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SFY0013 : Materials Science 0

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Lecturer: Dr Alasdair Charles, Dr Serkan Turkmen
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • 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;
• 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 completion24:008:002 In course assessment (problem solving exercises) each requiring: 2 hour preparation 2 hours completion
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
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
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study137:0037:00Independent study around subject
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study159:0059:00Review lecture notes and recommended texts; Calculation sheets; Lab reports and Exam Revision
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are essential for communicating the basic concepts of materials science.
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 report2M303 lab reports
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
Practical/lab report2MLab practical
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Both, formative and summative assessments are included.
The written exam will assess knowledge and understanding.
Practical skills are assessed by laboratory worksheets and the ability to calculate is assessed via written exercises

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