Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject investigates the micro and macroscopic properties and behaviour of modern materials. The focus is on explaining how the atomic structure influences the properties of materials used in construction and design applications. Content includes a study of atomic and molecular bonding, structure-property relationships, degradation and corrosion, manufacturing processes and applications. The materials covered include inorganic solids (metals), natural and synthetic polymers, and composite materials (concrete). At the completion of the subject students will be able to identify the strength and weaknesses of various types of materials for particular applications, and relate these properties to the atomic-level character of the material.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Angove

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CHE1C1A or CHE1C1B or PHY1PA or PHY1PB


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Angove

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"One 3-hr workshops and practical work per week (10 weeks)"


Assessment elementComments%
3 hour exam60
Assignment (1500 words)15
Written workshop/practical tasks25