CIVL 201 Requirements

Please note:
  • The University Calendar states:  "The second-year program in Civil Engineering requires all students to take the course CIVL 201 (Civil Engineering I) in the first term following entry to the program. The course commences with a communication skills module that is delivered over the two weeks before the normal start of Term 1 classes at UBC. Attendance during the two-week period is mandatory for those students who do not meet specified requirements relating to marks in ENGL 112 or equivalent: visit CIVL 201 for additional information and instructions. Due to the early start date, affected students who plan to live on-campus in UBC Housing are required to apply for early arrival.”

  • As stated in its Calendar description, CIVL 201 requires ENGL 112 or equivalent as a prerequisite.  Therefore, those students who do not meet this prerequisite requirement will be unable to register in CIVL 201.  For those students who ARE able to register in CIVL 201, this web page refers to its Communication Skills Module, and exemptions from the module.

  • Second year students who are unable to register in CIVL 201 because of not meeting its prerequisite requirement, or those who decide not to register in CIVL 201, will find that, because of scheduling conflicts and prerequisite requirements in later years, an extra semester of study will be required to complete degree requirements.

  • The first session for students registered in the Communication Skills Module will commence at 9:00 am on Monday, August 21 in room LSK 201.

  • Otherwise, the first session for the regular portion of this course will commence at 9:30 am on Thursday, September 7 in PHRM 1201.




CIVL 201 includes a significant communications skills component and focuses on team-based activities, such that all students are required to meet minimum standards of English and communication for their participation in the team-based activities of the course.  In order to ensure this, a Communication Skills Module of this course, commencing two weeks before the normal start of term, is mandatory for some students.  The module has been designed so as to maximize the support provided to participating students, which will in turn assure improved learning and performance for all students in the remainder of the course.

Exemptions from Module

The following students registered in CIVL 201 are exempt from attending the two-week module:

  1. those students who have obtained a final grade of 68% or higher in ENGL 112 or in a course considered equivalent at UBC (APSC 176, ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 120, ENGL 121);
  2. those students who have obtained a final percentage grade of 68% or higher or a final letter grade of B- or higher from a course outside UBC that provides transfer credits for ENGL 112 or equivalent;
  3. those students who have obtained a transfer credit for ENGL 112 or equivalent on the basis of an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate program


By early August, all students registered in CIVL 201 will be advised by e-mail as to whether or not they are exempt from the module. Those who are not exempt are required to attend the module. [Those students who seek to complete the ENGL 112 requirement in the first term of the summer session will be so advised as soon as the corresponding marks are known.]

Due to the early start-date, affected students who plan to live on campus in UBC Housing are required to apply for early arrival.

Module Format

The first class of CIVL 201 commences at 9 am on Monday, August 21, room LSK 201.  [For those students who are exempt from the module, their first class will instead commence at 9:30 am on Thursday, September 7, room PHRM 1201.]

Classes will extend from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 3 pm every weekday, commencing on Monday August 21 and ending on Friday, September 1. However, classes will end at 11 am on Friday, August 25 and on Friday, September 1. Attendance throughout the module is mandatory. 


The module will seek to prepare students for their effective participation in the remainder of CIVL 201 by developing further their writing, reading, listening, speaking, comprehension and presentation skills.  It will include coverage of the following elements:

  • Writing – the ability to write effectively, reflecting grammatical accuracy, organization, style and relevant content coverage
  • Reading, listening and comprehension – the ability to comprehend written and oral content and follow instructions with precision
  • Oral presentation – the ability to deliver an effective oral presentation
  • Conversation – the ability to converse actively and effectively in different settings


The module will include several assessment elements reflecting the content indicated above.  The marks for this module will contribute 10% of the marks for the course.  [Those students who are exempted from attending this module will be assigned the full 10% mark.]  Those students who achieve less than 50% of the marks within this module will be required to undertake additional work during the remaining part of the course.

Additional Information

If you have any questions or require additional information with respect to this module, please contact the course instructor, Dr. Isaacson, at