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SFY0013 : Materials Science O

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Lecturer: Dr Alasdair Charles, Dr Serkan Turkmen
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to:
• Introduce the basic concepts used in materials science, materials classification, structure at different length-scales, how the structure influences materials properties and principles of materials selection;
• Develop a general understanding of the relationship: processing - structure - properties - performance for crystalline and amorphous materials.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Basic concepts: states of matter, atoms and molecules, energy and entropy, phase diagrams, basic crystallography, defects in solids;
• Materials classification: crystalline vs. amorphous, metals, ceramics, polymers, composites;
• Properties of engineering materials: stress and strain, elastic modulus, strength, hardness, fracture of materials, fatigue of materials, corrosion of metals, thermal properties;
• Principles of materials selection.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion159:0059:00Review lecture notes and recommended texts; Calculation sheets; Lab reports and Exam Revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00PPiP session (Microscopy and Tensile Testing) and Synchronous online (CES EduPack)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are essential for communicating the basic concepts of materials science.
Tutorials are used to go over numerical worked examples and they are designed to improve and develop students’ numeracy and mathematical skills, and give experience in problem solving.
Practicals (Microscopy and Tensile Testing as PiP, EduPack online) are held in the three topics: microstructure, mechanical properties and materials selection; these provide the opportunity for hands-on activity and also provide training and skills development in data collection and processing, report writing and also help to reinforce the lecture materials.

Plan B: In case of Covid-19 disruption:
• PiP lectures will switch to non-synchronous online learning (lecture material in Canvas)
• PiP tutorial sessions will switch to synchronous online learning (delivered via Zoom)

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M303 lab reports
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Both, formative and summative assessments are included.
Knowledge and understanding are tested by the unseen examination.
Practical ability and report writing skills are tested in the laboratory reports.

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