ENGR101-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Foundations of Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


This skills-based course will introduce students to the "engineering process". Through a series of lectures, exercises and projects, the students will gain experience in specific skills and activities that contribute to the engineering process. Examples include problem solving, technical sketching, team work and report writing. Additionally, the importance of sustainability, ethics and biculturalism in an engineering context will be introduced. Students will also gain a better understanding of the different engineering disciplines in regards to a career choice.

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Be able to describe and apply the ‘engineering process’ to problems/projects
  • Technical skills
     - Apply techniques to clarify ill-defined problems
     - Apply formal problem solving strategies
     - Generate a freehand engineering sketch
  • Professional skills
     - Prepare an engineering report
     - Work successfully on a team project
     - Identify and apply concepts of sustainability, risk, ethics and biculturalism to engineering solutions.

    2. Be able to describe key activities of the different engineering disciplines taught at Canterbury
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Timetable Note

One, 2-hour session per week, Monday to Wednesday at various times starting in Week 2.

A full list can be seen at www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses/
Upon enrolling for ENGR101, students will choose their workshop session time.  After the end of week 2, students will not be allowed to change their session time unless there is an unavoidable timetable clash.
Workshops provide opportunities for students to learn and extend skills taught in lectures, and to work on the group-based Major Design Project.

The College of Engineering requires that ALL STUDENTS  (including New Zealand-born students) who wish to enter the First Professional Year of Engineering must pass ENGR100, the Academic Writing Assessment (AWA).  ENGR100 is managed within ENGR101.
A 30-minute written test will be sat in the Week 2 workshop. Each workshop will be given a different topic.  Students will be required to write about 300 words on that subject.  This test will be assessed to determine which students need help with their writing.  Students who do not meet the minimum requirement will be given a feedback form to indicate their area(s) of weakness.
Students who narrowly miss the minimum requirement on the AWA will be offered the opportunity to gain a pass without requiring re-assessment, by attending up to two compulsory writing workshops. Students offered this opportunity, who do not attend the required workshops, will have to re-sit the AWA and achieve a passing mark.
Students who significantly fall short of the minimum requirement for the AWA will be required to attend a writing skills workshop for up to two days. A further assessment of writing ability will then be carried out later in the semester. A passing mark must be achieved to pass ENGR100. This writing skills assessment is independent of ENGR101 assessment and will not affect the grades awarded for ENGR101 in any way.

Course Coordinator

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering Head of Department


Students should contact the Senior Tutor for all matters pertaining to design studios, assignment submission and assessment issues, including late or missed work.

Senior Tutor - Dr Alfred Herritsch Rm A404, Link building Ph 369 4074, engr101@canterbury.ac.nz.

Students are welcome to contact the Course Coordinator to discuss issues pertaining to workload or course content.

For matters to do with specific lectures, please contact the lecturer concerned.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1: Technical Report on the Engineering Process 10%
Engineering Sketching 5%
Individual Design and Build 15%
Final Exam 25%
Major Design Project 20%
Mid-semester Test 25%

The Academic Writing Assessment (AWA) which is the pass/fail component of ENGR100 will be delivered in Week 2 (Workshop A).

Any or all assessments may be scaled after you receive your raw mark.

Passing Grade:
To achieve a pass in this course you must obtain:
• an overall mark of 50% or above
• a final exam mark > 40/100.

All assignments must be stapled securely at the top left-hand corner and MUST have a completed cover sheet attached. Submissions without a completed cover sheet attached will not be marked. Assignments must be handed in to the boxes provided on Engineering Core by 3.00 pm on the due date. Please ensure that you hand in your assignment to the box corresponding to YOUR workshop stream. Assignments due in a given workshop session must be handed in to the workshop tutor at the beginning of the session.

ALL late work must be handed in directly to the Senior Tutor, Dr Alfred Herritsch, A404, Link building as soon as possible and will be penalised 25% per day or part thereof (weekends will be counted as one day for this purpose).

ALL late work must be handed in directly to the Senior Tutor, Dr Alfred Herritsch, A404, Link building as soon as possible and will be penalised 25% per day or part thereof (weekends will be counted as one day for this purpose). Late work will only escape penalty by provision of a relevant medical certificate or other sufficient documentation to the Senior Tutor, preferably before the due date but no later than 7 days after the due date. Missed work will receive no marks unless a relevant medical certificate or other sufficient documentation is provided to the Senior Tutor. Missed work for which a medical certificate or other sufficient documentation is provided will be awarded marks based upon the average marks of the class for the particular item of assessment and the relative performance of the student concerned in other items of assessment.

For those students registered with Disability Resource Services and have a Learning Support Plan in place, please remember to contact the Senior Tutor Alfred Herritsch if special arrangements are required for the test or the exam at least 10 days before. In regards to the Academic Writing Assessment (ENGR100), this is completed in your Week 2 workshop. If your support plan allows for a special provision for this type of assessment, there is a mechanism to opt out of this occurrence on the day. An appropriate, alternative assessment will be provided. You may also contact the Senior Tutor directly prior to the assessment.


Course Website: Access via http://learn.canterbury.ac.nz   Note that you will only gain access to Learn once your enrolment is fully completed.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $5,125.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

All ENGR101 Occurrences

  • ENGR101-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018