This unit (NEM3201) aims to extend the knowledge of materials science and engineering in the context of structure, properties, processing and applications of basic engineering materials such as ferrous (steel) alloys, leading edge non-ferrous alloys, polymers, ceramics and composites; and integrate it into issues of sustainable engineering product design and manufacturing technologies. The subject will provide students the concepts related to designing the structure of various class of materials to attain a predetermined set of properties. This subject will also give students an understanding of the engineering practice through an introduction to problem solving methodology and knowledge of the responsibilities of the professional engineer.

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NEM2102 - Introduction to Engineering Materials

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of structure, properties and processing of various materials and key issues relating to engineering science in manufacturing and environment;  
  2. Demonstrate an ability to select materials and design their structure with a predetermined set of properties;  
  3. Conduct research to identify the structure/property correlations of a range of materials in engineering applications;  
  4. Solve a range of numerical and engineering problems found in materials engineering practice and design; and  
  5. Evaluate and apply formulation and solution, effective communication, system approach to design and undertake life-long learning.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Reports (2) 15%
Other Portfolio (approx. 7-10 pages) 25%
Test Tests (2) 60%

Required reading

Materials Science and Engineering - An Introduction
Callister, D.W. Jr (2013)
John Wiley & Sons

Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
Kalpakjian, S., 2010
Addison- Wesley

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