Module code: ENGM174

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

DOREY RA Prof (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 122

Lecture Hours: 18

Tutorial Hours: 7

Laboratory Hours: 3

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Ceramics are used in bulk form or as coating materials in a wide variety of applications. The processing, properties and key uses of ceramics both as bulk and coating materials will be covered.

Module aims

a systematic understanding of the techniques used to produce bulk ceramics and ceramic coatings and the influence of these on the resulting microstructures

a detailed knowledge of the properties of bulk ceramics and ceramic coatings and an understanding of how these properties are related to the processing routes and microstructures

an appreciation of the key application areas of the bulk ceramics and ceramic coatings.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Describe, select and explain appropriate processing conditions for a range of bulk ceramic and ceramic coating materials (SM1m, SM4m, SM6m, EA1m, P6, P2m) KP
2 Compare and contrast the microstructural features that will result from particular processing routes (SM3m, SM6m, EA1m) KC
3 Understand the relationships between processing, microstructural development and properties in a range of ceramic materials in bulk and coating forms (SM1m, SM2m, SM3m, P9m) KP
4 Select, with the supporting rationale, and quantitative underpinning where appropriate, the most suitable materials for existing and potential applications, taking into account the need to optimise a range of complex requirements  (SM3m, SM4m, P10m, EA1m, EA3m, EA5m, EL2) KCP
5 Select information and discuss current issues in bulk ceramics and ceramic coatings taking into account topics which are complex, conceptually challenging or unresolved (EA6m, D3m, D6, P4m, P9m) KT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Overview of bulk ceramics and ceramic coatings
Ceramics processing – powders, green bodies, densification
Ceramic coating processes and growth processes mechanisms
Structural, chemical and mechanical characterisation of ceramic coatings
Industrial applications and selection of ceramic coatings
Mechanical properties of ceramics
Behaviour of bulk ceramics and ceramic coatings subjected to indentation and wear processes
Principal materials and their application areas.



Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to introduce students to various concepts and ideas via lectures then give them the opportunity to test their understanding and put them into practice, via tutorial work.  This is complemented by the opportunity to observe various practical processes via laboratory demonstrations.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Tutorials with written exercises
Discussion groups
Laboratory demonstrations
Guidance through on-line resources

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 that they: (i) have acquired key knowledge spanning the entire subject matter (short answer questions) (ii) can use and extend this knowledge to deal with more complex or speculative situations (extended answer question) and (iii) can demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the current state-of-the-art (applications question).

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 CERAMICS & CERAMIC COATINGS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm174

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Advanced Materials MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Mechanical Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2018/9 academic year.