Introduction to Materials

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Materials

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Materials Science Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    This 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 materials problems; and an ability to relate properties of engineering materials to technical applications. Topics covered in this subject are: chemical bonding of materials, 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 objectives
    Upon 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 microstructure
    2. Describe the different mechanical and physical behaviour of materials
    3. Evaluate the role of standards with respect to material performance
    4. Understand and use technical terms relating to materials science and engineering
    5. Solve simple materials selection problems and critically assess materials selection procedures
    Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
    This subject contributes to the development of the following Science graduate attributes:
     
    1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
     
    An understanding of the nature, practice & application of the chosen science area of study.
     
    2. An Enquiry-oriented approach
    Encompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes, and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition.
     
     
    3. Professional skills and their appropriate application
    The 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 Society
    An awareness of the role of science within a global culture.
     
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Practical 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 writing
    Lectures 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.
    Content
    Overview of materials and their applications. Classification of materials.
    Analyses and presentation of data, significant figures, errors.
    Design and selection of materials tutorial; understanding standards and specifications.
    Chemistry basics, periodic table, pH, balancing chemical equations, acids/bases.
    Introduction 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 steels.
    Diffusion; practical approach on welding and sintering methods. Problems related to joining methods.
    Ceramics - 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.
    Nanomaterials
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: One mid-semester quiz
    Intent:
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:
     
    1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
     
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
     
    1, 2 and 3
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):
     
    1.0
     
    Weight: 10%
    Criteria:
    Questions will be marked against the marking scheme provided with the quiz
    Assessment task 2: Laboratory
    Intent:
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:
     
    1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
     
    2. an enquiry-oriented approach
     
    3. professional skills and their appropriate application
     
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
     
    1, 2 and 4
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):
     
    1.0, 2.0 and 3.0
     
    Weight: 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: Tutorials
    Intent:
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:
     
    1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
     
    2. an enquiry-oriented approach
     
    3. professional skills and their appropriate application
     
    5. engagement with the needs of Society
     
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
     
    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):
     
    1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 5.0
     
    Weight: 15%
    Criteria:
    Questions will be marked against the marking scheme provided with the tutorial assignment
     
    Assessment task 4: Final Exam
    Intent:
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:
     
    1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
     
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
     
    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):
     
    1.0
     
    Weight: 50%
    Criteria:
    Questions will be marked against the marking scheme supplied on the exam paper.
     
    Minimum requirements
    Students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for the final examination in order to pass this subject. If 40% is not reached, an X grade fail may be awarded for the subject, irrespective of an overall mark greater than 50.
     
    Students are expected to attend all lectures and practical sessions.

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