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ENG1006 : Properties & Behaviour of Engineering Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Lecturer: Dr Katarina Novakovic, Dr Philip Hyde, Dr Colin Davie, Dr Jinju Chen, Professor Anthony O'Neill, Dr Alasdair Charles, Professor Nick Wright, Dr Stevin Pramana
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


The aim of this module is to introduce the basic concepts used in materials science and engineering, materials classification, structure at different lengthscales and how the structure influences materials properties

Outline Of Syllabus

- Introduction to materials science and engineering
- Structure of solids: crystalline and amorphous, defects
- Mechanical properties of materials: elastic and plastic deformation
- Diffusion and phase diagrams, solubility
- Metal and alloys: ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, common heat treatments for Fe and Al alloys
- Failure of metals and alloys: fracture, fatigue, corrosion and oxidation
- Fundamentals of ceramic materials
- Fundamentals of polymers and plastics
- Introduction to composite materials: particulate and fibre composites, concrete
- Electronic materials and electronic properties
- Magnetic materials and magnetic properties

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00PiP session (Lecture)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion225:0050:00Assessment preparation and completion
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials221:0022:00Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00PiP session (Practical)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities11:001:00Virtual Laboratory
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops111:0011:00Synchronous online (QA sessions via Zoom)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:0052:00Review lecture notes and recommended textbooks
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Recorded lectures will be used to introduce the main topics.

PiP lectures will be used to revise the content of recorded lectures and present relevant examples.

The synchronous online sessions are workshops in which the students apply the knowledge that they gain during lectures and private study, and they can discuss their progress with the instructor.

Practical sessions enable students to attain hands-on experience in experimental techniques.

Plan B: In case of Covid-19 disruption:
- PiP sessions will switch to non-synchronous online learning (material in Canvas)

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901M50Online Multiple Choice and Numerical Exercises.
PC Examination901A50Online Multiple Choice and Numerical Exercises.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MWeekly quizzes with feedback, throughout the module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examinations provide an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem-solving skills. The multiple choice and numerical exercises will assess the basic knowledge through definition, discussion and recall approach and will test the ability of a student to calculate and categorise the concepts of the module.

The formative assessment will provide the students with an early experience of the exam format, creating awareness of the expected depth of learning and associated workload.

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