ENCN301-20A (C) Any Time Start 2020

Communication Skills Portfolio 2

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 15 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
The withdrawal dates for this course (both with and without fee refund) will be confirmed once a) the course start date and b) course length is confirmed. Students are advised to consult the department for further information.


Development of communication skills required by practicing professional engineers. Sketches, oral presentation, and various types of written reports.

This programme ensures you have an advanced competency in engineering communication based upon want you learnt in ENCN201A. Our objective is to ensure that you have a high level of communication skills and that you have demonstrated an ability to use independent study to improve your skills.

Learning Outcomes

  •     Apply the skills learnt from reading and applying the Communications Portfolio Guide (CPG) 3rd  edition and attending lectures & tutorials to all course work.
  •     Apply skills learnt in ENCN301 to 3rd Pro courses and beyond.
  •     Improve on communication skills, with an emphasis on clear and concise writing.
  •     Deliver effective written communication to a high standard.
  •     Develop an awareness of professional communication standards in the engineering profession.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Kim Parrent


Tonny de Vries


 All assignments are compulsory.

 Resubmissions are required if the first attempt fails. There is only one chance to resubmit each item for ENCN301, 2020.

 To pass this course, students must submit all items required for ENCN301 (a non-submission will result in an overall Fail for the course) and this includes any failed item from the previous year in ENCN201. In, students must receive an overall communication score of 5/10.

It is expected that students alert the course co-ordinator, if they are unable to submit a report on time or are not doing the course in which the report is based. In some cases, such as illness, an extension can  be  given.  It  may  also  be  possible  that  a  student  can  submit  a  different  report  if  they  are  not enrolled in the appropriate courses. However, failure to submit a report without prior notification and approval will lead to a student failing ENCN301 and graduation being delayed as a result.

All students are required to keep a copy of all reports submitted to Portfolio and uploaded to Learn. Students must  also download  and keep  a copy of  all  marking  sheets returned  to them throughout the  year  (keep  a  hard  copy  or  download  to  flashdrive/computer).  Please  do  not  rely  on  access  to Learn for submissions or results in case of a system failure. Remember to keep a Word copy, and not a PDF copy, to allow for editing of your work. Failure to keep a suitable copy of your work could result in having to rewrite the report in full.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Upton, Creon; Communications Portfolio Guide ; Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, 2013 (Can be purchased from University bookshop).

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENCN301 Occurrences

  • ENCN301-20A (C) Any Time Start 2020