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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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Angove

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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Quota Management StrategyN/A

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Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the atomic structure of materials and how the atomic properties influence the macroscopic properties of materials used in design and construction.
02. Identify the characteristic strengths and weaknesses of various materials and select the correct materials for particular design and construction scenarios.
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.
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.
05. Explain how materials fail at atomic level and describe measures to prevent failure.
06. Reinforce behaviours required to work effectively as a member of a team in practical sessions and workshops.
07. Demonstrate principles of professional and ethical conduct during the practical sessions and group work.

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