ENCN221-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Engineering Materials

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
02 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 A3 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 08:00 - 09:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
02 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
02 Friday 16:00 - 17:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 005
27 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
02 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Rehua 102
27 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Giuseppe Loporcaro


Mofreh Saleh , Tom Cochrane and Alison Griffith

Lab Technician

Milap Dhakal


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 engineering. The understanding from each module would be evaluated through a series of short questions such as multiple-choice, 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.

There will be a Test 1 (mid-term test) that will cover modules 1 to 4 just after the mid-term break. If a student does not pass one of the modules covered in Test 1, there will be an opportunity to re-sit that module within 3 weeks. Test 2 will be at the end of term 2 and will cover the remaining modules not assessed in Test 1 (modules 5 to 7). 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 successfully completed 6 of the 7 modules in the course, after the allocated resits, they will need to retake the course the following year. The marks from each module will contribute toward the final grade in the course.

In summary for a student to pass the course you must:

1) Have submitted all the assignments and/or tutorials
2) Have demonstrated satisfactory knowledge (pass with at least 60%) in 6 out of the 7 modules.
3) Achieve at least a weighted average from the tests and final exam of 50/100.*

* To calculate the average from the tests relative to modules 1 to 7, only the best 6 scores will be taken into account. The lowest score will not be included in the average calculation.


• All assignments must be submitted by the due date. Late submissions will not be accepted. If a student is unable to complete and submit an assignment by the deadline due to personal circumstances beyond their control they should discuss this with the lecturer involved as soon as possible.

• All assignments are to be done individually unless otherwise stated.

• Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control. Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment.

• Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required. Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course and/or the following items of assessment: project/presentation, assignments.

• Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

• Students must work independently during the exam. They are NOT allowed to use any book, notes, and online resources during the exam. Breaching this rule will cause the student to fail the entire course.

The final exam will consist of two components. Part A will contain re-sit questions for the modules covered in Test 2. You do not need to complete this if you have passed at least 6 of the 7 modules. Part B will consist of more challenging questions designed to test the full extent of your understanding of the material covered in the course and will further contribute toward the grade in the course.

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 course mark will be reduced however by 5% for every assignment you do not complete and submit.

The group written project will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis. The project oral presentation is counted toward your portfolio. If you fail the project written component your course mark will be reduced by 10%.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Callister, William D. , Rethwisch, David G; Materials science and engineering : an introduction ; 9th edition ; John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2014.

Mamlouk, Michael S. , Zaniewski, John P; Materials for civil and construction engineers ; 3rd ed; Prentice Hall, 2011.


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 $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* 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

  • ENCN221-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023