ems5am advanced materials and processes




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will understand the fundamental principles of advanced engineering materials and their applications in modern industry. They will be able to use materials selection databases (e.g. MMPDS) and apply underlying principles of materials science together with risk and safety management to make informed decisions in materials selection.Students will consider materials requirements for modern manufacturing enterprises with a particular emphasis on cost, performance, recyclability, sustainability, ease of processing and manufacturing. They will systematically examine the advantages and limitations of advanced materials and the associated processes. They will gain an understanding of methods engineering and standards compliance.This subject content includes a study of processing-structure-property-design relationships, mechanical behaviour (elastic and plastic deformation, and fracture), functional behaviour, degradation and corrosion. The materials covered include metals, polymers, ceramics and composite materials.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJames Maxwell

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in one of the following courses: SMENC, SMENCB, SMENE, SMENEB, SMENM or SMENMB


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of specialist knowledge of the relationship between Processing, Microstructure, Properties, Design and Performance.

lecture, workshop, reports

02. Demonstrate professional, effective technical written and verbal communication skills with technical and non-technical stakeholders.

workshops, reports

03. Proactively determine materials requirements for manufacturing which incorporates creativity, innovation, risk management and compliance, while considering and incorporating customers requirements and viewpoints.

lecture, workshop

04. Work effectively in a team, and apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility


05. Demonstrate an in depth appreciation of sustainability issues with regard to materials available for manufacturing including processing-structure-property-design relationships, mechanical behaviour, functional behaviour, degradation and corrosion

lecture, workshop, reports

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJames Maxwell

Class requirements

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

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1-hour mid-semester test.2001
Two Group Reports (each 750 words/student total)2001, 03, 04
One Individual report (1,250 words) and 5 min oral presentation (100-words equivalent) 1001, 02, 05
One 2-hour Final Examination5001, 03, 05