ENGR101 (2023) - Engineering Technology


This course provides a general introduction to the fundamental technical concepts needed to understand the design and engineering of electronic, mechatronic, networked and software systems. Experience is gained in basic engineering practice, with assembly and testing of basic hardware, software and networked systems, and construction of a personal computer.

Course learning objectives

Students who pass this course will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamental principles underlying Engineering, especially electronic, mechatronic, networked and software systems (BE graduate attributes 3(a)).
  2. Work within a team, including breaking up and allocating tasks, managing a team, and working with other people to achieve a defined task (BE graduate attributes 2(a), 2(b) and 3(d)).
  3. Communicate through explaining what they have done in coursework and reasons for it with their peers and others (BE graduate attribute 2(b)).
  4. Understand the role of engineers and their responsibility to society (BE graduate attribute 1(a)).
  5. Be creative and able to apply critical thinking through the design, implementation and testing of systems to solve real-world problems (BE graduate 3(b)).

Course content

This course is designed for in-person study, and students are strongly recommended to attend lectures, tutorials and labs on campus. In particular, some assessment items such as practical hands-on labs and tutorials will require in-person attendance. Tests will require in-person attendance for students residing in New Zealand. Exceptions can be made under special circumstances. This needs to be arranged with the Course Coordinator.
The course is intended to give students experience in basic engineering practice, through gaining understanding of basic software and hardware systems and applying this knowledge to complete projects which include all aspects of these technologies.

Withdrawal from Course

Withdrawal dates and process:


Dr Howard Lukefahr (Coordinator)

Teaching Format

In-person attendance is expected for this project-based course, and exceptions will have to be justified by extenuating circumstances and will have to be approved by the Course Coordinator. The course Lecture Schedule contains details of each week's classes and activities.

Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)

  • Teaching: 27 February 2023 - 02 June 2023
  • Break: 10 April 2023 - 23 April 2023
  • Study period: 05 June 2023 - 08 June 2023
  • Exam period: 09 June 2023 - 24 June 2023

Class Times and Room Numbers

27 February 2023 - 02 April 2023

  • Friday 12:00 - 12:50 – LT205, Hugh Mackenzie, Kelburn
27 February 2023 - 09 April 2023

  • Monday 12:00 - 12:50 – LT205, Hugh Mackenzie, Kelburn
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 12:50 – LT205, Hugh Mackenzie, Kelburn
24 April 2023 - 04 June 2023

  • Monday 12:00 - 12:50 – LT205, Hugh Mackenzie, Kelburn
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 12:50 – LT205, Hugh Mackenzie, Kelburn
  • Friday 12:00 - 12:50 – LT205, Hugh Mackenzie, Kelburn

Other Classes

ENGR 101 is a project-based course with much of the course time spent in the lab completing tutorials and lab exercises or working on projects. The course schedule is posted on the course web page. Some weeks include three lectures and one lab of two hours duration. These are called "lecture weeks. " Other weeks have one lecture and two labs of two hours duration each. These are called "lab weeks" or "project weeks." Full details are available at



There are no required texts for this offering.

Mandatory Course Requirements

There are no mandatory course requirements for this course.

If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.


This course will be assessed through tutorial exercises, two short projects, an in-term test, and the Automated Vehicle Challenge project (AVC). The AVC project is assessed through several different items with a mix of group marks and individual marks. The final assessment for AVC will consist of the submission of an individual report combined with an in-person test. See details below. Note that in-person attendance is required for many parts of the course, particularly the tests, which will be scheduled in the evenings on the Kelburn campus. Any alternative arrangements must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

Assessment ItemDue Date or Test DateCLO(s)Percentage
Terms testWeek 8CLO: 1,4,520%
On-line quizzesAcross the termCLO: 1,3,4,54%
TutorialsAcross the termCLO: 1,3,4,510%
Short Project 1Week 5CLO: 1,2,3,513%
Short Project 2: Code and TestingWeek 7CLO: 1,2,3,58%
Short Project 2: ReflectionWeek 8CLO: 1,2,3,55%
AVC Project Plan (group mark)Week 9CLO: 1,2,3,52.5%
AVC Project: Progress Report (group mark)Week 10CLO: 1,2,3,52.5%
AVC Project: Robot Demonstration/Testing (group mark)Week 12CLO: 1,2,3,510%
AVC Project: Final Assessment - Reflection and Test (individual mark)During Assessment PeriodCLO: 1,2,3,525%


Unless an extension is granted, work submitted late will be subject to a penalty of 10% per day for 4 days.
No work will be accepted after this unless previously arranged with the Course Coordinator. Contact the Course Coordinator in advance to apply for an extension.


Individual extensions without penalty will be granted in exceptional personal circumstances, and should be negotiated with the Course Coordinator before the deadline whenever possible. Documentation (e.g., a medical certificate) may be requested.

Submission & Return

All work is submitted through the ECS submission/marking system, accessible through the course web pages. Marks and comments will be returned through the ECS submission/marking system.

Group Work

The AVC project involves group work. Some of the assessment items for the AVC project (plan, progress report and demonstration) are group marks. The final assessment item is an individual mark.


In order to maintain satisfactory progress in ENGR 101, you should plan to spend 10 hours per week on this paper. While the weekly schedule will vary, and approximate breakdown for these hours would be
Lectures 1-3 hours per week
Laboratories/Tutorials 2-4 hours per week
Study and work on assignments and projects 3-7 hours per week

Teaching Plan

See: https://ecs.wgtn.ac.nz/Courses/ENGR101_2023T1/LectureSchedule

Communication of Additional Information

Communication about the course will be provided through the course website: https://ecs.wgtn.ac.nz/Courses/ENGR101_2023T1/

Offering CRN: 15243

Points: 15
Prerequisites: enrolment in BE(Hons)
Duration: 27 February 2023 - 25 June 2023
Starts: Trimester 1
Campus: Kelburn