Academic advice and guidance

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Departmental policies and regulations

Consult the Faculty of Engineering and Forestry Guidelines for the Award of Honours on the College Forms and Resources website (College of Engineering).

The course requirements for the BE(Hons) degree are set out in detail in the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours 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.

For more information consult our Coursework and Assessment guidelines.

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

Methods that may be used to compute grades if special consideration applications are approved for assessment item X include (1) computing an alternate mark for the item X (using rank or correlations between completed assessment and item X) and using the alternate mark in the course mark calculation with published weightings or (2) averaging marks from other assessment items of the same type as X (but excluding X) and using that average in the course mark calculation with published weightings or (3) if the only special consideration is for the final exam (X = final exam), using the coursework rank in the actual grades to select a grade with the same rank from all students.

Students who fail courses should (1) read and follow the instructions in the formal advice letter that they receive from the Department or College and (2) contact their Director of Studies 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 enroll 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 enroll 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 Faculty in subsequent semesters. Students who continue to make unsatisfactory progress towards completing the degree may be excluded from the Faculty in extreme cases.
  • 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 

Consult the UC guidelines for the grading scale.

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

Workshop training requirements

To become familiar with safe workshop processes, you must undertake workshop training in the use of hand tools, drilling, milling, turning, and welding. The Department offers this 35-hour training course in the evenings or during the holidays in our dedicated training facility. You may also complete this training at an approved establishment.

It is strongly recommended that first-year students with little or no experience with engineering tools complete the core workshop course before the start of the second semester. This will be of considerable help to students in ENME 201 and ENME 221.

In any case, the workshop training should have been completed before enrolling for any subject in the Second Professional year.

Enrol online

Students are now able to enrol in a Workshop Training course ENME199 via the Online Workshop Enrolment website. Classes will be finalised and students notified of their confirmed class groups shortly after Semester 1 commences.


Exemptions will be given to students who have completed an appropriate assessed workshop course, e.g. assessed mechanical engineering trade skills programme at level 2, toolmakers apprenticeship at level 4, National Diploma Mechanical Engineering at level 6. You must apply in writing to the Departmental Administrator for an exemption within the first 2 weeks of the Semester.

Students must pass an approved academic writing assessment (AWA) before they are admitted to the First Professional year. More details can be found on the ENGR100 course page.

Need more information?

Contact your Director of Studies