CHEM ENG 1009 - Materials I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

To provide students with a basic understanding of the underlying science and the engineering performance of various materials used in engineering applications. Understanding structure and property relationship of materials. Lecture topics covered include: atomic structure, imperfections in solids, diffusion in solids, mechanical properties of metals, dislocations and strengthening mechanisms, failure mechanisms, phase diagrams and phase transformations in metals, structures and properties of ceramics/polymers/composites, applications and processing of ceramics/polymers/composites, and the standards for materials selection.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 1009
    Course Materials I
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry and Physics
    Assessment Quizzes, test, assignments, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Steven Amos

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain the relation between properties, structure, and processing;
    2 Choose the right material for the job – materials selection;
    3 Recognise new design opportunities offered by materials selection;
    4 Carry out and analyse failures;
    5 Identify and analyse phase diagrams;
    6 Explain the basic characteristics and properties of metals;
    7 Explain the basic characteristics and properties of ceramics;
    8 Explain the basic characteristics and properties of polymers;
    9 Explain the basic characteristics and properties of composites; and
    10 Describe Materials processing technology.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1-4, 10
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-3, 10
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1-3, 10
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Callister W.D., Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, 8th Ed, Wiley, 2010

    Reference Books

    Askeland D.R. The Science and Engineering of Materials 3rd SI Edition, Chapman and Hall 1999

    Ashby M.F. and Jones DR, Engineering Materials 1: An Introduction to Properties, Applications and Design, 2nd Ed, Elsevier, 2003.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary
    Part A

    ·            An overview of Engineering materials
    ·            Atomic structure and inter-atom bonding
    ·            Structures of crystalline solids
    ·            Imperfection in solids
    ·            Diffusion
    ·            Mechanical properties of metals
    ·            Dislocation and strengthening mechanisms
    ·            Phase diagram
    ·            Failure mechanism        

    Part B

    Engineering Materials selection

    Polymer Materials
    •           Polymer nomenclature and structures
    •           Semicrystalline Polymers
    •           Mechanical properties of polymers
    •           Polymer synthesis and analysis
    •           Polymer processing and applications

    Ceramic Materials
    •           Definition and classification of ceramics
    •           Crystal structures and defects
    •           Mechanical properties of ceramic materials
    •           Processing and applications of ceramic materials
    •           Advanced ceramic materials

    Composite Materials

    •           Introduction and significance of composites
    •           Mechanical properties of composites
    •           Classification of composites, fibrereinforced materials
    •           Processing of various composite materials

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Further information will be available prior to the start of the semester.
    Total 0
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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