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ENG2022 : Materials Science II

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Brian Shaw
  • Lecturer: Mr Robert Lambert, Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte
  • 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: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module aims to provide basic knowledge of typical failure mechanisms found in materials, the calculations necessary to design engineering components with these in mind, and awareness of methods which can be used to improve material performance.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will provide an understanding of material properties and failure modes. The main topics will be:

• A review of basic material properties.
• Yield criteria and strengthening mechanisms.
• Failure modes such as Fracture, Fatigue and Creep.
• Case studies of failures.
• Examples of common material inspection techniques.
• Non-metallic materials, for example Polymers and Composites.
• Examples of relevant calculations to assist in component design and assessment.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00Lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials32:006:00Online materials/resources.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Completion and review of Canvas Quizzes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion152:0052:00Revision of lecture material, attempting tutorial questions and background reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Tour of mechanical test laboratory
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Revision for exam
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module uses lectures as an efficient way to introduce the students to new subjects and is the primary means of meeting the intended knowledge outcomes. The understanding is further developed and applied in practical and tutorial sessions highlighting some of the lectured topics to meet the intended skills outcomes.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1201A100Inspera invigilated open-book exam. Paper resources are allowed, no digital resources except for provided Inspera resources.
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 assessment1MCanvas quiz to check module knowledge
Computer assessment1MCanvas quiz to check module knowledge
Computer assessment1MCanvas quiz to check module knowledge
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment approach ensures that students have a level of formative feedback as the course progresses. Combined with tutorial sessions, these will assist students to focus their guided independent study.

The in-class quizzes will also provide examples of the question types that will be utilised in the Inspera exam that will attract 100% of the available marks.

The open-book Inspera exam will be invigilated, on-campus, allowing the students to demonstrate the application of the knowledge they have been taught. This exam will assess the intended knowledge and skills outcomes through varying question types such as multi-choice, calculations and essay.

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