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ENG1006 : Properties & Behaviour of Engineering Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Stevin Pramana
  • Lecturer: Dr Philip Hyde, Professor Nick Wright, Dr Alasdair Charles, Dr Sadegh Nadimi, Dr Katarina Novakovic, Dr Colin Davie, Professor Anthony O'Neill
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to introduce the basic concepts used in materials science and engineering, materials classification, structure at different length scales 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
-       Construction materials: concrete and soils
-       Electronic materials and electronic properties
-       Magnetic materials and magnetic properties

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion225:0050:00Exam revision and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Lecture
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials221:0022:00Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Tutorial
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study153:0053:00Review lecture notes and recommended textbooks
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Recorded lectures will be used to introduce the main topics.

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

The tutorials are sessions 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination901M50Online Multiple Choice and Numerical Exercises.
Digital Examination901A50Online Multiple Choice and Numerical Exercises.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Engineering Materials for International Year One Engineering1N/A
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

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.
A single A4 sheet (two-sided) may be prepared in advance and taken into the exam as a study support.

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