Part II Assistance Centre

The department employs current high-achieving Part III and IV students to provide free academic assistance and tutoring to Part II students on a drop-in basis.

This initiative is available to help you with all your courses throughout Semesters One and Two if you're specialising in the following:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Software Engineering

The Part II Assistance Centre is located in the Leech Study Area in Level 3, Building 401 of the Faculty of Engineering's Central Campus.

Civil and Structural Engineering

Mentor availability

Mondays 4-5pm
Tuesdays 1-2pm
Wednesdays 1-2pm
Thursdays 3-4pm

Courses

Semester 1
CIVIL 202 Fluid Mechanics and Pipe Flow
CIVIL 203 Transport Design and Geomatics Design
STRCTENG 200 Introductory Structural Mechanics

Semester 2
CIVIL 200 Intro to Geotechnical Engineering
ENVENG 200 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
STRCTENG 201 Civil Engineering Materials and Design

Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Mentor availability

Tuesdays 2-3pm
Wednesdays 12-1pm
Thursdays 1-2pm

Courses

Semester 1
MECHENG 235 Design and Manufacture 1
MECHENG 242 Mechanics of Materials 1
MECHENG 201 Introduction to Mechatronics

Semester 2
MECHENG 211 Thermofluids
MECHENG 222 Dynamics
MECHENG 236 Design and Manufacture 2 (Mechanical specialisation)
MECHENG 270 Software Design (Mechatronics specialisation)

Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering

Mentor availability

Mondays 3-4pm
Tuesdays 1-3pm
Wednesdays 1-2pm
Thursdays 1-2pm

Courses

Semester 1
COMPSYS 201 Fundamentals of Computer Engineering
ELECTENG 291 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
SOFTENG 281 Object Oriented Programming

Semester 2
ELECTENG 204 Engineering Electromagnetics
ELECTENG 209 Analogue and Digital Design
SOFTENG 206 Software Engineering Design 1 (Software Specialisation)
SOFTENG 283 Software Quality Assurance (Software Specialisation)

Our mentors

Our mentors receive training and maintain close contact with course coordinators for Part II courses throughout the semester. They will have resources on hand — including copies of coursebooks — to help you with any of your queries.

We encourage you to take advantage of this service whether you're struggling or not. After all, they can just as easily help you turn that ‘B’ into an ‘A+’ as much as they can help you with a pass when you risk a fail. While we can’t help you with your actual assignments, we can guide you through similar example problems in your course handbooks.

Becoming a mentor

We look to our most academically able students to help support others as they commence their studies. All current Part II and III students (to become Part III and IV the following year) with a GPA of 6.0 or above are welcome to apply.

In recognition of the contribution peer mentors make, we will provide the following support to ensure your experience as a Part II Mentor is as positive as possible:

  • Training
  • Close collaboration with members of the Part II course teams
  • Payment for the hours spent as a Part II Mentor

Appointment is not guaranteed, as applications for the role of Part II Mentors usually exceed the number of shifts available. Appointments are made on a semester-by-semester basis and based on a combination of your application, availability and agreement to the following conditions:

  • Availability for, and attendance at Part II mentors training and paid feedback sessions
  • Availability for a minimum of one hour each week. Hours will vary based on courses
  • Commitment to completing a brief online summary of mentoring activity after the end of each shift on a shared Piazza Forum
  • Commitment to maintaining accurate records of all assistance provided to demonstrate effectiveness of Part II Assistance Centre
  • Commitment to help promote the services of the Part II Assistance Centre through brief presentations to first year students
  • Commitment to wearing branded clothing during your shifts to help promote the visibility of the Part II Assistance Centre

Previous experience in mentoring in groups such as Uniguides, STEPS, SPIES or HKESA, or tutoring for a private organisation, is essential.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or would like more information, get in touch with our Student Support Adviser, Caitlin Scragg.