MATERIALS IN ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
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Credit points: 15
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.
SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS
Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Angove
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites CHE1C1A or CHE1C1B or PHY1PA or PHY1PB or PHY1SCA or PHY1SCB
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Demonstrate an understanding of the atomic strucure of materials and how the atomic properties influence the macroscopic properties of materials used in design and construction.
- Activity: Lectures, tutorials workshops, demonstrations in workshops and independent learning. Assessment: Assessed in assignment and exam. All of these assessments contain questions where students must be able to describe what it is about microstructure that leads to properties of different materials. Assignment and exam answers requires correct use of terminology. Marks on assignment have allocation for grammar, expression and referencing.
02. Identify the characteristic strengths and weaknesses of various materials and select the correct materials for particular design and construction scenarios.
- Activity: Lectures, workshops, practical work and independent learning. Assessment: Assessed in assignment, practical work and exam. Questions in these assessments will require students to select materials for a given application, identify possible materials issues in a design, or critically analyse the collapse of a structure component due to material failure. Marks on assignment have allocation for grammar, expression and referencing.
03. Test materials using standard methods and compare results to guidelines and specifications. Explain how the microscopic behaviour of the materials affects the observed data and draw conclusions relevant to the practical applications.
- Activity: Lectures, workshops, practical work and independent learning. Assessment: Assessed in prac work, assignment and exam. In some exam questions or prac work physical and engineering data is provided or obtained that requires either mathematical manipulation or interpretation, or both. Students must show an appreciation for the data and calculation by explaining the significance of the presented data. Exam questions in this area are challenging and require a deep understanding to answer well - they are multi-step, and rely on knowledge of all areas of the course. Marks on assignment have allocation for grammar, expression and referencing.
04. Demonstrate knowledge of the manufacturing and chemical processes that can be applied to materials by explaining and providing examples of how these processes can be used to improve structural and material properties.
- Activity: Lectures, workshops, practical work and independent learning. Assessment: Assessed in assignment and exam. Students must be able to explain the nature of the processes used to achieve an improvement in materials properties, and also provide a range of examples that demonstrate these principles. Marks on assignment have allocationfor grammar, expression and referencing.
05. Explain how materials fail at atomic level and describe measures to prevent failure.
- Activity: Lectures, workshops, practical work and independent learning. Assessment: Assessed in assignment and exam. Students must be able to predict and explain why a material might fail and link this to the environment in which material performes. Marks on assignment have allocation for grammar, expression and referencing.
06. Reinforce behaviours required to work effectively as a member of a team in practical sessions and workshops.
- Activity: Workshops and Practical work investigations. Assessment: The practical investigations involve the formation of groups. These groups must then delegate roles to individuals who maintain a responsibility for that area. Assessment of the group success is based on group reporting, and on individual reporting of the aspect of the project for which that member has responsibility.
07. Demonstrate principles of professional and ethical conduct during the practical sessions and group work.
- Activity: Workshops and Practical work investigations. Assessment: Data and information collected in practical investigations must be obtained as outlined by professional and ethical standards. Reports should reflect reference and comparison to professional specifications. The proper acknowledgemnent of group contributions and data sources forms a part of marking criteria for practical investigations.
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