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Departmental policies and regulations

The course requirements for the BE(Hons) degree are set out in detail in the regulations in the UC Calendar.

Students are expected to be available for assessment from the beginning of the semester until the end of the relevant final examination period. This may include evening tests. Provisional assessment dates are provided by course coordinators in course handouts at the beginning of courses. Assessment dates are confirmed by the end of the second week of each semester in the Course Information System.

Make sure you...

  • Review the due dates for assessment for each of your courses.
  • Attend all tests and quizzes.
  • Complete homework, assignments, essays, projects or other coursework by the due date.
  • Attend laboratory classes and submit satisfactory laboratory records and formal reports by the due date.

See also the University Regulations on Work and Assessment.

Students who meet UC's criteria can apply for a Special Consideration. For full details refer to:

Students who fail courses should (1) read the formal advice letter that they receive from the department or college and (2) contact their Professional Year Coordinator as soon as possible to plan an enrolment pathway to complete their degree.

Students should note the points below and that their enrolment must be approved by the department.

  • Students will be required to reenrol in a failed course and pass it in a subsequent year.
  • Students typically enrol in a combination of courses from two professional years (split year enrolment) in order to complete their degree.
  • Pre-requisite requirements and timetable clashes can severely limit the courses approved for subsequent enrolments.
  • Students who fail courses are not allowed to enrol in more than 60 points in one semester.
  • The time to complete the degree is typically extended by at least one semester after failing a course.
  • The time to complete the degree can affect the class of honours for which a student is eligible.
  • Students who fail courses have their progress reviewed by the department in subsequent semesters. Students who continue to make unsatisfactory progress towards completing the degree may be excluded.
  • We strongly advise against taking more than a full load when retaking failed courses.

If you have a problem relating to an academic matter, you are encouraged to discuss this with the member of staff concerned. If you feel uncomfortable about doing this or are unable to resolve the problem satisfactorily, you may seek assistance from your Professional Year Director of Studies or from the Head of Department.

If the problem cannot be resolved within the Department, consult 

Engineering students must complete the non-academic course components (practical work, workshop training and first aid).

All guidelines can be found on Learn.


Health and Safety on the Worksite Training Course

Health and safety has become the responsibility of everyone on a worksite. As engineers we are increasingly responsible for the health and safety of sites we work on, not only for ourselves but in many cases for the entire workforce. The Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering has developed a one-day health and safety training course with outside providers which is intended for all First Professional Year students.

Health and Safety training is compulsory. This course is more comprehensive than the basic health and safety training. It covers the following topics to help you meet the challenges of your career in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering:

  • Understanding New Zealand Health and Safety legislation and how it applies to consultants, engineers and principles
  • Identifying your safety responsibilities
  • Keeping yourself and others safe
  • Contributing to project safety to achieve improved project results
  • Understanding how safety in design impacts the downstream costs of a project’s construction, use and maintenance
  • Introduction to health and safety plans

Students are now able to enrol via Learn in Site Safe Course ENCI 199. 

Students must pass an approved academic writing assessment (AWA) before they are admitted to the First Professional year. Full details are on the Engineering AWA website (Learning Skills Centre).

Need more information?

Contact a student advisor