CIVL 201 Requirements

Please note:  We are now able to confirm that the CIVL 201 Communication Skills Module will be delivered online in August 2020.  Therefore, you should NOT relocate to the UBC campus in order to participate in this Module.  However, online attendance at the times indicated in the Module schedule (see below) is mandatory – regardless of the time zone in which you are located. 

Please note:

  • The first session for students who are not exempted from the Communication Skills Module of CIVL 201 will commence at 9:00 am on Monday, August 24 and run until September 4. The Module will be delivered online via Canvas.
  • Otherwise, the first session for the regular portion of CIVL 201 will commence at 9:30 am on Thursday, September 10.  The course will be delieverd online via Canvas.
  • Online DeliveryOne or more assessment components will involve a remotely proctored environment based on the Proctorio platform.    You may only complete these assessments on a laptop or desktop (not a smartphone or a tablet) that has Google Chrome installed and that has a built-in webcam and microphone.  Using Chrome, you should Google "Proctorio Chrome extension" and download the Proctorio Chrome extension as an extension to your browser.  Please ensure that you have suitable hardware / software in advance of taking the Module.  [Further details will be provided at the start of the Module and the regular portion of the course.]


The University Calendar states: "Prospective students should be aware … that, without the successful completion of ENGL 112 or equivalent prior to entry, the program will require an additional year for completion. Therefore, prospective students are advised to have completed ENGL 112 or equivalent prior to the second term of the summer session." And: "The second-year program in Civil Engineering requires all students to take the course CIVL 201 (Introduction to Civil Engineering) in the first term following entry to the program."

As stated in their Calendar descriptions, both CIVL 201 and CIVL 203 require ENGL 112 or equivalent as a prerequisite. In turn, CIVL 201 and/or CIVL 203 are prerequisites or co-requisites for other courses in the program. Consequently, second-year students who are unable to, or choose not to, register in CIVL 201 will find that, because of scheduling conflicts and prerequisite requirements for subsequent courses, an additional year of study will be required to complete degree requirements.



The University Calendar states: "(CIVL 201) 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.”

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. Students who have not been exempted from the Communication Skills Module (see below), but who fail to attend the module will be de-registered from CIVL 201. 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, WRDS 150);
  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 an 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 requirements in the second term of the summer session are advised to participate in this Module, at least until such time that their marks are known.  Otherwise, in the event that the marks are insufficient for exemption from the Module, they run the risk of not completing the Module and therefore being de-registered from CIVL 201

Module Schedule

The first class of CIVL 201 commences at 9 am on Monday, August 24. Classes will extend from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 3 pm every weekday, commencing on Monday August 24 and ending on Friday, September 4. However, classes will end at 11 am on Friday, August 28 and on Friday, September 4. 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