Civil Engineering (2018)

Civil engineers design, plan, oversee, construct and operate infrastructure and services that help shape natural and man-made environments. They work in many fields, including structures, dams, bridges, gas and water supply systems, sewerage systems, transportation systems and roads. The Civil Engineering programme gives the student knowledge and expertise to work as a professional civil engineer. Prospective careers include local and regional government, engineering consultancies, construction companies and suppliers. Civil Engineering is available as a specified programme for the BE(Hons). To complete the specified programme in Civil Engineering, students must complete the following programme.


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  • Year 1

    Students must take the following papers: ENGEN103, ENGEN110, ENGEN112, ENGEN170, ENGEN180, ENGEN183 and ENGEN184.

    Plus 15 points of electives from: Any 100 level CHEMY paper or EARTH102 or ENGEN111.

  • Year 2

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCV212, ENGCV223 , ENGCV231, ENGCV241, ENGCV251, ENGCV280, ENGEN201, ENGEN270 and ENGEN271.

  • Year 3

    Students must take the following papers: ENGEV342, ENGCV380, ENGEN301, ENGCV323, ENGCV331, ENGCV312, ENGCV351, ENGEV341 and ENGEN371.

  • Year 4

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCV580, ENGEN570 and ENGEN581.

    Plus 45 points of electives from: ENGCV512, ENGCV513, ENGCV531, ENGEN585, ENGEV541, ENGEV542 and ENGME540

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CHEMY100Chemistry in Context18A (Hamilton)
    This is an introductory paper for students with a limited background in chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on teaching chemical concepts through real-world examples relevant to different science and engineering disciplines.
    CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy18A (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity18B (Hamilton)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    EARTH102Discovering Planet Earth18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock record and geologic maps; the geological time scale and fossils; plate tectonics; volcanism; earthquakes.
    ENGEN103Engineering Computing18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as C# and Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers within the School of Engineering.
    ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of engineering mechanics.
    ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics18A (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
    Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.
    ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering18B (Hamilton)
    Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
    ENGEN170Engineering and Society18B (Hamilton)
    Introduction to the role of engineering in society in particular understanding of Treaty of Waitangi, history of science, engineering and technology, philosophy and ethics and public participation, participatory design, sustainability.
    ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering18A (Hamilton)
    Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.
    ENGEN183Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    A study of introductory statistics and the fundamental techniques of algebra including Gaussian elimination, vector and matrix algebra, complex numbers, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, as well as basic statistical notions and tools, with engineering applications.
    ENGEN184Calculus for Engineers18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
    A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGCV212Structural Engineering 118A (Hamilton)
    Analysis of statically determinant structural systems under axial, bending and torsional loads, including beam deflections, buckling of struts, shear in joints, couplings, trusses and frames; plus introduction to design of simple structural elements.
    ENGCV223Water Engineering 118B (Hamilton)
    Basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including fluid viscosity, Bernoulli and mechanical energy equation, dimensional analysis, flow in pipes and channels and introduction to hydrology and fluvial processes.
    ENGCV231Geotechnical Engineering 118A (Hamilton)
    Basic principles and concepts governing the behaviour of soils and rocks, including phase relationships, permeability and seepage, soil strength, compressibility, slope stability analysis, consolidation and settlement.
    ENGCV241Highways and Transportation18B (Hamilton)
    Introduces the basic theories and design techniques used in highway and pavement engineering, and traffic engineering and transportation planning.
    ENGCV251Construction 118A (Hamilton)
    Engineering properties, performance and constraints of common construction materials including timber, steel, concrete polymers and composites. Materials selection and application to construction methods.
    ENGCV280Civil Design Challenge 118B (Hamilton)
    Civil design principles are applied to an open-ended design challenge. Design standards and calculations for simple civil structures are introduced, along with engineering drawings, and construction and testing of simple structures.
    ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 218B (Hamilton)
    Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to partial differential equations. Fourier series.
    ENGEN270Engineering Professional Practice 118A (Hamilton)
    Preparation for success in the engineering workplace including CV preparation, interview techniques, job seeking skills, online profile, workplace and engineering business cultures and norms, ethics, communication and management structures.
    ENGEV241Environmental Engineering 118B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers skills, knowledge and capability for environmental engineers so they can understand, investigate and evaluate environmental engineering problems and solutions.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENCV381Transportation Engineering18B (Hamilton)
    Theories and design techniques used in highway and pavement engineering; traffic engineering and transportation planning.
    ENGCV312Structural Engineering 218B (Hamilton)
    Analysis of statically indeterminate structures, application of moment-area method, computer analysis of structures, design of structures in steel, wood, reinforced concrete and pre-stressed concrete.
    ENGCV323Water Engineering 218A (Hamilton)
    Application of fluid mechanics principles to water engineering applications such as design of pipe system networks, pump characteristics and selection, open channel flow, hydraulic jump, measurement, analysis and modelling of surface hydrological processes.
    ENGCV331Geotechnical Engineering 218A (Hamilton)
    Basic principles and concepts governing the behaviour of soils and rocks, including phase relationships, permeability and seepage, soil strength, compressibility, slope stability analysis, consolidation and settlement with application to design of foundations.
    ENGCV351Construction 218B (Hamilton)
    Construction processes and building technology including surveying, site preparation, earthworks, foundations, Building Information Modelling (BIM), risk assessment, site health and safety, construction project management, demolition and site remediation.
    ENGCV380Civil Design Challenge 218B (Hamilton)
    Engineering design principles applied to an advanced open-ended civil design challenge. Design standards, project finance, environmental consideration, health and safety and risk assessment.
    ENGEV342Sustainable Engineering18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers sustainability in engineering design within the context of quality standards, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
    ENGG372Engineering Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
    The second Work Placement for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.
    ENGG379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
    Guided reflection on professional work placements in engineering.
    ENGG386Engineering Modelling18A (Hamilton)
    Principles of engineering modelling and the application of software tools to solve real life engineering problems.
  • 400 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENME440Finite Element Analysis and Applications18A (Hamilton)
    This paper explains the theory behind the Finite Element Method (FEM) and its application to solve engineering problems using a commercial software package.
    ENME451Mechanics of Vibration18B (Hamilton)
    Students will learn how to apply Newton's laws of motion and energy principles to complex mechanical systems including continuous systems and how to calculate natural frequencies and dynamic response of machines and machine components.
    ENMP413Materials Performance in Service18B (Hamilton)
    Students learn how to solve load and displacement problems using energy methods. Students will be introduced to plastic limit state analysis of structures.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CHEM517Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry A18A (Hamilton)
    A critical examination of analytical methodologies for organic substances, eg pesticides, with special reference to the commercial context.
    CHEM527Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry B18B (Hamilton)
    An advanced study of instrumental analytical techniques for organic and inorganic compounds and comparison of their efficacies.
    ERTH524Volcanic Processes and Hazards18A (Hamilton)
    A study of volcanic landforms, physical characteristics of volcanic deposits, processes associated with eruption, transport and deposition of volcanic products, and volcanic hazards in active volcanic regions.
    ERTH525Hydrothermal Mineral and Energy Systems in New Zealand18A (Hamilton)
    A study of geochemical approaches and methods to solve various problems in the Earth Sciences including volcanic environments, with particular attention to hydrothermal systems, geothermal energy, and the formation of hydrothermal ore deposits.
    ERTH528Quaternary: Past Environments18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines environmental change during the Quaternary - the last 2.6 million years - and analyses some important methods and evidence used in reconstructing past environments using a stratigraphic framework and geochronology.
    ERTH533Soil and Greenhouse Gases18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the role that soils and their management play in the production and consumption of greenhouse gases, including a specific focus on the importance of solid carbon.
    ERTH535Land and Soil Evaluation18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines how soil and land may be evaluated to provide an improved understanding of sustainable land management, taking into account productivity and environmental goals.
    ERTH547Introduction to Hydrological Modelling18B (Hamilton)
    Optimal use of water resources is an essential part of national economic development. Hydrological science is considered with emphasis on techniques of water resource studies through hydrological model construction and simulations.
    ERTH548Ecohydrology18A (Hamilton)
    Ecohydrology is the interdisciplinary study of the interactions between water and ecosystems. It views water, carbon and energy as essential ingredients for living systems, and recognises that ecosystems may modify the hydrological systems of which they are a part. This paper bridges the gap between hydrological, soils, ecological ...
    ERTH552Rock Slope Engineering18B (Hamilton)
    This paper considers rock mechanics within engineering geology, including the strength of intact rocks and rock joints, engineering geological hazards, slope stability modelling, and an applied site investigation project.
    ERTH562Coastal Sedimentation18A (Hamilton)
    This paper addresses modern contentious issues of coastal sedimentation and sedimentary processes within a range of sedimentary environments. Both fundamentals and applied contexts are examined.
    ERTH563Coastal and Estuarine Processes18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an understanding of processes controlling movement of water in the ocean, including longwaves, baroclinic and barotropic circulation, wind-driven processes, surf-zone waves and currents, and nearbed currents in the coastal ocean.
    ERTH564Coastal and Freshwater Modelling: Physical Approaches18C (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the use of conceptual, empirical and numerical models of coastal systems.
    GEOG538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems18A (Hamilton)
    Automated techniques are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. In this paper, students are introduced to program scripts for automated GIS analysis, which is extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and is an area of expertise expected of GIS experts. An important part of th...
    GEOG548Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a close examination of contemporary GIS modelling. GIS is used for a range of applications and in this paper students gain practical experience and understanding of many of these. Students are given the opportunity to develop GIS models in their choice of application.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2019 2:21pm

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