This is a first semester compulsory course for all strands of NZDE. The aim of the paper is to introduce the basic fundamentals of a range of engineering strands. The learning outcomes are as following:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of, and apply, the fundamentals of statics, dynamics and mechanical energy concepts.

2. Evaluate direct stress and strain, and derive elastic properties from tensile test results.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the engineering properties of fluids and apply the fundamentals of hydrostatics.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of electrical voltage, current and resistance and explain the difference between AC and DC.

5. Demonstrate awareness of the New Zealand Electricity system and describe some of its safety features.

6. Demonstrate an understanding of heat energy and transfer; temperature and humidity of air.