ENCN301-22A (C) Any Time Start 2022

Communication Skills Portfolio 2

Start Date: Monday, 14 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
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 advanced competency in engineering communication based upon want you learnt in ENCN201. 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. Communications Portfolio 2, as with Communications Portfolio 1, is a full-year compulsory programme and cannot be completed in one semester. ENCN301 cannot be taken in the same year as ENCN201

Repeating Students: Students retaking ENCN301W must complete the full year (i.e., a student retaking ENCN301W cannot Pass mid-year and then enrol in ENCN493 Semester 2; final grades will be released only at the end of the year).

Important: Unlike ENCN201, students are not automatically enrolled in ENCN301W and all students must enrol via MyUC..

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 4th year 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.


Timetable Note


ENCN301 requires a student to build up a communication portfolio consisting of different types of reports and presentations. The items that make up the portfolio are already part of other courses, and will also be submitted to be marked for ENCN301 to assess a student’s ability to be effective communicators. For full details on the Communication Portfolio items and marking schedule, please refer to the course handbook.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Kim Parrent

Course Administrator

Tonny de Vries


Assessment will be as follows (please note that these assignments and due dates are subject to change due to changes in supporting courses and/or COVID; however, students will be notified of any changes via the Learn course page. Ultimately, however, it is the student’s responsibility to keep up-to-date with any new course information):

Assignment 1 – Calc-rich Report  S1/Term 2
Assignment 3 – Client Report S2/Term 3

Resubmission of Assessment (if required):

Assignment 1 – Calc-rich Report 2 S2/Term 3
Assignment 3 - Client Report 2 S2/Term 4      

Please contact the course co-ordinator in advance, if you have genuine difficulties meeting submission dates.  All submissions are electronic submissions via Learn.

All assignments are compulsory.

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

 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. Also, students must receive an overall communication score of 5/10. (50%)

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

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