Chemistry and Materials Science
Area of Study
Chemistry, Engineering Science
Taught In English
68070 Introduction to Materials
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject develops a solid science foundation for further materials and engineering-related studies and facilitates the working relationship between engineers, materials scientists and other scientists; an ability to identify and solve chemical and materials problems; and an ability to relate properties of engineering materials to technical applications. Topics covered in this subject are: chemical bonding of materials and general chemistry, classification of materials, structure-property relationships, mechanical properties, heat treatment and strengthening mechanisms, ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites, materials degradation, materials recycling and materials selection. Numerous applied examples are discussed. Laboratory work imparts practical skills and reinforces the underlying theories. This is an integral part of the subject along with tutorial workshops.Subject objectivesUpon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:1. Understand and apply the basic principle of materials science and engineering, that microstructure controls properties and processing controls microstructure2. Describe the different mechanical and physical behaviour of materials3. Evaluate the role of standards with respect to material performance4. Understand and use technical terms relating to materials science and engineering5. Solve simple materials selection problems and critically assess materials selection procedures6. Understand and applyvarious chemistry terms, molar calculations and chemical equationsContribution to the development of graduate attributesThis subject contributes to the development of the following Science graduate attributes:1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate applicationAn understanding of the nature, practice & application of the chosen science area of study.2. An Enquiry-oriented approachEncompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes, and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition.3. Professional skills and their appropriate applicationThe ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways.5. Engagement with the needs of SocietyAn awareness of the role of science within a global culture.Teaching and learning strategiesPractical work is seen as an important part of this course where students can gain manipulative skills that they will require in later stage subjects in their program. The practicals will also assess the students? skills in the laboratory and the report writingLectures are provided with an emphasis on student participation and are supported by a closely related laboratory and tutorial programs. Examples related to the students? degree program are used to illustrate the importance of the topic. Selected videos are utilized to reinforce concepts introduced. Topics presented in these videos are assessable in the mid-semester and final exam.The quizzes are used to provide feedback to the students and teaching staff with regard to the students? understanding of the subject.Tutorials are utilised to develop the problem solving skills introduced in the tutorial sessions and are based on the engineering applications of the subject manner.On-line tutorials (via UTS Online) are available for students to test their understanding of the topics presented and receive immediate feedback on their progress.UTSOnline is used to post worked solutions to assignments, tutorials etc. and to keep students informed of their progress. Announcements are also made via this forum.ContentOverview of materials and their applications. Classification of materials.Analyses and presentation of data, significant figures, errors.Design and selection of materials tutorial; Brain-storm sessions, and presentations.Chemistry basics, periodic table, pH, balancing chemical equations, acids/basesIntroduction to mechanical properties of materials. Definitions related to mechanical testing and behaviour, concepts of stress and strain, ductile and brittle behaviour, and common testing methods.Crystalline and amorphous structures.Structure - property relationships, introduction to crystallography - symmetry, elements, miller indices, , imperfections in crystals - point, line and surface defects.Solidification - nucleation and grain growth, binary phase equilibrium diagrams - solid solutions and eutectic systems.Strengthening ?mechanisms? - metals and their alloys, steels, brass, aluminium alloys - processing and applications.Application of heat treatment methods used in steelsDiffusion; practical approach on welding and sintering methods. Problems related to joining methodsCeramics - structures and properties, porcelains, glasses, cements; applications and processing methods.Polymers - structures and properties, thermoplastics, thermosets, rubbers, timber, applications and processing methods.Composites - introduction to particulate and fibre reinforced materials and their applications, rule of mixtures for predicting composite properties.Materials and environment - corrosion and degradation of materials and recycling.NanomaterialsAssessmentAssessment task 1: One midsemester quizIntent:This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Science graduate attributes:1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate applicationObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):1, 2, 3 and 6Weight: 10%Criteria:Questions will be marked against the marking scheme provided with the quizAssessment task 2: LaboratoryIntent:This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Science graduate attributes:1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application2. an enquiry-oriented approach3. professional skills and their appropriate applicationObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):1, 2, 4 and 6Weight: 25%Criteria:Questions will be marked against the marking scheme provided with the laboratory assignment. (Failure to attend a class that is associated with a submitted report will result in a mark of zero for that report as per above)Assessment task 3: TutorialsIntent:This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Science graduate attributes:1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application2. an enquiry-oriented approach3. professional skills and their appropriate application5. engagement with the needs of SocietyObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6Weight: 15%Criteria:Questions will be marked against the marking scheme provided with the tutorial assignmentAssessment task 4: Final ExamIntent:This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Science graduate attributes:1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate applicationObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6Weight: 50%Criteria:Questions will be marked against the marking scheme supplied on the exam paper.
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