ENGR101-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Foundations of Engineering

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


This skills-based course will introduce students to the "engineering process". Through a series of lectures, exercises and projects, the students will gain experience in specific skills and activities that contribute to the engineering process. Examples include problem solving, technical sketching, team work and report writing. Additionally, the importance of sustainability, ethics and biculturalism in an engineering context will be introduced. Students will also gain a better understanding of the different engineering disciplines in regards to a career choice.

Upon enrolling for ENGR101, students will be assigned their workshop session time.  After the end of week 2, students will not be allowed to change their session time unless there is an unavoidable timetable clash.

Workshops provide opportunities for students to learn and extend skills taught in lectures, and to work on the group-based Major Design Project.

Learning Outcomes

1. To understand the 8 important steps in the engineering process and apply them to solve engineering problems.

2. To apply problem-solving tools, such as the Duncker diagram, mind-maps, the fishbone diagram, etc., to help generate possible solutions, recognize ill-defined engineering problems, and analyse the cause-and-effect relationships of a problem.

3. To apply the Kepner-Tregoe (KT) approach for decision making and realize the effect of cognitive bias, framing, and zero-risk bias when choosing a solution.

4. To create a properly formatted technical report and develop skills to obtain useful information from the library and on-line resources. You will learn how to create meaningful figures and clear tables in a report.

5. To understand the aim of safety, the definition and effect of risk and hazard, the concept of Fatal Accident Rate (FAR), and engineering failure.

6. To evaluate your own personality preferences in the context of working in teams, and to understand the attributes of a highly effective team and learn how to avoid or solve teamwork problems through conflict resolution.

7. To reflect on diversity, in all of its forms, in a multicultural world, and recognise Aotearoa | New Zealand’s unique relationship with Pacific Island Nations.

8. To apply the ethical framework to the engineering process. You will also develop the ability to recognize social and ethical issues around us and possible engineering solutions, which often can inform our decision making.

9. To understand the concepts of sustainable design and life cycle assessment. A process known as cradle-to-grave will be introduced for assessing environmental impacts (e.g. climate change) from the initial gathering of raw materials to the point at which all the materials are returned to the earth.

10. To apply perspectives of mana whenua in the natural environment.

11. To understand the importance of the relationship between the Māori and the Crown in the management of Aotearoa | New Zealand’s resources.

12. To create visual concepts quickly and effectively. You will learn the basic hand sketching techniques and 3D drawings, including isometric and orthographic drawings.

13. To understand the different engineering disciplines at UC. You will also know the career path and options in each engineering discipline.

Timetable Note

Time recommendations for the course activities:

Lectures provide context and a different perspective to the course materials. They provide opportunity to learn in real time. 28 hours

Self-study- It is highly recommended to commit at least one hour per week to review the lecture material. (12 hours)

Workshops offer the opportunity to apply concepts covered in lectures and to work on assignments (20 hours)

Assignment 1 (10 hours)
Assignment 2 (17 hours)
Assignment 3 (18 hours)
Assignment 4 (5 hours)

Test & exam revision - Focus on understanding the content and being able to articulate your ideas (test 17 hours, final exam 23 hours)

Course Coordinator / Lecturers

Matt James Watson and Alex Yip


Kim Rutter


Sierra Hickman


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 27% TBA - Exam period 12 - 24 June 2023
Major Design Project 17% Various deadlines throughout the project. Refer to LEARN page
Assignment 1: Technical Report on the Engineering Process 20 Mar 2023 10% Issued on 8 March 2023
Mid-semester Test 30 Mar 2023 26% 1.5 hours
Individual Design and Build 02 May 2023 15% Issued 31 March 2023
Engineering Sketching 26 May 2023 5% Issued 5 May 2023

Any or all assessments may be scaled after you receive your raw mark.

Passing Grade:
To achieve a pass in this course you must obtain:
• an overall mark of 50% or above
• a final exam mark > 40/100.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Jordan, Pat; Foundations of Excel : for engineers and scientists ; Pearson, 2012.


Course Website: Access via http://learn.canterbury.ac.nz   Note that you will only gain access to Learn once your enrolment is fully completed.

For all enquiries, please contact ENGR101 email:-  engr101@canterbury.ac.nz

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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

All ENGR101 Occurrences

  • ENGR101-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance) - Not Offered
  • ENGR101-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023