CHARACTERISATION OF ADVANCED MATERIALS - 2017/8

Module code: ENGM103

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

WATTS JF Prof (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

J500

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 1.50

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 19

Tutorial Hours: 8

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 describes popular methods for the microscopy and the bulk and surface analysis of advanced materials.

Module aims

provide a systematic understanding of the principles, equipment and practices of the most popular materials characterisation methods based on microscopy, chemical, physical and structural analysis and thermal techniques

Equip students with the knowledge of a broad range of characterisation techniques, such that they clearly understand the capabilities of such methods and their role in completing the process-structure-property relationship.??1A

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Have an understanding of the principles and a knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of the different types of analysis covered in the course KC
Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying issues through the appropriate interpretation of assessment questions KC
Be able to recommend appropriate methods for particular problems and have a good understanding of the data obtained adhesive KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The methods to be included are X-ray analysis in the electron microscope by energy dispersive and wavelength dispersive spectrometry (EDS and WDS); surface analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES); together with the ion beam techniques of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). Structure determination by X-ray and electron diffraction (XRD and ED) will also be included.

The module is directed at scientists and engineers who require a grounding in these methods for trouble-shooting investigations or longer term research projects. The basic principles used for the physical characterisation of materials will be outlined; microscopy by light, electrons and scanned probes will be introduced and the readily available bulk characterisation methods such as diffraction, X-ray analysis and vibrational spectroscopies will be described. Surface analysis by electron and ion spectroscopies will also form and important part of the course. Particular emphasis will be paid to the use of a variety of methods in multi-technique approaches for the characterisation of advanced materials.                     


Overview of Physical Property Characterisation                   
Thermal Analysis                                                                   
X-Ray Diffraction – Basic Concepts                          
X-Ray Diffraction – Examples                                               
Infra-Red Spectroscopy
Light Microscopy
Image Acquisition Analysis and Processing
Electron Interactions
Scanning Electron Microscopy I & II
Chemical Analysis in Electron Microscopy
Transmission Electron Microscopy
Scanning Probe Microscopies
Auger Electron Spectroscopy and Microscopy
Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry
Particulate Systems
Inorganic Thin Films and Coatings
Organic Coatings
X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce the fundamental principles of the popular methods of microscopy and analysis.  This is achieved principally though lectures and laboratory demonstrations.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures [21 hours]
Tutorials [4 hours]
Demonstrations [4 hours]
Coursework [121 hours]


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

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate both a knowledge across the whole breadth of the module and a deeper cognitive/analytical ability alongside deeper knowledge in specified areas.

The short questions of the assessment package are able to test knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics covered in the module. The long questions are aimed at assessing the knowledge of specific chosen topics and depth of understanding expected at this level.

Summative assessment and formative 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 CHARACTERISATION OF ADVANCED MATERIALS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm103

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Advanced Materials MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD 1 Core A pass as determined by the relevant criteria is required to pass the module

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.