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Welcome tothe Faculty of EngineeringNau mai, haere mai, kuhu mai!Engineers are problem solvers and innovators who workon real world problems to make the world a better place.At New Zealand’s leading engineering faculty* you will beempowered with the core techniques for solving complexproblems, within an environment that creates opportunityfor innovation and leadership.The ten specialisations in our BE(Hons) are all taught on ourcentral city campus in our brand-new state-of-the art engineeringbuilding, which embraces the theme of “visible engineering” toillustrate engineering concepts inherent in the building. A recentcurriculum refresh, coupled with active blended-learningopportunities in our 26 new multi-disciplinary learning spaces,and study and breakout areas designed to encourage studentcollaboration, ensure we provide you with the best possiblefoundations for success.Engineering is both ubiquitous and of significant value to theeconomy, with a recent estimate** that Engineering contributesaround 15.0 billion per year to New Zealand, or about fivepercent of GDP. Conservative growth figures imply 1500 engineersneed to be added to the workforce each year, excludingreplacements for those who retire.Professor Gerard RoweActing Dean of EngineeringThe University of AucklandA degree in engineering offers unparalleled opportunities tocontribute to global challenges. On behalf of our faculty, I inviteyou to join us to make a positive difference in our world.Footnotes:* 020** Economic Contribution of Engineering report at https://www.engineeringnz.org/big-deal/

ContentsNau mai, haere mai ki Te WhareWananga o Tamaki MakaurauDates to remember 2Map 3General information and facilities 4Health and safety 4Faculty support services 7Academic Information 9Admission 11BE(Hons) degree information 13Biomedical Engineering 26Chemical and Materials Engineering 28Civil Engineering 30Computer Systems Engineering 32Engineering Science 34Electrical and Electronic Engineering 36Mechanical Engineering 38Mechatronics Engineering 40Software Engineering 42Structural Engineering 44Course descriptions 46APPENDIX 84Find out more 88DisclaimerThis publication intends to guide you through yourtime at the Faculty of Engineering. All information,including locations, hyperlinks and courses, areaccurate at the time of print. Please regularlycheck www.engineering.auckland.ac.nz and oursocial media pages for any important updates.All students at the University of Auckland areadditionally advised to consult its officialdocument, the University of Auckland Calendar, toensure that they are fully aware of, and cancomply with, all academic regulations,requirements and policies. This is available atwww.calendar.auckland.ac.nz.1

Dates to rememberSummer School 202106 JanSummer School begins12 JulOrientation - Semester Two12 JanLast day to add, change or deleteSummer School Courses19 JulSemester Two begins01 FebAuckland Anniversary Day30 JulLast day to add, change or deleteSemester Two Courses08 FebWaitangi Day13 Aug12 FebLast day to add or delete doublesemester (A and B) coursesLectures end28 AugOpen Day13 FebStudy Break15 - 17 FebExaminations17 FebSummer School endsSemester One 202122 FebOrientation - Semester One01 MarSemester One begins12 MarLast day to add, change or deleteSemester One Courses26 MarLast day to add or delete doublesemester (A and B) courses2-16 AprMid-semester/Easter break26 Apr03, 05, 07May2Semester Two 202130 Aug 10SepMid-semester break28 SepSpring Graduation22 OctLectures end25 OctLabour Day26-28 OctStudy Break28 Oct 15 NovExaminations15 NovSemester Two endsSummer School 202203 JanSummer School begins28 FebSemester One beginsANZAC DayAutumn Graduation04JunLectures end07 JunQueen’s Birthday08 - 09 JunStudy Break10 - 23 JunExaminations28 JunSemester One ends29 Jun 16 JulInter Semester Break

Engineering Buildings: Useful student spacesNew Building 405Level 10Chemical and Materials EngineeringDepartmentLevel 8Mechanical Engineering DepartmentLevel 7Electrical, Computer, and SoftwareEngineering DepartmentLevel 5Multi-Disciplinary Learning Spaces(MDLS) E&I Rooms and SolderingWorkshop: 405-521; 405-522; 405-536;405-541; 405-552; 405-559; 405-564;405-569Level 4Seminar Rooms: 405-422; 405- 430;Lecture Theatres: 405-460; 405-470Level 3MDLS Computer Labs: 405-326;405-328; 405-336 (BYOD); 405-344(BYOD);MDLS 3D Printers 405-347Level 2MDLS Laser Cutters: 405-221MDLS Flexible Rooms: 405-222;405-236; 405-240; 405-249;MDLS Wet Chemistry Rooms: 405-252;405-268; 405-292; 405-297; 405-298Level 1MDLS Wet Non-Chemistry, Dirty PrepRooms: 405-122; 405-136; 405-139;405-188; 405-188AEngineering Building 402Level 4Lecture Theatres: 401-401; 401-439Engineering Student Centre;Student Engagement TeamLevel 2MDLS Flexible Rooms: 402-211;402-220 402-221; 402-225; 402-231Engineering Tower B401Level 11Civil and EnvironmentalEngineering DepartmentLevel 3MDLS Computer Labs 401-301;401-307; 401-311; 401-31270 SymondsStreetEngineering Science Department3

General informationand facilitiesBuilding accessAll engineering students are allowed to enter theCity Campus Engineering buildings 401 and 402(20 Symonds Street) and building 405 (5 GraftonRoad) between 6am and midnight seven days aweek, including public holidays.These hours alsoapply to all study areas and computer labs. Thefollowing rules also apply:Access/Campus cards are not transferable underany circumstances. Please report loss or theft tothe Security Office on extension 85000. You willneed to buy a replacement card, once you havereported the loss. This is not a deposit and thereare no refunds. For any questions please contactfoe-facilities@auckland.ac.nz. The main doors to the building will be openbetween 7.30am-6.30pm.Health and safety You will need your access card to enter and exitthe building between 6.00-7.30am and6.30pm-midnight. During these times, you mayenter and exit the building via door 401.300L1/1(Level 3 leading in from the underpass).Smoking is prohibited in all Faculty of Engineeringcampuses, outdoor spaces and buildings, inaccordance with the University’s smoke-free policy. You are required to start packing up yourbelongings and vacate the building by 11:45pm,as doors will lock at midnight. Security willensure that the buildings are clear of occupants. Access cards will not open any internal orexternal doors after midnight, seven days aweek, including public holidays. If you are in thebuilding at this time, you must call Security. Aguard will establish why you are still in thebuilding, record your ID number, and will needto inform the Faculty. This could result in yourafter-hours access being suspended.Access to the labs is based on your specialisationand year of study. You are required to havepermission from lab managers to gain access.Newmarket Campus is open to students withaccess cards between 7am and 11pm sevendays a week.Always carry your valid access card and ID cardwith you. Do not lend your access card to anyone– this is considered as a breach of the UniversitySecurity Policy and may result in immediatedeactivation of your card until further notice.Access cardsTo gain access to the building after hours, and tocertain labs that will be required, you mustactivate the card by completing the online4application form via https://accesscard.foe.auckland.ac.nz. It may take up to two weeks foryour card to be activated and your card must berenewed at the beginning of every year. To renew it,follow the same process as your initial application.Please read the following health and safetyinformation carefully. This is intended for allstudents within the Faculty of Engineering. It isnot a complete guide to safety matters but detailsbasic safety practices and procedures that needto be followed to ensure the health and safety ofeveryone within the faculty.The University’s health and safety policy and thefaculty’s safety information are available atwww.engineering.auckland.ac.nz/safety.You must ensure you are familiar with all providedHealth and Safety information.Essential safety personnelYour first point of contact is your academic leader,lecturer, tutor or supervisor. If they cannot addressyour concerns, you may contact the Faculty’sHealth, Safety and Wellbeing Manager, TraceyMcGall at hsw@auckland.ac.nz or the EngineeringFacilities team at foe-facilities@auckland.ac.nzYour responsibilitiesThe University is committed to providing a safe andhealthy environment for you to work and study in.As a student, you have the following responsibilities: Stop activities that are dangerous to you andothers

Complete any required health and safety training Follow health and safety instructions. If you areunsure, in doubt of what to do, or have concernsyou must seek help from your lecturer, tutor orsupervisor Speak to your lecturer, tutor or supervisor assoon as possible about any personal health andsafety concerns Report all accidents, near misses, ill health andbuilding/equipment damage Where required, wear personal protectiveclothing, personal protective equipment, anduse provided safety equipment Familiarise yourself with the procedures andlimitations for working alone Do not interfere with health and safetyequipment, devices or signage. If you finddamage, or there is a malfunction, please alertyour supervisor/leader immediatelyPlease note that it is a condition of your enrolmentto cooperate with the University in regards tohealth and safety. Failure or refusal to carry outyour responsibilities may have consequences foryour further study.Risk AssessmentsAs you advance in your studies and in your futureengineering career, you will be required toparticipate in the risk assessment process. You willinitially be obliged just to follow risk assessments,but will later be required to write them. Riskassessment training and guidance will be providedto you as the need arises.Right of refusal to participate indangerous activitiesSome activities performed by the faculty willpossess a high health and safety risk if they are notproperly managed. In the vast majority of cases,risks will be identified and appropriately controlled toan acceptable level and you will be informed of whatyou need to do to remain safe before you start anyactivity.You have the right to not proceed with any activityif you feel, on reasonable and objective grounds,that it poses a danger to yourself or others. Youmust then immediately raise your concerns withyour academic leader or the health and safetymanager so that we can address the issues beforeany activity begins.Faculty safety rulesIn order to manage risks, we need to limit youraccess to equipment, labs and workshops until youhave been provided with information about thepossible hazards you may encounter, and the safemethods of work you must follow.The following rules apply to all students:1.I f you create a risk, you own the risk. If yourresearch or work could potentially cause harmor damage, you must work with your supervisor,or academic leader, to reduce risk as far as it isreasonably practicable before you start.2. You must not enter a laboratory, workshop orstore room unless given specific authorisation,or are escorted by an authorised person. Ineither case, you should seek advice on anyhazards you may encounter before you enter.Note: Having access cards or keys does notmean you are authorised to access a facility, norpermit you to allow another person into thatarea.3. You must not attempt to operate anyequipment or apparatus unless you have beenauthorised and shown how to use it safely.4. When working, keep your work area clean andtidy, and make sure your bags and/or personalitems do not cause trip hazards.5. When you have finished for the day, make sureall tools and equipment are returned to theirproper storage, the area is tidy, and equipmentis properly shut down. Wash your hands if youneed to.6. You must not eat or drink while you are inworkshops and laboratories.Laboratories and WorkshopsStudents may only use the laboratories andworkshops where they have been given specificauthority to work by their course coordinators and/or academic supervisors and technical staff incharge.5

All students will be required to wear appropriatepersonal protective equipment depending onwhich laboratory and workshop you work. Personalprotective equipment, such as safety glasses, labcoats, masks, hearing protection will be providedby laboratories and workshops. Some laboratoriesmight require students to wear protectivelaboratory coat, students are permitted to weartheir own if they wish (boiler suits/overalls orsimilar protective clothing are also acceptable formost labs: the student will need to confirm thesuitability with their course tutor/lab coordinator).Because there are hazardous substances andvarious types of equipment in the laboratories andworkshops, there are guidelines around their use:1.You should not work alone in a laboratory orworkshop2.You should only carry out work you are familiarwith. Specific in-person training will berequired and provided for undertakinghazardous operations. This includes (but notlimited to):3. Who are my academic leaders or supervisors? How do I get out of the building in the event of anevacuation? What are the likely emergencies I will encounterand what will I need to do? What are the emergency contact numbers? Where is the nearest fire alarm, first aid kit anddefibrillator? Where are the isolation controls/emergencyshut-off procedures for the equipment I am goingto use? Do I need specific training to use items, equipmentor machinery? What protective or safety equipment do I need touse to do my work safely? Handling or mixing chemicals Wiring up electrical equipment What other work is being performed nearby? Willit interfere with my work? Will my work affectothers? Using machine tools other than batterypowered ones Using equipment designated by thetechnicians in charge of the laboratory ashazardous Am I allowed to perform low risk work alone,or do I need a supervisor while I am working? Using welding or oxy-acetylene equipmentWhen leaving a laboratory or workshop,students and staff are responsible for makingsure that all equipment and services are in asafe condition. This means, for example,turning off any electricity, gas and water thathave been used. Can I do my work after normal working hours,or do I need to leave when the staff go home?If you can’t answer these questions, please seeyour academic leader or supervisor or thetechnical staff in charge of the laboratory orworkshop.What to do if you have anaccident or incidentIf you have any questions relating to MDLS, pleasecontact the MDLS Core Technical Services Team atMDLS@uoa.auckland.ac.nzStudents should report incidents, injuries andobservations to the Student Contact Centre via AskAuckland or via their academic supervisor.InductionsFor emergency assistance contact UniversitySecurity (24 hours) at 0800 373 7550More information can be found at: ations-reporting-students.htmlMany teaching and learning spaces areas such aslecture theatres are considered low risk, and youmay only need a quick briefing to know where theemergency exits are.The laboratories and workshops present increasedrisks. Anyone who needs to access laboratories6and workshops will be invited to participate in aninduction with a staff member. These inductionsare generally facilitated by a technical staff incharge. After an induction and before starting workin these areas, you should be able to answer thefollowing questions:

Faculty supportservicesCourse planning and enrolment adviceThe Engineering Student Centre may be your firstpoint of contact for all engineering programmeenquiries, including course planning and enrolmentadvice. Email foe-enquiries@auckland.ac.nz orvisit us at:Location: Level 4, Faculty of Engineering Building,City Campus, 20 Symonds StreetOpening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday(excluding University holidays).Personal guidanceWe recognise that there are various factors that mayimpact your studies. The University offers a range ofsupport mechanisms for you. This includes supportfor anxiety and stress, learning needs, financialstress, and unforeseen events.The Faculty of Engineering Student Engagementteam provides individual support if you arestruggling, stressed, or have experienced atraumatic event which may impact your study. Feelfree to drop in and see us, or email foeengagement@auckland.ac.nz.In general, we provide academic and pastoralservices, and are able to link you to key supportservices such as health and counselling, careerdevelopment, and our library and learning staff.Our experienced staff work closely with the faculty’sstudent clubs and associations to provide social,professional and academic opportunities forstudents. The initiatives we support and operateinclude: Orientation; the Part I Assistance Centre;wellbeing resources; student clubs; SPIES; Tuākanatutoring and mentoring for Māori and Pacificstudents; the Women in Engineering and RainbowEngineering networks; recruitment evenings withprospective employers; and special support forinternational students, students with disabilities andrefugee students.Academic issuesIf matters arise that affect your study, you shouldfeel confident discussing them with your lectureror course coordinator. You may also like to speakwith the relevant Departmental UG Adviser and/orthe Deputy Head of Department (Academic). If thesituation is not dealt with to your satisfaction,these may then be referred to your Head ofDepartment. Find contact details for theDepartmental UG Advisers here: udyoptions/courses/academic-advisers.html.For issues of a more general nature, or if ever thereis an occasion when you wish to dispute how amatter has been handled by a department, you maybring these to the attention of the SSCC, AssociateDeans or the AUSA Advocacy Service.Faculty Staff-Student ConsultativeCommittee (SSCC)SSCC contains two student representativesnominated from each department’s SSCC,representatives from major student groups,administrative staff and academics. The FacultySSCC addresses faculty-wide issues affectingacademic life, resources and services. SSCC servesas a liaison between the students and the faculty.Two meetings are usually held per semester, buturgent issues may be brought to the attention ofthe Chair at any time. You are encouraged to talkto your class representatives to bring matters tothe attention of the SSCC. You can email them at:(code)-rep(year of study)@auckland.ac.nz, where‘code’ refers to the relevant course, such as‘chemmat’. Part I students may be able to contacttheir representative at eng-rep1@auckland.ac.nzPart I Assistance CentreThe faculty employs high-achieving Part II and IIIstudents to provide academic assistance to Part Istudents. The Part I Assistance mentors are trainedand maintain close contact throughout theSemester with the course coordinators for all Part Icourses.The Part I Assistance Mentors are located in theLeech Study Area level 3 in building 402 from2-5pm, Monday to Friday, during Semester One andTwo.The service is also provided at O’Rorke Hall and7

University Hall for engineering students livingthere. For information, contact Alcíone Fagundes ata.fagundes@auckland.ac.nz.Part II Assistance CentreThe Faculty employs current high-achieving Part IIIand IV students to provide free academicassistance and tutoring to Part II students on adrop-in basisThis initiative is available to help you with all yourcourses throughout Semesters One and Two ifyou’re specialising in the following: Civil and Structural Engineering Mechanical Engineering Mechatronics Engineering Electrical and Electronic Engineering Computer Systems Software Enginee

Civil Engineering 30 Computer Systems Engineering 32 Engineering Science 34 Electrical and Electronic Engineering 36 Mechanical Engineering 38 Mechatronics Engineering 40 Software Engineering 42 Structural Engineering 44 Course descriptions 46 APPENDIX 84 Find out more 88. 2 Dates to remember 06 Jan Summer School begins 12 Jan Last day to add, change or delete Summer School Courses 01 Feb .

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