Civil Engineering (2022)

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 Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)).

To complete the specified programme in Civil Engineering, students must complete the following programme.

Note: Students who have completed ENGCV580 should contact the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science for programme advice.


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  • Year 1

    Students must take the following papers: ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN110, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN170 and ENGEN180.

  • Year 2

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

    If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Management, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN272 (in place of ENGEN271).

  • Year 3

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCV312, ENGCV323, ENGCV331, ENGCV351, ENGCV380, ENGEN301, ENGEN370, ENGEN371 and ENGEV341.

    If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Management, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN372 (in place of ENGEN371).

  • Year 4

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCV581, ENGEN570 and ENGEN582.

    Plus 45 points of electives from: ENGCV512, ENGCV513, ENGCV523, ENGCV531, ENGCV541, ENGCV551, ENGEN583, ENGEV541, ENGEV542 or ENGME540, of which at least 30 points must be from 500 level ENGCV coded papers.

  • Prescriptions for the MEngPrac

    Students completing a Master of Engineering Practice are required to take a research project and a selection of papers. To complete a MEngPrac in Civil Engineering, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including: ENGCV506; 30 points from EXMBM511, EXMBM512, EXMBM513, EXMBM514, EXMBM521, EXMBM522, EXMBM523 EXMBM524, EXMBM532 and EXMBM533; 60 points from ENGCV512, ENGCV513, ENGEN583, ENGEV541, ENGEV542, ENGME540, ENGME585 and ENGME586; as well as 60 points from ENGEN508.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ENGEN101Engineering Maths and Modelling 1A15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga) & 22B (Hamilton)
    A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.
    ENGEN102Engineering Maths and Modelling 1B15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)
    A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.
    ENGEN103Engineering Computing15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as the MATLAB language. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.
    ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)
    Statics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Application of freebody diagrams and equations of equilibrium to calculate internal and external forces and moments on/in structures and mechanisms. Kinetics and kinematics of particles. Geometric properties of areas.
    ENGEN111Electricity for Engineers15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga) & 22X (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 Engineering15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
    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 Society15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
    Introduction to the role of engineering in society with a focus on sustainable development, data analysis, holistic systems thinking, and the future of work within a global and New Zealand context including an introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi.
    ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
    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.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ENGCV212Structural Engineering 115.022A (Hamilton)
    Analysis of skeletal structural members, supports and connections subject to single and combined loading. Calculation of displacements (translations or rotations) and stresses both normal (direct) and shear stresses, in bars, beams and shafts and bearing stress. Use of Mohr's circle for stress transformation and its use in failure ...
    ENGCV223Water Engineering 115.022B (Hamilton)
    This course covers the basic principles of fluid mechanics. Topics include fluid statics, fluid dynamics, Bernoulli and energy equations, momentum analysis of flow structures, flow measurement, dimensional analysis, internal flow in pipes and ducts, external flow over streamlined and bluffed bodies, pump sizing and selection, and a...
    ENGCV231Geotechnical Engineering 115.022A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the basic principles and concepts of geotechnical engineering, which includes soil characterisation, soil mechanics, site investigation, and the bearing capacity of soil.
    ENGCV241Highways and Surveying15.022B (Hamilton)
    Introduces the principles and techniques of land surveying and the basic theories and design techniques in highway and pavement engineering.
    ENGCV251Construction 115.022A (Hamilton)
    An understanding of the properties, limitations, and selection of materials used in construction is fundamental for a practising civil engineer. This paper covers in more detail the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of common building materials such as timber, steel, ceramics, polymers, and composites. The paper also co...
    ENGCV280Civil Design Challenge 115.022B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the concept of design thinking in terms of identifying the users needs, ideation, and evaluating prototypes within the field of civil engineering. Technical aspects of this course cover conceptual design, design calculations, engineering drawings, testing of structural elements, and the construction and testing o...
    ENGEN201Engineering Maths and Modelling 215.022A (Hamilton) & 22H (Hamilton)
    Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to ordinary differential equations and methods to solve them.
    ENGEN270Engineering and Business15.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on empowering students to become “business savvy” and prepared to enter the workplace and solve real-world problems. Topics covered include; team formation, design thinking, Lean Canvas, project management, Agile, risk management, project finance, professional ethics, preparing for the workplace, and business...
    ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 10.022X (Hamilton)
    First work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
    ENGEN272Engineering Work Placement 130.022X (Hamilton)
    First work placement for the DipEPP involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ENGCV312Structural Engineering 215.022A (Hamilton)
    Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures including cables, arches, trusses and portal frames. Calculating load paths and influence line diagrams. Structural analysis methods including energy, displacement, force, and stiffness.
    ENGCV323Water Engineering 215.022A (Hamilton)
    Application of hydraulics and hydrology in water engineering such as design of water distribution systems, fundamentals of flow in open channels, design of hydraulic structures, fundamentals of surface water hydrology, rainfall-runoff models, analysis and modelling of hydrological processes, fundamentals of groundwater hydrology, d...
    ENGCV331Geotechnical Engineering 215.022B (Hamilton)
    An advanced course in geotechnical engineering, which covers the analysis of seepage, consolidation, settlement, earth pressure, induced stresses and the stability of slopes, as well as the analysis and design of retaining walls.
    ENGCV351Structural Design15.022B (Hamilton)
    In this paper, students learn how to carry out structural analysis and design of steel and reinforced concrete structures. Lectures will furnish the theoretical background needed to analyse and design typical structural systems. Examples of design compliant to AS/NZS codes will be reviewed and discussed in class. The students will ...
    ENGCV380Civil Design Challenge 215.022B (Hamilton)
    In this paper, the students are tasked with the completion of an open-ended Civil Engineering project. Lectures will discuss different aspects of the design process from writing a project brief, generating and selecting ideas and developing the design with a strong emphasis on Safety in Design. The final design will give students t...
    ENGEN301Engineering Maths and Modelling 315.022A (Hamilton)
    Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
    ENGEN370Engineering and the Environment15.022A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers sustainability in engineering design and renewable energy generation through the critical lens of environmental impact assessment, risk and resilience, sustainable infrastructure and development, material and energy flow analysis, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
    ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 20.022X (Hamilton)
    Second work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of third year.
    ENGEN372Engineering Work Placement 230.022X (Hamilton)
    Second work placement for the DipEPP involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
    ENGEN390Special Topics in Engineering 115.022X (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN391Special Topics in Engineering 215.022X (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEV341Environmental Engineering 215.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the design, operation and management of unit processes used in environmental engineering including air, water, wastewater, storm water, waste, soils and noise treatment and control systems.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ENGCV506Civil Engineering Systems Analysis30.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
    This paper reviews the knowledge students gained during their undergraduate degree. It covers the essentials of structures, water engineering, geotechnics, engineering mathematics, design and construction.
    ENGCV512Advanced Structural Analysis and Design15.022A (Hamilton)
    Introduction to nonlinear methods of structural analysis including structural stability and structural dynamics. The paper will also cover the analysis and design of historical structures.
    ENGCV523Advanced Hydrology and Marine Engineering15.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers hydrologic and hydraulic modelling for civil engineering projects, including methodologies of hydrological data analysis, rainfall -runoff modelling, hydrologic and hydraulic flood routing, flood plain analysis and planning, and marine engineering.
    ENGCV531Advanced Geotechnical Engineering15.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a more advanced understanding of Geotechnical Engineering from the perspective of; mechanical behaviour of New Zealand soils, stress-path testing of soils, soil treatment techniques, soil structure interaction, and selection of design parameters.
    ENGCV551Advanced Construction Technologies15.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides knowledge of acquisition, management, manipulation and analysis of data and its' application for civil engineering project management. Specific applications include advanced surveying, Building Information Modelling, project planning and disaster management.
    ENGCV581Advanced Civil Engineering Design Challenge15.022A (Hamilton)
    This paper is an exercise in project based experiential learning applying the engineering design process. Students will work together in teams to design a solution to a specified yet complex open-ended civil design problem.
    ENGEN508Master's Capstone Project60.022X (Hamilton)
    This paper requires students to carry out a theoretical or empirical investigation in a relevant subject/engineering discipline and write a report on the findings of the investigation.
    ENGEN570Engineering and the Profession15.022D (Hamilton)
    The roles and responsibilities of professional engineers are examined. Topics include; project management, leadership, negotiation, ethical responsibilities, legal duties, Treaty of Waitangi, intellectual property and professional communication.
    ENGEN581Honours Research Project30.0No occurrences
    Final year honours research project carried out on a topic assigned and supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN583Special Topics in Engineering 315.022X (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN584Special Topics in Engineering 415.022X (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN585Special Topics in Engineering 515.022X (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN586Special Topics in Engineering 615.022X (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN587Directed Study 130.022X (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    ENGEN588Directed Study 230.022X (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    ENGEV541Advanced Water and Wastewater Engineering15.022A (Hamilton)
    This course covers advanced aspects of design and operation of unit processes in water and waste water treatment, and process modelling and simulation tools such as Sumo19 and Superpro Designer.
    ENGEV542Waste Minimisation Engineering15.022A (Hamilton)
    Design of processes for the handling, recycling, reuse, treatment and disposal of domestic and industrial solid wastes including treatment plant sludges, assessment and modeling of gaseous emissions, odour, particulates, and air pollution control systems.
    ENGME540Finite Element Analysis15.022A (Hamilton)
    Theory of finite elements analysis using variational methods. Numerical modelling for finding the stresses and displacements of bars, beams and plates, and the temperature distribution in 1D heat transfer. Matlab code development assignment for simpler problems and assignments using commercial software to solve more complicated pro...

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