ENCN221-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Engineering Materials

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Introduction to engineering materials. Materials science. Metals, granular materials, asphalt, concrete, masonry, timber, plastics/ceramics. Sustainability issues and material selection.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental nature of civil engineering materials, including: composition, physical properties, the relationship between microstructure characteristics and macrostructure performance, their manufacture and utilization.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

- Understand the primary components of materials (wood, concrete, steel aggregates, asphalt).
- Describe how the micro structure of the material affects the macro structural behaviour.
- Describe how the various individual materials are used in civil engineering applications. Discuss limitations of the material.
- Design a concrete mixture suitable for various applications considering both durability and loading requirements.
- Design an asphalt mix by Marshall Method: Mix design objectives and optimum bitumen content determination.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry

Course Coordinator

Allan Scott


Frances Charters


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
final exam Part B 60%
Test results 40%

ENCN221 has adopted a competency based assessment of learning. The course is currently divided into 7 different modules covering various aspects of materials commonly used in civil engineer. The understanding from each module would be evaluated through a series of questions, likely multiple choice and short answer, which covers the information considered to be essential in each module. For a student to complete a particular module they must achieve a mark of at least 60% for the questions in that module.

If a student does not pass one of the modules covered in Test 1 (end of term 1) there will be an opportunity to re-sit that module the first week or two after the break. Test 2 will be the last week of the semester and will cover the remaining modules not assessed in Test 1. If a student does not pass one of the modules covered in Test 2 there will be an opportunity to re-sit that module in the exam. If a student has not successful completed 6 of the 7 modules in the course, after the allocated resits, they will need to retake the course the following year.

The final exam will consist of two components. Part A will contain re-sit questions for the modules covered in Test 2. Part B consists of a limited number of more challenging questions designed to test the full extent of your understanding of the material cover in the course and will be used to assign a grade. Part B is optional. You do not need to complete Part B in order to pass the course. If you are successful in test 1 and test 2 (or the associated re-sits) and do not attempt Part B of the exam you will be given a C grade. If you are successful in test 1 and test 2 and attempt Part B you will receive a minimum grade of C and possibly higher depending on the outcome of Part B. Successfully answering questions in Part B will not offset any failures of modules in test 1 or test 2.\

All assignments and labs, if applicable, will need to be submitted and will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis. A pass does not mean everything is correct but simply that the student attempted the problems and demonstrated some understanding of the material. The assignment grades do not affect the final pass/fail for the course. Your grade mark will be reduced by 10% for every assignment you fail or do not complete.

The group project will evaluated on a pass/fail basis. The project oral presentation however is counted toward your portfolio. If you fail the project written component your grade mark will be reduced by 20%.


Teaching and Learning Approach
This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of engineering materials through a combination of; lectures, where concepts are introduced; tutorials for application of concepts through various problems and exercises; and finally a laboratory to demonstrate the performance of real materials.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENCN221 Occurrences

  • ENCN221-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020