ENCN221-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Engineering Materials

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Introduction to engineering materials. Materials science. Metals, granular materials, asphalt, concrete, masonry, timber, plastics/ceramics. Sustainability issues and material selection.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental nature of civil engineering materials, including: composition, physical properties, the relationship between microstructure characteristics and macrostructure performance, their manufacture and utilization.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

- Understand the primary components of materials (wood, concrete, steel aggregates, asphalt).
- Describe how the micro structure of the material affects the macro structural behaviour.
- Describe how the various individual materials are used in civil engineering applications. Discuss limitations of the material.
- Design a concrete mixture suitable for various applications considering both durability and loading requirements.
- Design an asphalt mix by Marshall Method: Mix design objectives and optimum bitumen content determination.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
final exam Part B 60%
Test results 40%

The assessment for ENCN221 comprises two main parts: one online quiz per module, a final exam.

Module quizzes: The course is divided into 7 different modules covering various aspects of materials commonly used in civil engineering. The understanding from each module will be evaluated through a series of short questions such as multiple-choice, which covers the information considered to be essential in each module. The quizzes will be typically offered in online mode which must be taken on the day assigned by the lecturer. Details and timing of the quizzes will be provided by the lecturer. There will be 7 independent quizzes in total. The top 6 will contribute 5% each to your final mark. You can drop one quiz. There are no make up quizzes.

A standard quiz might have a number of questions and you will be given a time limit to complete the quiz once you open it in your computer. The exact nature of the quiz might very from module to module.

Final Exam: The final exam will cover the entire course. There may be some short answer, calculation or essay. More information will be provided.

Tutorials: You may be given problems to solve in the tutorials and outside of class to complete as part of the course. The tutorials are intented to reinforce important concepts in the course and help you prepare for the quizzes and exam. The tutorials will not be directly assessed but it is import you complete them to aid in your understanding of the course.

Students must work independently during the exam. They are NOT allowed to use any book, notes, and online resources during the exam or quizzes unless explicity stated. Breaching this rule will cause the student to fail the entire course.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Callister, William D. , Rethwisch, David G; Materials science and engineering : an introduction ; 9th edition ; John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2014.

Mamlouk, Michael S. , Zaniewski, John P; Materials for civil and construction engineers ; 3rd ed; Prentice Hall, 2011.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENCN221 Occurrences

  • ENCN221-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023