INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - 2017/8

Module code: ENGM098

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

WHITING MJ Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

15

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

J500

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 5

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework SUMMATIVE COURSEWORK: SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS + LONG ANSWER QUESTION 40%
Coursework SUMMATIVE COURSEWORK: SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS + LONG ANSWER QUESTION 60%

Alternative Assessment

A written examination may be set for students who have failed the coursework assessments and are resitting the assessment in the same academic year.    

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

This module provides a general introduction to the field of materials science and engineering.  MSc students take this module first and it is compulsory.

Module aims

a systematic understanding of the different classes of engineering materials, their key properties and their principal application areas

a knowledge of the major techniques used to characterise materials and evaluate their properties, including the quantitative treatment of data where appropriate.

an appreciation of the importance of processing-microstructure-property relationships through the use of illustrative examples.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe, explain and evaluate the structure, processing routes and key properties of the main classes of materials. KC
Construct processing-structure-property relationships for existing and potential materials. KC
Make informed judgements about the suitability of a material for a given purpose, using quantitative analyses where appropriate. KC
Demonstrate the independent learning ability required for on-going professional skills development. KC
Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying issues through the appropriate interpretation of assessment questions. KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content: the course includes lectures, exercise classes and laboratory sessions.


Introduction
Crystal Structures
Defects
Fundamental Properties of Materials
Functional Properties of Materials
Structural Properties of Materials
Surfaces and Interfaces
Phase Equilibria
Steels
Light Metals
Structure and Properties of Ceramics
Structure and Properties of Polymers
Processability of Polymers
Composites
Corrosion 
Surface Engineering
Joining
Materials Selection
Introduction to Sustainability.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to introduce the fundamentals of materials science and engineering through lectures, tutorials (including worked example classes) and practical classes.This is delivered through lectures and tutorial classes.

The learning and teaching methods include:


22 hours lectures
8 hours tutorial classes
120 hours coursework.


The teaching is delivered as a one-week intensive course.

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy:

Set of short questions covering the entire syllabus which require demonstration of an understanding of the underlying issues relevant to materials science and engineering. Two long question requiring extensive research to explore a central aspect of the underpinning interplay between structure, processing, properties and materials selection.

Summative assessment and feedback

·         Q1 (4 x short answer) + Q2 (long answer question)

[Learning outcomes 1-5]        (45 hours)        Mon/Tues 2 weeks after end of course {40%}

·         Q3 (6 x short answer) + Q4 (long answer question)

[Learning outcomes 1-5]        (75 hours)        Mon/Tues 6 weeks after end of course {60%}

·         Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures and tutorials.

·         Written feedback is given on the first assessment coursework (Q1 & Q2), which is submitted in advance of the final summative assessment.

Reading list

Reading list for INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm098

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.