ENCN401-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Engineering in Developing Communities

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Water supply and sanitation (solid and liquid waste management) issues in developing communities, agricultural issues and impacts of land-use changes, humanitarian aid during natural disaster relief, engineering in a cultural and sustainable context using appropriate technology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Become familiar with a suite of tools relevant to the application of water, sanitation, and irrigation technologies in developing communities;
  • Understand the issues associated with the design and implementation of engineering infrastructure in developing communities;
  • Increase their awareness of the role engineers have in addressing poverty and developmental issues through engineering;
  • Understand the multidisciplinary nature of engineering projects in the developing world and the interaction between technical and non-technical disciplines, particularly as they relate to engineering in a culturally relevant and sustainable manner;
  • Demonstrate application of a basic design thinking process towards the use of an engineering or technology-based solution that can address a community-based problem;
  • Increase their awareness to the range of issues associated with humanitarian aid during natural disaster relief.




Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 26 Apr - 2 May
Field Trip B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Sunday 08:00 - 14:00 26 Apr - 2 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 20:30 E16 Lecture Theatre
26 Apr - 2 May
02 Thursday 18:30 - 20:30 E6 Lecture Theatre
26 Apr - 2 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ricardo Bello Mendoza


Matthew Hughes , Tonny de Vries , Giuseppe Loporcaro and Rebecca Peer


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Design project 30%
Test (2 hours) 35%
Exam (2 hours) 35%

You cannot pass this course unless you achieve a mark of at least 40% in both the term test as well as the final exam. A student who narrowly fails to achieve 40% in either of the test/exam, but who performs very well in the other, may be eligible for a pass in the course at the discretion of the course co-ordinator.

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. Special consideration will not be considered for the design project milestones, although students may discuss late submittals of these with the course co-ordinator. 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. In evaluating grades involving special consideration, the tests are considered separately from other assessment.

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.


Important Survival Tips for ENCN401

Note: In addition to any handouts or those posted on Learn, students are expected to take their own notes during lectures which might be given via whiteboard, overhead projector or Power Point. In addition, some diagrams and charts may be supplied.

Note: You should date and make a photocopy of all items of assessment before you hand them in. This is because sometimes assignments get put in the wrong homework boxes, get inadvertently picked up by friends and never passed back to you and/or simply go missing. In addition, because we are reliant on markers who have their own personal schedules, many times assignments are not handed back in time for tests. Thus, it is best if you make a copy so you have something to study from.

Note: Always, always bring your course notes when seeking help from the lecturers. If something is not clear on an assignment, we can often point out where it is in your course notes and suddenly, something that you have glossed over and/or not fully understood, may fall into place and become clear.

Note: Further to this, do have a thorough and thoughtful read of the course notes before attempting any assignment or coming to see us. We give those lectures for a reason.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

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 ENCN401 Occurrences

  • ENCN401-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021