Bachelor of Engineering with Honours - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

1.
Requirements of the Degree
Every candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours shall follow a course of study and non-academic requirements approved by the Dean of Engineering and Forestry as laid down in these Regulations, or those consistent with the regulations in the relevant Calendar at the time they began their candidacy. The Dean of Engineering and Forestry may modify specific aspects of these degree regulations for individual candidates under the following special circumstances:
(a)
If the candidate's course of study is affected by a change in any regulations;
(b)
Prior learning and work experience; or
(c)
Other exceptional circumstances.

Any modification to a programme of study must maintain the integrity of the programme and align with the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) accreditation guidelines for the discipline that the candidate is undertaking.

2.
Structure of the Degree

To qualify for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours a candidate must complete:

(a)
a programme of study for the Engineering Intermediate Year of not less than 120 points;
(b)
an approved academic writing test;
(c)
a programme of three Professional Year Examinations where each year is not less than 120 points;
(d)
a programme of study which must include not less than 120 points at 400-level or higher;
(e)
the non-academic requirements.

Candidates are not permitted to enrol in any engineering courses of the Third Professional Examination prior to completion of the First Professional Examination.

3.
Engineering Disciplines and Minors
(a)
The degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours may be awarded in the following programmes: Chemical and Process, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Electronic, Forest, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Natural Resources, and Software.
(b)
The degree may also be completed with a Minor that denotes sub-specialisation within an engineering discipline.
4.
Admission to BE(Hons) Candidacy
(a)
Admission to the BE(Hons) shall be by approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry. All candidates must pass an approved academic writing test prior to approval into the professional programme. Further, a candidate:
(b)
may qualify for admission upon successful completion of the Engineering Intermediate Examination principally on the basis of the grades obtained in that Examination; or
(c)
may complete an approved intermediate examination at another university. Admission to the BE(Hons) programme will be principally on the basis of grades obtained in that examination; or
(d)
who achieved sufficiently high grades in appropriate NCEA Level 3 subjects, or the New Zealand University Entrance, Scholarships qualification in appropriate subjects, or in other examinations approved by the Dean of Engineering and Forestry for the purposes of this regulation, may be considered for direct entry to the First Professional Examination of the BE(Hons) degree; or
(e)
who has completed a qualification from a tertiary institution with excellent grades may be considered for direct entry to either the First or Second Professional Examination of the BE(Hons) degree.
Notes:
1.
A candidate who is not exempted from the Intermediate Examination will not normally be admitted to the First Professional Examination unless he or she has passed the whole Intermediate Examination in not more than two years of study.
2.
The entire BE(Hons) Intermediate Year is a prerequisite for the Engineering First Professional Examination.
3.
The Dean of Engineering and Forestry reserves the right to decline entry to a student who has been offered a place in the Professional Examination of the BE(Hons) degree and who has not completed his or her enrolment by the Friday preceding the first day of lectures of Semester 1.
4.
Special admission on the basis of clause (d) must be made by written application to the Dean of Engineering and Forestry where an interview may also be required. Applicants are encouraged to approach the Dean for a copy of the entry standard guideline at the earliest possible stage.
5.
Special admission on the basis of clause (e) must be made by written application to the Dean of Engineering and Forestry. The Dean, in consultation with the relevant Director of Studies, will consider the applicant's prior learning, in particular their preparation in Mathematics, Physics, and where applicable Chemistry or Computer Science, and any relevant work experience in industry.
5.
Time Limitation for Degree Completion and Suspension of Study
(a)
Candidates enrolled, either full-time or part-time, in the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours must complete the Professional Year Examinations and the non-academic requirements in no more than six years of study.
(b)
Candidates enrolled concurrently in the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and with another programme of study must complete the Professional Year Examinations and the non-academic requirements in a timeframe approved by the Dean of Engineering and Forestry at the time of approval into the double degree.
(c)
Candidates may seek approval from the Dean of Engineering and Forestry to suspend their studies. Where approved, this will extend the time limitation for the completion of the degree.
(d)
Candidates who have an approved suspension in study may be required to undertake a preparatory programme prior to the resumption of their studies in the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours. Any preparatory programme of study must be completed while on suspension, and immediately prior to the end of their suspension.
Notes:
1.
Candidates normally enrol for full-time study unless there are exceptional circumstances which prevent them from studying full time. Candidates must apply in writing to the Dean of Engineering and Forestry to apply for part-time study.
2.
Preparatory programmes of study will not normally be required where the suspension is for a calendar year or less.
6.
Class of Honours
(a)
The Degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours may be awarded with First Class Honours, or with Second Class Honours, or with Third Class Honours. The list of candidates obtaining Second Class Honours shall be listed in two Divisions (Division I and Division II).
(b)
First and Second Class Honours are awarded for outstanding and meritorious achievement based on completion of the academic requirements in a timely manner and on the basis of academic achievement measured by weighted GPA, as stipulated below.
(c)
To be eligible for First or Second Class Honours a candidate must meet one of the time limit requirements:
i.
if entering the programme at the First Professional Examination, he or she must complete the three professional years in no more than four years of study.
ii.
if entering the programme at the Second Professional Examination, he or she must complete the Second and Third Professional Examinations in no more than three years of study.
iii.
candidates approved into part-time study must complete the Second and Third Professional Examination in no more than four years of study. Approval into part-time study must be obtained prior to entering the Second Professional Examination.
(d)
The class of honours will be determined as a weighted average of the candidates GPA, with a 20% weighting on the Second Professional Examination and 80% on the Third Professional Examination. The weighted GPA will be computed to the first decimal place using the algorithm of ‘round half up towards infinity'. Only first attempts at a course, or its substitute, will be considered in the calculation.
(e)
The classes and divisions of honours will be:
i.
First Class Honours, weighted GPA in the range 7.0 – 9.0;
ii.
Second Class Honours Division I, weighted GPA in the range 5.5 – 6.9;
iii.
Second Class Honours Division II, weighted GPA in the range 4.0 – 5.4.
(f)
Those candidates not eligible for First or Second Class Honours, but having met all the academic requirements, will be eligible for the award of Third Class honours.
7.
BE without Honours

In exceptional circumstances a candidate may be permitted by the Dean of Engineering and Forestry to complete all the requirements, both academic and non-academic, of the award outside the time limitation. In such circumstances the candidate will be awarded a degree of Bachelor of Engineering.

8.
Concurrent Enrolment in BE(Hons) and another award

A candidate who enrols concurrently for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and another award shall, in order to qualify for the award of both degrees, be enrolled for a course of study approved under the provisions of the General Course and Examination Regulation A3, and shall:

(a)
meet all requirements as laid down in the current regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours;
(b)
meet all requirements as laid down in the current regulations for the other award;
(c)
be approved into the concurrent programme of study by the relevant Deans of both awards.
9.
Requirements in Subjects in Other Degrees

A candidate wishing to be enrolled in any subject which is also a subject of examination for another degree shall comply with the regulations for that degree relating to prerequisites, combinations of subjects, and practical work, as are applicable to that subject.

10.
Restricted Credit

A candidate may enquire, from the Dean of Engineering and Forestry, as to the Faculty Guideline on the application of restricted credit as described in the General Course and Examination Regulations.

11.
Completion of the Non-academic Requirements
(a)
The non-academic requirements are:
i.
an approved, valid first aid certificate;
ii.
approved course(s) of workshop training and/or workplace safety;
iii.
at least 800 hours (100 days) of approved practical work; and
iv.
submission of two satisfactory written work reports based on the practical work completed.
(b)
A candidate shall present a university approved first aid certificate which is valid at some time during the candidate's enrolment in the three professional years.
(c)
A candidate shall complete an approved course(s) of workshop training and/or workplace safety. This course(s) shall be completed before a candidate enrols for any subject of the Second Professional Examination or within the first year of study if admitted directly to the Second Professional Examination.
(d)
A candidate may apply in writing for exemption from any workshop training or workshop safety course to the Department Administrator.
(e)
The practical work requirement shall normally be completed in no more than three periods. Details of the nature of the work required by each Department may be obtained from the College of Engineering Office or on the College of Engineering website.
(f)
Prior to commencement of each practical work period of employment a candidate shall notify the College of Engineering Office of details concerning the employment. The appropriate form is available on the student's practical work record in myUC or can be obtained from the College of Engineering Office or from the College website. Lists of employers' addresses are available at the College of Engineering Office.
(g)
A candidate shall submit two satisfactory written reports covering different types of practical work. Reports shall be submitted not later than the first Monday in April immediately following the period of work reported on. Different deadlines apply to students wishing to graduate (see (i)). Each report shall remain confidential to the student and the College of Engineering and shall not be disclosed to any other party. Note: Practical work will be credited towards a candidate's course only after a satisfactory report is received from the candidate's employer.
(h)
Practical work shall be credited on the following basis:
i.
Credit is given only for hours worked;
ii.
A day is defined as eight (8) hours work;
iii.
Not more than 60 hours are credited in any one week.
(i)
Candidates wishing to graduate at a ceremony during Semester 1 must have completed all practical work requirements by the first Monday in March. Those wishing to graduate at a December ceremony must have completed all practical work requirements by the first Monday in November.
(j)
On receipt of a written application accompanied by supporting documents from a student who has served an indentured engineering apprenticeship or who has performed similar work for a satisfactory period, the Dean of Engineering and Forestry may accept such work as partial or total exemption from the above practical work requirements. Candidates may apply in writing for an exemption of the practical work requirements to the College Practical Work Coordinator.
(k)
Candidates are required to familiarise themselves with the practical work requirements by reading the guidelines on the College website.
(l)
The Dean of Engineering and Forestry may modify the application of clauses (a)-(k) in individual cases.
12.
Intermediate Examination
The Programme of Study shall consist of:
(a)
All courses in Schedule A.
(b)
Courses from Schedule B to meet the prerequisites of at least one engineering programme.
(c)
Additional courses, where required, to ensure a workload of not less than 60 points during each of Semesters 1 and 2.
(d)
Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry, candidates may be approved into a modified Intermediate Year based on high achievement in NCEA or other equivalent examination, or through recognised prior learning at another tertiary institution.

Schedule A - Compulsory for all Engineering Intermediate students

(1)
ENGR 100 Academic Writing Assessment*
(2)
ENGR 101 Foundations of Engineering
(3)
EMTH 118 Engineering Mathematics 1A
(4)
EMTH 119 Engineering Mathematics 1B
(5)
PHYS 101 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves and Thermal Physics

* ENGR 100 is a zero-EFTS course (no fees).

Schedule B - Engineering disciplines

Chemical and Process Engineering

(1)
CHEM 111 Chemical Principles and Processes
(2)
EMTH 171 Mathematical Modelling & Computation

Civil Engineering, Forest Engineering and Natural Resources Engineering

(1)
CHEM 111 Chemical Principles and Processes
(2)
EMTH 171 Mathematical Modelling & Computation
(3)
ENGR 102 Engineering Mechanics

Computer Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering

(1)
COSC 121 Introduction to Computer Programming
(2)
Either EMTH 171 Mathematical Modelling & Computation, or MATH 120 Discrete Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

(1)
EMTH 171 Mathematical Modelling & Computation
(2)
ENGR 102 Engineering Mechanics
(3)
CHEM 111 Chemical Principles and Processes*

* Note: See www.engf.canterbury.ac.nz/behons/intermediateyear.shtml for transitional arrangements for students who have not taken NCEA level 3 chemistry.

Mechatronics Engineering

(1)
COSC 121 Introduction to Computer Programming
(2)
ENGR 102 Engineering Mechanics
(3)
EMTH 171 Mathematical Modelling & Computation

Software Engineering

(1)
COSC 121 Introduction to Computer Programming
(2)
COSC 122 Introduction to Computer Science
(3)
MATH 120 Discrete Mathematics
13.
Professional Examination

The professional examinations are laid out in regulations 13 – 42.

Candidates should note the following:
(a)
Not all elective courses will necessarily be available in any one year. Candidates should consult the relevant Director of Studies concerning the courses to be taught and the alternative degree courses that might be approved.
(b)
In consultation with employers, the department recommends candidates select certain courses or pathways of elective courses. Candidates are advised to consult the relevant department's website for the latest recommended pathways.
(c)
Candidates may attempt the Third Professional Year Project if they will be completing their degree within three semesters or less.
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