Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Course details

All courses taught by Civil and Environmental are listed below.

The following only reflect the courses offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. There will be courses from other departments that are compulsory in order to complete your Civil and Environmental Engineering specialisation. Please consult the University of Auckland Calendar for full details of your degree requirements.

Need to know #1: Courses that have an A and a B option are taught over two semesters. You need to enrol in both Part A and Part B in order to complete the two semester course. Most courses have no A or B suffix and are taught over one semester.

Need to know #2: Courses without a PDF attached are likely to be unavailable this year. To confirm, contact the course convenor, or refer to the links below:  

Part II - Civil Engineering


Semester One

CIVIL 201 - Land Information Systems (10 points)
Aspects of elementary engineering surveying as used for gathering site information for the design and setting out of works. Land information systems, modern methods of gathering, processing and presenting information for engineering purposes

CIVIL 210 - Introduction to Structures (15 points)
Structural forms and systems. Analysis of determinate systems, elasticity. Engineering beam theory, elasticity, failure theories. Introduction to structural design.
Restriction: ENVENG 210, RESOURCE 210

CIVIL 220 - Introductory Engineering Geology (10 points)
Principles of physical and structural geology. Elementary stratigraphy. Applied geomorphology. Geologic surveying and mapping. Elementary seismology; microzoning and seismotectonic hazard evaluation. Engineering properties, description and identification of geologic materials. General applications of geology to engineering.

CIVIL 230 - Fluid Mechanics 1 (10 points)
Fluid properties and definitions. Hydrostatics and stability of floating bodies. Fluid flow, energy and continuity relationships. Viscosity. Force and momentum relationship. Dimensional analysis and similarity. Introduction to turbomachinery.

 

Semester Two

CIVIL 211 - Structures and Design 1 (10 points)
Introduction to structural design - philosophy, loads, codes; design of simple structural elements in various materials..

CIVIL 221 - Geomechanics 1 (10 points)
The basic concepts and principles governing the mechanical behaviour of soil, including phase relationships, permeability and seepage, the principle of effective stress, soil strength, compressibility and basic stability analysis.

CIVIL 250 - Civil Engineering Materials and Design (10 points)
Properties and manufacturing of concrete, steel and timber structural products. Design principles and examples for concrete, steel and timber members.

Part II - Environmental Engineering


Semester Two

ENVENG 244 - Environmental Engineering 1 (15 points)

Water quality, water and wastewater characteristics - physical, chemical and biological treatments (unit operations and processes). Solid waste characteristics and disposal, hazardous waste treatment. Stormwater management.
Restriction: RESOURCE 244, ENVENG 243

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Part III - Civil Engineering

Semester One

CIVIL 312 - Structures and Design 2 (15 points)
Structural analysis of indeterminate structures. Moment-area method for deformations. Loading actions as per NZS 1170 and load collation. Design of structural members in timber portal frames.

CIVIL 322 - Geomechanics 2 (10 points)
Stability analysis in geotechnical engineering; slope stability, soil pressures on retaining structures, bearing capacity. Consolidation and settlement.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 221

CIVIL 331 - Hydraulic Engineering (10 points)
Pipe flow - fluid resistance, friction factor, simple pipe flow and minor losses, steady-state pipe flow and pipe networks. Open channel flow - energy and momentum, uniform flow and flow resistance, critical flow, specific energy and flow force, backwater analysis, channel transitions.

CIVIL 360 - Transportation Engineering 1 (10 points)
Highway alignment geometrics (horizontal, vertical and cross sectional design). Basis of the main pavement design techniques, pavement materials, stabilisation, compaction and bituminous surfacings.

Semester Two

CIVIL 313 - Structures and Design 3 (15 points)
Design of structures in reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete and structural steel. Computer analysis of structures; use of a commercial analysis program. Design project.

CIVIL 314 - Structural Dynamics (10 points)
Dynamics of single and multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Ground motion, response spectra, time-history and spectral modal analysis; introduction to seismic design.

CIVIL 324 - Geomechanics 3 (10 points)
Shear strength of soil - triaxial testing, measurement of pore water pressures, and interpretation of test data. Effective and total stress paths for drained and undrained loading in laboratory tests and field applications. Consolidation and the use of preloading to accelerate consolidation. Application of elastic solutions in geomechanics.
Restriction: CIVIL 420

CIVIL 332 - Fluid Mechanics 2 (10 points)
Laminar and turbulent flow. Ideal fluid flows. Boundary layer theory and separation, drag and lift. River morphology and flows. River pollution. Unsteady flow in channels.

CIVIL 361 - Transportation Engineering 2 (10 points)
Planning for land transport facilities and urban development. Arrangement of street networks and environmental areas. Basic operational analyses at priority and signalised intersections for vehicles and pedestrians. Highway capacity analyses. Parking design. Introduction to transportation planning modelling.

 
 

Part III - Environmental Engineering


Semester One

ENVENG 341 - Environmental Engineering 2 (15 points)
Examines natural environmental processes and their relevance to engineering. Soil and water chemistry, equilibrium and organic chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry and biological processes will be examined, focusing on the application of these in engineering design, practice and management.
Restriction: RESOURCE 341

Semester Two

ENVENG 333 - Engineering Hydrology (10 points)
Hydrologic processes, analysis of rainfall-runoff relationships. Statistical analysis of hydrological data. Groundwater movement.

ENVENG 342 - Environmental Engineering Design (15 points)
The applications of design practice in environmental engineering with a number of design projects. Elements of water and wastewater engineering. Landfill design and air pollution control.
Restriction: RESOURCE 342, ENVENG 405

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Part IV - Civil Engineering


NOTE:

Part IV students need 120 points in order to complete this part of their degree. This will comprise of the following:

CORE COURSES: CIVIL 705A/B (30 points), CIVIL 790 (15 points), ENGGEN 403 (15 points)

ELECTIVES: You will need at least 30 points from design courses. The remaining 30 points can either be made up from design or non-design courses.

All Part IV sudents need to take at least 30 points from the following design electives:

  • CIVIL 713 Structures and Design 4      
  • CIVIL 714 Multistorey Building Design 
  • CIVIL 731 Water Resources Modelling    
  • CIVIL 741 Ground Improvements Engineering 
  • CIVIL 750 Timber Engineering    
  • CIVIL 758 Traffic Systems Planning and Design
  • CIVIL 759 Highway and Transportation Design
  • CIVIL 791 Construction Management
  • ENVENG 701 Urban Storm water Management
  • ENVENG 740 Water and Waste Water Engineering


In addition, Part IV students can also select courses from the following non-design electives:

  • CIVIL 715 Advanced Structural Concrete               
  • CIVIL 719 Matrix Structural Analysis        
  • CIVIL 721 Foundation Engineering           
  • CIVIL 722 Slope Engineering       
  • CIVIL 723 Rock Mechanics Engineering  
  • CIVIL 725 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • CIVIL 726 Engineering Geology
  • CIVIL 733 Coastal Engineering 1
  • CIVIL 782 Water Resources Engineering
  • ENVENG 702 Engineering Decision Making in Aotearoa
  • ENVENG 747 Soil‐Contaminant Fate Processes
Semester One

CIVIL 718 - Light Gauge Steel (15 points)
This advanced paper provides students with the knowledge and understanding of thin-walled structures, specifically cold-formed steel structures. This course builds on the fundamental concepts taught in Environmental Engineering in the second year (CIV 210 and CIV 211).
Prerequisites: Students need to have obtained a minimum B+ grade in Civil 210, 211 and Civil 313 (or the equivalent). 

CIVIL 719 - Matrix Structural Analysis (15 points)
Direct stiffness method applied to linear, nonlinear and stability analyses. Introduction to variational principles and finite element method. Projects in practical modelling of major structures such as bridges and multi-storey buildings. Use of commercial software.
Restriction: CIVIL 416

CIVIL 720 - Earthquake Engineering (15 points)
Advanced topics in earthquake engineering, such as ground motion predication equations, probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, wave amplification in non-uniform sites, spatially varying soil-structure interaction, fluid-structure interaction, structure-neighbouring structure interaction, consequence of relative response, innovative low-damage earthquake-resistant seismic design. The core taught skills are extended by an independent research project undertaken to solve a challenging earthquake engineering problem.
Prerequisite: B+ in either CIVIL 314 or 727 or equivalent

CIVIL 721 - Foundation Engineering (15 points)
Foundation performance requirements. Foundation types. Foundation design loads. Limit state design. Design of shallow foundations. Design of deep foundation. Case histories illustrating construction, performance and failure of foundations. Design and performance of gravity retaining structures, embedded retaining walls and reinforced earth walls.
Restriction: CIVIL 323, 421

CIVIL 722 - Slope Engineering (15 points)
To give a general understanding of the mechanisms of slope processes, the main causative factors and some skills in analysis. Main thrust of the course is the linking of geological processes, mechanisms, strength and structure into the analysis of slopes. Use of software - Slope/W and review of case studies.

CIVIL 731 - Water Resources Modelling (15 points)
Risk and uncertainty in water resources systems; evaluation of alternatives in water resources; hydrologic modelling; hydraulic modelling; river basin modelling; water resources economics.

CIVIL 733 - Coastal Engineering 1 (15 points)
Coastal, port and ocean engineering. Theories governing waves, tides and currents. Design of structures subject to a marine environment.

CIVIL 758 - Traffic Systems Design (15 points)
Traffic signal timing analysis. Gap acceptance parameters. Intersection analysis of performance (priority, roundabouts and signalised). Some human factors. Introduction to transportation planning modelling. Planning land transport in NZ under the Resource Management and other requirements. Computer modelling and simulation.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 361
Restriction: CIVIL 403, 460, 660

CIVIL 790 - Civil Engineering Administration (15 points)
The application of legal principles to problems in civil engineering and environmental engineering management. Examines the administration of national and international engineering contracts. Discusses statutes affecting engineering business. Investigates the implications of resource management and natural resource allocation legislation on engineering projects. Analyses processes for resolving engineering disputes.
Restriction: CIVIL 401, 490

CIVIL 791 - Construction Management (15 points)
Understanding topics necessary for effective construction management. Using a generic construction project life cycle, essential aspects of construction projects including client brief preparation, the tendering process, preparing tenders, tender evaluation, project planning, resource allocation, teamwork, site safety, and contract types are covered. Case studies are used to reinforce the application of theoretical ideas to the successful running of construction projects.
Restriction: CIVIL 409

Semester Two

CIVIL 705 - Research Project S2 (15 points)
To complete this course students must enrol in CIVIL 705 A and B.
Restriction: CIVIL 408

CIVIL 714 - Multistorey Building Design (15 points)
Techniques for the design of structures to resist seismic loading. Derivation of design actions, alternative structural systems for resisting these loads, design of structural components subject to cyclic inelastic action, detailing of members and joints to enhance earthquake resistance. Techniques of seismic isolation. Design project.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 313 or equivalent

CIVIL 715 - Advanced Structural Concrete (15 points)
Behaviour of reinforced and prestressed concrete components and systems under complex loading and environmental conditions. Thermal and other loading conditions in bridge structures.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 313 or equivalent

CIVIL 723 - Rock Mechanics and Excavation Engineering (15 points)
Engineering rock behaviour - strength, elasticity and role of discontinuities. Stress - strain analysis, stability assessment of rock structures and support. Theoretical, practical and environmental aspects of ground excavations including ripping, cutting and blasting.

CIVIL 726 - Special Topic in Civil Engineering 2 (15 points)
Introduction to fundamentals in soil and rock mechanics and their application to engineering projects. Discussion of natural hazards and their implications on infrastructure design. Practical exercises in field mapping, core logging, aerial photograph interpretation, and basic laboratory tests.
Restriction: CIVIL 404, GEOLOGY 372

CIVIL 734 - River Engineering (15 points)
Scales; flows; fluvial processes; mixing; ecohydraulics.

CIVIL 740 - Studies in Civil Engineering 3 (15 points)
Advanced course on topics to be determined each year by the Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

CIVIL 741 - Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering (15 points)
Advanced ground improvement techniques including: densification, consolidation, preloading and surcharge, soil reinforcement, stabilisation and thermal ground improvement.
Restriction: CIVIL 403

CIVIL 750 - Timber Engineering (15 points)
The practical understanding of timber and its use in the construction industry. Design and detailing techniques for connections in timber structures, plywood structures, pole structures, timber floor systems, bridges, multi-storey buildings, formwork and falsework, arches and cable stayed systems.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 312 or equivalent
Restriction: CIVIL 451

CIVIL 759 - Highway and Transportation Design (15 points)
Economic and environmental assessments of transport projects. Land transport funding in NZ. Road safety engineering. Crash reduction and prevention methods. Pavement asset management. Pavement rehabilitation techniques. Heavy-duty pavements, highway drainage and chip seal design.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 360
Restriction: CIVIL 461, 661

CIVIL 782 - Water Resources Engineering (15 points)
A selection from the following: reservoir design and optimisation, flood control and design of flood control structures, micro to large scale hydroelectric engineering, river engineering and sedimentation. A water resources engineering design project.
Prerequisite: ENVENG 333 or equivalent
Restriction: CIVIL 480, 482

 

Summer School

CIVIL 725 - Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (15 points)
Introduction to the concepts, theories and practices of modern geotechnical earthquake engineering. Seismic considerations are a significant factor in the design of much of the infrastructure in seismically active countries like New Zealand. The course will include geophysical site investigation, site response analysis, liquefaction assessment and the earthquake behaviour of earth dams.

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Part IV - Environmental Engineering


Semester One

ENVENG 701 – Urban Stormwater Management (15 Points)
Gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of stormwater management to minimize or prevent adverse impacts from flooding and runoff-borne contamination, with an emphasis on engineering solutions.   

ENVENG 746 - Surface Water Quality Modelling (15 points)

Mass balance and steady state solutions for point and distributed loadings applied to rivers and lakes, feed-forward and feedback systems of reactors, mass transport in incompletely mixed systems, simple time-variable solutions, nutrient dynamics in water bodies and exchange with sediments, and eutrophication and toxic-substance modelling.

ENVENG 747 - Soil Contaminant Fate Processes and Modelling (15 points)
Provides students with the knowledge and understanding of various chemical processes and fate modelling in the soil environment required to tackle soil pollution.

 

Semester Two

ENVENG  707 - Advanced Water Treatment and Reuse (15 points)
Covers advanced treatment technologies including desalination, membrane technologies, advanced oxidation processes, novel materials for treatment of emerging contaminants, and fundamentals of water reuse, applications, and case studies for potable reuse, industrial reuse and aquifer recharge. 

Enrolment requirement: ENVENG 244, 342 are prerequisites for this course.

ENVENG 740 - Water and Wastewater Engineering (15 points)
Chemistry and microbiology of water and wastewater treatment, flow models and reactors. Unit operations and process analysis and design. Treatment plant design and operation. Nutrient removal processes. Effluent and residues disposal.
Restriction: ENVENG 441

ENVENG 752 - Risk, LCA and Sustainability (15 points)
The objectives of this course are to provide students with an understanding of sustainability, life cycle assessment, impact assessment and risk assessment and how these can be used to measure sustainability. The format will include discussions on sustainability, assessment methods and sustainability assessment, including scoping, sustainable levels, inventory, impact and risk assessment and mitigations measures.

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Postgraduate courses - Civil Engineering


Semester One

DISMGT 703 - Disaster Management and Resilience (15 points)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the management of disasters and the concept of resilience in a variety of settings.Th an overview of all key components of the urban resilience including theories of natural resilience, social resilience, built resilience and economic resilience to disasters.

CIVIL 660 - Traffic Engineering and Planning  (15 points)
A range of selected topics in traffic engineering and transportation planning which will provide a basis for extension into further studies.
Restriction: CIVIL 361, 460

CIVIL 701 - Studies in Civil Engineering 1 (15 points)
Advanced course on topics to be determined each year by the Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

CIVIL 703 - Project Management (15 points)
Planning, organisation and control of engineering projects. Application and integration of project management processes to the typical project lifecycle (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing). Studies in the nine knowledge areas defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI): Project Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk and Procurement Management. Development of a range of skills, tools and techniques to become an effective project manager.

CIVIL 707 - Construction Logistics Engineering (15 points)
Advanced topics in construction supply chain management such as construction logistics, buffer management, relational contracts and behavioural dimensions, analytical models for construction, information technologies and sustainable supply chains. Independent research is undertaken by developing individual research projects in which students study logistics and supply chain problems by analysing real production scenarios or the current literature available in this topic

CIVIL 708 - Work Based Learning (15 points)
Develops the student's professional and interpersonal skills within the context of professional engineering and project management competencies. Application of theory and development of work procedures. Develops ability to question concepts and critically self-assess competencies. Fostering and enhancing professional competencies in preparation towards membership of a professional body.
Note: Students must be in part time professional employment or have completed at least three years professional employment within engineering or construction.

CIVIL 713 - Structures and Design 4 (15 points)
Continuation of the design and detailing of structures in structural steel, reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry, and timber including connections in steelwork, composite steel/concrete beams, masonry structures and retaining walls in reinforced masonry. Practical understanding and design of concrete ground floor slabs. Introduction to the NZ Standard for light timber frame construction. Introduction to fire engineering. Techniques in the checking of existing structures and lessons learnt from failures.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 312 and 313 or equivalent
Restriction: CIVIL 411

CIVIL 718 - Light Gauge Steel (15 points)
This advanced paper provides students with the knowledge and understanding of thin-walled structures, specifically cold-formed steel structures. This course builds on the fundamental concepts taught in Environmental Engineering in the second year (CIV 210 and CIV 211).
Prerequisites: Students need to have obtained a minimum B+ grade in Civil 210, 211 and Civil 313 (or the equivalent).

CIVIL 719 Matrix Structural Analysis (15 points)
Gain an understanding of the principles of the Direct Stiffness Method for structural analysis, the basis of most structural and finite element analysis programs. Along with an introduction to modelling techniques and an introduction to matrix formulation.

CIVIL 721 - Foundation Engineering (15 points)
Foundation performance requirements. Foundation types. Foundation design loads. Limit state design. Design of shallow foundations. Design of deep foundation. Case histories illustrating construction, performance and failure of foundations. Design and performance of gravity retaining structures, embedded retaining walls and reinforced earth walls.
Restriction: CIVIL 323, 421

CIVIL 725 - Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (15 points)
Introduction to the concepts, theories and practices of modern geotechnical earthquake engineering. Seismic considerations are a significant factor in the design of much of the infrastructure in seismically active countries like New Zealand. The course will include geophysical site investigation, site response analysis, liquefaction assessment and the earthquake behaviour of earth dams.

CIVIL 731 - Water Resources Modelling (15 points)
Risk and uncertainty in water resources systems; evaluation of alternatives in water resources; hydrologic modelling; hydraulic modelling; river basin modelling; water resources economics.

CIVIL 758 - Traffic Systems Design (15 points)
Traffic signal timing analysis. Gap acceptance parameters. Intersection analysis of performance (priority, roundabouts and signalised). Some human factors. Introduction to transportation planning modelling. Planning land transport in NZ under the Resource Management and other requirements. Computer modelling and simulation.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 361
Restriction: CIVIL 403, 460, 660

CIVIL 762 Transportation Planning (15 points)
This course covers the conventional transportation planning modelling process from data collection through to evaluation.
Prerequisite: The satisfactory completion of Civil 758 or Civil 660 (or equivalent).

CIVIL 763 - Transportation and Networks Analysis (15 points)
Advanced themes of transportation-related network algorithms and analysis including theory and applications. The theory covers in-depth description of how to construct algorithms; the applications contain individual research and assignments in constructing new algorithms for traffic and transportation networks problems.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 460 or 660 or 758 or equivalent

CIVIL 764 - Highway Safety and Operations (15 points)
Advanced planning, design, operation and safety management of predominantly two way two lane highways, including: passing and overtaking models analysis and treatments, collision modification and mitigation, roadway design, skid resistance, delineation, temporary traffic control, evaluation methods, and environmental management measures. An independently applied research project will use advanced analytical skills to critically evaluate factors which impact highway safety.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 360, 361, 759 or 661 or equivalent

CIVIL 765 - Infrastructure Asset Management (15 points)
Advanced theories and techniques fundamental to the management of infrastructure assets, with a primary focus on Asset Management Plans.  Covers the entire spectrum of infrastructure, including roads, water networks and buildings.

CIVIL 766 Road Asset Management (15 points)
Covers the theories behind the appropriate management of road assets but will also provide practical tools and techniques for the actual management, planning and maintenance of the pavement assets.

CIVIL 767 - Pavement Analysis and Design (15 points)
Selected topics from: pavement design philosophy; stresses, strains and deflections in pavements; pavement material properties and characterisation; traffic loading and volume; pavement failure mechanisms; structural and functional assessment of pavements; empirical and mechanistic pavement design methods; pavement overlay design; asphalt mix design.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 461, or 661, or 759 or equivalent

CIVIL 769 - Highway Geometric Design (15 points)
Extends the fundamental concepts and principles of good highway geometric design (as taught at undergraduate level) and applies these in a practical design setting.

CIVIL 770 - Transport Systems Economics (15 points)
Fundamentals of transport economics covering concepts in: (1) Demand, supply, pricing, congestion and other externalities in transport with a focus on their application in congestion pricing; and (2) Principles of economic evaluation in transport planning.

CIVIL 790 - Civil Engineering Administration (15 points)
The application of legal principles to problems in civil engineering and environmental engineering management. Examines the administration of national and international engineering contracts. Discusses statutes affecting engineering business. Investigates the implications of resource management and natural resource allocation legislation on engineering projects. Analyses processes for resolving engineering disputes.
Restriction: CIVIL 401, 490

CIVIL 791 - Construction Management (15 points)
Understanding topics necessary for effective construction management. Using a generic construction project life cycle, essential aspects of construction projects including client brief preparation, the tendering process, preparing tenders, tender evaluation, project planning, resource allocation, teamwork, site safety, and contract types are covered. Case studies are used to reinforce the application of theoretical ideas to the successful running of construction projects.
Restriction: CIVIL 409

CIVIL 792 – Discrete-Event Simulation in Construction (15 Points)
Discrete-event simulation modelling for planning and design construction operations and management of the construction supply chain. Applications to real construction problems.

Semester Two

ENGGEN 622 - Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes (15 points)
This course is intended to give students an understanding of the dynamic behaviour of structures and the means of predicting their response to the effects of earthquakes. Subsequently, the fundamental principles of earthquake engineering will be mastered, including the effects of structural properties, and the roles of ductility, damping and isolation in mitigating earthquake damage.

DISMGT 701 – Disaster Risk Management (15 points)
This course covers a broad based understanding of the critical elements of risk and risk management within industry and Disaster Risk Management applications.
There will also be an industry guest speaker(s) to provide context to the risk management study. 

CIVIL 661 - Highway and Pavement Engineering (15 points)
A range of selected topics in highway and pavement engineering which will provide a basis for extension into further studies.
Restriction: CIVIL 360, 461

CIVIL 702 - Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations (15 points)
Observed behaviour of foundations during earthquakes. Site investigation and laboratory testing to estimate values for required soil parameters. Shallow and deep foundations subject to earthquake excitation. Soil-foundation-structure-interaction. Force-based and displacement-based design. Earthquake induced earth pressures on stiff retaining structures.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 721 or equivalent

CIVIL 704 - Advanced Topics in Project Management (15 points)
Advanced topics in project management such as: advanced scheduling techniques, integrated project delivery, building information modelling, negotiation techniques, dispute resolution and innovative project delivery models.

CIVIL 708 - Work Based Learning (15 points)
Develops the student's professional and interpersonal skills within the context of professional engineering and project management competencies. Application of theory and development of work procedures. Develops ability to question concepts and critically self-assess competencies. Fostering and enhancing professional competencies in preparation towards membership of a professional body.
Note: Students must be in part time professional employment or have completed at least three years professional employment within engineering or construction.

CIVIL 709 - Cost Engineering (15 points)
This course introduces construction engineering cost planning. Key subjects include estimating and prediction throughout the project lifecycle; principles and applications of cost planning, control and design economics. Construction cost data sources and applications, standard forms of cost analysis, estimating and tendering; effects of procurement methods and contract conditions on pricing; preliminaries costing and contractor's cash flow and bidding strategy.

CIVIL 710 - Advanced Structural Dynamics (15 points)
Vibration theory. Linear theory of discrete and continuous systems including the shear beam and coupled shear walls. Introduction to the non-linear theory of vibration. Response of structures to earthquake, traffic and wind loading. Response spectra concepts. Normal mode analysis. Numerical integration techniques.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval

CIVIL 711 - Structures Seminar (15 points)
Selected topics from recent developments in structural analysis and design, including an introduction to the advanced behaviour and design of thin-walled steel sections and composite components made from cold-formed sheet and light-weight fillers.

CIVIL 712 - Structural Analysis (15 points)
Analytical methods for some or all of the following structures: frames and grids, slabs, shear wall systems, shell structures, bridge superstructures. Structural optimisation.

CIVIL 714 - Multistorey Building Design (15 points)
Techniques for the design of structures to resist seismic loading. Derivation of design actions, alternative structural systems for resisting these loads, design of structural components subject to cyclic inelastic action, detailing of members and joints to enhance earthquake resistance. Techniques of seismic isolation. Design project.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 313 or equivalent

CIVIL 715 - Advanced Structural Concrete (15 points)
Behaviour of reinforced and prestressed concrete components and systems under complex loading and environmental conditions. Thermal and other loading conditions in bridge structures.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 313 or equivalent

CIVIL 716 - Engineering Risk Management (15 points)
A broad based understanding of the critical elements of risk and risk management within the construction and engineering industry. Key elements include risk identification with regard to the forms and types of risk inherent in construction. Risk analysis tools and techniques for the construction engineer, and risk response. Risk monitoring techniques, risk control and transference of risk methods. Risk within procurement, insurance issues and risk attenuation.

CIVIL 717 - Advanced Structural Timber (15 points)
Advanced topics in timber design such as: shearwalls, diaphragms, special glulam beams, bolted connections, new fasteners, engineered wood products, laminated bridges, inspection of timber structures. Emphasis will be placed on latest international developments.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 451 or 750 or equivalent

CIVIL 723 - Rock Mechanics and Excavation Engineering (15 points)
Engineering rock behaviour - strength, elasticity and role of discontinuities. Stress - strain analysis, stability assessment of rock structures and support. Theoretical, practical and environmental aspects of ground excavations including ripping, cutting and blasting.

CIVIL 724 - Soil Behaviour (15 points)
A systematic review of the engineering properties of soils: principle of effective stress, soil types and origins, permeability, dilatancy and pore pressure response, shear strength properties, compressibility models, consolidation and time dependent properties, partially saturated soil. Sedimentary, transported, residual soils and volcanically derived soils. Models for soil behaviour.

CIVIL 727 Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes (15 points)
After completing this course you should understand the principles of structural dynamics and the fundamentals of earthquake engineering, and the geophysical background to seismic ground motion.  

CIVIL 730 - Fluid Mechanics Seminar (15 points)
Special topics selected from fluid dynamics, water resources engineering, statistics and numerical methods.

CIVIL 732 Coastal Engineering 2 (15 points)
Waves, wave theories, wave forces on structures. Breakers, tsunamis, flow-induced oscillations, resonance problems in tidal estuaries. Sediment transport by waves. Topics from coastal and harbour engineering.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 431 or 733 or equivalent

CIVIL 733 - Coastal Engineering 1 (15 points)
Coastal, port and ocean engineering. Theories governing waves, tides and currents. Design of structures subject to a marine environment.

CIVIL 734 - River Engineering (15 points)
Scales; flows; fluvial processes; mixing; ecohydraulics.

CIVIL 740 - Studies in Civil Engineering 3 (15 points)
Advanced course on topics to be determined each year by the Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

CIVIL 741 – Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering  (15 Points)
In this course, you will learn about current ground investigation methods, ground improvement methods. Along with design and liquefaction mitigation. You will participate in a project that will consolidate what you learn.

CIVIL 750 - Timber Engineering (15 points)
Through this course, you will gain experience with using the Codes of Practice, along with a practical understanding of timber and its use in the construction industry including designs, detailing form and falsework.

CIVIL 751 - Experimental Geotechnical Engineering (15 points)
A student will undertake and report on experimental work, field or laboratory. The work will entail a range of soil and/or rock tests, such as but not limited to, triaxial tests, ring shear, consolidation, permeability, cone penetration tests, shear wave velocity and in situ vane tests.

CIVIL 752 - Computational Geotechnical Engineering (15 points)
The student will undertake and report on analytical work that relates to geotechnical engineering. The work will entail analysis of engineering works using state of practice numerical analysis software to elucidate geotechnical design and performance.

CIVIL 759 Highway and Transportation Design (15 points)
Principles of intersection design including types of conflicting manoeuvers, types of intersections and factors influencing design, areas of conflict, major movements, control of speed and channelisation techniques.Along with design procedures and techniques and analysis of vehicle crashes.

CIVIL 763 - Transportation and Networks Analysis (15 points)
A course on logistics and scheduling from a graph and network theory perspectives; max-flow network problems; shortest-path and minimal-cost network problems; network synthesis and location problems.
Prerequisite: CIVIL 460 or 660 or 758 or equivalent

CIVIL 765 - Infrastructure Asset Management (15 points)
An advanced course in the procedures, systems and techniques used in the planning, management, operation and maintenance of infrastructure assets. Topics include; institutional issues, legislation and resource management. Developing and critiquing asset management plans. Levels of service, demand forecasting, life cycle asset management, demand management, risk analysis, condition monitoring and deterioration modelling, optimised decision making, data needs and integration of asset management systems.

CIVIL 771 - Planning and Managing Transport (15 points)
Outline of the following: NZ Transport Strategy and the relevant Acts for the provision of transport (LTMA and RMA); integrating land use with transport and with sea and air transport; urban design protocol; sustainable transport practices. Travel demand management and congestion pricing.

CIVIL 772 - Public Transport – Planning and Operations (15 points)
Public Transport (PT) operators are faced with ever-greater pressures. The need to monitor the performance of individual services, as well as the system as a whole, to support better planning and tighter operations management and for external reporting has increased. As tightening constraints raise serious questions about the cost – effectiveness of existing PT services, improvements which can be implemented in the short run are continually being sought. Collectively, these pressures have focused attention on existing short range PT planning practice and methods for improving it.

 
 

Postgraduate courses - Environmental Engineering


Semester One

ENVENG 701 - Urban Stormwater Management (15 points)
Design and application of stormwater quantity and quality control approaches suitable for urban development. Includes device-specific design of systems such as detention ponds, constructed wetlands, and bioretention systems, green roofs and permeable/porous pavement, as well as integrated stormwater management planning known as Low Impact Development. Applies hydrologic principles and pollutant removal mechanisms to prevent or mitigate environmental impacts from urban stormwater runoff.
Prerequisite: ENVENG 244 and 333

ENVENG 702 - Engineering Decision Making in Aotearoa (15 points)
Practical application of assessment tools for understanding complex problems. A Māori model decision making framework is applied to an integrated analysis of environmental, cultural, social and economic well-being, the four sustainability pillars identified in New Zealand legislation.

ENVENG 703 - Soil-Contaminant Fate Processes & Modelling  (15 points)
The overall purpose of this advanced paper is to provide the students with the knowledge and understanding of various chemical processes and fate modelling in the soil environment required to tackle soil pollution.

ENVENG 747 Soil Contaminant Fate Processes and Modelling (15 points)
Provides students with the knowledge and understanding of various chemical processes and fate modelling in the soil environment required to tackle soil pollution.

ENVENG 750 - Sustainability Engineering 2 (15 points)
An in-depth understanding of sustainability and engineering. The concept of sustainability engineering and engineering's relationship to global issues such as limitations on material and energy resources, pollution and global warming. Tools that engineers need to assist in resolving such problems, including design for environment, servicing, clean technologies and industrial ecology will be covered.

Semester Two

ENVENG 704 - Sustainable Resource Management (15 points)
Wide-ranging review of the issues and techniques required for the sustainable management of resources.
Restriction: ENVENG 404

ENVENG  707 - Advanced Water Treatment and Reuse (15 points)
Covers advanced treatment technologies including desalination, membrane technologies, advanced oxidation processes, novel materials for treatment of emerging contaminants, and fundamentals of water reuse, applications, and case studies for potable reuse, industrial reuse and aquifer recharge. 

ENVENG 740 - Water and Wastewater Engineering (15 points)
Chemistry and microbiology of water and wastewater treatment, flow models and reactors. Unit operations and process analysis and design. Treatment plant design and operation. Nutrient removal processes. Effluent and residues disposal.
Restriction: ENVENG 441

ENVENG 741 - Hazardous Substance Management (15 points)
Hazardous Substance Management
A review of topics in hazardous substance management including: substance classification, legislation and enforcement, storage and handling practices, occupational safety and health, emergency preparedness and response, risk evaluation and control.

ENVENG 744 - Environmental Engineering Processes Laboratory (15 points)
Laboratory research methods (safety, sampling procedures, sample preservation, data analysis and report writing). Laboratory experiments exploring various physical, chemical and biological processes, such as sedimentation, chemical coagulation and precipitation, chlorination, reactor residence time distribution, activated carbon and anaerobic digestion.

ENVENG 745 - Modelling of Groundwater Flow and Pollutant Transport (15 points)
Aquifer properties, principles of seepage and groundwater flow, solution techniques for two-dimensional flows, groundwater quality, contaminant transport in saturated and unsaturated media, biochemical transformation processes, multiphase flow and use of groundwater models.

ENVENG 746 - Surface Water Quality Modelling (15 points)
Mass balance and steady state solutions for point and distributed loadings applied to rivers and lakes, feed-forward and feedback systems of reactors, mass transport in incompletely mixed systems, simple time-variable solutions, nutrient dynamics in water bodies and exchange with sediments, and eutrophication and toxic-substance modelling.

ENVENG 751 - Sustainable Technologies and Processes (15 points)
Pollution prevention and clean engineering. Resource, waste and energy auditing, resource management, cost/benefit analysis of sustainable technologies, technology and process assessment and design and management of sustainable technologies and processes.

ENVENG 752 - Risk, LCA and Sustainability (15 points)
The objectives of this course are to provide students with an understanding of sustainability, life cycle assessment, impact assessment and risk assessment and how these can be used to measure sustainability. The format will include discussions on sustainability, assessment methods and sustainability assessment, including scoping, sustainable levels, inventory, impact and risk assessment and mitigations measures.

ENVENG 753 - Sustainable Engineering Design (15 points)
The principles of sustainable design, including design for environment, design for recycling, design for duration and design for reuse. Assessment of product design, appropriate product function, level of quality and life cycle. Students will be expected to provide input into effective, efficient and sustainable product design.

ENVENG 754 - Sustainability Engineering Seminar (15 points)
A variety of relevant and current topics relating to sustainability engineering, including the impact of information technologies, GM engineering, nanotechnologies and other new engineering initiatives on society and means of ensuring that those technologies encourage sustainability. Students will assess such issues and discuss the relevance to engineering, sustainability and future development of technology and society.

ENVENG 787 - Project X (15 points)
A student is required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

ENVENG 788A - Project Y (15 points)
ENVENG 788B - Project Y (15 points)
A student is required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.
Note: To complete this course students must enrol in ENVENG 788 A and B

ENVENG 789 - Project Z (30 points)
A student is required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

ENVENG 796A - ME Thesis (Environmental) (60 points)
ENVENG 796B - ME Thesis (Environmental) (60 points)
A student is required to submit a thesis on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.
Note: To complete this course students must enrol in ENVENG 796 A and B

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General Education


GENED 101G - Global Issues, Sustainable Futures (15 points)
To introduce students to the theory, science, and practice of sustainability. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the ethical and philosophical grounding of sustainability and its relevance across society.