CEG1303 : Engineering Materials

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1. To enable students to understand essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of engineering science necessary for engineering design.
2. To introduce students to the fundamental properties and behaviour of engineering materials.
3. To introduce students to laboratory testing of materials including good laboratory practice and scientific method.

Structural engineering is fundamental to the development of almost all civil engineering projects, and modern infrastructure owes much to the work of structural engineers in its design, construction, inspection and maintenance. Modern society and sustained economic and political development rely on safe and reliable structures. Major buildings and structures are designed and built by those with a thorough understanding of the principles of engineering mechanics and materials, and the ability to apply such principles to solve engineering problems. This module provides an introduction to the fundamental properties and behaviour of engineering materials.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Fundamental mechanical properties of engineering materials.
2. Material testing.
3. Properties and behaviour of engineering materials under axial load, shear, torsion and bending.
4. Introduction to Theories of failure.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Laboratory Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:451:45Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00Beam Bending
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study129:1529:15Background reading for a full understanding of material and completion of tutorial questions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering principles and science. Worked examples (within lectures) are used to show how problems are solved. Small group teaching activities are to help develop students' understanding of the way structures 'work' and to develop their skills in solving problems. Some small group teaching questions will be answered on Blackboard to allow student progress to be monitored during the year. Practical classes are used to demonstrate differences between theory and practice as well as enabling students to appreciate the behaviour of materials and gain hands-on experience of testing, interpretation and presentation of data.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1052A70Unseen Written Exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M30Approx. 5 hrs work. This report will be a write up of experiments which may include data analysis, graphs and sketches
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MOnline tutorial questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen examination is an appropriate way to assess both understanding of engineering mechanics and materials and problem-solving skills under time-constraints as required by practising civil and structural engineers.

The laboratory report is an individual exercise in which students can demonstrate their ability to write a formal engineering laboratory report in addition to developing their skills in experimental investigation, data interpretation and comparison of their results with published data.

In addition to the above there will be formative only tutorial questions throughout the semester. Some tutorial questions will be set on Blackboard, allowing student progress/understanding to be monitored.

Reading Lists