MEC1002 : Materials Science I

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module covers fundamental aspects of common ferrous and non-ferrous engineering materials, relevant to selection, design and manufacture. The influence of the microstructure and processing methods on the materials properties will be discussed.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Mechanical properties and mechanical testing (tensile test, hardness, impact test)
- Thermal properties
- Binary phase diagrams
- Fe-Fe3C phase diagram
- Relationship between microstructure, heat treatment conditions and properties of plain carbon steel
- Hardening and tempering
- Common manufacturing processes of metals
- Materials selection using Edupack software.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture331:0033:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demo, formative feedback, use of Edupak etc.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study41:004:00Practice on materials database software.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study211:0021:00Revision for end of module examination.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00Recommended personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Recommended personal study to prepare for coursework assessment.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00In class PC assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00End of module In Class PC assessment covering whole syllabus.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.

Tutorials support the extensive self-study required for reading around this discipline and are essential to supplement the lecture information and guidance.

Edupack materials database enables students to practice rational materials selection using an updated, interactive and visual software.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination601M30Online PC assignment on taught material (1 hour).
PC Examination601A70End of module online PC assignment on taught material (1 hour).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Coursework (PC assessments) provides the most effective way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem solving skills under time constraint as required by industry. Coursework enable more realistic engineering problems to be set. The candidates will be aware of the definitions, SI units and dimensions of physical quantities and be able to apply the broad base of scientific principles which underpin the characteristics and uses of the engineering discipline.

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