Module code: ENGM098

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 Mark (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: J500

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 8

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


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.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


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.

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
1 Describe, explain and evaluate the structure, processing routes and key properties of the main classes of materials. KC
2 Construct processing-structure-property relationships for existing and potential materials. KC
3 Make informed judgements about the suitability of a material for a given purpose, using quantitative analyses where appropriate. KC
4 Demonstrate the independent learning ability required for on-going professional skills development. KC
5 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

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.


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.

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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 2019/0 academic year.