Compulsory BE(Hons) degree components

You must complete several compulsory components in order to complete our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

This structure is purpose-built to ensure the quality of our degree and to help us assess our students’ capabilities so we can provide the appropriate support where necessary. 

Part I: Your common year

Part I of our BE(Hons) is a common core year, so you and your peers will be undertaking a similar curriculum designed to expose you to all nine of our specialisations. You'll study a broad base of engineering and professional fundamentals, such as engineering design, mathematical modelling, and software development.

All BE(Hons) conjoint students are expected to follow the following Part I structure:

Semester One

  • ENGGEN 121 - Engineering Mechanics (15 points)
  • ENGGEN 140 - Engineering Biology and Chemistry (15 points)
  • ENGSCI 111 - Mathematical Modelling 1 (15 points)

Semester Two

  • CHEMMAT 121 - Materials Science (15 points)
  • ELECTENG 101 - Electrical and Digital Systems (15 points)
  • ENGGEN 131 - Engineering Computation and Software Development (15 points)

Semester One or Two

  • ENGGEN 115 - Principles of Engineering Design (15 points)
  • ENGGEN 199 - English Language Competency (no credit)
  • ACADINT A01 - Academic Integrity Course (no credit)
  • General Education (15 points)

ACADINT A01 - Academic Integrity

All new undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Auckland must complete this academic honesty course in their first year. 

This is an online course designed to introduce the University’s rules on academic conduct. It covers topics such as copyright, plagiarism, the academic environment and the consequences of academic dishonesty.

You’ll work through a series of five modules that take approximately 20 minutes each. They feature scenarios you may encounter throughout your programme of study, followed by a test.

This course is not worth any credit, but failure to complete ACADINT A01 may block your second year enrolment. You can start your Academic Integrity course on the ACADINT A01 page.

ENGGEN 199 - English Language Competency

This course helps the Faculty of Engineering to establish your English language ability, both written and spoken. Completion of ENGGEN 199 is compulsory, including for those admitted directly into Part II, with no exceptions – this includes native speakers, or someone for whom English is a second language. It is not worth any credits.

ENGGEN 199 involves the completion of a 30 minute Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment (DELNA) screening. These take place in one of the University’s computer labs. We strongly encourage you to book a screening during Orientation Week to complete this requirement early. You do not need to enrol in ENGGEN 199, as the only requirement is the completion of your DELNA requirements.

For most students, completion of this screening is sufficient. Results are not graded beyond an indication of whether you have completed (CPL) the course.

In some cases, the DELNA team may make further recommendations, requiring the completion of a two hour diagnosis. This must be completed before the end of Week 3 of your first semester. If this further diagnosis indicates the need for extra work on your academic language skills, you may have to undertake a programme of language skill development coordinated by the University’s English Language Enrichment centre (ELE). You must complete the ELE for ENGGEN 199 programme by the end of your first semester. 

Please note that ENGGEN 199 is a formal prerequisite for many Part II courses and your Part II specialisation, so you will not be permitted to enrol in any courses at Stage 2 or further until you have met all the requirements. 

Please check with the DELNA team if you have completed a DELNA screening for another programme at the University of Auckland to see if you require a further screening. The Faculty of Engineering must receive confirmation from DELNA before this requirement is accepted as having been completed.

General education

You're required to complete one General Education course in Part I of your BE(Hons) – this is a distinctive feature of our University's degree, designed to broaden your education.

General Education is aimed at producing graduates with flexibility, critical thinking skills, and an appreciation and understanding of fields outside their usual area of study. There is usually a diverse range of subjects to choose from, including a number of interdisciplinary courses.

Beyond your first year

The BE(Hons) contains two major practical elements underpinned by engineering theory. On top of pursuing your specialisation and elective courses, you will also be spending a significant portion of your programme completing these essential practical components: