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SFY0013 : Materials Science 0

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Lecturer: Dr Alasdair Charles, Dr Serkan Turkmen
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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;

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 ActivitiesLecture211:0021:00Scheduled, recapped lecture sessions
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Non-synchronous online materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Assessment preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Microscopy, Tensile Testing and Materials Selection
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study123:0023:00Review lecture notes, course materials and recommended reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online materials will be used to introduce the main topics. Scheduled lectures will be used to deliver material not covered in the recorded lectures and also to revise the content of the online materials.
Tutorials are sessions in which the students apply the knowledge gained during lectures and private study and they can discuss their progress with the instructor.
Practical sessions (Microscopy, Tensile Testing and Materials Selection) enable students to attain hands-on experience in laboratory techniques, to observe microstructure, measure mechanical properties and to select materials using digital databases.

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 report2M10A worksheet completed during the lab session or a canvas quiz completed after the session.
Practical/lab report2M10A worksheet completed during the lab session or a canvas quiz completed after the session.
Practical/lab report2M10A worksheet completed during the lab session or a canvas quiz completed after the session.
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 assessment2MWeekly quizzes with feedback, throughout the module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative assessment (canvas quizzes) will familiarize the students with questions typical to materials science and
allow them to estimate the expected depth of learning and associated workload.
The written exam provide an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem-solving skills.
Practical skills are assessed by laboratory worksheets or canvas quizzes.

Reading Lists