Module code: ENGD020

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 provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

WHITING MJ Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 0

ECTS Credits: 0

Framework: FHEQ Level 8

JACs code: J500

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
• 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
• Structural Analysis (Diffraction)
• Structural Analysis (Imaging)
• Surface Engineering
• Joining
• Introduction to Modelling
• Materials Selection
• Introduction to Sustainability.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Short answer questions 50
Coursework Long answer question involving calculation, analysis, discussion involving core aspects of the module. 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
1. Set of short questions (Q1) chosen from across the whole syllabus which require demonstration of an understanding of the underlying issues relevant to materials science and engineering.
2. One long question (Q2) requiring extensive research to explore a central aspect of the underpinning interplay between structure, processing and properties that influence the selection, application and/or processing of engineering materials.

Thus, the summative assessment for this unit consists of:
• Q1 (Short answer questions) 50%]
• Q2 (Long answer question) 50%

Formative assessment
• Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures and tutorials.

• Written feedback is given on the submitted coursework

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
001 Describe, explain and evaluate the structure, processing routes and key properties of the main classes of materials. CK
002 Construct processing-structure-property relationships for existing and potential materials. CK
003 Make informed judgements about the suitability of a material for a given purpose, using quantitative analyses where appropriate. CK
004 Demonstrate the independent learning ability required for on-going professional skills development. CK
005 Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying issues through the appropriate interpretation of assessment questions. CK
006 Apply course subject matter for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 30

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 10

Laboratory Hours: 10

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
• 30 hours coursework.

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

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD 1 Compulsory 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.