Engineering Fundamentals

Course code DE4101

This online course will introduce you to the basic fundamentals of a range of engineering disciplines.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 4  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
  • Exam details
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1, 14 Jun 2019
    Trimester 2, 18 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 2 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Course Content

The course will cover the following:

An introduction to the basic fundamentals of a range of engineering disciplines

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and apply, the fundamentals of statics, dynamics and mechanic energy concepts
  • Evaluate direct stress and strain, and derive elastic properties from tensile test results
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the engineering properties of fluids and apply the fundamentals of hydrostatics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electrical voltage, current and resistance and explain the difference between AC and DC
  • Demonstrate awareness of the New Zealand Electricity system and describe some of its safety features
  • Demonstrate an understanding of heat energy and transfer; temperature and humidity of air

Method of Assessment

Internal assessment 50%
Examination 50%

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.

Labs requirements

A 2 ½ day practical Laboratory held in Wellington is a requirement for this course.

Trimester 1 Laboratories will be held during the term 1 school holidays,  

Trimester 2 Laboratories will be during the term 3 school holidays.


Your course leader will confirm the actual dates within the first week of the trimester, however you can click here for school holiday dates to give you a guideline for planning.

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete  this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.