course assignments will be submitted online. Exams will be offered only in-person. Instructor and TA’s office hours will be via Webex.

CE 4900W/ENVE 4910W Senior Design

Scheduled class sessions will be held in several ways: (1) meeting individually with the instructor, either in-person or remotely; (2) meeting in a group of 5 or fewer students with the instructor, either in-person or remotely; (3) meeting in the entire class section with the instructor, either in person or remotely; or (4) meeting with all class sections together for seminars, REMOTELY ONLY.  Some course material will be delivered asynchronously online through HuskyCT, and assignments will be turned in through HuskyCT.

ENVE 2310E: Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering

This course will be offered in a hybrid format. Lecture videos and other materials will be provided via HuskyCT. One day per week, the class will meet live via HuskyCT using its Collaborate Ultra tool for some review of essential material, example problems, and in-class exercises. Some of these exercises will be done in teams using the Breakout Groups feature within Collaborate Ultra. Assignments will be submitted via HuskyCT, and exams will be conducted online. Office hours will be held online using Collaborate Ultra.

ENVE/ENVS/EVST 3110 Brownfields Redevelopment

The majority of course lectures and discussion sessions will be in-person with the exception of a few remote, synchronous lectures. All lectures will be broadcasted through Collaborate Ultra to accommodate students who prefer to attend the class remotely. The course has a service learning component which involves the writing of an EPA grant for assessment or cleanup of brownfields on behalf of a CT community. The service learning activities are still in place but communication with municipalities will be conducted remotely and no site visits will be organized (unless voluntary). Other course assignments will be submitted online though HuskyCT and final presentations will be in a recorded format.

ENVE 3120: Fluid Mechanics

The course will be offered in Hybrid/blended format. HW assignments, quizzes, slides, lecture videos, lab manual and associated materials are available online via HuskyCT. Labs will be conducted in-person but lab videos and experimental data will be made available via HuskyCT. It would be helpful if at least one student representing each lab group attended the lab in-person. Students can join the class in-person or via Webex for review/recitation and extra class problem activities. The review/recitation in-class sessions will be recorded and posted to HuskyCT to accommodate students who prefer to attend the class remotely. Teamwork problem solving activities or lab/project reports will be conducted via Blackboard collaborate Ultra. Exams will be offered in both in-person and online formats. Design activity may require participation in a field site visit on campus. Instructor and TA’s office hours will be via Webex.

ENVE 4210: Environmental Engineering Chemistry

This class will be held in person. Lectures will be broadcast live and also recorded and made available via HuskyCT. Some additional videos and other material will be made available on HuskyCT. Students will frequently be asked to bring laptops to class, if available, to collaborate on in-class exercises in small groups. All assignments will be submitted electronically via HuskyCT. Exams will be conducted in-person. Office hours will be held online using Collaborate Ultra.

ENVE 4320 Ecological Principles and Engineering

The majority of the course will be in-person, with a synchronous distance learning live lecture option. Some material will be presented asynchronously online. When needed for project work, students are expected to meet in groups via Webex or other videoconferencing software. Assignments will be turned in through HuskyCT. Student presentations will be either through WebEx or pre-recorded, depending on the assignment.

ENVE 4810: Engineering Hydrology

This class will be held in person. Lectures will be recorded and made available via HuskyCT; online quizzes will be given in HuskyCT. Some additional videos (e.g., one lab demonstration) and other materials (lecture slides, e-book, some book chapters) will be made available via HuskyCT as well. All assignments will be submitted electronically via HuskyCT Assignment. Exams will be conducted in-person. Office hours will be held online using Collaborate Ultra.

ENVE 5810: Hydrometeorology

This class will be held in person. Lectures will be broadcast live and also recorded and made available via HuskyCT. Some additional videos and other material will be made available on HuskyCT. Students will frequently be asked to bring laptops to class, if available, to collaborate on in-class exercises. All assignments will be submitted electronically via HuskyCT. Midterm and final exams will be conducted online via HuskyCT (take-home). Office hours will be held online using Webex.

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