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ENG1006 : Properties & Behaviour of Engineering Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Lecturer: Dr Philip Hyde, Dr Colin Davie, Dr Jinju Chen, Professor Anthony O'Neill, Dr Alasdair Charles, Professor Nick Wright, Dr Stevin Pramana, Dr Katarina Novakovic
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


1. To enable students to understand essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of engineering material science necessary for engineering design.
2. To introduce students to the fundamental properties and behaviour of engineering materials.
3. To introduce students to laboratory testing of materials including good laboratory practice and scientific method.

This module provides an introduction to the fundamental properties and behaviour of engineering materials. Fundamental aspects of common ferrous and non-ferrous engineering materials, relevant to selection, design and manufacture are discussed. The influence of structure-scales and processing methods on materials properties are discussed.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following material and themes of behaviour
- Introduction to materials in engineering
- Basics of chemistry, production, and environmental impact of engineering materials
- Mechanical and thermal properties of materials
- Crystal structure and defects in metals
- Processing as a way to control structure and properties of metallic materials
- Introduction to phase diagrams and phase transformations in metal alloys
- Phase diagram and properties of steel
- Fundamentals of materials degradation: corrosion, creep, and fatigue
- Introduction to porous and granular materials
- Introduction to ceramic materials
- Elements of polymeric and composite materials
- Cementitious materials, concrete, and reinforced concrete
- Electrical properties of materials: the difference between metals and non-metals (band gaps and conductivity)
- Magnetic order of materials, methods to control it, and applications
- Changing the conductivity of semiconductors

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Examination 1 (computer based online)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Examination 2 (computer based online)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials180:4012:00Online non-synchronous, pre-recorded video-lectures. Contact time.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Present-in-person (non-essential) lectures and module talks. Contact time.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Present-in-person (non-essential) laboratory on materials behaviour. Contact time.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading22:004:00Pre-reading for the workshop activities
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading16:006:00Pre reading work for the laboratory activity
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading18:008:00Background reading and investigation associated with the module content
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Present-in-person (non-essential) tutorials on solving exercises. Contact time.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Online synchronous workshops in small groups, involving using software and presenting results.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:3045:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:4012:00Extra time for students to process the content of pre-recorded lectures.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study280:157:00Online non-synchronous pre-recorded materials, including e.g. VLE quizzes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline specific problems identified.

Online synchronous activities will guide the students through the structure of the module and assessment, and will provide an opportunity to develop groupwork skills.

Laboratory work enables students to attain hands-on experience in experimental techniques.

Planned PiP percentage: 47 hours of contact time, of which 19 hours of (non-essential) PiP, meaning 40%of the contact hours will be (non-essential) PiP

Alternative to PiP in case of public health issues:
- PiP lectures will be replaced by asynchronous pre-recorded lectures, supported by online synchronous drop-in support sessions
- PiP module talks will be replaced by online synchronous talks
- PiP laboratories will be replaced with virtual laboratories including videos to show materials, equipment, and their functioning, text instructing the students on expected outcomes, and guided activities on result analysis and critical appraisal

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 assessment1MIntegrated VLE 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.
1.       The Multiple Choice and numerical examinations will assess the basic knowledge through definition, discussion and recall approach.
2.       The Multiple Choice and numerical examinations will also test the ability of a student to calculate and categorise the theory and concepts of the module
The assessment of the laboratory work enables more realistic engineering problems to be addressed and he assessment of the laboratory work will be included as part of the second PC assessment: it will enable more realistic engineering problems to be addressed and will assess data management and processing and the ability of the student to critically relate their learning with the broader literature landscape in key Engineering areas.
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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