Module Catalogue

MEC3104 : Developments in Materials and Processes

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Eugene Wong
  • Lecturer: Prof. Geoff Gibson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


The module has two strands:
(1) A series of lectures and presentations on modern materials and manufacturing processes with students selected to follow up on one of these by individual research.
(2) A series of case studies on topics of current interest which illustrate the selection of new materials and processes for industrial applications, with students selected to research specific aspects of each of these.

Outline Of Syllabus

"Appreciation” lecture and case study themes chosen from, eg:

1. Casting and moulding processes (metal casting and polymer injection moulding, including heat transfer).
2. Solid state forming processes.
3. Composite manufacturing technology.
4. Aero engine manufacture.
5. Microchip manufacture.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:0020:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture152:0030:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching53:0015:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study173:0073:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures enable specialists (including guest lecturer(s)) to present state-of-the-art developments.
Case study briefings and tutorials enable specialists (including guest lecturers) to present material for students to follow-up and conduct their own research on.

Seminars allow the students to share knowledge, make presentations and handle questions/discussion.

The amount of private study time indicates the focus on self-directed learning from the literature.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination752A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M24Lecture Assignments (Max 10 hours).
Case study2M16Case Study Seminars (Max 10 hours).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

“Appreciation” lecture assignments and “Cameo” reports test the ability to research and report in writing on new technologies.

“Cameo” seminar performances test the ability to research, report orally and discuss new technologies.

End of Semester examination tests the ability to relate information provided to the wider engineering and industrial context.

In order to obtain a passing mark overall for this module (40%) at the first attempt the minimum acceptable mark for each of the assessment items specified below shall be 30%, with the maximum possible module overall mark where this is not the case being restricted to 35% (Undergraduate Progress Regulations 30):

(1) 60% written examination

(2) 40% coursework assignments

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